Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raize TrueType font for Visual Studio 2010

Though the main purpose of this blog is to share and record the going-ons in our family, I wanted to share Raize TTF (the converted version of the bitmap font Raize to TrueType) with my fellow developers in the programming world. (Note: It only works in 10pt size)

I'm very excited because after following like a zillion steps, I was able to get this, my all-time favorite programming font, to work in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (the programming environment we use at work). You see since we upgraded from 2008 to 2010 I've been unable to use this font because the latest Visual Studio no longer supports bitmap fonts. And for the life of me I couldn't find a vector version of it. So I decided to do the conversion myself and after finally finding a tutorial online I was successful!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Crafts

I've been working this year on getting decorations for each season and major holiday. I've shared some I've made earlier this year and here are my recent creations. Once again I used the Cricut to cut the vinyl and mod-podged scrapbook paper onto blocks I painted black.

One side

Other side

Here is the completed shelf for July. I took some Red Vines and cut them in half for my jar (thanks to Holly D's blog for the idea). It's hard to see in this picture but I also got some cute red star garland. I still think I need one more decoration for next year.

I didn't have time to finish my shelf for summer as I'm still looking for ideas. I found this way cute watermelon decoration online. I'm going to forgo the flower and scrapbook paper and just use paint and then vinyl cutouts for the seeds. I'm also going to be daring and use our little hand jigsaw and cut a shape out instead of just straight cuts.

New Kitties

Our next door neighbor got two new kitties. Owen discovered them the other day and has been going over there to play with them every afternoon since. This wouldn't be problematic if he wasn't allergic to cats and dogs. Thankfully his allergic reaction to cats isn't as bad as it is to dogs. With cats, he gets a runny nose, itchy eyes, and a itchy rash. With dogs, it's all that plus his eyes swell and he gets hives. I'm thinking about trying Claritin or Zyrtec on him.

I've enjoyed watching and teaching him about kittens. How they don't like the water except for drinking and how pulling their tails hurts them. But most importantly that cats have a mind of their own and just because you want to love and hold them doesn't mean they want to be held. The grey striped kitten is a little more on the wild side and doesn't like to be held but the black one purrs almost immediately once you start stroking him. He is pretty easy going.

Yesterday Owen brought the black one into our yard and told me, "This is Squeaky. He behaves when I hold him." I had to laugh. He got the name Squeaky from an episode of Fireman Sam about the escape of the school mouse. He's been watching the show on Netflix.

Now he's been asking Daddy if he can have a kitty. When I asked him if he wanted to get a kitty just for Owen, "No, I don't want Owen's kitty. I want this kitty." LOL