Friday, March 13, 2015

have courage and be kind

chalkboard art with quote from Disney Cinderella movie | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I saw a trailer for Disney's new live action Cinderella movie last year at a movie theatre. As soon as I heard the words "have courage and be kind" I had to dig through my purse to find a piece of paper and a pen because I knew that this was the inspirational quote that I needed for a project I was working on for my youngest daughter's bedroom.

chalkboard art with quote from Disney Cinderella movie | Lorrie Everitt Studio

These are the words she sees every night before she goes to bed.

To create this I simply painted over an old framed canvas painting from the second hand store. The white paint on the frame is Martha Stewart's vintage decor chalk paint left over from painting my daughter's night stand. A couple of coats of Martha Steward chalkboard paint completely covered the original canvas painting. I worked out the type on my computer first and printed it out in sections so I could trace the final design onto the canvas. I used chalk markers so that the design would not rub off when we I dust. 

The Cinderella movie opens today in theatres and from what I have read and heard so far the movie looks like it is going to be amazing. I can't wait to see it, hopefully with one or both of my "princesses" or perhaps with my "Prince Charming".

I love the quote in today's (Toronto Star) from Lily James about the movie and her role as Cinderella. She was talking about the fact that she does not believe in the myth of Prince Charming and she said  "I don't think he comes and saves you. But I do believe in true love and I do believe in two people meeting and enriching each other and making each other feel like life is worth living." I believe that too and I think I may have to add that quote to the back of this piece!!


The End.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

diy "feel better ' gift basket

diy "feel better" gift basket | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I put together this feel better gift basket for my sister-in-law a few weeks ago. Today I thought that I would share some of the diy projects I made to fill and decorate the basket. 

diy "feel better" gift basket | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My husband and I were in Barcelona last fall and I fell in love with an adorable little candy shoppe called Happy Pills. I borrowed their idea and filled a mason jar with lots of colourful and yummy candies. I added a paper tag to the jar with my directions .... "take two pills every 4 hours as needed". I knew that my sister-in-law would have lots of little visitors so this jar full of candy was for her & to share!

I have a thing for motivational quotes and chalkboards (if you don't believe me - check out my Pinterest boards) and instead of buying a get well card I made a button to add to the basket liner. This was a very simple project - I spray painted a large pin-back button with chalkboard paint and used a chalk marker to write out the Winnie-the-Pooh quote.

diy "feel better" gift basket | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I filled a linen bag with hair bands and ties and decorated the bag with another "chalk board button". 

Flowers are lovely but not always practical and can require additional care to water ... so I created this petite arrangement of (fake) succulents in an antique glass container. 

I found the wire basket with the canvas liner at Winners - it was the perfect size to hold magazines, books and all of my diy projects. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

let's celebrate with diy cake stand liners

diy decorative cake stand liners | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Birthday celebrations have changed in our home over the last few years. Many of our family and friends have food allergies and food intolerances, so the concept of a traditional "birthday cake" just doesn't make sense for us any more.

A mini cake along with a variety of different cupcakes has become our new "birthday" tradition. I received my first cake stand as a birthday gift from my daughters a couple of years ago and now I have a collection white cake stands that I use for sweet tables and birthday parties. I recently created some reusable liners to use on some cake stands for my daughter's birthday.
They were so simple to make using items I already had on hand.

diy decorative cake stand liners | Lorrie Everitt Studio

The kraft wood grain wrapping paper (called "Into the Woods") that I designed for Creative Bag last year is still one of my favourite prints. I'm sure that I will be reusing this liner a number of times this year both at home and the cottage.

Here's how I made my cake stand liners ....

diy decorative cake stand liners | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gather your supplies: cake stands, wrapping paper and/or scrapbook papers, self-adhesive laminating sheets, plates to trace, scissors. 

diy decorative cake stand liner tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

1. I  used assorted sizes of plates and bowls as templates to draw perfect circles onto my wrapping paper. Test out different sizes of plates on top of your cake stands to find a size that works. Using a pencil, trace the circle shape on the back of the wrapping and cut out using scissors.

2. Following the directions on the self-adhesive laminating sheet, laminate the circle and smooth out using your hand or a bone folder. 

3. Cut the liner so that you have an even clear edge all the way around the paper. 

4. Repeat to create more!

Note: I bought my self-adhesive laminating sheets at the Dollar Store. You should be able to find them at any store carrying stationery supplies.

diy decorative cake stand liners | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you have a happy day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

love letters - handmade script fonts

love letters from Lorrie Everitt Studio - handmade script fonts

I love letters. fonts. typography.

I have been known to purchase clothing, jewellery, coffee mugs and home decor items just because they have beautiful lettering on them. 

Typography was one of my favourite classes when I studied Graphic Design in the early 80's. That was a long time ago when computers where just an idea. I really enjoyed learning how to create beautiful lettering by hand and that skill came in handy when I was getting married. I can still remember doing all of the calligraphy on the invitation envelopes and the escort cards.

