Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas - Crafty Friends

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?!?)

I put together a few lists of great gift ideas to help you out this year! A mix of things I have pinned to give to some of my loved ones. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year!


Today's list includes a variety of ways to encourage your crafty friends! Whether you know someone who likes to dabble in a few mediums, makes handmade gifts for every holiday or has told you they want to learn something new in 2017- I have a few fun ideas! 

1. The Crafter's Box // Monthly Subsciption. This ia new subscription service, each month your friend would get a curated box with an easy to complete project! It comes with online videos and a message board. You can get your pal a one, three, or longer subsciption.
2.  JVilla // Loom Kit with Yarn and Weaving Guide. I'm obsessed with this girl's Instagram feed. She sells these lap looms with the tools worked right in. Learning to weave would be so fun! This is actually on my christmas list, and I am really looking forward to playing around with it.
3. Gift Certificate for a Handmade Workshop. Local to Louisville? I teach a variety of crafting and cocktails workshops around town. You can read about them HERE. Buy a gift card for your pal and come with them for a really fun girls or guys night out! These events have been really, really fun so far. I have a LOT of fun projects to teach for the holidays! 
4. Silhouette Cameo.  This is definitely an larger gift purchase, but one you can be sure they will use the heck out of! The Silhouette is a digital craft cutter. Think of it like a printer except it cuts instead of prints. You can use it for: stencils, paper, fabric, plastic, a million different mediums. You can design your own files for things like monograms, names, shapes, it's really unlimited. This listing  is for the newest edition and it comes with all sorts of accessories they can play with! 
5.  DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow. I have a girl crush on Rachel (there, I said it). I have read her blog for years- she sews crafts with paper, home decor, and recently took a shine to weaving. She is very inspiring and I would LOVE to get this book to go with a lap loom = ).
6. Craftsy Gift CardHave you ever taken a Craftsy class? I love them (I blogged about one of their sewing classes HERE). They are an online learning website that has classes on a variety of skills- cooking, sewing, crafting, photography, etc! Beginner classes, advanced- there is something for everyone. A gift card would be a welcome nudge for your buddy to try something new! *A bunch of their classes are on sale for Thanksgiving Weekend!*

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

Thanks for coming back today- I am so thankful for my little piece of the internet and all of YOU who hang out here with me = ) Happy Happy Thanksgiving! 
xoxo, Michelle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kiddos and Babies

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?)

I put together a list of great gift ideas to help you out this year. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends I have pinned to give to my loved ones. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year! I am NOT being paid to sell their goodies, they are just people I really like and want to tell you about them. 

This is my second post of the day. I posted a list for families and friends this morning.
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1. Personalized Stationery // My Etsy Shop. I have made DOZENS of these superhero notecards since I listed them a year ago. I have made- twin versions, all girl, all boys, you name it. Learning to send a hand written thank you note or pen pal letter is such a great lesson for your little folks! And what kid wouldn't want anything that has their name on it?  Add on the $5 gift bag and they will also get a pencil, stamps and fun envelope seals! 
2. UNICORN ONSIE. Sorry, I'm shouting, but OMG! look how freaking cute these are!! To be honest, I would buy these for my adult friends too. And maybe one for myself ; )
3. Instax Camera. I have had my own instant camera for a few years now and I'm telling you-kids LOVE them. My 7 year old nephews love taking pictures every time I see them. They are super easy to use and you can find the film at alot of stores now. This bundle comes with a carrying case, film and other fun accessories. This listing is just the camera and HERE you can see a really fun folding album they can display their prints in.
4. Art Lab Book. I have given out the Trash This Journal book a few times and it has been pretty popular. This Art Lab looks like a really fun interactive book for kids! 
5. Jackie and Olive is a new Etsy friend. She makes these freaking adorable baby sets, You guys, this sloth fabric is THE CUTEST PRINT I HAVE EVER SEEN. Sorry, I'm shouting again. Cute kid accessories have that affect on me. 
6. Mercidotes // Handmade Doll. My grandma had a set of those Russian nesting dolls, and I had all the fuzzy feelings when I stumbled upon these dolls on Instagram. Imagine my surprise to find out these were made by a Louisville girl! She also makes these really adorable aprons that your cooking friends might like.

