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DIY: How to Transfer A Photo To Wood


Transferring a photo to wood is one of my favorite crafting techniques! 


To begin with, know that you cannot use an image that comes from your ink jet printer at home.  The ink will smear and you’ll be disappointed (unless you were going for an impressionist style piece!).  You need to use a photocopied image.  I went to my local public library to use the color copier.

Supplies needed to transfer a photo to wood:

Step 1: Paint the edges of your wood panel.


Step 2:  Apply a generous amount of the transfer solution to the image.  You’ll need a thick layer. 


Step 3:  Press the image, photo side down, onto the wood panel.  Rub firmly to smooth out the image and remove air bubbles.  Let it dry completely.


Step 4:  Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time.  Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below.  I like to remove the top layer first, let it dry slightly, and then repeat the process as needed to remove the “fuzzies” that were left behind.


Step 5:  Once you are satisfied with the image, sand the edges lightly.  Seal the photo to wood transfer with a finishing spray.


I love the end result!  What makes this process different from decoupage is that  it looks as if the image is part of the piece, not glued on top of it.


You can also paint the wood before you transfer your image.  Think of all the ways you could update your furniture or wardrobe with this technique!  What project will you try first?



Q: What’s the best way to print out my image for this project?

A: For best results, use a photocopy of your image from a laser printer. You cannot use an
inkjet printer. The ink from an ink jet printer will smear when wet. If you’re not sure how well
your printed image will work, test it by dropping some water on it to see if the ink smears or

Q: When I copy the photo, what kind of paper should I use?

A: Regular copy paper- NOT photo paper.

Q: I tried this technique and rubbed too hard, lifting the image up. What do I do?

A: Do not over-wet the image. Try practicing on smaller pieces of wood and use a LOT of transfer medium. Be sure the image dries COMPLETELY before you start.

Q: Where can I buy the wood transfer liquid?

A: Amazon,, Michaels

Q: Can I do this transfer with a magazine or book page?

A: Yes. If you don’t want to ruin the original image in this process just make a copy of it.

Q: How long should the transfer solution dry after pressing the photo firmly on the wood?

A: Let it dry overnight (or for about 18-24 hours). Smaller projects will need less time.

Q: Can I use an actual photograph for this transfer or do I have to get a photocopy of it?

A: Use a photo copy for the best results. The glossy and matte photos will not transfer well.

Q: Can I just use the Mod Podge without the gel medium?

A: Yes

Q: Will this work on a painted wood surface?

A: Yes

Q: I noticed that some white parts of my image are showing up clear on the transfer- how do I avoid this?

A: Paint the background white or use Gesso to transfer the image.

Q: I want to transfer my photo to a dark surface but I don’t want my image to turn out too dark – what do I do?

A: For a dark surface, trim the image to remove any excess paper and be sure to use the photo transfer medium that is specifically “for dark fabrics.”

Q: How can I get rid of the fine layer of paper that’s left after transferring the photo?

A: Rub over it gently with oily furniture polish like Old English. Then seal with Mod Podge.

Q: What program can I use to invert a photo?

A:,  or Gimp

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Pale Pink & Gray Chair Decoration

Dreaming of a pale pink and gray wedding palette? Then you’ll want to cast your eyes over this gorgeous decoration for the bride and groom’s wedding chairs. We totally fell for this pale pink and grey chair decor perfect for a romantic style wedding. Classic, elegant and uber pretty it features a sweet heart made out of twigs, white ribbon and garland of romantic roses, delicate baby’s breath and soft grey foliage. It’s the perfect feminine touch without looking too over-the-top or formal.

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  • 1 brownie mix - mix according to package directions
  • 15 chopped thin mint cookies
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 2 TB evaporated milk could use milk for substitute
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • couple drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped Andes mints


Make brownie mix according to package. Fold in thin mints and pour into a greased 9x9 pan. Bake according to package directions. Once your brownies are done let them cool for about an hour.

In a medium sized bowl mix 4 TB butter, powdered sugar, evaporated milk, peppermint extract and green food coloring until fluffy. Spread mint frosting over brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For chocolate glaze, combine 4 TB butter, chocolate chips and melt for 1 minute in the microwave. Once chocolate chips are melted, stir in vanilla. Pour over green frosting and spread by tipping pan. Sprinkle chopped Andes mints on top. Refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting.

