Using the HP ENVY 20 For Some Holiday Creativity #pinthehalls

It is rare for my to use my personal computer for word processing when I do so much of that at work. My main uses for a personal computer are for 1. music storage, 2. photo storage, 3. surfing the Internet, 4. social media, 5. photo editing and creative projects.

Using the HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart AiO has been a ton of fun for our family, especially with the touch screen feature. Pinterest is one of my favorite social media sites, and using the TouchSmart feature for “pinning” has been quite addictive. It is like I’m really “pinning” the items “old-school style” with push pins, rather than just saving them on a website.

Pinterest Account Angry Julie

Check out some of my HP and Snapfish by HP Inspired Pinterest Boards {#pinthehalls}:

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Inspiration {decor, parties, family time, arts & crafts}

HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart AiO

Using an app that came with the computer, HP Creative Studio for Home, I was able to print out super cute Holiday {Winter Wonderland} gift tags and stickers for the presents that I was wrapping over the weekend. Oh, and I love that the desktop has these free built-in features with cool printables. Design & download projects for cards, games, gifts & more at HP Creative Studio. Using some photo paper that I had already, I just printed out these super cute sheets of tags and stickers.

HP Creative Studio

While checking out the apps offered in Windows 8, I saw that my husband and son had already accessed. HP Connected Photo which is powered by Snapfish. It has a great interface which syncs your PC photos and your Mobile Photos all in one place. You can sign into Snapfish and/or Facebook with HP Connected Photo. My husband and son used the HP TrueVision HD webcam to take their portrait with the HP ENVY 20. Using the photo that they took I can post it to social media sites, or upload it into Snapfish to order prints, gifts, or even add it to a photo book in progress.

I’m hope to get some of my photo projects done by the end of the year. My long-term goal is to put all my photos that I’ve taken the past few years into photo books.

hp connectedI’m working on a video to showcase all of the features that the  HP ENVY 20 TouchSmart All-in-One Desktop PC has. It is much easier to do with video than cropped photos and screenshots. Now if I could pull my son and his friends away from the PC to actually use it myself.

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*Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY that I am hosting of the  HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer, a $50 Snapfish Gift CardHP Holiday Value Pack (10 5×7 sheets of photo paper, 10 envelopes, and a “swatch book” that contains photo project ideas). It is a great package and the giveaway ends soon!

HP ENVY 120 Printer Giveaway

On December 17th, the HP ENVY 120 printer, the holiday value pack, and were all featured on the Rachael Ray show as part of a special segment where she and Regis Philbin surprised an audience of Hurricane Sandy victims with an early holiday present that included the ENVY 120, a SpaFinder gift card, and a gift card from The Container Store.

Disclaimer: I am posting as part of the Pin the Halls program with HP/Snapfish. I received products however all opinions and most photos (except the stock product photos) are my own.

Holiday Bake, Sew, and Craft Along

I am over at According to Kelly guest posting today for the Holiday-Inspired Bake Craft Sew Along.

But, I get to help start the holiday season off with a bang, & treat you to an absolutely amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.

We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $700!
One lucky winner will receive…


  • Silhouette Portrait: this is Silhouette’s newest electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 8″ wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials.
  • DecoArt Glass Paints & Stencils: non-toxic and enviromently-friendly, DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating, which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.
  • $100 Michael’s Gift Card

Simply wait for RaffleCopter to load and enter there!

Be sure to check out all the fabulous craft projects shared this month for this Holiday-Inspired Bake Craft Sew series going on all month long. & Don’t forget head on over to Skip to my Lou & A Southern Fairytale for more chances to win!

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A Pinterest Party

A few weeks ago, my friend, Kara Noel had a Pinterest Party at her house. I was super excited to go because I know that Kara Noel was planning big things. She told us to bring $20 and some kind of food dish. She would take care of the rest. I really needed a girl’s night and the party sounded awesome.

Pinterest + Crafts + Friends = Awesomeness!

Fast forward to the day of the party. It was a warm day, and the husband was at work. I usually drop my son off at my parent’s house on Saturday afternoons because I work on Sundays. I called my mom and she advised me that they had concert tickets at The OC Fair that night. She said that she would be over early the next morning. Talk about panic! I then texted my husband whom was at work. He told me to bring the kid to him since he was getting off work soon.Unfortunately, he was 30 minutes away and there was traffic. Ugh, what is a girl to do? So I packed the kid up and went on the road to drop {dump} him off with daddy. Then, I turned around and drove back to South Orange County to Kara Noel’s house.

Because of my “adventure” and “childcare issues”, I had no time to prepare a fancy dish {aka food} to take to Kara Noel’s. But I do have a little standby that I like to make. Plus, I figured that everyone would be making all sorts of sweet treats like cupcakes, etc. I brought and prepared my famous “white goo”. It may not be fancy, but it sure is tasty! My husband’s friends love it!

