Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Birthday Candy Bar Centerpiece

We couldn't get together for my cousin's 60th birthday last year so we celebrated it a tad bit late at a family reunion last weekend.  I wanted to do a themed gift from 1960's candies but wanted a different presentation.  That's when I stumbled upon a very tall Happy Birthday wine glass at my local discount store.  To weigh it down, I added clear marbles from the dollar store, attached wood skewers to the back of the candy bars with shipping tape and then stuck the skewers into the marbles and I was done.  Almost forgot - the birthday flag - I cut some double-sided scrapbook paper in a flag shape, printed off the greeting on my printer, glued it on the flag and then glued the flag around a painted dowel.  I used stick glue so it was quick to dry and it's sturdy.  I added some curly ribbon to the top and made a simple tissue paper flower that I glued to the top of the dowel.  I did add some other things besides candy like bubbles and crayons - I couldn't find jacks!!!  My cousin, Marsha, was totally surprised!!!  Love it!

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer

San Luis Obispo 

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer Tour

And the crowd went WILD for tie dye!!!  Last week, the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market was extra colorful with the awesome Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer van and tie dye demos.  The street was buzzing with excitement as each person created their own tie dye shirt and took photos with the tie dye van.  We even had the Wilkinson family stop by and make shirts for pretty much everyone in their extended family.  They were here celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary and some were as far away as Iowa.  They couldn't wait until the next morning to unveil each of the t shirts.

The van will be touring California the rest of the summer so check out the schedule and see where you can catch the tie dye spirit!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer

Come join the tie dye fun and make your own FREE t shirt at San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market Thursday, July 18th from 6 - 9. Look for the cool tie dye van!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Aleene's Revisited

Sub in a glass etching product from your local craft store and if desired, sub in stickers for the Con-Tact paper cut outs.  Use shapes that fit your theme and you have custom decorations for any occasion.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Custom Photo Memory Shoes

Art Deco, Pewter and Midnight Blue

 Here are my latest custom photo memory shoes.  I was commissioned by a bride in Illinois and on her wish list was pewter, midnight blue and art deco.  She sent me her photos, I had them custom printed on fabric and then I went to work on her wish list. Since I've worked so closely with the photos, I want to know the story behind each one!

Take a peek at other design ideas

Here's how they turned out.

 Art deco, midnight blue and pewter...

I ordered extra fabric, just in case, so I made individual shoe bags as a surprise for the bride.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Aleene's Revisited

Sailboat Shelf

I wish I had this cute sailboat shelf to hang on the wall in my bathroom.  I think I'll just have to recreate it subbing in canvas or some other stiff material for the Aleene's Satin Sheen.  How can it be 15 years ago that I created this?  Time to hit that bucket list and go sailing...