Yearly Archives: 2013

Holiday Card Photo Shenanigans!

I take my holiday cards very seriously.  I have to give my husband and daughter major props for putting up with me on this.  Each year they let me dress them up and parade them around in a freezing park, smile on command and still manage to love me.

I start my preparations in early November.  I pin various inspirational pictures on Pinterest throughout the year and refer back at this time.  Then I look around for a piece of clothing or an accessory that moves me and create a mood board on Polyvore.  I am a visual person and it helps me to have everything all laid out.  Here is an example of the one I made this year.

 

Polyvore Mood Board

 

I add things, delete them, edit them and then when I am totally happy with the overall look I order everything that we dont already own (in this case the boots, jeans and Taylor’s headband we already had in our closets).

Next I saw a picture of an adorable banner so I looked them up on Etsy and ordered one from Banner Cheer.  They were excellent to work with.

We use the same photographer every year.  His name is Frank Pensabene.  If you are in the New York Metro area, I HIGHLY recommend him.  He has a great eye for detail and works with me to incorporate my ideas into the shoot.  My pictures always come back very quickly and they are perfection.  I am always really impressed with his work.

Here are some of the results:

Holiday Photos with Banner

Holiday Photos with Banner

Holiday Photos with Banner

Holiday Photos

Holiday Photos

Here is our finished card!  So cute, right?

Front:

Holiday Card

Holiday Card

Back:

Holiday Card

Holiday Card

 

 

Candy Sleighs

Candy Sleighs!

I dont know about you guys but every year right before Christmas I remember that I need to make/buy gifts for all the wonderful aids/helpers in my daughter’s school and I panic.  I panic because there are so many people and I have no idea what to get them all.  My daughter is so generous and she wants to give something to EVERYONE.  When we make a list of the people that we should get presents for, the conversation sounds something like this:

“We need to get something for the other lunch aid.  Not my regular lunch aid, but the other one, because she helped me once a few months ago when my regular aid was out and she is very nice.”

Then I stare at my list of twenty people and I wonder what I could possibly give them all for a few dollars each that would not be total garbage.  This year, I found an idea on Pinterest that I am so happy with and I just had to share it with you!

I am not sure who came up with this idea.  I did not.  I am not taking credit.  I am just showing you my take on it.  Periodically I am going to post an idea that I find on Pinterest with you guys.  Hopefully, it can help you, too.

So, to begin you must assemble your supplies.  You will need:

– a glue gun and glue sticks (I have the cheapest one ever that I bought at Michaels years ago.  I have used it thousands of times and it keeps on ticking.  No need to buy anything fancy here.)

– one regular-sized Kit Kat bar for each sleigh

– 10 Hershey miniatures for each sleigh

– a spool of thickish ribbon (I used gold)

– a peel and stick bow for each sleigh

– 2 candy canes per sleigh

 

To begin, let your glue gun warm up and assemble your supplies.  Then take a Kit Kat bar and put a strip of hot glue down each side and attach a candy cane.

Next, you are going to create a pyramid of Hershey’s Miniatures on top of the Kit Kat.  I used four bars for the base.  Hot glue those babies right on.

 

Candy Sleighs

Candy Sleighs

Next you are going to glue ribbon onto the sleigh and top it with a bow.

Candy Sleighs

Candy Sleighs

 

 

Candy Sleighs

Candy Sleighs

 

Candy Sleighs

Candy Sleighs

That is all there is to it!  So cheap and so easy!  Now the lucky recipient can eat the candy or save it as a cute decoration.

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

Alright my darlings, we are about to get nerdy up in here! It is time we embark on our first lesson in blog design.  I just finished creating custom social media icons for my WordPress blog so I think that is a good place to start!

As I may have mentioned in the past, I decided to start this website with no formal education in web design. I have been able to glean all the information I need to make A Little Glitter look the way I want from the internet. Sometimes, I have to learn through trial and error and Google along the way.  (Such was the case with my social media buttons.)  I knew what I wanted them to look like but I had a very difficult time figuring out how to make that happen.

I tried to look for WordPress plug-ins but I could not find anything that had a Bloglovin’ button I liked. Eventually, through internet tutorials I was able to figure it out and bypass the plug-ins altogether.  Once you know what you are doing it is actually a very simple process.

To begin, you should figure out what you want your buttons to look like. There are tons of free buttons online. Here, here and here are some options.  If you dont like anything on those sites you can Google whatever you are looking for and find more.  Still not loving anything?  You are very picky!  (It’s okay.  I am, too.)  Your other options are to purchase custom icons on Etsy for a few dollars or to design your own.   Something Swanky has a great tutorial on how to create your own icons here.