Fresh Fruit and Fruit DipWhite Goo

8 oz. of cream cheese

1 jar of marshmallow fluff or cream

Mix together = Builds Strong Forearms and Biceps

Serve with Fresh Fruit

Kara Noel had some fabulous craft stations set up throughout her house. She was super organized and planned everything ahead of time. She even made the projects herself for tutorials. I’m not quite sure how she found the time with four kids, a new house, and a business? But she is awesome like that.  Did I mention her new place? Awesome! Huge backyard!! Cannot wait to see all of her completed house projects in the future. The new house has good bones and just needs a little Kara Noel love.

Because I was a little late and exhausted, I chose the projects that I knew I could complete. I’m not dumb, y’all! I can get super lazy with my crafts. I won’t even tell you about the 4th of July bunting sitting on my desk that still needs to be completed.

Orange lizard and silver frog are invading the tiny succulent pot that I made @karanoellawson #pinterestparty tonight.
A little pot full of succulents along with spray painted creatures. Yep, I added the soil and everything all by myself. I painted the lizard orange and the frog silver. They are stuck onto little pieces of wood and nested within the plants. Super cute! And the good news, I haven’t killed them yet!

Project from @KaraNoelLawson #PinterestParty! Vinyl from @thedecallab applied to canvas, paint over, dry, remove vinyl. The gray paint is my "when skies are gray"...addition to the "You are my sunshine"..#JulieHumor

“You Are My Sunshine”. Vinyl decal with “You Are My Sunshine” applied to blank canvas, painted over canvas and vinyl with gray paint. Let the canvas dry. Then peeled off the vinyl. This is my ode to “You are my sunshine…when skies are gray”. I hope some people understand my humor. Did you know that “You Are My Sunshine”  is one of the two official songs for the State of Louisiana?

There were several other “Pinterest Projects” going on during the party, but alas I only got two completed. I was pretty impressed with my two projects though. I would like to say that I got an A+ in conversation though.  It was nice to see everyone and also meet some new peeps. I mostly moved from table to table chatting with everyone, and of course, snacking on the delicious food that everyone brought with them.

Pinterest Party SWAG
All of this and SWAG too? Can you believe it? Kara Noel is like the fairy godmother of crafting. She even whipped up SWAG baskets for all of her guests. How awesome is that? Angry Kid was super excited to see the basket.  My husband told him, “go for it buddy, it is all for you!” The kid really likes crafting!

I had a fabulous time and cannot wait to do something like this again! Have you ever attended a Pinterest Party? Would you like to have one? It’s a great way to get a group of friends together.  This was my first one, and won’t be my last.

All Of The Fun People That Attended The Party:

Amanda: IG – @amandax5
Andrea: IG – @pascuapartyof5
Kara Noel:
Richelle: IG – @richelleparis
Stephanie: IG – @4purplebuds

And A Special Shout Out To The Sponsors of Kara Noel’s Pinterest Party!!!

(Yes, some really cool businesses donated to Kara Noel’s Party!)

The Board Dudes

The Decal Lab


Burke Williams Spa

Juice It Up​ (Jeffrey and Trabuco, and The Tustin Legacy)

Pretend City

OC Zoo


Discovery Science Center


Tie-Dye Pillowcase Tutorial

Tie-Dye Pillowcase Tutorial
It has been quite awhile since I’ve had the chance to be crafty.  I have several unfinished projects lying around my house, but I was ready something new and fun.  I think that tie-dye is the perfect thing for a summer project.  I haven’t done anything with tie-dye since high school.  My son kept giving me crazy looks when I set out all of the supplies for this project.  He was a bit skeptical.  I was super excited to try out Tulip’s Rainbow Tie-Dye Kit that I received. 

I have to admit that I was quite unsure of myself while going through the process of tie-dying the pillowcase.  I went online and looked at several different tie-dye projects for ideas.  There are a ton of different patterns and techniques that you can use when tie-dying.  I chose to use the Bullseye Technique for tie-dying.