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

I'll be back tomorrow with one last list for those crafty friends in your life! xoxo, Michelle




(please note: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you use one of my shopping links it will take you to the website and I get a small referral fee. I use the money to go back into my website to cover things like hosting costs, and I am not recommending things I wouldn't buy myself.)

Holiday Gift Ideas - Friends and Families

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?)

I put together a list of great gift ideas to help you out this year. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends I have pinned to give to my loved ones. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year! I am NOT being paid to sell their goodies, they are just people I really like and want to tell you about them. 


In this group I found things that work well for families as a unit- things they can use and enjoy together. These would also make great host gifts! 

1. Field and Forest // Personalized Ornaments are a great way to remember baby's first Christmas or your first holidays as a married couple! 
2. #Hashtags Board Game. This could either be #hilarious #inappropriate, depending on your group of friends ; )
3. and 4. Do you know a family with furry friends? As a cat mom myself I would LOVE to get this cat toy from a friend. That little green dino would be great for an active pup.
5. 5 Second Rule. I saw this game on a TV commercial and it looks like too much fun! Again, it could get slightly inappropriate depending on the people playing. 
6. Thistle & Thread // Hand Stitched Wall Art is a gift they won't get from anyone else- it's a one of a kind! They have a full line of finished pieces and lots of options for custom made.
7. Amazon Fire Stick.  I have one of these on my office TV and I LOVE IT. It's easy to set up and use. You have access to hundreds of apps like games and tv shows. I have Amazon Prime, so I love having access to all that online content. It's only 29.99, which is a great price point. 
8. Custom Made Family or Baby Scrapbook  If you know someone who just got married or had a baby (or had another big milestone) a custom made scrapbook makes a really great gift. I have done dozens of these books for my clients, in a range of prices, sizes and styles. There is really no better way to preserve special memories.You can purchase a gift certificate to go towards the price of their book and then I can take it from there! Go here to buy a gift card or email me (gluegunky@gmail.com) and I can walk you through the ordering process.





This roundup includes pieces I think my friends would love. Guys and gals alike, and again- many of these make fun host gifts! 

1. Personalized Stationery // My Etsy Shop. One of my most popular gifts. I make them in a variety of colors and styles, and I can customize them with a last name, monogram or whatever you like! 
2. Craftsy Class Gift Certificate. Have you ever taken a Craftsy class? I love them (I blogged about one of their sewing classes HERE). They are an online learning website that has classes on a variety of skills- cooking, sewing, crafting, photography, etc! Beginner classes, advanced- there is something for everyone. A gift card would be a welcome nudge for your buddy to try something new! *A bunch of their classes are on sale for Thanksgiving Weekend!*
3. KateRoseCo // Blanket Scarf. I met my buddy Kate a few years ago at a craft fair- she is the best! She specializes in handmade bow ties and wedding attire, but just debuted a line of scarves. I am in love with this red buffalo plaid. 
4. Big Chillers Ice Cube Tray. Many of my friends are bourbon drinkers and these are super popular. They freeze larger ice cubes that keep your liquor cold without watering them down! You can also freeze flavors, garnishes in ice, make jello shots in them, coffee ice cubes for iced coffee. They are super useful! 
5. Mermaid Sequin Pillow. You guys. I am OBSESSED with this pillow. I love everything about it- the colors, the shiny, and they are a great price! I ordered two for myself.
6. Jonathon Adler Bourbon POP Candle. I have smelled other bourbon candles and they are lovely. I really like the copper tumbler it's made in, nice a simple but modern.
7. Emily McDowell Studio // Everyday Bravery Pin. Another online buddy I really respect. She has such a fun style and great message she shares through her art. I am not sure I would wear an enamel pin on my jacket anymore, but I can 100% get behind the message. 'Stopped Caring About Bullshit' is one of my favorites, but there are a lot of really fun options!
8. My Etsy Shop // Handmade Journals. This year I have gotten into Travel Journals as a way of memory keeping, and that led me to selling these hand stitched journals. Not just for making scrapbooks, these are great for list makers, busy folks and stationery lovers. Pair them with my favorite writing pen for a cute gift set. 
9. Holy Moly Snail Mask. True confession- I am wearing on of these sheet masks right now - I love them so much!  I have dry, sensitive skin and these masks have made my skin really soft and tight without irritating it! I'm giving to my girlfriends for our gift exchange this year, they are going to love them! 
10. Gold Pineapple Shaker. I stumbled upon this randomly while searching the 'New & Interesting' section of Amazon. Isn't it cute? It would be a fun addition to your cart.

