Crafty Projects: DIY No Glue Wreath, Southern Cotton

No Glue Wreath Crafty Projects: DIY No Glue Wreath, Southern Cotton   My summer vacation was well underway, and I was feeling antsy. It had been a long time since I had done a craft project, I was about to host a bridal shower, and my door was in need of a new wreath. It was a no brainer, and once I had a free afternoon I was on my way to my local arts and crafts store. It was time to create a summer no glue wreath for my front door. I am always on the look out for good sales, and this week I was in luck. All floral and wreath supplies were 50% off. This meant my wreath cost only $15.00 to make, didn’t use a single stick of hot glue, and took only about 30 minutes to put together.

SUPPLIES

  • Branch wreath base
  • Dried mini daisies
  • Cotton branch
  • Green ribbon

I knew I wanted more of a monotone color scheme and I wanted to incorporate a branch of cotton, reminiscent of my southern locale. I am also very partial to dried out flowers rather than plastic, fake flowers. I think the end result is much more elegant. Any of the flowers can be switched out to match your taste and color scheme.

HOW TO

STEP ONE:

Take your base flower, in my case the dried out baby’s breath, and carefully separate individual branches from the bunch. Starting on the edge of the wreath stick the flower stems through the intertwined branches of the wreath base, and continue working your way around the edge of the wreath. Be sure to keep the flowers pointing in the same direction as you stick them into the wreath. If any stems stick through the wreath, wrap the bottom back into the wreath base.

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STEP TWO: After the outer edge is covered in flowers, start on the ring on the front of the wreath. This time as you stick the flowers into the wreath have the flowers point in the opposite direction as the first ring. This will give the wreath a messy yet refined look. If your wreath is well enough covered after two layers of baby’s breath, stop here. If the wreath still looks plain, add more layers of the baby’s breath making sure to switch direction of the flowers with each new ring.

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STEP THREE:

After you use all of the dried baby’s breath begin incorporating the dried mini daisies. Carefully stick the stem of the daisies into the wreath, wrapping the bottom of the stem back into the wreath if it sticks out. You can sporadically place the daisies all over the wreath, don’t worry what direction they point as long as they are spread throughout the wreath.

STEP FOUR:

Stick the stem of the cotton into the wreath. Consider placement, do you want it to one side, in the dead center, bunched together, or spread out? I opted to slightly spread the cotton out, and keep it only on the right side of the wreath.

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STEP FIVE:

Fill in more daisies around the cotton. It creates a focal point to have the flowers bunch together in one section and spread out as it continues around the wreath. Because the stems are so long the easiest way to incorporate multiple daisies is by trimming the stems. Grab a bunch of daisies in your fingers, trim the stems, and while keeping it in one bunch, stick the stems into the wreath. Make sure the cotton still sticks above the daisies once you are finished.

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STEP SIX:

If you want to incorporate a pop of color tie a ribbon around the top, and allow the excess to hang behind the wreath. By adding ribbon you can also loop the top and create an easy way to hang your wreath.

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STEP SEVEN:

Hang your wreath and enjoy your hard work and thriftiness!

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Visual Journal Page 72: Being Your Lady

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I have the most wonderful marriage of fours years, he is my hub and I am his lady.

Four years of marriage, preceded by five years of dating, nine years of being together, and I am happier than I was on day one. Before meeting Nick I was a bit cynical when it came to dating, marriage, and all things love related. My former relationships, none lasting more than 3 months, always seemed to fizzle quickly. I always knew after a date or two, a few hours of chatting, that this person was not my meant to be.

My mom always told me she thought my first long term relationship would end in marriage, because I always knew exactly what I wanted. I suppose I have to give her a little credit, because she was right.

I met Nick my sophomore year of college. We immediately hit it off at a mutual friend’s birthday party. A week went by, we hung out again, another week brought another meet up. Suddenly we were seeing each other almost everyday, and he would call me just to talk. A month went by, and I still felt butterflies when his name came up on my cell phone.

By the time we crested the three month mark I knew I had found my future hub.

