Picture Perfect: Fall

Hello sweet faces! It's time for Picture Perfect Wednesday.

November is almost over. I love Fall, and it goes by too fast. All the glorious colors on trees and the chill in the air  just makes you feel all cozy and wanting to pull out the sweaters and drink hot apple cider, doesn't it?

The week #4 Picture Perfect Challenge is now open over on the  FTLOB community - We Love Photography group
We want to see your photos! Head on over and upload your favorite photo of Fall. The favorite will be posted here next Wednesday with a link to your blog. This is great exposure and a fun way to meet new bloggy friends.

Even if you don't plan on sharing a photo, feel free to jump on in, start discussions about photography, editing, or anything you may need help with. Meet other Shutterbugs like yourself who also have a love for photography.

Have a wonderful Wednesday~

Sponsor Us for December

Hello Lovelies!  Hope everyone is having an amazing day.  I want to remind you to grab your sponsor spot  for December.
We have 5 large ads available for $15.00 and
5 small ads available for $12.00  these are great deals considering how large and quickly we are growing. {they won't last}
Don't miss out and get in line for  the top ad or the extra large ad for January.
Contact me at datssocute(at)gmail(dot)com  I'll take care of you!

PS: Grab a New Badge---awesome eh?


Tasty Tuesday

Good Day Delicious Lovers. Sharing your recipes from this past holiday would be lovely. Link up directly to the post. If you don't have a recipe, share a night out for dinner or lunch, we'd love to see!
click on the pic to get this tasty treat! yum. Can't wait to see and taste the goods. Have an mmmmm mmmm good day!


Check out these popular discussions from our community

Bucket list



Go comment with something off your bucket list!!

I ask:What makes you follow a blog?

Or breaks it?
Personally I go for well written blogs that provide an insight into the blogger's mind and thus I tend to gravitate towards personal blogs.I also prefer clean,uncluttered layouts and dark text on light background.
For me-what breaks it-Pop up/automatic music players.ARGH!

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Hello Everyone! Newbie here!!!

I am thankful that I got into blogging but even more thankful to be part of communities like this. I’ve been reading a lot of personal blogs lately and was surprised at how much some of them are so relatable.So, in the hopes that I might be able to produce the same realization in other peop... read more...

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Holiday Card Swap

There is nothing better than receiving a beautiful card. It beats any amount of gift any time of the year and since we love giving, we want everyone to join us in our Holiday Card Swap. Happy Holidays!

To Join the Swap Simply:
- leave a comment letting us know that you'd like to participate.
- be sure to include your email addresses or at least make sure it appears on your profiles.
- let us know if you'd like to do more than one person.
- a holiday card is all you have to send but if you'd like to include extras, that's totally up to you.
We'll be pairing everyone up to send holiday cards out by 12.10.11, a post will come with everyone's match. Enjoy the day, stay tuned for more great posts including features, giveaways and more!

If you'd like a chance to enter a $100 Holiday Beauty Package, view details here.

Too Crewel: sponsor love

Hello fellow FTLOBers! My name is Liesi, and I blog over at Too Crewel. On my blog you can expect to find an abundance of craftiness, DIYness, and etsy love. I spend majority of my time embroidering (and crewel embroidery), working on DIY projects, and sewing anything and everything.
But enough about me, I can't wait to meet you! Don't be a stranger- stop by and say hello!


Weekend Wander-Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! We hope you know we are Thankful for each and everyone one of you! We also hope that you have a day filled with love, laughter, friends and family. Spend today, and this weekend enjoying yourself and the things you are most Thankful for.  This hop will be up all weekend long, so when you have time, spend it finding new bloggy friends and checking out all the awesome stuff this community has to offer!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, love BJ and Vic

Blogging Tip:A quick fix for your blog photos

I was digging around for  a software,Photoshop Actions aside,that would fix up my blog photos when I feel a tad lazy-and I came across Pixlr-matic.We've all had our fair share of Picniking though I have to admit I'm not too pleased with their photo overlays.Hence Pixlr-matic.It installs as an app on Google Chrome but you can access it from the site as well.(It's also available for download on android devices I saw).
Let's check out what it's all about,shall we?
After you go to the site you see a flash based interface-don't worry,it's rather quick to load.
Click on the button that says "computer" and upload your image.

After the photo has been uploaded you see a range of photo effects much like Instagram.Just for fun:Try moving your mouse on the developer tub(i.e on the main picture ;] )
Go crazy selecting the appropriate effect by clicking on each tiny box at the bottom.clicking on them alls moves the strip left and right revealing more effects.After you're done move on to the next screen by clicking on the ">>" button.
You can add a few more effects here-though personally I'll recommend only the Vignette.Or maybe at the most a sunburst or bokehs if you're going for something dramatic yet pretty and not going utterly edit-vomit.Click ">>" to move on to the borders screen where,again,you'll have much to choose from.
A vintage album border?

