Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rustic "String Yarn" Sign





Hey guys!  How is the new year treating all of you lovely people?  Things have been crazy here.  "Then Man" Is getting a new job so we might be moving up to Seattle. We are also looking for a new vehicle for him because a drunk driver totaled his in front of our house a few days before Christmas. Insurance is taking….    f o r E V E R…..

.anywho.

Today I want to share with you all my Rustic Yarn sign I made.  You can follow along on how I made this.  If looking to buy one if you're not that crafty, I do sell them in my store.  Below is a link to the shop.



The List
 
1 8' molding of your liking. (Home Depot)
1 Large Slat board from The Wood Connection
1 Roll or bundle of Yarn. (JoAnns)
3 boxes of Brass "Gold" Screws (Home Depot)
4 Small Flat corner Braces
2 2" Plate mending Plates (Home Depot)
Paint
Wood glue
Sanding tool
Stain
Brushes
Cardstock
Below is your board from the Wood Connection.  You will want to paint that first so that it can dry before you add your wash over it to get the primitive look.  You can paint your's any color.  I wanted my letters to pop out because I used a pale yarn color so I did White.

Once the paint is dry take some brown and a little bit of  black and thin the base out with water.  You want it really runny.  Apply in the cracks and edges.  Then take a towel while still wet and wipe in the middle of each slat like the picture below the "LOVE" template.



Below is a frame "The Man" made out of molding.   We made sure the molding was the same thickness as the slat board.  It either had to be thicker or the same thickness.  If you have a skinny molding piece your board will stick out.  Measure and make the cuts needed to fit around the sign.  A great tutorial that I have found for this can be viewed here.


Once the Frame is made you will want to stain it.  I used 3 different stains and white acrylic paint wash.
Once the frame was dry we attached the corner braces.  CORNERS ONLY AT THIS TIME!


Below is a template I made in Illustrator for the word I was going to put on my sign.  I cut it out on card stock using my Cameo, however, you can use scissors if you don't have a fancy cutting machine. :)


Once its cut you can tape it to your board and take a pencil or pen and mark along the edge about every 1/2 inch.  I gave a rough guess doing this.  I just made a small circle with a pen.  
*** DO NOT TRACE ALL THE WAY AROUND ***
A tracing line will show. 

Once your dots are done you can pull the template and get a drill.  You want to pre-drill your holes since we are screwing in screws.  You don't want any split wood cracks.



Once your holes are drilled you can start screwing in your screws. Make sure to not screw through the wood.  I put a scrap piece under my board just incase because I was working on my dinning room table. :)  Once the screws are done and level with each screw, you can start wrapping your yarn.

What's great about yarn is you don't need to attach it to the screws.  You just wrap a few times and it stays.  There is no wrong way to wrap your yarn.  I just wrapped opposite from the screw I was on and did whatever was necessary to fill in around corners. :) I also bought a pretty thick wool yarn and that helped.



Once the stringing is done you can attach the frame using the mending braces.  Refer back to the back of the frame picture above. *BUY THIS SIGN*




Hope you loved this little tutorial.  It was so much fun making this and i'm so in love with how it turned out.  

Until next time, keep creating, living, and obsessing.



Friday, June 20, 2014

Vintage Chanel Bridal Shower

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Hey guys!! Have you missed me? Today I'm sharing the bridal shower I put together for one of my best friends! She is already married and her wedding was fabulously gorgeous. 

Below is the invitation I sent out to all the ladies. Since I'm in the graphic design business, I made them. They are 5x7 chalkboards that I stained. I sanded the chalkboard part to give it a used look and made a custom vinyl invite for the inner part. It turned out fab! They were mailed in white invitation boxes. These will be available in my shop hopefully by the end of summer for my wedding collection. 








A few weeks before the shower I took photos of the lovely couple to display at her shower. They turned out amazing. We hung them around with twine and little wooden clothesline clips with doilies in between.






Almost every detail was custom made by myself or a tom of help from my parents. More on that down the post. :)


With the help of my mom and dad we put together these hat boxes the night before. Crazy! I know.. I have time management issues. Haha. I painted the base white and used a antique spray to make them look vintage. My dad and mom helped cut and put the paper on the lids and I mod podged them. 

