Thursday, April 21, 2011

Checking In

Hi everyone!

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted in a little while, so I'm checking in to say "Hi" and let you know I'm still kicking. My husband and I recently decided it was time to buy our first house and so I have been completely consumed by the process outside of working and the normal day-to-day routine. I have many half-finished projects and a bunch of stuff to share, but this is where my focus is at the moment.

I promise to return with lovely posts and ideas soon, so stay tuned!


Friday, April 8, 2011

A Handmade Birthday

My husband's birthday was this past Monday and I ended up making a few of his gifts by hand. I showed you the embroidered gift tags I added to his present here. I have been looking for as many things to embroider as possible, so I combined my love of papercrafts and embroidery with those little gems.

Months before his birthday, I received a request to make him another book using my text block bookbinding skills. This present wasn't much of a surprise since I wanted him to pick out the decorative paper, but he loved it anyways. This time he asked for a little larger book with blank pages that he will use as a scrapbook. My husband tends to never throw anything away, so now he'll have someplace to keep all his tickets stubs and other random memorabilia.

Ever since I got my letterpress kit, my husband has been asking me to make him a bookmark. He reads everyday and for months he has been using an old piece of scrap paper that I used to remind him to set out the pizza dough for dinner one night a long time ago. It is literally a torn piece of notebook paper that says "Pizza Dough" in large writing. It is definitiely time he got a proper bookmark. I thought this would be a fitting gift for his birthday, so I broke out my kit.

I cut a piece of heavy cardstock to 2" x 6" and letterpressed a background in bright green. Then I created a monogram in royal blue at the top. I found a tutorial online for making bookmark tassels and created one with yellow and white baker's twine.

While I had my kit out, I made him a birthday card as well. Using a background plate and yellow ink, I created a large sun at the bottom of the card. I added "Happy Birthday" and "30" in turqoise and affixed the white card to a folded turqoise piece of cardstock.

This picture shows all my little mess-ups, oops!

I got him a few other small gifts, but I tried to make as much as possible myself. I was able to use a bunch of different techniques and had fun doing it. I think it makes gift-giving even more special and I know my husband loves it.

Photos by Kyle @ 918 Photo

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Handmade Calendar - April

Another month has come and gone...unbelievable. I showed you my handmade 2011 calendar here. Check out April!

Photos by Kyle @ 918 Photo

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birthday Love

Happy Birthday Kyle!

Today is my incredible husband's 30th birthday. I want to wish him a beautiful day and many more wonderful birthdays to come. He is my best friend and the true love of my life. And for that he gets his favorite fish tacos for dinner!

My gifts to him this year are of mostly the handmade variety so I will leave you with one detail that I made for him before I share more.

Wedding photos by Vic Pellicier

Gift Tag Photo by Kyle @ 918 Photo