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100th Post Giveaway Winner

Hi Friends!

Congratulations to Ashley F. for winning the giveaway for a free personalized wine or pint glass as a thank you for reading my blog through 100 posts!

I will be contacting her shortly to figure out exactly what she wants for her glass and design, and will be sure to post a picture of it up for everyone once it’s complete and ready to ship to her!

Thank you all for participating, reading, and stopping on by to my blog constantly!

Craft You Later,
Beth

100 Posts: Thanks Giveaway!

Dun dun dun!

As promised, I have a fun and different thing for my 100th post for you all!

100 posts have a bite

Happy 100th Post to my readers and me!

First off, THANK YOU for reading everything that you have. I started this as an outlet just to let me ‘say’ things, and it’s instead turned into so much more and so much unexpected fun! I hope you all enjoy reading it half as much as I do to do all of this stuff!

Second, please please please leave comments if you see something you want me to address, if you do or don’t like something I write, or if you have any ideas or comments or feedback. I like feedback. 😉

Third, for the honor of my 100th post, I am actually going to do a giveaway (thanks for the idea LN!) for the first time in my blogging history. This will be a random drawing, equal opportunity drawing. All I ask is that you write a comment in this post with your name, email and “I Want A Giveaway!”

What IS the giveaway, you ask? Well, I am going to take either a pint or wine glass (winner’s choice), and do a custom design on it for the winner. For instance, if some guy named Eric won and told me he liked all things beer and dinosaur related, then I would do something like this for him, with his name or initial(s) added in of course:

beer pint glass hand painted dinosaur t-rex tyrannaurus rex T initial

Beer and dinosaur loves are joined together in a toast!

Or if you love wine, penguins and celebrating your birthday, I would do something like this:

wine glass birthday hand painted penguin

Birthday and penguin loves are joined together over wine!

So that said, please comment with your name, email and “I Want A Giveaway!”, and hope you continue to enjoy the posts that I make along the way, even if just a litte! Thanks again for stopping by, and thanks for playing!

UPDATE: Giveaway entries will be good until Sunday, September 16, at midnight. All names will be entered into a fishbowl and a name will be drawn Monday morning! One lucky winner will be announced in a post on Monday, and they will be emailed to ask wht they want for glassware and design!

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. 🙂

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… 😉

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! 😛

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.  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, loving 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

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