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Sweet Paul Meet & Greet

I had the amazing opportunity last Saturday to meet Sweet Paul of Sweet Paul Magazine fame! I have always admired his beautiful magazine & all of the projects involved 🙂 He was touring with Rit-Dye & they had 2 projects set up for everyone to craft with.  I love Rit-Dye too & I’ll be posting a few more fun projects with their dyes in the next few weeks.  I’ve been hoarding a pile of clothes & home DIY’s to re-dye when I can finally get to them.  So I was really excited that these 2 fun crafty companies got together & came to my home town’s Jo-ann Fabric & Crafts Store in Mount Laurel, NJ!IMG_0022.JPG

The first project was making coffee filter flowers.  There were pre-dyed coffee filters & we could build multi-layer flowers with the supplies provided on the craft tables  Look how cute these are:IMG_0011.JPG

Here’s some of the fun colors we got to craft with.   IMG_0013.JPG

I had my daughter Lizzie with me & that made for a very interseting craft time as well.  She of course, made me make a pink flower. IMG_0007.JPG

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Our next project was coloring different sized wooden beads for necklaces.  They had out purple, aqua blue, navy blue & black.  Here’s the funny part of my story.  Lizzie started having a mini melt down & we didn’t know why at first.  After a few “piiiiiiiiink” cries I figured it out that she wanted the pink dye for her beads, of course.  Well, the lovely ladies of Rit Dye dropped everything & made Lizzie her own pink dyed bracelet.  Life was so much better & she was completely different from that moment on.  Including telling everyone her life story.  Well that in turn made me happy since I could then craft with 2 hands with no clingy toddler.  The Rit Dye ladies were entertaining her & having a lot of fun too being entertained by a crazy 3 year old.  So much so she became a Twitter & Instagram star 😉  IMG_0159.PNG

SO happy with her new bright pink beaded bracelet/necklace 🙂 We will be having fun turning this into a few different accessories.IMG_0002.JPG

This is mine.  I used the aqua & black dyes.   I take a terrible selfie & I need to step up my selfie game >_<IMG_0008.JPG

Here’s some fun pics of the Sweet Paul & Rit Dye crews dying their beads:IMG_0003-0.JPG

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How gorgeous is this?!?!?! I’m definitely trying this really soon! I’ll be heading back to Jo-ann’s this weekend for some more supplies.IMG_0009.JPG

I got some dye on my hands, but one of the ladies gave me a great tip!  Make a scrub with lotion & sugar & scrub away.  It worked! I was going to an All White Gala event that evening funny enough so I had to put that scrub to the test.  More about the Collingswood Pop Up Gala in the next blog post 🙂 IMG_0026.JPG

I picked up a copy of the magazine Sweet Paul & Rit Dye collaborated on.  There are 7 different catagories with a handful of projects in each to make.  It really is a neat craft book & I’ll be doing some tutorials from it within the next few weeks.  I’ll take more pics of it as I start each project, but go to Jo-ann’s & definitely pick one up for yourself! It’s $6 for lots of Dye-IY fun! IMG_0012.JPG

Sweet Paul was kind enough to sign one for me 🙂 IMG_0014.JPG

“Dear Meg, Keep chasing the sweet life. Paul”  Thanks Paul, I will! IMG_0019.JPG

We even got a fun pic together! IMG_0022.JPG

Yay! We made it through with only 1 mini-meltdown, 2 fab projects & we got to meet some great crafty people!

Thank you so much to Sweet Paul & Rit Studios for coming to our area & taking the time to craft with us!! We had a blast! & now I have some new projects I have to work on asap!

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Chalkboard Pots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! Just updating this post today! Last week got the best of me through a lot of house projects that I needed to do.  I was determined to post pics & then never got to talk about them 🙂 Anyway, glad things are getting back to “normal” & I can tell you all about my chalkboard flower pots! This was so much fun!

 

I first gathered some terracotta pots I had on hand.  These were for Mother’s Day & I had to be a little “frugal” this year.  I had the sprays, pots & chalk on hand & had some fun in Walmart’s garden department.  I was surprised to see new flowers that I haven’t seen before & I even have a new favorite succulent that I will be blogging about later 🙂

 

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I used Jo-Ann’s black spray paint as a base.  I have learned that using a primer with chalk board paint is very important! I used Krylon’s chalkboard paint for the fun effect! This was really easy to use & I sprayed 3 light layers with about 15 minutes to set in between.

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This next step is also VERY important! You have to “season” the chalkboard with a layer of chalk smudged all over it.  Then I wiped it off with a damp cloth.  This helps to seal the paint. & helps to keep the surface smooth.

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Then have fun with your phrase or artwork of your liking 🙂 I’m not an artist so I scribbled a message from Lizzie & made a few colorful doodles.

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Have fun with this project & I hope everyone is having a great Spring!