Sequin Background for YouTube

She’s back! The lovely Chelle has been co-opted to write in my place yet again. Enjoy, and be sure to check out her stuff on her website (details below)!

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Hi everyone! My name is Chelle and I run the beauty blog Makeup Your Mind and YouTube channel of the same name. I’m filling in for Alison today with a DIY on how I created my sequin background for my YouTube videos!

Since I live in downtown Toronto in a one bedroom apartment with my husband and two cats, we don’t have a heck of a lot of space to use as a filming area for my YouTube videos. The *only* area we really have available to put up a backdrop was our entrance “hallway” to the apartment.

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So this is how my filming setup looks in essence. I’ve got a high chair in the middle of the entrance, my ring light and tripod with camera pointed at it. Sadly, the apartment door and surrounding walls just aren’t attractive enough for videos, so I had to rig up some kind of contraption to put up behind me that could be put up and taken down easily.

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I decided to buy some sequin cloth from Ebay and a shower tension rod to hold it up. The sequin cloth came as one straight sheet of cloth, so I was going to have to attach it to the curtain rod somehow.

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I flipped the cloth around so that the curtain rod lay on the unfinished side of the cloth.

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Wrapped the cloth around the rod, and safety pinned it into place!

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Since the whole curtain is on a collapsible tension rod, it makes for quick and easy set up and take down every time I want to film a video!

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You will find that the cloth needs to be pulled tight on the edges so that you don’t get any wrinkling effects in the background and for that I use painter’s edging tape (not pictured).

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Et voila! A shimmery, abstract background that helps bounce light back into the video! I love how professional this can look on camera, and yet when you pull away it just looks like such a hot mess in the entrance to our apartment!

Thanks so much for reading, and if you’re interested in my little corner of the internet, come say hi over on my blog Makeup Your Mind!

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Ocean Room: Complete

This, along with the new fuse box and the stairs, was on my to-do list to complete in the first week of maternity leave. Since I last posted about the ocean room, we’d been adding things bit by bit: a mattress, bedding, a dresser … more onesies than any one baby really needs … you name it. But it was missing the final touches, and most of those were either hand-made by us or by one of our many talented and delightful friends and family members.

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I went a bit overboard with the Silhouette Cameo to print these out in white adhesive vinyl.

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This amazing crocheted jellyfish mobile was a gift from the highly talented Fussellette.

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She also MADE (MADE!) this amazing ocean-themed blanket. I still can’t even deal with how amazing it is.

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These jellyfish crib sheets were whipped up by Cait’s ever-talented mom.

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Rusty made sure that baby wouldn’t miss out on a very first baseball glove, and it gets pride of place on an octopus hook.

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Even Trav contributed a wee piece of art.

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Mrs. Nice found the inspiration for this on Pinterest, and made it for us MONTHS ago. I’m so glad we could finally put it up.

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Even the Pie’s favourite animal the anglerfish gets a spot in the baby’s room. Guarding the deep sea vents. Get it? VENTS.

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Even this rocking chair is handmade, by either my great-great grandfather or my great-great uncle.

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You like the ship? Again, I went crazy with the Silhouette. The knobs on the dresser are supposed to look like the sorts of things you pick up on the beach – most of them are from Lee Valley, actually, and others my mother has given me over the years.

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Everything else was kind of stuff we already had from our oceanic travels.

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So it really wasn’t hard to stick with a theme.

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Now we just need a baby to come and live here (and you never know: by the time you read this, there might be one!).

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Postprandial Stroll: Pounding the Pavement in Salt Lake City

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The Minion and I had a total blast in Salt Lake City. Not only were our clients complete dolls and ideal business-folk who made our work easier and told us the best places to check out on the tourist side, but this old town appealed to our mutual delight in architectural weirdness and we spent much of our time wandering the perfectly straight, majorly wide avenues, snapping pictures of all of the fantastic buildings that we found. This is the state legislature.

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Former city hall.

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A GIANT CHURCH. Well, the corporate office for the Church that seems to own most of the city.

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The former Hotel Utah, which is incredible inside and out.

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The Public Library, which reminds me of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in its construction.

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You can go up on the roof and see the mountains.

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“New” City Hall.

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The old Union Pacific Railway station, which is now part of the Gateway Mall.

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And let’s not forget the Tabernacle, inside and out.

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And the Mormon Temple itself, the highlight of the city.

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Which also looks spectacular at night.

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And stuff doesn’t need to be old in the city to look nice. All the malls for example have water features in them. This is in the City Creek Mall after dark. It’s a great place to walk around and see pretty things!

