Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Quote Poster

Make personal, one-of-a-kind wall art by printing and framing your favorite quote, book passage, or music lyric. 


Book Quote poster with engineer prints, Over The Apple Tree

I totally did not come up with this myself, it was Pin-spiredHow did I get this giant print you ask...engineer prints. Engineer prints are a very inexpensive option for printing. These are commonly used for blueprints and not really meant for photographs so you aren't going to get the best quality. I think it works out perfect for this kind of project, and who can complain for only $3.88?! For that price you can print a new one for every season! You can design your quote on your computer and then have your local office supply store print it for you. I chose to have mine printed at Staples because I was able to upload it online and then pick up in store. I did stop by Office Max/Depot and asked if they have engineer prints. They said they do, but as far as I can tell, there wasn't an option to upload it online.

Like I said, this was inspired by projects I found on Pinterest. There are tons of blog posts already out there with this idea and specifics of how to make your poster. A couple I found helpful are DIY On The Cheap's and Delightfully Noted.

Find your quote...My family happens to be especially nerdy, so this quote from Tolkien's The Fellowship Of The Ring, fits right into my home. A great place to find book quotes is Goodreads. If you have an account you can save quotes you like.

For my poster, I designed on PicMonkey. Click the design button, chose your background color and click apply. My poster is big, 24x36. I went to resize and unchecked keep proportions, then changed size to 1200x1800. You can use higher numbers for clearer image, just make sure it's in the ratio of your poster size. Now just add text boxes and lay out how you want your quote to appear. After you make sure everything is where you want it and spelled correctly, save it to your computer.

Printing...Like I said, I like the convenience of uploading my images and then picking them up in store which is why I chose to use Staples. On the Staples website, (1)Shop by Category, (2)Copy & Print. (3)Engineering Prints. Pick your size and design. After you upload your image, just make sure that you click on the Media button and select the right size and check the box that says "fill content to paper", then choose the correct Orientation(landscape or portrait). Remember that this method of printing isn't meant for photos so your image isn't going to be "photo quality". My print looks a little fuzzy around the edges of the letters, but at a distance, you can't even tell.

Frame...I found this frame at Michael's. They have lots of poster size frames available in different colors. I happened to get a great deal on mine. Look for sales and coupons because these large frames can get pricey.

Book Quote Poster using engineer prints by Over The Apple Tree


Book Quote poster with engineer prints, Over The Apple Tree

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Super Squishy Crochet Bear

My daughter saw a crochet bear made with Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn at a craft show that she loved. When I spotted the yarn on sale on Black Friday, I thought now was the time to give the bear a try. I could not find a pattern with this kind of yarn that I liked, so I sat down and started experimenting. Unlike most amigurumi, this guy is worked in hdc's. 

I love how this crochet bear turned out! I'm thinking I'll have to make another bear because my kids have been trying to work out how to share custody of him. I haven't decided yet if I'll post the pattern, maybe after more testing.

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

Super Squishy Crochet Bear by Over The Apple Tree

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Photo Blocks

Everyone, especially grandparents, LOVE photo gifts all year long! I've seen where you can order these online but if you've got a little time to spare, you can make these photo blocks yourself!

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree

Have you ever walked around the craft store and were struck with inspiration? You get home and go online only to find someone else already came up with this? Yeah, so apparently I didn't invent these DIY photo blocks. What the heck, I'll share it anyway. It's a good reminder to get those photos out of your camera, phone and computers!

You need:
Wood Block(Michael's $4.69, don't forget to look for coupons!)
Photos
Mod Podge
Scissors or paper trimmer
Foam brush

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree


These blocks are about 3 ½ squares so 4x6 photos will need to be trimmed. Take the time to make sure photos are cut evenly. The fastest way I found was to make a square template. I cut my photos slightly smaller than the square. Before I stuck on photos, I painted the corners of the cube black. Since there will be no photo on the bottom I painted that black as well.

Using a foam brush, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of block. Carefully position the photo onto the block and press down. Repeat for all sides and allow to dry. You'll probably have to wait for a couple sides to dry before you can do the other sides. You don't want the Mod Podge to smudge or photos to move before they are dry. 

Use a white pen or paint to write a message or the year on the bottom of the block. After the first layer of Mod Podge dries, do another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photos on all sides. Allow block to dry thoroughly before handling.

DIY Photo Blocks, Over The Apple Tree

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Friday, December 18, 2015

My Crochet Gifts 2015

So I said this year I wasn't going to get carried away with crochet gifts. They take forever and to be honest, I'm not always sure how appreciated they are. Of course everyone says thank you with a smile but are they just being polite? Do people really want my homemade stuff? Cut to November and I have a list of holiday requests! The holidays are usually when I get the most creative and try new patterns I've never attempted. The extreme time crunch certainly adds to the excitement as well! As always, I will include the pattern sources. That way, if you see something you like, you can make your own. Here we go...

Sea Flower Shawl- Rustic Modern Crochet by Yumiko Alexander

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


Ninja Turtle Hat- Jaime George

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


Fox Scarf(paid pattern)- We-R-Soto Design
I altered the pattern a bit to make this one child size.

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


Stampy Hat- See my blog post for chart

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


Toothless, How To Train Your Dragon- Nichole's Nerdy Knots
See more of my photos of this project which was actually for a birthday present but is so close to Christmas I'm gonna list it anyway!

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


Ballerina Elephant, Edwards Menagerie
If you're curious how I added the tutu, see my notes in my Ravelry project page
This is my second Edwards Menagerie project. See my bunny here

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple TreeCrochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Gifts 2015 by Over The Apple Tree


V-Stitch Beanie- Over The Apple Tree free pattern

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


ZiggyZag Vixen Slouch- Faith Holbrook on Ravelry

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Christmas Gifts by Over The Apple Tree


This is my third year of crochet Christmas projects. Check out years past 2013 and 2014


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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Crochet Like Crazy- Toothless

This time of year I'm always super busy because I make several of my holiday gifts. All my children's birthdays are also around this time. My daughter is crazy for the How To Train Your Dragon movie so I decided to crochet her Toothless for her birthday! This pattern is from Nichole's Nerdy Knots. She's in love with her new dragon!

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Apple Tree






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