DIY Macrame Curtain

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I’m doing it. I’m so confident that I’m going to DO THIS tonight that I’m starting my blog post early!! I’m committing. No going back! Going to finish!! I can’t even tell you how long ago I started this stupid project… Ages and ages and AGES ago. But I’m doing it!

DIY Macrame Curtain | A Beautiful Mess

The first time I started it, I was trying to tie the knots without having the bar up high enough (when have I ever set the bar high??). I asked Mr. T to hang the bar so I could try again, and it took him months and months to do it. To be fair, I wasn’t trying too hard to convince him…I’d already run out of steam on this project. But heHE – finally got tired of the supplies laying around, so he hung the bar. Aaaaand…that was months ago. >.< But today is the day! THE DAY!! I’m leaving work right meow, and I’m going to do this when I get home. Say a prayer for me…and the dogs. And Mr. T, just for good measure. Like I said, I was in a foul mood yesterday.


Update: It’s been like 2 weeks since I first started this post…and what a disaster it turned out to be. I really did get started on the curtain!! But the PVC isn’t strong enough to support the rope. I’m talking major saggage. So we’re back at Square 1. We need to get some wooden rods, I guess. There are also issues with the way the studs are in the wall. Mr. T couldn’t put the hooks right at the edges. I’m thinking we should get a 2×4 or some other chunk o’ wood – screw THAT into the studs, and then put the hooks on the edges of the 2×4. Do you think that would work?

DIY Macrame Curtain | The Wilson BuzzIt’s kind of hard to tell from this angle, but the left side is about .5″ lower than the right side. It IS obvious that the hooks are weirdly-placed. *womp womp*

I’ll finish this project eventually!! I wonder, too, if we should paint the walls before we do this? Oh God… Hello, wormhole of which I am about to fall into.


Christmas DIY Update

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What an absolute cluster those DIY ornaments turned out to be. We got the tree up! We put lights on it! It was so lovely. We spent all Thanksgiving morning working on Christmas stuff. I made my pom pom snowflakes. Mr. T worked on the retro-inspired ones. Things were going GREAT.

Then I went out of town. And Mr. T felt bad because Splinter and Sputnik were in their crates longer than usual those two days. So he left them out on Sunday. Thank GOD he got home before I did, or murder would have been in the air. Sputnik had a FIELD DAY (sorry, there are a lot of caps in this post). He got in leftover movie popcorn, the trash, the recycling, a bag that had Mom’s Christmas present in it, he pooped like 5 times, and I don’t know what else. Isn’t that enough? And then. AND THEN. Monday morning I left him loose – like I do every work day – for the few hours between when I leave and when Mr. T wakes up. Again – I do this every day. But apparently the joy he took from ruining the house the day before carried over, because he went on another rampage. Mr. T cleaned up the poop, at least, but I had to take care of the trash when I got home.

The part that upsets me the most with all this…my pom pom snowflakes. He DESTROYED them. I had just threaded them with needle and thread, so they weren’t tied on in any way. He pulled half of them off. :( There are pom poms EVERYWHERE. And he somehow managed to pull the lowest strand of lights off the tree, and broke them in some magical way that causes them to no longer light up, but still transmit electricity to the second strand. If I knew how Christmas lights worked that might make sense, but I don’t know and I don’t care – I just really hate that stupid puppy. *pout*

I did get to send Mr. T one of his favorite texts of all time, though. It read “I think I know why he pooped so much. He ate an entire stick of butter.”

I haven’t even tried to make any salt dough, or the kind with applesauce and cinnamon. I just don’t have the heart. Oh, and then the retro ornaments… I wondered while he was making them if Mr. T was using enough glue. He wasn’t. There is sand everywhere. I haven’t wrapped any presents, either. What’s the point? WE CAN’T PUT THEM UNDER THE TREE! Sputnik will ruin those, too. I’ve lost all motivation to even try anything else this year. Dogs ruin lives. Put that on a bumper sticker…

AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR BUTT

No, there are no pictures. What about this post made you think there would be pictures?!


