Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DOMAIGN: Hand-Stamped New Years Resolutions Necklaces



I deeply believe in New Year's Resolutions. Last year I made a huge list (see it HERE) and I did pretty darn well at accomplishing most of it. But this year, I think I'm going to take a different approach and have less but more difficult resolutions. But no matter how many resolutions you have, one tough thing remains clear, and that's remembering your goals! It gets hard to remember them, especially when you REALLY want that doughnut, and it's mid March, and your strong, stalwart resolution to eat healthy is starting to fade... Well this month's Domaign class helps with these weak moments. January's class is making hand-stamped necklaces with the word "REMEMBER" on them! You will literally be hand-stamping a thin piece of metal, fashioning a wire around a crystal bead for a touch of color, and writing out some New Years resolutions on a well-designed handout. And yes, technically you can stamp any word you want, but I'll be stamping "remember" as it also has a lot of other deep meanings. Lastly, because of the technical difficulty of this class, I'm dropping the cap to 15 people so we can get some focused time.

When is the class?
It's on Thursday the 23rd at 8pm, at my home in Lehi. I'll send you the address if you reserve your spot.

How do you reserve your spot?

This class costs $12 and must be paid in advanced via paypal or  (send it as a gift to alexibullock@gmail.com), Venmo, mail a check to my home, or get me cash. Your spot must be reserved with the class paid in full by Tuesday the 14th. I will supply everything you need, but if you have wire cutters or needle-nose pliers please bring them to share! First come first serve, there's a cap at 15 people for this second class. So get your friends to sign up and pay ASAP before the spots fill up!!!

(Sorry for any inconvenience of paying in advance...I have to ask you to pay in advance because I'm sticking my neck out purchasing the supplies, so I really need to know how many people are coming. Thank you for understanding!!)




Monday, December 30, 2013

Domaign: Live Wreath Class



We had the best time together last week during the first Domaign class! Some of you are familiar with Domaign if you've known me for a few years, because it was my senior project graduating from the graphic design BFA at Brigham Young University. But for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, here's a little intro for you. I am extremely passionate about it, and I think it will be easy to see why!

Domaign is a new word created from the root word of home (doma-) and the ending of design (-ign) to create Domaign, or home + design. It sounds like "domain" which gives it a the double-meaning of a person's territory or home, yet this word for "home design" means so much more than what your home looks like. Domaign is a movement empowering individuals to create a well-balanced home by refined, creative, handmade, purposeful, and/or well-balanced design. Which means that not only will you design what your home looks like, you'll be designing the food you eat and your health in general, designing how you spend your money and spend your time, making and reaching personal goals, while creating and maintaining relationships. Domaign refreshes the idea of "homemaking" by retooling & repurposing it for today's changing world by expanding the sphere of people who can use it while allowing it to fit more categories than just "crafting." Domaign fits that wider realm with the following categories: interiors, health, finances, relationships & personal improvement.

Can you see why I'm so passionate about domaign? And after reading that explanation, it kind of sets the stage as to why I wanted to learn and teach how to make live wreaths. This skill was the first official domaign class because it filled 4 of the 5 domaign categories: relationships, we met new people and made new friendships; finances, the wreaths we made were only $10 where a Costco fresh wreath was $45+; personal improvement, we learned a new, fun skill, and lastly slash obviously, it filled the interiors category because we made a beautiful, handmade item to decorate our homes.

The plan is to have a domaign class once a month and the purpose of these domaign classes is to teach and learn new skills that fit into domaign's purpose. And because it's a class, we will always be together with new people cultivating new friendships together. Speaking of, I loved all the girls who came to our first class! Thank you!! It was so great meeting all of you, and I hope you can each come to the next class, or one in the near future!

Okay, enough talking. Let's get to the pictures!




Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Evergreen Tips & Uses


We had an INCREDIBLE time at the live wreath-making class last week! I'll be posting pics soon!! If you're not up to making a live wreath, or you missed out on the class but want to make your house smell like Christmas (no, seriously) then here are a few ideas to keep that greenery fresh and ideas on how to use it in your home. For some of these ideas, all you need are a few sprigs, which you can buy at a grocery store, or a local floral shop (or you could secretly trim some off of a tree up the canyon, but you didn't hear that from me!) But no matter how you get it, I would strongly encourage you add some evergreen-ery to your home this season, because it makes such a huge difference in feeling the Christmas spirit.

TIPS:
  • Keep greenery out of direct sunlight to last longer
  • Greenery that are kept in cool places will last MUCH longer (think wreath on the front door)
  • If evergreens are in a vase, replace the water daily and re-trim the stems every other day
  • Many evergreens release sap, so have some Goo Gone handy for the surfaces and clippers you use
  • When your arrangement is complete, generously spray your greenery with hairspray, which will help lock-in the moisture. Only do this once.

USES:
  • Other than making a live wreath (which I'll be posting about our event from last week soon), here are a few other ideas I've snagged from the incredible Instagram peeps I follow. You'll want to follow them, too, trust me!! And while you're at it, follow me, too, @alexibullock, I will do my very best to live up to your expectations!!

Create a garland with scraps like @kenziepoo did above.

Or put your scraps in mini vases to keep some fresh greens on your counter like @heynataliejean did.

@woodlark used some for presents above.

@sweetlittlepeanut used some for a tablesetting, and...

to decorate the back of a chair.

@stylizimoblog used it for wrapping up napkins in a subtle, elegant way.


Lastly, here's my take on @heynataliejean's greenery in a vase. SO simple to create, but beautiful and Christmas-y, no?



Have any other ideas with what to do with Christmas greenery?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Domaign: DIY Fresh Wreath Class

***THIS CLASS REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE INVITED TO THE NEXT DOMAIGN CLASS***

I just made this Facebook event, and I would LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE, whether we are good friends, or acquaintances, or you're a friend of a friend! Let's make the first Domaign event incredible! Please go to the Facebook event to add your friends to invite them! Here are the details:




Welcome to the first ever DOMAIGN CLASS! Domaign means "home design", doma (root word of home) ign (ending of design), and this month's event will be designing the home with a homemade wreath! I have some floral skills since I used to be a wedding florist, so I thought this would be the perfect, festive holiday event to kick off the first class. Each class will be priced differently depending on the supplies, but will never exceed $15! 

This class costs $10 and must be paid in advanced via paypal (send it to alexibullock@gmail.com), mail a check to my home, or get me cash. Your spot must be reserved with the class paid in full by Tuesday the 10th. I will supply everything you need, but if you have scissors, wire cutters, or floral clippers, please bring them to share! First come first serve, there's a cap at 20 people for this first class. So get your friends to sign up and pay ASAP before the spots fill up!!!

Sorry for any inconvenience of paying in advance...I have to ask you to pay in advance because I'm sticking my neck out purchasing the supplies, so I really need to know how many people are coming. Thank you for understanding!!

(And if we have a good turnout, or if there's interest in other Domaign Classes, we could do a class every month or so!)