Finished- Revoluti Shawl

Thursday, February 25, 2010
After 1 month and 5 days, 3 knitting charts, and 2 skeins of yarn I have completed my Revontuli shawl.

I think that this is pretty much the best shawl ever. If you missed my previous post about my shawl while it was in progress, you can check that out here. And let me know what you think about my new shawl in the comments below.

I Love to Rasterbate

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
That's right! I rasterbated all weekend long. And contrary to how it sounds, rasterbating is not a new self-pleasuring sex craze. Rasterbator is a computer application that converts any image into a larger image that spans dozens of pages, allowing you to assemble and create a large poster/ wall mural.

Rasterbator isn't the only program available that can enlarge photos like this. If you're tech savvy, you can use Photoshop, some programs that come with your printer, or you can use Block Posters (I'm sure there are other programs available too). The key difference between Rasterbator and Block Posters is that Rasterbator blows up your photo into a larger image made up of small black (or any other color of your choosing) dots, whereas Block Posters simply blows up your photo as is. For my projects, I actually used Block Posters.

If you decide to give it a go here's what you will need need:
- a computer
- a photograph ( I chose an image of a garden gnome from Flickr).
- a good printer to print off lots of pages
- mounting hardware of your choice (you can frame and nail the individual images to the wall or just tape them up. I placed mine in plastic sheet protectors and tacked them to the wall with poster putty).

For my project I first decided to tackle my dining room area

Then, I found a great picture of the city of Chicago at night and decided to cover my large, ugly, white closet doors.

Apartment Therapy has a number of web articles highlighting Rasterbated images in home decor.

Check out:
The Rasterbator
The Rasterbator: Huge DIY Artwork
Large-Scale Artwork on a Budget
Top 10 Affordable Wall Treatments
Look! Maps, Maps, and More Maps
Reader's DIY Tiled Wall Poster

And let me know if you want to rasterbate all weekend long. :P

Valentine's Day Re-cap

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
What I wore

Red tank top- Walmart
Norma Kamali 3/4 sleave- Walmart (mine was $5 in store)
Plaid gray pants with red stripe- Target
Red ballet flats- Payless
Necklace- Forever 21

What I got

Russel Stover Premium Reserve Chocolates
Red Cinnamon Candle
Lips Necklace- Forever21
Coral Necklace- Forever 21

What I made

What I did

Watch the premier of the Amazing Race

Watch New York, I Love You

Have a Craftacular Valentines Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010
Over the past few weeks, I have stumbled upon a number of quick Valentine's day craft ideas for my sweety that I wanted to share with you. So, if you're in need of a low-budget, last minute, crafty gift, here are some that I've found and loved.

I have spotted 52 Things I Love About You on a number of blogs. It's made from a deck of cards.

If you knit or crochet check out the Pop Heart Pattern or the Winged Heart Tattoo.

For those who sew, check out the colette pattern

Design*Sponge has this valentine light bulb.

Martha Stewart has a ton of valentines food and craft ideas. Check out...
- Paper cut hearts
- Mini Heart Shaped Cake
- Chocolate Sipped Shortbread Cookies
- Molten Mocha Cakes

For those of you who aren't quite as crafty, How About Orange has a number of links to beautiful free printing options as well as crafting options.
- printable valentines goodie bags
- printable all-in-one card and envelope
- paper heart garland
- vintage-style valentine card
- DIY paper freebies

Creature Comforts also has a number of valentines freebie printing options
- Fashionable Valentines cards
- Pretty Gift Tags
- Tweet Printable Valentine
- Print Conversation Candy Bar Wrappers
- Danielle Thompson Panda and Fox Valentine
- Button cookie recipe and post card
- Iron on Pillow Transfer
- Free Valentine's e-cards by Kate Spade

If you're making a mix tape, check out this free download from Chronicle Books Blog.

And for even more crafty ideas check out Threadbanger's Heart Craft Project Roundup.

Surely this post has got you in the mood for Valentine's Day. Let me know if you tried out any of these projects and share your Valentine's Day plans below.
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