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  • G’day! My name is Rebecca Joy.

    Some call me Rebecca, others "Becks," & my Dad lovingly refers to me as "Beckaroo." Take your pick! When I'm not behind my camera or working my day job (I double as an accountant), you can find me at the beach, snuggling up with my furbaby or learning to be a domestic diva.

    I love being married, photographing you getting married, and being able to tell your story after the vows.

    Thank you for stopping by & I can't wait to meet you!

As promised, here’s the first in my “Wedding DIY” series… Cake Toppers!!!:)

First off, let’s start with what you’ll need for this project:

 

*Some sort of wooden base –this topper is for my sister’s wedding.  Their theme is “lovebirds,” so I went with a birdhouse base

*Wooden beads (if you’re making lovebirds like this project, you need 2 large beads for the bodies & 2 smaller ones for the heads)

*Sand paper

*Paint

*Paint brushes

*Scissors

*Decorative fabric (I used felt & a bit of lace)

*Wood glue

*Hot glue+gun

 

Step 1:  Sand down any rough edges on your base.  Once you’ve finished, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust.

Step 2:  Use the wood glue to attach the large & small wooden beads.  Set the two bird bodies aside and let the glue dry.  Mine took about 15 minutes to be dry enough to paint.

Step 3:  Start painting your base.  I went with 3 coats because my paint choice was a light green.

Step 4:  Paint your lovebirds!  I painted the bigger bead on each figure first, then moved on to the heads once they were dry enough.

This was the point in the evening when the sun went down & I had to move the crafting party inside.

Step 5:  Cut out the beaks and wings.  Attach them using the hot glue gun.

You may have noticed in the first image that my birdhouse originally had a small loop attached to the roof.  I decided to remove it and make a cute little heart to put in it’s place.

Step 6:  Cut 2 hearts out of felt (or your desired fabric).  I had a spare pipe cleaner lying around, so I used that as an anchor for the hearts.  First, I folded the pipe cleaner in half.  Then, I used the hot glue gun to attach the matching hearts on both sides of the anchor.

Fits perfectly!:)

Step 7:  Mr. Bird’s attire–a tie & top hat!  I cut a tie shape out of felt and attached it using the glue gun.  The top hat required a little more work.  I used a soda bottle cap as a stencil for the larger circle, then free-handed the smaller one.  Next, I cut a strip of felt, which will determine the height of the hat.

I lined the edge of the smaller circle with hot glue, then quickly placed the felt strip on top of it.  The strip wasn’t measured exactly, so I had to cut off the excess before gluing a seam for the 2 loose ends.  After the top portion of the hat was set, I lined the open edge with hot glue and centered it on the larger circle.  Now, you have a top hat!

Step 8:  Mrs. Bird’s attire!  My sister is wearing a birdcage veil & accessorizing with a pretty, white flower.  I just happened to have some scrap lace and a bunch of white flowers in my craft box.  I didn’t take pictures of this part of the process; but basically, I cut a small piece of lace, bunched one end of it together  & hot glued the bunched portion to the back of Mrs. Bird’s head.  From there, I added a flower and adjusted the veil until I liked how it looked.

Mr. & Mrs., all dressed up!:)

Step 9:  I misplaced my tiny paint brush, so for the eyes I cut off the end of a Q-tip & dotted it in black paint.

Step 10:  Glue the birds to the base.  After applying the wood glue and placing the birds where I wanted them, I realized I didn’t want to hold the birds in place all night.  This is where you’ll have to get a little resourceful!  I happened to have a hair clip that was the perfect size for holding lovebirds together.  :) You can see the tip of the wood glue bottle behind Mr. & Mrs. bird– I put that there to help stabilize them & keep them perfectly straight.

Step 11:  Bedazzle the felt heart.  I decided a plain heart was a little boring, so I broke out my bead box, a needle & thread, and got to decorating.  I started by edging the heart in clear crystals & finished it off by putting their last initial in the center.

Step 12:  After the wood glue has set & the lovebirds are fixed to their base, apply a few coats of glaze to protect your work.

Step 13:  While the glaze is drying, work on your birdhouse banner.  Again, I used a piece of scrap fabric for this.  Cut the fabric into whatever banner shape you prefer, then add a cute sentiment like “Happily Ever After” or “Love tweet Love” with paint & the smallest paint brush you can find.

Step 14:  When the paint on your banner has dried, hot glue it to the birdhouse and…. YOU’RE DONE!:D

You can use a similar process if you’d rather make people rather than birds.  The picture below is of the cake topper I made for my own wedding.  For the bodies, I used a larger wooden bead for the heads & clothespins for the bodies.

 

I hope this little DIY helps!  Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below… and, HAPPY CRAFTING!:D

Hi, friends!  I’ve been staring at this blank screen for a while, trying to figure out the perfect way to share some pretty huge news with you all.  I’m just going to go with the “Band-aid method” — say it real quick & it will be over before I realize it. ;)

 

I’M MOVING TO AUSTRALIA!!!!!

 

Phew!  Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll do a little explaining. :)  If you’ve been following the blog this past year, you know that my fiancé moved to Australia last fall.  In that time, he was able to turn a 2-month contract job into a full-time position, with Visa sponsorship.  I can’t even express how proud I am of him!

After our wedding this August, we’re hopping on a plane and starting married life off with a big adventure in Perth!

What does this mean for Rebecca Joy Photography, you may ask?

To be honest, I’m not really sure yet!  I’ve been blessed with wonderful clients from the start, so I’m sad to be leaving you all.  I hope that I’m able to carry RJP over to the Australian market.  If not, you’ll be seeing lots of gorgeous travel photos on this blog until we move back.

Like this…

How long will you live in Perth?

Kyle’s work Visa has a 4-year maximum… so, we can be there up to 4 years.  It will all depend on the state of the US & AUS economies, as well as how much we miss home.

Will you be taking on sessions leading up to your wedding?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  I’m so excited to photograph Kristen+Niel’s wedding in a couple weeks, as well as another Aflac corporate event!

Which leads me to my next point…

If you would like to take advantage of this last-chance session offer, please shoot me a message on the “contact” form or email me directly:  hello@rebeccajoyphotos.com

Thank you to all of my lovely clients, supporters & blog readers for helping to turn my dream into a reality!  I hope you continue to stop by my little blog and see what we’re up to in the “Land Down Under!”

Much love, friends!

-Rebecca