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Shake Your Salt-n-Pepper Shakers

No, really, I mean that literally, not as a euphemism. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was at a gun show this past weekend with my brother, who was a vendor, and since I was there just for fun, I brought along a craft project to keep me occupied. It was a simple one, just on Day 2 of the Show, but it was fun, and I enjoyed it! That is really all you can ask of any project, though, right? Fun and enjoyable and keeping you occupied/entertained – all the hallmarks of a successful endeavor!

So I ran to Walmart (shhh, don’t tell!) and I picked up a few glass items, since I had brought my handy-dandy Enamel paints and paintbrushes with me. Two of the items I picked up were sets of salt and pepper shakers. Soย I decided to paint those.

Now the dilemma, what to paint on salt and pepper shakers? I was at a gun show, but having a Glock 9mm handgun pepper and a Remington 870 shotgun salt just seems a little much, at least when it’s not a custom request. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I kept looking around and trying to find inspiration, then realized there were American flags everywhere. So I thought, why not? That is patriotic, something you can use for holidays (4th of July, Labor Day) for special occasions, and also something that is just fine and dandy for year-round as well. Right?

So what do you think? And yes, I painted 13 stripes and 50 stars on, and counted each and every one, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Patriotic Salt 'n Pepper

Now after that was done, and I did have quite a few people come looking at what I was doing (probably partly wondering why a female vendor was sitting on her duff, haha), I still had about 2 hours before the show closed, and I did have that second set of shakers handy… So like any good sister, I made my brother give me a theme to paint. He said the beach, like a good brother, and refused to help anymore than that… which is quite alright as I am good at both using google, and enlisting his aid on a continual basis until he helps (aka nagging) when ignored. Yay.

No but seriously, he was a great help recommending the beach, and google and I did the rest. Okay, fine, I did the rest, and google helped me figure out what the rest should be. I think that is more accurate now. Happy? Good. Me too.

So I decided to do a land-and-sea theme, since it’s always nice to have variety in your set when the items contained will be different. There is white pepper, after all!

So the one I did a beach theme, see below.

Palm Tree

Seashell

Sand Dollar

Starfish

Then the other I did a sea theme, see below.

Sailboat

Clownfish

Blue Marlin

Blue Tang

And as a set, here we go:

Set Together 1

Set Together 2

Set Together 3

Set Together 4

What do you think? Let me know, I am thinking of making a bunch of different themed sets, and then selling them eventually when I get my stuff set up for a business license. But I would love your feedback in the meantime, and pointing me where I should or shouldn’t go from here on out!

Craft you later,
Beth

Crafting Around The Christmas Tree…

Annnnnnd we’re back to crafting. Whew it feels like it’s been forever! So for Christmas this year, for most of my friends, particularly at work, I decided to make personalized wine & pint glasses based on their favorite things. If I had been smart, I would have pulled a Sound of Music, and made them sing about their favorite things. But I’m nice (and realistic) so instead I got sneaky. I asked everyone “in a poll” if they could only cheer for one sports team for the rest of their lives, regardless of Pro or College, regardless of which sport, who would the team be to which they were forever tied. There were a few people who are not sports fans, and for them I asked instead what their absolute favorite thing (not person) in the world is, no matter the category. I will tell you I got some very interesting answers all around. As for the Pro vs College poll, it was also interesting – almost 50-50 with each. Surprised the heck out of me, that’s for sure!

So what exactly did I do? For some of the designs, it was difficult to freehand, as I’ve established is my preferred way to paint. So I had to go look up all the teams and other items as graphics, copy them (sized to roughly 3″ for largest side) to a word document and print them out. Then I cut them each out, and decided which ones would be freehand, and which would be outlined. I am really really bad about holding the paper in the same spot, so outlining is about as good as I get. I do most of the generic shape outlined, then freehand like crazy for everything else. I may put the graphic next to me and look at it to paint, but it’s not tracing, so I’m happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

So once my outline is on the glass, in a myriad of colors for all of the creations, then I fill in the rest of the design. Rubbing alcohol IS my friend, though. Holy cow. Until you bake it, the paint is very easy to remove and redo. Cotton balls and extra paint brushes are also key as you can dip either into water or rubbing alcohol and use them to touch up your design.

I also mix my own colors (Patiots blue from below, for example) for some of the more ‘unique’ colors. But that is just my penchant for creating random & unique things coming out. I promise it’s not necessary. That said, what do you think of my collection?

Disclaimer: everyone at work has not received theirs yet, so consider this your spoiler alert if one is needed because you’re my coworker, haha… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Redskins

Puppy Love

BlueDevils

Panthers

Falcons

Giants

Red Sox

ECU Pirates

Another Panther Fan

Cowboys

Clemson

GA Tech

Beer on a Beer

Bills

T-REX!

UNC (hard to see with my background, I know, sorry!)

Syracuse Meet The Giants

A Snapshot of Harry Potter

Another Duke Fan

Patriots

A Birthday Girl

Smurfette

A Collection of Pints

A Collection of Wine Glasses

Before Baking

Baking Glass!

Well that is it for today (and no, this isn’t all I’ve created of late), hope you enjoyed!