DIY Ornaments

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I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to DIY some ornaments this year to save money. Of course, I have to be very aware of the costs of DIY, because more often than not I end up spending WAY more than I anticipated… I don’t want to wake up at the end of my shopping trip and realize I spent more than if I’d just bought some cheap ornaments! Of course, DIY adds an extra touch of – whatever – to the whole thing, so it’s “better” than store-bought. But the name of the game this year is Frugal, not Sentimental!

Here are some ideas I’ve found on Pinterest…

DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz These will probably be the most expensive…but I absolutely love them. We’ll probably only make a handful of them, to keep cost down. Aren’t they just the cutest things you’ve ever seen?!?
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz I have a TON of buttons left over from when I made my niece her name in buttons. Of course, pink and yellow aren’t really the first thing I think of when I imagine Christmas ornaments, especially Christmas tree-shaped ones, but maybe we can just lump a bunch together and when they’re mixed in with everything else they’ll look alright. Since I’m buying thread for all the other DIY ornaments, this is a free option that we might as well attempt – even if it fails it’s no big deal.
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz We have a bunch of branches from the work we’ve done in the backyard. So this is a potentially cheap/easy option as well. But sawing and drilling takes effort, and who knows what kind of shape that wood is in (I’ve avoided our backyard for MONTHS)… So maybe? It would be fun to paint little somethings on them. Maybe we could do all the dogs we’ve fostered, plus our own pets – and us, of course! Well,  Mr. T would have to do it, because I don’t trust my ability to make recognizable animals.
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz I saw several tutorials of salt dough ornaments. It’s just salt, flour, and water. All we’d need to buy are some cookie cutters. I even saw one (that I didn’t save) that used stamps like what I bought when I made that family tree. I didn’t use either of those layouts, btw. The one I ended up using totally looks like a stick person. >.< Mr. T saw it before I glued them down, but didn’t tell me. Thankfully my brother and his wife had a baby, so when I add her on there this year that will change the design. Or make it look like dude has a weird growth…I dunno. What was I talking about?
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz This is a twist on the salt dough – it’s applesauce and cinnamon! Supposedly it smells amazing, so I definitely want to try this one out, too! Yeah, we’re going to need to pick up some cookie cutters…
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz Sarah (another Sarah, I don’t talk to myself) (well sometimes I talk to myself, but in this specific instance it was, in fact, another Sarah). Anyway – Sarah mentioned making origami ornaments because pretty paper is pretty darn cheap. So I need to go on another Pinterest quest to find some cute (and simple) origami ideas. But I did find a couple paper options. These should be pretty simple, and would allow us to reuse the hole punch from the first pin I posted, depending on what sort of punch we decide to use. For the record, those things are friggin expensive!
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz Another cute paper ornament/chain option. But this would involve me physically cutting out dozens of tiny trees… Even if I stack several sheets of paper, I just don’t see that happening.
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz ISN’T THIS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER? I’m thinking maybe doing this (and some of that glitter fabric) over our front windows. We might actually get some white this year…but history says otherwise. Southern winters tend to be cold and brown. *womp womp* Wait – why are there shoes floating in the middle of this?
DIY Ornaments | The Wilson Buzz The tree Mama N gave us came with colored lights, which makes Mr. T very happy. I’m more of a white lights kind of girl. I want to bring the color in with ornaments, not lights. But this year – The Year of the Frugal – the lights will be colored. And possibly covered with ping-pong balls! Isn’t this a cool idea?? As long as it doesn’t burn our house down, anyway. 8}

So the shopping list would be:

  • string to hang ornaments
  • plastic wine glasses
  • tiny Christmas figurines
  • glitter
  • some sort of circle holepunch
  • paper/cardstock
  • cookie cutters
  • cinnamon
  • applesauce
  • white pom-pom balls
  • thread
  • glittery sheer fabric
  • ping-pong balls
  • popcorn (oh, I want to string popcorn, too!)

