It’s wedding season, which also means it is anniversary season!
A long-time friend of ours just tied the knot, and I wanted to make something special to help preserve the memories for the happy couple. It’s a perfect time to create something to celebrate Steve and my anniversary, too!
I used pictures from our friends’ wedding announcement to create this simple piece of paper art (I LOVE paper!!). This year is the big 2-0 for me and Steve! Back in the olden days, when we got married, there were no fancy photo cards, but I combined some of my favorite pictures with more fun scrapbooking paper to create this piece of art for our room.
Another fun project I made using wedding invitations were these luggage tags. Nicola and her husband had stunning custom cards incorporating images of the Golden Gate Bridge and a San Francisco cable car. I repurposed some of them into these luggage tags, which are getting a lot of mileage!
You could apply this idea to other cards, too. One year, I took all the Christmas cards we received and created paper ornaments using the pictures to send back to our friends.
For now, I am looking forward to the next wedding invitation that comes to our mailbox, so I can create a memorable piece of art for someone special!
You may remember that our littlest is a big fan of superheroes, especially Superman. We threw him a fun Superman birthday a while back, and he dressed up as Superman for Halloween, also.
Of course, he wants all the Superhero-themed shoes, and I am not saying that I have never given in to these wishes, but generally, I try to avoid the commercial superhero shoes, because they have just a few too many lights and colors for my taste. That being said, I like to keep my little guys happy, so I decided to get him a pair of plain blue slip-on Vans and paint a Superman log on them with dimensional fabric paint.
Now this mini Superman is ready to fly!
“Jewels” aka Superman’s mom
A few years ago, I arranged a tea party baby shower for my dear friend, Nicola. Each year after that, I have hosted a tea party, combined with a Stella and Dot Jewelry Show (this is a fundraiser for our Avon Walk team and until June 21, 10-15% of the sales will go to our team!). I’ve been slowly adding details to the tea party, and this year, it was this tablecloth quilt. The floral fabrics create a romantic vintage feel that is a bit kitschy and a lot fun.
Here are some pictures of the quilt. It’s a mix of fabrics from my mom’s and my stash, including scraps from the curtains that hung in the first townhouse Steve and I lived in.
Thanks to my friends for another lovely and relaxing afternoon!
So, I’ve mentioned before that Steve’s birthday always falls close to Father’s Day. This means that I either get 1) totally overwhelmed and do almost nothing or 2) get seriously motivated and make a special project for him.
Here is an example of
1) almost nothing: simple cards – easy, but still fun!
2) special project: mugs and aprons decorated by the kids
This year, we are hosting out-of-town guests during Steve’s birthday and Father’s Day, so I want to make sure that his special days don’t get completely lost in the busy schedule.
I was browsing Pinterest – as always – for ideas, and I found pins for sweet Father’s Day photo books. Unfortunately, the ones I saw are no longer available, so I made my own.
I made photo books for Steve and the boys’ two grandfathers, with blank spaces for the boys to fill in. The questions I included were:
- My dad is good at
- One thing my dad taught me is
- A fun thing I did with my dad is
- A fun thing I want to do with my dad is
- I drew this picture of my dad and me
- Something I have in common with my dad is
- I know my dad loves me because
- I love my dad because
Here’s how our books turned out.
Can’t wait to fill them out with the kids and share them with the special dads in our family!