Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Here is another cute idea for a friendship bracelet from April of Second Sister using photobooth photos of her and Miss Margie... & using junk jewelry. I met April through Spark no 1 and she is helping Margie with all the planning for Spark no 3!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Monday, April 12, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
You might have already read this at Ali's blog but I wanted to re-post it here...
In a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living there was an article about a little girl's birthday party where they displayed a wall of "scrapboxes." Right then, I tore out the pages and was ecstatic to start celebrating my daughter's memories in a frame. Yeah, I know it is reminiscent of shadow boxes and can be considered quite cheesey, but hey, who doesn't like cheese? ;) Honestly though it is a fun and creative way to document and showcase pieces of my daughter's lives.
Think of it as your own storytelling wall. What story do you want to tell? What stories do you want your children to remember each day?
First, choose a wall to decorate. Because of the content of the frames I settled on a wall in my daughter's play room. I'm so glad I did because my oldest daughter was completely elated when she walked in and saw all these wonderful memories. Her eyes got so big as she recalled horse back riding for the first time & one of her drawings so I know she will enjoy seeing the pictures everyday.
Next, gather decor pieces including frames, photos and some mementos. The white frames are from Ikea with about 1 3/4 depth which gives a great space to fill with keepsakes. Here are a few ideas I used in my frames.
Pair a favorite toy with a favorite memory. Think of a photo/story/toy that illustrates something your child loves at the moment. Or if your child has grown think of something they loved and possibly shaped who they've become. For my daughter it is animals. She loves animals and one of her happiest moments was riding a pony for the first time. Her smile says it all. I included several horse figurines that she loved to play with but has grown tired of. Of course once she saw them in the frame they looked so fun again. Thankfully, I was prepared with others she could play with.
This is often my favorite keepsake to showcase in our home. I don't think we realize how much it means to our kids when they see that your hung their school work on the fridge or display it in your studio. I included crayons for added color and playful touch.
One of my favorite memories is having tea parties with my daughter. I included actual teacups glued inside the frame. I took out the glass because they wouldn't fit with it but was still happy with the result. I printed the photo in black and white so it wouldn't compete too much with the other colors. Lastly, I added a couple of rub ons from my line craft line, Dear Lizzy.
Since my daughter's famous rain boots couldn't quite fit in the frame, I thought of the next best thing... her sunglasses. She adores wearing her shades so much that when I was making this frame she wandered off with them, despite the fact that they don't fit her anymore. I will replace it with the originals once I find the treasure hunt she's put me on. You could also include clothing, swimsuits, newborn outfits, hats or even shoes.
I love that children create an attachment to their favorite books and want to read them over and over. Not only do they remember the story but all the fun times you spend together reading. I included a strip of photos of my daughter reading with the date and title of book, "Pinkalicious." You can tell this book was loved and it was okay to frame this one since it has been replaced with a new one.
In my studio I have a cloth box from KOLO where I store nostalgia and pieces of our adventures. In this frame I included a photo from a carousel ride, tickets I saved, & embellished with a flower by Prima. The options are endless for items in this category including: clothing tags, movie tickets, menus, postcards and love notes.
Along with the frames I added decor pieces and vintage keepsakes from my childhood including Disneyland records my Mom saved all these years and a vintage camera from my Grandpa.
Other decor items include a clipboard with favorite quote that I can switch out easily, photobooth pictures of my little brother, a retro record album, vintage cuckoo clock, Instax photos, a silhouette, "&" from Anthropologie, and finally some music note fabric.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, August 31, 2009
I helped her with the invitations & wrote a letter from Captain Hook inviting all the Lost Boys & Girls to Matthew's party. She painted a ship found at Hobby Lobby & the clothes pins to look like Peter Pan & Wendy. She was so inspired by a birthday party posted over at the Cookie magazine blog via Cup of Jo that she had to recreate it for Matthew-- There was a cake walk, kids dressed up, a tee pee & a treasure hunt.
Sprinkle some pixie dust on me, please. To the second star on the right and straight on til morning...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
At one of my recent ventures I picked up a little felt bag for Avery with some goodies in it and was excited to recreate my own for presents. I love it because you can reuse them but they don't look like they've been reused. My sisters and I are always giving each other presents back in the same bags-makes me laugh.
If anyone is interested I will put together a tutorial... It was pretty easy, so let me know.
Welcome to GA! I live in Alto, GA--wish I could be attending with you:(These colors would go with just about anything-- love them So I would just scrap what ever photos was next on my list!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A couple weeks ago I decided that I was tired of walking into our family/tv room and seeing the back of this sectional. So I moved everything by myself... yeah not the smartest idea. Then after I moved the tv I was sick of the blank wall-- I got some ideas from a fabulous blog SanFran Girl by Bay & started hanging up random things. The good thing is that I used this awesome hanging sticky stuff from my sister (I think it's by 3M) that doesn't take the paint off for all the K's that way I don't feel bad when I have to move them. It's great for people who frequently change their mind, like me.
-I would love to cut out their silhouettes every year to see how they change. Quincey has the cutest baby profile that I've ever seen. Need a bigger frame for Avery's silhouette but like I said I just grabbed stuff that was in storage etc.
-Collected Ks from random places covered a couple with Vintage Yummy paper.
-Pictures of Collin with Avery and Quincey & me dancing with my daddy.
-Painted chalkboard paint on the glass of one of the frames to write messages, hang polaroids & a cute calendar.
I dug deep for this post after getting a few comments and emails asking me about the console in the background of some photos. I found it at D.I., painted it with 'Lagoon' by Sherwin Williams then distressed it and added some hardware. Love restoring old things.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Collin thought it would be a good idea to start small-so the globe was my experimentation. I'm happy to report the results were better than I expected. It's new home is on my bookcase so I can dream about fun places where I hope to explore someday.
The random winners from yesterday's giveaway are:
Some days we have cake for lunch.
Some days I wish I were young again... remembering what life was like with no bills. ;)
Yay!! email me your addys!! :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Q-Biscuit gives it two thumbs up.
I'm not a professional bow maker, so if you are, please leave us some tips:)
*Start with one knee-high length nylon
*Pin together the toe to the bottom of the elastic part that would sit right under your knee if you were wearing them
*Sew in a loose setting so you can gather it
*Cut off that extra nylon piece
*Pull the top stitch to gather the nylon
*Then simply glue the flower to the nylon OR
you can glue a piece of ribbon around the seam then interchange clips with flowers on them.
I'll show you how I make the flowers on clips in the second installment of 'Liz's attempt to make her girls not look like boys.'
it's late... nigh-night!
Monday, April 7, 2008
My sister found out that she is also having a little girl so we decided to each make a quilt. I'm now officially obsessed with quilting. Mostly because the 'Ginger Blossom' line of fabric is so stinkin' cute!! Collin went to a conference for our church Saturday night so Avery and I watched 'Enchanted' and I sewed all the squares and borders together.