Sunday, May 13, 2012

An update, and Mother's Day!

It's been a while since I last posted a blog. I have been keeping up with my usual routine - working, crafting, baking, and traveling when I can. I recently had the opportunity to go to a hair show in Baltimore and there I saw and learned amazing new things! Having education like that just fuels the love for my job even more. It gives me motivation to try new things, step out of the box, and really work on perfecting my skills as a hairstylist. I even met Nick Arrojo, the hairstylist most known for the show "What Not To Wear"! He came to this country at a young age, I believe 18 or 21 years old, with only a few hundred dollars in his pocket and he worked his way to the top. Not only does he own a world famous salon (and charges $500 dollars for a haircut!), he has opened a line of cosmetology schools to educated other aspiring hairstylists the skills they need to success. I admire that so much!

I have been doing some crafting as well. I feel like my creativity is bursting to come out of me and whenever I can get my hands on a project is a happy day. Currently I am searching for a short and wide bookcase that I can refinish and use as a bar for our wine and liquor bottles. Unfortunately I have had no luck. In the meantime I have been working on a wooden shutter, that I painted and hung on the wall to hold our mail! All I did was sand the shutter down to remove any imperfections on the surface, first with a medium grit and then a fine, until it was smooth. Then I used a paint and primer in one, in a beautiful orange color. Our living room is brown, cream and blue so having that pop of color as accent pieces really pull the whole room together. I also only did two coats of paint. It left it a little uncovered, however with this piece I love that look. It almost made it look naturally worn. I stupidly deleted the before picture of the shutter, but here it is after it was hung up on the wall!

Love love love! Then I finished my felt rosette wreath. My friend Shannon at Bit of Blue Sky posted a wonderful tutorial on how to make a wreath out of felt rosettes so I followed that to make my own. Shannon always has the best tutorials on crafts and recipes, a few of which I am planning on trying in the near future! Check out her blog if you haven't already!

I wanted something bright and cheery for spring time, so I went with this color palette. All I need to do it work on getting it hung up. (Psst... that white vase in the corner I made too. With a clear cylinder vase, I wrapped it with rubber bands and spray painted the outside with a matte white. Super easy and super fun to make over those vases you don't know what to do with!)

Today is also Mother's Day, so happy Mother's Day to all my friends and family who are mommies! I miss my mom so much and I wish we could be together to share this special day. She is the strongest woman I know and her love is never ending. When the day comes where I am blessed as a mother, I hope to be just like her. Today I am spending the day with my furbabies - two little creatures who put a smile on my face and warms my heart every single day. 

Have a wonderful day and enjoy every minute <3

- Laura

1 comment:

  1. Laura that wreath is beautiful!! I love the color of the shutter too. I posted the tutorial on the necklace too by the way :)