Sunday, July 31, 2011

Photo Love

I LOVE photography... and I captured what I think is an amazing photograph at the Keck wedding:



The most adorable ring bearer I have ever laid eyes on; complete with his official "badge."

This is the UNEDITED photo.  I love it.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Celebration Cookies

Anthropology class… oh how I loathed you.  I was ecstatic when I finished the WORST 16 weeks of online classes and managed to hold onto a small piece of my sanity in the process.
I suffered through discouragement, failure, and horrible scores on tests – less than perfection is in NO way acceptable!  -with my commuting comrades cheering me on every day.  Sometimes they would ask why I wasn’t doing homework: because I don’t want to, oK??? And they celebrated my mini accomplishments too.
I thought it was fitting then, that when I finished class and somehow had managed to achieve an “A” grade, that we should all celebrate.  - Still don't know how that happened...
So… this project is something I did over a month ago - I baked homemade chocolate chip cookies (commonly known at work as “Elise’s Crack Cookies” – because they are addicting, and decorated baggies with my letter grade and some curling ribbon for a “pretty” touch.

Then one by one, as my train-buddies got on the train, I threw a baggie at them and yelled “I got an A!!!!” 
They were simple but effective and I had fun making them. – which, is that not the most important thing?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Evolution of a Birdcage: From Ordinary to Extraordinary!


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·         First things first: fix the uneven/unfinished wack-a-do color!
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I had so much fun spray painting a flat coat of black paint with my nephews on the Fourth of July.  Shame on me for not capturing that moment on film! –Auntie Elise received just as much spray paint as the birdcage did…but it was all good.
·         Next:  a semi gloss black coat (97₵ can from Home Depot, thankyouverymuch).
·         Ribbon was next: Michaels trip #1
Three dots of hot glue as I want around, and a pair of sharp scissors where the ribbon met on the backside of the cage.
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·         Now for the insanity!!!
I was stumped at how to decorate the rest of the cage.  I knew I didn’t want a cheesy bow on the top; and black silk flowers did not evoke “joy” as a wedding of two such wonderful people should!  So, the “google queen” went to work.  When my search for damask silk flowers returned baren I tried damask silk flowers. Viola!  Origami madness. Reference previous post {here} as to my origami skills; but I gave it a go, and the mock-up turned out to be “not so shabby.” 
Michaels trip # 2:  damask paper

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I managed to get all the paper trimmed to 3 x 3 in one train ride to LA and even educated a few people on the power of a paper trimmer (ahhhh – sang like a castrati).  I then set out to fold 75 individual petals that would eventually (hopefully) make a flower when assembled together five at a time.  I did ALL the folding first and accomplished it in two and a half days.  My index finger was numb, but I was determined. 
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Then came the gluing!  Each petal has had to be glued to itself and allowed to dry.  Thank HEAVENS for a tough guy on my train named Ray; who suggested I binder clip them and allow the glue to dry instead of holding three in my hand for 5-7 minutes at a time. GOLD STAR FOR RAY!

Another petal…
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Then glued to another petal…
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Another petal…
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Seriously??? 
And the vicious cycle continues for one more petal.
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Ta-da! Hallelujah!



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The center is a brad I picked up on the Michaels trip # 3 on the bridal aisle. –My other passion? Coupons.  But that is a WHOLE different topic, and I am trying to stay focused and not blab.  Too late. A big glob of hot glue on the back (one very bad finger burn) and I just plopped them into the center of the flower.
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The brad originally had a gold ring around the edge, and although no one else would care (or even notice)… I KNOW Shauna prefers silver.  So, I used my ever-handy silver metallic pen and CAREFULLY traced the edges until they were a pewter color. GOLD silver star for me! 
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I bunched them together (needed four extra arms, but that’s why God gave us elbows!) until I was happy with the shape and glued them to the cage.  The point where all the flowers met proved to be difficult to manipulate and they would not stay where I wanted them (I took a sunbathe-by-the-pool-break at this point) but I persevered.

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·         The card label was the finishing touch.  One of my favorite elegant fonts printed on simple white cardstock and mounted on black cardstock and adhered –and threatened- within an inch of its life to stay put!

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The bride was happy; and that made me happy.  Ultimately I am glad Brittany suggested a birdcage; the end result really was beautiful!

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Congrats Shauna & Aaron Keck!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Trying something new...

I was the child who never managed to successfully make an origami crane in school. 
Why would I think I might be able to make over a dozen origami flowers in less than four days????
- because I am a crafting machine!!!

Mock-up Flower # 1



Let's see if I can enlist the help of my "train friends" over the next two days... hehe.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Birdcage Part I

Hi.  I’m the wedding greeter, and welcome to the wedding!  -I am practicing for Shauna’s wedding next weekend.  One of my “greeter duties” is to assemble a card-holding-receptacle; a task Brittany (my co-greeter) decided should be a “beautiful vintage birdcage!”  That would be easy – that is if we lived anywhere besides the surface of the sun Moreno Valley.  The hunt was on!
I pride myself on being able to find practically anything online – all hail the Google Queen – but this project threw me for a loop!  The few cages I did find cost a FORTUNE to ship and the basic-white-generic cages were not what Brittany was looking for. 

Project deadline came and went and my co-greeter left for Minnesota - not to return until the day of the wedding. UGH! 
Leah and I had planned on spending a few hours together over the weekend and thought yard-sale hopping would be fun… all the while keeping our eyes peeled for anything that even slightly resembled a birdcage.  “Lord help us find a stinkin’ birdcage!” – Not my most reverent prayer, but I like being “real” with God… He knows my thoughts anyway.  Besides, if we didn’t find one, I was borrowing the box the Artmans used for their wedding and calling it a day!!!  Leah wanted to pick up paint at Michaels, and being in the vicinity of Marshalls, we went in “just to see.”
From the moment I could see the home goods, I could see BIRDCAGES!!!  The downside: circling the very birdcages I wanted, no. NEEDED; was a swarm of female vultures (haha, bird, get it?) threatening to make off with my prize! Well, praise God they were all eyeballing the one I didn’t want and I walked triumphantly out of the store with my birdcage (for a ROCK BOTTOM price) and giving thanks to God for being faithful in even the smallest things – Like silly birdcages.
Now.  Here is what it looked like in the store.


Stay tuned for the finished result! Yeah!

Finally!

I am finally blogging! -yippee!

I have forgotten just how much I enjoy writing!  So excited for my first REAL post... hopefully later tonight!

-Elise