Tutorial Tuesday! ?

February 14th, 2012

A strangeness abounds with the arrival of Valentine’s Day. In last week’s Tutorial Tuesday I included you as I jested my husband with subtle reminders of V-day’s rapid approach.  Now that it’s come, and people all across the world have long-since woken and come awake to celebrate in their respective ways — this depending on whether the holiday strikes a melodic or dissonant chord — I was pleased to rouse from slumber and find that nothing about this day differs from the one previous.

My husband’s clothes still lay in a pile on the floor in the bathroom, his toiletries strewn about on the counter. The Dear Prince wakes at 5:30 each day for work, and I consider it my blessing to follow the breadcrumbs he’s left for me upon his soporific trek through our bedroom.

I texted my girlfriends, wishing them a wonderful day and telling them that I love them. Something I do nearly every other day.

My sweet pup was no more or less excited to see me this morning, ascending onto her hind-legs the moment I released her from her cave — IE: the bathroom — as she was on Sunday.

My coffee was where it always is: beside the stove with the filter and grounds still suctioned to that thingy you pour the boiling water into. It is no special occasion to find my coffee made every single morning — only very special.

I still took fifteen minutes before beginning my day to read over the greatest love letter ever written, scripture, and thanked Him for another day to bless and be blessed.

What I’m saying is, that while Valentine’s day provides another opportunity to share your love and affection with those dearest to you, it should only be “another” opportunity. Gifts, candy, flowers — those things are nice; however, they are but sugar cubes, welcomed sweetness into a cup of acrid coffee or pungent tea, but left on its own, all too cloying and unsavory. I love me some sugar, but I love me some meat, more.

Thank you for listening. I thought about creating two separate posts for today, but if you’re anything like me, you enjoy and take pride in getting around to everyone’s posts to leave a thoughtful comment, and two in one day can feel a little overwhelming.

Onto the tutorial!

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Tutorial Tuesday! Paper Bouquet

Happy Tuesday!

We’ve much material to cover, so let’s get craftin’, shall we?

I’ve had my eye on this tutorial for months! but wanted to wait until I had both the time and energy to put into it. You will need both, I assure you, but the payout is this gorgeous piece of art.

*Sorry about the ugly peek into our garage. Not part of the lovely, obviously!

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Tutorial Tuesday! Printed Candles

Happy Tuesday, Folks!

I hope your Monday was wonderful, and your Weds through Sunday was sensational. But today is Tuesday, and you know what the means!

*imagines crowd jumping to their feet, busting into uproarious applause*

A girl can dream, can’t she? 🙂

So, the tutorial I have for you today is all over Pinterest, but I believe it was first debuted on Sparkle and Hay. (This is a great blog for any of you planning a wedding in the near future!)

The craft is fairly easy and makes such an impression — no pun intended — on its own, or when used as a smaller component of a center piece. The subtly in colors and elegant scripting make it the perfect gift for almost anyone. That is, if you’re willing to part with your candles. Solution: make more! The expense shouldn’t total more than $12 if you shop frugally. The initial purchase of the large stamp and pad will cost a bit, but you’ll have it for years, and can use both for other crafts.

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Tutorial Tuesday! Citrasolv Image Transfer

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!

I think we are in agreement that there are way too many fabulous tutorials out there and not enough time to search them out, then see them through. Not reaping any results can be overwhelming and discouraging and that is just the opposite of how I want you to feel! With that said, I have decided to do the dirty work for you; each Tuesday I will pick a tutorial (I will do my best to find a variety of tutorials, ranging in length of execution and intricacy) and feature it here. All of them will come with pictures and step by step instructions, so that the time you spend making your craft will be well spent on the invigoratingly creative parts, rather than the endless searching and clicking and groaning. 🙂

All I ask is that if you re-post, make sure to link-up. And please do tell me how yours turned out!

This fabulous tutorial, first featured on Cortney’s blog over at faithandhome.blogspot.com, holds all kinds of possibilities.

*** Here is an example of the finished product, taken one step further and made into a pillow. Don’t be confused about the pictures not matching up; this one differs from those detailed below, but I wanted to give you an idea of what you can do once your image is transferred. Truly, so many options: if you’re an whiz with a sewing machine you can make a pillow, quilt, napkins. If not, have no fear, you can cut around the image and use a simple needle and thread to attach it to whatever you choose. Or better yet, head down to your local thrift store and sift the place for a rustic frame and mount your little beauty on the wall!

*** While this is a relatively easy tutorial, you will want to give yourself the time to go slowly through the steps. Choose a time a day where you have the space to enjoy creating. Also, you will need to have your materials prepped in advance.

Let’s get started!

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