Designing my Shadow Box – Creating the Perfect Wedding Memento

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I’ve decided to re-purpose my old shadow box.

In the past it’s served as an inspiration board and a necklace storage unit, but after some time spent researching on Pinterest, I decided that I needed to create something truly lovely.

So tonight I started what I expect to be several days of organizing to create the perfect shadow box decoration for my bedroom. I’ve decided to focus on the mementos from my wedding.

I started by gathering some bits and pieces that I would like to see displayed: our program and invitation, some photos, and our wedding vows. I then arranged them on top of some pieces of scrapbook paper in complementary colours. Now comes the fun part…

I intend to keep rearranging until the box looks just-so – and I’ll likely have another photo printed since we’d decided to enlarge the lovely black-and-white one in the top left-hand corner. That said, I think you’ll see an immediate improvement below:

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The Before…

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The Work in Progress

The week ahead

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My days have become busy, but my blog doesn’t reflect this at all!

Over the next week I have a few things planned to share, and many more fun Prince Edward Island adventures to share as time goes on. I just returned from a brief trip home, so I’m neither relaxed or well-rested, but my head is full of great memories and that’s really all that matters at the end of a weekend!

This week I’ll be sharing a couple DIYs, which will hopefully include the overhaul of my shadow box (ugh, see above… I removed some of the more terrible things before taking this photo…) and the completion of my 2014 entries into my garden journal. We’ll be planting our garden this week, so I’ll also be starting a fresh journal record. Lots to do!

I hope your weekend was filled with great memories.

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A Colouring Find – A Stroll in London Fold-out

Today I found the coolest thing at Michaels.

While perusing the book section, I noticed a series of colouring books that aimed at adult artists. They varied on themes, between nature and cities, but it wasn’t until I picked one up that I saw how truly interesting they are.

I decided to treat myself to Coloring a Stroll in London, which is available from Walter Foster. I traveled through London several years ago, and I’m captured by the playful images in this design…image

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The book actually folds out into an eight-page panorama! I love the silly little details (is that Poseidon? A giant fox?) and the happy-faced trees. There are robots in among the historical structures, and such a variety of delightful characters! I’m excited to bring bright colours and silliness to this beautiful banner.

On the back of the drawing there’s a second set of drawings depicting a stroll through the buildings of London, including a brief set of notes. I was happy to see that the stroll was almost exactly the same one I’d taken on my first day in London (although in reverse).

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I’m going to take this outside and enjoy an evening of colouring in the sunshine!

Photo-roll: Watercolour Week One

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So… I started painting this week. This is what I’ve come up with so far – they might not be works of art, but watercolour painting is definitely a great stress reliever and creativity outlet.

Enjoy! And happy Friday!

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Water Colour Inspiration

Water colour painting has been on my mind all week. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, which lead me to pick up a set of paints this afternoon and give it a try.

My grandmother took up watercolour painting a number of years ago, and despite rheumatoid arthritis, she was able to paint nature scenes. I keep one of her paintings of a yellow bird in our livingroom as a reminder of her creativity and ability to do the seemingly impossible.

Painting from Grammie
 

More recently, my best friend posted a card that she’d painted for her mother on her blog. I love creating my own cards and couldn’t get the idea of hand-painted keepsake cards out of my mind.

So today I decided to start researching watercolour painting and was thrilled to come across a fantastic tutorial by Yao Cheng offered free of charge on creativebug.com. I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

Water colour paint

I can’t wait to try out the blending techniques and see where I can take this new interest.

Recycled Containers for DIY Candles

To finish my DIY recycled candles series, I thought I would share this gallery of containers I recycled during my latest candle-making spree. I create all of my candles using soy wax. I use dye blocks like these available from Canwax to create vibrate colours like the ones pictured below.

For more information on removing soy wax from containers, check out my very simple tutorial.

Check back tomorrow for more burger adventures :)

DIY Recycled Three-Wick Soy Wax Candle

Re-purposed Bath and Body Works Candle Jar

Continuing with yesterday’s post on how to re-purpose candle jars and soy wax, I wanted to share my DIY three-wick candle pour.

I started with a large Bath and Body Works candle jar (10 cm in diameter). Next, I glued in three wicks – these are HPT 105 wicks which are self-trimming and create a pool with a diameter of 5.24 cm. Combined, they should provide enough heat to melt the full surface of the wax.

the pour

To stabilize the wicks, I used sets of two skewers that I taped together for a previous candle making event.  I had good luck with two sets as photographed; however, I also tried three sets of stabilizing skewers arranged in a triangle (each over two of the wicks) with great success.

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The wicks remained very straight during the cool. After a few hours I did experience some wax cracking – this could have been fixed with a second pour.

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And there you have it – a recycled candle made in a re-purposed jar with a little bit of recycled soy wax.