I think everything else we’d need we already have. I need to check in with Mr. T on our hot glue supply.


Button Name

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Right-Oh. It’s been a day or two since I posted anything, much less about a crafty craft or something similar. Anywho, here is my inspiration:

Button Name | InspirationMy sister told me she was redoing my niece’s bedroom for her birthday (she turns 3 tomorrow). Her party was today and I finished this…about 30 minutes before the party started. BUT I FINISHED IT. A few things went wrong…the website the inspiration woman used no longer had a large selection of buttons, so I had to buy them from Amazon, which bumped up the price and lowered the amount. Turned out to be okay, because I didn’t have a random chunk of fence to use like she did, so ended up using a 1’x3′ burlap canvas from Hobby Lobby. But whatever. Nothing goes as planned.

I started off using Google Fonts…found a good fat one. “The Luckiest Guy” I think? Blew it up nice and big so it fit about one letter per page. Well, when I finally found the canvas it only fit about four pieces of paper on it, portrait orientation. My niece’s name has seven letters in it. When I shrank the font down I was afraid it would get a little muddled, and was too short, so I searched for a taller, skinner font.

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzYeah…this is going to require far fewer buttons than I was thinking… Also, how the f are you supposed to get the outline of the letters onto the canvas? She cut them out, then traced them. That seemed ridiculous and time-consuming. So what I did just wing it. BLAM! It’s the Wilson way.

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzAlso, decided to put a little birdie in the front. Tweet, tweet motherf*cker. Anywhoodles, this took for-freaking-ever. I had a friend helping me and it was still the most tedious thing ever. Well, I made the letters myself and he helped me glue them down. zomg that was the worst thing ever. At first we thought we could just Mod Podge around them without having to glue each button down individually. NOPE. The wiggle around. So we glued down each and every friggin button. At this point I was glad I couldn’t do the big fat letters.

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzFinished!! The Mod Podge was super shiny, so I knew I was going to have to fill in all the background with it. Wooooo… But first we had to add in the stencils.

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzDon’t let this picture fool you, Mr. T only painted the wing and the ribbon for the heart (you’ll see it later). I did most of the intense stenciling. #hardworkinglady 8P

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzHere is my niece reading each letter. With the help of the employee at the crazy bouncy house place my sister rented for the party.

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzOkay, one more picture because she’s so gosh-darn cute!! 8} Anyway, here it is all finished:

Button Name | The Wilson BuzzPrettttttty cute, if I do say so myself. I do kind of hate the ‘M’, though. And a couple of buttons on the ‘Y’ moved while gluing and I didn’t notice until it was too late. I’ll probably never do this again, because HELLO, MONOTONY. But it was fun. Now I have approximately eleventy-billion pink and yellow buttons. Got any suggestions??


Christmas Crafting

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No, this isn’t a post about Christmas crafts – I’m crafting a Christmas present! Or trying to. I’ve run into a bit of a snag… First off, source image:

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson Buzz

 

I’m not entirely sure how theirs worked, but it’s supposed to be a family tree. I did it so each generation is a shade of blue. And here is my first question… Layout. I’m pretty sure I know which one I want to go with, but I’ll wait until you can see the pictures and decide for yourself before I say it:

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson Buzz Christmas Crafting | The Wilson Buzz

A

My first thought was an individual for each piece of paper. So the top four dark ones would be my grandparents. The two in the second row are my parents. The six that are kind of squished there are my siblings, myself, and our spouses. My sister and her husband are the only ones with children, so the bottom three are their three kids.

B

My second thought was lumping us in with our spouses. So it goes four grandparents, two parents, three siblings/spouses, and three kids.

 

Alright, so the one I think I like best is B. A just looks awfully crowded. But now that I’m looking at the picture, the geometric shape that makes is kind of cool. So what do you think??

