Friday, February 15, 2013

Surprise from Friends!

When Jordan and I were still living in Idaho we were super close with his old roommates. We moved to Texas in December of 2011 and so we left all the boys behind to fend for themselves in the barren wasteland that Idaho is. Anyways...last summer one of his old roommates, Todd, got married to a really cool chick named Brooke. We weren't able to go to the wedding, but it was the one on TLC with all the siblings getting married on the same day.

So I'm sitting on the couch a few weeks ago and I hear a knock knock knock on the door and I open it to find Todd and Brooke standing outside! I was so surprised! They were driving/moving from Arizona to the East Coast and they were driving through Texas and decided to "swing by" and visit us! How insane is that?! Jordan got home from work shortly after they got there and it was so nice to finally meet Brooke and catch up with Todd! They stayed for about 20-30 minutes and then they were off again on their one-way road trip to the East Coast.

It was so so good to see them! P.S. pay no mind my grubbiness please!

Valentine's Day...the day of love!

Jordan and I have never really celebrated Valentine's Day really big, mostly because he is forgetful and I do "lovey" stuff for him all the time, but this year I wanted to surprise him with something special. I started thinking about what I was going to do for him at the beginning of the month. Should I give him a candy bar poster? Should I write him a note with something special about him for every letter of the alphabet? Should I buy him some kind of food and use a catchy phrase? No. No. No. I figured I didn't want to put a ton of time into something for him to appreciate it for 5 minutes. So with that in mind this is what I came up with.

Who doesn't like seeing a trail of rose petals...even if they are from the dollar store?!

A love note for my man.

Little "coupons" for him to use at his discretion. Get your mind out of the gutter!

Our newest family picture and some of his favorite candies.

And lastly a candlelit dinner with special Valentine's Day muddy buddies and Italian sodas for dessert while we watched Taken 2 (super romantic movie...not).

This was nothing big, but I definitely surprised him and we did enjoy the evening together. It is the small things in life that make us happy! Although I think Valentine's Day is a sham, we did do a little celebrating in honor of us. We have been through so much recently and we just needed a moment to realize that we love each other and no matter what happens our love will endure.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Paper Rosette Tutorial

I recently posted a picture of my most recent craft Valentine's Day wreath! There was a ton of interest in it and so I figured I'd repost the tutorial in case any of my readers wanted to also make a Valentine's Day wreath similar.


HERE is the complete tutorial that I found. It is very thorough and I found it easy to follow.

I did a few things differently than she did.

1) I accidentally bought a foam ring with a 14 in. diameter instead of a 12 in. diameter and that is why my wreath doesn't look quite as full as hers, but if you want to add a banner or some kind of something else the 14 in. is perfect.

2) She used a spray adhesive to apply glitter all over...I used modge podge and applied it to individual rosettes and then dipped the flower edges in glitter. Total creative freedom here, glitter all over, glitter here and there, or none at all....your call!

3) She did not do any extras, like I did with the LOVE banner. Honestly, I was going to stop with the rosettes, but once I was done I didn't think it looked full and I was scrambling to find something else. I was inspired to do the banner by this tutorial. I liked the banner, but I just didn't have the desire to go back out to the store to get some felt and blah blah blah, so I took a look in my collection of craft supplies and pulled out my white burlap (from a lamp shade I made), my reliable old puffy paint, and some old yarn (from a failed scarf attempt)...I would have liked to use twine, but I didn't have any. I opened a Word document and typed up LOVE, large print, basic font, and printed. I measured my burlap based on the size of the letters, leaving a little extra on top to be able to fold over the yarn and hot glue. I put the burlap over the printed letters and, since the burlap is semi-see-through, traced the letters with my puffy paint, let dry. Then I took each letter and, like I mentioned earlier, made a little fold of the burlap, placed the yarn in the crook of the fold, and glued the edges down to hold the burlap in place. Repeat for all the letters. Then I measured the yarn to the wreath and glued.

I'm not good at explaining myself, so I hope that wasn't was easy for me, but I know some people have a harder time at conceptualizing things without pictures. Maybe one day I'll try my hand at a real tutorial.

Some advice I would give when you are crafting though....let the supplies that you already have inspire you. You bought each of those items with a purpose and because you liked them. You spent 30 minutes in the ribbon isle because you wanted the perfect color ribbon, you looked at at least 100 panels of fabric for just the right color scheme, and you certainly didn't just pick your craft tutorial willy nilly. For example, the white burlap I used for my lamp...yeah, I've used it for about 3 or 4 other projects. Anyways...the point is, let yourself use what you know you already like and go from there. Don't be upset if something goes wrong, unless it is with paper...then you're done for. Haha! Be inspired and just go with it!

Happy crafting!