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Let’s Get Creative!

Marie Torio is a NY based
photographer specializing in food, restaurant, interior and
editorial. Her website where
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Hello friends!! Today I am going to talk to you about the do-it-yourself topic. I’m sure many of you will agree with me when I say that it’s a trend that has inspired many to become more creative and it’s here to stay. There’s something gratifying about having a vision, getting the materials needed and creating what you have researched and put your mind to. That being said, I’m not a very hands-on crafty person. However, I do admire the amount of D-I-Y projects that are out there and how they’re easily presented, whether it be with a tutorial or class. 
    I recently took a class at Bubble East in Babylon Village and I am so happy I did. We created a fall themed mason jar floral arrangement. Come along with me as I show you what the class was like.  

    First, I would like to highlight  that these classes are so appealing to me because of its laid back environment. Grab a couple of friends and a bottle of wine to make it a nice Friday night out while creating something you can take back home. Win, win and win. As you walk in you pick your spot and the supplies are perfectly laid out for you. The wooden crate for the jars to be displayed, four mason jars, sand paper, chalk paint, wood stain and faux flowers are all ready for you upon arrival. What more can you ask for? The hassle of having to go out and purchase all these supplies is out the window. Bonus for me!
    Next is the fun. Choose the chalk paint desired and paint the mason jars first so there’s some time for them to dry. You proceed to stain your wooden crate and once it’s dry you sand it in order to give it a distressed look. Once that is all set up and ready, you pick the faux floral arrangements. I loved picking out the colors. Keep in mind the season and décor of your home. Once the whole arrangement was put together, I was so satisfied and proud that I took the class. It’s currently on my dining room server giving it a fall touch.
    Now that the weather is getting cooler and the outdoor activities are coming to a halt, I encourage you to take a class. Look for local craft stores whether its Michaels or Joanne’s, boutiques, or libraries and take advantage of what they have to offer.  Not only will you push your own creative boundaries but will also have something as a keepsake. Take photos while you are there to document the experience. You will not be disappointed.  Happy crafting and shooting!!

 

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