Instead of writing with my own unimpressive handwriting, I decided to use stamps! I went with a little box of letters and silver ink.

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson BuzzNow. For the problem…

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson BuzzYeah…it doesn’t really show up on the two lighter shades of blue. Which was one of my fears! But I was afraid that if I went with a darker ink it wouldn’t show up on the darker blues. Of course, on hers you can’t really see the names at ALL in the original. I think she wrote them in tiny silver letters on the wing corners. I don’t really want to use two different inks… Maybe I could use black with silver on top of it? I’m just not sure…

You’ll also notice I don’t have her fancy butterfly hole punch. Heck if I know where to get that one. Also, hole punches are friggen EXPENSIVE. This bad boy was over $20! The frame was over $30… So this is the only gift my parents are getting. WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT.

I’m going to buy some black ink for the gallery, anyway, so it won’t hurt to try the black/silver out to see what it looks like… I really want to get this finished so it’s one less thing to worry about before Christmas. Mr. T’s present is already not getting finished. I chose a very elaborate cross-stitch pattern and am not focused enough to finish it in a timely manner. SO SORRY.

UPDATE

So I got black ink and have a couple more pictures. Let me know what you think.

Christmas Crafting | The Wilson Buzz Christmas Crafting | The Wilson Buzz
just black black, then silver

DIY Shampoo & Conditioner | The Wilson Buzz

Shampoo & Conditioner

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DIY Shampoo & Conditioner | The Wilson Buzz

I first began this journey back in April 2013. Somewhere I blogged about it on my old site, but I’ve slacked off pretty hardcore on crossing posts over and am too lazy to go look for it. So whatever. I did some research and played around with ratios and for the most part this has been working out pretty great for me. It’s definitely not an exact science, and I have no clue if it will work for you, but here is my method:

Shampoo

The shampoo is just baking soda and water. I’ve discovered if I don’t use enough baking soda my hair get super oily. I don’t measure, I just try to have more than half of my ketchup squirter is baking soda. If I use less, I just have to use more when it comes time to wash my hair. So then I have to make more sooner and that’s just bleh. Someone on Facebook said they tried this and it dried their hair out. Maybe they used too much baking soda? It also depends on your personal chemistry. I read at least one “recipe” that the person made a paste, so it was almost totally baking soda. At any rate, you really just need this directly on your roots.

Conditioner

The conditioner is just apple cider vinegar (ACV). This I do measure – my spray bottle is 1 cup, so I do 1/2 cup ACV and 1/2 cup water. It stinks, but dries scentless. I have a mohawk, so I flip my hair onto one side, spray the tips, then flip it to the other and spray again. Not sure why it matters, but that’s how I do it. Again, there are a million different ways to do this – some people spray it, some people dip it. I just picked the easiest methods for me. And you only need to put it on the tips of your hair.

Fudging It

Yeah…I don’t do this all the time. I do do it 99% of the time! But I end up using store-bought shampoo/conditioner about once a month, for various reasons. Either I’ve run out of one, or both, of my DIY options, or my hair has gotten too oily. But really, the most important thing anyone can do if they have dry hair is shampoo less. Get this – you don’t have to wash your hair every day! Try every other day. Or wash two days, rest one. I never had dry hair growing up, even though I washed it every day. But once I started bleaching and dying my hair every few months, it got super dried out. I would shampoo it maybe once a week, but conditioned it more often. I also had to wash it in super cold water and that was the lame. But now that my hair is back to normal I still skip a day every now and then without my hair getting super oily.

Rating

FIVE STARS!

 

 


Note Card Calendar

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I just discovered Pinterest documents time passing in a bizarre way. “38 weeks ago” is redonk, Pinterest. By that point it’s time to say “9 months ago”, alright?

