November 5, 2013 by Jenn
So a couple weeks ago I was on the website for my favorite nerd website with tons of fun gadgets and toys for photographers, Photojojo. (It. Is. Awesome. Check it out) Anyhow. I came across this thing called a Lomography Film Scanner for your iPhone. What is this madness you say?!?! Well, it’s a little machine that helps you scan your film into your iPhone. WHAT? I’m old school. I’ve been taking photos with the help of my dad since I was 9 and I have a lot of film, like A LOT. So I ordered it immediately.
Photojojo is an amazing company for a ton of reasons (and no, no one paid me to say this) to buy their products. They have fun toys, an excellent shipping policy, AND my purchase came with a tiny dinosaur. Yep, perfect. So here’s how it works…
You have to download the app that accompanies the gadget but it’s free! Open up your app and select the option to take a photo. Next you turn on the little light and slide your negatives through the bottom. The app automatically inverts the image so it look correct to you on you iPhone screen.
So, once your negative is in the machine and your app is open and ready to go, all you have to is press the capture button and there you go! The photo will then be inside your phone to edit or instagram or tweet or Facebook or email or whatever fun internet thing you like to do with you photos.
October 30, 2013 by Jenn
Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!
You will need:
- gray spray paint
- thin wire
- wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
- white paint
First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.
I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.
To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.
We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.
I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.
Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?
October 23, 2013 by Emily
It that time of year again, where girls are going absolutely bananas for all things pumpkin spiced. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Oreos (yes, thats a thing now), pumpkin spice lotions… I could go on. The men in my life are getting on the pumpkin spice train as well…but mainly focusing their attention to pumpkin spice beers.
I know that my husband is very invested in finding the best pumpkin “adult beverage”, and there isn’t really an option outside of beers…Until now!
Yep, that’s pumpkin spice bourbon! Infusing alcohols is ridiculously easy, and an awesome way to tailor your bar to the seasons.
What you’ll need:
1 sugar pumpkin (NOT a carving pumpkin!)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
750 ml bottle of bourbon (I used Evan Williams)
Peel and gut your sugar pumpkin and cut into thin slices.
Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar and pie spices.
Place in a 400 degree oven and roast for 30-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and just a little caramelized.
Allow the pumpkin to cool and place in a large sealable jar or jug and fill with the bourbon, making sure the pumpkin is covered completely.
Set in a cool, dark place for at least a week to infuse (2-3 weeks will get even better flavor!).
Strain the bourbon through a cheesecloth or coffee filter (the coffee filter will take longer, but you will get fewer little bits and pieces floating around.) and return to the jar or bottle for storage.
Drink and enjoy!