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

I'll be back later today with my gift lists for the little people in your life! xoxo, Michelle



(please note: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you use one of my shopping links it will take you to the website and I get a small referral fee. I use the money to go back into my website to cover things like hosting costs, and I am not recommending things I wouldn't buy myself.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Little Summer Joy Update

Hello, peeps! 

First I want to say thanks to everyone who commented and reached out after my first #1picture1000ishwords post. A lot of emotions I didn't realize I had poured out of one story. That's the power of pictures.

Today I wanted to share an update in my Little Summer Joy album. You might remember my post where I talked about this class I contributed to recently. I had not touched the journal since early June, but last weekend I had a free day so I added a bunch!  (as always, I linked to most of the products I used at the end of the post if you want to find them!)

Little Summer Joy Album - Travel Album - HotWheelsandGlueGuns

My oldest nephew graduated high school this year. My Dad needed a car mate, so off we went to Illinois! We had 5 hours alone to talk and boy did we. Anyone who knows my father knows he LOVES to talk. I got a bunch of material I want to put into a larger scrapbook page, but added a selfie we took here.  Also, can we discuss that MY NEPHEW IS A COLLEGE STUDENT. 

Sorry, I'm yelling. Nothing like a graduation to give you ALL the feelings. 

It's worth noting that I am using an old Kelly Purkey stamp that I LOVE and have used a million times. Get used to seeing it alot ; ) I was inspired to make the ombre background by the lovely Julie and her Instagram post.

Little Summer Joy Album - Travel Album - HotWheelsandGlueGuns

End of June I was in Cincinnati for a work conference. That's my hometown, but when the last day ended early I decided to take a little walk around downtown. I found myself at the Contemporary Arts Center, and it was really inspiring. These giant sculptures are made of fiber, and were part of an exhibit called Passages. They were AMAZING.

I used my Distress Inks to stamp the right hand border and free hand brush the bottom left. I love how they simply compliment the colors of my pictures. I printed out the left hand picture on my home printer and accidentally loaded the printer with copy paper instead of photo paper. I decided to just keep it and added it right into the book (adding the 'just go' stamp). As I edited these pics I realized I forgot to add the date-duh! I went back and added that, just imagine it's there.

Little Summer Joy Album - Travel Album - HotWheelsandGlueGuns

Just an average summer week here. I finally make it to the drive inn. Saw Finding Dory and Independence Day (double feature for the win!). I eat so many caprese salads it warranted a picture. One of my favorite princesses turned 3!

Added a little paper, a little tape and some journalling. Easy Peasy. Also forgot to add the dates- I see a trend.

Little Summer Joy Album - Travel Album - HotWheelsandGlueGuns

The other picture I printed on copy paper on the right. My first LCFC soccer game on the left. Why yes, that is a dinosaur in my soccer picture. No, he is not the mascot. Soccer fans are crazy, y'all.

Little Summer Joy Album - Travel Album - HotWheelsandGlueGuns

One of the lessons in the class challenged me to document some of the little things that made my summer awesome. I had these pictures on my phone and decided to cut them into circles- kind of like pop up thought bubbles on the page! I purposely left lots of space with the intention that I will add more as the summer goes on. 