Inside the favor hat boxes:
1.) scarf 
2.) small whimsical vintage frame
3. China tea cup and plate turned into a candle. (My dad made them)- I know, he's amazing. And if you all knew him you would be shocked he did that. Let's just say he's stone cold Steve Austin meets your average hunter/fisherman. 
4.) chanel perfume. (You can buy samples on ebay!)
5.) nail polish with a file tied with twine. 

There might of been something else, but I can't remember. Haha. 



The food table was all done by the brides mom. And it was all amazing. I gathered fine china plates in various sizes and my mom had ordered the hardware to have my dad put together the china stands. I just love them. The bride even used them for her wedding. I kept a few. The hardware was $5 I think on ebay and you get 5 sets. That was one of the many cheap projects.   I also found with the help of my moms amazing good eye sliver players at a thrift store. 


The games table!! I found a lot of my game ideas on Pinterest and you guys can check out my board here.

A few of the games we played were:
-Who Am I?
-The Price is Right
-What's in my Purse?
-How well do you know the bride?

All the printables for the shower were designed by me. (Soon to be added to the shop). 




The alcoholic beverage of choice. It's called the dreamer. 

.Pink lemonade.
.Whipped volka.
.Whip cream on top. 



Table settings were simple and fab. A lot of vintage flare mixed with romance. 
The Chanel logos were made out of gold vinyl that I designed in illustrator and cut out with my Cameo. These will be available for free if any one wishes to use them.  Please send me a message and I will send you the file. :)



The cake/cupcakes was beyond amazing. The brides mom picked out the piece that make this wedding dress the icing on the cupcake! ;) 

Well there you have it. Please ask any questions you may have. Keep creating, living, and obsessing. 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Play Bakery



Hey guys!  Today I'm going to show you my final entry for blog wars.  I also have the 3rd round coming up too, however, that is a tutorial so I will be posting that in the near future.  For the final round I really wanted to give all I could in the short amount of time that I had to give it. ;)  We found this entertainment center on craigslist for $30.  It was in such great shape!  I knew I wanted to turn it into something great for AB.  So I turned it into a play bakery complete with pretend cake pops, pretend cookies, and pretend sprinkles.

Below is the before and after picture.


As you can see below the bakery lights up! :)  It was hard to get a good picture of it in the daylight outside so we did have this shot of it before it was finished so you guys could get an idea of how it looks all lit. :)  I just love it!




I made the cookies from wood circle cuts from Michael's.  I bought a small and a large size disc.  I painted them and then hot glued them together.  and of course, cookies would not be complete in a bakery with out the cookie bags.  I picked up the bags and the embellishments as well at Michael's. The cake pops where also wood pieces I found at Michael's.  I already had the lolli pop sticks from making real cake pops so I used the left overs for this craft!  Aren't they so fun?  I just love the stand with the glitter tape from American Crafts.





The sprinkles are made out of tiny beads that I bought at Michael's.  I put them in clear salt and pepper shakers from the dollar tree.  (To make sure they didn't spill out, on the inside of the lids I put clear tape.)

The menu chalkboard was made from one of those laser cut wood frames from Michael's. I stained the frame using a light gray color. Then, I took the bottom part of the drawer from the entertainment center and used it as the backing for the chalkboard.  Then cut out in vinyl the Menu design I designed in illustrator. 




"The Man" made the shelves from spice rack molding and a small sheet of wood we had in the garage.
Most of all the accessories for the bakery were found at the dollar tree, (Glasses and baking sheets).



The sign was found at Michael's and I just painted it white and added the details on the side and cut the bakery out of vinyl with my cameo.



There is still a few things I would like to add to it to make it 100% complete.  I plan on putting a mirror behind the shelving in the door part. And I also want to add a back part with some cute bakery styling in the main play part of it.  We originally thought it would be fun to play behind it like taking orders and stuff, but "The Man" pointed out, "Who is going to put that huge thing out in the middle of a room so kids can play behind it?"  haha.  He's right! (Don't tell him that) ;)  So I will have to come up with something for the inner back part and something on the other side. :)  I'm open to ideas!!!


Until next time, keep creating, living, and obsessing!


 
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