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I’m a book-reading, craft-making newlywed living outside Chicago. I love my husband, cooking dinner and especially eating desserts! We love to ride bikes all over town and read books at coffee shops. I also enjoy shopping at JoAnns, drinking wine on the patio and playing with my bunny rabbit Penelope. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment- they really make my day! :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

LIbrary Display Inspiration

While looking for creative ideas to display library books, I stumbled across this aptly named blog Library Displays. As suggested, this blog features fun and inspirational library displays.  I immediately became a follower and emailed Elaine pics of my football display and she posted them!!

Another great thing about the Internet is that Elaine is located all the way in New Zealand!! I am glad to have contact with someone in New Zealand, as all previous exposer has come from Flight of the Conchords, which I'm sure is riddled with (hilarious) inaccuracies.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DIY Fall Subway Art

Lately I've been obsessed with Subway Art, but haven't found the perfect Fall print for our home.  Luckily, I found this awesome tutorial that explains how to make your own using Picasa and Picnik.  I'm lame and wasn't able to figure out the Picasa part, but I was able to create it all in Picnik!  ThatGuy and I brainstormed words that we associate with Fall and here's our final product:
Did you notice that Football is the largest word?!

The first thing to do it download a high resolution white jpeg, like this one. Then upload it to Picnik (you will also have to make a free log in, if you don't already belong).  Pick the Text button under the Edit tab.


Then you will create text boxes for each of your words.  Type the word in the box, pick the font and then click "add."

 On the right hand side you can pick the color of your word.

Your word will have little circles that will make it smaller or larger.  You can use the circle on the top to rotate your word.  I think it looks good to have a word or two running vertical! 
 Underneath the edit tab, you can select Border and there are many options.  I think the best is Museum Matte. You can select the thickness and the color.  Be careful once you select it- I can't figure out how to delete it!

Finally, you can save the photo to your computer!

I printed my Subway Art at Costco using these directions from the girls at Eighteen25.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Are you Ready for some Football (books)?

This year I'm attempting to get more into football, since ThatGuy loves the Bears just about as much as he loves me. So for the Bears opening game I made chili, wore my Bears shirt, cried at the 9/11 events, cheered at kick-off... and then left the house.

Watching football is boring and making crafts is fun!!

I was struck with inspiration to make a goal post for a library book display out of PVC pipes.

There are a lot of PVC pipes at Home Depot. Luckily a very friendly employee came over to see if he could offer any help and I issued him a challenge: to make a 3 foot tall goalpost for under $15.

Challenge accepted, he drew ideas on the back of a receipt and got to work. We laid the pieces out and played around with the arrangement.

He cut the pieces down to size and added everything together- it was $8.15! So then I bought some yellow spray paint to make it official.

Hemmed a yard of football fabric to add more to the display and then put my books out. This will definitely get the kids excited to read!

AND you can check out an awesome football book list by Katie at Just Ten Books!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to School Picture Books

With school starting I've been getting back to what I love- sharing books with kids! Here are some of my favorite picture books for the beginning of the school year- they all are about books or school.

Alfred's friends are his books. He slowly collects all of the books in the town until there are none left. After he reads all the books and becomes an old man (the kids love seeing him age throughout the book), he learns that the best books are the ones that are shared.

When the children go back to school, the farm animals are bored. Looking for a good time, they head to the public library to check out books. However, the librarian can't understand the neighs, moos, and baahs from the animals. Just wait until chicken talks to the librarian!

Henry loves books! Well, he loves to EAT books. It started innocently enough with a eating a word, then a sentence, next a page and finally a whole book! As you can guess, Henry learns that its better to read books than eat them, but only after some very interesting experiences.

Rocket the dog becomes the unlikely student of a cute yellow bird who enthusiastically teaches him how to read. This sweet story is great for kids learning how to read and understanding that adding letters builds words.

If you know a 3-4 year old, put on your best shoes and RUN to purchase this book! In this sequel to Pete the Cat: Love My White Shoes, Pete rocks out in his school shoes around school. Be sure to also download the free song- it will get stuck in your head all day, but it is worth it.

Yay for Features!

This just in! My Fall Wreath is currently being featured over at 2 awesome blogs!

The Kurtz Corner and Gingersnaps! I am very excited and honored to have a featured project!

Every sentence is ending with an exclamation point on this post!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Photobooth Photoalbum

The other week Shutterfly sent me an awesome coupon- a free 8x8 hardcover book! What a deal!! ThatGuy tried to rain on my parade and said retailers offer coupon to get customers to spend more money than normal just to save a couple of dollars. Yes, I know that. And I will spend $35 to save us $10 because I LOVE a good deal!!

At our wedding my brother (featured below standing next to me wearing a Santa hat) and his supercute girlfriend ran a photobooth for our guest. People had a blast wearing funny hats and mustaches and I got some pretty interesting pictures.

Needless to say I had to use this Shutterfly coupon to make an album to commemerate our fun photobooth. Thanks Shutterfly, for making me feel like I saved money, even if I had to spend a lot to achieve this feeling! And it looks so cute next to our engagement album, which I'm sure I used a coupon on too!