June 30, 2011

Chandler The Robot

I discovered these unique pieces recently and just feel in love with their personality and character.  Meg (the designer) has given great detail to every inch of her jewelry.  

Check out Chandler The Robot's BLOG & ETSY shop 
{you can purchase Meg's pieces at both}.

June 20, 2011

Oversized Moss Letter Tutorial from Dear Lillie

1). First, draw your letter on a piece of cardboard.
It's okay if you mess up because you are going to be covering it with moss anyway. It may help to use a ruler for any straight lines or to make guides for curves (I made a C for my mom and a D for one of my sisters to cut out and used a ruler to make sure my curves were the same width where I started as they were at the end). 
2) Cut your letter out using scissors or a box cutter. 
I was lazy and didn't feel like getting up to get my box cutter so I just used scissors. It worked fine, but it would have gone much more quickly had I just gotten up and gone to the garage and gotten my box cutter. In my defense, though, I made this the day before I had Lorelei so I was not exactly full of energy!
 3) Now start up in one corner and put some hot glue on the cardboard.
(Work in small sections so the glue doesn't harden before you attach the moss.)

4) Now place the sheet of moss over the glue. 
You want it to overlap the cardboard - do NOT trim it! (If you can't find moss in sheets like this you can refer to THIS tutorial on how to proceed with regular "clumps" of moss).
5) Cover the whole letter. 
It doesn't need to be perfect or even close to it! Just make sure it is completely covered and you have enough around the edges to fold over onto the back.
6) Now flip it over. 
In retrospect I wish I had even more moss overlapping but it was my first time and I was just "winging it" so I wasn't sure what I was doing. In the future I will have it overlap even more.

7) Use more hot glue and fold over the edges onto the back.
8) You'll have to slice the corner areas a bit to get them to fold over.
9) Once the edges are all folded and glued start adding glue and "patching in" the empty spots with strips of moss.
 Keep going!
 And there you have it!

Check out this amazing blog with lots of great ideas and design!   

June 16, 2011

Song Of The Day

Simon & Garfunkel - El Condor Pasa
Oh, Paul & Art (we're on a first name basis)...need I say more.

June 13, 2011

It's A Framer!

 I like to take pictures of nature and the beauty that surrounds me.  Sometimes I get a photo that I just fall in love with and I think to myself "that's a framer."  Then I edit the photo to enhance the colors, print it out and frame it!  What a personal and cost effective way to decorate.