31 May 2014

Favorite Youtubers

Today I thought I would share a couple of my favorite YouTubers.

1.  Loepsie.
I have watched Loepsie for a while now-- Lucy shares videos from the Netherlands with tips for fashion, hair, and lifestyle.  She also just began her own website: loepsie.com

2.  Bored Shorts TV
This channel is a group of families who have their kids tell stories-- while the parents lip dub it-- It's my go to for entertainment when I am in a super goofy mood.

3.  tim3vlog
My sister found this one-- just a super goofy Christian and his fiance who vlog and and just make laughs all around (they're not super known either ^.^)

4. Malinda Kathleen Reese
Malinda has a super unique channel.  She sings popular songs (i.e. Let it Go, Royals, One Day More, etc) but first runs the lyrics through several different languages on Google Translate.  

What are your favorite Youtube Channels?  Do you have your own Youtube channel?
Have a great Weekend!





30 May 2014

The Hunger Games/The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


  Movie Name: The Hunger Games/The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Gary Ross/Francis Lawrenc
Year: 2012/2013

          The Hunger Games went viral.  It swept over the nation and I never saw it until this past month.  Yeah, my friends thought I was crazy, but I didn't know if I would like it.  My sister had read the books and didn't like them very much, and most people I knew either loved the books and movies or hated them.  Thus I never made a huge effort to actually watch the movies.  So here we go!  My thoughts and such on the hunger games (if anyone wants to know...)

          As most know, the Hunger Games & Catching Fire deal with a futuristic dystopian community.  Katniss Everdeen is put forth from district 12 to fight to the death and win the hunger games.  She and Peeta (also from district 12) fight together, and end up winning together-- as a change in the rules.  However, President Snow feels that Katniss could very well cause an uprising in Panem, and thus, he creates a new game-- the Third Quarter Quell, where all surviving victors of the Hunger Games must partake and-- fight to the death.  This is almost more than Katniss could handle.  For one, her love is torn between her lifelong friend Gale, and Peeta-- her fiance.  Snow wants Katniss gone forever-- without the risk of an uprising.
           Thus he creates one of the toughest games ever for the victors to fight in.  Peeta and Katniss ally with Finnick Odair and Mag.  Later they for an alliance with Beetee, Wiress, and Johanna Mason.  Together they battle to break free of the other victors as well as the game itself.

         My thoughts?  I really loved the movies.  They made me think, and were way better than my expectations.  There wasn't too much awkwardness or language (which tends to happen in all PG-13 movies now).  This helped me to focus more on the actual story than any of the movie's faults.  Personally I don't think I would be able to read the books even though I enjoyed both movies (and am planning on seeing the 3rd one in theatres).  How could the movie have improved?  I think for its type of movie they did a wonderful job-- especially with the loads of book fans around.  From what I heard they stayed close to both novels (let me know if I'm totally wrong on this....).
          Both films showed what can happen when government takes over all lives and choices.  We need to fight for our freedom, and recognize the difference between beneficial laws and suffocating laws.
         
          Last of all-- yes I would recommend both movies.  They were great stories and, although not the most light hearted, were commical at moments.  The Hunger Games & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are both movies that I would re-watch and would want others to see as well.

What are your thoughts on the Hunger Games movies?  Have you read the books and how did they compare to eachother?  Do you like one more than the other?

Enjoy your weekend!






Craftgawker

Hello All!
Today I have a Website review for you: Craftgawker.com.  It's a bit like Pinterest, but is in a way more classy.  They are super picky about what pictures they allow-- which helps make it classy ^.^
Anywho!  Anyone can make an account and it displays the photo with a little caption, and with one click you are led to the blog which posted it :)

There I am ^.^
Yeah, it took me 6 tries to get it right, but I finally did!  Anyway, if you do DIYs and such and would like to get your blog name out there, try Craftgawker-- I got 20+ views in the first couple hours my post was up! (all almost 100 now ^.^)
They also have foodgawker.com, weddinggawker, dwellinggawker, and stylegawker in case your blog would fit in one of those better ^.^

Enjoy your posting, and don't give up submitting those photos!  They want the picture centered on your subject, lots of natural light, and the picture has to be on your blog post.

Have a wonderful weekend!





29 May 2014

//Photoshoot of DIY t-shirt

My sister and I did a photoshoot of me for a picture of my DIY potato stamp t-shirt to submit to Craftgawker.com.  I thought I would share my favorites with you ^.^





Haha Those Faces....











28 May 2014

Pictures of the Week // 3

This Week's Pictures of the Week has pictures I took with my sister's Canon Rebel t3i after it rained.  Enjoy!


Okay so bare with me now-- there are a lot of pictures of dew on this bush.  It was just so gorgeous I couldn't resist! ^.^






Decorative Apple Blossom Tree
Red Maple

Holly Bush
Yay Pussy Willow!


Bleeding Heart
These pictures were taken today with the t3i

Lilac

I had gotten on the ground to take pics of the lawn and dandilions, and this one got stuck in my boot ^.^
I love this pine cone's color!


Bumble Bee on the Crab Apple Blossoms
Agh.  The bumble bee was flying around so fast that the camera focused on the leaves instead of the bee XP
We've been working on getting a picket fence around our salad garden-- not done yet, but its almost there!
Daisies
Marigold

I never really took into consideration that blueberries had blossoms-- aren't they cute!  They remind me of lily of the valley.
Our Yellow Delicious Apple Tree's Blossoms
Cherry Tree Blossoms ^.^
Ahh.  I cannot get over the gorgeous Cherry Bark!
My Adventure around ended with a hello from Dusty ^.^
Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know what pictures were your favorite, or anything else that's on your mind ;)

26 May 2014

DIY Potato Stamp T-Shirt

          I wanted a fun and easy craft to do with my friend for our sleepover, and looking on Craft Gawker (it's ike Pinterest) found many different potato stamp t-shirts.  However, most of them were very simple designs such as kitten heads-- I decided to try something more intricate and see if I could succeed with only a potato stamp.  Here I will guide you through the steps so you can make your own intricate potato stamp t-shirt.


         You will need to begin by collecting the following items, and picking out a template.  A way to do this is search google images with the following: the name of your desired object clip art, or the name of your desired object silhouette.









Begin by carefully cutting out your picture.












Then place cut out picture on top of half potato. (you can cut it vertically or horizontally depending on how large your image is.)













Now trace the template with your sharpie.  Be careful not to rip the paper, and make sure the picture stays in one place the whole time.










Now this part is tricky (especially with my template...) Be very patient, and don't try to hurry this part.  No, it won't take hours, but just make sure you don't get a part that doesn't need to be cut, cut.













Continue to cut, making a stamp like object out of your potato--since it is a potato stamp ^.^











Once you are finished with that step, make sure that the stamp is deep enough.  That way you don't end up with paint on the non-stamp part.











Next lay your t-shirt out on a flat surface and place a piece of cardboard underneath.  Why the cardboard?  It keeps the paint from seeping through to the other side of the shirt.













Now squeeze your fabric paint onto some type of disposable plate.  Even some extra cardboard would work!











Take your Sponge and cover your potato stamp with the paint.  I don't have a picture of this part because it was way to hard for me to paint and take a picture-- anyway, I think this part is pretty straightforward ^.^










And there you are.  The first stamping!  Continue to stamp all over the shirt wherever you want-- I didn't have any particular order, and mine turned out pretty well.














This is Bertha, the potato lady Andrea made ^.^











Here we are (Andrea and I)-- trust me, this craft is much better made with a friend ^.^



Check out my photoshoot of this DIY here, and check out the rest of my blog!
Have a great day!