Tuesday, May 26, 2009

DIY Weddings

Our friends Sarah and Mike tied the knot this weekend. So I made them a "knot-tying" gift. Mrs. and Mr. pillows, of course! They are little pillows (about 6 inches by 10 inches or so) and I thought they would look fun on their bed (or whatever else they want to claim as "their" spot). Here are some pictures. The design is a free-use antique pattern that I downloaded from a Flickr embroidery web-album

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Haven't blogged in a while...

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. I've been busy with a lot of things at work. One of which is a new project. You see, I have been given the pleasure of creating the Boys Ranch yearbook for 2008-2009. As a part of that, I get to create my own backgrounds for the pages, etc. So...I spent some time learning more about making textured papers/background in Photoshop CS4 so I could one day use this yearbook as a part of my "portfolio" of design and PR things. I figure the more I do myself, the more I will be able to show it off!

I got so addicted to playing around on PHotoshop today that I spent the evening making a new background for my blog. I used some free bird brushes (free for commercial and non-commercial use), as well as some free grunge brushes (also free for commercial and non-commercial use). Other than that, it is just a lot of Photoshopping and patience. I'm pretty proud of it. And I think this blog background is a better reflection of me than the previous one. I love green. :)

Watching The Matrix (complete with Rifftrax) right now with Marc and Melanie (Dianna's roommate and our friend). I'm also spending some time with the kitty, Harry. He is so cute! :)

I get to go on a trip this weekend to visit a church in Carthage Texas with some Ambassadors. Interesting way to spend a Saturday night, but it should be fun. Marc gets to come with me this time, so I am excited!

I found a cool website that creates tilt-shift photos for you. If you don't know what tilt-shift is, that is okay! It is a fancy word to describe photographs that look like they are miniature models (like the thing architechts create). It is especially fun to play around with landscape and traffic photos to make them look more exciting. Here is a photo of the falls. I found it on the internet, it is not mine...



And another...



I especially like it on the second photo. If you want to try the free tool for yourself, click here!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


First, an idea from a crafty place. I don't like their web design, but I love their ideas. The site is http://www.stumbleupon.com/toolbar/#topic=Crafts&url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.robomargo.com%252Fquickprojects.html... that was a mouthful! :)

This would be fun to give to a couple getting married. I think... :)

Having a crafty day! I started the day with a trip to Esme's, a local treasure/antique/junk shop. Esme's is only open on Saturdays, so I've only been there once before. however, it was a sad day. I got inside and the owner (Esme?) said they were actually closed today, but she would let me look around anyway. And then she dropped the bomb--they are closing next week! SAD!

However, she said that they are having a huge sale next weekend. Everything must go! And this store is FULL of treasures, my friends! I'm excited for next weekend.
And on top of all that, I got a great deal on some fun stuff! I got three frames (no backing or anything, just an empty frame w/o glass. I also got an old index file drawer - I have been eyeing these for about a year now! No, I don't know what I'll hide in it yet. :) Mine is an army green color - I think I'll paint it the same hammered metal color as the tray below.

Speaking of the tray, I got this tray (see picture below)! No, it wasn't nearly this beautiful when I bought it this morning. It was a nasty shade of floral and black ickiness! I painted it a hammered metal color. I'm going to hang it on the wall of my office with a decorative ribbon (glued to the back to hang it). I will use it as a magnet memo board.

Here are the frames (two of them anyway) that I bought today. I painted them a robin's egg blue/green.

I also painted these cork trivets. One is blue and two are yellow gold. They will be strung together with ribbon as a cork board in my craft area.

Here are the gold ones! :) Oh, and I only spent 12 dollars for all this plus a yellow train case to use for a sewing box! :) More pictures later, Marc needs the computer to write a sermon! :)

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