Thursday, February 19, 2015

Theta Phi Alpha Paddle

Going Greek at Florida Atlantic University, I wasn't obliged to make a paddle for my Big sister.  However, I would not pass up an opportunity to craft and express to someone special how much he/she means to me.  After receiving many gifts leading up to the Big/Little Reveal, I knew that a personalized paddle would return some of the favors and uphold the old traditions of the sorority.  It was more than just an overnight paint job, but the reward of watching your Big drool over your thoughtful creation is priceless.  I decided to create an original background design with my sister's favorite colors and added a mirror, florals, and pearls (symbol of our sisterhood).  Just make sure you do a final overall check, because I only realized I forgot to glue down an important wood piece until after I delivered the incomplete paddle!

       {Front}                                                                                                           {Back}

Theta Phi Alpha Paddle
Theta Phi Alpha Paddle

Thanks For The Memories | DIY Graduation Cap

Thanks For The Memories DIY Graduation Cap
It's girly, it's witty, it's CAPtivating from near and far.  Looks complicated, right?  Well, looks can be deceiving.  All it took was one quick run to Michael's to gather the supplies and a similar example on Pinterest to guide my design.  Sure it took hours until the final result, but that's only due to the gluing and cutting of paper part.  This is my personal decorated cap from graduating college in December.  If you're about to receive that diploma, hats off to you, too, and your bright, bedazzled future!

Floral embellishments
Thickers (Delight)
Glitter scrapbook paper
Mint scrapbook paper
Pearl stickers
Hot glue gun
Mod podge

1.  Trace the background paper of your choice and cut
2.  The hardest part: poke a hole in the center, then cut an X and push through the tassel button
3.  Hot glue gun the edges of the background paper to the cap, one edge at a time (as hot glue dries super fast!)
4.  Very important: check the cap to make sure the design starts from the front (as worn) top diagonal section
5.  Place Thickers on carefully until desired shape achieved (after, apply solid pressure to ensure they will stay put)
6.  Lay out florals and hot glue them down
7.  Cut out and glue Greek letters using other scrapbook paper
8.  Mod podge the pearls (tweezers help)
9.  Stare at your masterpiece for days ;)

Splashing Into Spring | Spring Break Outfits

Whether you'll be going on a trip to Mexico or sailing on a Caribbean cruise, if the weather permits, you will want to be taking advantage of the start of the new season.  You're also going to have to look the part of a spring breaker in order to soak up the sun and relax.  There are many reoccurring clothing pieces every Spring, which totally works in everyone's favor in terms of mixing and matching, and here are some must haves on my list that never go out of style:

Lotus Lace Hawaii Floral Bikini Set by Sauvage from Bikini Luxe
Puppet Crochet Front Dress from SWELL
Stud-Trim Floppy Hat from Urban Outfitters
QUAY About Last Night Sunglasses - Tortoise from Inbetween Tangerine
Beaded Beauty Dress from Free People
Cactus Valley Sandal from Free People