Recently Deb from Say It with Letters contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a Guest Designer Project with their products. I said yes of course since I think their products are super fun. I seem to have a thing for house themed projects so of course asked if I could play with the Happy Homes Collection.
For my project, I decided I wanted to set my houses upright on a base. I used a wooden sign that I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I painted the sides a dark brown and then covered the center portion with green pattern paper.
I painted the sides and backs of each house and then covered each with different pattern papers. For the house with the doors and windows, I added window frames and vellum so that I could set a battery powered tea light behind it and get a soft glow through the openings. I also cut strips of chipboard and gave each little house a roof.
To adhere each house to the base, I put a line of E600 glue along the bottom of the house and placed it on the board. I sat something behind each house to keep it setting upright until the glue set, which was fairly quickly.
For the little house in the set, I did a bit of handwriting on the paper that I covered the house with. I toyed with the idea for several days of what phrase I would use. As it always does, this phrase came to mind as I was laying in bed. I had to get up and jot it down because I knew I would never remember it in the morning. To finish out my scene, I added a few small flowers at the base of each house and covered some chipboard trees with paper and used foam strips to adhere them to the houses. (Products: Houses- Say it With Letters; Pattern Paper- BasicGrey Nook & Pantry; Chipboard Trees- Maya Road; Flowers- Making Memories; German Foil Trim- Red Lead)
When you win an award called a "Kick Ass" award, you just gotta imagine what the trophy looks like. . . .
Wait, what is that on top?
Why yes, it is what you thought, a trophy guy kicking an Ass.
Last night I was really honored to be one of the recipients of this year's Kick Ass awards. The Kick Ass Awards in St. Louis are sponsored by 52nd City and seek to honor people who are doing things to make the city great and a more interesting place to live and play. When you look at the people who have been nominated, they are all people doing really great and really important things; things for the environment, teaching, developing the community, ect. They selected me for my work on St. Louis Handmade site. If you aren't familiar with it, St. Louis Handmade is a website I run which features and tries to promote handmade artists, products, and events in St. Louis. Don't get me wrong, I believe in what I am trying to promote on St. Louis Handmade, I believe in arts and crafts and truly want to celebrate the people who are embracing the dream to create. I believe in it and believe it is important. But still, when surrounded by people working to save the environment and live eco friendly, to shelter abandoned animals, or teaching others how to grow organic foods, well, I just felt unworthy. Honored, extremely honored, but so unworthy. I think that was kind of the jest of what I said when handed my award. I am not sure. All I could hear was my heart racing in my ears, it was a very weird and loud roaring sound. I am so not a public speaker. I think I said that too. I am not sure. David assures me though that it wasn't anything too doofusy or goobery. I hope he was telling me the truth and not just being kind. Okay, so aside from having to speak in front of this room of people, I have to say this was one of the absolute coolest nights of my life. The people there who shared were so inspiring and funny and just all out cool. It was held at Joe's Cafe which is hands down the most unique, fascinating, and odd places I have ever been too. Bill Christman, who owns it is the artist behind Beatnik Bob's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem at The City Museum. I wish I had words to describe it . . . but there just aren't any. The Cafe and art gardens are just full of curiosities and wonder. Ohh, and lest I forget to mention, we saw a little stage show with girl wrestlers. . . you had to be there, trust me. I laughed until I cried and then walked out with a big grin and a huge Kick Ass trophy. A very kick ass night indeed.