Monday, July 25, 2011

Head Shots

Last night I got together with a good friend who needed a new headshot for work.  I find so much joy in photographing people and capturing their beauty on camera! Kirsten had lots of amazing shots to choose from, but I thought I would share just a few of my favorites with you.  
I think the colors in this photo are simply lovely!  And the best part is, none of them are photoshopped.  The delightful teal door behind Kirsten is on Main Street in Kaysville.
Love the vintage quality of this print.
Photoshop makes photography even more fun!

The colors in this print are so bright and fun. I am jealous of  those blue eyes!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vintage cowboys

Here in Utah, the 24th of July means celebrating cowboys and pioneers.  I thought in honor of the summer holiday and rodeo season, I would share a few fun vintage cowboy images with you.  These images would be great on a card or tag as well as a rodeo or fair scrapbook page.
Happy Pioneer Day and Rodeo season!  I am geared up for the Famous Preston Night Rodeo this next weekend!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Studio 5 Party Time!

We typically see party hats at children's birthday parties.  But, hats are so much fun to wear.  I say, why not go "British" and expand the party hat decoration to other celebrations. Try making the guest of honor at a bridal or baby shower a special tiara, or make your teenager a fancy headband to wear to school on her birthday.  I also love the idea of getting a bunch of girlfriends together for a hat making party.  You can throw a bunch of random supplies on a table and get to work creating.We have so many reasons to celebrate!  Handmade party hats are a great way to spice up any of life's celebrations.

Even if your guests aren't in the hat wearing mood, hats make an adorable decoration. Try setting a glammed up cone hat on a cake stand for a centerpiece.  So cute!

I had so much fun creating and trying on these unique hats.  I hope you will enjoy making your own versions. Here are a few of my ideas and patterns:

The Classic Cone:
The classic cone hat is super easy to create and is also very versatile.  By just changing your paper and embellishments, you can go from a blinged up diva hat to sweet baby boy topper.  You can make the classic cone hat in a variety of sizes.  Here is a great site for a pattern that can be resized for your individual projects: 

After cutting your cone from the paper of your choice decorate your hat with ribbons, embellishments and letters that fit with your theme.  Start adding little bits of goodies and you will end up with a fun and original final product that will be super fun to wear! Hint-I used lots of staples and hot glue to assemble my hats.  Staple tying ribbons to the hat base before adding decorations so that the staples will be hidden by the decor.
I just love this animal themed, classic cone hat made from the new Bo Bunny Press zoo line. The pom pom was made by wrapping several ribbons around my palm and then tying the loops down the center with a separate ribbon.  When the ribbon was tightly bundled, I cut the loops to create the fringed edges.  It was then hot glued to the top of the cone.
For the fancy frills at the base of this cone, I looped too ribbons back and forth along the hat.  I adhered the ribbon with staples that were hidden under the folds. 

This cone was created using clear transparency paper.  For the base, I stapled strips of ribbon to the cone and then covered the staples with another ribbon strip. Of course, a little bling on the bottom helped to dress it up!
For a little fancy flair, I tied multiple bows from sparkling ribbon and attached them to the top of the cone with hot glue.  Then, I attached a few pieces of large bling to the ribbon ends. 

The Pretty Tiara:
This hat is a great one for highlighting a guest of honor at a shower or event.  It can be made very simply by cutting the downloadable pattern from your favorite paper.  Once your hat is cut, attach a ribbon or elastic to the bottom edges, add some decorations, and you are set to crown your princess!

Get my original pattern here:
http://www.4shared.com/document/_y7JSa_a/Scan2.html?
I love the idea of crowning a bride during her bridal shower.  To decorate this hat, I used: a handmade paper fan flower, a label sticker, some alphabet letters and bling. (This hat was made using Crate Paper's Wedding Collection).  Before gluing on the main embellishment, I adhered ribbon strips and a knot of tulle to the center of the hat. 
I kind of want to add this hat to my daily wardrobe!  To create this retro looking tiara, I popped out pre-cut flowers from Crate Paper and attached them directly to the paper base.  A bit of ribbon and a few buttons completed the look.

