My niece is a graduate!

I’m so proud of my niece!  She graduated from high school in the top 10 of her class and received a Presidential scholarship to UA.  She is also an amazing athlete, playing tennis and volleyball.  Plus, she’s absolutely beautiful!  Brains and beauty!!  She gets that from me, 😉

To celebrate her graduation I made her a pizza money cake (which I forgot to get pictures of) and an umbrella that rained money on her head (which I also forgot to get pictures of).  Plus I made her a couple of things.

lifelikecameraszdThe first is a little wall decoration for her dorm room.  Did I mention that she is an awesome photographer?  All teenagers love to take photos with their phones, and she is no exception.  But, she is also fully capable of using a high end manual Canon to get some incredible shots.  So, I found this quote on Pinterest and thought it tied up her love for photography along with graduation.

Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s important.  Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives.  And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

I found a cute Canon clipart and typed up the quote in Photoshop with it, then printed it out on canvas.  The canvas went on top of some printed burlap which I glued to one of those cabinet doors I have been hoarding from Habitat for Humanity.

If you want to make your own project you can download the print I made on my Freebies page.

keychainszdThe second gift is a keychain.  I used my metal letter stamps to stamp out “class of” on a 2016 penny.  Wait, back up – 2016 pennies are sort of hard to find!  I started digging through the change bucket that sits on a shelf above my washer.  47 pennies later I had zero 2016 ones.  Uh-oh.  I went to my wallet, fully expecting it to be a bust.  Lo and behold, I found 6!!  Whew!  Ok, so I started stamping on the first one, nope messed up the spacing.  I started with the A because it is in the middle of class, figuring that would help me center it and get the spacing right.  Nope, four pennies later that spell ASS, I am starting to get worried because remember I only had 6 to start with.  The fifth penny was perfect, ok definitely not perfect – but it will do!  Then I stamped ‘Have Fun, Be Safe’, Call your Mom’ on a metal blank and attached the penny to it.  Love the way it turned out.

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