Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.Nothing beats a good dragon craft. Being a fan of things mystical, magical and whimsical, dragons also fall into that category. My home has touches of all these things in most of my rooms, some subtle, some not so subtle. My home office is one of the not so subtle rooms. It’s where I spend a lot of my time and it reflects my likes dramatically and boasts several dragons, most of which are a set of flying one’s on my wall.

Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. I purchased the ones you see then realized it would be fairly simple to make my own style. Well, not me personally, but my go to person for this type of thing, my daughter Jennifer. I would ask her to make a set then others who also enjoy all things dragony could have flying dragons on their walls! (I know your out there… or at least your kids are.) So she drew up our own dragons and we made them into a downloadable package just for you. And if you are looking for more dragon things well, of course I have them for you. Check our our Dragon Craft Post making Dragon Eyes! Plus, one of our most favorite posts of all time is our  How to Make a Dragon Egg. Every home needs one of these! And they’re so easy to make.

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Gather your paper color of choice the patterns and your other supplies.

Roll tape back on itself stick side out to adhere the pattern to your paper while to cut.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Using detail scissors, cut out each dragon in this method.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Completed cut dragon.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Carefully remove the template off the top.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

You will now bend your dragon where it shows the dotted bend lines on your template.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Curl the tail up using a pencil or something round.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

This gives the 3D effect.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

On the one’s with wings, bend the wing before gluing in place.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Bend the small flap where it will attach to the dragon.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Add some glue to the small flap.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Press the wing in place.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

You can try attaching them to the wall this way but normally it takes a stronger tape to hold them in place for a long period of time. Command Strips work great.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Hang as many as you wish wherever you like!Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

 

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Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes using cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. It’s so easy and inexpensive you can make a whole set to switch in and out, depending on your mood. Any cotton material will work. It’s a great project for teens too! This is a quicker version of our other Make Your Own Large Mouse Pad post we did a while back and this one can also be made any size you like.  If you have a home office of your own you might also enjoy How to Build a Simple Large Surface Home Office Desk and Messy to Marvelous Closet Makeover for a Home Office.  (That last one will show you why we chose pink for our mouse pad!)

 

DIY Mouse Pad Supplies

NOTE ON CORK: I used this brand from Amazon as it was the best I could find for my needs and the highest rated. It did have a drawback. It was 1/8″ thick which is fairly thin but I like that myself. The biggest problem is that it was very stiff and would not lay flat. I had to cut my piece, wet it and lay something heavy on it overnight to get it to lay flat. Then let it dry. It’s just not flexible. It will work and it’s inexpensive. You might find what you need at a local craft store. Any rolled cork might give you the same problem. Wetting it didn’t harm it at all.

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Grab some cork, material of choice and your other supplies.

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set! This is the cork I used but as I mentioned in the notes under the supply list, I had to soak my cut piece and place heavy objects on it (bricks) overnight to get it to lay flat. It worked fine and was an inexpensive choice (also linked under supplies) you might find a better option locally.  It’s very thin, which I myself prefer. You can also use 1/4″ cork.Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Measure out the size you want your mouse pad to be.Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Carefully cut it with a SHARP blade. A dull one will crumble the edge of the cork. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

I wanted my material to be 1/4″ inside the edge of the cork so I measured and cut it 9.5″Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

I then sprayed it with a good coat of spray adhesive. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Then I aligned my material on the cork board. This part works easier if you have someone helping you. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Press it down firmly making sure there are no bubbles and you’re done!Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

And that’s how to make a 10 minute DIY Mouse Pad.

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

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If you like girly car accessories, be you gal or guy cause we don’t judge, we’ve got some exciting news for you! You can make your own DIY hood ornament! In fact you can make a whole set of them because they’re removable. The best part is they’re so easy and fun to make. Want to know one of the best places to find your unfinished ornaments? Thrift stores. They are full of cool things that make the best hood ornaments, especially in the toy section. We’ve got another cool DIY for your car… Reusable Car Air Fresheners. And if you want some girly bling to wear while you’re driving, then make a Good Vibes Necklace.

Girly Car Accessories Supplies

IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

What you don’t want is your ornament flying off your hood. It should ONLY be used in the following ways.

  1. Drive in town only when using your ornament.
  2. Don’t drive over 35 MPH, just to be safe.
  3. Use only light weight thin plastic items never taller than 4 inches or so.
  4. Use only super strong magnets as described.
  5. Use super strong Permanent Epoxy glue
  6. Pop it off, NEVER SLIDE IT AS IT CAN MARK THE CAR, when you go in anywhere. (Not for safety but just to make sure it doesn’t get taken!)

Instructions

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Find the items you wish to use for your ornaments. Make sure they have flat surfaces so you can attach a magnet. Some might require two magnets. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Don’t make them higher than about 4″ or so due to wind resistance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The stronger the magnet the more brittle it is. When shipped to you they will have spacers between them to prevent breaking. If you hold one magnet close to the other it will snap together. It will also probably break. Be very careful. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

For our Fisher-Price toy Flamingo, I wanted it in a metallic pink so I used Martha Stewart’s Pearl Fruit Punch. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Using the epoxy attach the magnet to the bottom and allow to dry overnight.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The final hood ornament is ready to use. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!When removing them, DO NOT SLIDE THEM off the car. Pull them straight up as they can possibly leave a mark. It usually rubs off but don’t take a chance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The unicorn was spray painted silver.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Glue the magnet onto the feet of your unicorn and let set overnight to complete it.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set! I came across a batman and wanted to keep his cape black so I used masking tape and a paper towel to cover it. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I taped up close to his neck.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Then taped up the rest of the cape with the paper towel.  If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I chose gold for Batman. I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part.   The dragon was painted silver and magnets added to its feet.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

This guy works for a girly or manly car!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

 

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Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking your gloves on and off so you can text?   Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! They’re inexpensive, simple to make and best of all you can add whatever power words you’d like and save all that time and money and pain on finger tattoos that your mom, husband, wife or whomever won’t let you get anyway.  This is a win win DIY all around!  You might want to sit down here because it just keeps getting better… guess where we got our gloves? That’s right… THE DOLLAR STORE!  Oh my gosh… I know, I know… it’s almost too much to take in. And you get the free instructions below plus a list of words to pick from.  Catch your breath from all this excitement, then grab you some gloves and get busy!

 

Power Texting Gloves Supplies

NOTE ON FABRIC GLUE: After a lot of research I use Beacons fabric glue because it has the highest reviews.

Download Word Idea List

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Instructions

NOTE: You do need to treat your gloves with care and don’t stretch out the finger holes anymore than necessary. The Frey Check helps a lot but they are still knit gloves and will pull apart if you are too rough with them. Just use a gentle “hand” so to speak.

These are the supplies needed for the Puffy Paint Power Texting Gloves. Gloves, Fray Check and Puffy Paint of choice.

Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

These are the supplies you will need for the string text gloves. Gloves, Fray Check Fabric Glue and heavy String. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Begin by cutting off the tips of the gloves where they start to curve.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Carefully put them on and see where they fall on your fingers. This lets you know if any need trimmed. You want to be extra careful at this stage to not stretch the ends out as they will fray easily at this point.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

  The pinky finger needed trimmed as you could see so I trimmed it a little. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

You then want to test them, again being careful to stretch them out as little as possible, to make sure they work fine for texting. Trim more if needed.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Once one glove is trimmed to the exact length needed, lay it over the other glove and trim it to match. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Find a slim object you can stick your gloves over to hold them up while you put the Fray Check on the ends of each finger. I used two small spray cans.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Make sure each finger hole is spread out.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

It’s now time to pull out the Fray Check which is perfect for things like this. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

You will run a bead of Fray Check around the edge of each finger hole. Don’t be afraid to rub it in as you go with the tip of the applicator. Put plenty on. If the end of any finger is curved under slightly make sure to pull it up so you can coat the area that has been cut. Fray Check dries quickly. Go over the ends again if needed to make sure you get a good coat around it. Do this on both gloves. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Make sure the tips don’t touch each other and stay open so they don’t stick together from the Fray Check as it dries, which takes only minutes. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

For the puffy paint text I suggest practicing on paper first then apply your text to the four fingers. MAKE SURE TO DO IT THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Puffy paint normally takes about 4 hours to dry lying flat. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

For the string words, cut pieces of string for the words you choose.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

You’ll want to make the words in sections as I did with the M. I laid all my words out ahead of time to make sure they were the correct size.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Once all your letters are cut, grab your fabric glue. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Glue where the letters will be placed and attach them. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

 

 

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Who doesn’t need a little more positivity in their life?  Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield!  Customize with your favorite colors and patterns to create a one of a kind work of art in just 5 minutes!  A great way to add a little flair to your decor while sending a positive message, this lightweight construction hangs anywhere to keep the negativity away. Don’t forget to check out our multiple FREE downloads below for different color schemes.

