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July 27, 2016

DIY Tutorial: Make a fun collage with Canva

Not just for bloggers! 

Come one come all and learn how to play with Canva. 

I am creating a series of tutorials on how to make several types of graphics. Create baby shower invitations, birthday cards, collages, business cards. The possibilities are endless!  

Let's begin. 

A few days ago I was showing some of my Canva graphic creations on Instagram, and several of my followers, who are also bloggers, requested that I show how I make some of my digital documents. Canva bills itself as "amazingly simple graphic software." It truly is!  I use the free version, of course. ha!


This collage is an example of a "blog graphic" template. I selected a template and added my own pics and graphics.

Let's begin...How to start a design! Study the screen below. You can see some of the possible projects you can make. (Not all are showing on my screen.)


Above is my opening screen. I have several docs...and they show up on your screen because you register as a user and your projects are stored on the Canva website. Even though the site is free to use, you must register, and then login when you visit on subsequent occasions. 

When you click on the project you want to create...templates will appear on the left side of the screen. For this project you will click on "blog graphic."


I chose the ruled legal pad looking template. I use it for lots of my creations. Maybe the teacher in me still loves old fashioned "paper." ha! 

Next, click on the graphics on the template to remove them...Unless you want to keep those graphics and text boxes.



After you remove the graphics and text you do not want to use...you will have a clean sheet of paper. Now you can begin adding the graphics, pics, etc. you want to use.



Click the icons in the left margin to begin adding text and graphics, background colors, change layouts etc.


Note the section "uploads" icon. This is where you can upload any of your own images from your computer. You can see some of my pink flowers that I uploaded. I use them often.


Click on the "search" icon to find Canva graphics and photos. Some are free, and some cost $1.00. I use the free stuff. ha! There are lines, symbols, borders, layouts, etc. Just play and have fun. 

Once you upload and then insert pics and graphics onto your page you can click and move them around or enlarge them. Just click the pic and play with it. 


After you have your graphics where you want them, be sure to click on the "save" button at the top left side of the Canva webpage. This insures that you design will be there the next time you login. 

Lately I have been creating a collage for each blog post that I do. It gives me a visual reference. 


I also download a finished copy of each creation to my computer. I save each pic in a folder for easy access. 

And there you have it...my collage. There are many other templates that you can play with. I just like the lined paper template. 



I will have another tutorial for you in a few days. 
You can make get well cards, blog headers, Instagram graphics, Facebook headers, business cards, etc.

One thing I really like is the "custom" option. 
You can enter the size of your blog header...and start creating. I will show you how to make a header soon. 

Canva is not just for bloggers. You can create birthday cards, business cards, anything your heart desires. 



July 25, 2016

Made With Love




Meet Morgan and Mary Alice

They make Alice Eve Jewelry.

Morgan and her daughter Mary Alice, with their fur babies.



The mother daughter team makes some very snazzy jewelry!

I just received my first bracelet this week...and man oh man is it gorgeous. I will show you in a minute. 

July 23, 2016

Let's Walk Around the House Today




There is always a lot to do when you have a yard!

We have been trying to grow some grass and keep bushes alive this summer. You too? 

Hubby was busy watering every night for about two weeks after our grasses were planted. He certainly did not want to lose them after so much work to get these plantings and bedding finished. 

Our house is on a corner and we want to create some privacy screening. It will take a while, but you have to start somewhere, right. 

Here is the start! Nothing! 




We chose to plant grasses because they grow quickly and don't cost much. At some point we may add some arborvitae out in the yard to help with privacy too. We'll see. That is in the future sometime. 


We have rocks in our front planting beds, so hubby wanted to repeat using them on the side of the house. I like the rocks in our woodsy, rustic area. AND...rocks don't float away in heavy rains like mulch. AND, rocks do not have to be replaced every year. 



The grasses were staggered in and out instead of in a straight line. Our plan is to let them grow large and thick. 


