Glittered Shot Glasses

Ok. You know I love me some glitter. Like, absolutely adore it without compare. This past weekend one of my friends from high school/college had her Bachelorette party. I wanted to do something thoughtful for her and so I put together a “Ready…Set…Bachelorette” kit with a couple other girls going to the event. The kit included themed “solo” cups, photo frame and signable mat, Bachelorette party drinking cards, light up bachelorette sash, tiara, veil, personalized shot glasses for each of the party go-ers, lidded cup and straw for the bride, and picture plaques so people could take before/after pictures [I’m sure these didn’t end up happeneing! lol].

Any-who. I didn’t have enough fore-sight to take pictures of everything but I did record the process for the glitter glasses. Here is the tutorial!

Supplies:
Painting tape/masking tape
Spray glitter paint
Spray clear lacquer
Shot glasses/shooter glasses [or whatever glasswear you’re committed to]
Paint Pens [safe for acrylic and glass]
Rhinestones on sticky surface [I got mine in the scrapbook section]

This is what all the supplies look like lined up except for the clear lacquer and masking tape – but you can see where some glasses are taped off.

First thing you have to do is wash and dry the shot glasses completely. Then, take the masking tape and tape off whatever portion you DON”T want to have glittered. For me, it was the very top.

So after you tape off your glasses put them upside down on an old box and make sure to put that on top of a plastic tarp so you don’t glitter your driveway [a mistake that I made that caused Ben some stress.] Once you’re all set shake your glitter paint and spray away!

The paint needs about 20 minutes to dry. For me, I took that time to go do Insanity. I paused halfway through to apply a second coat – I wanted them GOOD and glittery and then went back to finish my workout. After the glasses are done drying bring them back to your in-house workspace and take the masking tape off of the glasses.The next step is to apply the rhinestone stickies to your glass. I wanted mine to line up with the glitter line. so I applied them there. Feel free to use acrylic glue or glass-safe glue if you are concerned about your rhinestones sticking. I wasn’t.

Once you’re done with the rhinestones take your paint pen and write the name of each party go-er on the glass. After you’ve finished that, put the glasses back on your paint-safe-zone and then spray them over with the clear lacquer. This will make them hand-washable. The above picture is the finished product. The clear lacquer gives the cups a really cool effect in that it makes them a little cloudy. I dug it.

Let them dry overnight and then pack them up and take them with you. The whole project was super easy, lots of fun and ended with GLITTER! how can you be mad?

Note: I had leftover glitter spray so I actually sprayed a bottle of Kate’s favorite vodka with the glitter spray and then the lacquer so she had a sparkly bottle to go with the awesomely sparkly glasses. It was a hit!

 

 

 

Weekend Projects Updated

Ok, so let’s do a quick recap of the weekend projects that got done:

3 more maxi dresses started [one for my sister, one for me and one for my friend]

Glitter glasses taken to phase two

Lacquer on glasses tested successfully so after the glitter from the next phase dries it will be lacquer time!

Bush pruning [outside the house] completed successfully

Home-made pineapple upside-down cake made

House cleaned

Game of Thrones [book 1] started

… I have no pictures to share. I’m sorry! Once I get the dresses finished completely and the glasses we’ll post more photos.

I also found an incredible site that I’m going to spend way too much time/energy/money on: http://www.craftgawker.com . Did you know this existed!?

If you haven’t spent time on it yet – GET TO IT!

I also ordered a couple super cute outfits from Kohl’s Lauren Conrad line. I adore summertime dresses so I’m hoping that my dresses get here by Thursday afternoon and I can share some photos. I might start posting pictures of my cooking escapades on here as well. Any interest in seeing what I’m actually cooking?

sorry for the quick update but I needed a “me time” break from work and now I have to get back to it. Can’t wait to share what I’m working on with you!

Glitter Glasses…Phase #1

So as I said the other day I was bound and determined to glitter glasses. The tutorial that I found was pictures – no words; but it did reference a specific kind of paint: Martha Stewart Craft Paints in Glitter. So off to the store I went. I was able to pick up a set of four wine glasses from Wal Mart for $5.00 and the Martha Stewart Glitter paint I got at my craft store for $2.99 a bottle. I got three colors because, why not?

I started by hand washing and drying the glass. I then set out my materials: sponge, paint and glass. I turned the glass upside down because I wanted to get the base of the glass and thought it would be easier that way. I then started to dab the paint onto the glass. Be careful because the paint will bubble. This is ok because the bubbles disappear after the paint dries. you can actually see the paint bubbling in the picture. Forgive my non-painted nails. I need a mani-pedi badly but don’t have time. When you’re dabbing the paint on it’s going to look thick – it won’t be. When it dries it is going to look more like this:as you can see, it needs more glitter! So, I let it dry overnight and came back to layer on more in the morning:So much more glitter! So, that was this morning and I’m letting it dry today. Then, I’ll use my pretty little MS stencils to stencil on initials to each glass [pictures to come!]. Then I’ll spray a lacquer on each glass to set the glitter. That will make it so the glasses are [HAND!] washable, which will be awesome.

I probably don’t need to wait a whole day between paint layers but with my work schedule and other responsibilities it seems the best choice.

