Monday, 14 April 2014

How to Mark Your Direct Messages As Read on Twitter

Direct messages on Twitter can be sometimes very annoying if you get many of them. Marking them all as read at once can be a good way of removing them from your view without having to sift through each one.

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    Sign in to your Twitter account. Type in your username and password.

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    Click on the gear icon. You can find it on the top right of your homepage, to the right of your search bar.
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    Select "Direct Messages." It's the first option from the top of the drop-down menu. A new window will pop up.

    • Alternatively, you can click on 'Me' and press the messages icon.
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    Click on the 'tick' icon. This means that you want to mark the direct messages as 'read'.
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    Once you do click on it, click on 'Mark all as read'.
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    Finished. When you done, you'll realize that there will be no more of the blue circles.
    • And, also your profile won't have a number next to the message icon.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Get Creative with Easter Eggs

Who knew that silk fabric transfers onto eggshells as easily as the dye in a decorating kit? Regular old vinegar plus hot water does the trick.
Step 1: For each egg, cut out a 5-inch square of patterned 100 percent silk. (We limited ourselves to black-and-white prints to achieve the effect above; colored patterns yield more vibrant results.) Lightly dampen the fabric, then lay it flat, right side up, and place your egg in the center. Gather the fabric tightly around the egg, like a beggar's purse, and secure with a rubber band. Repeat this step for the same egg, using a same-size square of plain white cotton and a second rubber band. Note: Use blown eggs if you'd like to keep your handiwork longer.
Step 2: Place eggs in a single layer in a nonreactive pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
Step 3: Remove eggs with tongs and cool about 20 minutes. Then unwrap the fabrics to reveal the exquisite designs.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bunny Craft Ideas

  1. STEP 1

    Measure the width and length of the top of the headband, add 1/2 inch to all sides, and cut a strip of pink felt to cover.
  2. STEP 2

    Glue the felt strip onto the top of the headband, wrapping the extra material around the headband's edges.
  3. STEP 3

    Measure the underside of the headband, and cut a strip of pink felt to fit.
  4. STEP 4

    Glue the strip to the underside, creating a backing that covers the edges of the top felt.
  5. STEP 5

    Print out our bunny-ears template, and cut out both shapes.
  6. STEP 6

    Trace the outer-ear shape onto pink felt twice, and cut along scalloped edge (or cut out with pinking or scalloped shears).
  7. STEP 7

    Trace the inner-ear shape onto white felt twice, and cut out with regular scissors.
  8. STEP 8

    Glue each pair of ears together with hot glue, and let dry.
  9. STEP 9

    Crease each ear vertically down the middle, and press.
  10. STEP 10

    Fold up the bottom flaps on either side of the notch, and attach to headband with hot glue, pulling notches closed so ears are slightly bent. Hold until glue sets.


Monday, 7 April 2014

How to Use Twitter for iPad

Wondering how to use Twitter on your iPad? Twitter has released the iPad version of its iPhone app, and the two are fairly similar. Read this article to find out more about how to get started tweeting from your tablet.
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    Download the Twitter app from the Apple App Store. Sign into your Twitter account.
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    Once the app authorizes your Twitter account, the tweets from the people you follow should show up. If they don't, drag your finger down to refresh.
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    To tweet, hit the compose button on the bottom of the screen. Type what you have to say. If you are replying to someone, type @ followed by their Twitter handle, or use the @ button underneath the text box to search for their Twitter handle.
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    If you see a blue light next to anything on the side, that means there are new tweets, you have a reply to a tweet, you have a new message, or you have been listed.
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    To retweet, tap the tweet and hit the square arrows.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

DIY ~ Easter Craft: What to Do With Those Plastic Eggs

I got out my Easter bins a few days ago. Why is it that I always think I have way more cute holiday decorations than I actually do – lol? What I discovered is that I have approximately 5 million of those cheap, plastic Easter eggs.

So I decided to do something with some of them. I took my leftover fabric scraps and decoupaged the eggs. So if you’re like me with a million of those eggs, take some of them and transform them into something that you actually want to keep!

This is what I did:
First take your eggs and apply some glue to keep them closed. I used super glue.
Then take your fabric and cut it into small strips. It depends on how big your eggs are, I cut mine in 1 inch x 4 inch strips. Then I made some cuts around the edges of the material — this will make the material mold to the egg’s shape much better. To save time I cut about 6 layers of material at once into strips, then took all six layers and made cuts in the sides of the strips. I cut some of the strips in half – 1 x 2 inches to fill in gaps at the end.