If you would like to wear your positive good vibes check out our Good Vibe Necklace made with shrinky dinks!

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Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.

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Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Print the download of choice and cut just inside the black outline.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Cut the scrapbook paper or gift wrap paper of your choice.  When the downloaded cutout is placed on the paper, it should have at least an inch of space all around the cutout.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using a glue stick or spray glue, cover the back of the scrapbook/wrapping paper completely.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Lay the sticky side of the paper onto a sheet of foam board and smooth out any creases.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Cover the back of the download cutout with a glue stick or spray glue.  Apply to the center of the previous sheet of paper, smoothing as you go.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Let dry for 1 minute.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using a ruler and pencil, measure 1/2 an inch around the downloaded cutout.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
When complete, there should be a 1/2 inch “frame” surrounding the center image.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using an X-acto knife, place the foam board onto a cutting board and cut along the pencil line.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
When complete, gently pop the shield out.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
If any pencil lines can still be seen, gently erase, being careful not to pull up the paper.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Slightly bend the soda pull tab.  It is common for the edges of the tab to break, however, the remaining aluminum will still hold the tab together.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Place a small amount of hot glue onto the bottom (solid) portion of the tab.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Adhere to the upper center of the shield.  To be sure the tab is centered, use a ruler to draw a line down the center of the back of the shield.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.

Your Anti Bad Vibe Shield will definitely make a statement!Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.

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Make a Silly Selfie “quiet book” in just 15 minutes!  All you need is a small inexpensive 4×6 mini photo book and some dry erase markers. This amazingly simple project is guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment to kids of all ages!  Customize with your favorite photos and let the fun begin. It’s a perfect travel activity too!

Looking for more fun activities for both kids and adults? Check out our Mini Toy Box in a Drawer!

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Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!

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Gather your supplies! We used pictures uploaded to the closest Walgreen’s but there are a variety of other stores that do one hour photos and let you upload them online and pick them up!

Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Print and cut out your book cover.Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Many of these books have an insert in the front. You can take them out if desired or place your cover over them. If your book does not allow an insert on the front you can also glue the cover on the front.Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Slide in your printed cover.Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Add your photos!Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Pick a photo and start drawing. Keep in mind these take a couple minutes to dry if you want to save them. The back of the opposite page will smudge them otherwise. Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20

Using markers with a built in erase is very handy. Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20  Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!blank630x20 Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!

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The Silly Selfies Quiet Book makes a wonderful gift too. You can give it with just one black marker or a whole set of colors.

Make a Silly Selfie quiet book in 15 minutes using our FREE DOWNLOAD! An amazingly simple project guaranteed to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats! blank630x20

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this quick portable DIY work station and storage set.  (You might recall our mini puzzle holder and mat post.) We feature a 1000 piece puzzle.  The main board is made from an old large dry erase board and a foam sheet to create extra working mats. When your not using it you can slide it under the couch or bed!

Jigsaw puzzles are great for learning to focus and pay attention to detail. They promote patience, goal setting, collaboration and concentration, qualities which are important for kids and adults alike. When I was younger my dad always had a large family puzzle in the works on a card table and we would sit down and work on  it anytime we felt like it. It was a relaxing activity that gave a sense of satisfaction and brought the family together. Roy and I have done puzzles with our kids and my dad and mom now have the pleasure of doing puzzles with their great-granddaughter.  Traditions are awesome things!

My Dad 1958                                                    Roy & Our Kids 1995                   My Dad & Mom Great-Grandchild 2012

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NOTE: We used an old dry erase board we had lying around. Because the front was worn and also because the frame had gaps around the edge we chose to use the back for our puzzle mat so we painted it white. You can use the front if you purchase a new board for your puzzles and then no white paint is needed.

  • Wood Framed Dry Erase Board. For a 1000 piece puzzle you need a 36″ x 24″ size.
  • Handles (these are mainly for decor)
  • E6000 Glue for handles
  • White acrylic paint (see note above)
  • Silver paint for frame, if desired
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • Utility knife to cut the foam sheet
  • Roll of Washi tape (we used this one to match our silver frame)

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This post features Ravensburger Bizarre Bookshop 2 1000 Piece Puzzle.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20This 35″ x 23″ wood framed dry erase board was perfect for my main puzzle mat. I had painted the frame around it at an earlier date for another purpose.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The front had a gap around the edge and I was concerned about the puzzle pieces sliding under it. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame on the back of the dry erase board was snug so that was used for the front of  the mat. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20Two coats of white interior paint was used to cover the back of the board. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame itself was painted silver to match our living room. I protected the inner white mat with sheets of paper taped into place.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The frame was then  spray painted.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Two silver drawer handles were added to the ends, mainly for looks.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

The handles could not be attached in the typical way so small holes were drilled down into the frame on each end. One end at a time was completed. The holes were filled with E6000, a very strong glue, and the holes in the handle was also filled. The handle was then put into place and the board stood on end and allowed to dry overnight. This was repeated the next day  for the other handle. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The tape was folded over onto the back on each side to give it a finished edge.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The work station is now ready to use!
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We found all the edge pieces first.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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We then put the frame together by matching it up to the photo.
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Next we decided to find certain colors and gather those.
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The extra mats come in very handy!Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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It was a sad day indeed when the phrase “Hold the door!” became part of our culture. Never has there been a more beloved character than Hodor, the very large man with a very large heart who can only utter one word.   This little doorstop is in honor of that great man. The graphic was drawn by our daughter Jennifer.

You might also enjoy our Gratitude Stones and the Burlap Pouches that go with them. They make me think of him.

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Hold the Door Doorstop Supplies

  • Wood wedge aprox 4″ long and 1.5″ at high point
  • 4″x6″ piece of 1/4″ wood. We used thin Lauan Plywood   (Lowes has small sheets for $4.00)
  • Free printables below
  • Spray paint of choice. We used gold and silver.
  • Thumb tacks silver or brass
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood or other strong glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Spray Adhesive (Used to apply the printables
  • Clear Sealer (Optional. Helps prevent smearing when Mod Podging over printables)

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Pattern Download

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Cut your wood. Wedges are super easy to cut. Any thin wood can be used for the 4×6 piece.

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Sand your wood pieces.

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Carefully cut out your graphic of choice.

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Paint your wood and wedge.

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We used spray adhesive to attach our printables. Spray them evenly or else they will bubble when you Mod Podge over them.

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Attach your printables.

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The thumbtacks will have a small bit of the stem on them which can be pushed into softer wood. Otherwise you can glue them on.

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Before using the Mod Podge make sure your ink is dry. It’s also helpful to spray a clear coat of sealer over the ink. This helps prevent smudging.

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With long gentle strokes cover brush Mod Podge over the front of your doorstop.

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Glue the wedge on with strong glue.

A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.blank630x20

A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.blank630x20

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Protect your stuff and more! Learn how an inexpensive black light flashlight has a variety of uses and is a great addition to your home gadgets.blank630x20I’ll admit it. A black light flashlight  is fun to play with. But aside from the novelty aspect they also have a variety of practical uses inside the house and out that you never thought of! The flashlights are very inexpensive and small so you can easily carry one with you. Read on and learn just how helpful a black light flashlight can be.  By the way, it would be a perfect addition to a Well Organized Junk Drawer. We put ours in our “Mini Toy Box in a Drawer for Adults and Kids.”

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Black Light Basics

Without boring you with a bunch of scientific stuff, basically a black light emits ultraviolet rays which are invisible to the human eye.  It makes any item glow if it contains  phosphors. Phosphors are any substance that absorbs energy and re-emits it as visible light.   All you need to know is that there are many things that have phosphors. This is what makes a black light flashlight useful.

