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Gloria Joy INK

In case anyone is wondering what I’ve been up to, check out my new Facebook page, Gloria Joy INK. I’ve got a portfolio assembled and you can contact me there for any party planning needs!

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Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Invites

YO! No more excuses for not blogging, I’m probably not going to get any less tired or busy anytime soon, and I’ve missed this little bloggy outlet. I NEED this outlet! Right now I’m scrounging together fifteen minutes of my lunch break from work to bring you the cutest thing I’ve accomplished in the last twenty four hours (sorry hearing aid newspaper ads, I wouldn’t call you “cute”. In case you aren’t family or a coworker reading this, I’m a graphic designer for a hearing aid manufacturer. I think I’m perfect for my job, because, who better to market to the hearing impaired community than a twenty-four year old girl!)

Moving on, I recently put some birthday invitations together for a little girl who loves Yo Gabba Gabba, you know, every parent’s favorite show. I really wanted to make it something sweet and girly without feeling SO “themey”.

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Do you notice the rhinestones?! Those are my favorite part. Along with the liner, and the little front cover that goes with the Yo Gabba Gabba theme. Okay, you got me, I love it all.
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I’ve had quite a few invitations this year, so I think I’ll be sharing those (sorry if you hate them) and then *hopefully* getting back on the home decorating band wagon. I didn’t just fall off, I’m pretty sure I fell in front of it, and then it ran over me and rode into the horizon without me. Stupid bandwagon.

I’ve got plenty of house changes, and you’ll get to see them. Eventually. Maybe. Patience. One. Word. Sentences. Okay. That. Is. All. WAIT…..

If you haven’t seen my other invitations check out the Lingerie Shower Invites, Diamond Bridal Shower Invites , Girly Baby Shower, Nautical Baby Boy Shower, Book Themed Baby Shower or check out my website, gloriajoy.com, to get the scoop on what it is I do! I’m open for business if you have any invitation needs. Just email me at gloss(dot)create(at)gmail.com

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Not Your Average Breakfast Sandwich

I can’t believe I took a two month long hiatus. It wasn’t planned, life has just one overwhelming event after another. In case anyone remembers about my washing machine that flooded my kitchen, I got brand new floors put back in. They are exactly the same as before which is a miracle otherwise the bedrooms would have had old wood and the living area a mismatched new wood. I’m almost back to normal, I just need to get a plumber out here to install my dryer. I’ve been without a dryer for two and a half months. Thankfully Oklahoma skipped winter this year and it’s been so nice outside I can actually line dry my clothes since my dad installed the washer. Thanks daaaaddy!

I’ve also had tons of interest in my invitations which has brought in extra cashmoney BUT also kept me SUPER busy. You wouldn’t believe how many people come to my blog looking for invitations. It’s been awesome and I’m so happy I started doing that. It only took three years but better late than never.

Since I’ve had so many things keeping me busy, I really needed to get over the hump of not blogging and take advantage of this quiet saturday morning and BLOG!!! So I have a recipe to share. I know it’s not my usual forte, but it will do for now. Ladies and Gentleman (do guys read this blog other than my husband?) may I present:

The Peanut Butter, Jelly & Bacon Sandwich

I woke up this morning CRAVING a sandwich I didn’t know existed. With one eye cracked open googling this on my way to bright for the morning iPhone I found out that this is in fact a real thing. Elvis ate it, and if it’s good enough for the king, it’s good enough for me. If you happen to be reading this blog because you also googled it… Be not ashamed. It’s totally normal, now go make this and enjoy.

It all started with two slices of toasted bread, like any self-respecting sandwich should. (P.S. I LOVE sandwiches and it’s hard to think of eating one NOT toasted. Like I even toast a PLAIN peanut butter and jelly. It’s just the way it was meant to be.)

Next up is the peanut butter and jelly. In my world, grape does not exist. So don’t you dare bring it into my house. Acceptable flavors are strawberry, raspberry, apricot, apple, blackberry and so on and so forth. Anything but grape. Oh and would someone explain the whole jam and jelly thing? I use the terms interchangeable even though they aren’t the same thing. I just don’t get it.

Now it’s bacon time. I went with a  moderate four and a half pieces. You can put on whatever your heart desires. Another side note, I like it when my peanut butter is warm and kind of melty so sometimes I have to put it in the microwave for a couple extra seconds if I toasted the bread too soon and it’s already cooled down which I almost always do.

In case you’re not sure what’s on the bacon… it’s maple syrup, cause duh, why not? If you’re already putting BACON on a PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY sandwich, why not add a little maple syrup. There is no shame here.  Oh my goodness at this point it smelled delicious. I could never be a food blogger cause all I wanted to do was eat it.