I free hand painted the title with Distress Inks. Impressed ; ) ? ha! It is SO not perfect, but it is something I want to try more of! That ice cream cone is from my most recent Color Cast Design order (you guys, I have a baggie full of tiny ice cream cones and I love them). I added that skinny washi on the right edge as a pop of color.

Thanks for stopping by! I really am enjoying this summer project. It's not too late to join me - all the class content is on the website, so once you sign up you can work at your own pace. 


Thanks for stopping by! Michelle

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

1 Pictures, 1000ish Words: #1

(20110, Paris Brittney and Tiffany) Notre Dame + berets + skinny cigarettes = the MOST French picture we could take #nailedit

Today I said goodbye to my sweet friend Brittney, who passed away late last week. This picture tells the story of three women on their first trip to Paris.

 This trip was full of mishaps. At one point we LOST Brittney on a train to Versailles (only to meet up with her 30 minutes later). I was stuck in an airport transport chair after my regular wheelchair was destroyed on the flight overseas (that's a story for another Thursday). That one set back made me 90% less mobile than I normally am and made navigating a sometimes frustrating process. The train we wanted to take to see Versailles had a gap of several inches we had to cover with this substandard chair. We literally tried 3-4 times to unsuccessfully board this train because the doors would close before we were able to move my wheelchair into the door. We laughed at how freaking fast these doors were! And none of us knew enough about how the trains worked to find someone to help us. Picture our fifth attempt: Brittney was to jump on the train, then Tiffany would turn my chair around so we could pull it up the gap onto the train. We were ready. We HAD A PLAN.The train pulled up, doors opened, Brittney jumped up, I turned around- and the doors closed. The train took off.  Imagine Brittney’s eyes comically big (we could see them thru the window as she pulled off). A few minutes later Tiffany and I were able to actually get on a train and off we went- crossing out fingers we would find our friend (did I mention I was the only one in the group who spoke any French? Oh yeah). 5 minutes into our ride the doors open at a stop- and Brittney walks in! (Eyes still comically big). She says ‘ What just happened?’ and we proceed to laugh our asses off at the 1,000th absurd thing that we faced on this trip.

This trip should have been a disaster. It should have been horrible, but  some of my favorite memories are from this week in Europe!  Every time I think of Brittney’s face when we finally found her on the train I smile. And I look at this picture and laugh. We set out to take ‘the most touristy, stereotypically French’ picture we could- and we found a shop selling French berets. I took the picture, because I was the only one who couldn’t stop laughing ; )


I am so thankful for these memories on a day like today.  I am thankful for pictures (always). And I am most thankful for my friendship with these women.  I will miss a million things about you, sweet Brittney.  But THANK YOU for being my friend and being a part of the this story.

(This is the first of what I hope will be a regular series where I share a picture and the story it tells. Sometimes I will share them here on the blog, but most Thursdays I will share them on my shop Instagram account- because Throwback Thursdays seems like a good place to share them. Join me over there! )

Monday, June 27, 2016

Little Summer Joy Project

Summer Travel Journal Hot Wheels and Glue Guns Little Summer Joy

Summer Travel Journal Hot Wheels and Glue Guns Little Summer Joy
  

Good morning, peeps. Remember that talk we had last time about travel journals? Remember how we we really liked this new format because it made it EASY and MANAGABLE to start and finish a memory keeping project?

Well, I have something fun to tell you about, and I hope I can inspire a few of you 'non scrapbookers' to follow along!  (oh, and I have a discount code. Summer Sales ROCK)

This summer I will be contributing to the Little Summer Joy class from Little Paper Projects.  I discovered this blog last summer and really enjoyed getting to know the two head ladies- Julie and Jen. They put an emphasis on  modern and approachable memory keeping, and while I LOVE a full on paper crafting session, sometimes I want to get my creative fix in a more simple and quick project.

