Happy 80th Birthday, Nonnie! - DIY Photo Bracelet
Last weekend, my family & I pulled off a surprise party for my grandma's 80th birthday. She was shocked and as per usual- she cried. (If you remember my Puppy Surprise post from her last birthday, she's a pretty big cryer. It's darling.)
It was a really fun party and it was awesome seeing so much of our family that we don't see very often. My uncle Brian made killer BBQ, my mom was in charge of getting Nonnie to my aunt Linda's house, and I...well, I just drank a lot of wine. OH! I did pick up this great cake on the way. Bless you, Costco.
I really struggled with what to get her. She's kinda hard to buy for. Besides, 80 is a pretty big milestone and I knew something as simple as a picture in a frame just wouldn't do it justice. So, I combined her two favorite things: jewelry and ME.
Okay, fine, Jewelry and all her grandchildren.
This project was much easier than I thought it would be & when all was said and done she had a beautiful keepsake with mine, my brother Jordan, my cousin Morgan, and my nephew, Tristan's photos that elicited lots of "aww"s and kisses on my cheeks.. I managed to find this awesome pendant kit on my favorite cyber play land, Amazon. The tricky part was printing out photos that were tiny enough to not just be pendants of our eyeballs. For that, I consulted with the most handsome graphic designer I know, my future hubby and owner of Rumor Media. He did some photoshop magic and scaled all the photos down to itty bitty sizes before sending them to be printed. Then I took the photos and traced them, using the glass dome cover as my guide. i dropped a tiny dab of diamond glaze into the pendant setting before placing the photo on top of it. Diamond Glaze is water based so a tiny bit goes a long way and if you use too much, it gets everywhere (and leaves little dome shaped blobs that are so far impossible to remove on your countertops. ugh). Once the photo is glued down to the setting, cover the photo with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze and then top it with the glass dome cover. Once all the photos were dry, I attached them (okay fine, my gel nails rendered me useless. J attached them) to 6mm split rings and then attached those to a gold chain link bracelet.
She loved her bracelet and I hope it will serve as a reminder that her grandchildren lover her with all our hearts. Happy Birthday, Nonnie. You're the best. <3