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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Photo Calendar Kit {A Great Gift Idea!}

This post is brought to you by Michaels and Recollections.  I received product and compensation, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gift Calendar | Crafting in the Rain

Calendars make me happy.  People I love make me happy. Put the two together and it's a winning combination!  I got to try out this 2014 Michaels Recollections Calendar Kit (available for $39.99 exclusively at Michaels stores) and it's a fun and easy way to build a personalized calendar.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

#WeddingRingWednesday 2

I hope you guys like the collection I put together last week. Here are a few more beautiful rings and great stories to go along with them.  See more on Instagram with the hashtag #weddingringwednesday  Thanks to everyone who shared!



1@chelseaannmain
I guess #weddingringwednesday is a thing on IG now. I don't have my wedding band yet, but my engagement ring is a 3 carat morganite stone with a rose gold band and diamond halo. Jesse got it from a small jeweler in California & it was exactly what I wanted because I picked it out!  I have an April birthday so my birthstone is a diamond & I wanted something other than a diamond for my wedding ring. #morganite #rosegold
2@craftinomicon
We met at a pirate party he didn't want to have and I didn't want to go to.#weddingringwednesday

3@saffroncrafts
We met at grad school - hung out in the same circles and kept running into each other. I ran into him at the library one rainy afternoon and we went to have coffee at the on-campus coffee place. We ate croissants and drank endless cups of coffee until the morning shift staff took over. We had apparently talked all night. Our first date. We've been together since. Going to get coffee is still one of our favorite favorite things to do. There is no one I enjoy coffee with more. :) #weddingringwednesday

4@rycrafty
#weddingringwednesday I love a bandwagon! Hubby picked a low-profile engagement ring so it wouldn't interfere "with work, or your yarn". The wedding band was custom made and has a diamond of a pair from his granny. Its mate is in his step dad's wedding ring, which passed to hubby recently. There's also a stripe of rose gold that only shows in some lights. Hubby ended up picking a ring with a rose gold stripe too, unintentional matching!


5@hnija
#weddingringwednesday My husband asked me out two weeks after I started a new job where he works. We dated for almost two years before he proposed to me in a local bar where it was a complete surprise with a dozen long stem roses. We were married three months later. This year is our 5th wedding anniversary and I feel blessed to be married to my best friend. My rings are what he calls "the pacifier" because he promised me custom rings that he has designed. I designed his wedding ring and commissioned it from a local jeweler where they incorporated the gold nuggets that I panned myself from my dad's gold mine. He loves his ring and I love my pacifier that I will pass down to my daughter. He has given me two great gifts in my life: his love and a beautiful daughter. #loveofmylife #iamgrateful

6@starbate
I met my husband on Teddy Thompson's Facebook page four years ago (yes, really). We got engaged 15 months ago in NYC and celebrated by going to a TT show at the City Winery. The next day we went to Greenwich Jewellers and walked out ten minutes later with a Todd Reed original. The lovely people in the Colorado workshop agreed to make our wedding bands and posted them to Oz so we could exchange them at our wedding 2 1/2 months ago. Seems like only yesterday (well, it's not like it was *that* long ago, eh). #weddingringwednesday
7@ilikeorangetoo
#weddingringwednesday. I've been with @aquaman65 for 17 years, married for 15. This isn't my original full set. I have matching wedding and anniversary bands, but they have each cracked in half and are missing stones; I just chalk it up to all the bad luck we've had and really don't care to get them fixed because it just reminds me of all that stuff. Literally everytime we were down on our luck, a stone would fall out or the band would crack!! I don't think it's a coincidence either (sort of superstitious) I wear my late gramma's wedding band instead and it makes me just as happy. And for the record, he doesn't even wear a band because he's lost it (in my presence) 3 times!! We just decided that it wasn't worth it to keep purchasing new ones. Oh well, I still love him with or without one.
8@lpsimpson
#weddingringwednesday on Thursday! Have loved seeing these pop up in my feed! We've been together 7+ years and married for 3! Two boys, one house, one dog and a lotta love and challenges :) Phil proposed on Christmas Day in 2009. He went to so much effort to conceal his plans! This ring is made locally in Wellington. It's a Celtic symbol and is called eternity. I love that it's floral and flat! Perfect for me :) x


9@violetcraft
Justin proposed to me on a giant rock in the Pacific Ocean while the tide came in. As in, we almost got stuck out there. It was incredibly romantic and I had no idea he was proposing until I turned around and he was on one knee. Okay, to be completely honest we mostly almost got stuck because I needed the perfect selfie on the rock before I'd get down :) Saturday is my 11 year anniversary. #weddingringwednesday
10@mrs_destructsean
#RingTalk: We started discussing "the next step" pretty soon, and I actually went back and forth quite a bit. while I love older styles and admire them endlessly, I always found myself coming back to this classic three-stone-setting sort of ring. Sean proposed to me with exactly what I had in mind. Classic, simple, clean lines. And that stone just blew me away. So clean and sparkly (actually that was my one request: sparkly) And what's more, he spent months saving for it and picking it out without me ever knowing. He went as far as to have cover lunches and hang outs with a good friend who even checked him in places he wasn't to throw me off. (If I didn't trust them both implicitly, this might be a cause for alarm - but anyway) Sean worked with a local jeweler who spent time picking out just the right setting and finding the perfect stone for it, which I think is so sweet in this era of assembly line everything - so few are willing to go that extra mile. (And that is why I love small businesses, but that's another story for another time) I love my rings and feel absolutely naked without them. That constant reminder of love makes me happier than I can put into words.

