Assemblage Starting at the top of the styrofoam cone, wrap assorted trims around the cone one at at time, making sure to cover so that no stryrofoam is exposed. Use hot glue to secure at both ends. Arrange embellishments in desired pattern using hot glue and stick pins. You can find Lisa's clay pieces on etsy here: LisaKettellDesigns
After seeing Taylor Swift perform in Houston last month, our family had to go see her again! Her 1989 World Tour was probably the best concert I have ever seen. And as a rocker chick from the 80's, I've seen a good share of concerts in my time! So we bought tickets for the Arlington show and this time we weren't going empty handed. One thing I noticed at the Houston concert was that signage was a must! The sparklier the better!!! This ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made because as the kids got photographed for Taylor Nation, God truly blessed us! We were handed tickets for front row seats!
They loved the signs and hadn't seen anything like them! What a dream come true for my kids, and I'm not gonna lie - for John and I too! Thank you Taylor Nation! We are forever grateful!
I created the first sign using a photograph of Taylor's cat Olivia! For this feline princess, I had to have something sparkly and regal! She's one of Taylor's babies after all!
I went for a circular shape and embellished the edges with vintage earrings, silk flowers, pearls and white fur trim. I glued on a handle wrapped in laces and topped it off with a sparkly vintage brooch. I entwined mini LED lights around the edges and added some rhinestone cat ears!For the final touch, I glued on a vintage rhinestone brooch "crown." When Taylor's mom Andrea walked right by us, I gave her the sign as a gift and wished her "good health." (She was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.) She was very gracious and asked if she could hug me and offered to take a photograph with us. Did this really just happen!!! Happy tears for my daughter, it was magical!
My other signs were made from large wooden letters T and S that I purchased from Hobby Lobby along with a huge tub of big clear gemstones and blue and yellow boas. I spray painted the letters black and meticulously glued the clear rhinestones on one by one. (This was a true labor of love!) I also added some blue and yellow rhinestones mixed in and hot glued the boas along the edges.
These were pretty heavy, so I purchased some handles to screw in the back. Lastly, I wrapped each with strands of mini LED lights.
If you're headed to a Taylor Swift concert soon, I highly recommend to 'bling it on' with some sparkly signs! This was a night our family will treasure forever!
For anyone who has lost a pet, you surely know the sadness that follows. I recently lost my beloved pet hedgehog of 7 years and was so fortunate to come across Elaine Seamans and her wonderful website called At-Choo.
Elaine is a blessing to God's creatures. She has taken her beautiful artistic talent and turned it into a business in which her proceeds go to help shelter dogs who are awaiting a new home. She is even in the process of starting her own non-profit foundation to do just that -
Elaine's creations are magical. They bring a sense of closure and peace to the owners who are grieving. You can find the most beautiful and unique rings, necklaces, bubble blowers, potion jars, coins with inspirational messages, and so much more. I had her make a custom pink wee house for Hedgie and the details were amazing. You can tell that a lot of love goes into each and every piece Elaine creates.
The world needs more people like Elaine. If you have lost a beloved pet, this website is for you. You will
take comfort in finding that special keepsake to remember your fur baby. And even more special, you can help make a difference to animals in need with your purchase.
I'll end with this Bible verse that has brought me some peace:
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
*All photographs except the hedgie house & announcement courtesy of Elaine Seamans.
With an upcoming wedding to look forward to, I found my creative soul once again and put together a scrapbook for a very special person in our lives ~ JJ's cousin, Maria, who is tying the knot later this month to a wonderful man! Leaky Shed Studio has awesome chipboard albums available on Scrapbook.com. This one is called Love Squared. (I also bought Wedding Cake!) Super cute!!!
I hand painted the cover in a matte silver, added mica flakes and topped it off with a beautiful silver beaded bow I purchased from A Gilded Life. The inner pages are accented with beauties from Zva Creative, Prima Say it in Pearls and Shabby Chic Treasures Collection featuring Invild Bolme, Tim Holtz, Paper House Productions and various vintage laces and trims.
Our lives forever changed this past January when our daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Even though I had two uncles with T1D, (and graduated from Nursing school), I had no idea the challenges that people suffering with this disease faced on a daily basis. It's an invisible war.
And there is no cure.
Ava undergoes fingersticks all hours of the day as well as during the night. She needs insulin 4-6 times a day to survive. She wears a sensor in her arm for continuous monitoring as not to fall dangerously low, especially in the night. Any parent with a child of T1D knows that nighttime is the scariest time. We get used to not sleeping through the night. Moms of T1D refer to each other as Zombie Moms! And we are!
On November 15, 2014, my family and I are taking part in JDRF's Walk One, a walk for a cure in hopes of turning Type One into Type None. JDRF is the one organization with the plan, influence, and ability to not just deliver hope, but a series of life-changing therapies that will make the burden of T1D less and less. Until it no longer exists.
There are many reasons to be hopeful. Artificial pancreas technology, islet transplants, insulin patches, and the list goes on with ways to make our child's, and the lives of thousands of others, better.
By supporting Team Ava and donating even the smallest amount to JDRF, you are giving hope to thousands of people. And you are giving our children a chance to lead a more normal life.
My husband and I are matching all donations, up to $1000 total. We are so grateful for even the smallest of donations to help fund this awesome organization. To learn more about One Walk and to donate to Team Ava, please click on either image or click here.
~*A Frozen Affair *~ A chunky, sparkling scrapbook filled with memories of Ava's winter wonderland birthday celebration!
Thank you for stopping by! xOxO
Materials List: Bazzill Basics paper snowflakes, Snowflake confetti, Tim Holtz dangling charms, Paris Hilton Creativity Collection bling stickers, Prima Pearls and Vintage Trinkets, Heidi Swapp journaling spots, Disney Frozen sticker sheets, Pink Paislee - House of Three ruffled trims, Prima Say it in Crystals rhinestones, Zva Creative adhesive pearls Petaloo Fancy Trims light blue and aqua, Webster's Pages Sparklers, Want 2 Scrap adhesive pearls and rhinestone snowflakes "Christmas Bling," Little B snowflake gems, Kaiser Craft Wooden Flourishes, Jenni Bowlin Self Adhesive Rhinestone Buttons and mini chipboard banners, K and Co. Life's Little Occasions Snowflake stickers, various laces and trims, rhinestones, chipboard hearts and album covers, vintage jewelry pieces, mica flakes, silver paint, Stickles aqua, Letter stickers - American Crafts and Studio Calico, patterned papers - S.E.I., Karen Foster, Hambly, Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Echo Paper Co.