Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photography Wednesday: Creating Auto Awesome GIFs With G+

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I'm a little obsessed with Google +'s new "Auto Awesome" effects for photography.

My favorite Auto Awesome effect is the Motion GIF effect.
Basically you take 5+ successive photos of something moving  and Auto Awesome will automatically string them together to create this super-cool Motion GIF.
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Last week I used the Motion GIFto show you how I put together my Spring Dining Room Vignette:
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I set my tripod up and took a picture of each step in the process...
How cool is that?!?!?

Now, it took me a little bit of digging to figure out how to do this, and I'm going to do my best to explain how to use this effect.

1)  You will need a Google + profile/account.  If you use gmail, then you already have one.
2)  Turn Auto Backup on.  This page from Google can explain it much better than I can, but you can set Auto Backup to automatically back up your photos that you download from your camera, or put on your desktop, or take with your phone depending on how you set it up.  {I did NOT want it to back up every photo on my camera or phone, so I set it to only backup the photos I put on my computer's desktop.}
3)  Take your 5+ successive photos with your camera and download them onto your computer's desktop.  {Auto Backup will automatically back them up onto your Google + Photos.}
4)  Go to your Google + Photos {I type "Picasa Web Albums" into a Google Search, and it takes me to my Google + Photos page.}
5)  Click "More" and "Auto Awesome".  Google +  Photos will have already detected that you took 5+ photos in succession and will have already put together your "Motion" GIF.  {Sometimes it takes awhile before the slideshow actually shows up.   Refresh the page every couple of minutes.}

To get your effect onto your Blogger blog, you need to put your Motion GIF slideshow into a folder.  When you click the "Insert Image" button, click "From Your Picasa Web Album", and it should be in the folder you chose or created.

Like I said, it took some persistence to figure this one out.
{Tech-y stuff never comes easy to me...}

Auto Awesome has some other cool effects too!
The "snow" effect adds snow to any photo that has snow in it!  Ha!

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To read more about the Auto Awesome effects, click here.

Thank you to Carly, over at C. Style, for pointing me in the right direction on how to make these cool little GIFS!

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Wreath

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Hi, friends!
Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!
I had a very lovely girls weekend with some loooooong-time friends.
There's something so comforting about spending time with people who've known you since you were little and share happy, sad and funny hilarious memories with.
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I have a confession to make:  
I kept my interior Christmas wreathes up in the windows of my house until March.  I loved the way they looked and they added some character to our dining room, so I didn't want to take them down.

Then March arrived, and I knew they had to go.
I replaced them with two simple, springy wreaths that were so easy to make!
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I basically used some floral wire and attached some springy sprigs to a twig wreath.  I weaved some flowers in, stood back and high-fived myself for making an easy wreath.  Then I made another one.

It's so hard to photograph something with a window behind it, but you can see my two springy wreaths hanging in my dining room windows!  I simply looped the spring wreaths through the burlap bows that held my holiday wreathes!  Easy switch!
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How have you been spring-ifying your house?

Have a great day! :)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Decorating for Spring on the CHEAP + A Spring Giveaway

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If you need to know one thing about how I decorate, it's this:
I LOVE to decorate as inexpensively as possible {without sacrificing style points.}

I'm not opposed to splurging every now and then, but when you decorate {and redecorate} your house as much as I do, you can't be splurging all that much.

Plus, Mr. Hoff insists on saving money for retirement and Miss L's college, and yadda, yadda, yadda.
{Saving money is so annoying!}

I'm kidding.
{Sort of.}

But seriously folks, let's talk about how we can scratch our decorating itch without breaking the bank.

Here is the breakdown of approximately how much I spent on my spring dining room display:
-  Old window frame: $0  {I found a stack on the side of the road last spring!}
-  Mirror: $11 {I found it at Goodwill last year and painted it}
-  White dishes and blue ball jars: $0  {I have had all of these things for years, so I don't count it as spending money....You are entitled to disagree.}
-  Blue cloche: $5 {Painted Goodwill find}
-  Bridies and bird nests: $10ish at Hobby Lobby  {Birdies were 40% off}
-  Chalkboard: $6 {It is an old cabinet door from a free wash basin that I painted and added a $6 birdie knob to}
-  Floral Twigs: $14 {half off at Hobby Lobby}
So $46.00 total on this entire display...not to shabby!

