Craft Projects, Jewelry, Life

Ravens Win the SUPER BOWL! … and another set of earrings, too.

What a SUPER weekend (pun intended)!

If you follow my blog, you know my husband and I are really big Ravens fans. Now we are Super Bowl champs!!! So exciting. We spent all weekend getting ready to host  a few friends and mentally preparing for what was an awesome game. We are even going to the Super Bowl homecoming parade tomorrow in Baltimore!!!!

Even Remmy had a great time during the game. He scored lots of delicious treats and got to pretend he was a person, which is pretty much his favorite pastime.

Remmy Ravens Jersey

While not in football mode, we also helped my mother-in-law paint her textured ceiling in a room she is redoing. The ceiling was dingy from years of fireplace soot hitting it, and now it is bright and white as snow. I much preferred painting her ceiling than ours — the texture really hides any imperfections.

Textured Ceiling

OK, let’s talk about this room. 1. The ceiling is beautifully white, right? And isn’t the texture awesome?! I really like this kind of ceiling versus the popcorn ceilings. I’m not a fan of those. 2. Look at that fireplace. It is gorgeous. And, my MIL just had a gas fireplace retrofit into her existing fireplace that is absolutely stunning. I have fireplace envy. I wish we could flip ours on with a switch, especially since our family room is so darn chilly.

We’re going to help paint the walls soon, too. This room is going to be so pretty when it is finished! BTW — it used to be covered in dark paneling! You’d never know.

To round out this completely all-over-the-place post, I wanted to update you on the earrings post I did on Friday. I am totally ecstatic about making my own stud earrings now — I should have made them forever ago!

Anyway, I wanted to show you all another fun way to make these button stud earrings. As I was making a bunch of new pairs this weekend, I found that you can take  buttons with the attachment on the back (I swear I used to know the name of these) and use it with a button with holes to make a combo button earring.

Find two sets of buttons you’d like to combine…

Button earrings

… then cut the loop off the back of the button that will go on top.

Button earrings

Put some E6000 onto the button on top, then line up the two prongs of the top button with the holes in the lower button. Then, press them together and let the glue harden.

Button earrings

Attach a stud with the same glue and let it dry overnight.

Button earrings

OHMYGOSH Are these cute or what!? I made them for my friend Amy. Love love love them.

Button earrings

I also made a set of sister earrings 🙂 Mine are on the left, Em’s are in the middle, and Allie’s are on the right. So cute!

Button earrings

I’ll post pictures from the parade tomorrow!!!!

Graphic Design

Occasional Symphony performs HALLOWEEN

I’ve had the pleasure of working on a poster for my friend’s fiance’s symphony’s (say that three times fast) upcoming performance at the end of October.

Occasional Symphony is a new symphony in Baltimore whose goal is to celebrate holidays by playing concerts at unique venues all across Charm City. For their performance of Halloween (which is on, yes, Halloween), they rented an old church and will be  playing eerie music while showing the silent  horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The creepy tunes were created by local composers — too cool!

I was so excited to help, especially on such a unique project! I was able to grab shots from the movie — the copyright has run out — and tweak them in Photoshop using the dry brush filter. I added a brick texture to the background and found a super creepy font to use. I think it looks fantastic, and Rachel, Norman and crew are really happy with it. Yay!

Here’s what I came up with:

If you live in or near Baltimore, make sure you check out an Occasional Symphony show! It sounds like they will be doing some really cool things.

Oh, and because I think it is super awesome, look at the shout out I got on their site *squeals of excitement*:

Craft Projects

Baltimore Ravens Wreath

The hubby and I are fans of the Baltimore Ravens, and with football season underway and the Ravens’ first game right around the corner, it was time to make some sweet Ravens decor for our house.

I’m really into wreaths right now, so I made us a Ravens wreath for our front door! I saw a Halloween wreath on Pinterest that used black tulle, and I immediately knew that that was how I wanted to make my wreath.

The Baltimore team got its name from Edgar Allen Poe’s famous “The Raven” poem — you know, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.'” Poe lived in Baltimore when he died and became famous for his eerie writing, so the black tulle was the perfect fabric to use to give the wreath an eerie feel.

I bought a hay wreath form because I liked the round shape of the wreath. Hay was also a few bucks cheaper than a foam wreath form.

I started to take the plastic wrap off of the wreath, but quickly stopped. The hay started going everywhere and made it difficult to add the tulle. Plus, I have oober sensitive skin and the hay was no good for my bare arms.

Once I started adding tulle, I realized you can’t tell the plastic is still on, so I didn’t care about leaving it there. Phew.

To add the tulle, I cut various lengths and simply tied two knots to secure it around the wreath.

I used more than 120 yards of tulle to cover this wreath — holy cow! It also took me about three hours to cover the whole thing. It was worth it, though. Check out the great volume the tulle gives the wreath once it is all covered.

 

With the wreath totally covered in black, it was time to embellish.

I carefully selected purple, black and white flowers from Michaels — my purple flowers even have yellow in them! Perfect to match the Ravens’ uniforms.

I added the long vines to my wreath first and foremost, laying them up and down one side of the wreath. I then secured them with hot glue.

To cover up the hot glue, I glued four big flowers in the center.

 

 

Rem was there the whole time to help me make my wreath. He’s a Ravens fan, too.

With all of my flowers secured to the wreath, it was time to add my Ravens. Yes, Ravens.

I glued one little guy behind my cluster of purple flowers.

 

My other guy — he goes right in the middle. I broke the wire at his feet so I could wrap him around the wreath without having to glue him on.

With my creepy, black bids added, my wreath was complete.

The hubby loves it, especially the birds.

 

Love love love love love. It’s official, I am addicted to making wreaths. And how cool is a pretty wreath that supports your NFL team!?!?! So cool.

AND, it doubles as a pretty/creepy Halloween wreath.

I definitely scored some wife points with this project.

Happy Friday!

P.S. What do you think of the new blog format? It’s nice to have more color on the blog. Enjoy your weekends!