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Have You Heard Of? | Gingermelon

I love working with felt - it’s so easy to use! No fraying, easy to cut, easy to shape, and there are so many different projects to create with it! Gingermelon is one of my all time favourite stores on etsy. There are so many adorable projects, where do I start!? The first thing I bought were the little animal brooches (top right) and made a little rabbit hair tie and recently I bought the house pin cushion - so easy to make. I’m hoping to some day create the gorgeous unicorn and maybe a few pocket pals. Not only are there tons of patterns you can buy, there’s also felt, paper dolls & embroidery designs. And if you want to make a few dolls to sell in your store or stall, you can do that too (as long as you give design credit to Gingermelon). This is really generous when you think about how long it takes to design all these pieces (and I can assure you that little girls and boys LOVE these toys!) Oh yes, and there’s also an Easter Sale going on right now - click here to see all the patterns that are currently 20% off!

Have You Heard Of? | Pecan Pie In-A-Jar
We finally have a Williams Sonoma in Australia, and when clicking through I saw this amazing idea - Pecan Pie In-A-Jar! All you have to do is mix the brown sugar laden pecan mix with some butter and eggs, pour into a pie shell, bake and then decide if you’re going to tell people that you made it from scratch or bought it… decisions, decisions…

Have You Heard Of? | Pecan Pie In-A-Jar

We finally have a Williams Sonoma in Australia, and when clicking through I saw this amazing idea - Pecan Pie In-A-Jar! All you have to do is mix the brown sugar laden pecan mix with some butter and eggs, pour into a pie shell, bake and then decide if you’re going to tell people that you made it from scratch or bought it… decisions, decisions…

Have You Heard Of? | Pintester
Not every DIY is a success. I have lots of half finished projects sitting in my end room, waiting for me to have the patience, money or forgiveness to pick them back up again. It always seems so easy when you start your project - wouldn’t it be nice to know beforehand if it’s as easy as they say it is?! Well that’s where Pintester comes in. Taking on some of the most popular Pintrest DIY pins, somtimes failing, sometimes winning but always funny!

Have You Heard Of? | Pintester

Not every DIY is a success. I have lots of half finished projects sitting in my end room, waiting for me to have the patience, money or forgiveness to pick them back up again. It always seems so easy when you start your project - wouldn’t it be nice to know beforehand if it’s as easy as they say it is?! Well that’s where Pintester comes in. Taking on some of the most popular Pintrest DIY pins, somtimes failing, sometimes winning but always funny!

Have You Heard Of? | PicMonkey
When I found out that they were getting rid of Picnik I was devastated! And er… angry. Apparently it will still be available but only for Google+ users. Sigh. Anyway, I was perusing the How About Orange site and read about PicMonkey, a very similar version of Picnik but its free and you don’t even have to have a login to use it! All the lovely stuff from Picnik is still there (cropping, colour correction, resizing, even the fantastic tanning brush!) and it’s simple to use.

Have You Heard Of? | PicMonkey

When I found out that they were getting rid of Picnik I was devastated! And er… angry. Apparently it will still be available but only for Google+ users. Sigh. Anyway, I was perusing the How About Orange site and read about PicMonkey, a very similar version of Picnik but its free and you don’t even have to have a login to use it! All the lovely stuff from Picnik is still there (cropping, colour correction, resizing, even the fantastic tanning brush!) and it’s simple to use.

Have You Heard Of? | Refinery 29
Refinery 29 is my number one go to for fashion & beauty advice. It’s like a funny, quirky best friend that has impeccable taste. You have probably seen references to it on my blog already, especially as they have a fantastic DIY section! But that’s not the only section they have - here are a couple with some great links:
College Fashion: Beat The Lazies With A Crisp, Clean Desk; Weatherproof Book Bags To Beat The Wintry Mix; Finals Week Dressing (AKA Roadtesting The Formal PJ); How To Dress Up But Still Feel Dressed Down; Living On $40 A Week 
Plus Size Fashion: 5 Plus Size Friendly Lingerie Lines; Best Wide Calf Boot Styles; Pin Up Perfection; Proving Plus Size Fashion Rules Wrong; 3 Plus Size Outfits Perfect For Spring  
Petites Fashion: 5 Clever Tips For Dressing Taller; Petite Friendly Suits At Any Price Point; Our Guide To Dressing For Petite Sizes
I Love My…: Ink-Stained Rachel Comey Boots; Ridiculous Faux Fur Jacket; Red Lipstick; Vintage YSL Dress; Star Wars Necklace
Trend Watch: Our Predictions For What’s Gonna Be Huge in 2012; 10 Trends We Hope To NEVER See Again; 2012 Color Trends - The Ones To Know Now;
Of course there is also a myriad of Beauty and Hair tutorials, culture, art and home articles and even pages dedicated to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Franciso, Washington D.C. and Miami!

