Last Friday she turned 20, which means that we're finally in the same decade again (only for 14 months, but I will be enjoying the fact that we are both in our 20s while it lasts)! This year instead of buying her a gift I decided that she, my mom, and I should celebrate by spending a day together making stuff for the house she just moved into, where she'll be living until she graduates from college in 2013. Since Abbie & I both have a pretty intense love for Pinterest, I asked her to pick out her favorite project ideas; and then between my mom and I we bought/scrounged up the needed materials for our Pinterest party.
Since Josh was gone at a family camp this weekend, Saturday was the perfect time for my mom and sis to come spend the day/night with Liam and I. After running to Hobby Lobby for the few materials I needed Abbie to pick out (yarn & fabric), we settled in to make the presents (I can't think about making presents without hearing Monica from The One With Unagi: "make the presents, MAKE the presents" ... that reference is for Kristina & Kim.).
Abbie got right to work painting the tree for her button tree. This photo was her inspiration:
And here is her finished product:
In the meantime my mom cut sheet metal, painted a picture frame, and spray painted old medicine bottles for the magnetic make-up board. Again, the muse for the project:
And what we ended up with ....
Personally, I think Abbie's is way cuter. Such fun fabric!
And what was I working on, you might ask? I spent most of the day trying to figure out how to wrap cardboard numbers in yarn. Abbie had found this cute pic:
And since she couldn't think of a word that she would necessarily want displayed in her house, we decided to do her street number: 1445. I now understand why whomever made the above yarn-art installment chose letters, because it was pretty tricky to keep the yarn from sliding off of the slopes and curves of 4s and 5s. It may have taken a long time and a LOT of yarn, but I think they ended up being pretty cute:
I'm so thankful that my mom, sis, and I have such sweet relationships with each other, and that all three of us love to create/craft/make things. What a great way to celebrate. Happy birthday, Abbie!