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Image Transfer Easter Eggs {with freezer paper}

Image transfer of photos onto Easter Eggs using freezer paper

Do you ever finish a project and you’re not sure if you love it or hate it? Honestly, that’s how I feel about these photo transfer eggs. They didn’t come out quite the way I wanted, but it’s a really cool effect for Easter eggs that I’ve never tried before. Let’s get down to it.

Image transfer of photos onto Easter Eggs using freezer paper

My original idea was to transfer photo images onto my eggs. So I hopped into Photoshop and copied over pictures of my family. I made each image no taller than 1.5 inches so it would fit easily onto an egg. I also deleted the background of each image using the quick selection tool, so the picture was just my main object.

Since this was a completely new concept for me, I also added a couple pictures of flowers, a bird, and some wide landscape scenes.

We bought a house!

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we finally closed on the house. We are homeowners!

Anyone who has been following along, or who has seen me in real life over the last few months knows what a long and stressful process this has been. There have been many times since having our house offer accepted in November that I didn’t think things would actually work out. I won’t go into all of the gory details, but buying a first home in this day and age is not for the faint of heart. The good news is that we survived the marathon.

We’ve been living in the house for a couple weeks now, but we’re still not settled. While we love the neat details and historic style of the house, it needs quite a bit of love. That’s to be expected with a building that’s 120+ years old. Anyway, I won’t editorialize anymore; here are some photos of the place, just before we moved in.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a “Great Room” one time, and George and I both agreed that’s way too pretentious for us.

Becoming a One Car Household

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

For the first time since I got my driver’s license, I don’t have a car. Just this past weekend, we sold my Honda Accord and George and I have officially become a one-car household. I know plenty of people do it all the time, but I’ve been a little apprehensive. After all, I grew up in the suburbs where a car is practically a necessity.

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

Too bad this rad ride isn’t our one car.

But Why?
George and I have talked about downsizing our car situation for quite some time in order to gain extra cash. We both work from home, so our daily travel needs are very low.

Still Chugging Along & Preparing to Move

Messy Apartment when preparing for a move

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts recently. Our house drama was coming to a major head, along with a bunch of other personal stuff.

Normally I’m a risk-averse person who likes to have everything planned in advance, so this year has been pretty trying for me in that regard. Originally we were supposed to close on the new house on January 15th, but it’s now February 25th and we don’t even have a closing date scheduled! My fingers and toes are crossed that our current plan will work (let’s call it plan C), but we have a back up to that in case our bank continues to give us a hard time.

Right now, we’re preparing to move, so our apartment is driving me insane. Here’s some photo evidence of the horror:

Messy Apartment when preparing for a move

Valentine’s Day Gift of Time Together

The gift of date nights out -- a DIY Valentine's Day book that gives the gift of time

You would think that having a blog would make me prepare for holidays in advance, but apparently that isn’t the case. I just finished George’s Valentine’s Day present, and I figured I would share it with you, in case you need a last minute idea.

The gift of date nights out -- a DIY Valentine's Day book that gives the gift of time

Since we’re just past Christmas, and George has a birthday coming up, I shied away from buying another physical item. We have too much stuff already, and I really just want to spend more time together doing fun things. We love to go out to eat, but it can become expensive very quickly (which is not so great for our budget!). I decided that for this Valentine’s Day I would give the gift of time together in the form of date nights out at restaurants.