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There are many options for black light flashlights.  The one on the top left is what we own.  Most small ones run between $7 and $15. Depending on what you want to use it for, you may opt to pay more for a larger one.  Here is a  UV marker you can use to protect your property. We talk about that below under security.

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Uses for Your Black Light

 

IS YOUR MONEY FAKE?

Newer money has been equipped with florescence of bands that show up under a black light.

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PET STAINS

Anyone who’s watched a crime show is probably aware that body fluids show up under a black light. Hence they are great for detecting pet stains.

Protect your stuff and more! Learn how an inexpensive black light flashlight has a variety of uses and is a great addition to your home gadgets.This photo was an example using this black light flashlight.

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SECURITY

In case of theft your valuables can easily be traced to you if you’ve marked them with a special UV marker.

We used this UV Pen. PEN

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HOW CLEAN ARE YOUR HANDS?

Kids not washing their hands good enough? Give ’em the old black light test!

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SHOPPING FOR USED FURNITURE

Checking out Craig’s List for a used couch? Pack your black light for some on the spot icky stain sleuthing.

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INSPECTING FOR MOLD

Yep, mold is full of phosphors hence you can easily detect it by shining your black light flashlight onto it.  Another good idea of your buying a home.

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BUYING A HOME

A black light will come in handy for checking for a variety of things, the aforementioned mold being one of them. On the slightly more disturbing side you could also tell if there are blood stains on the floor.

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Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

If puzzles are your thing, you’re gonna love this creative little puzzle mat! It’s a way to store small mini puzzles and it’s an upcycle project, meaning it uses some things you most likely already have in your home! The only thing you might need to grab is the large sheet of felt. It’s small enough to take and store anywhere.

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Gather your supplies. Make sure your paper towel roll is not bent or squished. Make sure you get soft felt. The thin, stiffer kind will not roll up the puzzle well.

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The area for the puzzle will be 11″x 12″ approximately. Make sure your puzzle will fit on the mat and that the puzzle pieces will fit into the tube.Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

For the bottom end cap, trim a single egg carton section as shown, then glue it in. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

For the top open ended cap, trim another egg carton section as shown. Add holes to attach it with string. Paint it before attaching. We added a coat of Mod Podge. (Optional)Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

After painting, attach your top cap as shown. We added some glue to the inside to secure the string. Glue on a small piece of ribbon as the pull tab. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

Your felt will be a small amount taller than your tube. Measure it and trim the felt down to fit. Glue your felt around the tube as shown. Glue two pieces of  ribbon as shown to tie the mat up when not in use. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

 

 

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This helpful metric chart will come in handy when your doing online shopping, among other things, and need to know lengths. It's also got great hints!blank630x20This helpful metric chart will come in handy when your doing online shopping, among other things, and need to know lengths. It's also got great hints!Have you ever been frustrated when shopping online and what you want is listed in metrics? (Assuming you are from the U.S. of course.) Well, this helpful metric chart will be indispensable!

It’s not that I have anything against metrics, it’s just that growing up in the U.S. inches and feet are ingrained in my brain. Being a crafter I buy quite a bit of supplies online. I regularly come across things that are listed in metrics for length or width, such as ribbon and jewelry parts.  I created this metric chart which can be kept or taped up somewhere handy. Though after you go over it and read the hints I doubt you’ll need to look at it again.  For another handy printable, check out our Daylight Savings Time Reminders.

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Nice metal ruler with both inches and cm/mm

Awesome metric placement (plastic coated) We purchased one of these. It shows all the metrics. Great for kids and adults!
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The chart only focuses on millimeters, centimeters and meters.  (pdf)

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Online Metric Converters

Still Struggling? Bookmark this page and use these online converters. (Millimeters and centimeters to inches)

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Metric Conversion

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We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Talk about a classy upcycle project! We’ll show you how to turn small cardboard boxes into beautiful Celtic style containers with nothing more than a knife, hot glue gun and some paint. This is one of those truly amazing crafts! You’re containers can be used for anything. We used them for our Positive Potions Kit.  FYI this is the same technique we used on our Small Dragon Egg.
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Upcycled Box Supplies

You can use any colors you want. I’ve found that black and silver give a nice look.

  • Small cardboard box
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black paint
  • Silver paint
  • X-acto type knife

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You can use pretty much any size box. Just depends on how much hot glue you have! I used a small box that some items from Amazon were delivered in.

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Measure it as high as you want. We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Trace on handles if you want them. Then carefully cut out along the lines. We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

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Paint the inside of your box silver. We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20
Paint the outside of your box black.We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Using a hot glue gun make designs on the outside of your box. As I’m not all that artistic, drawing wise, I tend to make the same type of simplistic curly design. These do not have to be perfect. I actually touched the tip of the glue gun to the cardboard lightly as I drew them on. (I suggest first practicing on a plain piece of cardboard.)We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Carefully run a line of hot glue along the edge of your box.We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Using silver paint, brush a thin coat over one side of your box at a time. You don’t want it to dry.We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20

Quickly and lightly rub the side you just painted silver over. This gives it the effect. Move onto the next side until all of them are done.

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Don’t forget to paint the edge where you ran the hot glue. We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.blank630x20We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.

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Portable DIY Lego Table

Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stickers. Voila! blank630x20Kids and adults alike love Lego and our family is no different. I wanted a portable DIY Lego table for my newly updated living room and I wanted it to match. I went through my garage and found an old wooden TV tray. It was perfect! I painted it to match my living room and even added some gold stickers and leg tips. It’s chic and fun!

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  • Wood TV tray (you can find these at thrift stores)
  • Paints of choice. We used white acrylic indoor paint and Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
  • Lego mat  (We used a 15″x15″.)
  • Fine tooth saw or utility knife (We had a saw and used that but I’ve seen people cut the mats with a heavy duty utility knife.)
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Glue
  • Stencils or labels (optional)

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If you’d like to use the “CREATE” text you can download it as either a pdf or Silhouette file.  It is sized to fit a standard tv tray.

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This was the old TV stand I started with.

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Most of the top will be covered so sanding is optional depending on the shape its in.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

It took about four coats of paint. I hand painted mine but spray painting would work great also and be much quicker.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

Because my tray had rounded edges I wanted my Lego mat to match so we traced the corners.

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My TV tray measured 19″ x 15 1/4″. The Lego mat was 15″ square so we had to cut one row off of one side for a nice fit. Then we cut the rounded edges.  I’ve seen people cut these mats with a strong utility knife also. Just be very careful if you choose to do it that way.  After we sawed the corners I took a light sandpaper to them to smooth them out.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I could have ordered two mats to cover the entire top of my tray but I liked the idea of having text on one side. I chose the word “create”. As I had a Silhouette cutting machine, I cut my letters out of vinyl and then spray painted them metallic gold before applying. You could also print out the letters, cut them out and then Mod Podge them onto your tray. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I used hot glue to attach my mat on all edges. Any glue would work. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I wanted gold tipped legs so we taped them up for painting. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

We added plastic bags to keep the paint from spraying onto the rest of the tray.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I toyed with the idea of adding a handle on the edge but as the tray is so light I decided against it. My tray stands against the wall in my living room ready for use. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

 

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This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!blank630x20This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track of upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts! Credit for this basic idea goes to our son Adam who mentioned he had seen foil used as a wipe off board. Ends up it works great! Though we chose steampunk as our theme you could obviously create a variety of looks and styles! If you like the metallic look check out our DIY Dragon Egg or our Upcycled Celtic Box. blank630x20
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My dad has a workshop that he let me raid. I found the most awesome stuff!

This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!

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Gather your supplies. TIP: Use heavy duty foil.

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This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!

blank630x20For a better hold coat your board with spray adhesive before applying the foil. Fold it around the back and secure with glue or tape.

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If needed, spray paint your metal pieces. I used a mixture of gold and silver.

This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!blank630x20
Layout our pieces on the edges of your board then glue into place using any firm glue.

This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!blank630x20

I had a spring that was perfect for using as the dry erase marker holder. This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!blank630x20

Dry Erase Marker: I spray painted the bottom portion of the marker and glued on a large black pom pom to use as a quick eraser. This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track up upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts!blank630x20

 I wrapped some wire around my marker to keep it in place in the spring holder.

