Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall subway art

FINALLY I have finished my fall subway art project! I bought a sample size of paint from Lowes and painted 2 coats on this board that I also picked up at Lowes. I did that step a couple of weeks ago, before my dad's cancer diagnosis, trip to Ohio, and four days in San Diego. It has been sitting in my garage ever since. I debated how to do this without having stencils. I thought about cutting the shapes on my cricut, but I only have one font and I didn't want them all to be in the same font.
Here is my board.

I typed up my words in different fonts and cut around them so that I could lay them out where I wanted them.
After deciding where I wanted them, I picked them up one by one and rubbed chalk on the back of them. Then I put the paper back and traced the outline with a pencil.

If you squint you can see the chalk. Then I painted it freehand. Yikes. It was time consuming. My hand isn't the steadiest, so I outlined the orange paint with a brown sharpie to straighten up the lines. It made it look SO much neater! I used a staple gun to attach brown polka dot ribbon and also added a pumpkin man out of my orange vinyl and my "stretch your imagination" cartridge.

A close up of my not so-handy work.
I think it turned out pretty cute! In case you are not a craft blog addict like me, don't think this was my idea, subway art is ALL OVER blogland! This is just my version. =)

A festive treat

Quite obviously, this could not be simpler! I have a set of mini cutters, and one of them is a pumpkin. I cut a quarter of a cantaloupe and sliced off the seeds and the brown edge. Then I just put it on a plate and cut out pumpkins!I used mini skewers, I think they would be really cute if you made a fruit arrangement, but these were just for a special snack to break up our school day.

Monday, September 27, 2010

San Diego

Last Thursday we left for four days in San Diego. Our niece, Breanna, was getting married. Here is a picture journey through our four-days-o-family!The first night, we walked to a pizza place from our hotel for dinner. Oddly enough, our hotel was right across the street from my dad's old Navy base! It was very odd to think that my dad was here, serving our country before I was even born.
Here are the girls posing in front of an old ship that they have on the little boardwalk on our way to dinner.

Here is our family, waiting for the wedding to begin. It was on Point Loma's Alumni lawn under a huge, beautiful tree, overlooking the ocean.

The aisle, with the pom poms Joy made.

My old potting bench, that I rescued from the trash a few years ago, served as the "wishing tree" table.

My nephew Derrick, walking my sister in law Joy down the aisle.
D played the guitar during part of the ceremony.

Beautiful mama of the bride.

I can only imagine how hard this was for Ron, giving away his only daughter.

Joy made the seating chart out of old windows from Breanna's great-grandma and grandpa's house.

Bree made her own bride and groom bird cupcake toppers.

I bought my clutch purse at a $10 store in the Vegas airport on a layover last week. It had an ugly thing on it, so I took it off and made this flower to replace it out of lace and a button at my mom's house when I was in Ohio. It was the perfect pop of color since my dress was all black.

Joy made these bags out of berlap and we cut the tag shape and birds from my cricut. Then she stamped "thanks" on it. They were filled with a plastic baggie of chocolate covered pretzels.

The girls with Bree.
The photo booth was hilarious. There was a old suitcase full of props for people to take funny pictures with. Here are a few of our family...

Seriously, I don't know these people. lol

After this, I took a lot of pictures of the girls dancing, but they all came out blurry because of the movement. Emma was the dancing queen of the party, eveyone kept making circles around her on the dance floor, saying "go Emma..". She danced so hard that she danced the skin off between her toes and had to stop at the end!
Saturday we went to Old Town and this is how Nana walked out of the candy shop... LOL.

For lunch, we went to Phil's BBQ and Brandon was in heaven!

Quite possibly the BEST onion rings I've ever had!

We ended the night at Pizza Nova, which was SO good!
It sure is good to be home though!