Although in the nine years we have been together we have hit rough roads, had good times, and bad, my belief in our lasting relationship has yet to falter. Sometimes I think about what makes us work so well, what makes our relationship so strong. I wonder why I knew he was the perfect one for me, despite dating other perfectly nice boys.

After thinking it over I realize it is pretty easy to pin point all of the reason why we fit.

We compliment each other. He is outgoing, loves people, and doing things. While most days I may choose to stay home and read a book rather than galavant in Atlanta, he does encourage me to get out more than I would otherwise. My soft meshes with his loud, his opinionated personality balances my people pleasing. We are opposite in so many ways, and it keeps us balanced and life interesting.

We share similar interests where it matters. We love dogs, trying new things, playing outside, working to make our home, our home. We love food, music, and exploring our city. We love cuddling up and watching movies, cooking dinner in, and building fires. We love each other and we continuously work to find ways to remind each other of that.

We never fight over little things. What is the point in arguing over who unloaded the dishwasher last, or fed the dogs? Arguments are inevitable, but they should be saved for the important things. When we argue it is meaningful, and we come to important decisions together because of them. When I spend time with him I want it to be fun and relaxing, not filled with snide comments and nit picking, and we both make a point to enjoy each other.

Although all of these things add up to a very healthy relationship I think the one reason I am happier with him than anyone else is because he treats me like a lady. He not only refers to me as his lady, but he also shows me through his actions. He is proud of me. From the minute we started dating he always proudly introduced me as his girlfriend, and later his wife. He makes me feel good about myself. He takes care of me. If I am sad, he cheers me up. He always puts my needs before his own, and I know he will always be there for me. I never have to question his motives or actions, because I know he is always looking out for the well being of our relationship. I can trust him because he shows me everyday how much I mean to him.

As we celebrate our fourth year of marriage I have no doubt it will be followed by a fifth, sixth, and fifty-sixth year of marriage. Happy anniversary, and thanks for making me your lady.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Sharpie
  • Colored pencil
  • Laster printed image
  • Mod podge
  • book pages

HOW TO

For this visual journal page I started with a concept and had to find the perfect way to visually represent it. I knew I wanted to make a “lady” page for Nick, and I needed to find a way to show that. After some brainstorming I decided to base it on a traditional style painting, and soon after I found the perfect Rococo style painting.

Once I found the image I decided to do a mod podge transfer to create an even more dream like feel. To create the image transfer I ripped a page from my book, set it aside, and printed the image on a laser printer. Once I had the image I painted a layer of mod podge on top of the image, and let it dry. I then painted another layer, let it dry, then added a final layer. While the mod podge was still wet I laid it face down on the book page, and rubbed the back until it was well stuck, and no air pockets were left. After it dried onto the page I wet the back of the image, and carefully peeled the paper off. The end result was the ink stuck to the book page, leaving light areas semi-transparent.

After the image transfer was set I decided to make a fancy frame to go around it. I roughly sketched it out with pencil on a separate sheet of paper, then colored it in with colored pencils. I used various shade of yellow and orange to create a three dimensional feel. I then emphasized the shape with a thin sharpie, cut it out, and glued it on top of my image transfer.

I used rubber cement to glue the book page onto another left side page still attached to my book. On the right side page I glued layers of ripped up book pages. In the center I wrote the words “I love being your lady” in sharpie.

CHALLENGE

Create a visual journal page about an important person in your life. Use the mod podge transfer technique.

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Visual Journal Page 71: This is the First Day of My Life

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It was our one year anniversary.

We spent the day together, enjoying donuts for breakfast, a hilarious golf outing, picnic at the park, and a nice dinner out. Nick and I love all the food Atlanta has to offer, and we often try new restaurants. For our one year we wanted to go somewhere more swanky than our average outing, with delicious, interesting food. After reading a handful of rave reviews, we decided on Top FLR.

Top FLR is a trendy place in an equally trendy neighborhood, Old Fourth Ward. It’s a tall, skinny building, with a white facade and simple, thin black letters spelling out the name. The exterior gives no hint at what is hidden behind the front door, I felt like I was walking into a secret place, hidden in plain view on a street corner.

