Friday, May 28, 2010

5 Things Friday: Etsy Weddings

My little sister is getting married in less than a year! Well, 359 days to be exact, so of course I spend more time than I probably should browsing Etsy for cute wedding stuff. I am the Maid of Honor (or Matron, I guess, since I'm married, but Matron sounds so old!) For today's 5 Things Friday I will share some cute pink wedding items I've found on Etsy.

 These super cute cards can be used as alternatives to traditional guest books! This shop, Eden Creative Studio, also features some cute cards for Bridal Showers (which I am seriously considering....shhh, don't tell my sister!)

I love this Engine Rosette tie by ToyBreaker! It's perfect too because my sister's hubby-to-be is a mechanical engineer. (She actually already bought him this tie in their wedding theme colors!) ToyBreaker has tons of styles and colors to pick from! Awesome!

Handmade pink paper cranes in a bottle by AquaCitrine! Genius and so cute! What a great idea.

Lovely, custom Bride and Groom cupcake picks by Goose Greese.

This whimsical print from Freya Art is one of my favorites. It's available in pink and other colors as well. The artist has some really darling and inspiring cards and prints in her Etsy shop.  (Like this one I bought the guys for Valentine's Day!)

So, there are some of my favorite Wedding items on Etsy (and there are lots more). I'm off this weekend having fantastic adventures...details to follow! Create a magical weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy Graduation (Volume 3)

Today, I'm graduating with an Art/Graphic Design Degree. WOO! I still can't believe it....lot's of hard work has definitely paid off! I feel like I should write something deep and profound about following my dreams and Personal Legend and taking risks and blah, blah, blah...but I won't. I'll save that for later. Instead, I'll just clap my hands and say YAY!!!

Now, I'm off for an exciting long weekend--details to follow!
Until next time,

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Surprise Graduation Party (& Handmade Decorations)

Well, the good-ol' hubby graduated last weekend! Yay! I spent a good chunk of my time (between work and school) making decorations for his graduation party--and since it was a surprise, I had to keep it on the down-low, which was pretty difficult since I was excited about what I was, without further adieu--here are some photos of the handmade decor:

I made a colorful banner with "technology" themed paper and black tissue paper pom poms (which are only slightly visible in the photo above) using this tutorial from Martha Stewart. I also made "Lemon Blossom" mini-cakes which are so yummy (and are something like this).

I made fancy cupcake picks to stick into the little cakes as well. First, I Photoshopped a picture of a graduation cap onto a picture of the guy, then in InDesign, I created small circles, some with the guy's picture, and some that said, "Yay!" or other fun things.  I then had these printed at a print shop (because their printer is better than mine). I used a circular punch to cut out the circles. Then, using more of the "technology" themed craft paper I punched out larger circles which I mounted the circles with the pictures or words onto. Then, I sandwiched a toothpick between a circle with a picture (on the front) and a circle with words (for the back). It was time-consuming but well worth it in cuteness!

In addition to the Lemon Blossoms, I made some of the guy's favorite cookies and other treats. I also got some Smarties because, well, I thought it was funny. You know, he's graduating and he's such a "smarty" and all.  I also used our Button Maker to turn the same images/circles I used for the cupcake picks into cute little buttons for guests to wear.

I also hung the graduation cards by a simple ribbon and clothespins--some of which were topped off with more of the photo circles. I used some of the extra "technology" themed scrapbook paper to make a paper chain as well as a sort of  "doilie" for the cookie plate.

Overall, it was a big surprise to my husband, and all the guests were impressed--and had a fantastic evening!

Be inspired & create a great day,

Friday, May 21, 2010

5 Things Friday: Things I've Learned...

Yesterday was my last day of classes for this semester and next week I will graduate with my (second) degree. This one in art! Here are 5 Things I've learned from going back to school:

...I can do anything. I can succeed in whatever I set my mind cheesy, but true!