Maybe you are one of my 'non scrapbooker' friends and you're thinking 'Oh Michelle, sure you SAY it's easy BUT- I don't have any of the STUFF! I don't have any TIME! I'm not DOING ANYTHING THIS SUMMER! First, of all- no need to shout, I am right here. Second, hear me out. I know this project could be fun and inspiring! A couple of reasons 'non scrapbookers' would like this project:

* You don't need ALL THE STUFF.  You could get all artsy-craftsy with this journal, but you really only need: a journal (notebook, photo album, etc.), a pen and some adhesive (like double sided tape or a tape runner). You should also do yourself a favor and pick up some washi tape. Because it's pretty and it's tape so it's practical.

* You don't need TONS OF TIME. The point of doing this project is to finish it, enjoy it and document your summer. Not to add another to-do list or stress to your life! set aside a half hour a week if you can and do what you can!  The only time consuming part is getting your pictures printed, and you can do that at most big retailers these days. ( Or do you have a color printer at home? I have a Canon Selphy just for printing pictures, but my HP 5200 office printer is great, too!)

* YOUR STORY IS WORTH TELLING. Don't you dare tell me you're not doing ANYTHING this summer. If that's the case then you need a few summer goals (see below). Also, the really beautiful thing about a memory keeping project is how it tells the story of your life - good, bad and boring! Your loved ones would love to see a snapshot of your life and years from now it would be really fun to look back at this summer and see what your home looked like, your friends/family looked like, what you ate, what you saw- all those little lovely details of life.

Have I convinces you yet? Well, how about a discount? If you sign up for the class before June 30th. Use coupon code SAVE5 to get $5 off! I bet now I've got you ; )

Little Summer Joy Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

Today I also wanted to share a little peek into my summer album so far and what products I am using to pretty it up. (But, remember, this is just what I am doing, by no means do you need to be this involved!)
 Summer Travel Journal Hot Wheels and Glue Guns Little Summer Joy

Supplies: Moleskine notebook, Gold Thickers (letter stickers), date stamp, Tombow Tape Runner, Distress Inks, washi tape from Michael's, old stamp from Studio Calico, paper scraps and small bits from my stash. Not pictured: my favorite journaling pen.

First, I want to point out that I don't normally chew on my notebooks. Seems my furry friend Penny wanted to take a real bite out of summer. ahem.  For my little stack here I pulled everything from my stash. The only thing I bought new was the adhesive! I have a mesh zipper pouch that I am keeping it all in, so I can just pull it out and work on it (hopefully once a week, but we'll see how that goes)  

For the past few years I have made a summer 'to do list' and I think it's a fun exercise. Nothing high pressure, but a few things I want to remember over the next few months.  One or more activity usually involves ice cream ; ). This year I used one of the class printables to create my list, then I taped that onto my first page

Summer Travel Journal Hot Wheels and Glue Guns Little Summer Joy

This year's list includes: * outdoor movie * picnic in the park * Steel City Popsicles (already DONE, because I am an over achiever ; ) ) * Visit my family in Ohio * cook dinner outside * make lemon cocktails (something my sis gave me for Xmas) * visit the Big Four Bridge * visit Downtown Cincinnati * POOOOOLLLL DAY! * go see the movie Independence Day,  You'll notice I left space at the bottom to add more items-because, over achiever.

I hope I inspired you to give this project a try and if you do let me know! I will be posting lots of updates on Instagram, so make sure you follow me there.  It's so quick and easy to post there these days, that's really the best way to keep up with me. However, I am going to pop back up in this space a few times with more details.



Thanks for stopping by! 
Michelle

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chicago Travel Journal Pages

Chicago Travel Journal Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

Hello, friends- welcome back! My creative mojo keeps on rolling in the form of travel journals. Early in May I had a super quick (24 hours) in one of my favorite cities-Chicago! I had all the supplies from these pages together in a kit so I used them to document a few bits of my trip.



