Gold Leaf Eggs and Terracotta Pots

HAPPY RESURRECTION WEEKEND EVERYONE! 

SO IT'S FUNNY HOW MUCH I LOVE GOLD THESE DAYS. I USED TO HATE GOLD UNTIL RECENTLY AND NOW I LOVE ANYTHING GOLD! I'M BECOMING OBSESSED. (INSERT GOLDMEMBER MEME HERE, HAHA) SO THIS EASTER I WAS TRYING TO THINK OF A FUN DIY EASTER PROJECT TO DO AND SAW SOME POSTS ON GOLD LEAF EASTER EGGS AND ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE IDEA. I ALSO HAD THESE ADORABLE SUCCULENTS FROM MY

PAMPERED CHEF PARTY

THAT STILL NEEDED POTS SO WHAT COOLER WAY TO MAKE PLAIN TERRA COTTA POTS REALLY AWESOME LOOKING THEN BY USING GOLD LEAF! I WAS VERY INTIMIDATED AT FIRST TO WORK WITH GOLD LEAF BUT IT ENDED UP BEING PRETTY EASY AFTER I FIGURED OUT A COUPLE THINGS. I BOUGHT MY

GOLD LEAF

AND THE

ADHESIVE GLUE

FROM AMAZON AND JUST FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS FOR THE MOST PART. THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE IS THE DRYING TIME FOR THE GLUE. IT SAID TO LEAVE IT ON FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BUT IT SEEMED TO DRY OUT WHEN I DID THAT. I USED SOME DECORATIVE EGGS THAT I BOUGHT AT WALMART AND THEN ALSO SOME REAL EGGS THAT I BOILED. FOR THE DECORATIVE EGGS, I FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS AND LET THE GLUE SIT BUT LIKE I SAID IT SEEMED TO ACTUALLY DRY OUT AND THE GOLD LEAF WOULDN'T STICK. SO FOR THE REAL EGGS I DIDN'T LET THEM DRY AS MUCH AND THE GOLD LEAF STUCK MUCH BETTER. YOU NEED TO JUST TOUCH THE GLUE AND MAKE SURE IT IS DRY BUT TACKY. ALSO FOR THE TERRA COTTA POTS YOU REALLY NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU ONLY LET THE GLUE DRY FOR A MINUTE OR TWO BECAUSE THE POTS ARE SO POROUS THAT IT SUCKS UP THE GLUE VERY QUICKLY. YOU REALLY COULD DECORATE ANYTHING WITH GOLD LEAF SO HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE AND HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!

Bridal Shower Gift: Map Love

Hey all!

So I have a sweet post to share with you today. My good friend, Kimberly Edwards, soon to be Kiimberly Constable aka 'the other Kimmy' had her bridal shower a couple weeks ago. For her shower she asked that nobody wrap their gifts in efforts to be a litte more eco friendly. So me, being the gal that spends her (very small) monthly allowance on wrapping paper, ribbons and twine, (I know what a weirdo!) said to myself, I MUST CLEVERLY STILL WRAP MY GIFT SOMEHOW! Haha, So I came up with the idea of wrapping my gift in maps. This was great for two reasons, 1. My Aunt Jeanie gave me a bunch of her old maps from different states in the US so by recycling them it made them eco friendly and useful to Kimmy even after unwrapping! Thanks Aunt Jeanie! (Very difficult wrapping without tape though! haha) 2.Kimmy is in love with travelling! Her goal is to step foot on all 7 continents before she turns 30 so this ideas fit perfectly <3 

Now I had to figure out what to wrap! Besides loving amazing packaging, I also love themes! So naturally I had to give a gift that had something to do with maps. My friend, Jenny and I decided to go in on the gift together so we started gathering ideas. Kimmy had registered for a shower curtain that was a map of the world so obviously we got that! And at the dollar store I found a puzzle of the map of the US which also was an obvious need! =) But we still wanted to do something else. Previously I had seen a cute wedding design that was a map on Etsy

here.

So Jenny and I decided that I could design something similar. Jenny then had the great idea to attach it to cork board so every place the newlyweds travel to they can mark with a matching pin! We found cute frames at TJ Maxx and printed out some of their engagement pictures and made little bunting to go with the whole set! It turned out great and as you can see in the pictures below our friend, Kimmy, loved them! So excited for both Kimmy and Rodney to start their journey together this August! The two little hearts represent where they met (in Poughkeepsie, NY) and where their first journey is going to be together as a married couple- their honeymoon- Bellize <3 

Note: This cute design could also be used for a wedding fingerprint guestbook! We didn't do that for Kimmy because she already decided that her guestbook would be canoe paddles! But for any of you brides to be, you could have all the guests stamp their fingerprints in the ocean and still be able to mark the places you travel to with your spouse!

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