Aaaaand now for the BEST giveaway EVER!
Use the Rafflecopter below to win a $150 TARGET gift card!!!
{Starts at 8:00 AM on 4.10.2014}
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Would you like to parooze some more inexpensive spring decor ideas?
Check out the awesome ideas below!

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Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Parade of Homes: My Spring Home Tour

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Good morning!
If you are stopping by House by Hoff for the first time from the Spring Parade of Homes, welcome!
Hope to see you a lot more around here! :)
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My Spring Mantel has been such a source of springy cheer around here!
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I'm a bit crazy about chalkboards.  
They're so cheap to make, you can make them out of anything and I love to switch them up for the seasons!  See my Chalkboard Window tutorial here.
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It's like an erasable piece of art that you don't have to commit to!
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Another spring chalkboard!  Ha!
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I love our home's tall ceilings.  
We have big windows that let in lots of natural light!
Decorating large walls is a bit of a challenge though!  
I like to repurpose old windows, doors and mirrors to fill up my home's huge, empty walls!
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My throw pillows never look like this.  Ever.  I wish they'd stay this perfect.
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One of my favorite spaces in the house is my daughter's chalkboard table play space.  
I love to add vintage touches anywhere I can. I found these little paint-by-numbers at a garage sale!
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I just love big, old and chippy windows!
I removed the glass panes from this old window frame.  
I'm kind of surprised that I didn't lose an eye in the process, but some of the panes were cracked and needed to go.
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See more about my birdie displays here.
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See my tutorial for my old cabinet door to chalkboard here.
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I had so much fun layering some of my favorite pieces to create this spring vignette for the dining room!
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Another room, another old window! Ha!
This is our master bedroom.
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I collect vintage glass and love layering it.  Such a clean and simple look!
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Happy spring decorating!  
I hope you were inspired! :)

Be sure to check out all of the Spring Home Tours this week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Parade of Homes!

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Good morning and happy Monday!
I'm taking part in the Spring Parade of Homes with 13 other bloggers this week.

Be sure to check out Monday's tours today!

Have a great week, and come back tomorrow for my Spring Home Tour! :)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Get Your DIY On: "Thinking Spring"

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Welcome to this month's edition of Get Your DIY On, our monthly themed link
 party!!! We are so excited that you are here! This month's theme is Thinking Spring, and I can't wait to see what you've come up with!

Check out the hosts' Spring projects:
Thinking Spring Collage
Scrappy Spring Bunting by Abby, Just a Girl and Her Blog 
Tulip Wreath Tutorial and a Spring Mantel by Christy, Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer Facebook Blog Google + Bloglovin Twitter Instagram Pinterest
Paper Carrots Easter Banner by Mandy, The Hankful House 
Easter Bunny in the Grass Spring Wreath by Krista, The Happy Housie 
Spring Chalkboard from Old Cabinet Door by April, House By Hoff 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Chalkboard from Old Cabinet Door

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My spring break week has been the shortest week ever.
How can it be Friday already?!

A week spent decorating is a week well-spent though.  
Can I get an amen?

I got the itch to make a a springy chalkboard out of this old cabinet door that came off of this dry sink.
Lucky for me we hit 60 degrees on Monday, so I got to have my first spray-paint day of the year!

I spray-painted this little door "Dover White" by Rust Oleum.
Then, I brush painted two coats of chalkboard paint on the inset.

I found the super-cute bird knob at Hobby Lobby...
I'm in some SERIOUS trouble with a new Hobby Lobby in town.  Serious trouble....
I want to go there every day.  And never leave.

I'm kind of intentionally not showing you my entire "spring-ified" dining room. 
I want to wait and reveal the whole thing next week as part of my spring home tour!

I will be taking part of this fun "Spring Parade of Homes" starting next week!  
{I'll be giving my tour on Tuesday, April 8th!}

Let's see what my "Get Your DIY On" cohosts came up with for their "Thinking Spring" projects!
Just a Girl and Her Blog's Scrappy Spring Bunting
Confessions of a Serial DIYer's Tulip Wreath and Spring Mantel
The Hankful House's Paper Carrots Easter Banner
The Happy Housie's Easter Bunny in the Grass Wreath

We'll be hosting our monthly link up party on Sunday at 7:00 PM!
Bring your new and old Spring Projects!

Have a great weekend!!!