Craft you later,
Beth

A Little Glass In The Class

For Christmas this year, I had absolutely no clue what to do. I wasn’t going back to Michigan for Christmas, so needed simple, ship-able gifts for everyone there. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Gift cards. And done. But that is such a cop-out gift for people who live in driving distance, that you will see, and so that was the real rub. What to get the coworkers, the personal friends, the family that will look at a gift card and sniffingly say “You can and should do better than that!” Well, okay, I really seriously doubt anyone but my mother would say that to me. But hey, it worked with getting my crafting on, so we’re going with it! ๐Ÿ˜›

I started plotting, because that is my favorite thing to do for gift-searching for my friends. I am a pretty darned good plotter, too, I must say. I decided that I like crafts, so I would do a craft of some sort. Then I started perusing the aisles in Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and wasn’t really inspired until a friend & I went to the Southern Women’s Show and found a veritable craft heaven. I heard angels playing harps, choirs tra-la-la-ing, and even heard a light bulb turn on in my head. Somewhere. Okay maybe it was <b>all</b> in my head, but work with me here. Pretty please, with sugar on top. I decided to make personalized wine & pint glasses for all my peeps (no not the marshmallow kind). With a personalized candle holder or two thrown in for good measure.

My grandparents were coming down for Thanksgiving, a first-in-6-years event for me to share with them, so I really wanted to make them something that was easy to drive back but something they’d actually use. So I decided to make them a wine carafe & goblet set. They can use it for juice, wine, milk, water, whatever their hearts desire. Not something they’d buy for themselves, but would definitely use when their ***cough*** favorite granddaughter makes it for them. Hee. Hee. Okay, fine, when their first grandchild makes it for them. Even I couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity.ย  Sue me for trying.

Next is my Aunt Donna, who always gets me such cute and unique gifts. What to get for an almost-graduating PhD from NC State?!? Why how about an NC State home-painted Mug, you say? Don’t mind if I do… Thank you for the thought. Go team.

And finally something for my Mom so she won’t feel left out. Dad would be fine, but Mom likes to get gifts (and really who doesn’t) that are home-made (okay maybe we don’t all on that distinction, but she’ll take yours if you don’t want them!). As a note, I get my craftical nature from my mother, who insisted on having a craft room while we were kids. Thank you Mom, I still think that saved my sanity many a day….and maybe yours too. So for Mom, why not a candle holder, something she can have on a random table (of which she has many) as a decoration.

I bought glass products from a variety of places (and I do mean variety), swiped them down with rubbing alcohol (again, dust bunnies may live there now, but not when I’m through with them!), and decided to get my paint on! ***does the painting dance*** (Use your imagination, if you’re still reading this by now, I’m sure you have a good one.)

So Okay, the remote. I can explain that, truly. I was watching a movie called “Beauty & The Beast” by this company called Disney. Maybe you’ve heard of it/them?!? Yeah, thought so… it’s a good’un. Especially when you’re trying to get your craft on, trust me.

So now to think up ideas. My grandparents LOVE flowers & birds, so that was a no-brainer. My aunt is at NC State and also loves flowers, and my mom (like me) is a good, lovingย Catholic mom. I also like drawing, freehand mimicry of a picture on a computer screen or book is a personal favorite of mine. Freehand is always preferable to tracing, but I have no shame in tracing when necessary. So I trace a lot of outlines and freehand a lot of innards. It works pretty well. Or so I thought. What do you think? Let me know!

G&G’s Carafe Set

Aunt Donna’s NC State Mug

Aunt Donna’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s)

Mom’s Candle Holder with candle (from Michael’s also)

Next up: CoWorker Gifts! In the meantime, time for this crafty chica to hit the hay and catch some ZZZZ’s! Hope you enjoyed this, would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading, and playing along!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Snowflakes falling in my globe!

So a friend of mine has a great blog with her sister, twodelighted, and a few entries ago they posted this great craft idea where they recreated the Anthropologie $45 Snow Globe (non-liquid). And not for $45. Yay for DIY genius!!!

I decided to attempt it, so I went to Hobby Lobby and spent a whopping $17.82. I bought a high-temp glue gun, glow-in-the-dark glue sticks, 2 mason jars with lids (one wide-mouth & one smaller), white glitter, a 4-pack of miniature evergreen trees, a pack of miniature light strands, and a pack of miniature white doves.

Gotta love trying to craft something and finding out that WHOOPS there was a dust bunny living there, or AYEYAYAY how does a grease splat appear there in the middle of my beautiful creation?!? So in the interest of avoiding the Home Alone face-slaps, I started off by wiping the jars down with a cottonball soaked with rubbing alcohol. Next I cut the light strand into 4 equal lengths, and hot-glued one length around each of 3 trees to look like a Christmas tree. Then I hot-glued a few doves on each of the trees. Taking the lids off the mason jars, I hot-glued the trees in the middle of the round inserts of the lids (not along the edges – give the tree space!). I spread a little extra hot glue around the base of the lids, and on the trees, then sprinkled the glitter all around – over a large bowl! Man that stuff spreads around like wildfire in a drought! Let this dry about 5 minutes, which lets you de-gunk your fingers from all that glue you have on you now (don’t lie, you know it’s there!).

I took the excess glitter, and about 1/4″ inch more, and dumped it into the actual mason jar. Then I took the tree-decked-out lid and carefully put it (upside down) into the jar, and screwed the lid on tight. Up-end the snow globe and watch the glitter fall all around your pretty trees – and not all over you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best part is that you can adjust whatever you need to as you go, just make sure that you shake the jar (upside down, lid-side-up) a few times to make sure no glitter is lying in wait, ready to scream FREEEEEDOM!!!! once you take the tree-lid out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That is my clean advice for you. Nice thing is that I have enough to make one more smaller jar, if I just pick up 1 more $1.29 jar from Hobby Lobby! So thanks to the girls of twodelighted, for under $20 I have 3 Snow Globe Jars that would have cost over double that each from Anthropologie! Take a peek and let me know what you think of my attempt!

Next up for the Snow Globe Project: figuring out how to make them with liquid and non-clumping glitter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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