Nautical Frame

This one was embarrassingly easy. Not to sure I even want to share it. Its pretty self explanatory. I needed something to display my cheesy look at me I am in my cap and gown and just got handed my diploma picture.

So off to Michaels I go with three kids in tow, and found a frame on clearance, it was HUGE, and white, but I liked the size because the wheels began to turn of all the things I could do to it.

Stripes. I have a stripe obsession. For real. All my shirts, stripes.

Teal/Aqua. My biggest obsession. So it wasn’t too hard to decide how I wanted the frame decorated. I already had this color spray paint from making the pom poms for my graduation party.

I went home to the kid’s house, and found painters tape in Dad’s tool box, it was wide painters tape, so wide it was.

I just eye balled and placed the tape where I thought it would look good. Again, I dont measure, and I am not technical. so, nothing ever comes out perfect but thats way I convince myself to like it.

I went outside and spray painted everything even the sides and inside. ( I took out the glass so there was no hassle)

For the stripe in the middle, I used the same piece of tape and ran it over the middle, and then after applied  I cut it in half and wrapped it. This was so the top and bottom stripe would be perfectly lined up.

So after it dried, I peeled the tape off and I was iN LOVE with the way it came out. So in love. that I didn’t want to touch it. the frame looked store bought, but better then when I bought it from the store!

But this was a nautical themed party so I decided to add an anchor, Again I got help because I am not a artist. so my i traced the anchor and my friend implemented, then traced it on the frame and painted it. I was going to add glitter or even my name at the top, but This always happens to me where I like the project I making and I do one more step and ruin the whole thing.

BUT NOT THIS TIME. this TIME WAS DIFFERENT. I left it. and I love it. and now it hangs in my room, kinda weird to have such a large picture of me, in my own room, but I really just love the frame and how it looks in my room so I think I will change out the picture soon.

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Another on a whim craft… Guest Signing Canvas

So I liked the idea of making millions and millions of crafts for my grad party…. Apparently, because I couldn’t stop.

I wanted something that I everyone could sign, but not like you’re traditional friggin matted frame with a picture of you smiling cheesingly with your cap, gown and degree. (mostly because I already made another project with that picture).

When I got my IPad, I found this picture of an anchor that says The adventure begins, and it stuck with me because I liked it. So I brainstormed and brainstormed how I could incorporate this into a guest signing thing.

So I went to Michaels bought a two pack of cavases, because they were cheaper that way. I still have a blank canvas I plan on doing another fun activity with.

So I painted on the saying and had my dad help me paint trace the anchor. I am a HORRIBLE artisit/ drawer. My grandfather was an Artist for a living and I have many fond memories of taking art lessons in his studio every saturday morning, but I just never got the magic. I guess I use it in crafting.

I hung it up at the party on one of my papas old easels, and everyone signed it! I love it, its a great momento, and its the colors of room so I cant wait to find/ make the perfect frame for it and hang it in my room! :)

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One of my favorite signatures if the one in spanish!

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Homemade Bunting

So for my Anchor/ Nautical themed graduation party I decided that I HAD to have bunting.

I didn’t want paper, because I knew they would be hanging well into the night and the dew would kill them. I wanted fabric, this way I could re-use it, and even hang it in my room when I was done.

I searched through many tutorials and I hated them all. Yeah I have a sewing machine and yeah I took a sewing class in high school. but I didn’t feel like busting out the old sewing machine. Their had to be something easier.

Then I remembered a trick my moms uses because she cant sew to save her life… HEM TAPE.

So I ran out to Jo anns Fabrics, and picked up fabric squares, because I couldn’t be bothered having all the fabrics pre cut, I also am a cheapo when it comes to my craft projects and decided that my bunting wouldn’t have a back, like whats the point? The fabric I picked was just fabric I liked, lots of different patterns and all shades of blue with white and coral for an accent.

I also picked up DOUBLE FOLDED DOUBLE WIDE Binding. This is your BEST friend in this project. I picked teal and white, I got three.

I really wish I took pictures of each step, but I didn’t so you will have to imagine me just making this bunting , sweating my balls off over a hot iron.

So I get home and I am like how am I gonna cut this friggin fabric. I am not a technical person so I did what I also do, wing it. They were folds in the fabric and I just cut diagonally, and made triangles. simple as that. For people who need more instruction, this isn’t the place for you… haha

Then I cut the hem tape and put it all over the edges, hemming sides of the triangles but not the top, this gave it a hemmed look. I did it over, and over, and over again.

Lots of ironing, lots of peeling hem tape, lots of sweat. I even packed this project and brought it to Boston for the night, ironing int hotel room.

Then I arranged the patterns of how I liked all down the hall way and pulled out the Binding. I put hem tape on the sides of the top of the triangle, and then on the  bottom of the inside of binding. Confusing but you will figure it out.

So basically u sandwich the triangle in between the binding. and iron, iron, iron, you could sew. but who really wants to sew?

They came out beautifully and I really love them. I cant wait to hang them in my room, I have no upclose pictures, but I will take some as soon as I hang them in my room!

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Here is blue and white bunting hanging from the deck.

ImageThere is other bunting you can see hanging from the tent.