Marquee Lights Are All the Rage

I haven’t crafted for about a year. Ouch! Does everyone go through a rocky stage with their hobbies? Can you still call something your hobby if you’ve taken a year hiatus? wpid-img_20150220_232848.jpg

I guess I haven’t crafted for a while because I move so often, and every craft I make I know I’m going to have to pack it up. But, who cares! Throwing that mindset out the window here. What’s one more box? What’s one more trailer load? (I can see my parents holding their breath now…hehe) It’s cold and dark out, which means it’s the perfect crafting atmosphere.

I keep seeing marquee lights everywhere. Even at the bar last weekend, marquee lights! I decided it was time to use up a gift card from Michaels and I bought this letter “J” to craft. How adorable would this be in my room? I’ll work on it this weekend and put up “Before and After” pics for you. Stay tuned!

What crafts are on your wish list?

Oh What a (Craft) Night

Last weekend, I had a craft night with one of my very bestest friends. She’s one of those friends who didn’t judge me when I cried about getting a C on a science test in 7th grade, who supported my blonde Kelly Clarkson “Miss Independent” highlights in Jr. High, and has stayed a close friend even after going to different high schools (this was devastating at the time as you could imagine) and different colleges across the state.
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Anyways, we had a dramatic and fun-filled night with pizza, wine and crafts! We had the  Best of Jimmy Fallon on the TV in the background which only added to our hyperness. We each made two crafts and experimented with vinyls for the first time. I painted a small canvas teal and added a “Be Happy” vinyl to the top. It’s simple but I really like it.

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I gave a larger canvas an ombre effect by painting a dark teal color on the bottom and gradually transitioning to a lighter teal at the top. I’m not handy with a paint brush by any means so this was a big deal for me. Last I added an anchor vinyl to the top. I did not come up with this on my own. (I wish!) It was an example on the wall at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud (aka pretty much a crafter’s dream) and for some reason it jumped out at me.

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Every time I craft, I ask myself, “Why don’t I do this more often?!” since I absolutely love it. I love starting out with a disaster and then later ending up with impressive end product. I like unleashing my creative side. The good thing is that Mags and I decided that we would have craft nights every other month for the rest of the year. I’m so pumped!

A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

So it’s the day after Christmas. Technically Christmas isn’t over for me until after I celebrate with 60+ relatives on my dad’s side this weekend. Let’s just say last year’s get-together was the biggest party of the year, in my opinion. What I’m trying to say is that I’m not quite finished blogging about Christmas just yet.

Here are a few pretty cards, crafts, and things I absolutely love:

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

neon tags // M&J Blog

neon tags // M&J Blog

Merry Christmas // Whit & Whistle

Merry Christmas // Wit & Whistle

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

What are a few of your favorite Christmas-y things?

DIY Chevron Canvas

So since I’m a crafty girl and I’m under 50, it’s no surprise I love chevron. Ha. Last year I painted this chevron canvas but it failed. I didn’t paint a white base coat, so my painted lines bled a bit, even with painters tape. My end product didn’t have the clean, straight edges you see here, which was a huge bummer since I meticulously measured and masked the entire canvas.

(Don’t worry! This post will turn from a sob story to success story very shortly!)

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Well, this week I finally got around to fixing up my canvas! I bought new white paint and carefully filled in the bleeding lines. It’s not absolutely stunning like the tutorial I followed (props to the original blogger, Jessica!), but I’m pretty happy with it. Now I have a cute and trendy decoration! I think I’ll set it out on my desk at work. Why not?

 I’m also going to fix up another failed wreath of mine. I’ll show you “before and after” pictures later this month. Well, that’s only if the “after” looks presentable. Have a great weekend, everyone!