Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Peppermint Candy Deco Mesh Wreath

So this is the 2nd of the 2 wreaths I mentioned in the previous post.  I knew from start that I wanted either a candy cane or peppermint themed wreath.  Not sure why...but it's what kept coming to mind.

I love this one and found the perfect peppermint candy decorations at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

Christmas Peppermint Candy Deco Mesh Wreath

Christmas Silver and Blue Deco Mesh Wreath

My first Christmas Wreath this year.  I really haven't had as much time that I would like to be able to make more.

A family member requested a wreath for each of her children and just said whatever I decided would be fine.  I love being able to come up with something amazing...though it took me a bit to narrow my focus on this order.

I think it came out pretty good and I love the colors.

Christmas Silver and Blue Deco Mesh Wreath

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

More Wedding Stuff

I totally forgot about coming back and posting more of my wedding.  Yep...I know it has been several months but it is still all so fresh in my memory.  Definitely the best day ever.  

So here are a few more photos of my wedding day.

I didn't want a typical wedding.  I also believe I said before that I just wanted a big party with a quick ceremony mixed in...and that is what we had.

For our guest book I made a large Polaroid Picture Prop.  I actually made 2 of them.  As our guests arrived we had them hold it and we had someone taking pictures.   Great keepsake for us after the wedding.  The other prop was used as the actually guest book.  We had them all sign it instead of a regular guest book.  It was pretty cool and I think everyone enjoyed the prop.

Cory and Myself

My Mom and Dad

Cory's Mom and Dad
The one we used as a guest book

Instead of throwing whatever regular people throw at weddings, I decided to do paper airplanes.  We weren't leaving so I had a few people pass around the planes during the ceremony and once it was announced they were told to throw them towards us.   I was really excited about this for some reason.  The planes had both of our names on them and underneath one side read, "We're Not Gay" and the other side, "But This Wedding Is."  
Plus I made plenty for guests to take them home.
After watching the video...the effect is exactly what I wanted. 

Paper Airplane Wedding Throws

As you can see.....lots of planes in the pool.

Oh brother actually built a plank across his pool.  The one thing that Cory said during the planning process was that it would be cool to get married on top of the pool.  So I told my brother and we did!

We wanted to give a gift to our guests that would be something special for them to keep and remember this day.  We came up with a list of songs that all have some special meaning to one or the both of us.  Some funny...some sad...some just crazy.  But they all said something about our time together.  Our guests each received a CD of these songs.  I also made CD Sleeves from scrapbook paper.  I think I ended up making around 80 or so.  Every sleeve was two alike.  Each one had our names on them with all kinds of different fonts.

Personal Song List CD Gift for Guests

And to go along with the rustic theme this is how they were displayed.  In wooden boxes on a ladder.

 This way our guest could go through them and find the color and style that they liked.  All the cd's were the same...just the cases were different.

My brother informed me a few weeks prior to the wedding that he had a few yard games if we wanted to put them out.....of course!
Well he had a washer toss and a corn hole board.  Yeah...I took that and ran with it...corn holing at the gay wedding.   That is perfect.

So I made another small keepsake for everyone.

The front read, "I Got Cornholed At Brad and Cory's Wedding and All I Got Was This Stupid Keychain!" and the back had the date.

It was perfect....for us.

So last few pics for as you know our colors ended up being yellow and gray.   We didn't want to wear suits or anything formal.   We decided to jazz it up a little.

Cory and I wore Yellow Chuck Taylor All Stars and our siblings...guys and gals...wore Gray Chuck Taylor All stars.
I also purchased gray and yellow argyle socks for all of us to wear.

My Wedding Day Yellow Chuck Taylors and Argyle Socks
Overall Look

I also played some with Photoshop after the wedding to show off the yellow...and it worked out better than I could have imagined.

Cory, Myself and Our Awesome Brothers and Sisters

And just a few more that I changed to black and white with only yellow color showing.  They aren't perfect...but I love them.

And I also had a friend from Etsy make our mom's rustic, burlap, wrist corsage things.  They were gorgeous.

