Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Resin Necklace and Chicago Inspiration

For our anniversary back in July, the boy and I headed up to my second home and had a blast. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and hopefully someday it will be my home again. Until then, I’ll just have to be satisfied with visits.
I made this necklace shortly after our trip, using some resin and a bevel holder thingy (is there a proper name for that?) I found a picture of a map online. In the future, I’d like to use some real maps, old and new. It was my first experiment with resin and I’m already kind of obsessed. Can I combine resin and the letter stampers? Is there a project like that out there for me? Because I will be all over that!
In addition to this necklace, the rest of the trip gave me tons of inspiration for projects that I’m not really sure what they will be yet.
Until I figure out what that inspiration will turn into, have a couple pictures from our trip. Hopefully they inspire you too!
Our hotel was super artsy.
The restaurant in the hotel would be the exact style I would choose if I had my own home (i’d maybe throw in a few accent pieces for color.) The photo doesn’t do it justice, but the details in this place were amazing. 
Spotted during a walk in Lincoln Park. My love for fun colored doors is unwavering
I love this city <3
Two amazing years with this dude and many more to come!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Avenue Q Costumes

This weekend another great show at my favorite community theatre closed and I am so proud to have been a part of it. Avenue Q sold out for almost every performance and I think it’s the only time in my career that one of my costumes will ever get it’s own applause.
The monstrosity known as the light up wedding dress stole the show for a brief moment and I couldn’t have been happier. I made the thing from scratch and had to figure out how to make it tacky, yet lovely, and how to attach a strand of lights so that they could be turned on as she walked on stage. It was a struggle, but it all worked out rather well.
After the dress, all the other costumes were easy! I only had to pull/make/tailor a few things for those that were not using puppets. The puppetiers wore their own dark clothing, so I didn’t have to worry about them!
This top was by far my favorite. Also made by me.
Even with the light up dress, this show was still way less of a stressball than The Producers was. Very proud of the cast a crew and very glad to have been a part of this one!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Refurbished Stools

Aaron and I found these crazy cheap stools at Goodwill back in October and kind of put them out of our minds for a while. Over the weekend, we were desperate for some kind of project to work on and remembered we had these. We headed over to Joann’s to pick out a fabric and pulled some spray paint out of the garage. 
They were in pretty good shape, but the fabric on the cushions were nasty and dirty!
They were simple enough to redo. The tops screwed right off and a quick few coats of paint and some staples later we had some really nice new stools.
I’m not the best spray painter in the world…
Not sure where in Aaron’s house we are going to put these, but we liked the fabric and we love the finished product!
The stools were only $6.00 a piece at Goodwill and the fabric was $10 for a yard at Joann’s (we picked the expensive print, of course.) The paint we already had, so I don’t remember the exact cost, but we estimated it was about $30 to do these. I think that’s about the cost of one stool at Home Goods!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Recovered Vanity Stool

After I got my room together, I found this great stool to go under the purple vanity I made for my 75 challenge. I hated the fabric on it, so I recovered it.
It was so easy, the cushion just screwed off and I just had to put a few staples in it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aaron’s Cufflink Box

I’m not allowed to call this a jewelry box, because apparently that’s “too girly,” but Aaron needed a place for his cufflinks and tie clips etc. so we bought this box at Hobby Lobby and painted it to match his room. We made the top chalkboard just for extra fun…

Monday, July 22, 2013

Aaron's 25th Birthday

My dearest and sweetest boyfriend celebrated his 25th birthday back in May and I sent him on a little bit of a scavenger hunt, just for fun. He’s always joked about sending me on one, so I figured I’d get him first. Several of our really awesome friends helped out and gave him all his clues. At the end he got a picnic and a really cool homemade cake (of course, the only picture I took of it was blurry.)