Monday, February 25, 2013

Adios April :(

It was a sad, sad day at work a couple weeks ago when a co-worker of mine, who became a really good friend, resigned and took another job in Florida. Yep, she left Kentucky to move down to the sunshine state.  You kinda can't blame her, can you?

I knew I wanted to make something special for her and I kept thinking about this picture of us that was taken almost 2 years ago.  We were working in Louisville and when we saw each other for the first time that morning, we could not believe the coincidence!  We totally did not plan this so we had to take a pic. 

Then I had an idea.  The company she is working for in Florida is called the Mosaic Company. I've always loved the look of mosaic tiles and have always wanted to use them in some project.  This was obviously the perfect time to bust them out!

I started out with a plain unfinished wood frame from Hobby Lobby in their wood section.  Then I took black craft paint and painted the back and the sides.  I left the front alone since it would be covered up anyway.

Here's where I got lazy when it came to taking progress pics.  So let me explain what you missed.  All of the tiles laid out perfectly except for the bottom row.  I bought a tile cutter since about a fourth of the tiles were hanging off the bottom.  Well, let's just say that Shari and tile cutters do not get along.  My hands were so sore for 2 days from squeezing the tile cutter so hard.  There was blood, sweat and tiny shards of glass all over my living room floor.  So I gave up and moved on to plan B.  First, I went ahead and grouted the tile then after it was set, I painted the bottom row black.

Then I took another trip to the Hob Lob and found this black furry trim.  Perfect!  And yes, I color coordinated the tile to match our outfits.  Duh.  I was pleased with the way it turned out.  I just have to figure out this tile cutting situation for the future. 

And here's one last one of the two of us.  This was taken at her farewell lunch with all of our work peeps at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  I miss this chica like crazy but I'm happy for her and her new opportunity.  The good news is I have a free place to stay when I go to Florida.  :)

I miss you April!!! 

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