11@missjessm
Before we got married in June by Elvis, we got matching stars... Binded together with a marking that could not be removed.... Then to find a wedding band that would match my bold and un-conventional style led us to this designer ring by @byamt_studio! It is never coming off my finger! I love you @maca710 with all my heart! #weddingringwednesday #love

12@andasbackpack
We've been married for 12 years; together (mostly) for 17. I don't wear a wedding ring, although I have a diamond solitaire engagement ring and a diamond wedding band. Instead I wear this plain, rose gold NON-wedding ring on my 5th finger. Greg bought it for me as something that is so perfectly me, and our way of saying that it doesn't matter at all what everyone else does. He wouldn't love me if I was like everyone else, he loves the snotty, dirty, quiet, snide me. I wear the diamond ring on special occasions, usually when someone else is getting married :). #weddingringwednesday


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

College Gift Basket

{Finals survival packs almost feel like Christmas when you're in college!}


Thursday, November 14, 2013

#WeddingRingWednesday

Yesterday it started with a single picture.  Just one I snapped on my phone of my weddings rings and asked my friends to post theirs too using #WeddingRingWednesday so that I could see them too. 



My story is like this: We met in a college history class.  We were friends for a couple of months before he asked me out. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sheet Music Flowers

{How to make flowers out of sheet music, perfect for wreaths or other decorations}



If you've got Christmas crafting on the brain, you've probably noticed that sheet music is a pretty popular material to work with.  I've seen it on ornaments, canvases, picture frames, and today I've got a tutorial on how to make flowers with it.  I posted this along with a decorated wreath a couple of months ago on Craftaholics Anonymous.

Here it is again in case you missed it, plus I updated the wreath to work for Christmas.

Start by gathering your music.  Sometimes you may be lucky to come across some old looking stuff at garage sales, but you can age "new" music with tea (if you want a lot of music, try checking with a school band or orchestra teacher to see if they have any extra that would just get recycled anyway)



How to tea stain: Make a strong cup of tea with a 2-3 tea bags (we don't drink tea, so I just used the cheapest stuff I could find)  When it has steeped and cooled off, pour it into a pan or cookie sheet and dip the sheets one at a time.  Set out on paper towels to dry, or even place in a warm oven (do not leave unattended).  If you live somewhere that's still warm outside, that's an option too.

On to the flowers.  Cut cardboard templates at 2.75, 3.75 and 4.25 inches (or something similar...that's just what I used) and start cutting circles from the sheet music.  Each flower needs 2 of each size.  (cut 2 or 3 sheets of music at a time to speed the cutting process)

Now cut wavy lines around each circle.  Spritz lightly with water and crumple them up. To speed the drying process, place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 275 for just a few minutes.  When dry, the paper will be quite stiff.  Smooth them out just a bit and layer the 2 large then 2 medium then 2 small, securing in the center with a brad (I had to poke a hole through the layers with a nail first, the brad wasn't strong enough to do it)



And now you've got a fluffy little music flower to put on your tree, a present, a candle (preferably one that is electric or won't be lit ;) or a wreath like this one.  The little banner says "cheer" but the glitter letters are hard to read in the picture.


As always, let me know if you have any questions, and I'd love to see pics if you make some!  Leave a link here, or on Facebook, or tag me on Instagram.  Have a great Wednesday!


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Thankful Wall Art

{An easy Thanksgiving decoration you can leave up all year long}


This pretty wall art made from a cabinet door is actually something I made last year.  I just kept forgetting to write it up (and my fellow bloggers will back me up on this--often the picture taking/editing/post writing/etc takes way longer than actually doing the project in the first place) And I don't even have pictures of the whole process of this one!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glitter Sequin Pumpkins

{Gold glitter pumpkins make the perfect fall and Thanksgiving decoration}


Gold Glitter Sequin Pumpkin | Crafting in the Rain

If one sparkly thing is good, then two sparkly things are better, right?  These pretty little pumpkins are topped with gold glitter and gold sequins and they're so easy to make.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Point of View --Tabletop

Now that Halloween is over, have you started thinking about your Thanksgiving table?  I love finding simple ways to dress up the table.  We're already putting so much energy into the food, right?


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