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Summertime Canning

This week I got the itch to can again. It may have been the plethora of pins I’ve seen on Pinterest lately, (Is it canning season? There seems to be an awful lot of canning pins right now) or a blog post about canning spiced peach jam by a friend of mine from high school, but I decided once again to can some jam (and try salsa this time) for Christmas gifts. Oh yeah, it’s JULY and I’m already working on/finishing up some Christmas gifts. Look at me go!
When I was picking out recipes, Lucas and I talked about our last canning experience, which we thought was just a year or two ago. Then upon …

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Look What We Made: Free Photoshop Actions to Turn Landscapes & Portraits into Paintings

Let me start by saying I’m no Photoshop pro. Nor am I a professional photographer. But I DO love to take photos AND play around in Photoshop to make my photos look even better. Back in the day, I dabbled quite a bit in Photoshop when I was learning how to make my own digital scrapbooking elements. That was admittedly several years ago now, but I was inspired to play around a bit again recently with some photos that just felt like they should be paintings. Maybe it’s because we’ve turned several of our photos into canvas prints, and I love the artsy canvas feel. After a couple of days experimenting with filters and various …

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Liam Adds His Own Dinosaur Artwork to Operation Geekling Dinosaur Project

For those of you who are familiar with Operation Geekling Dinosaur Project, you’ll be happy to know that this week, Liam contributed his very first dinosaur art pieces to his own dinosaur room!
If you don’t know what Operation Geekling Dinosaur Project is, (here it is), in a nutshell: the Internet decorated Liam’s nursery before he was born with 76 different dinosaur masterpieces from all over the world. He received 2 more after he was born. We ran out of space on the first wall because apparently that many dinosaurs cannot be contained, so dinosaurs spill onto a second wall and cover over half of his room. We may be a little dinosaur obsessed over here. …

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