Recipe Credit: I Heart Naptime

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DIY Love-Struck Escort / Place Cards

You’ll need:

  • Medium weight cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint/glitter/markers
  • Modeling clay (oven bake)

Step 1: Firstly, you’ll need to make your arrows using this template .(if you like) cut some arrows out of your cardboard. Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need to glue two arrows together to make it stronger.

Step 2: Paint/decorate your arrows. I wrote names on mine because they’ll be placed on a table, but you could write whatever you like!

Step 3: Put your arrows aside to dry. Take a ball of modeling clay and shape it into a heart, keeping the base of it flat on the table. I made mine a bit beveled, but you could also push shapes into it, etch a pattern into it…anything really!

Step 4: Once you’ve finished, and just before baking, push the tip of one of your arrows into the clay so it’s sticking out at the angle you’d like it. Take the arrow out and bake your clay according to the instructions.

Step 5: Wait for the clay to cool, push your arrow into the groove you made in the heart, and you’re done! Bravo!

Note: You may notice that I’ve actually painted my heart gold. I did this after baking the clay (I didn’t like the color of the clay much), but I quickly found out that the paint scratches off quite easily. Therefore, I would recommend choosing the right clay color from the start.. instead of trying to paint it later :)

** Credits: A special Thank You to Claire from Fellow, Fellow for inspiring this blog.

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Whether going out for cocktails and dinner or saying “I do”, tips on looking fresh with a bit of edge is a request we’re hearing more and more of lately. Here, we display three looks that would look great on any bride-to-be, no makeup artist required!

The Bachelorette Party: Go Wilde

Olivia Wilde has a few genetic blessings to her benefit, but this grunge smokey eye and just-messy-enough hair are a girl’s night out do. Opt out the typical dramatic black shades with a much more vibrant color like Wilde’s glistening turquoise eye-makeup for a sultry and seductive stare. Pair it with a L’Oreal Paris Lipcolour in Sandstone for a clean, hassle-free finish and you are ready to seize the night.


The Rehearsal Dinner: French Seduction

Marion Cotillard takes the smoldering look of the smoky eye to the edge of elegance. We love the “preview” look for the night before your big day. Here you can play with a mix of bronze shadow from the  NARS Eye Palette and DiorShow Black Out Mascara to finish off your allure.


For The Wedding Night: Crisp Like Charlize

For any bridal look, warmer and neutral colors are highly recommended for a polished finish while still staying true to your natural selfWe recommend a natural highlighter like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Pink Quartz to enhance your feature and achieve the perfect bridal glow.


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Hassle-Free, Super-Easy, Digital Printable Wedding Stationery

image                                     Colorful Zig Zag Invitation Suite

Need your wedding invitations like… right now? Or are you on a pretty tight budget? I recently found a great site called Luvly which allows you to buy wedding stationery once, and print it as often as you like!

Instant wedding invites!

With Luvly, if you see an invitation you like, there’s no waiting forever until you can get your mitts on ‘em. When you see an invitation you like, you can download the template and get started immediately!

image                                            Teal Digital Wedding Invite Suite

Printable wedding invitations are easy

  1. Select a design you like and download the file.
  2. Edit the design on Gimp, Photoshop or Illustrator
  3. Print the file on your home printer.
  4. Cut and fold them if necessary.
  5. Send your invites to friends, family, and loved ones!


The expression, “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself” can often ring true with design projects. With digital downloads there shall be no miscommunications between ordering and designing, because YOU enter the text and the graphics. Glaring typo? No problem just fix it, and print some more! 

image                                  Purple Flower Save The Date Vector


Printing your wedding stationery at home is incredibly budget-friendly. For example, you can purchase this Fun Tandem Bicycle Wedding Clipart set for only $5.50. 


Clipart can be used for invitations, cards, labels, tags, wrapping paper, packaging, scrapbooking and other DIY projects.

image                                  Wedding Digital Clip Art Card Set 


These Fresh Flower Cards would be perfect for a summer wedding.