...Apparently, I do not look my age--at least to a bunch of 18 to 23-year-olds. This could be a very good thing.

...Art is all about seeing, deeply looking and perceiving; both to create a work of art and to experience a work of art.

....People will help you, you just have to ask.

...Relax. It's really not that serious.(Oh, wait...I already knew that!)

Happy Weekend!
xoxo, Bekki

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Graduation! (Volume 2)

My amazing husband is graduating today. Congrats, my love! 

P.S. (I plan to post pictures of the party I'm throwing him soon! Lotsa crafty, DIY decor goodness!)

Friday, May 14, 2010

5 Things Friday: Quotes

A very random assortment of  quotes to inspire your weekend....

"When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream."--Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"

"Take it Light & Take Flight" --Me

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi

"'Cause life ain't nothing but a good groove/A good mix tape to put you in the right mood"--Beastie Boys

"When you stop comparing what is right here and now with what you wish were,
you can begin to enjoy what is.
" --Cheri Huber

(*Photo by Me of the neon at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Graduation (Volume 1)

My little sister is graduating from her Master's program today. I wish I could be there to watch her walk across the stage. She's so motivated and smart and awesome! Congrats, "cool sister!"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art in the Trash

Sometimes we artists create objects that eventually will leave our hands and our lives. Sometimes these things are difficult to part with, especially after pouring hours of your life and love into them. I have had two such projects in the trunk of my car (as they were big and bulky and didn't really need to be in my house, but I wasn't quite ready to part with them) for a very long time (read: about a year!) Recently I was motivated to clean out the trunk and came to terms with parting with these art pieces. The first was a set of 6 giant "waves" that were from an installation work--they floated and waved back and fourth. The other was a miniature room. Here are some pictures I took of the pieces when I dropped them at a dumpster/recycling bin. (So, even though the works are out of my life, I still have photos!) I actually feel really good about having released these works out into the world--and I didn't actually put them inside the bins with the hope that someone found them and took them for their own projects.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Foreign Candy and NPR...

Previously, I have mentioned my love for foreign supermarkets and the candy assortment--specifically Kit Kats--they hold.  My sister recently brought me back this Royal Milk Tea Kit Kat from Tokyo and today  this story about the variety of flavors of Kit Kat's found in Japan was on NPR. Of course, after hearing their reviews of this Kit Kat flavor I can't wait to try it! Yum!

Happy Travels and Happy Candy Hunting!
XOXO, Bekki

la la...

I recently bought some new Havianas at Rue La La for an amazing price; so I figured I'd pass on the info to you dear reader. They have 2-day-only designer sales at great prices. It's free but it's invite only, so here's your invitation! Enjoy!

Friday, May 07, 2010

5 Things Friday: Hipsta Photos

Here are 5 recent photos I've taken with
the Hipstamatic Camera for iPhone:

Ben Folds
Cherry Blossoms

(sorry about the lack of posts and
the amount of just picture posts lately
...the semester is winding down
and I'm having out of town company next weekend
...busy, busy, busy!)
*Edited to add: not sure where the fifth photo went; sorry!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

always a favorite. makes me smile every time!

(a magazine ad with this photo hangs--framed--in my kitchen)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Tissue Paper Decorations and Inspiration:

When I went back to school for an Art Degree a couple years ago, I stopped getting my subsription to Martha Stewart. (That magazine was my nerdy, crafty little secret--like a lot of people, I love and dislike this magazine at the same time). At the time, when it would come in the mail, I would just get sad at all the beautiful projects I would want to do but couldn't because most of my time was devoted to school work and art projects. (Plus, I was/am getting 3 different travel magazines and I had no time to read all the magazines coming to my house!).

With the end of this semester and graduation in my sights, I recently resubscribed to Martha Stewart Living and got my first issue the other day. I am re-inspired! Now, I can't wait to make these cute and simple tissue paper decorations! What have you been inspired to create lately? (image source here).