I got my supplies all organized, and used the following:

Tulip Tie-Dye Kit
Step 1: Set Out The Supplies

Supplies for Tie-Dye

  • I opened the packaging for the Tulip Rainbow Tie-Dye Kit and took out the contents which included: plastic bottles with powdered dye inside, extra dye in plastic baggies, rubber bands, clear plastic gloves, and instructions.  I have a box of gloves in my garage so I brought those out for extra protection.  I tend to get a little messy.
  • I decided to use colors that match my son’s room for my tie-dyed pillowcase project.  The colors in his room are blue, gray, and orange.  I had container with blue dye, but no orange or gray.  I had red and yellow, so I decided to mix them together to make orangeBefore I mixed the colors together, I asked my son, “What colors mixed together make the color orange?” He answered, “Red and Yellow”.  At least I know that he is paying attention in school.
  • I then laid out the Tulip Surface Cover on my kitchen counter. Because this was a small project, I used my kitchen counters.  If it was a larger project, I would have set everything out on my kitchen table.
  • Do a search online for all of the super cool tie-dye techniques that are out there.
  • Get overwhelmed.
  • Realize that the pillowcase that you are using is brand new. Throw it in the quick cycle in your washing machine (no fabric softener, and then dry it without a dryer sheet).
  • Waste 30-40 minutes waiting.

Step 2: Prepare Your Pillowcase for the Tie-Dye

Prepare Your Fabric

  • Find the center of the pillowcase, pinch it slight, and wrap a rubber band around it.  There should be about an inch of fabric sticking out at the top.
  • Lift up the pillowcase by the tiny piece that was made by the rubber band in the beginning.
  • Continue wrapping rubber bands around the pillowcase with a two-inch space in between them.
  • You will get to a point where the ends of the pillowcase split like rabbit ears, continue to wrap the rubber bands with two-inch spaces on the sections that split.

Rubber Banded Pillowcase

  • Soak or dip the fabric into water (optional but the dye soaked up better being wet).
  • Squeeze out excess water.

Soak The Fabric
Step 3: Dye The Fabric

  • Put on gloves. This is DYE, it gets everywhere.
  • Mix the dye in the plastic bottles by adding water to the powdered dye inside.
  • Shake up the dye really well.
  • Apply the dye to one section at a time.
  • I did one color at a time, alternating.
  • Make sure to flip the fabric around so that each section is fully soaked in with dye.

Apply The Dye

  • Add second/third/forth colors.
  • The color will bleed a little. Some of the color will get into the other sections.
  • Pat drips of color on your surface cover with a paper towel.  It helps from keeping the dye from getting everywhere and making a mess.

Dying The Fabric with Multiple Colors
Step 4: The Waiting Process

  • Wrap tie-dyed fabric in plastic wrap to keep it damp.
  • Wait 6-8 hours.  I waited about 12 hours, because it sat overnight.
  • Realize that you have random t-shirts around your house, and use the excess dye to make a tie-dyed t-shirt.

Wrap Dyed Fabric in Plastic Wrap
Step 5: Post Tie-Dye Process

  • Lay out the surface cover again.
  • Place the plastic wrapped fabric on top of the surface cover.
  • Put on gloves.
  • Cut rubber bands off of wrapped fabric. Do it gently, you do not want to cut the fabric. NOTE: You can also leave on the rubber bands during the washing process, and cut them off when you go to dry the fabric.
  • Shake out the pillowcase/fabric.
  • Place the pillowcase into your washing machine, wash it on HOT with a small amount of detergent.
  • Dry the pillowcase.

Step 6: Enjoy The Finished Project

Tie Dye Pillowcase

Seven Year Old Boy's Room, Urban Extreme Theme
 Ideas for Tie-Dye Pillowcases:

Make one to take to sleep-away summer camp, Craft Project at Camp, Sleepover Activities, Birthday Presents

Tulip Tie Dye Kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, and Meijer. Tulip Tie Dye Kit contents and colors may vary by store.

Find more ideas from Tulip Tie Dye:

@ilovetocreate on Twitter

iLoveToCreate and iLoveTulipFashionArt on Facebook

Disclosure: I was provided with the Tulip Tie Dye Kit and Surface Cover for this project.  I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with and Blueprint Social. All opinions and photographs are mine.

How To Catch A Leprechaun, Our Trap

My son’s first major elementary school project assignment came home last week.  The instructions were to build a Leprechaun Trap and then explain how it works.  This was somewhat of a challenge for me as my husband was out of town for two weeks.  He is the project person in our house.

I wanted something a little different than the average Leprechaun Traps that I see online.

Leprechaun Trap

The photo is a bit fuzzy because I took the picture in my kitchen with my iPhone. I went to take a photo of it today with my DSLR and the battery was dead.

I hunted down supplies in my garage, in my little craft storage area, and a mini trip to Michael’s to gather the supplies for the project.

Building A Leprechaun Trap

Step 1: Get a white bucket from the Dollar Spot at Target. Apply Modge Podge and sprinkle with black glitter = for the pot of gold.

Step 2: Small thin circular wood discs from Michael’s.  Paint with gold glitter paint, several coats as glitter paint is thin.

