Sunday, November 21, 2010

I have been blessed with an abundance of windows!

My friends are remodeling a house in Illinois, and they brought me back these windows to work with! they're making a second trip in a couple of weeks and are bringing me even more!
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look at jared's face!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

RARG!

Please excuse my blog silence these days. Kennesaw State University is slowly killing me. I WILL BEAT YOU! I am finished with school FOREVER in approximately 20 days, so expect crafty posts to resume after that.
Happy early Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Undeadest Party Ever

My sister came up with the great and grand idea of having a Crafty Costume Party. We were going to be on the road on the actual Halloween night, so we had it last Tuesday. 'twas EPIC!

Jared and I decided to be zombie bride and groom. Kate, Jared and I zombified our thrift store outfits using theatrical blood and dirt. I looked like a crazy person rubbing my white dress into the dirt in the front yard, but whatevs. the neighbors are used to my craziness. The total cost for both of our outfits was probably 20 bucks.

Kate did our makeup using only eyeshadows. She's going to cosmetology school and hates the cream makeup that people generally use for halloween costumes. She's such a good makeup lady that Jared and I accidentally scared a small girl who was in attendance at the party.

Ian, Jared's brother, was our officiant in the zombie wedding. afterwards, we celebrated our nuptials by carving pumpkins!
ON TO THE PICTURES!



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I hope we look this happy on the actual wedding day!

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FEROCIOUS!

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This grin makes me happy.

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Pumpkin guts! YUM!

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This one is my favorite.


I think on the whole the party was very successful! We're already planning next year and I think I might possibly be a mad scientist!

Friday, October 1, 2010

AUTUMN FEST CRAFTY EXTRAVAGANZA!

Jess and I along with our significant others (Jared F. and Jared T. respectively) are putting up a booth at an Autumn Festival! This is the most awesome thing in the history of awesome.

We have a great spot, right at the front of the festival by the welcome booth and it's going to be epic. We're going to sell some of my jewelry, the mosaic windows I've made, yard totems, bookmarks, key chains, and we're going to have a Christmas tree full of handmade ornaments! Plus, Jess is selling some of her paintings, and she's putting out some prints of her photography and such to get more business for her photography business.

Jared and I along with my sister are going to bring our instruments and jam a little to draw attention if the festival people are cool with it.

oh my gah, so exciting!

I finished my tree mosaic the other day! It's for sale this weekend too!
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Please excuse my legs.

I'll be sure to take a ton of pictures and post them here when it's over! ah!!!

The Autumn Fest is from 10 am to 5 pm this Saturday (October 2nd) and is at Barrett Park across the street from Sixes Elementary School.

Be there or be square.

***edit*** THE WINDOW SOLD AND THE SHOW WAS AWESOME!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I'm now an interesting person and other new developments

Yo! I'm so proud of myself. I changed the layout of this blog BY MYSELF. this is a very big deal.

Anyway, there are a lot of new things happening these days, so I thought I'd share. First of all, I became an interesting person. I have always found myself to be mildly interesting, but I never knew others to feel the same, but I was wrong. A cool dude named Richie who works at the Talon, the student features magazine on campus, contacted me and said he thought I would be perfect for The Talon's upcoming edition about KSU's most interesting people. He saw the blog and thought all the random crap I made was pretty cool and wanted to interview me. I interview people all the time with my magazine internship, but it's totally different being on that side of the interview process. We decided to meet up on campus at the gazebo, so I got there, of course, early and ended up sitting in three different places before I settled on a table under the gazebo and read Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dillema. The interview went as well as it could I suppose since I probably rambled like a crazy loon, but whatever. He thought it went well and it was fun hanging out and talking with him. I had to describe myself as an artist, which was weird because I don't even think I can consider myself an artist. I'd like to, but is the stuff I make considered art? Who knows? My portion of the magazine will for sure be published online, but hopefully it'll make it into the actual printed magazine. He's supposed to let me know when its out, but he seems to think it'll be out the tail-end of this month or the beginning of October.

