Craft Projects, Wreath

Floral centerpiece

Flowers on crate

The hubby gave me beautiful pink flowers recently that I happily placed on our crate coffee table in our family room. Now I am not a pink girl — not in the least bit. But the pop of pink against our gray walls and surrounded by the cool colors I tend to prefer, well, it just worked!

Once the flowers died I knew that I wanted to make a flower centerpiece for that room using the pinks that looked so great.

So this past weekend I spent and hour — AN HOUR — in Michaels flower section picking out just the right flowers. I am really picky when it comes to fake flowers. If they are trying to look real, but are so obviously fake, then I don’t want anything to do with them. So that leaves me with flowers that are pretty but obviously not real and then the really good imitation (read: really expensive) flowers.

For this arrangement, I opted for the most realistic flowers I could find. Thankfully the flowers were 40% off and I had a 20% off coupon, or my centerpiece would have cost $75 just for the flowers! Um, no thanks!

After carefully selecting the flowers I wanted and some floral foam, I rushed home to create my work of art. I used a gorgeous vase I bought last summer in Lancaster, Penn. When I saw the vase I knew I had to have it, even if I didn’t have an immediate use for it. I thought maybe I’d use it to hold kitchen utensils, but it didn’t looks so great with my green walls. So it’s been sitting in my basement for 8 months begging to be used.

I cut the floral foam to fit into the bottom of the vase, then started cutting the fake flowers to length and sticking them into the foam. After several different arrangements, I had something I was happy with (mostly). I took a couple of grocery store baggies and stuffed them into the base, then poured small rocks on top to hide the bags. This helps keep the flowers from shifting too much, allowing the centerpiece to keep its shape over time.

I think I’ll probably add in a few more flowers into the few gaps, but I love this so much I can’t even tell you. It makes me smile every time I walk by it. I can’t tell which I’m happier by — flowers year-round or the fact that I finally put my beautiful pottery to use. ❤ Love.

Floral Arrangement

Flowers in room

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Craft Projects

Painted Pottery

I’ve been wanting to share this project with you for a while, but it was part of Brian’s anniversary gift so I had to keep it a secret.

About a month ago I went to a pottery painting shop with my neighbor — SO much fun. If you get the opportunity to do this you definitely should.

Pottery painting is pretty easy, as long as you have enough time to do so. Our trip took about four hours, maybe more. First you have to pick out  the piece you’d like to paint. I went with a basic white tray.

I had a hard time deciding what to paint, until I saw a Redskins tray. With that as my inspiration, I asked the woman at the pottery shop to print me out a piece of carbon paper with the Ravens logo. I centered it on my tray.

Once it was taped on my tray, I traced all of the lines in the logo so they would show up on the plate. ALL of the lines. This seemed to take forever.

Then, I painstakingly painted my Raven and my “Go Ravens” text. You have to go over your painting several times so this took a while. I almost regretted choosing such a detailed drawing, but in the end it was worth it.

The paint looks pretty thick and crusty (ew) before they glaze and fire it. But overall, not too bad!

So proud 🙂

AND, it looks ever better once it is finished. Check this out 😀

Brian was pretty impressed at his sweet tray.

 

Moral of this story… GO PAINT POTTERY!