Lines Across: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

10 Signs Lyla is ALL girl

1. She wears size 3 diapers, but she tells her friends she is a size 2.

2. She feels naked if she leaves home without her purse.

3. She can't crawl yet, and she desperately wants to. Clearly, she thinks, this is her mother's fault.

4. When she's having a bad hair day, she pulls it up and blames the Florida humidity.

5. She loves her mother but is 100% a daddy's girl.

6. She is a cat person. {If by cat person you mean someone who will go to great lengths to grab a cat by the face and try to chew on its ears}

7. After careful consideration, career aptitude tests, and the advice of her friends and family, she has decided to become a butterfly when she grows up.

8. If you ask her what she is looking for in a boy she will say, "someone who is smart with a great personality." While this is true, the kind of stroller he rides secretly matters too.

9. She learned to walk in high heels. She sleeps with bows in her hair.

NOT Lyla... adorable picture from Pinterest

10. She loves to wear make-up. She even does it all by herself.

#1 Sign she will probably be half tom-boy:

She wants to be just like her big brother

*Obviously this list is mostly just humorous {although I do get the feeling that she thinks it is my fault she can't crawl yet}. Of course we do not think that Lyla or girls in general are shallow and it is important to us to teach her good values. We want her to feel beautiful no matter what size she is. We want to teach her that she shouldn't be interested in a guy because of what kind of car he drives or how much money he has.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Turn baby scribbles into bows (Gift Bow Tutorial)

Benjamin and Lyla both love to color, but right now all they do is scribble. I have stacks of sheets that Benjamin has colored all over and I was hoping to do something fun with them.

I saw this tutorial at Smile Monsters for making your own paper gift bows and I immediately wanted to turn the scribbles into bows. These are such a great idea for wrapping presents (especially for the grandparents).


Lyla helped color with markers. She loves the little (very washable) markers and gets them all over her face and hands. Lyla made the pink scribbles and Benjamin did the blue one.

First, cut the paper into strips 8 and a half inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide. If you have a paper cutter this step is very quick and easy. You will need 5 - 8 strips per bow.

Next, fold the strip in half to mark the middle. Then fold back and glue down each side with a hot glue gun, or another instant adhesive. Scotch tape would also work well.

Try to keep the ends somewhat pointy.

Once you have made all of these figure 8 petals, start gluing them one at a time. Glue down the first 3 petals so that you have what looks like a 6 petaled flower with a gap in the middle.

Next, add the last two folded up inside of the others. You can use any number of petals. For the pink bows I used 5, for the blue bow I used 6, and for the newspaper bows I used 7.

For thicker paper (like regular printer paper or scrapbook paper) it seems to work well to use only 5 or 6 petals. You can experiment with different numbers of petals and different sizes of the strips. I found that as long as they fit, the more petals you use the better it looks.

DIY newspaper gift bows

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Cure for the Common Monday #6 (Craft Link Party)

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week and thank you all for your kind words of support. We are back home in Orlando and I have a few fun projects and posts lined up this week.

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All of the features this week are baby/child themed.

I love this football/cheerleader themed birthday party from Pigskins and Pigtails.

This adorable owl painting from Jane of All Crafts was inspired by a Sweet 'n Low add from a magazine.

This ladybug tutu from Our Seven Dwarfs is just too cute! I love ladybugs and just might have to make (or buy) one for Lyla's first birthday.

These cute Pottery Barn knock-off buckets are so cute. My Life and Kids has a great tutorial on how to make them along with quite a few good ideas on how to use them.

Check out this cute homemade owl changing table pad cover from Twice Thrifty.

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Please link up to 3 projects below. Try to share projects that you have never shared here before. This is a low-key link party but I would love it if you would all do the following:
1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face)
3. Try to visit at least as many posts as you link up. Also remember that everyone loves comments, Pins, Stumbles, etc...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Somewhere over the...

I love this song.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly.

I like the childish look of this. You could also print the blank one and have your child draw a picture of a rainbow in the first blank and pictures of a few blue birds in the second. This is a fun way to frame and keep your child's drawings.

I heart Chevron

There are so many different ways to incorporate chevron and zigzag stripes in your home. Here are a few of my favorites. 

