Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crafting Depression

I suppose everyone goes through it at some point. You decide to make something with this grand vision of how the overall product will look. It's perfect in your head.

Then you start making it. Halfway through, you realize there is no hope for said craft, and you feel horrible. Then, after realizing you aren't creative enough to save the craft and turn it into something else, you hit rock bottom.

That was me. Yesterday.
Behold, my crafting fail:
I hate it. It was supposed to be a jute wreath with nice white tissue paper flowers. Nothing fancy, and certainly not difficult.

But I had to be cheap. I bough electrical insulation in attempt to save some $$. Now, I have a shrimpy wreath base. OH, I just hate it. I have racked my brain for other things I can do with it, but I've hit that rock bottom place.

So, there it sits, hanging on my craft room door knob, reminding me that it's a sad, unfinished project.

Surely you have all felt this at some point? I can't be alone in this?!

I've researched the issue, and next time, I'll be using batting and tulle to add puffiness. I'll continue to mourn over the lost jute until then.

Silver lining: in researching better ways to create the wreath, I came across this. Thank you, Hobby Lobby.

I'm going to leave yarn wreath making to the professionals. Speaking off, check out my friend, Tiffany and her work!

I've really got to hurry up with making the inventory for the shop and get it rolling. I am excited about sharing handmade goodies with everyone, but it is a bit of an undertaking!

It's been a long day, which translates to a short night. Tomorrow will be better, for life in general, and finding something good to work on!

Night, sweet friends!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mod Podge, Moss, & Weddings. OH MY!

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. Between working 50+ hours and trying to get a laundry list of tasks done after work, I've sort of fallen off the map. BUT I'M BACK!

Had some "fun" this weekend! I can't decide if I should put up tutorials or not. Vote? Perhaps I will later. Just getting down to business with plans for the Etsy shop. Very excited to see where my research will take me. I appreciate everyone being so supportive in the "before/building" stages. :)

As promised, here are the spoils from the weekend, plus some pictures of general, good times.
 I've got to do something with all that extra tissue paper, right?!
 If you think I'm going to buy a wooden letter every time I get the itch to monogram, you are WRONG, sir!
 Remember how I couldn't shut up about moss? Yeah.

I'm quite pleased with the finished product!

It was easy to do. But I love the simplicity of it. I'm thinking about doing the rest of the grapevine wreaths up with the moss "B." Maybe do some wrapped in burlap and some with the tissue paper to unite the two concepts? Either way, it should achieve the look I'm going for.

P.S. I'm feeling adventurous, so here's a bonus SUPER SECRET preview picture of tomorrow night's adventure:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tennessee Lovin!

This weekend we went to see some dear friends in Knoxville, TN. What a WONDERFUL trip!

Groomsmen suits, sushi, cigars, fellowship, good food, God, and love. Perfect weekend. I'll share a few images.

Back to the crafts this week. Any suggestions!?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Too many crafts, too little time...

Hi All!

Started about 10 little projects today and finished 3. It happens.

Let's talk about Mod Podge. Personally, I love it using fabric. I had some left over ceramic tiles from an old project, and I needed coasters that matched my bedroom. Old scrap fabric + old tiles = free. LOVE IT.

 It was much easier to do opposite sides rather than adjacent. I was able to pull the fabric taught. It made the whole thing look cleaner. 
 Hot glue that guy.
 Generously, but evenly coat with Mod Podge (a gift from above). Then give the little guys some time to dry.

Finish it off with your felt circles so the furniture doesn't get scratched. TA-DA. 

So cheap. So easy. I made three, but I would probably make a set of 5 to do as a gift or sell. It just worked for my room. 

I'm thinking I might add some embellishments to the sides if I get bored. We shall see!

Kitchen Renovation

I've been itching to get rid of the HORRIBLE cabinets in our house, but unfortunately, we rent. :(

I finally got up the courage to ask my landlord if I could paint them. Apparently, I have the best luck in the world. Not only can I paint them, but they had been wanting to make some updates anyways, so I get new countertops of my choosing and a new back splash. Oh, and new hardwoods a little bit more down the road, also. Ahhh!!!

A new HUGE Project! I'm trying to decide what I'm going to go with. So many choices!

You'll see the way it is now (along with Jordan). Plus some ideas!

Here is my current, outdated cooking space. Definitely needs a facelift!
Butcher block counters? Yes, please!
Cream and rustic looking. I have a buffet/china cabinet in there now. I'm thinking it can be refinished in a lovely turquoise! Will go well with the cream!
Or just paint the cabinets themselves turquoise!
Butcher board plus cream. Coming together!
I'm simply in love with this. So crisp and clean!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Opening Doors

After some serious pushing from the soon to be hubs, I've decided to enter the blogging world. I spend so much time creating, but no time actually sharing what I've made. That stops now.

I'm not sure where this journey will take me or what will come of it, but I'm excited to go on a new adventure and learn a few things myself! I plan on sharing crafting tutorials, tips to improve any day, and something creative to mull over. We're going to get down & dirty, so be ready for some fun!

Here we go...