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Mod Podge Star Wars Lamp

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Star Wars Lamp Supplies

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Instructions

Spray paint your lamp base if desired.

This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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Make a pattern of your lamp shade. This is very easy to do using a piece of butcher paper or newspaper. After you’ve traced it allow 1/2 inch extra on the top and bottom to allow for the fabric to fold over the top and bottom of your shade. Cut out your material then coat the shade with Mod Podge and smooth your fabric over it.  No overcoat is needed. Use a small amount of Mod Podge inside the top and bottom rim and fold the fabric over into the inside.

This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!blank630x20These small plastic parts chest are not just for nails and screws!  (As you can see in our Craft Room Organization Ideas.) With a little paint, labels and some bling, you can transform them into a classy and stylish way to organize office supplies.  We’ve got printable standard drawer size labels you can use for your own cabinets if desired. Your office supplies never looked so good!  blank630x20

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LABEL SIZES & CHESTS: Many of these types of chests have drawers that are generally standard in size but they may vary slightly. These labels will fit drawers that measure approx. 4.5″x2.25″ for the large size and 2″x1.25″ for the small size. Also,  some drawers can have a divider slot on the inner front of the drawers. Those cannot easily have labels on the inside but you can attach them  easily to the outside. I personally have three different brands and sizes of chests and the labels fit all of them.

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Instructions

  1. Remove the drawers from the chest. Spray paint the chest the color of your choice, using two or three thin layers, allowing them to dry completely in between each coat.
  2. Lay out the drawers, gather all your office supplies and place them in.
  3. Write the titles on your labels to match the drawers.
  4. Print and cut out your labels. They are aligned in such a way that you should be able to cut directly between them with no trimming required. (Unless a specific drawer needs it.)
  5. I attached my labels inside the front of each drawer but you can also attach them to the outside if desired.
  6. Using a spray adhesive that allows for temporary bonds, lightly spray the fronts of your labels (or the backs if you’re placing them on the outside of the drawers.) I used 3M General Purpose  Adhesive  which does both permanent and temporary bonds depending on how long you let the glue dry before affixing to the item. I let the spray set for 60 seconds to make the bond temporary.   I barely sprayed mine with tiny short spurts as I just wanted enough adhesive to tack the label into place. This allows you to easily replace labels in the future.
  7. Fill up the chest with your drawers!

My office supplies had gotten a bit out of hand.

Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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I purchased a plastic parts chest.

Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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I spray painted it to match my office.

Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

blank630x20I set up a card table and laid out all the drawers and then proceeded to fill them up with my various office supplies.  Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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I chose to put my labels on the inside of the drawers facing outward. I took them outside and laid them all face up on a piece of old poster board. Then I did a very light spritz on all of them and let them set for 60 seconds for a temporary bond. This way I can change my labels easily in the future if needed.

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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Mod Podge Star Wars Boots

Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. Very easy and fun to make! blank630x20

Do you own a pair of leather type boots? Are you a Star Wars fan?  Then before you know it you can be kicking it Star Wars style! Star Wars boots are simple and inexpensive to make. All you need is some Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. (You can of course use any type of fabric you want, but why would you?)

Looking for more Star Wars stuff you can wear? Check out our Star Wars T-Shirt Applique. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page.    This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s phenomenally creative and you can find her artwork at her various online stores.

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Mod Podge is not water proof so you will need to be careful where you wear your boots.

Instructions

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Take some paper and lay it over the area of the boot you will cover, then trace it as best you can. Cut your fabric out making it a little larger to allow for trimming as needed for a perfect fit. Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20blank630x20

Coat your boot area with Mod Podge and lay the material over it, Coat again over the material. Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20

We suggest giving it several coats allowing it to dry in between.  Remember, Mod Podge is not water proof so be careful where you wear your boots. Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20 Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20 Mod Podge your own set of Star Wars Boots! All you need are two things... the Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. blank630x20There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? blank630x20

 

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Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions. blank630x20If you’ve had trouble finding a decent sized mouse pad or one that matches your decor our DIY mouse pad does both! All it takes is foam board, material and spray adhesive! You can make it any size you want and cover it with any fabric! It’s inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions and detailed photos.

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DIY Mouse Pad Supplies

  • 1 sheet of foam board (typically $1)
  • Material to cover your mouse pad. (We suggest using a heavier type.)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Craft knife, ruler, marker
  • Scotch Gard (optional but will help keep your fabric clean)
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Instructions

Because of how my desk is laid out I needed an extra wide mouse pad. There are few of those available and they are very expensive and not in the colors I wanted so I decided to make my own.

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Measure the width and depth you want your mouse pad to be.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Buy an inexpensive sheet of foam board, white or black works, and chose some heavier fabric in the color of your choice. This fabric will get a lot of wear so keep that in mind. Darker fabric will show the dirt less.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Measure and mark your foam board and cut it carefully with a craft knife.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Cut your fabric to fit your foam board.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

You only want a small overhang on the back. About 1/2″ or so. I didn’t finish the edge of my fabric as I felt it wasn’t necessary.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Use some spray adhesive to mount your fabric on your board. You could probably use other glue but this is the easiest.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Spray a light coat on your board.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Quickly and carefully place your fabric on your board while smoothing to avoid wrinkles.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20 Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Turn your board over and mask off the center area with paper. This allows you to use the spray adhesive on the edges to hold them down.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Fold the edges over.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

The finished edges.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Lovely!Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Because this is not made of the typical spongy and flexible mouse pad material it might need some help staying in place. I used some Command brand poster Strips to hold the corners down. Whatever you use make sure it won’t damage your desk. Command Strips come off clean and easily. Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Your material is going to get dirty from the oils in your hands. Lighter material will show dirt more. Using Scotch Gard on your finished mouse pad will help protect it. Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

It’s perfect!Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

 

 

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Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

Get your family organized with a Star Wars Family Command Center! We made ours from an old magnetic dry erase board we had lying around. (We put chalkboard contact paper on half of it.) There’s a variety of ways you can create yours and we’ve got a printable quote plus printable Star Wars planets you can make magnets from.

We’ll also show you how to quickly turn a plastic chalk holder into a lightsaber! Add a small family photo for each person, a catch all box and some hooks and you’ve got a spot everyone can keep track of what’s going on in the family. (P.S. For those who have a Silhouette cutting machine we have those files for download in addition to the pdfs.)

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Supplies for Family Command Center

These are what we used for our center. Other options are easily available!

  • Large dry erase type board. (You could use an old frame and turn it into a full chalkboard using the same concept and ideas.)
  • Chalkboard Contact Paper
  • Chalk holder  (Many choices for these, some of which already look a bit like a lightsaber!)
  • Silver Spray Paint
  • 1″ Wood Rounds (for magnets)
  • Magnets for back of wood.
  • Cup hooks (for keys)
  • Small cheap frames, one per family member.
  • Mod Podge (for planet magnets)
  • Glue
  • Box to use for container. (We used a long shipping box.)
  • Downloadable planets and quote below.

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Downloads

We’ve got two versions for you. The first is a PDF. The quote is only the size that a normal sheet of paper will allow. The second is for those who have a Silhouette cutting machine which allows you to cut out longer quotes on vinyl.

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Family Command Center Instructions

THE BOARD

You can make a Star Wars Family Command Center in a variety of ways. Hopefully ours will inspire you!

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THE CATCH ALL BOX

You could use a variety of boxes, even a cereal box, for a holder on your family command center. I had a long mailing box that was the perfect size so I used that. Just cut off the top, cover it something or paint it, then glue it on your board. Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

PLANET MAGNETS (if your board is magnetic)Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

FAMILY PHOTOS

We grabbed some small flat frames at our local Dollar store. They didn’t need to be painted as they were already the right color… bonus! You could also attach plain photos to your board with no frames!Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

CHALK LIGHTSABER

If you use  chalkboard contact paper, or even paint on your center you can get these nifty little chalk holders. We had one that we spray painted and quickly made into a lightsaber using Sharpie markers!Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

This shows all the parts to our Star Wars Family Command Center. We used things we already had so use our ideas as a jumping off point for your own center!