I chose some plain black ones because I knew that I was going to bedazzle them.  I am about to share a great tip here.  Consider it a Christmas present.  I use this site to add sparkle to things on A Little Glitter.  It was $8.99 a year (so worth it) and very user friendly.  I did not want the icons to be too crazy so I only bedazzled the Bloglovin’ one.  Once I was finished I created a new folder on my computer’s desktop and saved the image files for all the icons in there (including the bedazzled Bloglovin’ one).

Then I logged into my WordPress account and created a new post.  Do this as if you are going to create another blog post.

 

Create Post

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

When the window opens click on the tab to add media.

 

Add Media

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

Now click on the tab that says, “upload files”.  Then select one of the social media icons you saved earlier.  I chose to do my email icon first.  In the attachment details to the right of the page scroll down to the box that says, “Link To” and select “Custom URL” from the drop down menu.   Now in the box below that insert mailto:youremailaddress.  My email address is pamela@alittleglitter.com so I pasted mailto:pamela@alittleglitter.com in the boxThen click  the blue “Insert Into Post” button at the bottom. 

 

Email

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

You should now see your icon.  Click next to it and repeat the process with your next social media icon.  Except in the box below “Custom URL” you want to insert the URL of your account.  For example, I want to do my Bloglovin’ icon next so I would upload that file and then paste http://www.bloglovin.com/pamelaglitter in the box for the custom URL.

 

Bloglovin

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

Once you have the row of icons uploaded in your post you can center them.  Also, if you hover over an image and click on the box that appears you can use the slider to change the size.  When you are happy with it’s appearance, click on the text tab and copy the html code that comes up.

 

Text Tab

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

Save the post to a draft.  Now open up the widget menu.

 

Open Widget

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

Click on a new text widget and drag it up to where you want your social media icons to go.  I wanted mine on the right sidebar at the top so I dragged the text box there.

 

Text Widget

How to Create Custom Social Media Icons for WordPress

 

Then paste in your html code and click save.  Take a look at your website and see if you like it.  If not go back into the draft post and fiddle with the size and layout of your icons and then copy and paste the new html code in the text box widget.

Hopefully this was able to help you!  Enjoy your new social media buttons!  If you have any questions or need help please send me an email.  Thanks for reading A Little Glitter!

Last minute gift guide for the kiddos…

For the Kiddos...

Alright friends, you are taking last minute to a whole new level!  I am not judging because I am not done shopping either, lol.  Since it is pretty late in the game, most of the options I have posted are available through Amazon Prime.  (If you dont have Amazon Prime you should look into it.  They have a free 30-day trial offer.  It entitles you to free two-day shipping on any Prime item and if you are in a real rush you can overnight that item for $3.99.  There are also other features included, such as unlimited streaming of over 41,000 movies and television shows and over 350,000 Kindle books that you can borrow for free.  I am obsessed with it.  I started with the free trial, paid for the year when the 30 days ended and currently order EVERYTHING from there.)

Here is a link to the free 30-day trial and it has more information on all the glorious features: AMAZON PRIME

Okay boys and girls, here are some items that I have purchased for my daughter, relatives and friend’s children that were hits. 

1.  Mustachifier.  So that your baby can be the gentleman we all know he is.

2.  ZelfsMy daughter is eight.  She wanted me to tell you to put this on your list.  Zelfs are THE NEW THING!  They are replacing Rainbow Loom.  You heard it here first.

3.  Tape It and Make It.  Duct tape is amazing.  My daughter makes everything from pen covers to purses out of it.  It is non-messy and keeps her busy.  I love it.  This book will give your youngster all sorts of inspiration.

4.  Duct Tape.  There are so many awesome patterns with this stuff and it is so durable, inexpensive and DIY friendly.

5.  Combi All in One Activity Walker GT.  I got this (in blue) for my nephew for Christmas this year and I cant wait to give it to him!  It is so adorable in person!

6.  Ask Me About My T-Rex Shirt.  I want one of these for myself.  Awesome!

7.  Perplexus Maze Game.  This is a maze game where players must maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a transparent sphere.  It is non-messy, no clean up and no batteries required.  Plus it is a one player game.  I’m sure my husband will steal it from my daughter within three seconds of her opening it.

Good luck!  Happy Shopping!  Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything or have any additions!

 

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