Step 3: Fill “Pot” with bubble wrap as filler, glue wood “gold” discs to top of bubble wrap, place chocolate gold coins on top of wood discs. {Gold chocolate coins were found last minute by Nana}

Step 4: Find a box. Apply green duct tape (there are a ton of colors and patterns now) in rows overlapping each other for grass. I could have spray painted the box, but I am NOT a good spray painter. See note above about husband being the project guy.  Find bunting from my son’s birthday party from last year in office cabinet. Stick bunting into holes in box. Glue down pot of gold.

Step 5:  (Not pictured) Apple black sticky material to box. Glue down pot of gold. Fill in area around edges with moss. I also found some plastic four-leaf-clovers on clearance at Michael’s that we glued down also.

So How Do You Catch A Leprechaun?

You bait the Leprechaun with a nice large pot of gold under a rainbow. The Leprechaun is walking through the greenery and then “boom”, he steps on the sticky surface which is like tar. He gets stuck and cannot move. He has been caught! Also, this trap is not harmful to any member of the Leprechaun Species.

We teach safety first!!!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear GREEN!

Hello Monday, Crafting, and Gaming

Hello Monday! Hello Brand New Week!

Hello Hectic Life. Can you tell that I’ve been busy?

My post is totally late tonight.

Hello to Angry Husband being out of town for two weeks.

Hello new shoes.

No coincidence about husband being out of town and the new shoes. Ok maybe, just a little one.

I bought myself a little present @Homegoods today. Love me some shoes!
Hello Angry Bird.
How did you get there way up high in the ceiling fan?
An Angry Bird is stuck in our ceiling fan. I guess the kid threw it up there earlier this week. We have tall ceilings too. Hilarious!
Hello Crafty Kid!
He wanted me to make masks with him. We, well more he than me, make masks with paper and popsicle sticks.
Whatever works, it kept him busy.
Making masks with Angry Kid. I was tagged by @wmgg to show what I am doing right now.

Hello Gamer!
In between all of his crafts, he found time for some games.
XBox and the iPad.
Angry Kid, The Gamer

Hello Lazy Weekend.
I worked part of the weekend, while Angry Kid hung out with my parents.
On Sunday, I cleaned all day. Not-so-much fun for the kid.
I promised him a new video game if he was good while we ran errands.
He picked more crafts instead of a video game.
I caught the kid mid-craft. He is also making me do Perler Beads. I am doing a cupcake one.

Hello to Little Gamer-Crafter.
My BFF asked me if my son was ever not crafting or gaming?
I had to seriously think about it. He likes to read, and run.
Angry Kid really is a combo of Angry Husband and me. So much it is scary!


Maybe I will actually blog something this week since my house is still clean.

If I ever find the time to edit my photos, etc.

I’m a total blog slacker lately.

Hello Monday, almost Tuesday!

I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard and her Hello Monday Series.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Wishing Everyone A Happy Valentine’s Day Today!

Most Eligible Bachelor! Happy Valentine's Day from Angry Kid! #febphoto366 #valentinesday

I volunteered in Angry Kid’s class today. We split the 1st graders into three different groups. They each had a project to do. Our project was sewing this puppy puppet with yarn. It was super complicated for the kids to figure out so most of the puppets were sewn by the moms. I thought it was super cute though.

Angry Kid's Valentine's Cards are all done! Very fishy! Thanks @Pinterest!
We chose to do these Fish Bowl Valentine’s from PBJandJ which I found through Pinterest and Etsy.  I wonder how many other moms did Valentine’s Day Cards via a blog or Pinterest idea? I gave Angry Kid several options and he picked these. I just had to figure out how many Swedish Fish to buy. Seriously, it required a mathematical equation for Swedish Fish. Luckily Target had a 1.9 Lb. bag.

Hope Your Day is Great! Don’t Eat Too Much Chocolate!

Wordless Wednesday: Live Creatively

My life is quite busy right now with my family, work, and everything else going on. But I have made time to do some crafts and sewing projects. Seriously, I get in the “craft zone” and it completely de-stresses me. I tune everything and everyone out and do some kind of project while watching a movie, or even Hulu on my computer in the home office.

I attended the Craft & Hobby Association Winter Trade Show, otherwise known as #CHAShow last week and it totally inspired me. I have all of these new projects that I want to do, brewing in my head. If only I could find the time, money, supplies for all of these projects.

I took a picture of a this display at CHA, and it totally makes me smile now. And really, who could go wrong with bright colors, a painted frame, chalkboard, and bunting?

Live Creatively

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project Alicia, Better in Bulk, By Word of Mouth Musings, Crazy About My Baybah, Dear Crissy, Five Minutes For Mom, Live and Love…Out Loud, Naptime Momtog, Parenting By Dummies, Seven Clown Circus, Supermom, The Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

And, I can’t forget Krystina from Lollipops whom does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.