Now that I've got a (very) little bit of a break between big deadlines, I'm pretty much vibrating at high craft frequency at all times, always thinking two projects ahead (I know you know what I'm talking about). My daughter's third birthday party is on Saturday, & she has once again proved the excellence of her tiny self by requesting a sparkle party. (I know I've mentioned this before, but typing out the words just thrills me: sparkle party! I italicize it when I say it out loud, too.) She came up with the idea by herself, I swear, although it's not like there isn't any inspiration around here that might nudge her in that direction.
Yesterday I went up to the party supply store for plates & etc, & while I was there I got some of their big cardboard letters (well, 4", my kid has a long name). I'd been out shopping earlier & seen a name banner made out of letters covered in vintage wallpaper & then strung on a ribbon, & while I was sort of admiring it (I love the idea, but would rather spend the $90 it would cost to put her name together on, say, a piece of actual original art (or pots of glitter! or groceries!), also, though I really do like it, sweet pink floral vintage wallpaper isn't exactly my gig), it hit me that I could get my own letters & cover them with, wait for it, glitter.
You know how sometimes you try out an idea & it turns out better than you expected, maybe makes you wiggle a little with glee? Yeah. I painted the letters in shades of pink first (all the same red, mixed with varying amounts of white), then covered them with different colors of translucent pink glitter. They are super-fantastic. Now I just have to figure out how I want to string them -- because of the smallish size & the font I picked, I don't think I can drill stringing holes in them without breaking some of the more delicate letters, so I will probably glue them onto the ribbon (which brings up its own set of fun choices: thin or thick? Single or double?) This will be up on the dining room wall for the party, then I'll hang it up in her bedroom.
Lest you think I am a sparkle party genius, I also managed to come up with the flip side of the crafting experience, which is when you try out an idea & not only was your vision flawed in a practical sort of way, but once you get it up & running you're not sure if it was really worth your time.
Here's the start of a garland that was definitely better on paper, but it's starting to grow on me, & I think that when I finish it & loop it around our light fixture with lots of balloons, it will have at least a hint of the ribbony-dotty-sparkly excellence I was hoping for.
Now I just have to make the party shirts & find a good recipe for chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting.
And also stop fantasizing about the pincushion I want to make once all this is over.