Belated Birthday Gifts & Wishes
for Jen of Craftiness NOW
At Koru, the inspiration & celebration of new beginnings involves weddings 99% of the time. But beginnings come in many forms like births & birthdays. & I like to celebrate them all!!!
My friend Jen of Craftiness NOW is no exception. When she announced her birthday bash in August, I eagerly started a birthday project for her that involved her love of pink & crafts. Then I was unable to attend her party (boo-hoo) & I stalled on my crafting. We finally made plans last week & this was the fire I needed under my crafting butt to get this project done.
Let's call this project Inspiration Canvas Set. I found inspiration on Pinterest but (stupidly) I didn't actually pin the source but the basic canvas, letters, paint idea is similar to this pin. I wanted something simple & sweet to decorate Jen's cute apartment & inspire her with some well-chosen words.
First things first was a trip to AC Moore. I loaded up on 4 baby canvases, wooden letters & paint. Because a throng of sorority sisters had depleted the supply of wooden letters to make their paddles, I was forced to rethink my words. I ended up with my original words of Love & Hope, plus the new additions of Joy & Wish:
I painted two of the canvases with a few coats of Ballet Pink because Jen loves pink & the other canvases with Vanilla for a nice contrast:
The "toughest" part of the project was painting those tiny letters. For most of the letters, I painted them before I glued them on the canvas. It wasn't easy keeping them in place to paint them. I didn't paint Wish until it was glued on the canvas for that exact reason. Then I ended up with pools of extra paint on the canvas. I can't decide which method was best:
Before too long, my birthday present idea turned into an actual birthday present that I'm pretty proud of:
I wrapped these cuties in a cupcake gift bag & paired them with pink wine & presented them to Jen at our little dinner & dessert party. I'm pretty sure she liked them. Hopefully, all of Jen's birthday wishes come true because she deserves each & every one!
FYI, with the right words, these could be a great engagement, wedding or baby decoration or gift. Think Marry Me with the couple's name, wedding words like Forever/Always/Love/Heart or the baby's name, birth date & stats. Be creative & have FUN!