Friday, September 14, 2012

Halloween Bow

It's that time of the year again... HALLOWEEN!! I believe it's because of the colors associated with Halloween that I absolutely love creating items for this holiday!!  


  Here are the black, white, and orange bows I made for customers. I am currently working on many more, but I will have to update the post once they're completed.

More than likely I'll be doing many more Halloween projects and will be sure to post them!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pin The Bow On Barbie

{{The pictures came out horrible because I was in such a
rush and wasn't thinking about a blog post at that moment.
 Please forgive all my photo imperfections. It seems as
 though my photography skills have digressed since I've
started Blogging!!}} 
My three year old niece's birthday party was rescheduled for this past Saturday due to the Hurricane and of course her mother went into labor a couple days before. She wasn't able to get out of the hospital for the party, so I ended up having to host the party for her (and decorate; of course). Being she choose Barbie as her party theme and we hadn't had a chance to get party games, I decided to make a "pin the bow on Barbie".
I had only a few hours until the party, so I gathered up some girly card stock packs from my paper supplies and got to work.

Using a pencil I sketched Barbie's Silhouette on loose leaf paper to use as my stencil. Then I used my razor knife to cut it out on black card stock and glued my silhouette on to a poster board.
Once Barbie's silhouette was glued down, I sketched a plain bow from a sheet of card stock (plain pink bow)  and glued it in Barbie's hair to use as a target so that the kids would know where the bows should be placed.
While letting the poster board dry, I started sketching and cutting out my paper bows that the kids would be using as the game pieces from different color card stock that matched the theme of her party.
I finished putting my game piece bows together and while waiting for those to dry, I placed pre-cut letters around the silhouette to say "Happy Birthday" and punched out butterflies with the scraps left over from my bows.
Once the letters were dry, I traced around them with a black permanent marker without taking my time, which left them a little sloppy, but she loved it anyhow!!

In the picture to the left, I was testing out the bows to be sure I made them big enough.

The bows truly make it!!

The picture below has some of the bows I made. Thought I took more pictures than this, but guess I didn't. I was kind of in a rush.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Trial-Run Frosted Vase {Etched Appeal}

Since I wasn't able to get much done for the blog last week due to the hurricane, here is an item I had created last school year as a teachers appreciation gift.
Well this was actually created for the practice/trial run. It was created before I got into blogging and creative websites for ideas of how to do things, so I had to actually do the trial and error myself.
With that being said, this vase has many imperfections, but I didn't want to throw away a perfectly good vase so I kept it for myself.
I try to avoid over-filling the vase with stems that way the imperfections wont be as noticeable and most people don't notice unless they are examining it closely.

 The photo above gives you a better idea of how these vases look when in use as well as a different designs that you may want to create. It also illustrates the imperfections more intensely than in person being I edited the photo somewhat. 

 You can see the actual vases created for my son's teachers with a simple tutorial on a previous post, Frosted Vase Etched appeal and also my Mini Frosted Vases by clicking the titles in blue.


Hurricane Season

Wow, so its been a crazy week here. Our home was part of hurricane Isaac's path, but thankfully we didn't sustain serious damage. Being our power was just restored last night (thank goodness), I haven't been able to do to much for the blog. However, I do have a couple of pictures and videos for those of you who are interested.  I was able to video during the calmer parts of the hurricane being it was only a category 1.
The videos and pictures were taken from my phone, so please excuse the poor quality.

This is my neighbors house across the street. If you look closely you can see the wind whipping the rain back & fourth across the roof tops. It was much more intense watching it in person though.

This is my son's swing set and part of the back yard during the storm. We had tied the swing set down, but the wind was still able to pick it up and flip it.

During the eye of the storm we picked up two containers full of worms. Won't have to worry about fishing bait for a while!!

More photos of the back yard and some of the neighborhood...

 The winds were only 80 mph, which is why we didn't sustain much damage just mostly flooding. Also, our home was in the direct path. The homes East of the storm are those that tend to sustain the most damage from hurricane winds. For those of you who are familiar with hurricane Katrina, it was the Mississippi residents who suffered mostly because of the winds rather than Louisiana. Mississippi did sustain high flooding as well being they had to deal with both rising water from the gulf and rain which made it all more intense.  All and all Louisiana and Mississippi underwent some serious damages from Katrina. Thankfully this Hurricane (Isaac) wasn't nearly as severe as Katrina in 2005; however, those residents about 30 miles south of our community did suffer much more serious damages from Isaac.                                                 


There is a small ditch here that's usually about two feet wide under normal condistions, but as you can see here, this isn't normal conditions. The water submerges half of my neighbors' yards.  The photo below illistrates a better idea of that.

 For more footage of Hurricane Isaac, please click the link below.