THE VERDICT? Not bad! It definitely hit that savory sweet craving I had. In fact, it’s been three hours since I ate the first one and I’m already starving again so I may need to go polish off the rest of the bacon.

Anyone else have interesting food combinations you eat? I’d love to hear, seriously I would. This ones not that weird but I eat scoop my baked beans with Lay’s potato chips. Mmm, I think I’m the only one in my family that does. So start spilling!

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Slightly Nautical Baby Shower Invitations

I just wrapped up another set of invitations, this one for a boy’s baby shower. For me invitations are like the ultimate crafting, I enjoy it so much! It also has a bit to do with a slow blog since I’ll work on it when I get home for a week straight. It doesn’t always leave time for everything else.

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The style I was going after was a nautical pottery barn with a mix of modern and vintage, but not sailor. I both love and hate how many layers I put into invitations. I love it because of all the textures and interest, that’s what makes it special. I hate it when I’m stuffing the fiftieth envelope and still not done and my back aches because I’m laying in bed trying doing all of this with Caleb while watching an entire season of Animal Planet’s The Haunted on Netflix, because I love animals AND ghost shows win-win. THEN when I remember to move, I can HEAR my back creaking and Caleb can too… from the kitchen. Oh how I long for my craft table, I need a truck to bring it over!!!

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The directions were printed on tracing paper. It give this awesome crinkly texture. I wanted it to have a vintage map feel to it. Let’s hope the directions are correct and I don’t get all of the party guests lost! That would be hilarious! NOT.

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Here’s a list of my other invitations:

Floral Baby Shower

Shiny Bridal Shower

Lingerie Bridal Shower

My Portfolio

I specialize in hand crafted invitations at affordable rates. No job is too big or small, and I have a quick turnaround. Email me at gloss(dot)create(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.

Is anyone else amazed at the number of babies popping out right now? I keep hearing that the US birth rate is down, but you seriously could have fooled me.  I feel like everyday there is a new pregnancy announcing itself…

Happy Pre-Pre-Thanksgiving!

 

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The World’s Greatest Silver Spray Paint: A Love Story

I’m no longer asked for my ID when I buy spray paint. This is when I first knew I was an adult. But now,  I’ll be 24 this week and I still can’t rent a car without paying exorbitant fees for being “under age”, disgrace.

Onto the point. I want to share a a chance meeting of two objects in my house, and as they say, Oh it is love.

Orange Foo Dog, I like you, but you just weren’t working. I tried, I tried really hard, but in the end, you needed someone else…

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Meet your new lovah, Krylon Silver Foil Metallic.  This is seriously my all time favorite silver spray paint.  It looks oh so real and coats ever so gently in only one coat. Seriously, one coat does the job.  It doesn’t make that loud chhhhhhhh sound when you spray it either,  but it sounds like the flapping of angel wings. I would NOT kid about this.  Here is a link to the Krylon website there’s plenty of other colors to choose from.

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It’s so shiny, and looks like real metal. I can’t say enough good things about this. I even used it on my cabinet hardware and it has held up really well. It doesn’t scratch easily, and I’ve been wanting to try it on my doorknobs and hinges, but let’s not get ahead of myself.

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I wasn’t crazy about my bookshelves, I guess I wanted a more cohesive color story and the orange just wasn’t ME. So here they are! All shiny and new.

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Yeah, put your sunglasses on, its shiny.

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I wanted to compare it with a silver seashell I bought at target. This is just the silver foil color, but I wonder how different the chrome option would look.

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I had this failed project laying around so I silver’d it up too. Not much to say about what I did to it, I’m embarrassed honestly.

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It’s now hiding living in the bookshelf. I’ve made this rule that the bookcase cannot have the same arrangements for more than a week. So far so good!

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It’s progressing with a little help from spray paint!

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Project Gallery Page

Since not everyone who reads my blog has followed since I started or taken the time to go through every.single.post. I created a project gallery page with links to each project I’ve done AND PICTURES people! So if you don’t already have enough blogs to read… I currently have 228 posts sitting in my reader, all from this weekend… then you should check it out here!

It ended up taking me a lot longer to put it all together than I thought it would. I didn’t realize I had almost fifty projects, why do I always feel so lazy? I need to be a little softer on myself.  Some of the project are a little more exciting than others, so don’t judge. Just hoping it makes things easier to find if you’re interested. Click away!

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Three Years Ago Today…

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That’s my dad :)

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