Women of a certain age don’t tell their ages anymore, but we still celebrate our birthdays. First of all, we’re worth it, and second of all, considering the alternative we’re happy to be around to have those birthdays!!
Today is Robbie’s birthday and I made her a special lei. What you may not realize is that I don’t have the Candy Wrapper die – yep, you guessed it – it’s hers and I borrowed it. But I came up with this goofy idea all by myself (you can certainly tell, can’t you?) It was actually one of the first things I thought of when I saw the little box.
As you can imagine, lei are a very important here in Hawaii. There are many beautiful and more traditional lei made from plants and flowers, shell, or feathers, each invested with cultural significance. This is not one of those lei. This is a crazy-cousin-who-really-doesn’t-quite-belong-in-the-family-but-we-love-him-anyway lei. We have many variations on that too – some time I’ll have to do a post on some of the more creative versions. This one is made from Melon Mambo cardstock rolled with the cupcakes wheel, spritzed with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint spray and embellished with words from the Fabulous Phrases set. The boxes are attached to one another with some retired ribbon. I know, I know…maybe next week when my schedule frees up I’ll post another Un-Tutorial.
If you look closely you’ll see a couple of slightly amusing things in this photo. The first is Owlie Eyeballs drying on the side of my desk. The second is my pathetically warped cutting pad from the Ribbon Flower episode (And yes, I’ve gotten my hands on some Sticky Pages and I intend to try again. But first I need a 2×4 to hold the ribbon securely so I don’t melt anything else in my craft room.)
Don’t tell her…I’m counting on her being too busy to look…but I had to post this photo – her outfit coordinated with the lei!! Happy 29th birthday, my friend.