Moving on. I found out about an Autumn Festival in Holly Springs that's happening October 2nd and booth space is free, so I submitted an application and hopefully will hear back sometime this week. I hope that it's approved because it would be totally cool to have a booth!

and finally, a project! I started making this mosaic the other Crafty Day.
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I really like trees and I think it's going to look pretty cool once it's grouted.

When that will happen, who knows?

Oh! I also ordered an ungodly amount of crafty supplies and they're supposed to get here tomorrow! AHAHHHHHHHH SO EXCITING!

another amazing announcement: JARED FOSTER AND JESS WAL ARE OFFICIALLY ENGAGED! Congratulations, yall!

Monday, August 30, 2010

It requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off.

It's two o'clock in the morning and I'm staying at Melissa's house for the night. She's got work in the morning, so she's gone to bed and I should be working on school stuff. But you know what? I'm not. I tried, but I really don't care. There's so much stuff that I'd rather be doing than school.

So many more important things to do. Like hang out with my cat Ophelia, or read the books that have stacked up in the corner of my room that I've been meaning to read but haven't because of school, kiss Jared, watch tv with my sister, practice music with Daddy, talk to Mama about life (because she knows a lot about it, believe me.)make sweet craftiness with Jess Wal, laugh with Melissa and Kim, garden with Nanny, sit outside and listen to whatever floats by my ears, make weird garden sculptures that make the neighbors hate me and just be a freelance writer/singer/musician/gardener/artist. None of those things have anything to do with school and are infinitely more important to me.

I'm nearly done with college, but I feel like the only thing that's actually benefited me has been my internship. Sure, I've read a few cool books that really affected me, I've made a couple of really awesome friends, but in terms of actual education, the hands-on practical application of what I already knew has been the only thing that's been a real learning experience.

My real education isn't happening at KSU. It's happening on the road when I'm offstage and a little girl comes up to me and tells me that she loves me and that she wants to learn to play music because of me. It's happening when I look at Katie and see the wonderful woman she's growing into. It's happening every time I think about how blessed I am to have a man like Jared in my life. It's happening when I see my parents holding hands. It's happening when I am with my friends laughing and making things. I'm infinitely wise in these moments.

I'll do my homework, write the papers, regurgitate facts and information to show that I'm capable of remembering things, and I'll get the diploma. Maybe I'll frame it; maybe it'll end up in a file somewhere, who knows?

It doesn't matter; that's not the education I'm worried about anymore.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Guess who has a (nearly) complete brooch bouquet? THIS GIRL!

After much talk and attempts, the brooch bouquet is finished! Well, almost. After my dress is altered, I'm going to wrap the stem in the fabric remnants. Last week on Crafty Tuesday, We made a second attempt at this bouquet. The first attempt left me very frustrated and the second attempt was only mildly better. With the first attempt, I attached floral wire to each brooch and ran them into a piece of round mesh. That was a horrible idea. The second attempt, I just attached each brooch to each other and made two halves of a bouquet. This was a better idea than the first, but it was still not a great idea because the two halves ended up forming more of an oval shape. This time, the ever-lovely Jess Wal was in charge of attaching the brooches and it is now in a circle!!! YAY!!! The success is due to the fact that she was working from the middle towards the outside of the bouquet. Anyway, enough talk! Pictures!!!

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This project is so exciting for me because there are so many wonderful people who contributed and I love them all!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Quick Announcement!

My sister and I finally have our etsy store up and running! I, of course, wanted it to be called Green and Crafty, but we settled with Crafty and Awesome! We've already had two sales and it's only been up since yesterday! This makes me extremely happy! Right now, it's only jewelry, but soon I hope to get up some of the mosaic pieces I've been working on, along with some picture frames and some other crafty goodness! Plus, Kate has more to add also. I'm so excited about this! Here's the URL. Check it out please!

www.craftyandawesome.etsy.com

Thanks in advance for looking!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Made with love and glue. lots of glue.

sorry for the blog silence these days. I've been really busy trying to get wedding stuff together, making a crapton of button trees that will serve as centerpieces, making felt flowers, trying to find a FREAKIN' PLACE TO HAVE THE WEDDING, and basically crafting myself to death. It's an interesting way to go.