The interior matched the exterior. The furniture was plain, yet modern. Most of the decor was black and white, with only a pop of color on each table; a turquoise vase which cradled a single, white chrysanthemum.  I already enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant the minute we walked through the door. The lights were low, the music right up my alley, and the menu had a sophisticated simplicity to it, which perfectly fit with every other aspect of the restaurant.

I don’t remember what we ate or drank that night. I vaguely remember something with scallops, although that is typical of my fine dining outings. I don’t remember the details of our lives we discussed, I’m sure at some point we reminisced on the perfect day one year ago when we said “I do.” Despite losing details of the night over the last three years, I do remember the moment a familiar song came on.

Suddenly our conversation was interrupted as my ears perked up and I tried to place the first few notes of the new song filling the room. A nostalgic feeling tugged at my heart and brain as my ears absorbed the sound. It hit me before the first word was sung. It was our first dance song. Here we were celebrating our first year, wrapping up the night when our song came on. “First Day of My Life”, by Bright Eyes. It is a song I know well, but you won’t hear it on repeat on the radio, it has more of a niche, although still popular following. I was shocked to hear it was being played in that moment, I believe it was meant just for us.

It was the perfect end to a perfect day and a perfect year. This moment was meant to be, and we both paused and allowed it to sink in and find it’s way into our memories.

“First Day Of My Life”

by Bright Eyes

This is the first day of my life
I swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
They’re spreading blankets on the beach

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am 
I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go

And so I thought I’d let you know
That these things take forever
I especially am slow
But I realize that I need you 
And I wondered if I could come home

Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you’d just woke up 
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you 
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery
Besides maybe this time is different
I mean I really think you like me

Check out my last visual journal post here, which covers the details of our first anniversary day.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Pencil
  • India ink
  • Gesso
  • Turquoise colored pencil
  • Black Sharpie
  • Silver Sharpie

HOW TO

For this visual journal page I really wanted to capture that moment. I decided to keep a very monochrome color palate, with the exception of the turquoise vase. I wanted it to have the same feel as the restaurant. Once I decided on the colors, I started on the page.

I used pencil to sketch out the table and chairs. I had a good visual memory of what everything looked like, but also looked up Top FLR online and scoped out their pictures before I got started. After the table, chairs, and vase were added I took India ink and painted the background completely black. I carefully painted around the table and chairs. India ink is a great medium to get dark blacks. However, it bleeds through everything. To avoid ruining my other pages I ripped out two pages, create my visual journal page outside of my book, then glued the pages back in.

After the background dried I used white gesso to paint in the table, chairs and flower. After the gesso dried I used a pencil to add shading to the bottom of the table and to the flower. I used black sharpie to outline the chairs and a turquoise colored pencil to fill in the vase.

Once the foreground was complete I added the finishing touches to the background, the lyrics from our first dance song. I wanted the words to completely fill the background, so I sketched them out with pencil until I got the font size just right. I then traced over the pencil with a silver sharpie, which pops really well on dark backgrounds.

CHALLENGE

Create a visual journal page about a meaningful song. Some how incorporate the lyrics into the design of the page.

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Visual Journal Page 70: Year One

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It had been one year. One whole year had flown by, 365 days since our big day, it was our wedding anniversary.

For five years Nick and I dated before tying the knot. Months went into planning the wedding, and I was giddy when the day finally arrived. July 10th, 2010. A perfect day, surprisingly only 80 degrees in Georgia, in the middle of July. We were pronounced husband and wife in the quaint backyard of a quaint historic farmhouse, Kimball Hall, in Roswell, GA.

After vows were exchanged, food, cake and champagne were consumed, we were finally off to our honeymoon in Costa Rica. For a week we explored jungles, volcanos, beaches, zip lined, snorkeled, slept in, and enjoyed each other’s company. A year later I was thinking back on that important day and following week.

Although we went on an international adventure for our honeymoon, we decided to keep it low key for our first anniversary. All I wanted to do was spend time with my husband, it didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing as long as it was together.

Nick took the reigns and planned the day. We started the day by getting our favorite donuts and drinking large cups of coffee on the way to the golf course just a few blocks from our house. While neither of us are golfers by any stretch of the imagination, we were excited to try out the course we pass by so often, and try our luck at even making contact with the ball. We laughed as we swung and missed, yelled fours, and zipped around in the golf cart.

