Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

How To Create Your Own Handwritten Fonts

You may not know this about me, but I’m obsessed with fonts. I love all of the different kinds, from swirly script to straight up sans-serifs and pretty much everything in between. And when I found out that I could make my own handwriting into a font, you’d better believe I did a little dance that may have resembled the Carlton. Anyway, I thought I would share with you how you can create your own handwritten fonts.

How To Create Your Own Handwritten Fonts

And as an added bonus, I’ve created 5 fonts of my own to share with you! (You can snag one or all five at the end of this post.) However, if you want to make your own fonts, keep on reading.

EJD Font Types

There are a couple of methods I know of that allow you to create your own handwritten fonts fairly easily. Both of these ways require a few accessories to get the job done.

1. MyScriptFont.com

This first technique calls for a printer/scanner. To start making fonts, head on over to My Script Font and download/print the free font template. Using a black pen, fill in each box with the corresponding letter/character. When you are finished, scan the paper and upload the file to My Script Font.

2. iFontMaker

The second way to create your own handwritten font is to use iFontmaker app for iPad. The app itself costs several dollars, but it is totally worth it in my opinion. I have had so much fun playing around with this app and creating new fonts (and so have my hubby and kids!) After downloading, open the app and get started. You can find a basic tutorials on the iFontMaker website and also on YouTube. This app is truly awesome and my favorite way to create a fun font!

Create Fonts On iPad

So, what are you waiting for? I would love to know if you try out either of these techniques or if you know of any other ways to create your own handwritten font.

You can download any of the following fonts that I created for FREE by clicking on the links below.

All fonts are free for personal use only. If you are interested in using these fonts for ANY commercial use (anything that generates income), including, but not limited to art, blogs, ebooks, etsy, logos, printables, scrapbooking, adaptions, etc., please contact me. Thank you!

EJD SKINNY | EJD SCRIPT

EJD SKINNY EJD SCRIPT

EJD SWIRL | EJD VINTAGE CAPS

EJD SWIRL EJD VINTAGE CAPS

EJD PRINT

EJD PRINT

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Keeping Toddlers Occupied

I am not claiming to be the brilliant person who came up with the genius idea for using a cardboard box as a toy.  Until recently, I had never seen or thought of the idea of giving my kid crayons for coloring inside of a box. Crayons and boxes are two of my son’s favorite things. So combining them together worked like magic. This is such a great way for keeping toddlers occupied.

Step one:
I let my toddler climb into a large, ordinary, cardboard box. (I am not sure why it looks like he doesn’t have feet in this picture, but he does. Two of them.)

box1

 Step two:
He was given a few crayons.

box2

Step three:
I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed my free time.

As expected, he just had the best time playing in there.

box4 

To keep the fun alive, the sides were reinforcement with duct tape.

box5

Crayons in a box is such a simple idea. I just wish I would have found this idea sooner.

If you had a box large enough, do you think adults could have this much fun?

Tips for Hiring an Electrician

Shortly after moving into our home, we realized there were a few short cuts taken when our home was built in the 80’s. This is especially true with the electrical work.  All of the little quirks were things that we could live with, but having them done makes our lives easier. We have been putting these things off now for 4 years and it was finally time to take care of them. As you know, I am a total DIY girl. But sometimes I realize there are things I can’t or shouldn’t do myself, like replace ceiling fans at the peak of a cathedral ceiling, troubleshooting the wiring of an outlet in our bathroom, and adding coach lights to both sides of our garage.

After a lot of time and a couple of headaches, I came across the perfect electrician for the job.

Lights 1
 

What is gray, crisp and hangs from the ceiling? A careless electrician. To avoid hiring this type of careless electrician, I have provided you with a few tips that will save you time and frustration.

Lights 2
 

Tips for Hiring an Electrician

1. Make a list of all the work you’re wanting accomplished. Is it a repair, renovation, or adding/changing out new/existing light fixtures? Analyze what you would like done, to find the right electrician experienced in the area your work is in. If you are having an electrical problem, be sure to hire someone with knowledge and experience in troubleshooting. Do a little research. Start looking for lighting fixtures, ceiling fans or anything else you may need. The more information you have the better your end result will be.

2. Read reviews online, talk to your family, friends and neighbors to see who they have hired for their electrical needs. Good customer service skills and a great personality can go a long way. When I was calling around , I spoke to a person that was extremely rude to me on the phone. Needless to say, I didn’t hire him. I have a rule; If you are rude to me on the phone, then I am not going to pay you to be rude to me in my home. Also, check reviews to see if the candidate is neat and tidy. Who wants to clean up someone else’s mess? Remember, you can always ask for a list of references too.

3. Call up any potential electricians. Make  appointments for them to come out for an estimate. Be up front about the time frame you are expecting the work completed in. Also, define up front all the work that needs to be done.  You will get a much more accurate estimate. Sharing only a portion what you want done will only lead to confusion later.

4. Before hiring, check that the electrician is insured and certified. This will save you a lot of problems in the long run.

There you have it, a little research will help you hire a professional and get the job done right. If are looking for a recommendation and you are living in the Rochester, New York area feel free to email me.

 

 

Lazy Upholstering

A few years ago, I inherited this small bench from my parents and had big plans to make it over.

Reupholstered Bench 1

However, having a baby, making a cross country move and project procrastination led me to cram this little guy into storage and it was never seen again. A few weeks ago, while trying to come up with some seating options for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party, I resurrected him and decided it was finally his time to get a transformation.

After a little searching online, I found {this bench from West Elm} which was inspiration for the leg color and fabric. Since I already had some gray and white chevron fabric, I just needed some paint. My husband was sent out to buy some black semi-gloss paint and this is what he returned with.

Reupholstered Bench 3

Yup, that is black satin paint. But I decided to roll with it and got to work.

First, I removed the 4 screws that attached the seat cushion to the base.

Reupholstered Bench 2

Next, the entire base got a few coats of the black satin paint. (I sanded everything in between each coat to give it a super smooth finish and help the paint adhere.)

Reupholstered Bench 4

While the paint was drying, I started working on the “upholstery.” I just used quotes there because I didn’t really do anything special, besides cover the current seat cushion, tan pleather-y fabric and all, with my chevron stuff. Is that technically upholstering it? Or just covering up something ugly? I don’t know and I was just too lazy to do anything more complex, hence the title of this post.

Using a manual staple gun, I secured the fabric to the underside of the bench seat. ({This tutorial on upholstering benches} was what I followed to figure out how to attach my fabric and attempt to make the corners look presentable.)

Reupholstered Bench 5

Then I placed the seat cushion back on top of the base and screwed it all together. Done and done. Not too shabby, right?

Reupholstered Bench 6

My favorite part of this project was that it was so easy to work on and finish. Plus, besides just being a bench, it is also a great place for unicorns and whale sharks to frolic. Or so I hear. Oh yeah, pants are optional too.

Reupholstered Bench 7

(Did you see the chevron and unicorn sneak peek photo we posted on Instagram and Facebook earlier today? If not, you can follow on Instagram {erinejd} or {click here} to find us on Facebook.)