Happy Halloween!

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I hope everyone had a party filled weekend and will have a candy filled evening tonight.

I wish I could say that I have a collection or even a single photo of myself dressed up. But I don’t. I can only remember 2 Halloweens vaguely and one Halloween specifically. To tell you of the latter, I dress up as Cleopatra and my mom put fake eyelashes on me and loads of makeup. My mom drove my brother and me all around the “nice” neighborhoods and we filled our pillow cases at least halfway. After a little while, it started to rain – as expected in Washington – and my make up was smeared all over my face. There is a picture of it somewhere…and I was smiling ear to ear.

For the last ten years, I haven’t really made a real go of it. I am just not a Halloween girl. I can’t watch scary movies, I don’t like strangers coming to my house, our porch lights are never on (Halloween or otherwise), and I hate putting up temporary decorations. Call me a poor sport or lame or what have you but that’s just me. The only Halloween exception is that I love candy. I could eat loads and loads of it.

Ryan and I have a friend that loves Halloween more than life itself and for her, I made these.

needlefelted pumpkins for Halloween
needlefelted jack 'o lanterns for Halloween

I bought orange wool from Fancy Tiger – a crafter’s dream, BTW – and with a single needle, I sculpted them into these cute jack ‘o lanterns. The smallest little pumpkin has had 2 other faces since then. I keep redoing it but I’ve given up. Right now he’s sporting a odd looking mustache with a round nose.

Since this is our first year in our new place, we’re not sure how many trick-or-treaters we’ll have, so we’re still debating whether to buy candy or not.

UPDATE: We did indeed turn on our porch lights and hand out candy. We had approximately 33 trick-or-treaters. I say approximately because there was one very greedy bunch that took handfuls so I was busy being a candy regulator to count heads.

Boulder, Co

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I have only been to Boulder a handful of times. My first time, in 2008, I traveled with Ryan and Z-Trip for a show at Fox Theater for my birthday. Ryan flew me out to spend time with him since my birthday conflicted with the tour schedule. Sweetest guy on the planet, right?

Fox Theater in Boulder with Ztrip
Fox Theater in Boulder with Ztrip

Yesterday was my first day actually exploring Boulder and seeing what’s really there. Our friends picked us up and took us to this really neat coffee shop, Boxcar Coffee Roasters. First, they roast all of their coffee in-house. Then, they grind the coffee per order and then heat it up using lab beakers and burners. Lastly, they service it to you on a bamboo platter.

Boxcar in-house roaster, Boulder, CO
Boxcar espress so machine, Boulder, CO
Boxcar grind coffee per cup, Boulder, Co
Boxcar make cups of coffee with lab beakers and burners, Boulder, CO
Boxcar cup of coffee served on a bamboo platter, Boulder, CO

After that, we wondered around downtown and did some window shopping. I was a good girl and didn’t buy anything. Except a latte from Boxcar.

owl mug and salt & pepper shakers

Lastly, our friends took us to a yummy restaurant called The Kitchen. I enjoyed the French Toast with pecan and caramel sauce. Yum!

Pecan Caramel French Toast at The Kitchen in Boulder, Co

Just as we were leaving town, I snapped this picture.

Mountian and sky horizon in Boulder, Co

how to create a .gif in Photoshop

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I am excited to say that I have a guest post over at Ruche’s blog. If you’ve never checked out Ruche, you should! They have great vintage inspired apparel as well as up and coming trends. I created a quick and easy DIY .gif post. I promise, it’s really easy and you’ll get addicted!

For readers who don’t have Photoshop, I made a tutorial for you!

heart gif - how to make a gif

Happy Monday, everyone!

how to create a .gif in GIMP

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If you read my gif tutorial over at Ruche but don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry because it’s even easier for non-Photoshoppers! There is an awesome FREE substitute for Photoshop called GIMP. You can download it here.

  1. Before opening GIMP. I suggest naming your photos in the order you want them to appear. I have 3 frames so I simply named them 1,2, and 3. Open GIMP. Go to the File Menu, select Open as Layers. Select your 3 images together by holding down the ctrl button and clicking on each image. Then click Open.
    frame 1 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 2 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 3 - steph heart - how to create a gif
  2. In the Layers window, make sure your images are in reverse order. You read that right. So image 3 should be at the top. You can do this by clicking on the image layer then clicking on the up or down arrows according. (Note: If your Layers window isn’t visible press ctrl+l or you can find it under the Windows menu, Dockable Dialogue, select Layers.)
    layers - show to create a gif
  3. Go to the Image menu, select Scale Image. Resize the image to size that you want, I suggest a width no larger than 500 pixels. The width my my blog is 420 pixels, so that’s what I chose. Then click Scale.
    scale image - how to make a gif
  4. Go to the Filters menu, select Animation, select Optimize (for GIF). This will create your .gif. Now save! Go to the File menu, select Save. After naming the file, click Save. This will prompt an Export File window. Make sure you select Save as Animation, then click Export.
    export file - how to create a gif
  5. After that, a Save as a Gif window will open. Under Animated GIF, change the Delay time. I suggest 1000ms (=1 second) but do what you want.
    save as gif - how to create a gif
  6. Enjoy!

heart gif - how to make a gif