Anyway, here is a pin I saved THIRTY-EIGHT WEEKS AGO:

Note Card Calendar | The Wilson Buzz

It’s a note card calendar, so every day you write a single sentence about what you did that day. And then the next year you write below it, and so on. She made hers a bit more cutesy – buying vintage post cards, cutting the index cards in half, and using a date stamper. But whatever. I can barely fit stuff on a full note card (and I got the big ones!). So mine isn’t nearly as cute. WHATEVER.

Note Card Calendar | The Wilson Buzz

I started on my birthday, because I didn’t want to wait until January. 8} I just bought a note card container at Walmart that holds the large note cards. 4×6 maybe? Or 5×10? Let me get a ruler… 4×6 – let this be a lesson in not doubting yourself.

So anyway, I’ve managed to put something down for every day since July 21. I have missed several days in a row and had to just guess when I finally filled it in. At one point I went about 3 weeks – that was rough. I’ll also fudge it a bit. If two cool things happened on one day and nothing cool on the other, I’ll be a day off. In 5 years it won’t matter if I got the exact date. Things got more consistent when I brought it to work with me, so now it’s one of the first things I do in the morning. I used to take it home on the weekend so I wouldn’t miss a day, but then I went 3 weeks without writing, so…I leave it here now. And it’s fun to think about how awesome your weekend was while sitting in a cubicle first thing Monday morning, knowing you have five long days before another weekend. ;)

I do plan on doing more with it. Maybe have a significant photo from every month printed off, to split it up the way she did. I also want to write on the backs of them significant dates, like birthdays and anniversaries. But I haven’t done either of those yet.

I used to journal. Not every day, but consistently. My sister got me a journal when I was 13 and I started a new one every birthday up until I got married (so nearly 10 years!) and life got busy, I guess? I haven’t been able to keep one since. Which is a bummer, because my life was kind of boring pre-Mr. T… I’m just saying. I’ve also moved around a lot and am super disorganized. I just found one of my attempts in our attic, in a random box. I blame Mr. T on that one, though! Maybe I’ll try again in January. I really do miss it. I think I blog too much. After writing about my life here I feel like I’m repeating myself if I write about it again in a journal. Plus, writing things out by hand takes so much longer than typing. I seriously think “WHY ARE YOU MOVING SO SLOW, HAND – BRAIN IS LIKE FIVE SENTENCES AHEAD OF YOU!


Spray Paint Nature Art, cont’d

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Alright, just for you guys, because I love you sooooo much – I finished the last canvas tonight instead of packing for our trip. And now I’m writing this post instead of packing. And later I’ll probably take a nap instead of packing. JUST KIDDING. By the time I’m done with this post, Mr. T will be home and we’ll have to leave. So I must type fast. And stop rambling about unimportant things.

As I mentioned previously, I still needed to spray paint the hammered copper over the brown of my last canvas. The one that is different than all the other canvases. The one that gets picked last for dodge ball and eats lunch in the bathroom so he doesn’t have to feel so alone.

I was actually kind of excited about this one. I had a plan! I even put tape down to mimic a stalk, so it wouldn’t get lost like all the other ones. Here is a picture:Spray Paint Nature Art

I even put cute little seeds like they were floating away from it. I TRIED, guys. I TRIED. Even after the debacle from before….I triiiiiiiied.

Spray Paint Nature Art

Yeaaaaaah….. It was an uber fail. UBER FAIL. There was much weeping. BUT! I didn’t give up! Even after all this, I stayed strong! I broke the little guy up into bits, so he would lay totally flat on the canvas. And I tried, tried again. You could write a children’s book about all my trying, guys.  I’m a trooper!

Spray Paint Nature Art Spray Paint Nature Art

I took two pictures – pre and post spray paint. Yeah, I just went back over where it had been with the brown and then laid them all down on it and the spray painted it again with the copper. So that area ended up being a bit more coppery, but I DO NOT CARE. I’m done with this craft for all time. lol!