Something grungy perhaps?
Or the clean rounded corners. Click ">>" to move on to the save screen.

Give the file a name and save it in a convenient location to upload later.It always helps to have a separate folder for blogging images.
I was having to much fun creating this tutorial and went with the flow.There you go-lady gone edit-crazy!
I just did a simple colour edit on this one.Notice the difference in the colour of the sky?

And to this I added a sunburst background and a polaroid border(Nolaroid on Pixlr-matic)The colour effect used is called "Samantha"

Quick,fun stuff eh? Go crazy on those holiday pictures and share the link in your comments below.
P.s: Did you get yourself a signature yet?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of You!

Dear friends and fabulous ftlob family members, today we give thanks to the many blessings in life. We're so thankful that we've found such amazing people to share our lives with. We've discovered a beautiful way to connect and we wish each of you the most wonderful day of the year. One of my favorite things about eating today is the delicious desserts. Click this pic to go to the recipe.

We want you to share in a post what you're thankful for. Link up food, recipes, family photos, a little something your child did to make you melt, a visit with friends and family back at home or something/anything that you're proud of. Link to posts only please and while you're here visit some friends, enjoy a gorgeous day.

Sponsor Love with Kristen

Hey guys! I'm Kristen; the girl behind Confessions of a Graphic Design Student.

I'm 24 years old, from Connecticut, living in Utah, married to my best friend, fascinated with design, and figuring out life one day at a time.

My dream has always been to live an artistic and creative life.

I was the kid who's art projects always got selected for the art shows. I was voted "Best Artist" my senior year of high school and even was chosen to be recognized for a state award. Come senior year I was accepted into Utah State University's art program. Everyone thought I would do amazing things.

I ended up surprising everyone by doing a total 180...

Long story short... I dropped out after one semester and followed my heart to Josh who has been my husband for over five years. I've never regretted choosing love... I know there is no one else in the world that could love and tolerate me as much as he does :) We are mommy and daddy to two mini dachshunds, Sam and Nelly (I tend to mention them from time to time!). 

I spent a long time trying to prove to everyone that leaving school was a good choice, that getting married at 19 was in no way a naive decision, and that I could be just as successful as I wandered down my own path.

Well, I was definitely naive. 
Life was being thrown at me in all different directions and I got a little lost.  After years of trying to convince myself that office work made me happy, I decided one day that it was not the life I wanted to live. I wanted a career; not just a job. I wanted to follow my passions, to go back to my artistic roots, to feel like myself again. 
So I followed my heart (again).
I quit my job, enrolled in school, started this blog, and here I am one year later, much closer to making my dreams a reality.
I'm a deep thinker with a huge sense of humor. I love sharing my projects and telling the stories behind the art. Sometimes they're serious, but more often they are silly confessions that are sure to entertain :)

I just want to share who I am with the world and see who else can relate... there is something really beautiful about two strangers living across the globe who see the world the same as you. 

It's funny, really. 

My only goal starting this blog was to inspire others, but little did I know this amazing blogosphere would be my biggest inspiration. 

Come say hi- I would love to meet you!


Black and White Pets Picture Perfect

This weeks Picture Perfect Winner was a tough one. Group Members had to submit a black and white photo of their pets and boy are they cute! This puppy belongs to Daily Relish. Go meet a new friend and check in with a new photography challenge in our fabulous group for this week. {will be up shortly}

Also, please take note that if you don't want to enter challenges or any contests like these, you are MORE than welcome to just share. We love seeing your photos and we also love making new friends throughout the community, so share links to blogs, posts, and mingle with the other awesome members. Enjoy the Day!

PS: This Blog Design Giveaway is still open until Friday. Go Enter.
PSS: This Scrapbooking Giveaway is still open, and even if you don't care for the gift, share your most cherished memory.

Tasty Tuesday- Thanksgiving Edition

Gobble, gobble, and good morning lovelies!  Today we would love for you to link up your favorite Thanksgiving recipe for the rest of us to share!  We are so hungry for some delicious recipes, so get your eat on!


Every Day is a New Adventure

Hello! Or should I say... Guten Tag! 
I'm Alyx, and I blog over at Every Day is a New Adventure. 

I'm just a [recently-turned] 23 year-old, living life in the land of Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Lederhosen like there's no tomorrow (unless it's Saturday, then I'm usually being really lazy). 

Generally, I blog about life. What it's like to be a hopeless American trying to adjust to life where people are always punctual, a little critical, and completely wonderful. 
Sometimes, I blog about marriage. What it's like to be a [sort of] newlywed in a foreign country. 
Other times, I give out really cool [not secret anymore] recipes. 

