Category Archives: Printables

How to: Happy Father’s Day “desktop picture” card

June 15, 2014

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Wishing all the Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day. When my son grows up, I know he will have very fond memories of playing with his dad as his playmate. My husband does everything with him from crossword puzzles, explaining the intricacies of how a piece of electronics work, to play fighting. (Keep in mind that our son is only 6!)

My son has accumulated a great collection of toy cars … some cars were ones my husband found in his garage sale/second hand shops rounds, birthday gifts, some from my father’s own collection and others from a trip to the mall with the grandparents.

We always handcraft cards for special occasions. Since my husband is always on the computer – I thought this year’s Father’s Day would be a desktop picture of a selection of my son’s toy car collection. We changed the screen on his computer the day of and — surprise — happy father’s day!

It’s very easy to do and also documents your child’s toy collection. You can make a electronic desktop picture card for any occasion/event.

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Step 1: Take a photograph of your child’s favourite toys  Arrange the toys preferably on a white or solid background. Desktop pictures work best when there is white space so you can see your folders and loose documents you need to file. Consider grouping similar colours and shapes together, or arrange in an interesting grid or place toys together to form a shape.

Stand directly above your toys – you may need a small ladder or chair to get an overall view. I used a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens on my Nikon D300. You can cover a range of distance with this lens. Snap a picture directly above the arrangement in a high resolution jpeg.

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Step 2: Edit your image in Photoshop or any other image software and make the final image size to match your display resolution. I made my image to measure 2560×1440 pixels (at 72 dpi) – which is an optimal for most monitors. Personalize your desktop image with some lovely words.

Step 3: Save the image as a jpeg and it’s ready to be used as a desktop picture.

Here’s a Desktop picture just for you. Download here.

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How to: Awesome T-shirt

June 23, 2011

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Simple t-shirts for kids are easy to make.  With lots of inspiration from the web, it’s fairly easy to create a cool looking t-shirt without the expense.

What you will need:

 

How to: It is fairly easy to find plain coloured T-shirts these days: dollar stores and T-shirt outlets can be found in the boroughs of major cities. I brought afew of these size 3 t-shirt at T-shirt apparel outlet for $2/each. Get some Avery iron-on T-shirt transfer paper and print your design.

For my son’s shirt I added “arms” to the t-shirt. I narrowed and shorten the arms of my old T-shirt and attached it to the shoulder seam. I always forget to turn the t-shirt inside out when washing, but I think the roughed up transfer looks better with age.

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Create your own T with lots of free images on the web and here are some ideas and inspiration to make an awesome  T-shirt for your little tot or you.

How lovely is this … from Stella McCartney kids

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From threadless, a company that makes t-shirts from designs submitted by you. Cool.tshirt_3What a great idea for a T-shirt transfer … use a photo from your vacation. Found this one of my blog reads here.  Madewell has a line of tee’s called “Where I Want to Be” featuring images of the mountains and the road.

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How to: Play kitchen

March 6, 2011

This was our first collaborative blog project between my husband and I. My husband loved assembling the play kitchen for our son and I enjoyed sourcing all the materials. We made it for my son when he was just over a year old and he is 3 now and he is still “cooking.” There are many great posts about play kitchens.

I found an old teak like end table that someone was throwing out. It was a perfect size for our space, excellent condition and it was free.  We reassembled the drawer and added a hinge at the bottom and a magnetic closure at the top so that the door could open like an oven door. I found some metal pot steamers and stainless steel bowl at the dollar store. The faucet is a wooden banana stand.

My husband got some real faucet knobs and the white circles under the elements are door knob protectors from home depot. We added a piece of wood to the back of the end table. It was painted black to give it an industrial feel and a battery operated push light was added on the bottom shelf.

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I really wanted to find a little clock but all I could find at Goodwill at the time was an alphabet toy which had an abacus and clock attached.Wooden pots and pans are from pottery barn and the metal kitchen set is from Ikea. Check out the mini-coffee maker (Goodwill, again).

Handmade play vegetables and oven mitts were made by me. Download my pattern for the oven mitts. (PDF, 104 K)

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