DIY Kick-A** Bride Cup

A few weeks ago we went to Las Vegas for my best friend’s bachelorette party. She needed a bride cup….so I made her one. And it turned out kind of f$%*ing amazing. Belvedere optional.

If you have lots of time and don’t mind repetitiveness, this is the project for you. I’ve done it before here, so I knew I could do it again. And, I already had most of the supplies.

All you need is a strong glue (I used flip-flop glue I found online), a clear plastic cup with a lid, some letter stickers, and a ton of rhinestones. I placed the BRIDE stickers on the cup first, so I could work around them and then started gluing from the bottom. The glue dries fast so do a small area at a time. (Disclaimer- don’t use a hot glue gun, it will melt the plastic!) I used different size rhinestones because that’s what I had on hand but anything will work. I used a needle to pick up the tiny rhinestones one at a time. Yes, this took me forever. Yes, I’m kind of crazy..but look how awesome it turned out!! It’s missing the lid in the picture below, but you get the point!

It was definitely the coolest cup in Las Vegas.

How WordPress Saved my Life

Okay, so the title may have been a LITTLE bit of an overstatement… but read on to see what I’m talking about.

I was nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award yesterday and it really made me smile. I was nominated for a similar thing,  the Versatile Blogger Award, a while back and I found it to be a fun way for bloggers to connect, find new interesting blogs, and write a little about  themselves. This one made me especially happy because it was all about being creative and it told me that someone else out there (who I didn’t already know) thought I was creative too. I liked that.

I’ve loved creative projects since I was a kid and grew up thinking of myself as a creative person. There have been times in my life where I completely lost touch with that side of myself and didn’t spend time doing the creative things I used to enjoy. There was a period (after high school when I took a little time off before college) when I was pretty down. I wasn’t in school, was working full-time and felt like I didn’t have much drive or purpose in my daily life. That sounds dramatic, but I was going to work every day for 8 hours, coming home, eating dinner, watching TV, going to sleep and doing it all over again. Life was boring and I felt lost (and I was only 19!).

Around that time my mom and I had a talk about how I was feeling. Her advice to me was to do something creative. She said I should find a project that interested me and do it. She thought it might help me get excited about something and in turn, improve whatever negative feelings I was having. I remember it specifically because I started a sort of strange project after that… I started making wood purses. Yep, you read that right. Wood purses… totally practical, right? I bought them at Michael’s (they were more like wooden boxes, but I wanted them to be purses) and I decoupaged them with photos of pin up women from the 50’s. I know this sounds way weird in writing, but they actually looked pretty cool hanging in my teenage room at the time. I got so into these purses and had so much fun  that I made at least 10 of them and was even thinking about selling them for a while. That never worked out… I wonder why not? Who wouldn’t want to buy a purse made of hard wood?

Anyway, the point is I lost touch with my creative side and when I started doing these projects again my life improved. Friends have made fun of me during some of the different creative phases I’ve gone through (scrapbooking for instance – I took a lot of flack for that in college!) but it has always made me happy. Now I have my blog and I couldn’t love it more. Of course I have good days and bad days. Some days I have nothing to post about and some days I could post 10 times if I wouldn’t end up looking like a crazy person. Blogging has made me creative all over again. It is a reminder that I need to continue being an “artist” and I need to keep creating to keep my readers interested. But really, it helps me immensely just to get the posts down on “paper” regardless of whether or not people read them (although I can’t lie…watching my stats go up doesn’t hurt!).

I can honestly say WordPress and the blogging community has made me a happier person. It keeps me thinking about the next creative topic I can blog about, whether it’s a new recipe, my photography, my latest DIY project, makeup artistry, whatever. And I am constantly inspired by the other amazing blogs out there.

So, I want to thank conchsaladesque for recognizing my creativity.

There are seven rules to accepting the Kreativ Blogger award –

  1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

7 things about myself people may (or may not) find interesting-

  • I can wiggle my ears. My grandpa taught me when I was a little one and it’s one of my favorite memories with him.
  • I was born in Denver but I haven’t been back since I was three.
  • I LOVE tomatoes. I grew up hating them with a passion and now I put them on everything and would eat fresh tomatoes from the garden all day long if I could.
  • I HATE mustard. I don’t believe that will ever change. I’ve tried and tried and I just cannot make myself like it.
  • Sushi is my favorite food on the planet. I’d eat it everyday if I wouldn’t die from Mercury poisoning (and could afford it).
  • I hate listening to people chew their food. I know this is silly but it can actually change my mood if I am in a situation where I have to listen to another person’s weird mouth sounds as they consume their meal. gross.
  • I used to love butter as a kid. Like…eat it straight on crackers (or without crackers) kind of love. I vaguely remember sneaking it out of the fridge when I was around 5 years old. It makes me cringe thinking about it now.

7 Kreativ Bloggers – All creative in their own ways.

  1. Just a Little Brit
  2. Linda Townsdin – A Writers Journey 
  3. Macro Life Photography 
  4. Sugar & Cloth
  5. Once Upon a Recipe
  6. Darla Cooks
  7. Katie Runs This

How are you creative? Does blogging help fuel your creativity?