1. Urban Fringe (Etsy) - gray chevron stripe felt flower pillow cover

2. Apartment Therapy - chevron kitchen tiles

3. Urban Outfitters - "Ziggy Chair"

4. Aura Home - Inka Fig bed quilt cover

5. West Elm - tribal bath mat

6. Shades of Light - chevron drum lamp shade pendant

I love this chevron inspired embroidered wood jewelry from the Etsy shop Ibby and Rufus. These are gorgeous and so unique.

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What an adorable homemade chevron t-shirt for a little boy from A Little Gray! I have to make one for my son.

The Sweet Survival has a great tutorial for this cute chevron coat rack. I especially love the colors.

Adventures in Dressmaking shares a wonderful tutorial on how to make a West Elm inspired chevron rug.


I love stripes on babies so of course I would love this chevron bodysuit from Oii.

This adorable pink chevron stuffed owl from Haley by Hand (Etsy) inspires me to use chevron fabric in all sorts of projects.

This green chevron dresser is gorgeous (Triple Max Tons).

Check out this very useful chevron stripe dresser tutorial from A Step in the Journey.

Astero's Crafty World combines three of my favorite things in this card: felt flowers, rainbows, and chevron stripes. This would make a beautiful wall hanging.

I love these stamped chevron cards from Simply Stamped using another one of my favorite things, buttons. I just discovered this blog and I would highly recommend you check it out.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How to Rotate Pictures in Blogger

(Updated for the new Blogger interface)

For a long time now, I have struggled with the fact that you can't rotate pictures in Blogger. Sometimes my pictures would show up turned to the side for no reason and nothing I have tried would work. So in the past I would either leave out that photo or crop it and try uploading it again.

Oh No!
Here's one way to fix this and rotate your picture. Every time you upload pictures to your blog (even if you don't end out adding them to your post) they are added to your Picasa Web Album.

1. Upload the pictures in blogger like you normally would. When you see that they will be crooked, do not add them to your post yet.

2. Go to your Picasa Web Album. The easiest way to do this is to go to If you are signed into your google/gmail/blogger account, then you will already be signed into Picasa Web and all of the pictures you have ever uploaded to your blog will be sitting there waiting for you.

3. Find the picture you want to rotate. Click on it. Now above the picture there is a button that says Actions. Click on it, a menu will scroll down, and then choose the option Edit in Creative Kit.

4. Rotate the picture. Save to your album. Choose the option to replace the picture.

(Sometimes the picture is already right side up at this point. Who knows why that is. If that is the case make some small change to the picture or rotate it and then rotate it back so that you can save the new right-side-up picture)

5. Now go back to your post. Click on INSERT IMAGE. On the left choose to add image from Picasa Web Album. At first the thumbnails still seemed to be sideways, but when I added the pictures to my blog they were right side up.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Cure for the Common Monday #5

Thanks to everyone who shared last week. We've had a difficult week. A couple days ago we found out that one of our friends (25 years old) died. He had recently gotten married and had a month old son. We decided to drive out to Dallas for the funeral (1100 miles). We loaded up Benjamin and Lyla in the car and left Orlando around 8:00 pm last night. We took turns driving and napping. Lyla slept most of the way and Benjamin stayed awake, looking out the window. This morning we arrived here around noon. B and L could not have been more perfect. Today, however, was a different story.
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone shares this week, but I will be mostly MIA this week.

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1. Check out this INCREDIBLE bowl made with scraps of yarn and paste (Elisabeth Andree). This is gorgeous.

2. Take a look at this cute oven rack turned jewelry display from Just Sew Sassy. Cute and Clever.

3. This DIY lavendar salt and sugar scrub gift set is beautiful. Nifty Thrifty Things is always coming up with the cutest ideas.

4. This Dr. Seuss dress from the Little Giggler is so adorable.

5. My husband Grant saw this cardboard Lightning McQueen box (Green Acres Hobby Farm) and thought it was so awesome. He keeps talking about how I need to make one for Benjamin (who like most 2 year olds, loooves Cars). I think he is right!

Please link up to 3 projects below. Try to share projects that you have never shared here before. This is a low-key link party but I would love it if you would all do the following:
1. Follow me on GFC (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest)

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face)
3. Try to visit at least as many posts as you link up. Also remember that everyone loves comments, Pins, Stumbles, etc...

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