Category: Ideas

Coming up with ideas is the easy part for me, making them work is another thing. So when I do come up with something that works well, I’ll post it here. I’m also including a few experiences with some of my not-so-stellar plans.

Almond Roca

This is a great treat for Valentines Day. It’s really easy to make and inexpensive for large batches. 2 Cups Sugar 2 Cups Almond Slices (or Slivers) – You can also do this with Pecans! […]

Sheep Ornaments

While setting up my tree this year, I turned around to find my babies with glass balls stuck on their fingers like olives. Ouch! Here’s my attempt at a more kid friendly ornament. Update: About two days after I’d posted this, I stumbled upon the Christmas edition of one of my favorite magazines, Family Fun. Looks like someone else had a clever idea with pipe cleaners and yarn too! (If only I could have seen that BEFORE I played with yarn for an hour trying to figure out how to do it!!) Their tutorial is much shorter and the effect is similar.Click here to view it, or you can read this: šŸ™‚

Easy Princess Castle Cake

Sunday we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday. What birthday cake would suit a little princess better than a castle in the clouds? Check it out.

Green Eggs and Ham

Got any left over easter eggs? Let’s hope not. But if you make a fresh batch you can try this fun recipe; complete the experience by reading the book with your kids.

Magic Date Ball

Do you need answers for your love life, and “Try Again Later” just isn’t cutting it anymore? Try my new Magic Date Ball! The Date Ball was inspired by Wendys and “50 Cent Night” at […]

Easy Flaming Text in PSP7

Thinking about using flaming text on your site? Think again! Any special effects can look pretty bad if they’re abused. But if you do have a good reason and NEED flaming text, here’s an easy method to get legible, firey looking text.

By the way, I wrote this because I kept seeing requests for “how do I make flaming text?” in web and graphic design message boards. So here you go šŸ™‚

*Update*

Here’s something similar done in Photoshop. I’ll write instructions if anyone’s still interested.

Firey Inferno - Text done in Photoshop via layer styles - can you guess which ones?  This technique is NOT discussed in this article but I will discuss it if requested.
Firey Inferno - Text done in Photoshop via layer styles - can you guess which ones? This technique is NOT discussed in this article but I will discuss it if requested.

“Stained Glass Windows” Project

Here’s why this area of the site is a gallery -and- a portfolio. I like to post the fun projects we’ve done around the house too! We needed something to block the sun from coming in through the fan lights, and we had a ton of fun with this solution:

How to succeed (in weight loss) without really trying

Parasites and disease aside, if you want to lose weight you are going to have to do something about it. But that something doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are a few of my favorite ideas.