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The chalk holder and Star Wars magnets you can make using our free printables. Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20The Force is Calling To Youblank630x20blank630x20blank630x20

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A free Tolkien Quote to end our month long celebration of Tolkien Week & Hobbit Day! View all Tolkien Crafts & Activities! blank630x20

This is the end of our Tolkien Week & Hobbit Day Celebration. We’ve had a blast creating these ideas and sharing them and hope you’ve enjoyed reveling along with us in the joy of all things Tolkien.

In each of our weekly newsletters we’ve given away a free high resolution printable quote. During our celebration those were all Tolkien quotes. We wanted to give this last quote to everyone, not just our subscribers. We felt it was a fitting end to the celebration.

If you missed any of our Tolkien Celebration posts please click the link below to see them all!  Thank you so much for being part of our online lives. To share a sentiment from Bilbo himself “May your beards never grow thin!” Metaphorically speaking that is.

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A free Tolkien Quote to end our month long celebration of Tolkien Week & Hobbit Day! View all Tolkien Crafts & Activities!

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Free Tolkien Fonts

We've got some free Tolkien fonts for you to download in honor of Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week! You can also write you name in rune or Elvish! blank630x20

In honor of Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week here are some FREE Tolkien Fonts! Plus, if you’ve always wanted to see your name written in runes or the Elven language we have those fonts too! After downloading them install them onto your computer to begin using each font. For Windows you just need to double click on each font file after unzipping it. This then allows you to install the Tolkien font quickly and easily!

DOWNLOAD EACH TOLKIEN FONT BELOW

Aniron   Brandywine   Ringbearer  The Shire

Throrian   Tolkien   Angerthas    Tengwar Annatar

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 How mean pinners can damage honest bloggers. When your OWN Pinterest images get pulled by those claiming Pinterest copyright abuse and what you can do. blank630x20Fotolia_86303317_XS

So, you’re an honest, hard working website owner and blogger. You spend a great deal of time and money to present quality posts. In doing so you make use of Pinterest, which is the most awesome of tools out there,  to promote your own website. Then one day you’re literally minding your own business and you get a notice from Pinterest. One of your images has been pulled  as someone claimed copyright infringement. But wait a minute… this is YOUR image. You created the item. It was your idea and your work. You took the photo and placed it on your own blog and pinned it from there. How can this be?

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Mean Pinners

This happens because, unfortunately, there are just some mean pinners out there.  Using Pinterest’s simple form, they maliciously report your pin just so it will be pulled. And it works like a charm. Because of the very real problem of those who do indeed steal the work of others, the image is taken down without question. In one fell swoop your image is gone along with all the repins it had which means you lose that traffic.  This is a different slant on copyright infringement but still boils down to someone taking credit for your own work and possibly hurting your business.

Hey, That’s Illegal!

Mean Pinners Pinterest Copyright Abuse in Reverse LiarWhat this means is that the person lied. They digitally signed Pinterest’s official form stating that the work is theirs and they did so under penalty of perjury. It’s  illegal and they hurt your business by doing so. Here is the form on Pinterest’s website and  below is the text from it that they must sign to claim a copyright infringement:

“I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.”

My Situation

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My Image That Was Pulled

This happened to me. I had several of the same image pulled. This was from my own site and an item I had the idea for, created, photographed and uploaded.  It’s the fairy door seen at the right which links my personal post on Fairy Doors here.

After my initial shock, I spent time filling out my counterclaims  according to Pinterest’s instructions. Meanwhile the person who reported my images  continued to do so, having the image pulled regularly from other places on Pinterest.  My image had a lot of repins so I immediately lost traffic due to that.

Through research I learned that this person was doing this to others and the sole purpose appeared to be removing competition to their own items that are of similar nature. That’s just plain wrong.

The Pinterest Notification Letter

Here is an image of just one of many emails I’ve received from Pinterest. I’ve also received basic letters stating that my image, pinned by someone else to their own boards, was removed but those are much shorter. Interestingly enough they give you the name of the person who reported you.  This is where my research began and I learned what the person was doing to others and not just me.

How mean pinners can damage honest bloggers. When your OWN Pinterest images get pulled by those claiming Pinterest copyright abuse and what you can do.

What’s the Answer?

Lets face it, its not like this is a horrible life altering thing. Plus the service is free. But it does do damage and for those of us who work diligently and honorably only to have this happen, its pretty disheartening. The problem is  Pinterest’s policy is set up backwards from the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing. The work is pulled and it’s up to you to prove its yours, which is a time consuming process,  filling out forms, sending in all your links and then waiting an extended period of time to hear back.  (I’m currently still waiting and I’ll update here once I do.)

Mean Pinners Pinterest Copyright Abuse in Reverse Join Mean PinnersBut the main purpose of this post is to give a voice to the problem and to also give a link to the Facebook Group “Mean Pinners” I created. I searched all over to find some place I could talk about this with others but found none, hence the group.  Hopefully it will give those who have experienced this problem a place to speak out about it.

I’m not sure what the answer is. Copyright infringement is indeed a huge problem. This is the reverse of that… or maybe its the same but a different angle. What I would have liked to have had happen was instead of pulling my image without question Pinterest would have given me an opportunity to prove its mine, which I could very easily and quickly do. Or to have the other person prove its theirs, which in this case they could not. But again, Pinterest is a free service using by millions. I have no doubt that limits what they can do.

What You Can and Should Do

Never let anyone bully you in this manner. Though the system is not the best you still need to respond back. Unfortunately you need to do this for another reason. You need to get the negative mark that is now on your account removed as that will hurt you. Follow Pinterest’s instructions for filing a counterclaim and letting them know the image is yours.  Here are the instructions copied from their site on the very bottom of this page.  All you can do at this point is wait to hear back from Pinterest which unfortunately can take a while. I will update this post with new info as I receive it.

REMEMBER: You MUST file a claim or each of these reports is a strike against your Pinterest account and you can eventually have your account banned. How sad is that?

A. How to File a Counter-Notice

  1. Email your counter-notice to copyright@pinterest.com
  2. Include ALL of the following:
    • Your name, address, and telephone number.
    • DMCA ID printed at the bottom of the notification email.
    • The source address of the content that was removed (copy and paste the link in the notification email).
    • A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed in error.
    • A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Pinterest may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the original complaint under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
    • A physical or electronic signature (for example, typing your full name).

B. Contact the Person

As you have the name of the person who reported the image (from the email Pinterest sent you) you can search for them. You will most likely find their Pinterest account which may or may not list their website, Facebook etc. I’d suggest dropping them a note on either one of their personal pins or by using the contact form on their site and discuss the situation. Don’t be mean or angry or rude or threatening. Be polite but to the point.  You want to deal with the situation in an honorable manner. And do not repeatedly harass them on Pinterest. This will just get YOU banned. Never stoop to their level.

After doing these things, all you can do is wait and hope that the person will be dealt with by Pinterest.

What Happens After Your File

It can make a few weeks to get a response. If you sent in all the info requested you should receive one that says they have removed the mark from your account. That’s all that happens. Your image is not put back. So the system favors the person who did this unfortunately and they are not sanctioned in any way. Which means nothing stops them from doing it over and over.  They got your image pulled and it stays pulled no matter the outcome. If you don’t do a rebuttal your account keeps the bad mark and with enough of them you will be terminated from Pinterest.

Mean People Suck

Mean-People-101I have a very low tolerance for meanness and dishonesty. When things like this happen I have to do something.  In this case I started a Facebook group and created this post. Only when enough people speak out can change occur. And though the problem would be considered small to many, its important to me. I work hard on my blog and it’s a means to help support my family. No one should be able to harm mine or anyone else s efforts.

Pinterest is a phenomenal tool for bloggers. They are, however, so large that problems like this are difficult to handle. Just do the best you can and then move forward. I’d like to think that in the end acting with integrity is what matters. If others don’t at least we can.

 

MY UPDATES

September 23 2015 Update

Its been a week since I sent in my claim and they just now replied back letting me know they needed more info. Here is what I’m required to send in. This can be a bit daunting for some and #6 might scan someone off. I’m still in awe at what I have to do because someone claimed something I made was there’s. I sent in all the info they requested.