Right now, I'm really loving fonts with a handmade script look. I don't know why ... maybe it's because it's getting close to Valentine's day, or maybe it's because I'm working on a number of wedding projects, or maybe it's because I'm inspired by so many of the script fonts I've been pinning from Creative Market

A lot of people ask me about the fonts that I use in my art and where I get my fonts. My go to source for fonts for the past year has been Creative Market. Their font selection is current, the artists who created the fonts are amazingly creative and helpful and it's very easy to purchase and download the files. 

 Creative Market has weekly freebies and every once in a while they offer bundle specials that are pretty hard to resist (especially when the bundles include fonts that I've been wanting to add to my collection!).

Here's a collection of some of the handmade script fonts that I have been using lately. I've listed each font by name and you can find the links for all of the fonts below!

love letters from Lorrie Everitt Studio - hand drawn script fonts

If you are looking for more lettering, font and typography inspiration, you may want to check out these Pinterest boards that I have created: fonts, typography, creative sign inspiration, chalkboard, and graphics.

Monday, December 29, 2014

it's time to drink champagne and dance on the tables

It's time to drink champagne and dance on the table | free printable for poster from Lorrie Everitt Studio

2014 is almost over and I'm looking forward to starting a brand new year.

I am not hosting a New Year's Eve party this year, but if I was, I would use the poster that I created earlier this year for a wedding as a backdrop for the bar! I just love the saying ... "it's time to drink champagne and dance on the tables". 

As a little gift me from me to you, I thought that it would be fun to share the poster as a free printable that you can download here. I printed my poster at Costco as a 16" x 20" photo with a matte finish. 

Please keep in mind that this printable is for personal use only - if you are interested in using my art for commercial use, please contact me first.

It's time to drink champagne and dance on the table | free printable for poster from Lorrie Everitt Studio

If you are looking for the gift tags that are shown on the favors in the photo above, you can find them here.

I purchased my 2015 daytimer today and I can't wait to start filling in the pages with things I am going to do and events I want to remember. 

2015 is going to be awesome! Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

go old school with a diy holiday game

make it yourself - the jolly St. Nick game | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's a fun little project that I designed to keep the kids busy this holiday season. It's a game that is not played on a cell phone, tablet or tv ... it's old school and it can be played by two or more people. Put it on the kids table to keep the little ones busy for a little longer so the adults finish their meal in peace.

make it yourself - the jolly St. Nick game | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I designed the game for an issue of Creative Living Magazine and you can find the download for the printable as well as the complete instructions to make the game here.

make it yourself - the jolly St. Nick game | Lorrie Everitt Studio

A quick recap of the diy instructions: The game is contained in a soup/ice cream container. Six small wood blocks were used to create the "dice". My (free) download printable includes both the art for the top of the container lid and the game instructions that will be place on the inside of the lid.

make it yourself - the jolly St. Nick game | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I painted the wood blocks with chalkboard paint and used a white chalk marker and small letter stamps to spell out "jolly". To create the Santa face on the sixth side of each of the dice, I drew a moustache and two dots for eyes.

make it yourself - the jolly St. Nick game | Lorrie Everitt Studio

The red and white stripe washi tape is a cute finishing detail. If you can't find a striped washi tape like mine, look for a pattern and colour combination that matches the printable.

Now I'm off to finish my holiday baking. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

setting the table for Christmas day

diy burlap ribbon tree | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Yesterday I hosted a surprise birthday dinner party at my home to celebrate my husband's grandmother's 98th birthday. Grandma is the sweetest, nicest and most lovable lady I've ever known and such an inspiration ... she is 98 and still goes to yoga classes! 

Today I spent the day cleaning up from the party and started to prepare the dining room table for Christmas dinner. I have been making these adorable little burlap ribbon trees and I plan on putting them at each place setting.

After featuring my burlap trees in Creative Living Magazine, I had a few people ask me how I made them. So I thought that I'd share a quickie tutorial on how to make them here ...

diy burlap ribbon tree | Lorrie Everitt Studio

My supplies: green burlap ribbon, styrofoam cones, T-pins, two sided tape for ribbon, striped paper straws, mini metal pails, florist foam, kraft sizzle and baker's twine.

Use one T-pin to keep the ribbon in place at the top of the cone. Wrap the ribbon around the cone to cover the pin and continue wrapping down the surface of the cone. Once you get to the bottom of the cone do one final wrap around so that the ribbon overlaps enough for you to add a piece of two-side tape to end. You can see in the photo above (bottom right) that the burlap ribbon should come down a little lower than the bottom of the cone so that you do not see the cone. Add a paper straw into the centre bottom of the cone.

diy burlap ribbon tree | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Add a chunk of floral foam into the pail to support the paper straw. I tied baker's twine around the pail and added kraft sizzle to hide the floral foam. 

These trees are pretty simple to make and I think that if I store them properly they will last for a number of years.

diy burlap ribbon tree and s'more favor for Christmas dinner | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I'm also adding these s'more favors to every place setting. I have decorated the clear take out boxes with the green burlap ribbon that I used to make the trees and lace ribbon left over from my holiday gift wrapping. We have an outdoor fireplace in the backyard and I'm hoping that the weather is nice on Christmas day so that we can toast our s'mores outside after dinner.