My Blogging Year of 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Make Something Mondays.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, liked or commented on my blog. You helped to make it grow ūüôā 150,000 views in the first year is not too shabby.

DIY Watercolor Decor

DIY Watercolor DecorThis is a fun, relaxing DIY for Make Something Mondays. It is always nice to have something like this after the holidays. You can do this by yourself, with a friend, or even with your kids! Its like coloring in a coloring book but without restrictions. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

DIY materials

 

Things You Will Need:
Brushes
Cup of water
Newspaper
Watercolors
Felt-tip Marker
Thesaurus pages

 

 

hearts

 

Step 1:

There is only one step. Start doodling with your watercolors on the thesaurus pages.

 

Painting like this really helps to blow off some steam (at least for me). I really like the way the ink shows through the watercolors.

If you like it enough when you are finished you can frame them and they make some awesome decor!

 

watercolor flowers

 

 

 

DIY Watercolor Decor

 

If you want to play around some more, use your marker to outlines or color with. see what you can do with it!

 

DIY Photo Coasters

I apologize for my lateness! With Christmas being tomorrow I was very caught up in family ūüôā here is my Make Something Mondays a little late. Happy Holidays!

wedding gift photo coasters

This is gift #4 in the Make Something Mondays holiday gift series!

My best friend got married last month so, for Christmas I am going to give her these photo coasters made with a few of her wedding photos. I picked out 4 gorgeous pictures, sized them to 4×4 inches, and cut them out. Then I went to Lowe’s and found 4 white wall tiles.

This is the type of project that you have to work on while you are doing something else. Cleaning the house would be perfect. There is a lot of waiting in this one. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area or you might get a little loopy!

materials

Things You Will Need:
Tiles
Photos
Felt pads
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Sealant (not pictured)

mod podge on tileStep 1:

Put a thin, even layer of mod podge over the top of the tile.

wedding photo giftStep 2:

Quickly apply the precut photo of your choice. Use your fingers to smooth the photo over the glue. Make sure you press down on the edges. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining tiles and images.

Let it dry for about 5-10 mins. Go do the dishes or something.

*if it isn’t dry before you move on to step 3 then you will get some serious bubbles in the photo.

mod podge layer 2Step 3:

Apply another thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. Repeat this step for the remaining tiles. Let it dry for about 5-10 mins.

*repeat this step 2-3 times.

photo coaster line

Step 4:

When your tiles are dry line them up (like the photo) on some newspaper in a well ventilated area. Spray your sealant as evenly as possible on the coasters and make sure to get all of the edges. Let the coasters sit for about 10 minutes to dry completely.

felt pads

Step 5:

Adhere your felt pads to the bottom of the coaster to protect any surface this will soon be placed on.

wedding gift photo coasters

When you are done you will have some lovely photo coasters! People love these things, seriously.

Happy crafting ūüôā

Book Sculptures by Guy Laramee [12 images]

This post is amazing!! I love book artists!

Quieter Elephant

I’ve posted the work of Guy Laramee before, but this page had some different images. He’s Canadian, so I’m slightly more inclined to let him off for desecrating books in the name of art!

Book Sculptures by Guy Laramee [12 images].

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Home Remedies

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I’ve been sick, joy. It’s going around and everyone I know has it. So i thought i would share my dad’s home remedy for a sore throat.

When i had a sore throat he made me hot lemonade. Sounds weird right? It tastes like crap. It is very tart and it is hard to drink a full cup but IT WORKS! It works really well. Within a few hours my throat is back to normal and I am good to go.

All you do is mix half lemon juice and half water in a cup and microwave it. It has to be really hot to work though. If you really can’t handle it then add some honey. It can only help.

Hopefully you are all healthy and don’t have to deal with the sickness going around. BUT if you do, I have more remedies ūüôā

Cloud Formation Photography

I was googling cloud formations last night (don’t ask) and came across this awesome photography on¬†matador. There are some amazing images on here and I wanted to share them. There are more details and many many more pictures on the actual post. Check it out!

1. Lenticular cloud, Mt. Fuji, Japan

Source unknown

2. Mammatus clouds, Ft. Worth, TX
3. Asperatus formation, Canterbury, New Zealand

Photo: wittap

4. Roll cloud hang glider, Queensland, Australia

Photo: Mark Watson

5. Mammatus over Quebec

Photo: Michel Filion

6. Shelf cloud, North Dakota
7. Nacreous clouds, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Photo: Alan R. Light

8. Lenticulars, Mt. Rainier, Washington

Photo: Tim Thompson

9. Cumulonimbus, Nelson, BC
10. Lenticular UFO, Patagonia

Source unknown

11. Shelf cloud, Cape Cod, MA
12. Altocumulus from the ISS

Photo: Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and the Russian Space Agency Press Services

13. Mammatus, Manhattan

Photo: Skellig2008

14. Noctilucent clouds over the Tibetan Plateau
15. Morning glories, Queensland, Australia

Photo: Mick Petroff

16. Lenticular funnel, Palm Springs, CA

Photo: ¬įFlorian

17. Fog bow, Sydney, Australia
18. Shelf cloud, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Photo: Bidgee

19. Waterspout, Balearic Islands, Spain

A waterspout is basically a tornado that’s not associated with a supercell and occurs over water. Coincidentally, the Balearics are also where you can find some of the clearest water in the world.

Photo: Vvillamon

20. Mammatus storm, Norman, OK