I used products primarily from the  Carolina Moon and Oddysey kits from Studio Calico, and the colors and patterns were PERFECT. Looks like both are sold out, but I found a few similar things online you could add to your stash! Moleskine Notebook Gold Letter StickersMy favorite black pen The perfectly sized label stickerscamera washi tapeYellow Calendar Washi Tape , Gold Binder Clips. The 'ROAD TRIP' stamp was from an old Ali Edwards set and I used a little blue watercolor paint to fill it in, mostly because I wanted to see if the paper would hold up (spoiler alert-it was great, no bleed through! )


It was two days of: an Ellie Goulding concert, site seeing, and good food (obviously)
I used a gold bulldog clip to hold a few receipts and a journal card to the page. Easy Peasy. The yellow border behind the picture on the right is actually washi tape covered paper.



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this look into my travel journal. Are you ready to see more? I'm contributing to the Little Summer Joy class this month, and you can follow my progress on Instagram (and soon to come on the blog!)

Want to start your own journal? Look at this:
See more of my travel journal- start HERE.
Looking for more inspiration? I pinned a bunch of ideas HERE.

Be back soon, have a great day! xoxo Michelle

Friday, June 10, 2016

Easy Weekend DIY Project Roundup


easy weekend DIY projects // Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

Hello peeps- HAPPY FRIDAY! Sorry, for shouting, but I am a little excited about the weekend. 

I have been travelling a bunch this month (with another road trip to come) so I am looking forward to a laid back few days at home. On the agenda- seeing a show, farmers market, dinner with my crew. annnddd...I have a few DIY projects I want to finish. The weather is going to be perfect to work outside and few things make me happier than spending a little time to spruce up my home.

What are our plans this weekend? If you are looking for an idea for an easy weekend project, I thought I would share a few from the ole' blog archives. I hope it inspires you to get your hands dirty! 

easy weekend DIY projects // Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

Have a blank space on a wall just begging for color? This god's eye looks complicated, but is super easy

easy weekend DIY projects // Hot Wheels and Glue Guns
 Looking for a really special Father's Day gift? Try personalizing an online photo book!

easy weekend DIY projects // Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

This wood key holder was an afternoon project that makes me smile every time I use it.


Have a drawer with old t-shirts you don't want to throw away? Try making them into a crocheted rug! (spoiler alert: this is super addicting)

easy weekend DIY projects // Hot Wheels and Glue Guns

Download this emoji valentine and send a little happy mail to someone you love! When was the last time you sent out an old fashioned paper letter?  It's SO easy, but in a world of texting and FB we don't do it enough.

That's what I've got for you! Have you pinned or saved any quick and fun weekend projects? I want to see them- leave a comment and let me know if you decide to try one of my suggestions.

Happy Weekend! 

Michelle


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Modern Memory Keeping Idea- Travel Journal


Hello, peeps!  Today I wanted to talk about travel journals. Not a 'scrapbooker' you say? Hang with me for a sec, because I really believe this activity can be a fun one for anyone! 


Of course, Pintrest was responsible for introducing me to this form of memory keeping. It combines two of my favorite activities- travel and playing with paper ; ). The idea behind it is to use a paper journal or notebook you can quickly record memories, glue down receipts or other memorabilia and add pictures. 

'BUT I'M NOT A SCRAPBOOKER, MICHELLE!?! First of all, no need to shout ; ) Well, maybe you've just had a new baby, got married, or took a fun vacation? Do you have a stack in a shoebox or an envelope with goodies from Hawaii?The great thing about this system is you don't really NEED anything but a notebook, pen and some glue to put together a fun book of memories! It's an easy and DOABLE one time project if that's all you want! 

I want to talk soon about how a 'newbie' or 'I don't want a new hobby'ist can use a travel journal to preserve a one time group of memories. Today, however, I wanted to share my first ever travel journal spread! I actually made this in the spring- and, oh... there are more. This has been a FUN FUN activity to sneak in when I don't have a ton of time. I had a few supplies I wanted to use and a recent day trip to my hometown of Cincinnati. (have you ever done the hometown tourist thing? I highly recommend it!). I had a few hours free and sat down to make these:

As you can see- I used a fair amount of 'products' on my pages. Don't let that scare you newbies. I did that because I had the stuff and I wanted to play! I could have easily accomplished the same thing with JUST my pictures and a pen.