{Note: I used a bristle paintbrush to do this — actually a stenciling brush. I found that if you use a brush with bristles, you can apply pressure at the end and smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles.}
Apply a coat of decoupage medium to the back side of the first strip, not directly onto the egg. Now lay the first strip onto the middle of the egg, right over the opening. Smooth it down with your fingers. Don’t put any decoupage medium on the outside of the fabric until the whole egg is covered. This will cut down on having your hands covered in Mod Podge. I also kept a damp washcloth right next to me. After each egg I wiped my hands off. 

Now apply the next strip of material, making sure to cover the back of the fabric in decoupage medium. I applied the strips to the naked parts of the egg first and then covered up the holes at the end. 

Once the whole egg is covered, smooth down the wrinkles. NOTE: your egg is going to have wrinkles, you are just trying to make it as smooth as possible. 

Then add a thick layer of decoupage medium over the whole egg and lay it on wax paper to dry.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Creative Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Hop to it! These pretty Easter egg dyeing techniques are perfect for the kid in you. These dyeing and decorating ideas, including pretty egg coloring ideas and embellishments you can create with crafts supplies, ensure you'll have a very happy Easter.

Drizzled Easter Eggs

To make these swirled Easter eggs, simply pick a few complementary colors and get started! Drizzle egg with rubber cement, let dry, then dip in a dish of dye. When dry, gently peel off the rubber cement. Repeat two (or even three!) times with additional colors.

Chirping Chick Easter Eggs

These so-cute (and so-creative) Easter egg chicks are surprisingly easy to make. Dye white eggs canary-yellow, let dry, and glue a quill feather to the top. Cut out a beak from orange construction paper and glue it on. Use a marker to make two dots for eyes and place your feathered friend in a piece of cracked eggshell set in a nest of raffia.

Natural-Dyed Easter Eggs

For a fresh take on dying your Easter eggs, go all-natural! These Easter egg dye recipes are all food or plant-based and create beautifully subdued shades. Just simmer beets, blueberries, or other natural ingredients in a cup of water with a dash of vinegar to create the colors. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors; just a few minutes will work for more subdued variations.

Metallic-Dipped Easter Eggs

We love the way golds and silvers add a sophisticated touch to even the simplest of decorations. To make this Easter egg design, turn to metallic-hue paint pens after dying your eggs. Simply draw whatever suits you, from polka dots to stripes to a dip-dyed effect.

(Better homes)

Monday, 31 March 2014

How to Add a Twitter Account to a Linkedin Profile

LinkedIn is a social networking site focused on professional networking for businesses and colleagues. The site allows you to connect with co-workers, look for jobs and business opportunities, and join groups based on interests and industries. This article will guide you through the process of adding a Twitter account to your LinkedIn profile.
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    Go to the LinkedIn sign in page and login using the email address and password associated with your account.
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    Click your username in the top right corner followed by the “Settings” option.This will take you directly to your account Settings page.
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    Click the “Manage your Twitter settings” link under the “Settings” heading on your account Settings page.
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    Click the “Add your Twitter account” link. This will automatically prompt you to log in to your Twitter account to verify the process.
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    Sign in to Twitter and click the “Allow” button when prompted to grant LinkedIn permission to your account.
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    Select your preferences for status updates and content preferences.
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    Click the “Save changes” button to complete the process.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

DIY ~ How to Make a Springtime Wedding Swag

 Springtime Wedding Swag Tutorial
If you are planning an early spring wedding, you will have all kinds of great greenery to choose from because everything will be budding and blooming! We found these kumquat branches at the flower market and knew we had to use them! So here you have a springtime wedding swag that we made just for you! These types of arrangements can be great for ceremony backdrops, to hang above entryways or use to adorn interior or exterior barn walls. You could also design one to decorate the front of your sweetheart table. Since you are designing it yourself you can make it the perfect size to fit a hearth, doorway or table depending on how far you want to build out the side branches. One of the best things about these is that you can use florals that you otherwise might not like these awesome kumquat branches! Happy building!