Occasionally something crazy happens to me - like when people pretend to have a bomb as they get onto a train full of people (you can read about that here).
When I'm not wearing sweats, I can be fashionable, so there's some of that, too. 
While I'm here, I teach English. Sometimes my students say ridiculous/crazy/interesting/inappropriate things. Those usually end up on the blog, too. 
Basically, the Moral of the Story is this: 

Comment Love Day

Good Morning beautiful people!  I love Sundays, and I really love Comment Love.  I know it always puts a smile on my face to get a genuinely beautiful comment, and not some copy and paste, so I'm sure it's the same for you.  So Please, all we ask is you follow these rules, and have a happy day!

  1. Leave a Comment Here-Introduce yourself, let us know more about you and welcome people to your blog!
  2. Visit the person in front of your comment to show them some love and get to know them.
  3. Let everyone know you are from comment love day but also READ their post and leave a genuine comment about their writing, photography, etc.
  4. Visit as many blogs on the comment list below and interact getting to know more fabulous bloggers.
  5. NO Copy and Paste Comments---Don't Be Rude!!!
  6. Return the Love when you get a chance.

Photo Scrapbooking Album Giveaway

With the holidays sneaking up on us, we thought a little scrapbooking would be perfect for our year celebration here. The winner will be receiving a Martha Stewart Scrapbook Album that will hold all those cherished memories, along with a memories album and some bonus scrapbooking pieces fun for all ages.

To Enter:

You Must be a Member of our Fabulous Site and Leave a comment here sharing your most cherished memory.

Winner will be announced next week on Twitter.

Blogger tutorial-Personalize with your signature

Hi folks!I'm Sweta and I'll be bringing you easy peasy tutorials to pretty up your blog.
Ready for some DIY?
When we blog we build up a brand-and that brand must have some our essence for a more personalized look and feel: that's why sometimes blogger's "posted by" line is highly insufficient.Let's remedy that shall we?
I'll be guiding you how to create a unique signature with Pixlr and then applying it to your blog.Awesome thing about Pixlr?-I call it the online Photoshop-however, it requires no download,it's free and so easy to use!
 Let's get  it rolling then.
Go to Pixlr.com.
click on the link that says Open Photo Editor. 
The welcome screen asks you to create a  new document or upload an existing one for editing.Click on create a new image.
The next screen asks you to set the size of the document.A signature is usually moderately small-about 150x150 or the likes.Making it any bigger takes away the attention from the post itself or ends up looking stretched and ugly.
I chose the dimensions 160px in width and 130 px in height.Remember to check the "transparent"  box or the image will have a white background and if your post background isn't white-it ends up looking ungainly.
transparent:double check!
The next screen opens the blank canvas.
Now let's get creating.Click on the type tool- one which is represented by an "A" in the tool box(picture below)

After you type in your text,you can change the font,colour and size of the text.I observed that Pixlr pulls the fonts installed in your computer and allows them to user it in their software.Amazing right?If you prefer a kind of handwritten and whimsy fonts you can go to Kevin and Amanda.com and get the ones you like.For other types of fonts dafont is a great place.(Need help installing fonts on windows?email me!)

Now that we are done editing,let's save the document.Click on "file" fromm the menubar at the top-->then "save".
Save it as a .png in a convenient location as you'll need it for uploading to Photobucket(or any other image host).Saving it as a .png helps it retain the transparent background.Saving it as a .jpeg causes the problem of bringing up a white background.This is true of saving anywhere-whether on Pixlr,Photoshop,GIMP,or any other photo editng program. 
Select.png from the dropdown menu!

Now open Photobucket.Upload the image-->save and continue.(a few more steps to go..)

Now go to your blogger Dashboard and click on Settings.Then click on the "Formatting" sub-tab.
After the formatting page opens,scroll down to where you see the "Post Template" box.The image code will be pasted here.

Now paste this Code:<center><img src="YOUR URL HERE"/></center> in the said box.

Go to Photobucket or any other image hosting site.Upload the image and save.Grab the direct link or the hosted url of your image on the image hosting site. If you're on Photobucket,you can use the following image .

Now replace the words "YOUR URL HERE" in the codes you pasted in blogger with the image code you just grabbed-So it looks somewhat like this:
<center><img src="http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x402/swetablogs/Untitled.png"/></center>
Be careful that you keep all the brackets and quotation marks intact or you can't save your edits.
Now click on Save and Continue in Blogger and the next time you create a new post,your fresh signature will show up! 

Check mine out LIVE here.
Hope I could teach you something new today!
Questions?Queries?Feedback? Comment below or email me at :swetablogs@gmail.com
Have a great weekend!

Fab Friends Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week, and are ready for the week ahead.  Before you head out today, check out this weeks Fab Friends, and send some love to more bloggy friends.  Don't forget to enter to win a giveaway, or grab your sponsor spot for December!  Have a Fabulous day, and weekend!


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