Super-easy, budget-friendly and are totally drama-free? Bet you didn’t think that was possible possible in the wedding industry? Head over to Luvly because seeing is believing. They even offer free digital Wedding Invitation Suites…..

image                                  Yellow Invite Suite - FREE DOWNLOAD

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DIY Organic Lip Balm




Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. You can use a metal bowl and small pan of water if you do not have one. Whisk as everything melts. Be careful to not overheat and remove once the beeswax has become liquid. Pour into tubes or pots using a plastic funnel.  Allow to cool and cap when filled. Add your custom labels. (see below)


Simply download the labels onto your computer. Install the free font Quicksand Bold and open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. You can change the flavor if you need and add your own “made by” and ingredients list. Print these onto a full sheet label paper and trim rounds with a 1.5 inch circle punch and the squares with a craft knife.

Important note: When printing the PDF make sure you print FULL SIZE rather than the default FIT PAGE. This will make your labels too small. Enjoy your silky lips!


**A special thank you to Lia Griffith for this fun tutorial

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Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting


This is my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting recipe and it always gets insanely rave reviews. It couldn’t be easier to make – it takes less than 10 minutes – and is absolutely delicious. Not only is it great as a filling, but if you need a frosting for cupcakes, this is perfect for both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Buttery, sweet, light and fluffy – everything the best buttercream should be (and maybe more).


NOTE: I know that vanilla beans can be expensive so if you opt not to use the vanilla bean called for in this recipe, you will want to increase the amount of vanilla extract to 1 Tablespoon.

You can make this and refrigerate it for up to two weeks. When you are ready to use it, allow it to come to room temperature and then re-whip it in your stand mixer to lighten it up.

Now run off and whip up something to slather this on. Or just make a batch and eat it with a spoon. I allow, and I won’t tell.


  • 2½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar (10 ounces)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream


1. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Using a paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into butter and beat mixture at medium-high speed to combine, about 15 seconds.

2. Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 20 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.

** RECIPE SOURCE: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

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Honor Loved Ones With Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

 Q.  I am getting married in a few months and would like to honor my mother who died of breast cancer a few years ago. I do not want to set up a memory table with her photos or place a rose on an empty chair for her as that would make me sad. Any ideas?

Also, do you have any ideas for inexpensive thank you gifts I could give to the children and teenagers who participate in my wedding. I need gifts for both male and females in the age range of 4 to 17.  My budget is tight. Any suggestions?

Q. Congratulations on your wedding. Honoring your mother is a wonderful idea. Since your mom had breast cancer you could have your bridesmaids all wear breast cancer awareness bracelets in her memory.

These bracelets do not need to be expensive to be meaningful. I just did a quick  search and found this cute handmade Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet from Cape Cord Paracord which would be perfect for your wedding.


In your wedding program you can mention the bracelets are being worn in Loving Memory of your mom.

Bracelets are not just for the bridal party. They can also be great gifts for the younger males and females in your wedding party, such as, your ushers, flower girls, and, ring bearers.

You can also give small tokens of appreciation to anyone that has helped make your wedding day special.

Here are some fun handmade paracord bracelets I found on Etsy

 image                                           Teenage Ninja Turtle 

image                                           Sea Glass Beach Bracelet

image                                 Autism Awareness Puzzle Bracelet

image                                          Cross Survival Bracelet

image                                             Minnie Mouse Bracelet

image                                                Steampunk Bracelet

image                                           Men’s Biker Survival Bracelet

*** You can see the entire Cape Cord Paracord Collection Here

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DIY: Gold Leaf Cement Pots

What you will need:

  • cement mix
  • water
  • disposable bowl or bucket for mixing
  • disposable cup
  • paint stirrer
  • containers for molds
  • gold leaf kit
  • mask and gloves

Mix 4 parts cement with 1 part water in a bowl. It doesn’t need to be exact, as long as the mix has a good consistency. Not to liquid, not too thick. Like making a cake! I noticed it was a bit easier for me to mix with a bit more water than what they recommend in the instructions, and it was fine. I used juice cartons and 1 quart milk cartons to achieve the square shape, but I’ve seen other pots using bundt cake molds, so options are endless :)

Grease your containers: the inside of the larger ones and the exterior of the small ones that will serve as the opening. I dabbed cooking oil on a paper towel to grease the containers. Have something to add weight handy in the smaller containers to hold them in place. I stacked paint sample bottles in the milk cartons, but you can use rocks or anything else you have around your house.

Pour the mix in the larger containers and pound them on the ground to release any air bubbles. I noticed that as long as the mix is homogenous, the pots will have a smooth solid surface. The mix should go 1/3 or half way to the rim – keeping in mind that once you add the smaller container in, the cement mix will rise up. Add in the smaller containers in the middle, with weights to hold them down in place.

