Happy Friday Eve and especially long weekend Friday Eve! To give you a hint of the kind of week it's been, we're going to skip features this week and jump right to the party. Wishing everyone a long, restful and happy weekend!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Happy Friday eve and here's to the end of another busy week. Hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day !
Some features from last week party.
Farmhouse style is so popular right now. I've been wanting to start an indoor herb garden and love this idea from Paisley and Pugs ( in fact, I think I have these exact galvanized pots!)
Who can't use more storage but buying enough can get pricey. These coordinated pretty bins are made from cardboard boxes! Shared by Just Measuring Up.
Hair clips, especially decorative ones, are another thing that can get expensive. You can make your own ( and get the exact colors you want) like Sew Historically did with the one shown here.
Finally, I'm drooling over these Cinnamon Rolls. Don't they look delicious? From Crazy About Expresso!
Now on to this week's party!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
A few years ago, fate introduced me to someone who has become a great friend. A change in work assignments brought us together though in our company, "together" is virtual since she is on one side of the country and I'm on the other.
Our paths had never crossed before and we quickly discovered we had many things in common. Our passionate love of our kids, our "wicked smaht" sense of humor, our shared love of the same TV series and movies and more. I don't remember exactly how the expression "ERMAGERD" (for OMG) became part of our daily discussions but it was probably from something that had happened on "Game of Thrones" or "Bates Motel".
We'd always have the same take on something and that morphed into us saying we were like Forrest and Jenny from "Forrest Gump" ...."peas and carrots" which became "peas in a pod". She became Erma and I became Gerd and that's been our thing! I wanted to commemorate our relationship which is what this gift represents. Still with me?
I knew I wanted to letter something, and I knew I wanted to frame it so I started with these supplies:
- Unpainted Frame
- Acrylic Paints
- Lettering Pens
- Embellishments for frame
- Heavy Paper ( I used watercolor paper)
- Fun Font
I painted the frame black , then crackled it using my tried and true white glue crackle technique with metallic gold as the top coat. Once dry I added the rolled paper flowers I picked up on one of my Michaels trips.
For the lettering and pea pods, I chose a fun font, found a piece of clipart I liked, created the sentiment on my computer, printed off and then using my lightbox, layered watercolor paper on top. Traced with a pencil, then outlined with a high quality non-bleed pen ( I bought a pack of pens by Recollections @ Michaels, comparable to Micron Pens).
Some might ask why I didn't just use the computer generated print but I wanted this to have a hand lettered feel (and the watercolor paper wouldn't fit my printer anyway). Since I wanted it to coordinate w/ the frame, I used a metallic gold gel pen to accent the peas in the pod.
We also share a love of black and white clothing. Since I love making jewelry and had recently picked up some new supplies to play with, I made her a pair of earrings, and made a complementary pair for me! I wear big earrings, so I made hers a little less bold but using the same beads.
I can't have pierced ears so mine are clips and hers are pierced. I'd picked up a package of connector links ( the silver ovals) and layered different sizes together for each pair, and then strung the beads on headpins as shown, connecting them to the links with jump rings.
I've waited to post this until I knew she received ( and liked!) her gift which she did and does. As I told her, the BEST feeling in the world for us makers is the excitement we feel when someone loves something we made for them. My gift in return ( not that one was expected) was her excitement over receiving this. Best feeling in the world!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
This week's party continues here.
Not happy w/ the photography here but these cards have been mailed already so...
I always make a few Mother's Day cards for special friends. This year I went with a palette of grey, white, black and gold. The grey floral paper is actually from a Valentine's collection but works so well here I think.
The focals for each card are from the DCWV Eclectic Chic stack I picked up at JoAnn's. Each is a panel from a 12x12 page of sentiments.
There was a sentiment perfect for each of the women I was sending cards to.
I layered each with gold glitter and white papers and then attached them to a gold and white polka dot panel on top of the grey floral panel. Gotta figure out how to get better at photographing metallics.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
TGIF ( almost) everyone. Wishing all the Moms a very Happy Mother's Day weekend. Hope you all get treated like the Queens that you are. If you're scrambling for some last minute ideas, here are some from last week's party.
You can't beat printables for coming in handy at the last minute. Play Dates and Parties shared these just in case you need some last minute gift tags.
Whether you want to tuck a gift into these or use as a gift topper, you can't go wrong with these Basket Weave Hearts shared by Eclectic Red Barn.
If you're like a lot of makers, you may have something already in your stash that would make the perfect holder for some Spring plants or a little herb garden? Love this shabby toolbox Our Hopeful Home turned into a planter.
Finally, fess up. What Mom among us hasn't had that moment when we've longed for a treat just for us? Sure the recipe says 2-3 people but let's be honest...SINGLE SERVING lol. Edible cookie dough without eggs ( even though I've eaten the raw cookie dough and lived to tell about it). From A Sprinkle of Joy.
Now, on to this week's party!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Happy Monday all. (Trying to have a better attitude about Mondays!)
I lettered this quote from "Harry Potter" specifically from one of my favorite characters, Hermione Granger.
I was Hermione as a child. My nose always in a book and in love with libraries and and bookstores, and my parents sent me to the dictionary and encyclopedia when I had questions.
I've been practicing "bounce" lettering which basically brings the lower parts of the letter down lower so when you start the next letter it looks higher and "bounces" ( this is completely MY very simple explanation!).
Here are some explanations of bounce lettering from more expert sources.
From Dawn Nicole Designs: How to Do Bounce Lettering
From One Artsy Mama: Basic Bounce Lettering
From Pinterest: Bounce Lettering
Another of my favorite HP characters, Mad Eye Moody, sums it up when it comes to lettering: "Constant Vigilance" which translates for me to Practice Practice Practice.
Happy Monday ( working on that).
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Happy May and happy Friday Eve all ! I think (THOUGHT) we may finally be getting a taste of Spring ( we're only 1.5 mos behind the official calendar right?) here in the PNW but now it's thundering and storming out. Hope everyone's had a good week and let's see some of the ideas shared at last week's party!
I am seeing a lot of fun made-over globes everywhere. JoAnn's even has some you can buy new to decorate. Check out this beautiful shabby chic vintagey globe that Penny's Treasures shared. I love those "DREAM" blocks too!
Fun decor isn't only for the inside. How lucky are the birds who get to visit this lovely bird feeder shared by Lolly Jane? SO lucky!
You've got to check out the "before" pics of these gorgeous bedside tables that were made over by Grandma's House DIY!
This week's chocolate feature is a Chocolate Cake literally made out of Chocolate Bars! I love this idea from A Crafty Homemaker.
Now, on to this week's party!