Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Friday- Custom Letters

DIY Friday...on a Tuesday, a little late, but thats ok right! So, I debated about sharing this next craft...cause it is my go to gift and I may offend my gift receivers as soon as they realize how simple they are to make...But I decided to do it anyway!

This is a tutorials on how to make custom Letters...a great gift for any girl of any age!

What you will need:
-Scrapbook Paper
-Modge Podge
-Fabric Strips (about 1-2in wide and forearm size long)
-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
-Sponge brushes (I used a small and a medium sized one)
-Paint brush and white paint for touch up
-Letters (I used paper ones from Hobby lobby for $1)

Here is how its done!

Step 1: Apply a layer of modge podge to the front of your letter.
Make sure not to apply too much so the paper doesnt bubble.

This is how much you want! Perfect! 

Step 2: Turn your letter over glue side down unto paper. Make sure to put the straightest edge about 1/2 inch from the edge of paper. So you don't have to cut as much paper off! 

Step 3: Working one edge at a time apply glue then fold over. 
When it comes to corners, use the wrapping paper method. Folding corners over and then down! Firmly press until the paper sticks

Note: Edges are tricky, and so are curves if they crumple its ok...it still looks good at the end! *I learned that if you cut little strips around curved edges and inside circles it will lay flat and cover as much as possible. Think a center hole with rays of cuts toward edge of circle. 

Step 4: Make slits where there are corners like the v of the B....make sure to cut it at an angle and leave enough around the edge to not leave it blank like below! 

Step 5: Apply a generous amount of modge podge around the edges to smooth down loose ends

Step 6: Cut out the center gently making sure to cover as much as possible

Step 7: Touch up with paint. I did not like how the center of the B turned out so i painted the inside edge

Step 8: For the flower. Tie a knot at the end. Then applying hotglue a little as you go twist the fabric around like a coil. Twisting the fabric as you wrap to add dimension. (this step is hard to show, but i promise its easy)

Step 9: Hot glue flower where you like. 

Step 10. Admire your hard work! or in this case how easy it was to create something beautiful! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Graduation Sunday

Tradition...one word that seems to define our church and youth group. Not all traditions are bad or hold us back, in fact some of them are just the only way to go. Graduation sunday is one of those. Its a sunday dedicated to the graduating seniors, where we honor them and present them with scholarships then the junior class serves the graduates in their families with a lunch right after the service. It is a day where we challenge the students and encourage them. Its makes me proud to see these kids graduating them, for i remember when I was a graduating senior they were in 7th grade, and many of the girls I have known since then! So here is to the class of 2013, be proud of your accomplishments, we sure are! Cant wait to spend the summer with these students before we both head off, me to CDH and them to college! 

Ryan Swindell and Taylor Steen, Winner of the TJ Redmond Scholarship

Alex Freeney, Winner of the Chase Burnett Scholarship 

Corey Perdew, Winner of the Dowell Servant Leadership Scholarship

Jacob Davis Band

Monday, May 20, 2013

Law Enforcement Banquet 2013

So this is way late, But on May 7th, I got the honor of taking pictures for the annual law enforcement banquet that is put on by the DA's office. For those of you who don't know, my mom is a law enforcement liaison for the Fayette County DA's office and she worked really hard on this event every year. This is a night that is designed to honor the courage and work of the law enforcement in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which is made up of many counties. With policeman from all over and their families there is not a safer place to be, and its quite a moving night. Here are a few of my favorites from the event! 

Over Coming Adversity Award to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb!

The essay and art contest winners from the local Elementary Schools

She was the overall winner! 

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Brad Milstein

 Thats my mom...isnt she pretty! 

Singing the National Anthem, she was good!

 District Attorney, Scott Ballard