Friday, July 18, 2014

The Making of Lynn's Lavender

I love DIY projects. I just usually don't have the patience for them. My Pinterest boards are filled with cool things I could make... if only I actually did. So I'm excited to share a crafty thing I actually did do! For Mother's Day this year I decided to put my lettering fun to good use, and paint a cute sign for my mom to put in her lavender garden.


And just for kicks, I documented my steps!


I started by sketching out ideas. I don't know why I always do this part in a lined notebook... maybe because it seems less official than my sketchbook? I usually wait until I have the plan before I recreate it in my sketchbook:


After the new sketch is made, I go over it with ink. I like using Micon pens for this; they have such a clean edge to them! I once tried it with a skinny Sharpie because I didn't have a Micon pen around and that was a huge disaster. Trust me in my saying that Micron pens are awesome.


Then I recreated it again on the sign. I got that little sign at Michaels. Sidenote: I usually hate going to Michaels because they are always understaffed. Always. It's so, so frustrating. But they are the only craft place around. And let's face it, I'd much rather wait in a long checkout line at Michaels than give Hobby Lobby any of my money, right?


Time to test out the paints! You can see I was testing out different ways to do the lavender plants. This step was also important to get a good feel for how the paint was going to work, especially in the fine swoopy strokes of the word "Lavender."


Mid-paint!


Ta-da! I left out the "Garden" only because when I drew it out in pencil the spacing was off, and I didn't want to re-draw it again.

So there you have it! A rare craft creation from me!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Stylish and Chatty

It's time for a Friday morning review! A girl can never have enough jewelry. This is why I took Nikki, the owner of Beading Stylish, up on her generous offer to provide me with a piece from her shop!


Talk Bracelet - c/o BeadingStylish.com

This is the "Talk" charm bracelet in Pink Multi. I find it funny that she sent me the "talk" charm, since I'm the type of person who is perfectly happy with not talking. I could sit in silence for hours, just going about my thing. Maybe it will serve as a good reminder to chat more? Either way, the bracelet is super cute.

The only drawback I noticed about the bracelet is that it was almost too small to fit my wrist, and I have pretty small wrists. Nikki did ask what length I preferred, but I still found it a tad difficult to fasten because of the length. So make sure to order yours slightly longer than you think you'll need it.


On an unrelated note, take a look at the pansies and Adirondack chairs in these pictures. These are a part of my aesthetically-improved front porch! This spring I've added a sitting area and lots of flowers. It's all about the curb appeal... and being able to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather!

Happy Friday!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Photographing The Color of Rain Premiere!

It's not every day that you get the opportunity to be two feet away from a celebrity, and last Thursday I was! I had the chance to photograph the red carpet at the Detroit premiere of the Hallmark Movie Channel's The Color of Rain. Lacey Chabert is one of the lead roles in the film (remember Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls? That's her!) The film is based on the NYT's bestselling book by the same title, authored by Michael & Gina Spehn, and tells the couple's unlikely true-life love story. Lacey plays Gina Kell Spehn. I've have the privilege of working with the ever-so-kind Gina (and occasionally Michael too) on different design aspects of their non-profit foundation, New Day Foundation for Families, which offers hope and assistance to young families affected by cancer.

...I was two feet from Gretchen Wieners! I got to take part in the photographer's role of yelling "over here!" to the actors and guests to have them look over at my camera. Such authority :)

Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert

 
Gina Kell Spehn and Lacey Chabert

Warren Christie, Lacey Chabert, Gina Kell Spehn and Michael Spehn

The film itself was great (very Hallmark-movie like) and followed the book pretty closely. I'm honored to know these great people.

Since I've spent a long while editing many photographs of Lacey and the event, I think it's time to wind down the weekend with a cup of tea and a viewing of Mean Girls. That movie never gets old.


Happy Sunday!



Monday, May 5, 2014

My Feet Are Happy

It's time for a good ol' fashion post! I'm pretty excited about my most recent fashion purchase, a few pairs of Cliffs Shoes by White Mountain. I discovered Cliffs last fall and so far I really love them. They are a brand that is stylish but is also very good on my feet. And I have horrible feet, so that means a lot.

I haven't actually worn these shoes out and about yet but I'm pretty positive I won't have any complaints if they're anything like the flats I bought last fall. Sidenote on the flats I bought last fall: they fit custom orthotics!! Believe it, fellow foot-problem people.




And as for the two sandals above, they are incredibly, incredibly comfortable! I've been walking around my house for a while wearing them. Now if the Michigan weather would just warm up I could actually wear them out! Maybe I will anyway.

By the way, this post was in no way sponsored by Cliffs Shoes. I just really love them that much that I had to share. But you should know, White Mountain does a weekly shoe giveaway from all three of their brands (White Mountain, Cliffs and Rialto) if you sign up at their sites. I'm hoping I win one of these weeks! If I do, you'll see them up here on the blog!

Question to readers: do you wear custom, hard plastic, molded orthotics? Have you found any shoes other than running shoes that they fit comfortably in? Please let me know!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cup of Tea Creative: The Website

It's here! My new website! I finally bought a domain name and everything. How fancy!
I've called myself Cup of Tea Creative because it will encompass all of the creative things that I'm about.


You'll see on the homepage that I have a to-do list already. The list for this site includes...
  • New logo (right now it's just a typeset name... but I need to design something better)
  • Add design work to website
  • Add a shop section to website
  • Make things to sell in shop section on website
  • Every Pinterest craft I've ever pinned
Does anyone have any suggestions of what to add? Do any of you have a personal site? I love looking at other people's sites for inspiration, so please share your links! :)