Now, that I'm taking a minute to breathe, I finally took pictures of my latest mosaic piece! I finally finished that stinkin' heart window that's been sitting around for forever! The last post was pre-grout and now it's POST-GROUT! YAY!

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I was pretty happy with how this one turned out. I'm hoping to get it hung in the kitchen at some point. The very first one that I made was difficult to figure out how to hang without building a frame around it, so I've decided to sell it and hang this one where I was planning on hanging the first one. Here's what it looks like just to remind you.

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If any of you are interested, let me know! I'm hoping to use the proceeds to buy Jared's wedding band!

Anyway, I've also been talking about making a rolling tool chest. I've posted the link before to the original site, but now I can't find it again. Basically, the idea is to take a dresser and converting it into a tool chest, I've been on the lookout for a wood dresser for a while now and my daddy, who is awesome, found one for me for 5 dollars (FIVE DOLLARS!) at a yard sale. Now, the catch is, this dresser is not solid wood. It's made out of press board or something like that, so I won't be able to do any major sanding. Here is the before shot:

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and here is the color I'll paint it when I'm through with it! I will use actual paint rollers as opposed to the stir stick I used to dollop and spread the paint on for the picture lol.

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I'm super pumped about this project because then I'll have a place for everything as opposed to just dumping everything out on the table and leaving it there for weeks.

I also found some wicked sweet chairs at my Nanny's house and she gave them to me! THey belonged to my Great Grandma Gladys. They are awesome and I'm using two of them at the kitchen table, one as my desk chair and one that has some stuffing hanging out in the basement. Look at how gross they were before!

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and here's the design on them after I cleaned them up!
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I've also got plans to weld a metal king or queen. Jared and I haven't decided what it should be yet, but I'm going to make it kind of a mixed media statue with a scepter made of glass in one hand and a small mosaic piece in the other... It's still in the developmental stages, but it's gonna look awesome.

*as always, I'm sure the pictures won't re size until probably next week, but feel free to click on them and check out my photobucket. Thanks!*

Friday, June 18, 2010

Finally! Progress!!!

I posted a picture of what little progress I had made on my mosaic project in this post:
http://greenandcrafty.blogspot.com/2010/04/today-was-best-day-period.html and I have finally made a smidgen of progress!


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Katie helped me get all the little turquoise-colored pieces in place and then I glued them all down while catching up on Dexter episodes. (that is the coolest, most disturbing show ever, btw.)


Anyway, aside from that, I've also been working on making some jewelry and things such as that to sell on etsy and in a booth that Kate and I are setting up when our family goes to Kentucky next month. I've got some pretty good ideas about what I want everything to look like and things such as that, so I'm pretty excited about that. We're going to a bluegrass festival, so I don't know how much crafty stuff we'll sell, but I figure our chance for sales dramatically increases when we show up with things to sell. I'll post pictures of everything, of course.


As soon as I get pictures of everything and the listings on etsy, I'll post a link to our etsy page. That's on the agenda for next week!


As always, there are wedding crafts to be finished, but I was feeling a little burnt out, so this break to work on other things has been pretty nice.

Oh! and as a side note, Kate and I found these cute kitties in a bush by the Hardees in Adairsville. The white one is Oberon (from A Midsummer Night's Dream and the orange one is Ophelia from Hamlet. Ophelia is mine!

PREPARE FOR CUTE KITTY MONTAGE!
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As always, some of the pictures aren't resizing correctly. It's a shame because these kitties are too cute.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Quick break for belated engagement pictures!

As I've mentioned several hundred times, Jess Wal is a crafty beast. She's also a photography beast and has her own business. She is taking the photos for the wedding and did an engagement shoot for us. We're only a year and half late, but better late than never! She took us to downtown Acworth and we walked around town for an hour or so taking pictures.

They turned out awesome!
Here are a couple of my favorites!

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The last is my favorite I think.

