Hand Lettering Challenge – #LetterdaySaturday

One of the creative pieces I struggle with the most is freestyle hand lettering. The main reason is because I ALWAYS compare it to the perfect writing that this computer will make. The computer doesn’t have imperfections but with lettering there is inevitably a small twitch of a pen mark or the second “L” doesn’t have quite the same thickness in down stroke as the first. While brainstorming upcoming posts, this seemed like a perfect challenge for myself and anyone that would care to join!

I’m calling it #LetterdaySaturday. Letterday Saturday is where I take a scrap piece of paper and just have fun testing out some letters and embracing that any small imperfection makes it that much more unique. These won’t be framed or hung on the refrigerator. Instead they will likely be tucked away or recycled after completed.

To watch this unfold, follow my Instagram @take2create! If you want to participate, make sure to tag me and use the hashtag #LetterdaySaturday!

This first one is a little reminder for myself as I improve on this skill to say “I’m Learning” and not “I’m Failing”. When I consider something I’ve done wrong in lettering as “failing” instead of “learning”, it doesn’t help to shape where I’m going. It’s contributing to the negative, give up attitude instead of focusing on how to improve and the progress.

Gifting Christmas Gnomes

Tis the season for holiday parties and celebrating with those that you love! What comes with needing to enjoy every moment of the company you’re with is also a need for that perfect gift to thank the hosts. A few posts back I made a little gnome and decided that a handmade gnome would be perfect for the upcoming parties. These little guys are slightly different in design and finish than the previous ones. They have already delighted at an early holiday party that we attended and as gifts for the attendees of our thanksgiving dinner. Would you want to order a few of these for your house or as gifts? Comment below and let me know!

Continue reading “Gifting Christmas Gnomes”

5 Minute DIY Little Green Monster

There’s a little green monster on your back! No it isn’t jealousy, it’s this cute little creation. Sorry for the scare, I just couldn’t help myself with Halloween less than a week away. Is anyone else getting extra excited? This project took less than five minutes and it only took three items (four if you count the dot of hot glue)! Read on to see how to make this five minute Halloween craft!

Continue reading “5 Minute DIY Little Green Monster”

Vampire Pumpkin Painting

This past week, one of my great friends came over to the apartment and we did a girls night. I don’t remember the last time I painted instead of carved a pumpkin and it was a blast! We talked and laughed as we made up some gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (shout out to Trader Joe’s for the mix!), popped open a bottle of champagne for mimosas, and painted. She is an amazing artist, so while she did a portrait of Edward Scissorhands on her pumpkin, I decided to make a fun cartoon vampire mouth.

Comment below with what you will paint on your pumpkin this year for Halloween!

Continue reading “Vampire Pumpkin Painting”

DIY Pumpkin Candy Container

I can’t believe that it is almost to the end of summer! I’ve enjoyed my summer, but with the opportunity to make multiple crafts one night, we decided to throw a fall craft into the mix. We already have a few more projects lined up in the next month but this might be the easiest.

It did get us thinking about what candy to fill it with when it is time to put it out as a decoration. We went a little nostalgic too. Anyone remember the Mary Jane candies? It’s a peanut butter molasses taffy like candy that we would get when I was little around Halloween. I’m not sure if they still make them but I will definitely be checking in about a month from now. What candy would you fill these fall pumpkin candy containers with?

Continue reading “DIY Pumpkin Candy Container”

First Apartment Ornament

Every time my boyfriend and I go on a trip together, we bring back an ornament as a souvenir. It’s a tradition we started on our first trip to Disneyland and it’s stuck ever since. With our third anniversary, I wanted to tie in our sweet tradition to his gift. It will likely be one of my favorite ornaments on the tree this year because it commemorates a big (and wonderful) year in our relationship.

Key Ornament Continue reading “First Apartment Ornament”