Friday, November 28, 2014

one magical november weekend.

hogsmead.

This so happened. 2 weeks ago. November 14th-17th. Girls' trip with Purna and Sue.

And, oh, yes. It's exactly what it looks like.

Hogsmeade. In all it's magical glory. =)

I'm just gonna frankly say that I'm def not getting around to editing those pictures. So freakin' knee-deep in editing other travel photos. NYC, LA, this past weekend's engagement shoot, the upcoming NYC trip (!!!). That's not even including personal photog projects, DIY tutorials and the occasional friend's partay. Hopefully I can crank all that out before 2015! Wish. Me. Luck.

Anyways, back to the real purpose of this post. I've never ever ever been so awestruck by a theme park before. Til now. Incredible detail went into every nook and cranny of both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. So much so, that it doesn't even feel like you're at a theme park! I feel like us girls did this whole Harry Potter trip justice. Nothing but Harry Potter. All day, everyday, for 2.5 days. (With a surprise One Direction cameo appearance. Now that's a bonus.) If ya ever find yourself in Orlando, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly where it's at.

besos ... jin.

Friday, November 21, 2014

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

In the spirit of Fall, my patio is all kinds of pumpkin'd out. Which gots me thinking: A nice Fall wreath would tie it all together. But I didn't want just any normal wreath. Oh, no no no. Of course I had to do something different! So enter snazzy felt rosettes. I've always loved the idea of felt rosettes but never knew a classy way to use them without looking 'too cheesy crafty'. Although the idea of felt rosettes on grapevine wreaths are nothing new, so it's been challenging trying to figure out how to make it really unique from the pack. Here's what I came up with:

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

Materials // Grapevine wreath. 10-12 felt sheets of various colors (I've used 4 shades of orange). 6-8 flower stems. Scissors. Permanent Marker. Glue gun. CD case and/or Paper towel holder.

How-to // 1. Using a permanent marker, trace circles onto the felt sheet using a CD case and/or Paper towel holder. I used both 'cause I like the idea of varying rosette sizes. Two (maaaybe 3) is the max number of circles that can fit onto a felt sheet. // 2. Cut out circles. Don't cut along the black permanent pen trace, instead cut inside the pen trace. That way, no black markings will be seen on your rosettes. // 3. Now with your newly acquired felt circle, cut a wonky imperfect spiral all the way to the middle. The wonkier, the better! It adds a bit of character to the rosette! // 4. Starting from the outside edge, roll up the spiral. Make sure the bottom of the rosette is flat as you roll along. // 5. When done rolling, glue gun the remaining piece of felt onto the rosette. // 6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 until you have the desired number of rosettes in need. // 7. Start playing around with a design in mind! Then commit by sticking the flower stems in and glue gunning the rosettes onto the wreath.

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

In hindsight, I probably should've scaled back on the glittery flower stems. Kinda takes away from the felt rosettes and grapevine wreath itself, 'cause that wreath looks like it's on fiy-ah a la Hunger Games style. Perhaps, place the the flower stems behind the wreath? Or go minimalist next time and let the felt rosettes do all the talking. But overall, I am diggin' the different textures on this wreath. Now on the hunt for a mini stuffed fox to place inside of it!

diy // felt rosette fall wreath.
diy // felt rosette fall wreath.

besos ... jin.
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