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Anniversary Gift Acrylic Painting

Hello Craft Friends,

I apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve done a true “craft” post, it’s been a bit crazy trying to find something to do that I think others would like. And to be fair, this idea (actually going painting) was actually my friend’s idea, not mine.

However we saw a Groupon deal for a company called Wine & Design (Charlotte location of course), and we decided to go painting one evening together. Now, we didn’t indulge in the wine part, however this is a place you can bring your own snacks and bottles of wine to enjoy throughout the class. It was a really cool concept, really fun class, and we will be doing it again for sure!

Anniversary Painting – Two Love Birds!

That all said, once we decided to do the Blue Love Birds class, we had our date chosen, and now we just needed to figure out what we would do with our paintings. My friend had a wall in her house in mind, while I decided that it would make a perfect 33rd Wedding Anniversary gift for my parents! So there, we had our plan all done, woohoo!

We get to the class early, as instructed, and got setup with our aprons, acrylic paints and brushes. We got to chose our stool to sit on, and decided to go by the windows so we could have the sun with us. It is a second story location, so it’s a pretty view into the neighborhood it’s near. Now to paint!

Start with your blank canvas on the easel, and paints & brushes nearby!

Paint your canvas completely black to set the background up!

Outline everything with white, then color in the white-for-good parts with more detail!

Detail your blue, pink and purple as desired, and finish up your correction touches!

…and voilà! A gift that just needs a frame to complete it!

Because I am real shy, I asked the people at the studio about frames, and they said they actually have some wood frames that they sell from a guy who makes them locally. Since I figured that it would cost about $250 to frame it at a fancy place, and the frame was very cool looking, I decided to spend the $35 and get one from the studio. What do you think?

Framed Paining Anniversary Gift

My parents, the ultimate ‘love birds’, absolutely loved this work I did. Granted I get my craftiness from my mom, so they are both pro-homemade gifts, however…they still liked it! 😉

So try something like this out for a ‘fancy’ craft project, and check out your local art studios for frames before you buy a canvas – to make sure you can frame it in your price range and your canvas fits in alright! 🙂

Craft You Later,
Beth

A Little Glass In The Class

For Christmas this year, I had absolutely no clue what to do. I wasn’t going back to Michigan for Christmas, so needed simple, ship-able gifts for everyone there. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Gift cards. And done. But that is such a cop-out gift for people who live in driving distance, that you will see, and so that was the real rub. What to get the coworkers, the personal friends, the family that will look at a gift card and sniffingly say “You can and should do better than that!” Well, okay, I really seriously doubt anyone but my mother would say that to me. But hey, it worked with getting my crafting on, so we’re going with it! 😛

I started plotting, because that is my favorite thing to do for gift-searching for my friends. I am a pretty darned good plotter, too, I must say. I decided that I like crafts, so I would do a craft of some sort. Then I started perusing the aisles in Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and wasn’t really inspired until a friend & I went to the Southern Women’s Show and found a veritable craft heaven. I heard angels playing harps, choirs tra-la-la-ing, and even heard a light bulb turn on in my head. Somewhere. Okay maybe it was <b>all</b> in my head, but work with me here. Pretty please, with sugar on top. I decided to make personalized wine & pint glasses for all my peeps (no not the marshmallow kind). With a personalized candle holder or two thrown in for good measure.

My grandparents were coming down for Thanksgiving, a first-in-6-years event for me to share with them, so I really wanted to make them something that was easy to drive back but something they’d actually use. So I decided to make them a wine carafe & goblet set. They can use it for juice, wine, milk, water, whatever their hearts desire. Not something they’d buy for themselves, but would definitely use when their ***cough*** favorite granddaughter makes it for them. Hee. Hee. Okay, fine, when their first grandchild makes it for them. Even I couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity.  Sue me for trying.

Next is my Aunt Donna, who always gets me such cute and unique gifts. What to get for an almost-graduating PhD from NC State?!? Why how about an NC State home-painted Mug, you say? Don’t mind if I do… Thank you for the thought. Go team.

And finally something for my Mom so she won’t feel left out. Dad would be fine, but Mom likes to get gifts (and really who doesn’t) that are home-made (okay maybe we don’t all on that distinction, but she’ll take yours if you don’t want them!). As a note, I get my craftical nature from my mother, who insisted on having a craft room while we were kids. Thank you Mom, I still think that saved my sanity many a day….and maybe yours too. So for Mom, why not a candle holder, something she can have on a random table (of which she has many) as a decoration.

I bought glass products from a variety of places (and I do mean variety), swiped them down with rubbing alcohol (again, dust bunnies may live there now, but not when I’m through with them!), and decided to get my paint on! ***does the painting dance*** (Use your imagination, if you’re still reading this by now, I’m sure you have a good one.)

So Okay, the remote. I can explain that, truly. I was watching a movie called “Beauty & The Beast” by this company called Disney. Maybe you’ve heard of it/them?!? Yeah, thought so… it’s a good’un. Especially when you’re trying to get your craft on, trust me.

So now to think up ideas. My grandparents LOVE flowers & birds, so that was a no-brainer. My aunt is at NC State and also loves flowers, and my mom (like me) is a good, loving Catholic mom. I also like drawing, freehand mimicry of a picture on a computer screen or book is a personal favorite of mine. Freehand is always preferable to tracing, but I have no shame in tracing when necessary. So I trace a lot of outlines and freehand a lot of innards. It works pretty well. Or so I thought. What do you think? Let me know!

G&G’s Carafe Set

Aunt Donna’s NC State Mug

Aunt Donna’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s)

Mom’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s also)

Next up: CoWorker Gifts! In the meantime, time for this crafty chica to hit the hay and catch some ZZZZ’s! Hope you enjoyed this, would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading, and playing along!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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