My Creative To-Do List

Most of you who know me, know I am obsessed with crafting and thrift-store finds.  Today, as I fed my daily Pinterest addiction, I decided to take a look at my ‘Crafts to Make‘ board.  A while back, I reorganized my boards, leaving me with only 6 pins there, but I am very excited about the things I have to make!  This summer, before school starts back, I would like to cross off a few of these pins!  Some that I am super excited about starting:

1.)  3-D Embroidered Art

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To make this, I will need roping (probably the kind used for piping), embroidery thread, a clean canvas, hot glue gun and a needle.  Very simply, you glue the roping down to form a picture, word, etc.  Then, using the needle and embroidery thread, sew up and down, covering the rope.  Easy peasy!  I think I will do an image or pattern, rather than words.  I have another project that involves lettering (see below!)

2.)  Penny Vase

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I think this project seems incredibly easy, and it combines my two favorites: crafting AND thriftstore hunting!  I will need a smooth vase (no crystal or embellishment, other than paint), matte spray paint, pennies and the trusty hot glue gun.   Spray paint the vase a matte black color.  Glue the pennies, covering as much black as possible. Simple enough!

3.)  Sunburst Mirror

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I will need kabob sticks, two wooden circle pieces, a craft mirror and metallic gold spray paint.   The process is a little more complex and time consuming.  First, I will lay one circle piece on a flat surface.  Then, I will mark a pattern, showing where to glue the sticks to create a scalloped, ray effect.  Using a TON of glue, I will attach each stick to the single circle piece.  After attaching all sticks, I glue the second circle piece, forming a wood/stick sandwich.  Once the frame is dry, I will spray paint it a metallic gold color.   I will let it dry for as long as possible, and then attach the craft mirror!  The beauty of this project is that you can make it as large or small as desired!

4.)  Re-styled Thrift Store Finds

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This is literally the easiest project EVER.  All I will need are some cheesy thrift-store decorative items, and some spray paint!  I am a big fan of white and metallic gold, but I suppose it really depends on the piece you find!  You could paint each piece any color to match your decor!  Make sure that you choose a spray paint that will adhere to the material of the item you have found!  I also recommend that you choose a high-gloss finish paint.

5.) Word Art

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For this project I will need a few canvases of varying size and shape, and the wooden letters needed to build the phrase I want.  Michael’s or other craft stores usually carry a large variety of typefaces, so choose what you like!  Glue the letters down onto an unpainted, clean canvas, and spray paint it to match your decor!  Again, I really like the crispness of white, but other colors may work well in your rooms.

6.) Doily Dishes

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I am totally obsessed with the beauty of handmade lace.  I have a pretty extensive collection of handmade doilies, and this is a perfect use for one or two of them!  All I need is a material called ‘craft ceramic’.  Lay out the ceramic, and place a doily on top of it.  Using a knife, cut all of the excess off, and allow it to dry.  To form bowls or curved-edge trays, place the ceramic on something of the shape you desire (for example, a bowl, if you want a bowl!)  Once it is dry, paint the piece and seal it with a high-gloss finish.

My other project to-do list includes finishing that chair I started to reupholster and making some wreaths to match the season!  I am not a big fan of yard or porch decor (all simplicity, here!) so I rely on wreaths and small accents to make outdoor space more fun.  Check back later for a post dedicated to wreaths and wreath-making!

xo,

A

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Wedding Shower Wednesday!

As our wedding quickly approaches, it is time to start thinking about the showers that will be held! Cole and I will probably have two wedding showers, one for my family and one for his. I will have a bridal shower a couple of weeks before the big day! As I ponder the different soirées to be held in our honor, I get really excited about the potential themes! Everyone knows I love a well-planned get-together! So, here are some of my ideas of a good time!

For the bridal shower:
A totally girly, ‘Monograms and Mimosas’ party. Every Southern lady loves her monogram, and one of the best ways to celebrate your new marriage is with a new piece, personalized with your new initials! At my bridal shower, guests will be encouraged to wear spring dresses and colorful hats

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For the wedding showers:
We really want our two wedding showers to be laid back, casual and fun. Coles family also wants to host a ‘good old fashioned pounding.’ No, no one is going to beat us up, or leave us with black eyes. A poundin’ is an old tradition in the South. Along with regular gifts for the bride and/or groom, a non-perishable food item, household supply or cleaning product is brought to help stock the newlyweds cabinets! Look at these cute invitations!

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The last party I would L-O-V-E to have is a Stock the Bar themed party! This event would involve our of-age friends and family. Gifts could include wine, liquor, or bar tools! How fun?!

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As we continue on the journey to April 26, 2014 I’ll share updates about our big day!

xo,

A

Take Me Away..

So, as I wind down from a week well-spent in Montana, I have developed a really tough case of the TRAVEL BUG.  I am DYING to go somewhere new.  Cast your vote…I want to travel to any (and all) of these places!  Anyone in?

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Anywhere in Ireland

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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Ecuador

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Pompeii, Italy

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Okay but really…I am dying, here.  I love experiencing new things, and I am so much looking forward to learning about new cultures.  Anyone want to head across the big pond with me?

A Week in the Wilderness

Hey y’all!  I have had such an exciting week!  Cole and I spent the week in Glacier National Park with seven of my Natural Resources students.  We had such a great experience!

On Monday, we flew out of RDU.  Some of the students had never been on a plane, so that was an adventure in itself.

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On Tuesday, the group hiked 6 miles up and around Cyclone Mountain, located in the Whitefish mountain range.  The hike elevated us a little over six thousand feet, but rewarded us with some jaw-dropping views. Look how happy these boys are!

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On Wednesday, we headed deep into the park and completed a seemingly-short three mile hike towards Avalanche Lake.  Sometimes, it felt like we were in a jungle!

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On Thursday, we changed it up a bit, hiking a snow-covered 3 miles to Hidden Lake Overlook.  Crazy thing about Montana- it can be snowy, but warm, all the way through July! We even got to see a silly Mountain Goat with his tongue sticking out!

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Overall, the experience was extraordinary.  The kids seemed to have a blast, and I had a great time.  I highly recommend getting out there.  GNP is a treasure, that’s for sure.

A big thanks to the Glacier Institute, specifically the Big Creek Education Center.  The staff were awesome, and made the whole experience so fluid.

For now, I am going to go sleep.  For days.

xo

A

Our Engagement Party

While I haven’t received all of the Engagement Party pictures yet, I HAD to post the few that I had taken. Our party was fabulous…low-country boil, steamed oysters, and all of our wedding party in one place. Just a glimpse at the rainy Saturday soirée:

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Long time!

Hey y’all! So sorry I have been MIA for so long now. As a teacher, my job definitely doesn’t end when the kids get out.

What I’ve done this week:

Carted around 40+ FFA members in downtown Raleigh
Watched my kids win 5 (yes, that says F-I-V-E) state Career Development Events
Cheered for my student, Haley Lohr, who was elected to a North Carolina FFA State Officer position

My life is awesome. Over the past year I have had times when I questioned my career as an Agriculture Educator. This week, once agin, again, reminded me that my calling is this:

Making a positive difference in the lives of students, by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

I never thought it would be hard to say goodbye to Southern Alamance, and most of you who know me, know why. The past few days have discounted any assumptions I have made about the lack of emotion I thought I’d have. My students are beautiful. My teaching partners, though difficult at times, are phenomenal, and I am genuinely going to miss this place.

While change is always necessary, and one never stops growing, no one said it would be easy. The place I am going will have a beautiful group of students, and I will continue to be blessed.

But no one ever said it would be easy.