As our golf outing rounded out with very high, and slightly cushioned scores, we grabbed lunch and took it to picnic in the park right around the corner from our house. We snuggled in the grass, watching kids play, skateboards do crazy tricks, and enjoyed our lunch. After lunch we relaxed at home before gearing up for what was guaranteed to be a delicious dinner. We chose a restaurant with rave reviews neither of us had been to before, Top FLR.

We snazzed ourselves up and settled into a cozy dinner. It was an interesting restaurant with a modern feel. The music was loud, and tables close together, forcing us to lean in, and talk into each others’ ears. We reminisced on our wedding, the craziness of planning, the swiftness it came and went, and our unbelievable trip to Costa Rica. The food was amazing, the atmosphere fun, it was the perfect end to a perfect day. Whether we go 5,000 miles away or 5 minutes away I know I will have the best time because I’m with you.

Check out my bridesmaid visual journal page here

Check out my wedding planning visual journal page here

Check out my wedding pages here and here

Check out my honeymoon visual journal page here

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Sharpie
  • Colored pencil
  • India ink
  • Book pages
  • Watercolor
  • Paint brush

HOW TO

To create this visual journal page I knew I wanted to include components of all the activities we did that day. I made a list and decided to include the restaurant, golf clubs, hydrangeas (our wedding flowers), donuts, and a picnic basket. With all of these components I knew I needed to make at least one item larger than the rest, to create a focal point. Since the dinner was the last event of the day, and it was an a very interesting monochromatic building, I decided it would be the perfect part to focus on.

I sketched out the building with pencil, then went in with India ink. For the darkest areas I used India ink right out of the bottle. For more gray and midtone areas I watered down the India ink. Once Top FLR was painted, I set it aside to dry.

Next I sketched out hydrangeas, and used watercolor to fill in the color. For the petals I used blues and purples, for the leaves I used greens and yellows. For the donuts, golf clubs, and picnic basket I used colored pencil to sketch them out and fill them in. After everything was dry I cut out each individual piece.

To create a background I glued ripped out, slightly discolored book pages, and glued them down. I carefully layered the cut out drawing and paintings and glued them down. I liked how the colorful donuts and flowers contrasted agains the black and white building. Last but not least I wrote the words along the edge of the book pages with sharpie, and outlined them with colored pencil.

CHALLENGE

Create a visual journal page about an important date in your life. Your anniversary, birthday, child’s birthday, graduation date, etc. Have fun!

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Handmade Ceramics: Antique Inspired Stamped Mugs

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With my new artistic endeavor at Crafted Westside, for the first time I have had the opportunity to really experiment with ceramics and find my aesthetic niche. I recently began adding stamped words and letters to my ceramics, with my “joe” mugs and teapots, and this technique has crossed over to incorporating stamps of objects into my work.

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I have always enjoyed all things antique, vintage and old. This is very apparent when you walk into my house and see the old, peeling furniture and other antique decor. I wanted this love to translate into my artwork, and when I found stamps with antique phones, watches, and cars, I knew it would be perfect.

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To create these vintage style mugs I make the base on the pottery wheel. I aim to throw medium height, with a slightly rounded shape. After trimming them and adding a handle, it’s time to add the stamped element. I roll out a thin piece of clay, press the stamp into it, and score and slip it to the side of the mug.

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After the mugs are put together I set them out to dry to a bone dry state. I then bisque fire them, then comes the glazing. I love the simplicity of white and dark brown against a pop of color. It is a color scheme that I have carried through all of my products at Crafted. To create this contrast look I use underglaze to emphasize the stamp and a bright color on the interior. I then clear glaze the outside of the stamped mug.

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I also add underglaze to my initials stamp on the bottom and my three dot signature pattern. The mugs are put in the kiln, fired again, then they are complete and ready to add to the shelves.

I love the way these new stamped mugs look, I am already working on a small plate set to match. I find I am continuously on the look out for other interesting stamps to add to my collection.

If you live in the Atlanta area and still haven’t checked out Crafted Westside, go take a look! The store is filled with amazing local and handmade products.

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