I love random Internet finds. And this time it’s a good one.
I didn’t start using Instagr.am right away because at first I didn’t get it. But now, it’s my preferred social media network. I love scrolling through photos of the people I follow, and for a few users, I only see them on Instagr.am. I’ve connected with some fellow dachshund lovers (because I have an obsession with our dog, Kevin!), some fellow Paleo eaters (we just started eating Paleo), as well as a few fashion Instagrammers. You can follow me – CatieRonquillo.
But today, thanks to my Instagr.am feed, I discovered Kanvess. A company that will print your Instagr.am‘s! I’ve found other printing sources, but they were either too involved (like ordering from my pro lab) or too expensive (for a 3×3 print!). I just ordered a set from Kanvess (so I’m kind of jumping the gun talking about them without receiving the product yet, but I’ll be sure to update!), and it was super easy and affordable.
You hit up their website and instantly it asks for permission to link to your Instagr.am account. From there, select your photos, and order. BOOM. Done.
I loved the ease of it. Seriously, to win me over, make it simple and easy.
I can’t wait to receive the prints! I think I’m going to make a collage. And while a good number were of Kevin, not all of them were!
Have you printed your iPhone/Instagram photos? Where did you get them printed?
Last week, I upgraded my iPhone, and Cent and I were talking about the “old days” of the Nokia cell phones with interchangeable covers and when polyphonic ring tones were fairly rare. Back when the only game on the phone was snake on the itty bitty screen. Back when cell phones were actually used for making phone calls.
I’ll admit it. I use my phone for the game apps probably more than for the phone itself.
What did we ever do before smart phones?
Two of my current favorites are Draw Something and Scramble with Friends. Then there’s always Words with Friends. And if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll find me on there.
Draw Something is especially fun because you get to see how well, (or not so well), your friends can draw.
Draw Something has some random words. Name this singer.
And then there’s playing with people who are legit artists, like Andrew, whose drawings I see on Instagram.
Do you play Draw Something, Scramble, or Words with Friends? Want to play? Leave your username in the comments!
My introduction to hair and makeup was through the ballet world. I knew about ballet hair (pulled tight into a bun) and ballet makeup for the stage (bright eyeshadows and lips), but growing up, I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was a junior in high school. And trust me, makeup for the stage is WAY different than everyday makeup. Even then, I was never the super girly girl who knew all about makeup. I had friends like that, and I always wished I knew more. Like how to apply makeup properly, and even now, I’m still figuring out how to do a smokey eye and loose waves in my hair.
A few weeks ago I was excited to discover this blog, The Beauty Department, that is chock full of tutorials, hair and makeup trends, and everything and anything related to beauty. As someone who isn’t naturally inclined to all things hair and makeup, this is a gold mine of information.
Some posts to get your started:
Blow Drying Heavy Bangs
Basic Bridal Makeup
What are some beauty things you wish you knew more about?
I was on Pinterest (as per usual) and I found this easy and simple weekly goal list by Cornflower Blue Studio. As a visual person, things like this always get me motivated. I love being able to see the things that I need to get done. It makes such a huge difference when it is front of my face. Because even though I write things down all the time, if I tuck it away in a notebook, I’m SURE to forget.
Rotating Goal List by Cornflower Blue Studio
And it’s super simple to make! Be sure to visit Cornflower Blue Studio for the tutorial. However, since I don’t have a large artist’s pad, I made my own in Photoshop instead. While standard Post-Its are 3 x 3 in size, those are too big for a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. So instead, I designed my own version with 2 inch Post-Its. I checked on the 3M website to make sure those existed.
This is how it turned out, although, I will be using actual Post-It’s so I don’t have to print a list every week, but mocked this up for illustrative purposes.
2 inch Post-It’s
8.5 x 11 paper
Easy peasy! If you’d like the template for this project, please leave me a comment and let me know!
I think in another life I would have studied graphic design. I have this secret love affair with fonts. Seriously. I could spend an afternoon perusing sites like MyFonts.com and looking a pretty typography. I enjoy reading the Font Friday posts that Lauren of Palm Papers shares.
I have HUGE appreciation for calligraphers whose steady hands result in gorgeous artwork. I wish I was that talented.
The other day I stumbled on Lost Type, a font co-op, providing a handful of unique high quality fonts, and available on a “pay-what-you-want” basis, and the funds go back directly to the artist. The fonts are a little bit retro, a little bit vintage, and a whole lot of personality. Here are a few of my favorites.
Do you have some favorite fonts?
Other sites that have high quality free fonts include Font Squirrel and MyFonts (though you have to do some digging for those)
Banners from Lost Type