If you are interested in buying a few beautiful goodies to decorate your pages- I am here to enable you friends. Last Christmas I bought the Carolina Moon and Oddysey kits from Studio Calico, and the colors and patterns were PERFECT. Looks like both are sold out, but I found a few similar things online you could add to your stash! Moleskine Notebook Gold Letter StickersMy favorite black pen The perfectly sized label stickerscamera washi tapeYellow Calendar Washi Tape


An idea you can try: I created a 'pocket' for my ticket by only adhering the sides of my picture. That allows the ticket to slide right behind.

In case you are curious- on my little day trip I checked out the Freedom Center (VERY interesting and had a beautiful quilt I still think about) and had lunch in Over The Rhine. I grew up in Cincy, but had not seen either and I had a free afternoon!

Have you ever tried a travel journal-style project? Are you interested? Do tell!

Looking for other easy and modern memory keeping ideas?  Try HERE

Have a great day!
M.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hot Wheels Derby Fashions





Hello peeps! Just a quick post today to share something new int he shop. In over 10 years of living in Louisville I have learned to love KY Derby time. It's really the two week party before the two minute horse race that is the most fun (for me, anyway). Right now in my Etsy shop you will find a collection of handmade scarves, neckties and bow ties in seven fun Derby themed patterns! 


In addition to the traditional Derby patterns I included one pick pattern (you can see it on the right in the photo above). I made those for Oaks Day! For the non- Kentucky folks, that is the Friday before the Saturday of Derby and tends to be a 'pink' day- so obviously, you need a scarf or tie to wear to the track! This pattern would also work great in October for any breast cancer awareness events you might be involved with. Really, is there any day you can't wear pink? Probably not.




an extreme close up of the bowties. These might be my favorite of the three to make- bowties are fun and just hard enough to make it interesting. And a man in a bowtie? Swoon...

The mint julep pattern is officially my favorite. I snapped a few pics of me wearing a scarf and promptly decided this one belonged in my closet. Luckily, there is more than one available ' )



Each bowtie has a bit of interfacing to help it keep its shape-even after you wash it!


I hit ach tiw with a bit a starch to keep them nice and crisp- because you want to look fresh even when your horse doesn't win. 

Scarves are $20, neck and bow ties are $25 and they all SHIP FREE (insert clapping emoji), but they are in very limited quantities so don't wait! HEAD OVER to the shop to get yours today!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shop Talk- Custom Wedding Album: Mat & Bryce

 *this post was supposed to go out on Friday, but Blogger decided to not post it when scheduled. Sorry this is late!*

Hello peeps! It's almost Easter, are you ready? I'm excited to see my friends and family, go to church and eat a little chocolate. 

Did you see Monday' post with lots of tips for organizing pictures for a big memory keeping project ?(think baby book, wedding album, etc). In it, I shared a few peeks at a very special custom order I just finished. Today I wanted to share a little more! 


Mat and Bryce are a very special couple who were married last summer. I was lucky enough to be invited to their big day and it was AMAZING. Like-gorgeous, fun, full of family-friends- and lots of dancing. 



 The couple have a modern, colorful sense of style so I wanted their wedding book to reflect that. I mimicked what you would see in a magazine spread- large photos, large titles, just the right amount of color. Nothing too fussy to distract from these amazing photos.


Can we stop for one second to appreciate this ridiculously good looking wedding party? Mat took a alot of time planning their hair/outfits and every.single.picture was my favorite. They have the best friends.


There was a lot of hugging at this event.


Love is the best, y'all. Just the best. And I was so happy with how this special project turned out. Are you getting married this year?  Let me help you preserve your memories in a one of kind book like this. Your family will cherish it for years to come. Contact me and let's talk! (gluegunky@gmail.com)

Have a great weekend!

Michelle