There is a detailed version of this type of tutorial using modge podge glue and loose glitter that you can find here. I will for sure post finished pics when I’m done. But I wanted to let you know I was doing more than simply sewing Maxi Dresses 😉

I Made A Dress! Update!

So as you saw in my post yesterday I made a dress. I could for sure see the errors in it after I put it on. I did wear it to work and got a some great compliments on it. I was even stopped when out for lunch to compliment me on it. Which was awesome! So, anyway you can guess I was motivated to give it a try #2.

I was super excited because the fabric I had for dress two was pink and white stripped cotton stretch and I had a white tank top to pair with it. I love the idea of that dress. So I sat down this morning before work to get it done. Here is the finished product [taken with instagram, sorry, my digital camera was out of commission this morning]

Maxi Dresses

So I stumbled on this tutorial for how to make your own maxi dress. I found it on Pinterest [I know, I’m obsessed. Sorry!] and just had to try it. Kudos to the young lady over at “A Small Snippet” who posted this tutorial. Her version turned out STUNNING! You can find it here. I posted a picture of what her’s looked like. I love the fabric and

everything about it. So cute! So I read the tutorial and thought “yeah, I can do that!”. So off I ran to my nearest fabric store to gather my supplies.

I grabbed thread and elastic thread [which was WAY easier to use than I thought it would be!] and found a fabric that I really loved. I think I paid $10.88 per yard for the fabric. I got a lot of fabric because it has been ages since I’ve used a sewing machine and I wanted to make sure that I had enough in case I messed up. I also ran over to Wal Mart and picked upa basic black tank top for $3.88 which means my dress cost me about $15 when it was all said and done. Not too shabby!

Anyways, so I sat down and followed all the directions and ended up with a very cute dress that has some little quirks that I will be able to address better the next time I do it. For instance, my dress, I didn’t make a belt but

rather am planning on wearing my large black belt. My dress turned out like this and I’m pretty happy with it. I love the pattern and feel like it’s a really nice summer dress. When I wear it with a belt it looks super cute! We’ll see how it goes over in public because I’m planning on wearing it to work today 🙂

As for my “quirks”, I have a couple seams that didn’t quite line up, which is essentially OK because I’m wearing a belt with it. And, let’s be honest, I’m nothing if not forthcoming so I’m not going to lie to you, dear internet friends, and pretend my dress turned out perfect when it didn’t. As you can see from above, those seams are close but just not quite on the same page. They wanted to travel different paths and I let them. Probably because I was so excited about this and also because, in the original tutorial there were no guiding pins. Clearly this chick is better than I am at sewing. I give her props. Now I just have to get much better! [By the way, I love her website and you should check out her blog. The link is above!]. I also have this seam that wanted to do its own thing:So, as you can see, I am not perfect and I won’t pretend to be! At least you can bet on getting honest posts from this girl. Mistakes and all!

I will say this, I’m excited to give this another go. Using elastic thread was not nearly as scary as I thought and the dress finished nicely even without a serger. So I’m happy with that. I hope you get the gumption to try this out! It was a blast and I will for sure being doing another one and hopefully have a more perfect post to share 😉

Happy Monday all!

Glitter Bottles?

I love glitter. What, you couldn’t tell already? Seriously, I would bathe in it if it wasn’t the equivalent of boy-kryptonite. I swear, Ben thinks I’m trying to kill him with those little flecks of shiny-happiness; but, I digress. So, anytime I see a project that may let me make my environment a little more shiny I want to take advantage of it. Let’s start at the beginning of this one. Before we headed to a baseball game this past week one of my friends had a

beer bottle [Lienie’s Berryweise, we’ll talk more about that later!] that was COVERED in glitter. As you can see to your right, I mean, COVERED. I was elated. First, how did this magical thing come to pass? How did I not know

about this? And why have I not glittered my bottles? I asked her how she did it and she pointed me to my other obsession, Pinterest. So I hopped on over there to find more details. I love the idea of this! My roommate from college is getting married this fall and for her bachelorette party I’m contemplating glittering some wine for her. Right now I’m in a glass-crafting mood so I may just glitter up some shot glasses for this summer and call it a day. But you can suffice it to say that I will for sure be glittering some bottle or another!

But, back to Pinterest. I’ve found a couple different ways to do this project so I’ll lay them out here and then I’ll give you a blow-by-blow once I’ve completed the project.

First up is a DIY tutorial from  Sorella Salon & Spa. They made wine bottle vases that came out looking gorgeous. I can’t wait to try them! You can find the tutorial here. They came out looking amazing. I might do this will a full bottle of wine and just modify it slightly with a DIY label [will need to find a DIY label tutorial!] and a pretty ribbon. We’ll see.

Next, is a pretty little walk through for glittered IZZE bottles. You can find the tutorial here. I love the way that these turn out and the fact that this blogger uses them as candle holders. It gives such a pretty shine and I can totally see this as being a great addition to holiday parties, birthday parties or even a bridal shower [depending on a theme, of course!]. What do you think?

I love the idea of a glitter bottle. Awesome gift and great decoration. Part of me wants to glitter all my drink bottles from here on out but I’m sure that won’t make too much sense. So now that I have a craft squarely on my “to try” list, I’ll make sure to keep you updated with photos of how it actually turns out.