Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Little Decoupage Time

I was recently contacted through this blog, by a young lady that had a writing desk that she wanted me to decoupage.  At first I was going to say no because I have never taken on such a huge task with decoupage before.  After a few days of going back and forth in my head...which I tend to do too much....I decided to just go for it. 

Emma and I exchanged emails discussing the project.  She sent pics of the desk as well as the paper she had chosen.  After talking to her and eventually getting the desk and paper she had informed me that she wanted the whole thing covered.

Oh Wow!  What have I done?   That was my first reaction.  Then I figured what the heck I will do the best I can do.  She apparently thinks I am capable so let me prove her right.

Well...as it turns out...I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself.  It was a bit of a struggle getting started but once I figured out a plan of action it was just a matter of getting it done.

I did do a bit of research to determine the best type of adhesive to use and opted for Mod Podge Furniture.  I also used it to apply a couple of top coats once the paper was set.  Then, on top of that, I used a water-based polycrylic from Minwax to add more protection.  

Overall I am pleased and hopefully...once Emma sees it in person...she will love it as well.

Thanks Emma!!

Decoupage Writing Desk

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Wedding Continued

So a little more about my wedding.  When I first started planning I didn't think I would be picking colors for our event.  I wasn't sure why I would need to pick colors but I soon found out...having a color scheme in mind would make thinks much easier.

So invitations are made so I decided I liked the colors so we decided on gray and yellow.  (BTW:  it has become my favorite color combination)

We also picked a venue...my brother's home.  We would have an outdoor, rustic, totally casual gay wedding.  Of course once I asked my sister-in-law if we could have it there things really took off.  She was way more excited than I thought she would be.   
Ok...rustic...outdoor...casual.  Got it!

We decided that since it would be outdoors around their pool we would just get bales of hay for seating.  I didn't want people to have dirty bums so I opted to make burlap covers for the hay.

The drink station was also very country and rustic.  We used metal wash tubs placed at different heights.  

So enough about the talking.  Here are some of the pics from the work in progress to the final product.

I purchased these large paper mache type letters from Hobby Lobby.  Slapped a little point on them them to brighten them up a little.
Now, I didn't want to spend a tone of money on frames but everything the size I needed was crazy expensive.

I made frames from distressed wood I found at Hobby Lobby.  6 pieces for around $5.  Was exactly the look I wanted.

To stick with the outdoorsy rustic look we also decided for aluminum tubs for our drink station.  

I had seen a similar version on Pinterest and decided to give it my own little touch.  I used real spoons and a cute wooden plate I found for a few dollars.
We placed it in the center of our food table.  Just to make sure that everyone had a chance to see it.  
I spent lots of time on these items so I was making sure they would be seen.
So the last pics for the day.  Instead of renting chairs, we purchased like 16 bails of hay and spread around the back yard and around the pool.  
(My brother built a ramp over the pool for us to stand on for the ceremony.)

 I didn't want just plain hay so I made burlap covers for each.  Just something to lay on top to make it look a little nicer.  White, Gray and Yellow Burlap with a similar diamond pattern to our invitations.

And this is how they looked the day of the wedding.
I love how they turned out. 

When I have a little more time I am going to cut them down and frame them for family and close friends.  Just as a token of our appreciation for all they did for us.

More pics later!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wreath Tutorial Success

Last February I posted a tutorial on 
I am not super active with my blog but try to add items and info when I have free time.  I really don't see a ton of traffic but it's works for me.  I am pleased.   When I posted the tutorial I wasn't really thinking that it would receive all that much attention.  I just thought that it would be a nice gesture for someone looking to make one.  I know when I first started out I could not find a complete tutorial.  They would provide just enough information to make me angry.

So, I figured it out pretty much by a combination of several different tutorials.  This is just the way I make them and I am sure there are other ways.  But...this one works for me.

Now, a little over a year later I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed at the number of wonderful comments I am getting.  It really makes me happy to know that information I provided has helped and is helping so many wonderful people.

Thank you all for the comments and please...keep the coming.  It makes me smile every time I get a new message.

Recently I received a comment and we went back and forth with a few replies....which were all awesome and quite funny.  
Genevieve R. made her own spiral deco mesh wreath with a little assistance from my very wordy tutorial.  And..she was kind enough to send a photo of her completed wreath!!!!!

Thanks Genevieve..You Rock!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Wedding

I just recently married my partner of 7 1/2 years.  After he proposed and I said yes...we had decided to have a quick ceremony at the courthouse with a few witnesses and that would be it.
Well, as we began to tell friends and family that plan was completely destroyed. 
So it is the end of January 2016 and we set a quick date for March 18.  We just kind of picked a day that would allow his family to come in from Ohio.

At first I didn't give it much thought.  After a few days passed I started thinking about all of the things that would need to be done in a very short period of time.  Also, we really didn't want to spend a large amount of money so I decided to make almost everything myself.

My first objective was to quickly get invitations ready to mail since our event would be coming up rather quickly.  I wanted to make sure people had time to plan.  Even though I really wasn't expecting a huge crowd.  

After a few very long days I finally decided on an invitation and after many failed attempts at getting it the way I wanted....My invitations were complete..printed and ready to mail.

I made a large invite and the size at the moment escapes me..but it was the standard size I saw that I could order online.  I also made a small lagniappe card with just general information.  We were planning a very small, laid back, party type event with a quick ceremony in the middle.
I also made RSVP Post Cards.  

Here was what I came up with.  There are not perfect but it was my creation and I love them.
My Wedding Invitation
(some info has been removed)
Lagniappe Card
(tidbits of info)

RSVP Postcard Front and Back
I will be adding more photos of my DIY Wedding in the coming days.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Music Themed Springtime Deco Mesh Wreath

I recently had a special request to make and Spring Deco Mesh Wreath with a Music Theme
that is to be given to a local school for a band fundraiser.

Originally I thought easy enough I can do music and I can do spring...no problem.  Well, when I finally got the time to start looking for supplies and ideas there was absolutely nothing.  I was able to find plenty of music stuff but not in the colors that I wanted, which was anything other than black.

So after weeks of searching I decided that I would have to just make everything that I would put on the wreath.  And that is exactly what I did.  The only thing on the wreath that I did not make was the fence.  

All of the cutouts and designs etc. are paper.  Some single layers some multiple layers.  Once I put the line of music on the fence I knew it would be perfect.  I ended up and the curve to it towards the end because I wanted to look like flowing music. 

I also decided on the butterflies because they represent spring and could flow with the music.

I printed sheet music onto white card stock to make the flowers...which turned out amazing.  I even had a few that I made then used watercolors on top to add color.  They were awesome as well but too much for this wreath.  They will show up again soon.

Anyway....here is my Music Themed Springtime Deco Mesh Wreath....Custom Made!

Music Themed Spring Deco Mesh Wreath - Custom Order