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Evening Tipple: Drinks at the Haye Loft

If you’re ever toodling around Long Boat Key in Florida you may pass an old restaurant hidden behind a mess of palm trees on the one road on and off the island. This is Euphemia Haye. Feel free to make a reservation and enjoy sumptuous dining on the ground floor, but the real fun is to be found upstairs.

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In the Haye Loft, the bar above Euphemia Haye, you’ll find (at least four nights out of seven) a dashing older gentleman with a suave moustache mixing drinks and cracking jokes behind the counter. This is my uncle Eric. Go and tell him I say hi! Eric’s been a fixture behind the bar at the Haye Loft since its inception, and people come from all over to chat with him and sample his excellent cocktails and top shelf liquors. Here’s a nice rum with a delightful colour (not that I had any, but my dad said it was delicious).

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After finding out that the Pie’s favourite cocktail was the White Russian, Eric made him up a Smith and Kearns, which might be his new favourite.

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While you’re tippling away, avail yourself of the bar menu and give the hummus a try – it’s worth the experience.

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The Caesar salad is made up daily and bursts with flavour.

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And our unanimous favourite snack (which we never thought we would like) was the fried green tomatoes in a roasted red pepper sauce. It’s weird and not what you expect, but so good.

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If you still have room after all of that, go next door to the Dessert Bar. All these puppies are made fresh daily and differ depending on the season and the whims of the kitchen.

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The fruit crumbles shown here are the perennial favourite, though we preferred the berry crumble over the top-rated apple.

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If you’re in town, stop by and say hi!

Day Tripper: Greensboro Science Center

Now that I’m back and unpacked from all my trips I’m going to give you a one-post summary of the highlights of each trip. First: Greensboro, North Carolina. I didn’t much enjoy Greensboro. The downtown was pretty lifeless save for a few eccentric old buildings and the suburban area where we were staying was just a series of box stores and low-end chain restaurants. But our clients were lovely, and when we finished up with them a day ahead of schedule they suggested we check out the Greensboro Science Center on our extra day. So we did.

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This place is a combination of museum, aquarium, and zoo, and it’s all arranged in a very haphazard fashion, but I think that it is very appealing to the young folks who have short attention spans.

We got to cozy up to some otters.

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Then we visited some dinosaur bones.

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And a fully functioning TWO-HEADED TURTLE. One half was eating and the other half was scratching its face when I first found them.

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In the zoo there was also a collection of domesticated livestock from around the world. This Silkie Chicken had some fancy pants. It name was CLUCK NORRIS.

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But the real highlight was hanging out with this family of gibbons: an older male (in this picture), a female with a small baby, and an adolescent male.

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Here’s the teenager showing off a bit.

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So if you’ve got an afternoon free, and you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out. They also have a sky walk adventure thing that looks terrifying but also fun if you’re into that stuff.

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Sweet Endings

We ended up finishing our work with our smart-as-whips clients a day ahead of schedule, so the Minion and I celebrated with dinner at the Green Valley Grill. We’d had a take-out lunch from there on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to taste their dinner menu before we left. For dessert I picked this chocolate cheesecake, which came with a house-made banana salted caramel ice cream. I picked it because of the Pie’s Banana Rule (“everything is better with a banana”), and I was not disappointed.

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Also, anyone know what kind of trees these are? They were at the GVG and I’ve been seeing them in various places around town.

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I’d assume that they were fake trees but they seem to be growing out of the soil so I’m confused …

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Uber Fun

After having some truly awful experiences with cabs and cab drivers in this city, the Minion and I took the advice of our clients and tried Uber for the first time. And now it’s our favourite thing! In Greensboro at least, all of our drivers were retired gentlemen with some great stories and some lovely and clean cars who told us all sorts of things about the town, including the fact that it plays host to EIGHT colleges. That’s nuts. What’s also nuts is that most of the state has been under tornado warnings for the past couple days, but yesterday afternoon, after a giant but brief thunderstorm with pouring rain, the sun came out!

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After we’d finished off our work for today we headed out as soon as we could to try to absorb some vitamin D after four days of miserable rain. While we waited for our third Uber of the day we admired the ornamental kale that appears to be growing outside most hotels in this town.

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And we finally headed downtown! Despite there being no tornadoes nearby it was still plenty windy and the downtown area is full of tall buildings that create some hefty wind tunnels. They did have some pretty architecture though:

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And a Woolworth’s, like when I was a kid!

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And some weird stuff!

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And some railroad tracks!

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And some other stuff I didn’t put in here but you can see in my Flickr pics if you select from the menu at the left.