What We Used :  Amaranths / Flowering Eucalyptus / Kumquat Branches / Purple Limonium / Floral Wire / Floral Tape / Shears / White Ribbon
Spring Flower Arrangement Tutorial
First, cross the stems of the Amaranths and secure with wire.  Leave a small open space between where the spires will fall down.
Spring Flower Arrangement Tutorial
Next, build out from the center, adding stems to either side and securing with wire as you go.  You may want to use some floral tape too to keep stray stems from poking up.  The more secure the better.  It is ok if some of the wires show as you will be covering up the base in a later step.
How to Make a Springtime Swag
Step back and see how the arrangement is balanced. Add and takeaway until both sides feel even.  You may want to hold it up to see how the spires fall naturally. 
How to Make a Springtime Swag
Next, add in your kumquat branches.  Secure the branches with wire first to one another, and then attach them to the back of the base.  Make sure they are secure as they can be heavy.
How to Make a Springtime Swag
Once the kumquats are secure, add in the purple filler to the open spaces by slipping the stems under the wires or adding additional wires.
Spring Flower Arrangement Tutorial
Then, taking your flowering branches, lay them over the base so that they cross and the center. Arrange them so that you cannot see the wires on the base and it feels like a lush archway. If you want to angle them down on either side to create and arch, you may or if you want a straight base for a table or a heath keep them straight.
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Next, using some small pieces of the flooring branches and the purple filler, creat a small swag on the side that will be the front piece.  Make it large enough to cover the kumquat stems but no so long that it will cover up the fruit.
How to Make a Springtime Swag
Secure the smaller swag to the front of the base and stand back to asses the symmetry of your arrangement.
How to Make a Springtime Swag
Once it feels right, try hanging it on a wall.  Once you see how it falls you may want to make some changes, clippings or additions to make it feel balanced.
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At this point you may also want to add some ribbon.  We tied some simple white ribbon the the stems of the smaller front swag and turned the knot the face the back. 
How to Make a Springtime Swag
We left the ribbons hanging down to compliment the drooping spires.
 Springtime Wedding Swag Tutorial
Once you have it perfect hang it in your desired place using extra wire to create a strong loop on the back of the base.
 Springtime Wedding Swag Tutorial

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

DIY ~ How To Make a Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet

How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
We love the look of a bare stem wedding bouquet!  It really allows the flowers to pop and have a strong presence and it is a great option whether you are using bold flowers or minimalist flowers. Today we have put together a rustic wedding bouquet that makes our eyes so happy! If you are making your own bouquet, you get to pick everything you want and we suggest going stem by stem like we did to end up with the perfect arrangement.  Happy arranging!

What we used :  Tall Glass Vase / Clippers / Floral Tape / Ribbon / Boutonniere Pin / Lots of Flowers
Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet Tutorial
Rustic Wedding Bouquet Ingredients
Start by filling your vase with a few inches of water so that the fresh cut stems will be happy while you work!  It is best to use a vase that has an opening that is about the same width as you want your bouquet handle to be. That way you can use it as a guide as you go.
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
Then, starting with your base flowers, trim all leaves from each stem as you go.  Add your base flowers one by one to your vase.   You may want to lead extra length on the stems so that you have room to trim them later.
Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet Tutorial
Once you have added some of your base flowers with clean stems, you can start adding in your interest pieces.
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
Fill in the spaces as you go, turning the vase to get an ideas of how it looks from all sides as you add stems and move them around.   You may want to trim stems once the vase starts to fill up so that the heights are correct.
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
Once you get it to a place where you love the arrangements of all of the stems, grasp them stems and lift the flowers out of the vase.  Holidng the flowers tightly, trim the stems to the same length.
Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet Tutorial
Then, take the floral tape and wrap the base of the stems very tightly multiple times.  Make sure all of them stems feel secure.
Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet Tutorial
Once the stems are secure, return the bouquet to the vase and add greenery and final flourishes like berries.  To do this, slip the stems under the floral tape.  This will add to the security of the bouquet by making the tape extra tight.
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
We added some large pieces of eucalyptus at the end to give our bouquet a rustic feel.
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
When your bouquet is finished, take a white ribbon and wrap the stem a couple times over the floral tape, and secure the ribbon with a pin, sinking the end of the pin into a stem. You can also tie the ribbon instead if you want to keep the ribbon long, like in the picture above. If you pin it in place it will be barely visible like the picture below. Keep the bouquet in water until you are ready to use it! When you take it out of the water for the last time, just pat the stems dry with a towel to keep you and your dress dry!
How to Make a Bare Stem Wedding Bouquet
And there you have a wedding-ready bare stem bouquet!
Bare Stem Rustic Wedding Bouquet Tutorial