My mother used to say this; “We’re cooking with gas!” Well, Mom, we are. I’ve figured out how to redo my PDF download links and in the process found a cleaner way (from the standpoint of the code) to bring in my images. All by uploading everything in one place (a downloads folder and an image folder) — in this case onto the servers at GoDaddy where the site is hosted, and then linking to them from the blog.
I love knowing where everything is kept, and I love knowing that it’s all neat and tidy.
The fellow on the phone said it couldn’t be done. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to import all of my blog posts from Squarespace and redo the link structure, so, I don’t think any of the links are broken.
Is this entire process accompanied by a full-bodied feeling of nervousness? Yes. Have I felt confident at all during this process? Only a little .
I’ll keep getting back with updates on the process — updates will lack pictures for the moment. The next thing is to fix my images, most of which didn’t come over. I wonder how this will affect my Pinterest links. I think it will be fine, because the Pinterest links go with the web address (URL) for the picture, which are current and working as far as I know.
As you can see, I moved my blog to wordpress. As you can also see, I don’t know what I’m doing. Please bear with me.
This is based on a very easy origami balloon. It absolutely is the balloon, except you put little gifts inside it, like money, or jewelry, or a gift card. I used 12×12 paper and the ball turns out to be about 4.5 inches diameter.
You can also tuck them into the Christmas Tree.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you in the New Year!
Finally, the Pie Contest Printables. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD! I tell ya, whenever I get ready to launch a big project like this one, I have a hard time finishing and posting the project. This, in spite of the fact that I already used all of these for our Relief Society Enrichment pie baking contest at church, everybody loved them, and I’ve improved the design since that time.
In order to deal with myself, I’m trying to adopt a principle of “net positive,” meaning, does something taken as a whole do more good than not good? This works for people, too, and I’ve found that thinking this way helps me be more forgiving of myself and others, escpecially because it helps me look outward at what we’ve all done in this world.
Now, a free printable is certainly doing more good than not, and any dummy can figure that out. Nevertheless, I bog down. Are they good…enough? Specifically on these, I’m not happy with the flag labels in the image. Anyhow, here they are:
A complete collection of pie-baking printables all set up with fillable fields so you can personalize the pieces for your own event. About 20 pages in all. We have:
- Invitations (the oven door opens to reveal the event info inside)
- Posters (2 sizes; 8.5 x11 and 11×17)
- Sign-up sheet
- Name tags for the pies
- “Style” awards for every baker: 20 certificates
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards with easels that sit up next to the winning pies
We had signups for pies and table decorations, which worked out real well as not all are bakers, but still could participate. Judges, of course, also had to be sisters with no horse in the race. Really, there was a lot of involvement. We had a lot of fun.
I love that magical moment in origami — there’s always one particular fold where it goes from looking like not much to, clearly, ah ha! It’s a dog! Experience that magic moment 5 times with these cute origami dogs (OK, probably 4. See #3).
- This one inspired this post. I love how A) it looks like a Pit Bull, and B) it’s an orgami doggie bookmark! Now that’s Cute and Useful!
- Looks hard but is actually an easy origami dog because it’s made from two peices of paper, and each has not many folds. Nice instructional video.
- This one has to be hard, and also the instructions are in a book (non-free) written in Japanese. Many origami books are written in Japanese. It’s not impossible to make something with just the diagrams, but it’s also not a carefree evening of crafting. This one was part of another nice collection of origami dogs.
- This one has a very good video, that absolutely has that “ah, ha!” moment I mentioned. Lot of cute details on this little origami terrier.
- Origami Dog made of money — I wish my dogs were made of money; I can very decidedly tell you they are not. Just a little strange in the eyes? So very cool it holds a coin in its mouth!
This Week on Cute and Useful:
It took me all week to finish the pie baking contest printables, and it’s not like I worked 20 minutes and spent the rest of the time watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s (I watched it once). Also, Tuesday was my birthday. Anyhow, now it’s done and I am — can’t even think of the right word — relievedly full of intent– and ready to post on Monday.
The pie printables, (doggone it). Also the Warhol-esqe bright holiday papers, some subtle plaid (?) papers, and maybe some washi tape clip art. And, oh, hey, I got a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday!
- One of only 2 adult-size reindeer hats on Etsy (What?!?) I love it. Poppy Blue Crochet
- So simple and cute, a monkey hat. Love the model’s cute short hair. talk2thetrees
- I guess there’s a fox song that’s popular? This is a baby’s hat. An adult hat, too? 2mice
- I like this one, too. A lot. The Funky Skunk
- Yeah, OK. Too adorable. Karenisa
This week on Cute and Useful:
New Christmas Paper Preview.
A second set of Family Photo Christmas Cards
Next Week on Cute and Useful:
The paepr I just mentioned, and the complete printable set I made for our Relief Society Pie-Baking contest! See you then, and have a great weekend!
This is the second design of Christmas Cards I made for Leilani. Both the Block type and the serif type at the bottom are a free commercial-use font called AW Conqueror.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We lit a fire in the fireplace this morning. So cold outside the heat pump can’t keep up.
I press forward with designing things for Christmas.
My friend Leilani Mitchell of Leilani Photography asked me to make a few designs she could present to her clients (the lovely, bright photos are hers). It’s also available for customization and purchase in my Etsy shop.
There are so many — really very lovely — card designs out there (I espcially like Minted and love-vs-design) that I felt sketchy about trying this. Preoccupied and nerve wracked is the word, for many days. (And that was before I learned about lyric reprint copyright laws for the words — any of the words — to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” But that’s another story).
Background paper used in this listing is Christmas Kraft digital paper.
Needed a nice commercial use digital kraft paper for a background. Couldn’t find one, so made one instead! I guess that worked out well.
Here’s a brief tutorial on how to make it — I’m afraid I can’t get into taking a bunch of screen shots right now, but still, hoping to be helpful…there’s a freebee at the end of all these instructions.
- Open a new file in photoshop, file size 12×12 inches
- Use Paint Bucket to fill the background layer with a subtle ecru
- New layer, use paint bucket fill the layer with a deep, rich brown color.
- In the Brown layer, go to Filter/Noise/Add Noise. Default settings with 24% intensity.
- Same layer, Fliter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. Setting 1.1. These settings are not set in stone — to your liking.
- New layer, fill with color you want your craft paper to be (for dark brown, this step may be unneccessary)
- Adjust opacity for the look you want to achieve (on both the brown and color layers). In gerenal, the brown is very opaque, the color 30% or so. You want the texture on the brown to show through the color.
At this point, you’ve got a nice, subtly-textured paper. This may be enough. I like the look of the subtle stripe, I think it really puts the thing over the top for looking like craft paper. So…
- Create a 12×12 artboard in Illustrator
- Make a straight line pattern–more on that later. (Why am I calling this straight-line? It’s stripes).
- Use the width tool to make the lines less uniform
- Color all the lines a very light tan.
- Apply the pattern to your 12×12 artboard in Illustrator
- Use Object/Transform to scale the lines to preference and to rotate them 45 degrees
- Save and place the illustrator graphic into the photoshop file (top layer)
- Adjust opacity for a subtle line, 7-9% depending on the paper
A straight-line (striped) pattern is a very basic Illustrator pattern. It’s a great starter if you’re new to making repeating patterns in Illustrator. Here’s a very basic tutorial to get you started. I did mine using the same basic principle, but I created about 10 lines all evenly spaced and adjusted the width a bit on each with the width tool for a more orgnic look, like I said in step two above.
Here’s a freebee of the brown paper, in case it all seems like too much. Free digital kraft paper. The whole thing is in my shop for $3.