Your counter-claim is incomplete because it is missing these parts:
1. “Your name, address, and telephone number” (part a)
2. “DMCA ID printed at the bottom of the notification email” (part b)
3. “The source address of the content that was removed (copy and paste the link in the notification email)” (part c)
4. “A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed in error” (part d)
5. “A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Pinterest may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the original complaint, or their agent” (part e)
6. “A physical or electronic signature (for example, typing your full name)” (part f)

 

September 25 2015 Update

Received the following email from Pinterest. Nothing about if my images were replaced, my lost pins or what happens if the same person does it again to the same image. I’ve asked them those questions three times now with no reply. I’m happy that the strike against me is removed but it appears the damage was allowed to be done with no punitive actions against the other person.  I’ve asked Pinterest these questions one more time. I’ll add any reply if I get one.  If they don’t replace a person’s image and the repins the system is pretty unjust.

Pinterest IP Support(Pinterest Help)
Sep 24, 16:38

Hi,
We have received your counter claim. After review of your notice, we have removed the strike against your account.
Regards,
Pinterest IP Support

September 30 2015

I received my last reply to my questions. They only answered one short and sweet:

Hi,
Unfortunately, we cannot restore these Pins at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and will use this to improve our review process in the future.
Pinterest IP Support

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Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board! blank630x20

Grab our free printable pattern and make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger. The flip side has Speak Friend and Enter depending on your mood. We made ours with foam board but cardboard or even poster board would work! There’s a color version and a black and white version to download. Make sure to check out our other Tolkien crafts and ideas on our Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week page.

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hobbit.and.tolkien.craftsSupplies for Gandalf You Shall Not Pass Door Hanger

  • Print hangers on regular paper (choose white or colored below)
  • Foam board
  • Paint (optional of you want to paint your foam board edges)
  • Marker (optional if you want to use for the edges)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Glue (I used spray glue)

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Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board!

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Instructions

Print out the hangers of choice on either paper or cardstock. Glue one of them to your foam board. I used spray glue but any glue will work. Carefully cut around the edges using a knife. If you do not want white edges you can color them with a marker or carefully paint them before applying the back of the hanger.

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Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board!blank630x20

Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board!blank630x20 Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board!blank630x20 Free printable pattern to make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger with Speak Friend and Enter on the back. Made from foam board!blank630x20

 

 

 

 

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Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!blank630x20

Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Adults and children alike love them. Best dragon craft ever! (Except for our Dragon Egg of course.)  You can use regular paints to make these but I’ve listed the things I found that make them the easiest to create. View detailed photos and a video below!

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hobbit.and.tolkien.crafts Supplies for Dragon Eyes Dragon Craft

NOTE: You can use regular paints with tiny thin brushes in place of the Sharpie paint pens. I tested both methods and preferred the pens as it was neater, easier  and quicker to use.

  • Flat Clear filler marbles in the size you want. Typical is 3/4″ inch.(You can get these at most Dollar Stores, Walmart etc.)
  • Metallic Sharpie Paint Pens, Thin Or  regular gold or silver metallic paint and a thin brush.
  • Black Sharpie Paint Pen or Black Paint and a thin brush.
  • Metallic acrylic paint for background. (I used green, purple and blue and purchased them at Walmart)
  • Jewelry findings if desired to make necklaces, rings, pins etc.

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The marbles come in various sizes. The typical size is about 3/4″.

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These are the tools I found work the easiest. However you can use regular paints to make the pupils and outline them. It just takes a very fine brush and a steadier hand. The paint markers make it a lot easier.

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Because the marbles act as a magnifying glass it’s important to make the pupil very thin and keep it away from the edges. Otherwise when it’s turned over it appears to run over the edge.  Make sure to let it dry well before doing the metallic outlines.

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If you’re using regular paint for your edging you can use a toothpick to make the dots. Allow your outlines and dots to dry before moving on.

Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!

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Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!

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Make sure to put the back color on a bit thick and keep it away from the edge. Allow to dry thoroughly before handling.

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Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!

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Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!

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We put our Dragon Eyes into our No Sew Drawstring Pouch.

This simple little no sew drawstring pouches are great for holding tiny treasures! All you need is felt and string and some charms or beads if desired!

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Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

Make this classy Lord of the Rings art wood rack with some simple tools and supplies (and of course our free pattern.) You do NOT have to be an artist to do it! Its easy and would make a wonderful gift! Use it for necklaces, belts, scarves, or any other lightweight items you can hang.  We’ve got a regular pdf version of the artwork plus a Silhouette file version for those who have that machine. One thing’s for certain… if I can make it, anyone can make it!
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Supplies for Lord of the Rings Art Wood Rack

  • 1″x6″ piece of wood. *cut to 18″ long)
  • One 1/4″ round dowel cut into seven 2″ sections.
  • Wood glue
  • 7 wood plug buttons approx. 3/8″ (optional)
  • Saw to cut wood (a hand saw works great!)
  • Sawtooth no-nail hangers (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • X-acto knife (or Silhouette machine)
  • Paper or cardstock for the part members. (You can use black and trace the pattern onto it or white and print the pdf as is onto it and then cut it out.)
  • Drill.  For  1/4″ dowel pieces we used a 1/4″ bit which made a nice snug fit.
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge or other clear gloss.
  • Our free pattern downloaded

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Pattern Downloads

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DIY Lord of the Rings Art Rack Patterns

 

Silhouette File Version (zip)

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Notes: You can use different sizes of wood and dowels if desired, adjusting things as needed. You can also purchase your own hooks to insert it rather than use dowels.

You can either cut a larger piece of wood down or buy a typical 1×6 board and cut it to the length you need, which is what we did. The wood plugs are optional but they are inexpensive and really make it look extra nice.

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Print out your background pattern. Cut it out and tape it together then trace it onto your wood however you like.  You can even just press hard with a pencil and it leaves a light indent on the wood that you can use as your painting guide. Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

No Nail Sawtooth Hangers

I added these after the hanger was completed. These are my favorite type of hangers. They just hammer right into the wood.

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There are three ways you can cut out the Lord of the Rings art and us it. 1. You can print it out onto white paper or cardstock on high quality. Then you have to take an X-acto knife and carefully cut around it. (Yes, this will take a while and some patience.)  Carefully tape it together. 2. You can print it out on normal paper then lay it over black paper or cardstock and carefully cut it out using the top piece as a pattern.  Again, tape it together carefully. 3. For those of you who own a Silhouette cutting machine you can use the files for that and the machine does all the work for you.  Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

Use your paints of choice and paint the areas as shown. No artistic skill required!

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Glue your party graphic onto the wood using Mod Podge or another method, making sure to align it carefully.

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Top it with your choice of gloss or semi gloss coating. Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

You will now drill the holes to place your 2″ peg hooks into. We used a 1/4″ drill bit. You want your pegs to fit into the hole snug. We choose 7 hooks and drilled the holes as follows: 1/2″ up from the bottom of the board. We started 1 1/2″ in from each end. Each hole was 2 1/2″ apart. Please measure your own board to make sure this spacing works for you. 

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You can do this two ways. After cutting your dowels 2″ long you can glue your wood button ends onto them before inserting them. We did this by taping them upright to a board and then gluing the buttons on and letting them dry. We then inserted them into the board and painted them. In retrospect we suggest you insert the wood dowels into the board and then glue on the wood buttons and let them dry and then paint them as its simpler.

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Place a small amount of wood glue on the ends of your dowels before placing them into the holes. You may need to use a hammer to tap them into place. Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

Wipe off any glue overflow.Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

After they dry, paint the pegs.Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

Make sure to give them a coat of gloss after the paint dries.Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

Completed Lord of the Rings Art Rack! Attach a hanger on the back and hang it up.

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Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20 Make this Lord of the Rings art wood rack to hold belts, jewelry etc. Easy to follow instructions with free pattern download. Takes a simple saw and drill!blank630x20

 

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Download and print free emoji fan graphics and create these awesome fans from CDs and tongue depressors! A great way to keep cool for kids and adults alike!blank630x20

Here’s a fun way to cool off. You may recall we showed you how to create some pretty hand fans using clothespins. For this modern version you can download and print our Free Emoji Fan graphics and glue them onto an old CD or DVD then attach a tongue depressor! Kids and adults alike would enjoy these. Keep a bundle in a container for handing out. Give them as party favors. Hand them out at outdoor events. No matter how you use them they’re sure to put a smile on faces!blank630x20

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Supplies

  • Downloaded, printed and cut out emoji faces below
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Glue (I used spray glue to attach the faces to the CDs and hot glue to attach the tongue depressors)
  • Paint if desired for tongue depressors.