Out of all of the pictures from our wedding...and I sorted through thousands....this is by far my absolute favorite.  My mom and dad.  Just the fact that they were both able to share in the best day of my life is truly a blessing.  

My Mom and Dad

So I guess that is all on the wedding for now.   I may post more pics later.  Just some random pics.

I may also share a slideshow/video I made.  I used some of the songs from our cd gift and lots and lots of pictures from the beginning of the day to the end of the day to make a very long slideshow.   I couldn't trim it because I wanted all of it in it's mine.  I can do what I want.

I may share that at some point.

Thanks for letting me go on and on about my wedding.

Heat Press - A New Adventure

A few months ago I was trying to come up with a new/better/faster way to make my ceramic tile and resin coasters.  It's not that the process is's just time consuming.  Plus the waiting after they are covered with the resin is a real pain.  I like instant or close to instant gratification when it comes to my crafting.  

I started doing a little research and found that what I was doing was the easiest and quickest way for the type of coaster I was making.  Ugh!

So a few days later I am wasting time on Pinterest and I came across a pin on sublimation printing.  I dug a litter deeper and found what I was looking for.  The only problem was I need to purchase a heat press, another printer (I already have 3 in my work room) for sublimation printing and the items that I wanted to sublimate.   

After a few weeks of reading and finding out the details I decided to make a few large purchases.   I now own my very own 5 in 1 Heat Press.  It does all kinds of stuff but basically has the regular flat panel for shirts, coasters, mouse pads...anything flat basically.  It has a connection for mugs, one for hats, and 2 different connections for plates.  

This is a picture of my heat press. 

5 in 1 Heat Press
I also purchased a printer as well as pigment ink to do my sublimation printing.  It's just a regular printer with a cool attachment I had to purchase.  The ink reservoir I use actually sits outside of the printer itself.  It was a little intimidating at first but I managed to get through the set up process.

So I have my heat press and my dye sublimation printer.  I also ordered sublimation paper, hardwood coasters, a few sample packs of various heat transfer papers and a sample pack of this really great heat transfer vinyl that I will use from now on....nothing else.  
I actually had everything ready to go and set up for several weeks before I was brave enough to make my first coaster.  

Stay tuned....I will have some great pics of my new and improved coasters.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Burlap Petal Wreath

My sister-in-law recently asked me to make her a burlap wreath to hang in her family room.  She sent me a photo of her curtains and wanted the colors to match.  
So lucky me...I got to shop for burlap and made sure I had every color!   (btw has great prices on burlap)
Once I had my supplies I had to figure out what type of burlap wreath I was going to make and ended up choosing a Burlap Petal least I think that is what it is called.
It was actually a pretty simple process once I figured out how I wanted it to look.  
Here is the finished product....not too bad.

Burlap Petal Wreath

Add caption

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. 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 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!!

Heather just recently submitted a wreath that she completed!
Thanks Heather!!

Another Wreath Pic from Kayla!!
Thanks Kayla...great job!!

A few more wreath submissions to share! 
These are from Christina B. and Nicole V.
Thank you both!!!!

Get your wreath added here.  You can send me your pics to

Another awesome Halloween wreath by Celeste!!

This next submission came in from Mary B. way back before Christmas.  I am just now getting back into the flow after my holiday rush.
My apologies Mary...for taking so long to post your beautiful wreath.

Check out the latest user submitted wreath.  This gorgeous St. Patrick's Day Wreath Spiral Mesh Wreath was created by Donna. 
Thanks so much for sending in your photo.

I just received another stunning wreath created by Rosita.  I love the colors she chose for her Spiral Mesh Wreath.
Thanks You Rosita!!!

Second wreath submission from Rosita!  Keep 'em coming!

Take a look at my newest submission from Mary Beth.
A beautiful Patriotic Spiral Mesh Wreath!
Love it!
Thanks Mary Beth!!!

I am absolutely loving the great wreath submissions!  Keep 'em coming!

Here is another beautiful Patriotic Spiral Mesh Wreath by Cheryl W. in Orlando.  

Thanks for sharing your wreath with us Cheryl!

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.