Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to Make Lilly Pulitzer Covered Letters








I have seen Lilly decorated letters many times, and I was so excited to create a Mercer University set! Surprisingly, this adorable letters are super easy to make and look fabulous in any print! 

Needed:
Wooden letters
Lilly print
Modge Podge
Paint 
Craft knife or scissors
Paint brushes 

1. Choose A Print
To start off, I choose the perfect print to encompass Mercer. I choose the Lilly Georgia Print. You should choose the print based on what letters you are covering (monogram, school initials, etc). For monograms, I would simply choose your favorite print. However, for school initials, I would cover the letters in the Lilly State pattern for your particular school. Ultimately, it is up to you! After you choose your print, you need to print it out. I suggest going to your local print shop for the most brightly colored effect. 

2. Paint
Secondly, you need to paint the backs and sides of the letters. I choose orange, because it has a heavy appearance in the Georgia print, and it is one of Mercer's colors! You do not need to paint the front of the letters, because you will be covering it with the Lilly print. Be sure to wait for the paint to dry!!

3. Cut
To ensure you cut pieces into the proper width, place the wooden letters over the Lilly print and use a craft knife or scissors to cut around the letters. After you cut the Lilly print into the shape of the letters, cut the letters into more pieces to create a more crafty look. 

4. Modge Podge
You are now ready to cover your letters with Lilly print! First, paint the wooden letter with Modge Podge, and then, paint the back of the printed Lilly pattern with Modge Podge. Place the printed piece on the wooden letter. Continue this process until you cover the letters completely. Once fully covered, paint over both letters with Modge Podge. You are now done! 

Be sure to let the letters dry completely! Happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Graduation

After 12 years of driving down Sligh Ave and wearing plaid skorts, I am officially a graduate of Cambridge Christian. While I have been an official "alumnus" for a week, it still has not hit me. I still feel like I'm going to walk down those brick-lined halls and see the students I've gone to school with since 1st grade.

As graduation day approached, I was convinced that I would be consumed with sadness for leaving behind such a huge part of my life. However, after going through all the graduation events and receiving my actual diploma, I'm not filled with regret or sorrow. All I feel is excitement. I am ready for the next chapter of my life. Sure, I will miss cheering for football games and lunch with my friends, but there is so much new coming my way that I do not think I will wish to go back to high school days. 





Saturday, May 9, 2015

Prom

I absolutely love getting dressed up. It is one of my favorite things to do. Doing your makeup extra special, getting your hair done, and putting on a fabulous dress. Nothing can beat that. I was so excited for prom this year, simply because of my dress. Typically, I buy my dresses for formal events (Homecoming, Prom, etc) months in advance. I bought this year's prom dress a whole year in advance. I always look around at the formal dresses just in case I find the one. For prom, my best friend actually found the dress. We were just shopping around at Dillard's, and she found the perfect dress for me. I tried it on, fell in love, and called my mom to get the approval (of course!). Just like that, I had a prom dress. 
This year's prom was safari-themed. While I would have chosen a Kentucky Derby theme (It was the day before the derby), the African Elegante sufficed for the setting: prom was at the zoo! 
After getting my makeup done at MAC, my hair done by my amazing hair stylist, and all dressed up, I was ready for a night of dancing! Here's the finished product.