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Free Emoji Download Printables

Download and print free emoji fan graphics and create these awesome fans from CDs and tongue depressors! A great way to keep cool for kids and adults alike!

Have a Silhouette Cutter? Grab files for that below!

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Print out your patterns and cut them carefully. Glue the emojis on to CDs.  Paint your tongue depressors if desired and glue them onto your CD putting them at least 1/3rd the way into the CD so they are sturdy. You can cut two of each image and glue one to the back of your fan too so it’s two sided. Only use one CD however as using two will make it too heavy.

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This sparkly and gorgeous Saturn is made from a foam ball and a CD. How cool is that? If you're a fan of the cosmos you can easily see how you could make an entire universe this way! Saturn is extra cool though... due to the ring and all. It can be hung or placed on a simple wood stand as shown. blank630x20

Now this is an interstellar beauty! And it takes just a few minutes to make! It’s so easy you could create your own solar system of planets! All you need is a little paint, a Styrofoam ball, a CD and some glue  and glitter. So get started creating your own universe!

 

Saturn Model Supplies

  • 3″ Styrofoam ball
  • Spray paint color of choice
  • CD or DVD with no label or writing preferably
  • Glitter of choice
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun or any thick adhesive
  • Fishing line and an eyelet hook (for hanging)
  • Wood base and dowel (for placing on a stand.)
  • Drill for stand.

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Cut your Styrofoam ball exactly in half

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Gather all your supplies. You also need some spray paint and hot glue or thick adhesive.

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Spray your CD on one side, use glitter and repeat on other side.

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To make using glitter easier take a piece of paper and fold it in half.

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Lay your CD on the paper and sprinkle your glitter onto it.

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Shake off the excess.

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When you’re done bend the paper along the crease you previously made and carefully pour the extra glitter back in the container!

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Spray your Styrofoam halves.

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Using hot glue or any thick adhesive of choice attach your Styrofoam halves onto the center of each side of your CD.

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TWO WAYS TO DISPLAY SATURN MODEL:  Place a small metal eyelet hook in the top and use fishing line to hang it. Or you can use any small piece of wood as a base. Drill a hole in it to fit a small wooden dowel than push your Saturn down onto the dowel. Both methods are shown below.

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You can easily attach some fishing line to your planet for hanging.

This sparkly and gorgeous Saturn is made from a foam ball and a CD. How cool is that? If you're a fan of the cosmos you can easily see how you could make an entire universe this way! Saturn is extra cool though... due to the ring and all. It can be hung or placed on a simple wood stand as shown.

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Are you tired of misplacing your cell phone? We’ve got some fun hints and tips for you to help you keep track of your expensive little gadget! blank630x20

113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute.1 I tell you this so you won’t feel bad if it happens to you more than you care to admit. But fear not! We have some very basic tips that can help you keep track of that expensive little gadget and a couple things you can do if it does slip through your fingers now and then. Lets all stop losing cell phones!

The most bizarre place I ever found my phone.

Roy’s still asleep as I wake and reach over to grab my cell phone which I place on my nightstand every night. It’s not there. Then I remembered reading on it before bed. I must have fallen asleep with it in my hand. I look under my pillow and don’t see it. Well, maybe it fell off the side of the bed. I  grab a flashlight and start shining it on the floor. No phone.  Maybe it bounced under the bed or nightstand. I get down on all fours peering under everything. Nope. Could it have gotten wedged behind the bed? I carefully pull the mattress out from the wall, so as not to wake Roy. Nothing there. OK… maybe it fell off Roy’s side of the bed. Uh uh.

Now I’m lifting the covers and shaking them. I take my pillow and turn it on end in the event it crawled into the case. I carefully feel under Roy’s pillow. At this point I’m thinking… “What the crap!?!” As I’m standing there wondering if maybe it was transported into another dimension, Roy shifts in bed and turns over onto this stomach.  And there, stuck on his bare back like a piece of toilet paper stuck to a shoe, is my phone. Evidently he was so tired he laid down on top of it and didn’t notice. The slick screen stuck to his back and embedded there for who knows how long, until he turned over.  Being me, I of course had to take a photo before I peeled it off. I used his cell for that. I guess things are  always in the last place you look.

Actual Photo of My Phone Stuck To Roys Back

 


Ideas To Help Stop Losing Cell Phones

 Pay Attention1. Get Off Auto Pilot

We tend to do so many things without thinking. Practice being more aware of your actions. As you lay your phone down just focus your attention on it. It’s that simple!

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When you lay your phone down actually speak out loud where you put it. “I put my phone on the bookcase.” “I put my phone on the bathroom shelf.” etc.

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This one is kinda fun. When you lay your phone down whip up a quick mental image of something weird that incorporates the phone.

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Places To Keep Your Cell Phones

Stick On Command Cell PouchHave a designated spot or spots in your home where your phone lives. A pretty little basket by the door, a decorative plate on the kitchen counter etc. You can have one in all the main rooms if you want. The trick is to get into the habit of using those spots. After three weeks it should be natural!

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5. Charge!

These tend to work really well as a “home” for your phone because it’s not just a place to store your phone, it actually charges it. You can buy or make all kinds of these.

The one on the left if from Amazon. You can make the one on the right using this tutorial.

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Use Apps

Install one of those apps… the one’s that literally show you where your phone is via gps. Those are worth their weight in gold. Even if your phone is on vibrate they can make it beep. You put the app on your phone and then on your computer or another digital device such as an iPad etc.

We used the app when Roy lost his phone and had no idea where. His second copy of the app was on his iPad so he opened that up and saw the phone was in the house. (Thank goodness.) We just had to narrow down the location. We told the app to make it beep while he and I walked around trying to locate just where in the house it was. Ends up it was in the bottom of his closet… inside a boot. Go figure.

A Few Apps To Find Your Phone

Find My iPhone   Lookout  Where’s My Droid

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Call Yourself

If the phone is turned up and you know its close by you can always call it from another phone. If you don’t have another phone handy there is a cool site that lets you plug in your number and it will call your phone for you. http://www.wheresmycellphone.com

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Digitizing the Decades My Many NegativesGetting your old photos and negatives onto your computer is not all that difficult. Just a little time consuming! I have literally  thousands of black and white photo negatives which have been stuffed in a box for decades. I also had thousands of slides from my youth that were never converted into photos.  So I finally took several big breaths (trying not to hyperventilate) and decided to start scanning them into my computer.

The negatives came in all shapes and sizes, from the very tiny 110’s to the normal  35mm and then a bunch of  larger 120’s. I even had a few negatives that  were bigger than that, two of which were 6  inches tall!  This required me to find a way to import all these various forms and sizes of media into my computer.  Below I’ll detail how I worked with each type of  media and was able to bring it all into my computer.

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Scanning In Old Photos

Photos are the easiest to digitize. Many printers now come with on board scanners and they are fairly reasonably priced. Though I had a printer with a built in scanner, due to how many photos I had, I decided to purchase a small portable scanner. This saved me hours and hours of work. The scanner I purchased for around $100 is no longer available but they have a Doxie Personal Scanner that is even rated better than mine was for the same price. It will scan up to an 8×10

Benefits of Portable Scanner

  • You can scan anywhere there is an outlet.
  • You feed photos into it and it pulls them through automatically.
  • It saves the images to a memory card.
  • Has the option to connect to a computer and save directly to it.
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Memory Card Reader

Memory Cards

Because I didn’t have to have it connected to my computer to scan I would sit on my couch and scan while I watched TV. I would then bring the memory cards to my computer and pull the images off.  If you use memory cards your computer either needs to have slots  for reading memory cards or you can purchase an inexpensive USB dongle  for ease of importing the cards in.

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I set up a small table next to my couch with all my supplies. Then I would scan in things while watching TV. I had several memory cards and would fill them up before taking them to my computer and pulling them off.

