Saturday, February 28, 2015

We're Married!


When I first started this blog in 2011, I knew that it might follow me through some of the major milestones of my life. In fact, I had a hunch that one day I'd be able to share about my engagement and marriage news with my high school sweetheart, Brandon. Well, here we are. Last weekend, on February 21, 2015, we tied the knot in Buda, Texas at a venue called Le San Michele. 

I hope you'll humor me in allowing me to share a few of my favorite pictures from our photographer, Jillian Zamora. She really did an amazing job capturing the spirit of the day. It was utterly blissful and undoubtedly the best day I've known so far. I'm so happy to be a Mrs. and to finally move on to this more permanent stage of life. 


Gah, so much happy. 








A moment I'll never forget was dancing with my dad to our song, Isn't She Lovely. Absolutely tear-jerking. 



We're on to the next, hand-in-hand, loving and appreciating the simple blisses of life. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chalk Letters and Canvas

A couple of weeks ago I shared my Anthropologie knock-off zinc letters. After making and loving them, I decided to try another variation: chalkboard letters!  



This year I'm teaching writing and social studies, so "WRITE" was the perfect word to display in my classroom.


It's the perfect topper for my writing binder shelf! 


Here's what I started with. These are from Hobby Lobby for a couple of dollars each. 


You'll also need some chalkboard paint. Here is what I used. 


Start with two generous coats of chalkboard paint on each letter. 


The paint bottle gives instructions to prime your chalkboard. With a the chalk flat against the letter, rub the chalk until your letter is covered. 


This is what brings your chalkboard letters to life. I made sure to be heavy on the edges and corners. 


Wipe away the excess with a soft cloth. 


See the difference? 


Fast and easy. 





With the leftover paint, I decided to create a chalkboard canvas. 








Now I have a fun piece of art to hang on my wall! 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Gold Glitter Art



I love simple projects that provide instant gratification. This is one of those. This took about an hour from beginning to end, but now I have a fun piece of artwork for my bathroom.

I started with a primed wooden cradle board. These were on sale at Michaels for 50% off. 



Using my favorite gold spray paint, I gave the board a couple of coats.



This is the same spray paint I used here and here. It's quickly turning out to be one of my favorite crafting tools. 


Using my Silhouette, I selected a design and applied the vinyl securely to the dried board. 


A little Mod Podge...


...plus a healthy dose of glitter, and I was done! 


Ready for its new place on the bathroom counter. 






As for the other boards, they made great drawer organizers. (: 



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Monday, January 19, 2015

Watermark Tee Tutorial: Glue Batik

I've made it my goal for 2015 to blog at least once a week (on Sunday). As I've been searching for content to share on the blog, it occurred to me that I've never shared my "Watermark Tee" tutorial on my own blog. This was originally a project that I shared on the blog, UCreate. It has been, hands-down, my most popular project. I still get regular traffic from the post I shared on Kari's blog. I even won a Silhouette with this little project. For some reason, though, I've never shared it on my own blog.

It seems like, 3 years later, it's about time.

This really is a fun little project that is pretty easy to get supplies for. A lot of people have contacted me and let me know that it was the perfect project for their kids/grandkids or to make t-shirts for an event. It's cheap, easy, and a lot of fun. Sounds great, right?!




What I love about this project is that it's completely customizable. I used favorite quotes to decorate my shirt but you could also use song lyrics, bible verses, favorite book excerpts, etc. You can also choose whatever color you like. I think it would be a very kid-friendly project as well. There are so many possibilities! 


Materials:

Elmer's Blue Gel Glue (it must be the blue gel, white won't work)




Fabric Dye (RIT is my tried and true brand)





A white cotton Tee, Tank, Dress etc





Tutorial:

If you're unfamiliar with Batiking, it's a method of dyeing fabric in which you create a design with a dye- resist. When you dye your garment in cold water, all will be colored except where you've placed your dye resist. In traditional batiking, you would use wax as a resist. I tried this out and found it to be messy and difficult to control. Using store bought glue is much more convenient and very easy to control. 



Step 1: Prepare

Wet your tee with cool water and place a water resistant board between the layers of fabric. I used the lid of a bin.






Step 2: Design

 I'm not much of an artist, so what worked best for me was writing favorite quotes right across the front of the shirt.





This quote was found via Pinterest

Source

You could also try drawing a simple design like my very amateur sailboat:




Let dry completely. This will take several hours. 





Step 3: Dye 


Your dye bath should be prepared using cool water. Experiment with different amounts of dye until you find the right concentration. Keep in mind that the color that comes out of the dye bath will be a couple of shades darker than the dry, finished garment. 






When you get the color you want, lay your tee flat to dry. 




Step 4: Wash

When your tee is dry (to let the dye set) soak it in cool, soapy water for about 15 minutes. This soak washes the extra glue out. Throw it in the washer and dry as you would normally.






Step 5: Wear and Enjoy!











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