Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

This year, one of my goals was to read more than last year. So after I searched on-line, and Pinterest of course, I saw this challenge and decided to try it!

So far I have read three books... and I will post my SMASH book pages of the books on the site as a sort of "book review" as they are completed.  I'm actually REALLY excited about it.  I hope that you consider reading some of the books as well :]

Starting Fresh

Hello all!

Wow, last year I SUCKED with blogging... as in... I didn't make ONE post. (shame, shame)

But this year, I am resolving to be better.  I will hopefully be posting A LOT more creative posts, and maybe even some things related to the book challenge that I am starting. I'm going to try creating some SMASH books this year as well, and I would love to document my progress, as it happens.

Anyway, hope you all had a great 2014, and here's to 2015!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Engagement Pictures Reveal

So a week and a half ago, I took engagement/save the date pictures for my boyfriend's sister.  (reference the props used in this post)  It was so much fun! It had just snowed, which provided some fun backgrounds for our pictures.  We also had cut wood slices stacked on their property, which was a beautiful background, and we also had some sheds and containers that provided some different backgrounds as well!
Oh and of course, their dog, Duke! Isn't he just the cutest?

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.

Which are your favorites? Comment below!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DIY Deer String Art

It's a winter wonderland here today, looking magical outside.

I figured that it was a perfect day for DIY Christmas present, and I would tackle the string art first.
I had high hopes for this project; I tried it TWICE before and used the wrong wood board, so I was discouraged when I began. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the final product (I would change a few things if I could, but then again, I'm picky)

Here's the step-by-step on how to do it.
First gather supplies.

Picture:  I printed my picture off the computer and enlarged it to see if it would work better bigger (I went with the smaller version)
Wood: I got this board from Michael's for $10 and it is by FAR my favorite wood material I've used for string art
Embroidery Floss: I got lots of colors for $0.30 each at Walmart, and then decided based on what I thought would look best
Nails: I got these from Home Depot, and made sure that they had a flat top.  You can pick whichever size is best for your project, but I used 1"nails.
Hammers: I have two sizes just for the nails that were really close together

And now you're ready to start. Start by fitting your template onto the wood in the place that looks best.  

Then start nailing down the outline.
This part takes a bit...
and a bit longer...

Then rip off the paper.

Next, I put string around the outline, wrapping it once around each nail.

Then I just started filling in the middle, with NO order (hard for this OCD girl). I kept wrapping and ended up with the finished project.

What do you think? Show me yours if you make any :]

Monday, December 9, 2013

Save the Dates/Engagement Pictures

Ok, so I have a horrible Pinterest bug. Like really bad. I'm obsessed with almost EVERYTHING on there.... clothes I can never have, foods I will never make, realities I will never live in. But the worst part is, I CAN'T stop. When I get up, I have to start the day with just a little pinning... "One more pin and then I can stop." Is there a rehab for this? ha.
But, while amidst my pinning addiction, I found a TON of adorable save the dates/engagement pictures. And nope, I'm not engaged, BUT my boyfriends sister is. And she's in need of someone to take pictures. And guess who has a camera! Guess who loves taking pictures! Guess who LOVES taking pictures for people and editing them! Yup, you guessed it... me!
So we finally decided on the date to do it, found some cute ideas, and now we're finally ready to take pictures.
I couldn't help it- I also have a Michael's Craft store addiction too- and I bought a bunch of cute little props for the shoot. Nicole has NO idea of all the cute stuff I found, and I can't WAIT to use them.
The best part is, once we finish the shoot, I plan to quickly edit the pictures and have them ready for Christmas. I ALSO plan to take the props we use and put them into a shadow box for her for a Christmas present (pictures to come).
I cannot WAIT to do this. I hope the expectation is as good as the reality is!
Here are some of the props I have:

and obviously I had to paint them white because it had to match the "&" symbol.

And I also have some others but they'll look better once I have the text on them. I think we're going to use their dog, so I'm going to have one of the signs say "My humans are getting married"and another one will say the date they're getting married. And I also hope to get some scrabble letters so we can write stuff :]
Either way, I'll post pictures once they're taken this Sunday.