Have You Heard Of? | Refinery 29

Refinery 29 is my number one go to for fashion & beauty advice. It’s like a funny, quirky best friend that has impeccable taste. You have probably seen references to it on my blog already, especially as they have a fantastic DIY section! But that’s not the only section they have - here are a couple with some great links:

College Fashion: Beat The Lazies With A Crisp, Clean Desk; Weatherproof Book Bags To Beat The Wintry Mix; Finals Week Dressing (AKA Roadtesting The Formal PJ); How To Dress Up But Still Feel Dressed Down; Living On $40 A Week

Plus Size Fashion: 5 Plus Size Friendly Lingerie Lines; Best Wide Calf Boot Styles; Pin Up Perfection; Proving Plus Size Fashion Rules Wrong; 3 Plus Size Outfits Perfect For SpringĀ 

Petites Fashion: 5 Clever Tips For Dressing Taller; Petite Friendly Suits At Any Price Point; Our Guide To Dressing For Petite Sizes

I Love My…: Ink-Stained Rachel Comey Boots; Ridiculous Faux Fur Jacket; Red Lipstick; Vintage YSL Dress; Star Wars Necklace

Trend Watch: Our Predictions For What’s Gonna Be Huge in 2012; 10 Trends We Hope To NEVER See Again; 2012 Color Trends - The Ones To Know Now;

Of course there is also a myriad of Beauty and Hair tutorials, culture, art and home articles and even pages dedicated to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Franciso, Washington D.C. and Miami!

Have You Heard Of? | The Rasterbator
Terrible name, fantastic program! Here’s the description from the site:



The Rasterbator is an application which creates rasterized  versions of images. The rasterized images can be printed and assembled  into enormous (or smaller, if you prefer) posters. No installation is needed. Just select the source image in your hard  drive and the program will automatically split it onto several pages.  You select the size of the paper you wish to use and also choose either  portait or landscape printing. The Rasterbator will then save the image as PDF. After that, click  the Rasterbate! button and the program will produce the output image.  You can check how it looks like in your favorite PDF reader, right  before printing it and hanging it on the wall.

It is really so easy to use. There are settings that you can alter to change the output of the image - if you want a more ‘pop-art’ piece, choose a larger dot size. If you want something that is a little more realistic, choose the smallest dot size. You can do your picture in colour but of course it will use up a lot of coloured ink. Or you can go down to your local print shop and have it done there. And as it says above, you can go for a really big picture (like 30 or more pages stuck together!) or you can go for something smaller (such as 6 pages). If you want your picture to be longer lasting, I would suggest glueing your pages to a canvas and then going over the top with Mod Podge. A really cheap way to get big art work for your house!
p.s. Want to see more examples of Rasterbating? Google to see tons of examples and get inspired!

Have You Heard Of? | The Rasterbator

Terrible name, fantastic program! Here’s the description from the site:

The Rasterbator is an application which creates rasterized versions of images. The rasterized images can be printed and assembled into enormous (or smaller, if you prefer) posters. No installation is needed. Just select the source image in your hard drive and the program will automatically split it onto several pages. You select the size of the paper you wish to use and also choose either portait or landscape printing. The Rasterbator will then save the image as PDF. After that, click the Rasterbate! button and the program will produce the output image. You can check how it looks like in your favorite PDF reader, right before printing it and hanging it on the wall.

It is really so easy to use. There are settings that you can alter to change the output of the image - if you want a more ‘pop-art’ piece, choose a larger dot size. If you want something that is a little more realistic, choose the smallest dot size. You can do your picture in colour but of course it will use up a lot of coloured ink. Or you can go down to your local print shop and have it done there. And as it says above, you can go for a really big picture (like 30 or more pages stuck together!) or you can go for something smaller (such as 6 pages). If you want your picture to be longer lasting, I would suggest glueing your pages to a canvas and then going over the top with Mod Podge. A really cheap way to get big art work for your house!

p.s. Want to see more examples of Rasterbating? Google to see tons of examples and get inspired!