Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year....and more bottles!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope that 2013 is good to all of us!  I don't know about you but 2012 was not my best year.  Not the worst either but definitely not the best.  I am going to try to have a more positive outlook as I enter 2013.  I am going to try to become more organized and more productive.  I will let you know how that goes...fingers crossed....lol.

I do want to share a few more bottles that I have made.  The first set are made from bottles that I am sure you can recognize.  They were the first bottles that I spray painted.  My BF liked them so much that I decided to put his monogram on it and let him have it.

then I put my monogram on one (well it's not totally correct) the "B" is my maiden name but I wanted to keep it "symmetrical" like his.

I also made mine a little more girly with a bigger flourish and I added some jewels as well.

I bet you know what bottles these are now.  Doesn't the detail show up with the silver metallic paint?  They are really detailed and quite pretty.

I know I should have staged these before posting but I really wanted to get this one in before the new year.
I also made a set of bottles for my 4 year old niece Kenna ( the love of my life)
Yes - these are Starbucks bottles too but these are the smaller ones.  And no, I didn't quite drink it all myself.  And yes, I have been saving them for a looong time.  That's why I have so many!!

I don't think she will remember, but on the plane home from Sanibel Island she told me she wanted rainbow butterflies. I think these qualify, don't you?

But I couldn't leave well enough alone and I aqdded a few more small butterflies and I am not liking them as well as I like the bottles before.  But it's too late to take them off..sigh.

I am going to make a set for my 1-1/2 year old cutie pie niece Jayden and my 4 year old nephew Braiden.  I will of course share when I do.

once again a little staging wouldn't have hurt.  instead you get to see my lovely workbench and all my stuff piled on it....sorry...lol

Signing off now.............must go see what you've been up to.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas (and more bottles)

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I sincerely hope your day was everything you wished for.  I hope the new year brings even more good things your way.  I have so enjoyed visiting with you this past year.  I appreciate your friendship and camaraderie. I appreciate you sharing your creativity and your inspiration.  Most of all I appreciate YOU.

I was hoping to get this post in before Christmas day .... but alas I did not.  But I will get it in before Christmas day is over..lol......although barely.

More Starbucks bottles turned Christmas decor.  It started like this.....

And with some ribbon, mod podge, craft paints and e6000 (for the wire edges in the ribbon) we turned them slowly...

ever so slowly it seemed...( I am the worlds worst...I have no patience...I want the glue and paint to dry immediately so that I can move on  ... still waiting on stuff to dry....)

into this..........

side note:  after I took the first picture with the flash I previewed it on the camera and thought it looked too washed out.  So the next photos I took without flash and they are not as good, but it's too late to start over.

I really have no idea now what I am going to do with all these.  I did give the earlier ones I made with the gold ribbons on them to some of the girls in the office.  I fully intended to give these away to them as well but did not get them finished in time.

My friend Della at Del's Shells (who truly makes gorgeous stuff) suggested that I fill them with wrapped candy and I think that they will be too cute with Hershey's kisses inside to give as a thinking of you token at Christmas.  What do you think?

I do plan on using some throughout the house next year.  You have inspired me to decorate (at least for Christmas) much more than I have in the past.

I will be linking to some of the fabulous parties on my siode bar.  When I am finished visiting you guys and have a little extra time, I LOVE to hop around the blogs linked up to these parties. 

Thank you for stopping by.  It means the world!!

ps: I have no idea how I got that humongous picture at the top.  I could probably remove it but I think it looks kinda cool.

Monday, December 17, 2012

As the bottles turn..........

I decided to make some Christmas bottles.  I really don't decorate for the holidays / seasons but am enjoying altering these bottles too much not to.  Plus I get an excuse to drink the Starbucks coffee that came in them  Anyone with me on that?  I LOVE that stuff even more than the coffees in the store.

Start with empty Starbucks bottles. I used "goo gone" toget rid of the adhesive left after removing labels.  Quick and so easy.  I finally remembered to take some "during" photos.  That way you know that I am not cheating and posting someone else's work.  Not that anyone would do that, really, I mean no one would!! LOL  We have our dignity to think about. You can see some of my other creations in the background.  Shell bottles, bottles in blue...

I grabbed my bottles and some mod podge, along with some ribbon from the Dollar Tree and got to gluing. This ribbon has some wire in it so it wasn't as easy to glue the ends to the bottle as the blue ribbon was. 

And of course my favorite thing right now, GLITTER craft paint.  I painted the bottles and again I left it kinda translucent. 

Spray painted the lids with metallic gold and brushed a little glitter paint across them.  I placed the ribbon in different angles on the bottle.

Tied on some glitter ribbons that i got at the Dollar Tree as well.  5 for $1 - I didn't think that was too bad.

I used two different ribbons.  The solid colored ribbon is really not that yellow.  Anyway - some inexpensive Christmas decor.  I figured that each bottle cost less than two dollars to make.

What do you think?  Is this something you would use in a vignette?  I really don't know what I am going to do with all this stuff but I am really enjoying making them.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bottles in Blue....