We took the planting bed up behind the brick retaining wall, for additional screening. 



Continuing down the side of the house, we added some small boxwood. It will take a while before those babies are very large, but I did not want to pay for extra large ones. I will just wait a couple of years for them to grow. ha!


The holly tree at the corner has been there about three years. We had a horrible freeze the winter of 2015 and I had to prune quite a bit off of the tree. It has come back from the freeze and is growing nicely. There are lots of new shoots, so it must be healthy. 

A neighbor is building a house for his daughter on the last lot left in our neighborhood. It is fun to watch the house progress. 




I was so sad when we had to remove two small trees, that grew too large. We were worried about roots hurting our basement wall.  The trees were removed, and we added two small arborvitae in their places. 


The last few blooms above.


I am working hard keeping my potted flowers going this summer. It has been so hot! 

The planters and pots dry out so quickly...despite the rains we have had.


I managed to bring the two hefty concrete planters from our farm. Yes...they were a bear to move according to son and hubby. (They wanted to know if I "really" needed them.) 

I have had them so long that they now have a nice aged patina. One has a crack, and I anxiously watch it to make sure it is not getting worse. I just love the traditional Greek key motif and don't know if I could replace them. (Yes, I "really" need them.)

Those black things in the background are racing tires that belong to our son. He brought them back from NC where he went to engine building school several years ago. 

Yes...I still have the tires at my house. ha! Just waiting for bachelor boy to have a place of his own for his "toys." His town house does not have a shop or barn for his projects! ha!


One more grass project...we are trying to grow some!!! ha. 

We don't have sod out in our neck of the woods. Folks just work with the ground...and our ground is rocky. 

We are trying to work on some patches here and there. The patch above is coming along, but the patch below, not so much. ha! We will keep trying though. Hubby needs something to do to keep busy. :-)


This just about wraps up the walk around the house. There is always something to do with a yard...every season. 

We are not OCD with our yard, as anyone can tell. But I like it to look nice, or as nice as a yard up in the rocky woods can look. 


Thanks for joining me in walking around the house. We'll do it again in the fall when the colors have changed.

By the way...I am participating in a tablescape blog hop. I want to invite you to join in the fun!


Blog link  joining parties July 24, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Our Home Away From Home
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
 Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (wed p.m.)
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday 
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Chic on a Shoestring, Flaunt It Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup

Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

July 21, 2016

A Closer Look at My Summer Pillows



A few posts ago I shared my "fluffing" of the great room. Many of you liked the pillows and so I decided to give you a closer look at them. 


(I do my blogging in the great room, which means that my laptop and devices are usually laying around somewhere.) 


When I bought the pillows I thought that a person could make similar ones by using linen, cotton, or painter's cloth with fabric markers. I think of more creative things to do than I have time for. 




Find your favorite poem or quotation and use your fabric marker to make write bits and pieces on your pillow cover. You might even find a ready made pillow cover to draw your designs on. That would be super simple fun!







I am seriously thinking about adding black monograms to these fringed pillows. I love black and tan together!


This wraps up the pillow show for today! 

I hope you enjoyed a closer look at my summer pillows in the great room.

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Blog links joining parties July 24, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Our Home Away From Home
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
 Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (wed p.m.)
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday 
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Chic on a Shoestring, Flaunt It Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

July 19, 2016

On a Grey Day, Play With Light


The other morning was incredibly grey. I wanted to work on a brunch table setting post that morning...but did not know if it would work because of the low light. 


Our kitchen eating area is on the back of the house and even though there is a porch roof over the kitchen window I can usually get enough light for photos. 

July 17, 2016

Make A Colorful Summer Centerpiece!


You all know that I love to set simple tables, and center pieces. 
I seem to like understated style for some reason. 

Sometimes a simple change or addition can brighten up a table, or even a whole room. 


A few days ago I added a new summer centerpiece to the kitchen table. 

The bright reds and oranges really speak to me during this time of the hot summer. 
 

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