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I don’t know about you, but I was totally bummed out when Picnik decided to close up shop.  I used their photo editing website all the time, and even though I didn’t subscribe and pay for the extra features, I found it very useful and fun.  I’m not sure who recommended it to me, but I recently found PicMonkey: another free, online photo-editing option.   Not that I get much computer time these days, but I have happily been editing photos here since I tried it out.

Here are some before and after pictures that I edited on PicMonkey:

You can do a little editing or a lot of editing:

They have some fun features like the focal zoom you see above.  I had a little fun creating a collage of some pictures of Norah.  The only drawback is that you first have to save the collage to your computer before you can edit it.  No biggie, just an extra step.  The first picture are the originals in a collage, which was super easy to make.  Took me less than 5 minutes.

Now for some fun!

Overall, I really like PicMonkey.  In fact, I may like it even more than Picnic!  It is just as easy to use (perhaps easier-I love the photo drag and drop from my files when I want to edit).  It basically has all the presets Picnic had, plus a couple more.  The only drawback I currently see is that you can only have one photo open to edit at a time.  Also, it appears there are “Royale” features, which are free for now, but I wonder if they will charge later on.  (I may end up subscribing because there are some good ones!)  Here are a couple more photos, just because it literally took me about 20 seconds to edit these photos and who doesn’t like looking at babies?!! (These are for you, Grandparents.)

I have to say that even though having a baby is a lot of work, I am finding myself with lots more time on my hands.  So what have I been up to?  CRAFTING!!!

Several crafts have caught my attention; using freezer paper to stencil on fabric is one of them.  Luckily, this project doesn’t take much time, and I can do a little and come back to it later, which is key when caring for a newborn!

I’ve made this onesie for Caleb, a t-shirt for Matt, and decorated a pillow (photo coming soon).  I had initially intended to sew on the design, but I ended up painting it because it was much quicker and easier.

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, I found an easy-to-follow tutorial here.

Did I mention that my husband is wonderful to have around the house, among his other talents?  He promised me that he would help me organize my make-up drawer, and yes he did!  My make-up drawer was a mess for some time, as you can see, Makeup_Drawer 003and I was just itching to do something about it.  Since it is a tiny drawer and I hadn’t found any suitable containers that were reasonably priced, I designed my own system.

It took me some time to figure out the exact measurements, because I wanted everything to fit just so.  I drew it on a piece of paper, and then Matt cut out the pieces I needed from an old piece of plywood we had laying around.   Someday I may paint the wood and put down a paper  cover in the bottom, but this is good enough for now!

I am happy with the results, and this only cost a little bit of time.  Thanks honey!

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