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getting ready for fall…


The weather here is perfect after several, several hot days.  It’s drizzly, rainy and isn’t supposed to be warmer than 75.  I’ve been craving doing some fall projects, but when it’s still so hot outside, it’s really hard to think pumpkins, leaves, and beautiful autumn colors.  Here are some of the projects I’m going to be working on in the next week or so.

1.  Fabric pumpkin tutorial from V & Co. >>  http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2009/10/tutorial-garden-fresh-fabric-tomatoes.html
She also has instructions for tomatoes!  It’s great because it doesn’t matter your style of fabric, as long as it is fall colors it will go with your style and look great!

2.  Fall bunting.  I think I want to do black & white prints for Halloween and put “trick or treat” on mine.
On Etsy from SparklePower >> http://www.etsy.com/listing/52050499/colorful-scalloped-party-garland

3.  And since it’s getting cooler outside, I really want to tackle painting my house.  I’ll be making some trips to Sherwin-Williams and Home Depot to get samples soon!  Did you know that Sherwin-Williams has great tools online to help you select your colors?  >>  http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/paint_colors/paint_color_palette/visualizer/
I’ll probably be using that, as well as, photoshop to determine the hue winner. Does anyone else take Pantone swatch books into the paint store?

4.  New garden flag for out front.  I like how Tatortos and Jello’s guest blogger, Random Thoughts of a Super Mom, did theirs and used burlap – which comes in a great orange color and it so cheap!
tutorial here >>  http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/04/guest-project-monogrammed-burlap-garden.html
http://the-wilson-world.blogspot.com/

That’s probably more than I’ll get done, but I’ll tell you one thing I HAVE to do every year….  homemade roasted pumpkin seeds with chili lime seasoning…  : )

Charli Rae

how to make patterned letters


Ashley asked me awhile back how to make pattered letters in Photoshop.  You can also do it in Illustrator, it’s a little different, but if you are interested, I can do that one, too.  I’m using CS4 for Mac.

1.  So you can do one of two things to get started.

a.) Open up a file that you have already – or – b.) Start a new file with the exact file size you need, then add your pattern in. – I’m going with the second option.

So, I’m going to go to  file>new.  You’ll get a pop-up window that looks like this:

Now there are a couple of important things to know here.  If you are doing something for your blog or online, you’ll want to make sure that your width and height are in pixels and that your resolution is 72.  If you are doing it for print (like invitations, etc.), make sure that your width and height are in inches and the resolution is 300.  I’m going to say mine is for print, so my window looks like this:

I made my art palette 8″ x 5″ at 300 DPI (resolution) and changed the background contents to transparent.

2.  So now my palette is the size I need it to be. Now here I added my background by opening a file I had and dragging the layer over into the palette I’m working in.  Again, you can open your file you want to work with directly open, but I wanted to keep it the same so I can use it over and over again.  It’s totally your preference.)

I have my background of old graph paper and I’m ready.

This is what my layer palette looks like.  Notice I have a background that is transparent and then a layer for my graph paper.

3.  Next we are going to type on top of the graph paper.  I always do it on top so that I can see everything I’m doing. You can do it on a layer behind, but this is better I think.  On your tools palette, select your text tool.

I select the font and size that I want, the type the text I want to add a pattern to.  I’m going to use “create”.

After I hit enter, my art palette will look like this: (It doesn’t matter what color you use for your type because it won’t effect the end result.  Just use a color that helps you see what you are doing.)

4.  After I have my type like I want it, I’m going to go back to the layer palette.  I am going make sure I have “create” selected, then in the box with the eye, I’m going to do an “apple + click the mouse”.  (I can’t remember the windows equivalent for this).  What this is going to do is make a selection around the type.

Your art palette will then look like this:

5.  This step is pretty important for it to turn out properly.  While keeping the selection around the type, I’m going to select the graph paper layer on my layer palette.  All you’ll have to do is click on the other layer once.  What this does essentially is going to allow the selection to be transferred to the graph paper so that anything done from this point on isn’t applied to the word create.

6. I’ll now go to my Photoshop menu about and click select>inverse.

Your art palette will now look like this:

You can now see that the selection has been altered to where it goes around the word create and is now longer selecting the word create.

7.  Now for the magic, hit the delete button.  The background will now disappear and all you will be left with is create.

To view only the graph paper in “create form”, deselect the eye icon next on the layer named “create” on the layer palette.

And this is what you are left with!

To help illustrate better what the final product looks like, I threw in a background behind it.

From here, always save your file.  I suggest saving the .psd (Photoshop) file, then saving a .jpg file in case you ever need to go back and make alterations at a later date.

Here is our final file!

Now, go create!

a little lovely…


I’ve been inspired a lot recently by several blogs I follow. Many I try to link on the right side of my blog ——->

I’m entering a new journey in my life that has been something of well… the unexpected. Almost a month ago I have a new job as a housewife and doing some fun projects for some extra cash here and there. As a freelance graphic designer, I’m doing some cool cycling jerseys and invitations, but I’m also re-purposing furniture, sewing aprons and anything else I can get a hold of. In my journey, I’m starting to do things for me. There are several projects around the house that I’ve been itching to do since we moved in last May, but after a serious knee injury, surgery, starting grad school, working insane number of hours, quitting grad school and realizing that I want to go back to school but for interior design – well, now here’s my chance.

Since the first time we entered this house, I was IN LOVE with all the black. See, I have an obsession with a few things, and as an artist color is one of them. Not just any color. Chartreuse. Black. White. Turquoise. And let’s throw in splashes and accents of red. I can’t get enough. I’m starting to realize I put those colors in every room but just in different ways. So, one of the first things I’ve wanted to do since entering our house was to do something fun with the chandelier shades. I’ve never had them before and am in total admiration for french inspired shades that cost a pretty penny. You know, the metal ones that are hand painted in metallic paint? This weekend, I finally got my chance. I rounded up my hot glue gun, ball fringe and ribbon and got to it. A little less than an hour later, I had this:

chandelier shade

shade 2

Another project that I have done lately was inspired by a Rate My Space find on HGTV’s site by my friend Lindsey. I wish I could find the original link to give the original poster a “shout-out”. Lindsey and I spent one afternoon painting all of our pots black and adding fun white accents. I filled mine with lots of color and randomness inspired by my mother the plant lady. Unlike her, I have an art degree – not one in soil science. But she has passed along some great tips. My flowers have already grown a lot and I look forward for them to fill up the pot!

flower pot
flower pots
flower pots

I have found a lot of new inspirations and have a lot of new projects planned. Come back for more!