Anyway, here is the finished product:

Spray Paint Nature Art

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. I wish I had put more of the loose ones closer to the bunch, because there is kind of a weird gap there. And the “stem” is far too dark. But whateva. I’m happy. After I get them all up in the gallery I’ll take a group shot, maybe. You know, for an art gallery we have terrible lighting. >.<


Spray Paint Nature Art

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How do you like that title? Pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself.

Well, back in July I participated in something called The Pintester Movement. I attempted to cut bottles in half with yarn, acetone, and – most importantly – fire. Well it kind of worked:

Cutting Glass With FireBut it also kind of failed. And then that little cup thing sat on that table for a few…weeks? months?…and a cat knocked it off and it broke. I gave exactly zero f*cks, for the record.

I’ve mentioned before that the art gallery is depressingly bare this month. As in…there is no art in it. It’s our first attempt at a themed show, too, so that’s not promising. Since we’re doing “found object art” I thought “Hey! Now this is something I could do!” and immediately went to Pinterest to find something that would be cheap, easy, and I would be okay with either selling or keeping in my house. I found this:

Image from Pinterest

That sure is tiny, isn’t it? Anyway – the link is broken. I didn’t try to hard to find a source, though, because it seemed straightforward. Paint a canvas one color, put a plant on it, spray paint it another color. Okay, I definitely didn’t try hard. Here is a YouTube video. It took me like 2 seconds. The step I missed was pressing the leaves so they would lay flat. DUH!

So let’s just dive on in to this debacle, shall we?

Here are my canvases after the base coat of spray paint. I chose Hammered Copper and a basic brown. I decided to do one of them with inverted colors, just to spice things up a bit.

Spray Paint Nature Art

And then I proceeded to forget to take any more pictures. I also waited until it was nearly dark to start doing this. My next picture is after I’ve already painted the top. Which…you didn’t really miss much. I took some hedge clippers and hacked some branches off of various trees in our yard, and then held them down on the canvas with rocks.

Spray Paint Nature Art

So there were a couple things I definitely did wrong. #1: I didn’t press the leaves first. That, in hindsight, is a very important step. I truly regret not doing this. #2: I went over it with the brown too thoroughly. Less is more, they always say. Less. Is. More.

Here are the results:

Spray Paint Nature Art

 I think the biggest issue was the lack of stems. They weren’t flat against the canvas, so the spray paint got up underneath them. AND DON’T TELL ME THESE LOOK GOOD BECAUSE I COVERED THEM UP.

Yes, I started over. I spray painted back over these three with the copper spray paint. That was running out. And doesn’t cover brown very well. I had to buy another can. I have grown to hate this project.

Anyway, I tried to press the leaves, but I got impatient. This is due by Sunday and Mr. T and I are going out of town tonight. We won’t be back until late Sunday so I had no time. No time! I also still haven’t done the inverted copper-over-brown one, either. You’ll just have to come back sometime next week to see that one. If I were more clever I would think I did that on purpose to get people to read my blog. I did not. I’m just lazy.

So, yeah – here are the second attempts:

Spray Paint Nature Art Spray Paint Nature Art

(Notice the stem is still missing from the fat leaves one. Don’t get me started…) I don’t know if I like them any better than the first go around. The brown is lighter because I only did one pass. Like pretty much everything I’ve attempted to do from Pinterest, I finally just said “WHATEVER!” and called it done. I figure if they don’t sell we can hang them up in our Steampunk great room. That…doesn’t exist yet. But whatever.

I do have a question for you – one of my friends lent me a gold paint pen, because I was thinking about adding the stems that way. Do you think I should continue to mess with these, or just call them done and stop fiddling with them, making them worse??


Oh, Mr. Darcy

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It took me a good many years to jump on the Pride and Prejudice bandwagon. I think I even saw the movie first. And not even the Colin Firth one. The Matthew Macfadyen one. I’ve never seen the Colin Firth one, actually. Actually, the only other film I’ve seen is Bride & Prejudice, the Bollywood interpretation. That one is fabulous, for the record. I love Bollywood!!