Hello Ladies,

I have missed you!  Work has been so busy that I am so tired by the time I get home that all I do is veg out.  Sometimes I will grab my ipad and blog hop, but truly for the past few weeks I am doing good to do that.  I will miss a couple of days and then try to catch up all at once in an hour, LOL  Not  the best way to enjoy a blog session but I can't stand it if I am away from you for more than a couple of days.

I did make a few new bottles before I got so busy, but have just now gotten enough time to take enough pictures to actually make a post.  I just realized, however, that I didn't take photos during the creation process. RATS!!

Oh well, without further ado...I give you..bottles in blue.........

I bought this gorgeous ribbon at Wal-Mart.  I love Wal-Mart.  I know it's not "cool" to say that, but I do.  We have a nice one almost right across the street from my work so it is so convenient.  And you can get just about anything there.  Food, clothes, crafting supplies.  I haven't gone into Michael's or Hobby Lobby yet so I may change that tune but for now Wally world is my go-to place.

My bottle is a schnapps bottle given to me because I have begged my friends for their empty bottles and jars.  I modpodged the ribbon around the bottle three times.  Then I painted the bottle with the silver glitter craft paint. I kinda left it a little translucent. But I love the sparkly glitter!

Then I did the same thing to a jelly jar and the small jar is a bottle of room service mustard.  I added jewels to give it a little more bling.  We girls love our bling, don't we?

I cut out some of the flowers from the ribbon and after I painted the tops with the silver glitter paint I mod-podged those too.  I am not crazy about the large jar lid so I added some jewels to it too.  It helped some but I wish I'd just done the simple flower.
Okay, I know my photos aren't the best....I work in my basement (no light) and that is where I take my pics.  My computer that I use for blogging is down here too. So it just make it easier when you have very little time, ya know?
I think these will look pretty as part of a Christmas vignette.  But they will also be pretty for anytime!
Can you tell I really like these?  Not to brag (really I am so surprised by how much I like them) but Ithink they turned out really cute!!
I will be linking to some parties on my sidebar.  Most of you are familiar with them but I am always surprised when I hop around a party and usually find a blog or two that I fall in love with.  If you haven't been in a while, well I am inviting you on behalf of the great ladies who host these.
Thanks for stopping by to see me.  I welcome any and all comments and if you have suggestions on how I can improve in crafting and picture taking I am open to those too!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crafting with glass part two...

I am having so much fun altering these bottles and jars.  I have been admiring yours for years now and I've finally gotten the nerve to take the plunge.  Not only that, but I've also gotten the nerve to share my creations, the good, the bad and the just plain ugly.

I think this falls on the good side ( not the great side - but good ) and I hope you do too.  I started with a gravy jar.  Spray painted it silver metallic.  Modge Podged a picture I cut out of Vogue of one of their vintage covers.

added some pearls around the neck of the jar.

and some pearls on the top of the jar with e6000 glue.

and called it done.

I think I need to work on staging these photos.  With the right accessories the bottle will look ever so much better.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting my craft feet wet...


I thought I would share my first foray into crafting.   The first thing I thought I would do is with my shells and some small bottles that I've picked up here and there, since seeing them on blog land and falling in love ( or maybe obsession ) with glass bottles.  This is super easy to do.  Grab your shells ( I collect most of mine on Sanibel Island ), some sand and a bottle and then fill.

I then took a dremmel (?) and made a hole in the cork and inserted the shell and a little glue to keep it in place.

This is a super easy craft that anyone can do.  I think they are really cute as well.  But then I love just about anything with shells!

These bottles are very small.  I've placed a coke can in the next photo so that you  can see the scale.

Then I tried my hand at modge-podge and craft paper.  It was not a success.  I cannot cut straight. Not even a little bit.  I then placed some ribbon around the paper trying to hide the bad cuts.  Not good at all.  I didn't leave any glass showing.

I added some hemp string and some shells trying to salvage the jar but it didn't help.

So I went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive paper cutter the next day (really I am hopeless at cutting)  and tried again.  I like this effort a bit better.

I added ribbon to the top of the paper and then painted the jar and lid with some glitter craft paint in silver.  I added some stickers and lightly went over it with the glitter paint to give it some sparkle.

I like my second effort much better.

That glitter paint really sparkles on the lid.   My next try was on some Starbucks bottles.  

I painted them with spray paint.

Added some stickers and some jewels and called it done.

I think they would make a couple of cute little vases for some fresh daisies or other small flowers.

Then of course I had to try my hand at the "french perfume" bottles that I've seen everywhere.

I painted the lid and the bottle with the silver glitter paint.  Got a graphic from the graphics fairy and modge podged it onto the bottle.  added some ribbon and there you go. 

I have another bottle and a grouping of bottles that I've done that I will share another time.  I know I have a long way to go before I will be anywhere as good as you guys but it sure is fun trying.  It really is a stress reliever and fun, whether the results are good or not....Hope I haven't bored you too much.  Thanks for stopping by!!

I will be linking to the parties on my sidebar.  Please stop by and take a look at the other posts at these great parties.  You will not be disappointed!!