Crafting: Glitter Office Art

Almost a year ago, I got a new and interesting job – which meant getting a new office to decorate. Finally, I had a reason to make some of my glittery Pinterest dreams come true and I can definitely say that creating office art is fun.

To honor my state, I choose a DIY State art.  It was one of my simplest art projects – a 10″ x 10″ canvas painted turquoise with scrapbook red glitter paper in the shape of Arkansas glued to the middle.

Glittery Arkansas

Glittery Arkansas

I also made another artwork similar to Papery and Cakery’s Sprinkle Artwork.  I used another 10″ x 10″ canvas, tons of craft glue, two different type of red glitter (micro and normal), and blue glitter letter stickers.  My kerning isn’t the best, but I like it.

Tons off glue, glitter, and love

Tons off glue, glitter, and love

 

 

 

 

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Crafting: Mother’s Day Cards

Happy Mother’s Day!! For Mother’s Day, we decided to make cards that weren’t your average store-bought cards – which is great because we tend to disagree about what type of card to get (sappy v. silly). When I found this spinner card, I knew immediately that we could agree on crafting this card.

Crafting Cards - Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

Crafting Cards – Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

However, I should really avoid crafting around this time of the year. With a ton of birthdays, Z in the middle of finals, and our seasonal allergies, my crafting took on an appearance that I can only imagine resembles the crafting of a mother who just realized that her child’s holiday party was two days away. It wasn’t pretty and there may have been pouting.

Finished card with envelope

Finished card with envelope

The directions for the project are on the free printable from Farouche Shop. My two variations were using paper fasteners (instead of brads) and larger envelopes ( 6″ x 9″). Despite the frustrations while crafting, I love these cards and I hope that the recipients love them as much as we do.

 

 

Faux Hydrangea Wreath

Before it was official Spring, I was craving some Spring themed wreath for our door.  The problem was that I wanted nothing Spring holiday specific (like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or Earth Day themed).  After searching the Internet, I found a DIY for a Faux Hydrangea Wreath that was absolutely adorable.

My faux hydrangea wreath

My faux hydrangea wreath

My wreath is a little different from the wreath in the DIY tutorial.  I choose a smaller 12 inch wreath and used 8 hydrangea flowers.  I also used the leaves from the stems to edge the wreath.

Side view showing the leaves

Side view showing the leaves

I hate grapevine wreaths. I can never seem to extract one wreath from another wreath.  The grapevine wreath always seem to be get stuck in my clothing or hair. So, I choose a straw wreath.  Using a straw wreath made it a little more difficult to push the hydrangea stems through and meant that I cut my stems about one inch shorter than the original DIY.  However, I really love the look and it’s something that can stay up into June.

 

 

Map Love

When you have too many maps lying around your house, you find yourself wanting to create some map art. Regardless of what you do with the map, it always seems to turn out lovely – especially when you pick cities that have sentimental connections.

Crafting: Parade of Elephants Baby Shower

A friend asked me to craft some decorations for an elephant themed baby shower … and this is what I came up with.

Beginning of the parade of elephants

Beginning of the parade of elephants

As a crafter, I always try to link to the exact place that I bought a specific template, fabric, yarn, or the name brand of a product; however, not all bloggers follow this method. After a googling and cursing websites, I went with Plan B – I traced an elephant and made my own template.

This template became the medium parade of elephants, the large parade of elephants, the small elephant mobile, the mother and baby elephant rosette, and an elephant mom to be pin.

Elephant Mobile - Almost too cute to give away

Elephant Mobile – Almost too cute to give away

Mom to Be Pin

Mom to Be Pin

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle

A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle

FO: Hostess Tote Bag Gifts

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

My sweet mother-in-law and her friends threw me a wedding shower a few weeks ago but I had been so preoccupied with Amanda’s Bridal Shower that I completely forgot to get hostess gifts. 😦

For my birthday, Z gifted me his mother’s old sewing machine but I have been too busy, too afraid, and lacking the proper space to actually use it.  Around the time of the shower, Z got rid of a television which gave me the much-needed space for sewing projects.  I have wanted to make the 40 Minute Tote from Purl Bee ever since I saw the adorable bags.  Insert a few yards of fabric and a desire to make something wonderful for the wonderful & caring ladies that have welcomed me into their hearts.

Reversible too!

Reversible too!

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Getting Creative With Mugs

A few months ago, I tried to make a mug for a friend’s bridal shower present.  It turned out looking good, but the entire time I was thinking that it would have turned out better if I had adhesive stencils.

Congratulations, Mrs. Wolfe! mug

Who knew that Martha Stewart made adhesive stencils for just such projects?

With the help of Martha Stewart adhesive stencils – Classic Serif and 2 Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens, I think I may have a Christmas present for Z.

Adhesive Stencils in blue

You are the Obi Wan for me mug

The font reminds me of original Star Wars movies