Saturday, March 31, 2012

Anatomy of an Art Wall

UPDATED: 9/6/13 Almost done!

Pictures of my parents as babies, my mom at camp as a teenager, her senior photo, my great grandmother and her baby (both passed away of an illness), my grandparents in the 50's, my grandparents in the 90's, Elliot, Elliot's silhouette, my dad's older brother and sister, the wood plaque of the man who built our house in 1893, a ghost baby we don't know (big frame) and some older people we don't know (top right frame) plus a wedding pic.

Oh hi, Ozzy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

By the Book

Baby O's co-ed build-a-library shower was a hit!

Cute decor? Check!
Yummy food? Check!
Lots of books? Check!
Happy parents-to-be? Check check!

My plan - and I do recommend it if you go the DIY baby shower route - was to do the decorations a little at a time in the weeks leading up to the big day. I enlisted the help of a few friends with the food, and my sweet hubby helped with shopping and getting everything set up. We decorated on Friday, I baked the cake and cleaned on Saturday, so all I had to do on Sunday AM was a little cooking and final touches. And wrangle the world's crankiest baby, who threw a huge tantrum and then proceeded to sleep through most of the party.

A word to the wise. If you are having dudes at your party, it does not matter that it is a baby shower and it does not matter that it is in the morning, BUY BEER. Lots and lots of beer. Boys don't care about mimosas, and if they are going to sit around and listen to chicks compare labor stories and watch someone open a million little outfits, they are damn well going to have a beer while they do it. I learned this lesson the hard way, in which guests threatened to run to Target for brewskis mid-party. Dangit!

Other than that, I would say everything went off without a hitch. I didn't remember to take many photos, but here is one of the party room (aka my dining room).

Luckily the daddy-to-be happens to be an amazing photographer and he got some good pics.

How To's

Wish cards: Instead of games, guests filled out these wish cards for the O's baby book. Minus the one that someone answered all porn-y. Dudes! I swear! Free wish card download here, lots of color options. Print on cardstock and trim to size. 

Book page banners: cut triangles from old thrifted book, hot glue onto 18ft ribbon (repeat for each banner)

Book character onesies: Wash onesies without bleach or fabric softener. Find images on internet of favorite children's books (yes they are copyrighted but if you are not selling them and it's for personal use, it's okay!). REVERSE IMAGES in a program like PowerPoint (click Flip Horizontal). Use an inkjet printer to print onto iron-on tranfer paper - be sure to get the transfer paper meant for white fabric. Trim to size, iron on, admire. 

For extra cuteness, iron a co-ordinating decal onto the butt.

Book page mobile: I freestyled mine based on this photo but there is a tutorial here.

Rose cake frosting: tutorial here and recipe here - I added 2 tsp of meringue powder to help the frosting hold its shape.

Book wreath: There are a hundred and five of these on Pinterest but I'm not gonna lie, they were all too hard. This one was the easiest and I liked how it looked. Tutorial here. TIP: Be methodical about putting your leaves on. Do the inside leaves first, then outside, then center. Willy-nilly is not the way.

Book page roses: tutorial here. These are kind of hard and take a while, but they look rad. 

Bookmarks: Inspired by this image I found on Pinterest, I made bookmarks as party favors. I used PowerPoint to make a template, then found some great quotes about reading and paired each one with an image. They are printed on heavy-duty cover weight stock and trimmed to size. I couldn't find stupid mini-tassels so I just used ribbons on the top, whatever. 

See...easy! Ish.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hacked Off

It started last night. I was lying on the couch with a glass of wine, wondering what happened to Mariska Hargitay. She used to be so pretty but now her face is like a puffy orange mask. It scares me. Step away from the botox, Detective! During a commercial, I flipped open the old iPad to check my email. But it wouldn't let me log in. Password changed 1 hour ago. What? I did not change my password an hour ago. Weird. But I reset my password and thought nothing more of it.

Until this morning, when there was an email from ebay in my inbox thanking me for changing my password. Oh crap. I reset the passwords in both of my gmails but almost as soon I changed them, they were changed again. It was a full on hijack.

I changed all the passwords on my credit card accounts, but one had already been compromised and one was locked out due to attempts. Damn! Damn damn!

This little dance of changing passwords has continued throughout the day, pissing me off more and more. I change a password. They change a password. I made a new gmail account. They hacked it in under 3 minutes. ARGH!

Finally I wised up and signed up for the two-step verification on both my gmails. It disables all computers from using your accounts - until you enter a special code. They will only send this code to my cell phone, so hopefully this does the trick and KEEPS them out. I also changed all my email recovery questions and answers, and made a hotmail account just for recovery emails. There are some more things to check and recheck, and I think I will go back and change the passwords again on my credit card accounts, just to be safe.

Moral of the story: it might be easier to have your password be the same on all accounts, but if some Indonesian a-hole gets a hold of one, you're in a world of hurt.

Stupid internet.

UPDATE: I read this great article on what to do if you're hacked, and lo and behold, the spammer was having my emails forwarded to his yahoo account. So THAT'S how he was changing my passwords. If you're hacked, check the Forwards setting to make sure the hacker hasn't added his email to it, or just disable forwarding.

The question is, now that I have his email, what should I do with it? Something evil.