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DIY Fairy House Village Tutorial

Last year we threw a Fairy Birthday Party for the girls’ 4th and 6th birthday.
I created a fun little fairy village for the dessert table and now it is set up in their bedroom!
I just realized I never really shared in detail how I made them..so here you go!
A fun DIY party detail that your fairy loving girls can treasure long after.
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STEPS:
1. I bought some wooden bird houses at JoAnns and Michaels…
Some needed the strings cutt off..and the doors widened.
(I had the hubby help me + cut them using a little saw and utility knife.
2. Paint white! I left some wood for variety. (I had white craft paint.)
3. I got a bag of moss at JoAnns and hot glued it onto the houses. This part was so fun!
4. I then glued on flowers, acorns and butterflies.
I made them all a little different. The kids and I had gone with grandma into
their backyard for stick picking. Love how they looked on the houses.
5.Ta da! All done!
6. This is how I used them on the dessert table. :)
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This was a fun late night crafting session.
My husband kept telling me to stop playing with the kids fairy toys… ha ha.
The girls woke up to a whole fairy village and were amazed!
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I love how they looked on the tables.
I also used my DIY faux birch cake stands (made out of cement tubes!) on the table for height.
The girls helped me set up the table with their little fairy set! Everyone found a home. ;)
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Here’s a photo, I took with my phone, of the dessert table right before the party started!Fairy Village DIY6- athomewithnatalie

It was fun working up different little houses to make our Fairy Village!
If you are throwing a fairy party…put this on the DIY list!
It was really fun to craft and we are still enjoying them.
They are going on two new shelves I’m hanging in the girls’ room!
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How I edit my iPhone Photos on my phone- A Step by Step TUTORIAL

I love taking photos with my iphone! But sometimes the photos need to be brightened up a bit.
I’ve been editing my phone photos with two apps for years and “how do you edit your photos?!” is probably
one of the most asked questions on my Instagram. besides, “what paint color is that???
Took some work but I pulled together this step by step tutorial to show you exactly how I edit my photos.
There are other things I do to some photos for fun, but these are the basic steps I do on almost all of them.
If you check out my Instagram, you’ll see that most of my photos have a bright pop to them.
You can get that too! And you’ll be able to enjoy your photos that much quicker because
editing on your phone is super easy and quick. We just got home from vacation and
I just edited all the photos and am ordering a photo book today!
(I use PRINTASTIC for my photo books! You can use code NATALIE20 and get 20% OFF yours!!)
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Here’s some before and afters to show you how with a few steps below, you can transform your photos!
Anyone can do it! Once you try it a few times, you’ll soon be doing it without even thinking!
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Ok first things first, You’ll need two apps!
Snapseed and After light.
I start in Snapseed. open it up and choose the photo you want to edit.
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Click the edit button in the bottom right of your screen.
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You’ll see a bunch of options pop up..just scroll down to the next section.
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Click on DRAMA!
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It will automatically have it set to the first setting…but you want to change that.
Click on the bottom icon of paint cards.
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Click Drama 2!
by holding down your finger on the screen you can change the
strength of the filter and saturation.
I usually don’t mess with this one that much.
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Click the check mark in the bottom right!
This part is important because you want it to save this filter before you do it again.
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Head back to Drama! yup. back we go.
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Now we go back to that same paint card and click on Bright 1.
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Now this is where I hold my finger down on the image and up the saturation!
Sometimes I lower the filter depending on the brightness of the photo.
Click the check mark in the bottom right.
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Now click SAVE at the top of your screen.
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You’re going to want to click Export and it will save a copy to your camera roll!
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And here’s your final photo from Snapseed!
You could stop here… or keep on going with the next app I like to use.
(It makes my images square for instagram and sometimes softens the photos with one more filter.)
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Next up is After Light! Open up the photo you just edited.
(click the right button below with photos…not the camera.)
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I first frame the photo so it’s square. Click the bottom right button.
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There are different frame choices. I do the one shown below.
Click the check mark to save!
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Next up is the filter. Click the circle rainbow button.
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Click Original. (I sometimes use some filters in the other sections,
but for today I’m keeping the filters simple.)
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I use Captain a lot. But for photos that are already really bright
and I want the blues and greens to pop I use Olive!
Click the check mark to save the filter.
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It’ll take you back to the home screen.. click done in the top right corner.
It will give you saving options. I usually do Max and save to Camera Roll.
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And here’s the before and after of the photo!
A few little edits can make a huge difference!
I adore Sienna in both photos but I can’t wait to frame the one on the right.
If you’ve taken a beach vacation this summer… download the apps and edit them.
You’ll love the results. The sunshine makes for great photos!
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Hope this tutorial was helpful!
I’ll be sharing more easy photo editing tips for your phone!

ENJOY your photos. I use PRINTASTIC for my photo books!
Use code NATALIE20 and get 20% OFF yours!!

Road Map Massage Shirt For Dad!

 For Father’s Day this year, we made a massage shirt for Ben!
The kids were so excited about it and it came together really easily.
We grabbed a new white shirt and a pack of Iron on transfers from the store, then used a couple cars from micah’s toy bin! They were giddy to give him his present and his first car massage! ;)
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I created the little town in photoshop! Then sized it to fit two regular iron on transfer papers. (8.5×11) I printed them and trimmed to line up close, and ironed them on! A trick is to add a lot of pressure and heat..and then put in the freezer. Let it cool for a minute or so before you pull the shirt out and peel back the transfer paper. It makes it go a lot smoother.
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Daddy got to lay down and the kids got to drive all over his back.
This is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or daddy’s birthday!
The girls and I had fun working this up during Micah’s nap time one day.
We created our dream town. ;)
Park and Coffee/Ice Cream Shop across from our house! yes please!
PS. I’m going to be stealing his shirt. haha.

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I uploaded the PDF files to my Etsy Shop. ($2)
Enjoy and please share a photo if you end up using it!!