Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DIY Terrarium

When I was a little girl, my grandma had a terrarium. I remember it because I used to look inside and imagine the tiny little creatures that lived there, but hid from me when I was around. It was big...like in a huge, brandy-type glass and I loved it. I don't know what happened to it, but lately I have been seeing this little glass globe terrariums and my memories of grandma's house came flooding back.

On a recent shopping trip, I noticed some little globe terrariums and just about had a coronary when I saw the price for a small one was $35. Are you kidding me? So I printed a few Michaels coupons, took a few trips on my way home from work throughout the week and by Saturday morning, I was ready to put these puppies together. I already had rocks and some faux fern leaves in my stash. I just needed the globes, some tiny rock sand and a few succulents and I was ready to get started...

Seriously, about 30 minutes had passed and I had these little puppies. I adore them. I didn't use live plants because I don't need the pressure to water them and keep them alive, but I have other plans for a live version coming soon :) I added a little whimsy with the tiny mushrooms and I think they are the best part.

The large one has a permanent home on my bookshelf, and the smaller one was a gift to my niece, Elyse, because she is just generally awesome and was accepted to almost all the colleges she applied to. She will be attending Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall and I could not be more proud.

Partying it up with...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DIY Aisle Runner

Hello everyone! So I've been on a slight hiatus but let's waste any time getting specific about what "slight" means in this case. Maybe I'll talk about that in a future post, but for now, the point is....I'm back and I'm crafting and it feels good!
Let's flashback to February, early February, when I receive a text that goes something like this:
Angela: Hey! Do you think we have time to do something like this??? (attached are pictures of wedding aisle runners)
Me: Like for your wedding??? (scheduled for Saturday, February 22)
Angela: lol yes
Me: Let me do some research and get back to you
Once my panic subsided, I kicked it into gear. My fears of not having enough time, my fears of not being able to "pull it off", my fears of not being Martha Stewart-ey enough...they took a back seat to my friend and her wedding. I researched the bejeezus out aisle runners, made a timeline and texted my friend that I would give it a shot. Yes, I made a timeline. I have OCD. Don't judge me.
The first thing that I did was design a few logos and asked Ang to pick one. She did....like super fast and the first step was done! I appreciated that she picked a simple one because I knew this was going to be hand painted and the less detail, the more likely it would be done in time for the wedding! Don't worry, I eliminated the "shutterstock" watermark. It just didn't compliment the wedding like it should :)
With the logo decided, it was time to get started. There were a couple of challenges, like trying to figure out how to print the logo in in the size I needed, approximately 32 inches wide. I had to do it 1990's style and print it in sheets, cut the sheets and tape it together...like one of those "Welcome Home" banners we printed on our dot matrix printers while watching Beverly Hills 90210.
I placed the large, taped printout on the floor, laid the runner over it and traced the design with a pencil...just a regular #2 pencil. The runner itself was super transparent so it was easy to see the printed words. I didn't take a picture of this step, but you can see below how easily it is to see through the runner.
With the traced design finished, I grabbed some black acrylic paint and a paintbrush and started hand painting the names. This was probably the most challenging because painting straight lines on fabric isn't always easy. I knew it wasn't going to look perfect, and it took several coats to look dark enough for my taste, but I think it turned out ok. As long as no one looked too closely :)

The next step was painting the heart. We decided to go with a champagney, gold glitter because we wanted it to stand out. Painting with the glitter was interesting because it didn't always paint on evenly. I had to make sure that the glitter was even and not blotchy. Note: you can see the pencil outline in the picture below.

And then it was done...just like that! I took a close-up so that you can see the glitter. I love it! It was a challenge but it was fun...and it was great to get back and gear and start creating again.

It was even more beautiful at the wedding...

And more beautiful than the runner, was my friend Angela and her new husband, Josh...

The man who finds a wife, finds a treasure and he receives favor from the Lord
Proverbs 18:22