Better than Burger King Crown:
This very basic pattern is so easy to make and it can be dressed up to match any occasion. Because it is super inexpensive and quick, this is a great one for kids to play with. 
I joined two strips together to make these silly hats.  Get creative and involve your kids in the process.  Why not just randomly make your son or daughter King or Queen for the day?
To make these hats, cut two 3 inch strips from a piece of 12X12 pattern paper.  Join the strips together and then wrap them around your head to measure the appropriate size.  Decorate these simple crowns with ribbons, letters, buttons, fur and any other treats you have in your stash.

All Wired Up:
Headbands are a simple way to create a statement headpiece.  For these creations, I wrapped 20 gauge wire around a headband and attached some fun paper pieces.  *Hint* Cut two of your main background pieces and sandwich the wire between so that they are secure and hidden.
After wrapping wire around the headband and attaching my birthday sign,  I tied a variety of ribbon pieces around the band. The ribbon hides the wires and also adds some fun flair to the piece.  What teenage girl wouldn't love wearing this headband to school on her birthday?
This headband supports a flurry of paper butterflies.
These butterflies were cut from my Silhouette Digital Cutter and then adhered back to back to the individual wires. 
I am so excited for you to try making your own hat creations.  Be sure to share your ideas in the comments below!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Organized Inspiration

Because I am typically running crazy trying to check off my to do list, I was totally inspired by this sweet banner creation.  If you are looking for a fun way to organize your summer, visit http://the-wilson-world.blogspot.com/2010/06/6-days-of-summer-fun-day-three-make.html and check out the amazing instructions for making this project on your own.  How inspiring!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spinning through SUMMER!

Today, I must admit, I am thinking about anything to keep my mind off of the fact that my air conditioning is still not in working order! My thought process has gone something like this:
Sweat---Heat---Summer---Outside---Bright Colors---Blowing to cool off---Pinwheels!

I think pinwheels are such a fun project for kids old and young alike. They are super easy to make and can really dress up a centerpiece at a summer party.  Check out a few of my favorite online pinwheel finds:
My mind started spinning when I saw the above photo from www.norman-photography.com.  What a fabulous idea for outdoor party decorating. These particular pinwheels were used as favors for a wedding.  How cute would this same idea be for a baby shower or neighborhood BBQ?
I love that this pinwheel was created using two pieces of coordinating paper.  This pinwheel is definitely a step up from your basic square pattern, but it is still very doable.  I found this little sweetie at http://paperexploits.wordpress.com.

How about a little mini pinwheel for finishing off a fluffy cupcake?  I love the idea of using miniature versions for food decor.  Pinwheels would be great in cakes or even stuck in bowls of popcorn or salad.  This idea came from http://www.pepperdesignblog.com.
I can't think of a happier way to line a path than with a row of cheerful pinwheels.  Lead your guests to your event by sticking handmade pinwheels intermittently along the walkway. Thanks to www.thecheshirekat.com for sharing this fun idea.

Now that we are all feeling inspired to start crafting up pinwheels of our own, here are a few sites that offer downloadable templates.  Remember to get creative with the templates by changing the size and even shape of your cuts.

For a very basic pinwheel:

For amazing instructions on creating a little more advanced pinwheel, visit http://www.heatherbailey.com/Pinwheel.pdf.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!


Wishing you all a wonderful Independence Day!  I am so thankful to live in an amazing country with so many freedoms. Thank you to all of those who have served and are serving to preserve those freedoms.  I love the USA!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

When in Rome

Rome is so full of history and culture.  I learned so much traveling around this ancient city (despite the scorching hot temperatures!).  Our first stop was Vatican City.
It was an amazing experience to be in such a historic city. The Vatican is also where I got my favorite gelato of the trip.  It was delightful!

All of the ancient sites were so neat to see.  The Colosseum and the Forum were just how I imagined.  I cannot believe that they were built without the use of machinery.  Amazing!

We took one of our days in Rome and hopped on a train headed to the Almafi Coast.  Although it was a super quick trip, it was totally worth it.  I definitely have Sorrento on my "go back" list. From the coast of Sorrento, we could also see Mt. Vesuvius which was super neat.
It was the perfect way to conclude an amazing European excursion.  I am so thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity! Thanks for reminiscing about my journey with me!