All About the Journey

I had just recently received that perfect piece of plastic. I had passed my license test-by a hair- the three point road turn was killer (I am still terrible at these to this day). I could not wait to pull out in Lexie (a solid car that was two years older than I was) and hit the road of FREEDOM-a sixteen year old’s freedom at least. I was driving to my friend’s house in Mooresville while my dad followed with my friend Posey. Background info: there is this insane intersection of highways in Statesville called the clover leaf were, as you could imagine, several major roads intersect. I confidently made my selection and gunned the accelerator around what looked deceivingly like the right turn. While I made this move Posey asked my dad if they should call me to let me know my error before I drove to florida. Dad replied, you know “this is all a part of her journey.”

Since then I have made “this is all a part of your journey” one of my personal mantras. This can mean many things from go with the flow to take the less traveled road of adventure. I decided that the best way to illustrate this part of my life was to take an old map and repurpose it. I used a map that my friends and I had used in DC over spring break.

The first thing that I made was a simple place setting. I borrowed a cute fork that my friend bent for a display at her wedding.

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The next idea I admittedly stole from pinterest. I decided to redecorate an old lamp shade with a bit of pizzaz. This can easily be accomplished with tape (if you are seeking a removable solution) or of course a bit of mod podge for a long term solution. Please make sure that your lampshade is cloth or a similar material for best results.

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Next, I decided to take an old mirror and cover the back so that I had a chic new look for spring time.

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I cut small strips of paper from the map in long rectangles. then I dabbed mod podge on them (throwback to third grade crafts) and pasted them directly on to the mirror.

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In the past my wrapping jobs have been less than stellar. During college I have resorted to wrapping most gifts with recycled Daily Tar Heel’s (UNC’s newspaper), but as I will be a grown up in less than three weeks I decided that one thing that I needed to learn was how to wrap gifts at least half as well as my mom.

The wrapping of a gift starts with the perfect miniature card. I cut out a cute little card and then proceeded to borrow the string from the shopping tag of the present that I was wrapping=perfect.

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Finally, I made the cutest craft of all map crafts and an essential for me due to my Rapunzel length hair. I decided to take some of the smaller extras of the map and decorate my bobby pins with the assortment.

First, I made a Rose from the map.

I began by twisting a tiny piece of leftover paper into a tight circle as picture below.

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Then I twisted a piece of paper by holding the two ends and twisting for the surrounding petals.

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After Mod Podge and a dab of hot glue-this was the result!

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After miniature floral success, I spotted a butterfly on one of the colorful advertisements next to the map and decided to give it wings. I cut the butterfly out of the AD and rummaged in my miniature sewing kit for a small button. I mod podged the paper to the button and then hot glued it to the bobby!

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Here are the final products!

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I hope that you enjoyed your crafting journey today! Remember to always treat life as a journey and not as a series of destinations!

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