The Evolution of a Go-Go Gift

Posted by on July 7, 2011

Most of my projects don’t look a thing like they were imagined.  All of my projects start out with a vision, an image that keeps me up at night as I plan colors, photos, adhesives (what adhesives don’t keep you up at night?!?). None, or at least few turn out exactly how I pictured. Most are revised because of supplies, hiccups or unrealistic ideas. Some…come to a screeching halt. Most of the projects that are brought to a screeching halt are stacked in the corner of my office and then covered with other debris so that I don’t have to look at the unfinished ness of the project.

Gloria’s first birthday gift (both of them) heard the screech! But they couldn’t be stacked in the corner. One, because I was going to be attending the party and needed a gift. Two, the corner was going to be packed up in a box for our move and I couldn’t face the idea of inventorying that box with “Gloria’s failed gift”.

So let’s look at the evolution of this gift.

So the first gift was a framed number. I found a cute gold frame at HomeGoods. I imagined making it a monogramed piece accented with a doily (doilies are really in now – that was me updating you on the world of what is in and what is not. ) I then enlisted the help of Gloria’s mother for color choices. In the process of picking out “Lakeshore” Bazzill paper and jewel toned…jewels this “helper” asked about the use of a peacock feather. So, the project took a turn….out with the doily…in with the peacock feather.  The next step was using the jewels to create a “G” to be placed in the frame. I created this beautiful “G” on my mommy break.

Can you hear the screech? What is wrong with this picture???

Yep….I forgot that when I cut out the “G” I would be able to see the white paper….ARGH! Oh, and it is rather large. So I started over. I placed the paper and feather in the frame and tried to figure out how to work in a “G”. It needed to be “bedazzled”.  I finally settled on a different font and a smaller “G”. To get the outline just right but  not see the white paper template I placed the paper inside the frame, stuck on the jewels and then removed the paper template.

One gift saved.  Now on to the other piece of the gift that heard the screech….

So I wanted to make Gloria a puzzle that featured photos of her and her beautiful sister Rosemary. However, my first attempt failed.


Oh yes, it looks good in this photo…but when I went to cut the blocks apart…SNAG….major snag. OH and when I started to think about it…Gloria is one….she doesn’t need such small pieces to her puzzle.

So….back to the drawing board. I purchased bigger blocks (1.5 inch x 1.5 inch) so there would be fewer pieces and bigger pieces. First problem solved. Then I cut each of the photos into pieces and then used Modge Podge to adhere them. (the first time I Modge Podged (yep –as a verb) and then tried to cut…no good)


It turned out pretty cute. Still probably too much for a one year old…but Rosemary can help her – right?!

One Response to The Evolution of a Go-Go Gift

  1. Jill

    Ok, that puzzle is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen!!

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