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As I said I had a wide variety of media and negatives in all shapes and sizes. What I didn’t have was a negative scanner. There are other ways to scan in the smaller negatives but it’s too tedious to really work well. Especially when your dealing with as many negatives as I was.  I began researching the issue and finally found a scanner by Wolverine that worked wonderfully. It scans in 35mm, 110mm and slides.  It scans only to memory cards, which was fine with me. Again, I could sit on the couch or anywhere there was an outlet and scan my negatives.  (They also have a model that additionally let’s you scan in frames from super 8 film.) The scanner comes with the tray for 35mm and slides. You have to purchase the 110 trays separately.

 Trays for Wolverine Negative Scanner. (110 size purchased separately.)

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Scan negatives to memory cards. This also allows you to sit and scan anywhere.

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Insert tray into side of scanner. Press to take a photo of the image on the negative.  You can then take your memory card to your computer to pull the images off.

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Scanning in Larger Negatives

My older, larger negatives proved a bit tricky. They were anywhere from 2 inches square up to 6 inches. So back to the internet yet again to research. I learned of a way to scan them in using a Light Tracer Light Box and my iPhone. Believe it or not the quality was great.   You could rig up your own light box such as this one but I used one I already had.  The only added work using this method is that you have to reverse the negative image manually in some sort of photo software after putting it on your computer. I’ll show you the basics of how to do that.

Lay your negative on the light box and then take a close up photo of it with your iPhone, using a tripod or holding it as still as possible.   Copy the photo from your phone to your computer and move to the next step below.

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Reversing Large Negatives

If you have scanned in larger negatives using the method above you’ll find you now have digital copies of negatives that still need reversed. To do that you need photo editing software. There is a variety out there including free ones such as Picasa and most will have the feature you need to reverse the image color. (For Picasa the tool you want is “Invert Colors”) I use Paint Shop Pro for all my photo work.   It has a choice called “Negative Effect”.  I just pull in my negative I scanned in and use that effect. I can then crop, align and adjust the image as needed. You can see the stages below from a screen capture I took.

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My Main Scanning Tools

 

wolverine      1. Negative Scanner               2. Portable Photo Scanner            3. Light Box

 

VARIOUS OTHER ITEMS

USB Dongle (for copying memory cards to computer)

Picasa (free photo editing software)

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You can make your own PDF eBooks from regular books with a few tools! If you’ve ever been frustrated because an older book that you love is not available for your Kindle or eReader this might be the answer you’ve been looking for! It takes a little time but for those books that are important to you it’s worth the effort!blank630x20Have you ever wanted to read a book on your Kindle or other eReader but quickly learned that there were no digital versions available? That’s happens more times than I can count on older books and as I’m someone who’s gotten pretty spoiled to only reading electronically it’s pretty annoying. But where there’s a will there’s a way and I found how make my own pdf eBooks so I could put it on my Kindle. It’s a little time consuming but if you want a book bad enough in that format it’s well worth it.

It does help to have some basic computer skills to convert your book. But as with anything if you put the time in you can learn to do it.  The format will be PDF which can pretty much be viewed on any digital device. I placed links to the tools I personally use.

The book you see above is one I’ve had for many years as a hard back. I really wanted to read it on my Kindle for a long time but there were no digital versions available. So I purchased a cheap used paperback of the same book on Amazon and took it apart for scanning and turning into the version you see on my Kindle. My original hard back copy still sits in my regular library. LEGALITY NOTE: Only do this for your own personal use and only from a book you own. This falls under the “fair use” clause,  the same as does ripping a music CD that you’ve purchased.

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Tools to Create PDF eBooks

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Steps To Creating a Digital Version of a Hard Copy Book

Here are the basic steps. Everything is shown using a Windows PC.

  1. Buy a paperback version of the book you want to convert. I typically buy a used version on Amazon.  I do this so I can keep my original hard copy version intact.
  2. Take the paperback version apart page by page. You can also do this with a hardback if no paper back is available.
  3. Scan in each side of each page of your book.
  4. Bring each page into a graphic software and crop/straighten/adjust brightness if needed.
  5. Use a free software to combine your final images into one pdf.

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Visual Steps With Detailed Instructions

Buy a Paperback Version (optional)

If you have a hard copy of your book and want to keep it intact then purchase a used paperback of the book if you can find one. I buy all my used books on Amazon. You can find quite a few books for dirt cheap plus typically $3.99 shipping. Many times they are as low as .01 as you can see in the example.  Just check the person’s ratings and book details before buying.  You can even get used books using Amazon Prime occasionally. The one below has a bunch of them for free Prime shipping for less than $4.00 total.

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Take Book Apart

Take your book apart page by page.  For some books you can easily just tear the pages out because they come apart with a fairly clean edge. If it’s a tighter binding you can cut them in groups with an X-acto knife. You can also trim rough edges with a paper cutter if needed. NOTE: For flat bed scanners rough edges won’t matter. If you’re using the type of scanner that pulls the pages in as I did, you need a fairly clean edge or it won’t pull them in easily.

You can make your own PDF eBooks from regular books with a few tools! If you’ve ever been frustrated because an older book that you love is not available for your Kindle or eReader this might be the answer you’ve been looking for! It takes a little time but for those books that are important to you it’s worth the effort!

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Scan in Your Pages

You can use a flatbed scanner and whatever scanning software you have however this takes a longer time. I purchased a small portable scanner that pulls in the pages. It allowed me to sit in the living room and watch TV as I scanned which made the process much less tedious.  The small scanner takes a memory card which it scans the images to in sequential order. Make sure you scan them in the right direction so you don’t have to flip each one after the fact. Try to scan in as straight as possible.  NOTE: For my book I tore the pages out which gave me some rough edges. I then used a sheet protector that I had trimmed side off of and placed the pages in it if they had a hard time feeding into my scanner. This allowed them to feed smoothly.

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memorycardNOTE ON THIS EXACT SCANNER
It will scan in two resolutions 300 and 600. You only need the 300. Every memory card has a small sliding button type thing on the side. This will “lock” the card so images can’t be erased. It must be set to “unlocked” for it to scan images to or the scanner won’t work. It also will not work if you forget to put a memory card in the back.

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Move Images To Computer (For Scanner Shown)

If using a scanner like mine you now need to move the images from the memory card to your computer. (If you use a flat bed scanner it of course puts them right on your computer.) Some computers have built in memory card readers. I have a cool little thingy that allows me to insert a card and plug it right into a USB port on my computer.  You need to be able to navigate to the card on your computer to get your images. Save them to a folder on the desktop for easy access.

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Adjusting Your Page Images

Adjust your images using photo software or the online program below. NOTE: If you used a flatbed scanner you can typically set the area it scans which means your pages do not need adjusted in any way after scanning. Using my portable scanner required me to adjust them. Some might need brightness/contrast adjusted but normally its a matter of cropping them or possibly straightening the image if its crooked.

NOTE: I’ve just learned of Canva, another great online photo editing software that is very simple to use.  You can check out Canva here.

TO ADJUST IMAGES ONLINE

Go Here: http://editor.pho.to  For a quick tutorial watch me using the program in this video.

If you’d prefer to download a free software from this site that you can install, click here: http://pho.to/editor/download.php

 

Making Your PDF eBook

This requires you to download and install a free simple software. You’ll want to download the item titled “Free Image To PDF Converter”  (10 files down on the page)   http://www.weenysoft.com/downloads.html

For a quick tutorial, watch me using the program in this video.

You now have a PDF eBooks you can read on your computer to send to your devices. For Kindle users there is an invaluable little program called “Send To Kindle” which lets you send files quickly to your device. You can also attach your device if you know how and copy the file there.

 

You can make your own PDF eBooks from regular books with a few tools! If you’ve ever been frustrated because an older book that you love is not available for your Kindle or eReader this might be the answer you’ve been looking for! It takes a little time but for those books that are important to you it’s worth the effort!

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You can make your own PDF eBooks from regular books with a few tools! If you’ve ever been frustrated because an older book that you love is not available for your Kindle or eReader this might be the answer you’ve been looking for! It takes a little time but for those books that are important to you it’s worth the effort!

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