What can I say, 2014 has probably been the most special year in my professional career ever! It’s really given me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and go for goals that I never really thought I could accomplish or never really had ambition to finish before.
So 2014 was the giant step I took in fulfilling the dream I had in starting my blog and you, the readers, have made it possible for it to be successful by coming back time and time again! I couldn’t do it without you and I love you all for it, THANK YOU! I put together this post to show you my Top 10 list from the past year of my popular post. Enjoy!
I hope you love these projects and I have some exciting things planned for 2015. I can’t wait to share with you some home projects and some more DIY projects! Let me know what you want to see from me and I’ll work my magic.
My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the most windy day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.
I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.
I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!
I love this dream catcher that I won from Hushbound. She is so talented, I wish she was takin orders but I know there are a lot of shops online doing similar dreamcatchers and I may just try taking a stab at it.
For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from JoAnns. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.
I wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.
I just had some more smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.
I’m digging how this came together and loving seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came in this world so tiny and fierce.
So, I can now be official called a blogger! Call me bloggerty, blog bloggertown! I’m excited to take this new step in my life and also a little nervous. I’ve been taking small steps out of my comfort zone for a few years now, and now is the time I take it public. I thrive on creativity, I get inspiration from others, I want to see others succeed and bloom into who they are truly meant to be and hopefully this is a way that I can do it. My life didn’t start so creative, I had a mom, aunts, grandmas and friends all guide me. Now we have Pinterest
. We all feed from these and it’s so easy to follow each other and create off each other.
I’ve decided to start my first post to talk about how I fell out of my creativeness when I had my first son. I wasn’t looking to add more stress to my life, I thought. Creativity for me is a release. A way that I relax, a way to block out the rest of the world. While I know getting these supplies can be expensive, I want to try and use what I have and up-cycle.
What I’ve used for my frame is a wooden Heidi Swapp frame that I’ve had around the house and I’ve sprayed it with Blush color shine. Let that sit on the frame for a good 5 minutes so that it can absorb all that shine. Next I took 2 stencils, my butterfly from the Hello Today collection and the 6×6 polka dot. I took white acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge and pounced in random areas to create a background.
Now I took those same stencils and layered them over the butterfly individually, then placed them on white Bazzil cardstock. For the scallop stencil I used the gold color shine and for the polka dots, I used the seafoam color shine. I then cut them out so they looked like personal punched out butterflies and super gorgeous. I then stapled them together, added a large background stamp and pulled up their wings to add dimension. Heidi did a segment on My Craft Channel
for this technique if you’d like to watch.
I started to assemble my frame piece by piece. I did add some stamping on the background from her Hello Today collection available at Michaels. I found in my stash some Maggie Holmes ephemera and added the tag behind my butterfly. I sprayed some polyester ribbon with some mint color shine and with my tiny attacher, stapled it to the center of the butterfly. I then added some pins to pierce the middle of the butterfly and added a pearl to add a feminine touch. On the left side I added some more of Heidi’s acrylic letters and spelled “bloom” to mark the season. I folded some papers and ran them through my Xyron and stuck them to the paper. I bought a Martha Stewart crafters clay kit a while ago and made this cute mini frame. I figured it matched and lets add it. More is more and I like that!
I then added some banners, again from the Hello Today collection, to the right corner. I built up quite a few layers of these wanting a big, bold look. Lastly, at Michaels I found these laser cut wood butterflies and sprayed them with seafoam and mint color shine. Once that was on there I took my gold color shine and just half way pumped the bottle and it leaves these big splashes of gold on the project which I just love.
I love how this frame turned out and I love how I got my groove back! Who else didn’t love watching that movie with Taye Diggs in all his glory? Ha! Life has been good to me lately and I can only see it going up from here. I hope to see you back here more often. I’ve got a lot of things to share and it’s part of me, all of me.