After about 10-15 min they will be rock solid! Peel the containers out and let your cement pots cure overnight. 

For drainage, drill holes at the bottom of the pots.

To add gold leaf designs, create different geometric shapes on the pots and mark them with masking tape. Brush adhesive, and layer the gold leaf. Let it dry for an hour, then brush off excess gold leaf and add sealant. Once it’s dry, you can remove the tape and add your plants, adding a layer of gravel at the bottom of your pots before adding soil.

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DIY Lip Exfoliator Sweet Enough To Eat


Simply mix, apply to lips in a circular motion, and wipe this tasty concoction off with a tissue for completely kissable lips. Easy as pie, right? Well, it’s surely as sweet! 

Lip Care 101:

Why exfoliate your lips?

It’s going to make lipstick go on with a nice smooth and even texture. Exfoliating the top layer of the skin before applying lipstick exposes a new soft surface, and it hydrates at the same time. Exfoliating now, as we head into cooler months, is especially important because your skin tends to be drier during the winter.

Is natural always better?

Nothing beats mixing something special at home, but it depends on the person and the products they use. Folks can have different reactions to different ingredients, even if they’re natural. There are some great synthetic ingredients out there that are not irritating and non-clogging, though — you just have to choose a product line that uses reputably sourced ingredients. Also, when making your own concoctions, remember that they don’t last as long since they lack preservatives, so make small batches, and note smell and texture.

Any more tips for keeping ‘em kissable throughout the year?

Keep a hydrating lip balm by your bed at night and put it on right before you go to sleep. Look for something non-petroleum based. Shea butter- or cocoa butter-based is your best bet. Also, whenever you find a product you like that has SPF in it, go for it! It can be a tough thing to find, but fortunately, just putting color on your lips blocks the sun a bit by itself. Think of red lipstick as a semi-block from the sun!

Best overall beauty tip:

There really are no rules! You can make anything work with the right style and confidence.

** NOTE: The cute vintage style measuring spoon shown in this tutorial is available at ModCloth

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Wedding Dates To Avoid In 2014, 2015 and 2016


Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses — they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of January 18-20, 2014
Weekend of January 17-19, 2015
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of February 15-17, 2014
Weekend of February 14-16, 2015
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) 
Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself, do you want your anniversary to fall the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Weekend of May 10-11, 2014
Weekend of May 9-10, 2015
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016

Memorial Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of May 24-26, 2014
Weekend of May 23-25, 2015
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016

Father’s Day (always a Sunday) 
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids. 
Weekend of June 14-15, 2014
Weekend of June 20-21, 2015
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016

Independence Day 
Friday, July 4, 2014
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014
Weekend of September 5-7, 2015
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016

Numerically Quirky Dates

4/10/2014 (a palindrome) falls on a Thursday 
12/13/14 falls on a Saturday
5/5/15 falls on a Tuesday 
5/10/15 falls on a Sunday 
5/15/15 falls on a Friday
6/16/16 falls on a Thursday
6/10/2016 (a palindrome) falls on a Friday

Columbus Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of October 11-13, 2014
Weekend of October 10-12, 2015
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016

Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Friday, October 31, 2014
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Monday, October 31, 2016

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) 
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016

New Year’s Eve 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday 
April 13, 2014
March 29, 2015
March 20, 2016

Easter Sunday 
April 20, 2014
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016

Passover (begins at sunset the night before) 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before) 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before) 
Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014
Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before) 
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hanukkah (begins at sunset) 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes) 
Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes) 
Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015
Monday, September 12, 2016, until Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ram Navami 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami 
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Days of Remembrance

We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful — it’s up to you to decide.

Patriot Day 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, September 11, 2015
Sunday, September 11, 2016

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Major Sporting Events

If you’re die-hard sports fans — or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game — avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.

Super Bowl Sunday 
February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ
February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA

Final Four During March Madness 
Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX
Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX

Unlucky Dates

If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.

The Ides of March 
For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month — until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Friday the 13th 
The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as many as 3 millennia old. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
June 13, 2014
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
May 13, 2016

Leap Years 
Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event — from getting married to baptizing a child — in a leap year would bring bad luck.
Next Leap Year: 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016


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