Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Bingo

Are you all having a good summer? I hope so!

I've been trying to keep my kids busy and out of trouble.
But swimming lessons, summer movies, and fieldtrips only go so far.
That's why I was so excited to find this idea for
Summer Bingo over at Playful, Productive, Present.
(She has a free download so be sure to stop by!)
The card is full of activities that kids are sure to enjoy.

What a wonderful way for them to earn some rewards!
And I get to avoid the dreaded "I'm bored!"

(Found at Second Story Window.)

Tutorial Tuesday

I love pillowcase dresses!

A few years ago I made one for my daughter:

It was so perfect for summer, and I was able to put it together so quickly! I think it's about time to do another one. The tutorial I originally used is now gone, but I found several more available online. There's a great one right here, and another one right here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A darling apron

It is the cutest!!
Wouldn't this be perfect if you're hosting for the 4th of July?

Happy Birthday Nie Nie!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Couture de jour

I was able to pick the outfit for the couture de jour post over at Lillyella today.
What do you think?
You can check it out here.

Flickr Friday

Last week we had the most amazing rainbow. The colors were brilliant and not faded at all, and we could see every single color of the rainbow distinctly. It was amazing!
So I searched on Flickr to see if anyone had posted a photo of that rainbow and this is it!
The picture doesn't show its full glory, but isn't it beautiful?!

via here

Do you have a photo you'd like to share?
Leave a comment with the link to your photo or post!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A glimpse of Zion National Park

Zion National Park was absolutely stunning!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday

Isn't this little umbrella caddy adorable?
I love it!

Design Sponge has a tutorial on how to make it, just click here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

A glimpse of Bryce Canyon

I thought you might like a glimpse of our visit to Bryce Canyon.
It was amazing!

This is me with my kids on one of our hikes

My sweet kiddos


We had a fantastic time!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flickr Friday

The corn in our garden is getting so tall, it's amazing how quickly it grows!

via here

What do you have in your garden this summer?

Do you have a flickr photo you'd like to share?
Leave a comment linking us to your post or picture!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New in the shop

I've had several requests for a necklace with the text
"I love you to the moon and back," so here it is!

You can find it right now in the shop.

Father's Day gift idea

Recently I discovered this Stepping Stone Kit at Michael's.

This will be the perfect Father's Day gift!

And my kids had tons of fun making it too!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day Cards

Searching for the perfect Father's Day card? Why not make a shirt and tie card for Dad!

Martha Stewart has great instructions here.
You can also find great step-by-step instructions here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday

How to add a menu bar to the top of your blog!

When I decided to add a menu bar at the top of my blog I wasn't able to find a lot of resources to help me, so I wanted to share this tutorial.
How I created menu buttons for my blog--
I started with this tutorial from Emilee and Grace:
How to add a menu bar (and a few additional widgets - or gadgets they're now called) to your Blogger layout. If you want your layout to look like the image below (circled items are the ones that will be added to your existing layout), follow these easy steps.

Log into your Blogger account.

Click on the Layout tab.

Click on Edit HTML

Press Cntrl+F to open up the "find" box

Type showaddelement (all one word)

You will see something like this:

<b:section class='header' id='header' maxwidgets='2' showaddelement='no'>

Everywhere that it says 'no', you will change to 'yes'.
****ONLY WHERE IT FOLLOWS showaddelement. There should be about 3 places that you are going to change it from 'no' to 'yes'. You will probably have to scroll down a tiny bit to change all of them.

Click Save Template

You are done! You are now able to add a widget above your blog posts, under your blog header (or above it).


And here's where I had to figure it out on my own:

Create your buttons using Paint
(I've included directions at the bottom on how to add simple text links if you don't want to make your own buttons)

1. Select IMAGE>ATTRIBUTES. Change the height and width to the desired dimensions. If you would like to make the menu stretch across your entire header, divide your header width by the number of buttons you want. My buttons are 150 pixels by 20 pixels.

2. Change the background color to the color you'd like to use for your buttons. Click the fill button on the toolbar (the one that's highlighted), select the color for your buttons, and click the rectangle on the page. This will turn the entire rectangle to the color of your choice.

3. Add text. Choose the Text Tool (the capitol A in the picture). Click on the top left corner of your rectangle, drag it down to the bottom, and then drag it to the other side (don't let go of the button on your mouse until you've selected the entire shape). Select the color that you'd like your text by clicking on the color at the bottom, and then just type in your chosen word. Center it by adding spaces at the beginning until it looks like it's in the middle. If you want to change the font then go to VIEW>TEXT TOOLBAR, and make sure it is checked. You can then highlight the word with the mouse and select the font that you'd like (you can arrow down to see your word in different fonts).

This button at the bottom lets you keep your text box opaque so the color of the rectangle shows through.

**If you ever click outside of the box after you've added text it will no longer let you edit the text and you'll have to start over if you need to make a change.

4. Save your button by selecting FILE>SAVE AS.

5. Upload your buttons to a photo hosting service such as photobucket.

NOW WE WILL ADD THE BUTTONS TO YOUR BLOG (Thanks so much to Real Life who helped me figure out this part)

(***For simple text links you will start at this step)

1. Make sure you have a post for each page you want to link on your menu bar. If you don't then write a new post that you'd like to link to. The most common are Home, About, Contact, but you can do anything.

  • The links you use will be the URL for each specific post.
  • For Home, it will be your blog URL.
  • For Contact, it will be mailto:youraddress@email.com
2. If you want your menu to have your header's background color:
  • On your Template/Layout, click the very top rectangle under navbar, where it says add a page element. Anything you put in this top box will have your header background color from your title header. (If you have a custom header, the background for this box will still be the original header background color.)

If you want your menu to have your posts' background color:
  • On your Template/Layout, click the rectangle under your Header, which says Add a Page Element
3. Choose HTML/Javascript. In the content box, add the HTML tag for your buttons from Photobucket. The code will look something like this:

<a href="http://rhbdesigns.blogspot.com" target="_blank"> <img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j46/borskydre/homebutton1.jpg"/></a>

The text in red you will change to your link URL, and the text in blue you will change to your image URL.
at the very beginning, and Just enter the code for each button right under the other.

After you add all your buttons center them by adding <center> at the beginning, and
</center> at the very end.

5. Save by selecting Save Changes.

To create simple text links (easier than making your own buttons!) simply follow the Emilee and Grace tutorial at the beginning, then skip to the step that says "add the buttons to your blog". At step 3 instead of entering the html for your buttons you will add this html:

<a href=http://yourblog.blogspot.com>HOME </a>
<a href=http://your aboutpageURL>ABOUT </a>
<a href=http://yourfavoritepostsURL>FAVORITES </a>
<a href=mailto:youraddress@email.com>CONTACT </a>

Change the blue text to your own links, and the words in caps can be changed to anything else you want on your menu bar.
Each word is separated with a vertical line (located below the backspace on your keyboard).
  • Then click and drag the new page element to just under your header.
  • Preview to see if you want to change anything.
  • Click Save.
Hope this is helpful!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Flickr Friday

Here is another place we were able to visit on our trip to Costa Rica.
This waterfall is located at the La Paz waterfall gardens, it was so beautiful!

via here

Do you have a Flickr photo you'd like to share? Link up your post or photo in a comment!