DIY Wall Art

When we bought our house about 3 years ago we had very little art for the walls. In the living room we have vaulted ceilings and a huge blank wall that we had no idea what to do with. We were low on money at the time because of all the expenses that come along with buying a home, so we decided on this little DIY craft project.

We found 12×12 canvases at Aaron brothers on sale so we bought 12 of them to cover the large space. Then we picked out three different fabrics from a nearby fabric store and bought a few yards of each. We cut the fabric into chunks just a few inches larger than the canvases, wrapped and stapled them down. Then we arranged them on the wall until we had them just right. This was such a simple and inexpensive project. I’d recommend it anyone trying to fill a large open wall.

T-Shirt Scarves

So I recently saw this adorable idea for re-purposing old t-shirts on Pinerest and decided I had to try it. The idea is to cut up old shirts you don’t wear anymore and make them into adorable new scarves.

They are extremely easy! All you do is cut the seam off the bottom of your old shirt and then continue to cut the shirt into thin strips (about 1/4 inch each) until you get to the sleeves. The larger the shirt you use, the more you’ll be able to do with your scarf. I actually used a jersey-cotton pillow case that didn’t have a match for the scarf below because it only had one seam and was the perfect size! Make sure to cut all the way around the shirt (or pillow case) so the strips stay in loops. At the end you can attach them together however you’d like. I cut one of the loops and wrapped it around the scarf to cover up the seams and keep all the loops together.

You can find a better tutorial on how to do this and other cute t-shirt projects here. I have to say their scarves turned out a little better than mine, but for my first try I think it turned out pretty well. Click on the images to see a larger view.

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Tutu?

My best friend found this awesome video tutorial on how to make tutus without any sewing. She has a 2 1/2 year old niece who loves dress up and wanted to make her a tutu for Christmas so I decided to join in the fun! I have twin nieces who are 14 months and would look adorable in their own homemade tutus. These were so easy (and inexpensive)  I couldn’t believe it. I made one that was ivory, pale pink, and pale green with a green satin ribbon and one that was ivory, pale pink, and periwinkle with a light blue satin ribbon. The tutus  I have photographed here are the green one I made and the one my friend made as well. Hers was so fun! It was blue, pink, purple, and white. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to have one of these to play with? I plan on making these for every little girl I know! You can click on each image to get a better view!

Hopefully I can take some photos of the girls wearing them this weekend for next week’s blog post! Stay tuned :)

You can watch the tutorial here but all you need is tulle, scissors, ribbon and a ruler!

Make Your Own Cake Stands

I saw this idea on another WordPress blog, A SLO Life, (thanks for the idea!) and I absolutely loved it. I love to entertain and am always looking for fun dishes/plates to display appetizers and desserts and this looked like such a fun idea! I made a few different types because they were so quick and easy. All you need is a few plates (I chose different sizes) candle holders, and some tacky glue.

I found these three white candle holders and the blue and white plates at Marshalls for only a few dollars each and I used white plates that I already had at home. I also made a few stands with square plates and made the bases from dishes I had in my cabinet. These cake stands only cost about $5.00-$10.00 a piece!

How to: Make the Most Amazing Shoes of Your Life

What girl doesn’t love a little sparkle?

Last year before my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I decided I needed new shoes. Not just any shoes…. they needed to be amazing. I searched and searched for the perfect pair and was disappointed by my options. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money because I was saving every last penny for my wedding– so I decided on this little DIY project.

Okay, this was not as “little” as I thought it was… It took me HOURS…. I worked on them for months before they were finally finished.

Here is what I did– I found a pair of plain silver peep toe Steve Madden pumps at Nordstrom Rack and decided to glam them up.  I would come home after work and add a few more gems, one at a time. I tried super glue…that didn’t work. I tried fabric glue…and that didn’t work. So, I pulled out my handy hot glue gun and got busy.

All you need:

– hot glue gun

– about a million tiny clear rhinestones (I bought mine on Etsy for a steal!)

– tweezers (that you don’t mind ruining)

– silver or white pumps (peep toe preferred)

– newspapers or plastic to cover your table

– patience and lots of time!

All you do:

1- Squirt a tiny line of hot glue directly onto your shoe

2- Quickly use your tweezers to pick up and attach your rhinestones one by one until you cover the glue

3- Repeat steps one and two! It’s that easy!

Hot glue probably wasn’t the best choice I could have made, because you could see a little bit of the glue poking out around the gems but it did the trick. If you find a better option, please let me know!

Up close the shoes weren’t perfect, but from afar they ROCKED. I got so many compliments on these shoes at my bachelorette party that I wore them three weeks later at my friend’s bachelorette party in Vegas with a different dress. They don’t exactly work for going out in any old city– but they fit in perfectly in Vegas! They quickly became my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned and I always look forward to the opportunity to wear them again.  I decided to blog about them today because they’re coming back out of the closet this month! They will be sparkling on the strip in Vegas in T- 25 days. I can’t wait!