To see the full set or get Jess Wal to take pictures at your event or special occasion, check out her website.
http://photographybyjesswal.shutterfly.com/
Our set is under the weddings and engagement tab!

***edit*** I know that the first picture is too huge, but I can't resize it properly, so just click it to see the full thing. It's annoying because that's one of my favorites. Thanks!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Felt Flowers!

I'm making a ton of felt flowers lately. My sister's best friend Whitney is going to her senior prom tomorrow with her boyfriend Dallas. Some of her friends raised enough money to send him back to Georgia for the prom, so this prom is a big deal and she asked me to make the flowers for her corsage and his boutonniere. I made a few so she would have options. They've all got pin-backs on them, so that she can either attach it to her elastic corsage band or to his lapel, depending on what she wants to wear. Here is a picture of her choices!

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I mentioned in a previous post about how I'm making all the flowers for our wedding. I've decided I am insane, but I'm working hard on them. I've got 37 down and working on a total of 105. That makes each bouquet at about 15 flowers.

There is a ton to do! Luckily, it's not very hard to make the flowers; it's just time-consuming. Every night I've been trying to make at least a couple, so I'm just going to keep making them until I've made enough for my six bridesmaids and one groomslady!

My colors are blue and yellow, so I found some yellow and blue felt in differing shades. I found a template online for flower shapes and cut out approximately 2109834 different flowers shapes in different sizes. Then I used different embroidery stitches around the edges, added some beads, buttons and floral wire and made flowers! The flowers with blue base shapes are for my sister's bouquet. She's going to wear a yellow dress as the maid of honor, so I wanted her's to be different. The yellow-based flowers are for the other bridesmaids and the groomslady! I'll post a few of my favorites.

I apologize in advance for the poor quality of these photos. My sister is the photographer in the family!
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and here is one of all the flowers together.

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To see all the flowers, go here!
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v363/to_shut_kime_up/felt%20flowers/
I can't make it link-y, so just copy and paste in the browser!

Some are better than others. Most of the uglier ones I made in the beginning and gradually got better at it, but I'm just going to spread out the less attractive ones throughout the bouquets, so no one gets stuck with the sad ones. I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on the progress!

Also, I'm working on my brooch bouquet and will make a post about that soonish!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

From Spiderman to whatever you want to call this...

I am a creeper on Craftster. For those of you that don't know, Craftster is a forum full of crafty people posting things they've made and sharing how they did it if they'd like. (the link is in the sidebar!)

It's the coolest thing you've ever seen. I was showing Jared some of the stuff that people have posted and he remarked, "Wow. Girl forums are a lot nicer than guy forums." (Craftster is not just for girls, but there is a great deal of women on there.) Apparently, his car audio forums are full of meanie heads.

Anyway. I've been seeing all of these altered puzzles being posted and they are so cool. Basically, the premise is you take a puzzle and remake each piece so that is an independent piece of art and then compile it all together again.

I decided to give it a shot since there is next to nothing on the walls at the house in the way of art. Any excuse to be crafty!

Here's what it started like:

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Spiderman and Friends to the rescue! I don't understand why they're playing football though.

I traced the shape of each piece on a different kind of paper and cut them out. After I covered each piece, I made some homemade modge-podge and modge-podged my puzzle together. My pieces didn't fit together as well as I would have hoped, but I have since bought an exacto knife, so next time I'll be more precise.

Once the glue had dried, I added a bunch of stuff and made a background to put it in a frame. Unfortunately, I broke the glass in the corner of the frame because it was too thick to fit, but oh well. I've got a coupon to Michael's for 60% off a custom frame given to me by my friend Alicia, so I'll use that.

Anyway! Here are the finished pictures! I'll post a few because sometime the flash made everything weird and it's hard to see everything in one picture.

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Notice the crack in the bottom left corner?

and here's one where you can see the detail a little better.

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Well, maybe you can't see the detail much better, but there's no flash spot!

I showed my friend Kim Evans, who is awesome, and she said, "My eyes don't know where to focus!" I guess that's true.