Monday, June 25, 2012

Photos into Coloring Pages

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
Here is a tutorial on how to change your photos into coloring pages using Picasa (because it’s a free program available to virtually everyone!)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
Take a photo that is cropped how you want it and:
1. Select B&W to make your photo Black and White. You may want to finely tune your light and color settings to make the picture's white whiter and black blacker. I adjust Fill Light first, then Shadows, and then Highlights and work them until they look appropriate.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
3. Select HDR-ish and set the tuners to desired tuning.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
4. Select Pencil Sketch and set tuners to desired tuning.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using PicasaAnnaVirginia Fashion - Coloring Pages from Photos using Picasa
5. At this point, you may want to re-adjust Fill Light and Shadows to give you the level of “sketching” that you want.  You may also want to re-crop to remove excess parts of the picture.
6. Save the picture and print and color!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Patriotic Yarn Wreath

AnnaVirginia Fashion: Patriotic Wreath

In an older post, I explain how I made yarn wreaths.  I have lots of yarn and I love things made of yarn!  I wanted something patriotic, since we’re surrounded by patriotic holidays this time of year (actually all year… but summertime is a good excuse).
I basically followed my own instructions, but instead of a tiny piece of duct tape, I wrapped tape around the entire pipe insulation foam around twice.  I’m hoping that it will maintain a more circular shape throughout time.  Anyway, the picture shows how my wreath turned out.  I like it!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kid’s Aprons and Pot Holders

Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia FashionKid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion
To finish off our kid kitchen, I decided that each of my toddlers should have an apron and matching pot holders.  I’ve seen that you can make kid aprons using a standard pot holder and kitchen hand towel, but I wanted something more fun.  However, I used a pot holder and kitchen towel to give me measurements to start off with!
Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia FashionKid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion
For my girl, I used some pink stripe fabric I had on hand, and for my boy I used some Finding Nemo fabric.  Both fabrics are hand-me-downs from other people!  I used black rick-rack for trim on the pink apron, and for both I used ribbon for the neck and waist straps.  I made them a little big so that they can use them for some time.  Both of the kids love them!Kid Aprons - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Sunday, June 3, 2012

“Fresh” Bouquet (and writing utensils!)

Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
I love bright flowers, but I don’t love the bugs that hang out in the flowers and I don’t like that fresh flowers wilt and make their water smell funny!
I also always need to find a pen, but since I’ve got two toddlers, I can’t really leave pens and pencils laying around.
So, to make myself happy and do something helpful, I made a bouquet of Pen Flowers for various places in my house to help me have some fresh looking flower (Silk flowers are making a comeback!), and yet have a handy pen around.
Here’s what they look like!
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia FashionFlower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
The first bouquet has big pink peonies and white roses, and they sit on the shelf in the living room.  The second picture shows pens that I made using the boutonnière/corsage from my brother’s wedding, and I have one on each nightstand in my bedroom. 
Here’s how to make these simple, cute pen flowers!
1. You’ll need flowers, pens, floral tape, beans and a vase
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
2. Get rid of the pen caps.  I used them for a little while, but the lids pull out beans when you take them out of the vase.
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
3.  Cut the flower stem a few inches in length.  Wrap the floral tape around the pen and stem.
 Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
4.  Using your fingers to press firmly on the floral tape, continue wrapping the tape down the length of the pen.  I usually go over the edge of the flower stem a few times to make sure that the wire doesn’t poke through.
 Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
5.  About an inch from the end of the pen, turn the floral tape direction to head back up the pen.
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
6.  Cover the top of the pen and pull the flower in tight.  Take the tape back down the pen for about and inch and tear it off.  Use your fingers to press the edge into the previous layer of tape.
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
7.  Repeat the steps for as many flowers as you’d like. 
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia Fashion
8.  Add beans to the vase, and arrange flowers in a decorative bouquet. (I also did three daisies while you weren't looking!)
Flower Pens - AnnaVirginia FashionAll done!  These flowers will sit in the kitchen!

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