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Tuesday’s Treasure – Two to One

Here’s the latest Etsy Fort Worth treasury featuring items from both Etsy Fort Worth and some from their newest members from Etsy 817. Click on the picture below to visit the collection and shop each of the featured artists!



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Whatever Weekend: In The Works

As I worked on finishing the letters for my friend’s little girl, I realized that we haven’t listed much in our shops lately! So, finished and listed a hair clip in our JuJu Eyeball store:

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As my hubby would say, it’s made with my two favorite colors: sparkly and shiny! I covered a plastic skeleton hand in blue glitter, made a couple of pinwheels from green tulle and black lace, and cut/formed shapes with patent leather ribbon and added an ostrich feather. Viola! Super lightweight and super fun to wear.Now, back to the letters, here’s what the progress looks like so far:

















Apologies for the crummy images – I’m definitely a fan of natural light as opposed to flash. Anyway, a fairytale princess theme with lots of pink and a dash of sparkle equals four year old heaven (I hope!) I’ve said before that I’ve never considered myself a painter, but I think I’d like to take a class to beef up my unexistent knowledge of mixing, highlighting, shadowing … because I’m just making it up as I go along. Although I am pretty happy with the results as is; it’s hard not to be proud of completing something of which you have little to no history or skill.

Finally, happy Father’s Day to all you dads and single moms out there! (Single moms wear the dad hat, too, you know.) I hope it’s been a wonderful day, and I wish everyone a fantastic week!

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Make It Monday – I’m Not A Painter But I Play One On TV

I finally finished my second set of painted nursery letters for a friend. Her little man was just born a few days ago, and I can’t wait for them to hang his letters! She told me she even dreamed that I finished them after his birth, and that she was holding him while her husband hung them in the nursery. 🙂 I thought that was sweet. The other set is completely painted but without hangers, and the mommy to be hasn’t had her little one yet.

My very first set of letters! 3 letters aren't so bad. The second set is 6 letters, which was considerably more time consuming, even though the design isn't as complicated.

If you’re wanting to customize your own letters, whether it’s a monogram or a full name, I’ll share some things I’ve learned so far:

1. I wish I had taken a painting class somewhere along the way. I’m fine with basic shapes and shading, but anything more complicated is challenging for me. If you have painting skills, right on! If not, just pick a basic design, or try to replicate a print from a piece of fabric, paper, etc. It’s helpful to have a visual. Sketch your design lightly with pencil before you paint it.

2. Pick your paint. For the second set of letters, I used leftover latex wall paint from another project the couple did in the nursery. There were no worries about matching paint colors, but the paint has a much different consistency than acrylics and, for me, was harder to work with around the details of the designs. It’s less likely to scuff, though, so a topcoat isn’t needed.

3.  I still don’t know which hangers are best to use. The little nails/tacks that come in the packages of hangers are too long to use. I’m experimenting with which glue to use, making sure I find one that won’t result in the letters to falling from the wall! If anyone has suggestions, I’m open to them.

4. I understand why these letters can get so expensive when shopping online for them. They are time consuming, can be tedious, and, if you’re like me, you want to be sure to get every aspect right. Weigh your options – if you dislike the idea of spending lots of money on something you think you can make yourself, consider the time you’ll invest DIYing. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a few extra dollars.

All in all, I’m proud of the way both sets of letters turned out. I can’t wait for them to be hung proudly in the babies’ rooms! Congrats to all of our friends who are beginning and adding to their families!

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Whatever Weekend – New Blog! And Other Random Stuff We’re Doing.

Hi everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday here in Texas, and I have plenty to keep me busy.

First is a new blog: http://patientsvoicewhocares.blogspot.com/. It’s a combined effort between my aunt, my mom and me. We’re writing about our (and others’) experiences in healthcare: what went wrong, what went right, and things you can do as a patient, friend, or caregiver to make a situation a little easier. When you visit, be sure to take part in our survey to the right of the page – “How do you feel about your current doctor/specialist?”

Next, I’ve been trying my hand at painting, which I’ve always enjoyed, but it’s never been my art of choice. I was asked by a pregnant friend if I would paint letters (that spell out her baby’s name) to match the nursery. He has a vintage sports themed nursery, so I copied the style of the bedding to match:

Letter painting attempt numero uno!

After posting this picture on Facebook, two more of my pregnant friends asked if I would paint some for them! I figured the letters could be my baby gifts to them, so I’m working on a Texas Rangers themed set (6 letters) for a friend who’s due any day now. The other couple decided to wait on letters until their little girl can decide what she wants on her own. The momma got an IOU and a nursing necklace at her baby shower. 🙂

In other news, I have some housecleaning to do. Boring.

I’ve also been working on our costumes for the ren faire next weekend! The base of my fairy costume is complete, and the wings are halfway done. I’ve still yet to find cello wrap for a decent price. I may have to suck it up and go back for the $5 roll. Tom’s pirate costume is complete! (Unless we find something that will work as a cool vest.) I found unlined khaki color linen pants for about $4 at a thrift store, and a large women’s matching linen tunic for $3 at another thrift store. I cut the pants legs jaggedly just under the knee, and I’m going to muddy/stain them and the shirt. We added his black and white checkered bandana (it’s huge – turban sized – he got it in Afghanistan,) his own worn leather belt, a sash made from dark grey Halloween netting, and various pieces of jewelry like shell necklaces wrapped around his wrists, hoop earrings, extra rings, and a feather in his hair (made by – who else? Mom!) Plus, we have a fake “bottle o’ rum,” with a skull on it, and he has a wooden waster (sword.) It’s all about the details. Here’s what it all looks like now:

Things you'll find in a fairy's closet.

I don't think most pirates have closets ...

Oh! One more thing – this is a cool site to check out the walkability of your city/neighborhood: walkscore.com  Our city doesn’t rank very high, but our neighborhood is 80% walkable!

Hope you have a fatastic, safe, and relaxing weekend!

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