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Weekend Pinterest Project: Yarn Covered Initial

In honor of being real (as promised on this site), I should disclose that I almost titled this post “Super Simple String S”. But then I thought better of it. Ha!


Basically, this easy project was inspired when I saw someone pin some string covered letters from Etsy. I thought “smart!” and then “I could do that”. So I did.

In a weekend full of projects, I knew that I could put this to use immediately in a frame collage for my kitchen. Here are the simple steps and how you too can make your own yarn covered initial. ‘Cause who doesn’t want to spend their weekend on a project like this. Ha!

Step-by-Step How To:

  1. I purchased a thin MDF letter “S” in the wood-craft section of my local craft store. I also purchased yarn that coordinated with the colors of the items I planned to hang the completed letter with.
  2. Note: This next step was definitely trial and error so do what you find to be successful. I realized that a) with the shape of letter and b) with the fact I would need to cover the front AND sides of the 3-dimensional letter, I wound the yarn around the letter first horizontally starting with the endcaps and then vertically around the entire letter. (Biggest tip: hot glue is your friend. Every time I started and stopped the yarn, I glued it in place on the back. This also came in handy to keep the yarn in place that was going vertically on the edges.)
  3. I was definitely pleased with the result but went a step further and hot-glued a few old buttons on the S for additional detail.

Total Cost: $1.99 for the initial “S” and $3.39 for the yarn (not all was used)

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Posted at 12:42 AM 27 July 2011

Weekend Pinterest Project: Antique Fan

Recently, my grandmother gave me an antique fan she found while cleaning out the attic. I love this sort of thing. I already knew it needed to be cleaned. Badly. But I wasn’t sure how I wanted to restore it. (I use the word “restore” loosely, since I don’t really know how to restore anything.)

Enter Pinterest. And a burst of energy. And my mind works like this:

I have this…             Love the Color…            I could paint the fan!…   Voila!

Step-by-Step How To:

  1. Wearing protective gloves (for all steps), spray WD-40 on the metal piece and scrub with a coarse brush. I used a Stanley brush.
  2. Next, I took a Scotch sponge and scrubbed the whole fan again.
  3. I then took paper towels and cleaned the entire fan from any WD-40 residue. The fan was definitely in better condition, but still needed to be painted. (below: pic 2)
  4. Then, I used Krylon “Gray” Indoor/Outdoor Primer to cover the fan. (I read that Gray was recommended to cover metal.) (below: pic 3)
  5. Finally, having been inspired by the Peacock Blue chest above, I sprayed the entire fan with Krylon “Regal Blue” Indoor/Outdoor Gloss. (below: pic 4)

Total Cost: $4.99 x 2 for the spray paint and primer

What weekend project(s) have you taken on this summer? Have you been inspired by Pinterest too? Need an invite to Pinterest? Let me know!

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Posted at 10:29 PM 26 July 2011

Google+: my two cents and more than a dollar’s worth of links

It’s been just over a week since creating my Google+ account and I’ve been able to dabble into various parts of this new “channel”. 

(Side note: that’s what I call all social media sites. Goes back to my media buying days. Sort of the old, who is the audience, use, etc. for that TV channel and why would I buy it. Does it meet my goals?)

There has been no shortage of opinions, advice and insights on the new channel. So in the spirit of sharing, here are my brief thoughts on a few of the features of G+.

General

  • Overwhelming.  Not open to all yet but somehow a few are able to have tens of thousands of followers already. These same individuals took years to grow a similar following on Twitter. Is this rapid (but closed) growth good or bad?
  • A lot of content. Not a lot of organization. And with no limit on characters, there is no consistency among information being shared.
  • Too much chatter. However, I love LOVE the “mute this post” option, which allows you to end notifications when others comment on a post you have commented on.
  • Lots of possibilities. Can’t wait to see how it evolves (or doesn’t).

Hangouts

  • Limited to 10 people max. (Still better than Facebook’s version, which is limited to two people.)
  • Originator of the Hangout does not have to be present for the hangout to continue.
  • No time limit.
  • "View Only" mode offers some potential.
  • Users without access to webcam, can still participate but by voice only.

iPhone App

  • Why isn’t it an integrated function of the Google app similar to Reader?
  • Overall, good. Wish it had landscape mode and Hangout function.

Circles

  • How are people using these? Are you organizing your circles like you would a Twitter list?

Interested to see what others are saying? Me too.

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Posted at 5:12 PM 22 July 2011

All the Plus You Need.

I’m just dipping my toe into all the goodness of Google+. As I’m learning, I’m reading. And there is a lot to read. If you’re starting out too, here is a collection of blog posts talking about what it is, how to use it, and of course, the pluses and minuses. I hope this collection of posts is helpful. It may be a fine line before I “+” into information overload.

Google+ Getting Started

Google+ How To

Google+ General Review

Google+ Goodness

Google+ Minuses

And - if you’ve made it this far, learn with me on Google+.

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    Posted at 12:13 AM 12 July 2011