BOLD & BIG!

Here's where the dreaming began! 

Plus drawing up a new, gorgeous, maple cross.. 

These guys did phenomenal at cutting the corrugated metal sheets too. 

Side project... add geometric shapes with tape & then spray the piano.

It's coming along! 

Wow! Look at the piano! 

The cross is here!

Totally coming along!

It's always exciting to be at the lighting point. LOVE IT!!!

Here my sassy friends are proving to me that I asked for TOO big of a cross & insisted it had to be hung in the middle. Fine. You're right. Now off to plan B & a bunch of told-you-sos later, and we're moving it!

I like it over there! This happens every time. There are funny curveballs in design & you have to move & flow with it. No biggy! 

Metal, geo piano, cross. Wow. LOVE. THIS.

It's bold, it's strong, it's epic, it's inspiring!  

And it loves blue hues! Yes, yes, yes..

And warm tones.. you just better go do this where every you are. LOL.

LOVE!

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Let me know if you want more pictures or info from behind. We secured the pieces with wood behind & cabling to the ceiling. You'll need to retrofit it to your space. But of course, be sure to be careful & safe! 

Now go do it & send me pics!!!! 
XO - Jess

Modern Christmas Trees

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HELLO modern Christmas trees! These are FANTASTIC! They're light weight, inexpensive & clean. It's not easy to find a clean, modern Christmas concept - so we were thrilled with these. Keep scrolling to see how they worked/happened & some specifics etc. LOL.

If you didn't know it, triangles are NOT easy to make! It took several smart brains to figure out the angles. With a little bit of a photo tour, you'll see them come into real life!

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See what happens if you don't figure angles out right?

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  We cannot take full credit - Here was our inspiration! I screen shotted this from instagram in 2013 & I'm so glad I did. These appeared to be made out of metal. We chose to use wood, to keep cost down, since its a (4 week) short lived stage set. If you search The Big Jingle 2013 you'll find more images.

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Next we've mocked up the future 16', 14', 12' models...here Larry is thinking hard about how to do these.

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First table top sample. Nailed it! #microprops

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Samples from the shop...

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And now for delivery!

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I love how you can see the scale next to a total grown up!

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Light EM UP!

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These also work great surrounding a center screen...

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Now save this for next year, or the next year AND be sure to share pics with me & my team when you do make them! YES!!! GO!!!

Easter 2015 Stage Design

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Ok, this might quite possibly be the funnest, wild set we've done & it was a TOTAL BLAST! There are a LOT of pictures, so I'll make the explanation short! We wanted to build a stage that also worked well for our next series, Stories Matter. Our team decided on a conceptual theme "reclaimed." We went looking for pieces we could "reclaim" & the concept blew up into something awesome!

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Here are our initial thoughts & sketches...you know, first thoughts have a guitar player on a buffet. lol. The back drop is split it 2 options - either make giant drum lights or hang furniture.

We also liked images we found on Pinterest of furniture stacked. That totally works!

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We all wanted big bold colors, so we were going for the fiesta ware colors..

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Here comes some pics of furniture we gathered mostly from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore near us. We shopped for pieces with charm & character.

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Next we'll paint it all. I love chalk painting because you don't need to prep the pieces. No sanding, priming, just wipe it down & go for it. BUT, most colors available are muted & earthy. Remember, we wanted bold Fiestaware. The Lowes near us helped so much & shared their recipe. Holy moly, this was the easiest thing ever & worked. Tried & true! Check out the first piece. This is one of the adorable sewing tables & my friend Maria who is now a master furniture renovator!

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Get more furniture (& closet doors) & lay it out, prep for paint...

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We staggered colors to be sure that we were varying them as we went..

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How much do you love these two colors together!! AH!

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Before & afters to love, love, love!

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Now that it's painted, we moved it to the front of the stage so that we have space to build a "gallery wall" of furniture to hang.

Gallery Wall!

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Here it is in real life!  

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Rethink STAGE :: String Art

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Let's start at the very beginning! I saved this picture from Instagram of the Catalyst conference, as a huge inspiration. I waited for a one word series to come along that could use a big, bold stage design to support what we wanted to communicate.

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Steve Jobs said, "Creativity is just connecting things.." This was freeing to me a few years ago. Just keep your eyes & ears always open & save what you see. 

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Dots will start connecting & you will strategically pull some "awesome" off yourself!

Here's a quick photo tour of how we made this happen for our stage in "RETHINK." We planned to use 7 pieces of basic plywood, 4' x 8' sheets, painted black. This would make the piece 8' x 28'. I also wanted the word to overlap the seams so that you'd get the optical illusion in the end.

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Our handy friend & volunteer, Larry painted & prepped the plywood & we stood it up on our stage. We realized we like 24' better, so we took one down.

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Here's how it stands from behind with support...

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Next, we projected the series font & traced it with chalk.

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Then, a crew of volunteers came & added nails around all of the letters & the perimeters of all the boards. 

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We took the "r" & strung it for a sample before our TEAM NIGHT, when a huge crew will string up the rest. You'll see that we also added random nails to be more start points in between the letter & the border.

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There are NO rules. Seriously. Go for it & be WOW'd!

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My feet for scale... I'm DYING - it looks so good!

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DONE! ...and it happened super fast. 

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We stored the rest of the pieces until team night.

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Team night is a night for all Crossroads Creatives (music,tech & video) to come for dinner, vision, training, inspiration & time together (quarterly). We had all of the boards prepped & ready. 5-8 people came around each one & strung them in about 45 min.

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Then we started putting them together...

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And took an EPIC GROUPIE!!!

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We couldn't forget about the whole crew that didn't get in the pic, cause they were keeping us safe.

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Remember that extra piece? We built a quick "dinners" board, because we also decided to do "rethink dinners" after Saturday services in the series. They're unreal & need their own post!

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WOW!

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Now go & build this for your church, classroom, kids room, studio.. or save it until your dots connect for a project down the road that you don't even know about yet. And when you go make your version, please share it with me! That's the best part of sharing ideas & how to's!

XO - - - Jessica

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***Finishing touches before our FINAL execution..

We strung nail to nail, outlining each letter & board. This was meticulous, but certainly finishes it off & makes the letters pop even more.

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Then hung edison bulbs above..

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Here it is in REAL LIFE!