Monday, 28 April 2014

How to Put a Background Picture in Your Tumblr Theme

Adding a background picture to your Tumblr can be a great way to make your blog look great and express your personality. These simple steps will teach you how to add any picture you want to your Tumblr background.
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    Sign up or log in to your Tumblr. Go to your own blog by clicking on the title at the top of your dashboard.
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    Click on "Customize theme" on the right side of the screen.
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    Scroll down on the customization sidebar until you reach the "Background" section. Click on the "Upload" button.
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    Select the image you wish to use for your background. It should be as large and as high-quality as possible, similar to the desktop background on your computer.
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    Save your changes. When you have selected an image as your new background, you will see a preview of your new theme. Make sure that it looks how you want, and then click the green "Save" button.
  6. Confirm your changes. After you click "Save", click "Close". This will take you back to your Dashboard page. Click on the name of your blog next to "Dashboard" at the top of the page. Then click "Open [name of your blog]" near the top right corner. This will show you your blog as it appears to other users. Make sure that your new background looks how you want it to.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

How to Remove an Application Off Your Twitter Account

Did you try this new application on Twitter and then realized that it was annoying for your followers? Maybe it kept tweeting weird stuff and sending weird DMs to others? Read on and you will know how to delete any applications that you do not want to keep in a second!
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    Log on to your Twitter account.
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    Look for the "gear" in the right-hand corner.
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    Click on "Settings"
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    Go to "Apps"
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    Click on "Revoke Access" to remove the app that you want to stop accessing your Twitter account

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.
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    Glue the felt strip onto the top of the headband, wrapping the extra material around the headband's edges.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Glue each pair of ears together with hot glue, and let dry.
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    Crease each ear vertically down the middle, and press.
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    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.

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