Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Alec's Bday Invites

Alec's birthday party invite. When I asked him what he wanted the invites to look like, his only stipulation was that they be 'Bob Marley colors', lol. Unfortunately, not the easiest combo to work with and not very inspiring. I spent most of the time making sure they didn't turn out Christmas-y looking, lol. Alec seemed satisfied with the results & I'm glad the stress of making them is over :)

SU Cardstock- Glorious Green, Real Red and Daffodil Delight. The DSP is also SU, but I can't remember which pack it's from. The DSP ring opens with the card, I was too afraid if I made it a slider the thin DSP would tear when people were trying to slide it back on. SU 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch & Daffodil Delight brads.

For though we slepe or wake, or rome, or ryde, Ay fleeth the tyme. –c.1390 Chaucer Clerk's Tale

My little baby boy started high school today, my how time flies!! When I asked him to let me take a pic of him for his 1st day of high school, this was the pose he gave, lol. The little boy who used to say he wanted to be a comedian when he grew up so he could make people laugh is becoming a man. He's still quite a comedian, but now has aspirations of going into the military after high school. If laughter heals the soul, I think he will be a very valuable soldier, in more ways than one. I can look back and list the times I made perfect decisions as a parent, I can also look back and list the times I haven't. The fact that I have a really awesome person for a child is a sprinkle of good parenting, and a dump truck full of luck!! I sure do feel lucky. Even at his worst, Alec is the best thing that has ever happened to me and ever will.

In honor of my sappy side, and the fact that this is my blog to do with whatever I wish and you can't do anything about it (na na na na boo boo), I'm adding a link to a song that's been mine and Alec's song since I can remember....

Brandy and Alec's Song

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is a frame I made for my cousin Rachel's baby shower last Saturday. She's having a girl....guess what her name will be?? lol. I was nervous about making something girly, we don't have many girls in the family so I'm used to making boy stuff. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's amazing how you can start out with an idea & by the end it's totally morphed into something else. This picture doesn't do it justice, it's much prettier in person.

The frame was from Walmart, I love their inexpensive shadowbox frames, I just wish they came in more sizes/colors! The flowers were some old ones I was getting rid of, some kind of mulberry paper. They were off-white with black designs on them, I just sponged right on them. Background paper is Bermuda Bay Pattern DSP (see, I don't hoard everything!), I made the lattice with the SU die cut in Vintage Violet  (I wish they'd bring VV back!!) sponged around the edges of the lattice, and the letters are SU chipboard- the chipboard is awesome, super easy to use, I just sponged over them with Rose Red & then lightly brushed Frost White Shimmer Paint on them, they were too plain with just the sponging. The Shimmer Paint is the SHIT!! I love, love, love it. You will probably be seeing a lot more Shimmer Paint in the future, lol. To finish the frame off, I added two little quilled butterflies to the front. I loved quilled stuff, but I won't be attempting that hobby anytime soon, I don't know if I have the patience!
Since I've been promising for a while to begin this blog, but haven't had time to begin organizing my posts, my first post will be a little cutie stolen from Lauren's blog...with her permission of course.  More to come in the near future....