Don’t Be Afraid To Chase Your Dreams

This year has not started off on a good note for me, I was at my lowest since January 1st and it wasn’t easy. There were days where I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and perhaps I didn’t even want to? It’s hard dealing with something that has attacked me so suddenly – one day I woke up and there it was sitting firmly on my chest….. Anxiety.

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Wedding Bouquet DIY Frame

Today’s post is really as the title says: Turning your wedding bouquet into a lovely crafty DIY Frame.

I brought my wedding bouquet home with me from Portugal – it got crushed in the suitcase and battered all around, however I didn’t have the heart to leave it behind. For almost a year I had the dried flowers in a vase over my bed gathering dust. Every time I’d be cleaning the room more and more leaves fell off and it became a real eyesore.

I started thinking what could I do to keep them, but to preserve them at the same time? And then the Ikea RIBBA Frame sprung into my mind! We had our wedding gifts for our parents made in those frames by Catherine from Dainty Dress Diaries and they are perfect for DIY/Crafts Projects as they are deeper than usual flat frames.

The size of the frame 23 x 23 and they are available from Ikea @ €4.90.

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So, what you will need for this project?

  • Wedding Bouquet
  • Scissors
  • RIBBA Frame from Ikea (or a Deep Frame suitable for crafts)
  • Craft Glue (Superglue will not work on leaves)
  • Hairspray (optional)

[Disclaimer: The frame is only few inches deep, before you start your project measure how thick your flower heads are as they might not fit properly into the frame which will not do the project any justice]

 

What to do?

  1. Using your scissors cut off the flower heads and provisionally lay them out to figure out where they should go within your arrangement.
  2. What I’ve done is I have glued the insert of the frame onto the back of the frame so I knew exactly the size of an area I needed to cover with my leaves/flowers.
  3. I then started to slowly glue my flowers onto the insert. I had a mixture of flower heads and leaves. TIP: Glue your biggest ones first and then fill in the empty spaces with smaller ones and individual leaves.
  4. As the back of the frame is brown some people like to paint it to a neutral color matching their flowers in case they don’t have enough flowers to cover the background area.
  5. Once you’ve finished your arrangement, spray the flowers with some hairspray (not too much) for a longer lasting result.
  6. Close the frame and figure out where to display your handiwork πŸ™‚

 

If you decide to do this project on your own, I’d love to see the results! Feel free to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Below, you will see the bouquets on my wedding day in all their glory! πŸ™‚

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[I am also doing these on Freelance Order Basis, feel free to email me for details on jetsettingbombshell@hotmail.com ]

Joanna x

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My Every Day – Day!

Quite often on my social media especially Snapchat (joanna.stich) I get asked what it is that I do, how I manage everything and what my day to day life is like. WELL, let me tell you it is not that exciting. Monday to Friday I do the same thing – I am gone out of the house for 12 hours every day and I come back exhausted.

I wake up at 6.00am; make the bed and head downstairs for breakfast.

Bed

Usually my breakfast is a bowl of Protein Granola from Aldi & tea with lemon. Quick and easy is essential in the AM.

I get ready & head for my train no later than 7.10am.

I arrive to work and get a cup of coffee; this wakes me up and I am ready to face the world of wonderful customer service.

Coffee at my desk

I am at my desk from 9.00am until 5.30pm daily…….

I get home for approximately 7.00pm have my dinner & make dinner for the following day; women’s work is never done as my father-in-law says.

Cooking Dinner

I then catch up on emails; blog news; social media andΒ  family & friends messages.

Some time gets devoted to my hubby, of course.

Shower, PJ’s and I can finally put my feet up (maybe with a cuppa if the hubby feels generous enough to make it for me).

Relax with a Tea

I doze off on some night time drama on TV and the cycle begins all over again…

As you can see I don’t have much time for anything else, however I have to try and make the most of my travel time etc. to get things done and be able to carve out the much needed family time. If any of you have any questions about time management etc. feel free to comment below or you can read my recent time management post here for more tips!

Joanna x