But, yeah. I got the Barnes & Noble “leatherbound classics” edition of seven Jane Austen novels (link) for Christmas a couple years ago. First – can we all rejoice in the beauty that is B&N leatherbound classics? We own at least 10-20 of those bad boys, and I want them all. All of them! They’re gorgeous books. GORGEOUS. That was the first time I ever read P&P but I loved it! I also read Sense and Sensibility and enjoyed it. I started on Mansfield Park and it was too much for me. That style of writing is difficult, the family is awful, and it’s obvious the cousins are going to fall in love which is just…ew. And it’s much longer than the other two. So I’ve taken a break from Jane Austen until I decide if I’m just going to skip over that one or suffer through it. Oh, side note – don’t waste your time with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That book is just dreadful. Brilliant concept, terrible execution. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, on the other hand is glorious.

Holy smokes, I’m off topic. Are you surprised? THEN YOU DON’T KNOW ME AT ALL.

The ladies from our small group at church had a “Pinterest Party” last weekend. We all brought recipes we’d found on Pinterest (I made frozen hot chocolate and peanut butter fruit dip and they were delicious.) and attempted to recreate this pin:

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

I’ve gone to Facebook and stolen all their pictures of their completed stuff. I got ones without faces in them, at least. Anyway, here are the final results:

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

She is an art teacher.

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

She prays this verse over her daughter every night.

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

Her husband got fancy in a word editor. 8P
This was everyone’s favorite by far.

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

This is going into a Dr. Seuss-themed nursery.

I’m  saving mine for last because everyone loves me the most. Anyway, the art teacher’s husband has a printer-type thing that creates vinyl stickers, so we gave her the text we wanted and she had him print it off. Everyone did it kind of differently, but basically you set it up how you want the letters to look, put stickers over it, then set it up how you want everything around the letters to look, and then peel the stickers off.

Everyone did basic painting, except for me. I MOD PODGED! Going back to my weird Pride and Prejudice rant that up until this point has made no sense in the context of this post… I made a Mr. Darcy quote. If you’ve read P&P, you’ll probably know exactly the one I used. Also, if you remember me mentioning P&P&Z…well, we had a copy of that book, which sucks. And the only copy of P&P we have is in my super sexy B&N leatherbound edition…so the pages I Mod Podged were from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. 8} I didn’t look too closely at which pages I pulled – I just got ones that had full text from top to bottom and no chapter numbers or blank space at the end of a chapter in them. I also used the picture where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are standing in the middle of a cabbage patch full of zombies that are eating cabbage because they thought it was brains. That book is so weird. And don’t let those last two sentences make you think you want to read it, because – trust me – it sucks.

So, yeah. I Mod Podged the paper down, put stickers on it, painted over it yellow, and pulled the stickers off. Some things to do differently:

  1. Make sure you cover the paper completely with Mod Podge before putting the stickers down. They peel off super easy, as long as they’re not on non-Mod-Podged paper. There were a few that were directly on the paper, and it just peeled off with the sticker. Super lame.
  2. If you use a light color – like yellow – the letters are not going to show up once you peel the stickers off and expose the white paper. So then you’ll have to go back in with a tiny paintbrush and fill in the letters with black, cursing the day you were born.
  3. If you ignore #1 and #2, make sure you at least start early in the day. I started around 8:00. Left my friend’s house around 11:00 and it took me…maybe 30 min to get home? I was up until about 3:00 filling in the letters and doing my final layer of Mod Podge. Granted, I was also watching Orange is the New Black, so I might not have been super speedy.
ANYWAY, here is the final result:
Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

pre-yellow
Some might think I should’ve left it like this.
I don’t disagree…

 

Canvas Quote | The Wilson Buzz

with the yellow
There is an Instagram filter on this bad boy, but you get the idea.

It was fun. 8/10 – I would do it again. Only I’d be smarter about it.