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!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I won a beautiful giveaway!

Yes I did!  I was the lucky winner of a very beautiful giveaway from one of our favorite bloggers, Rosemary of Villabarnes.  You can view her fabulous blog here Villabarnes.  It was the perfect giveaway for me as you'll see in just a sec when I post the pictures.  As I mentioned before I have dedicated it to my departed little sister Chriss Tina.  I think of her every time I look at the things that Rosemary sent to me.  There were lots of entries, there always are when Rosemary has a giveaway.  I believe my little sis may have had a hand in me being the one that won.

Couldn't wait to get my hands on this!

There were so many pretty things.  Everything Rosemary makes is divine!  I received a pair of her sought after "angel wings".   There were also sparkly gift tags - I think there were 48 of them.  I've noticed in blogland that homemade gift tags are all the rage (and not just for gifts) so was very happy to receive those.  And you can see three amazing vintage bottles in this shot.  They have her transferred vintage angel on them.  Perfect as a tribute to Chriss Tina.

Rosemary has a tutorial for transferring images to glass on her blog.  One of these days soon I am going to try my hand at it but I am a teeny bit chicken to try right now.  Going to take baby steps as I enter the craft world. lol

I am taking these photos in my office at work.  I have an "interior" office which in translation means "no window" which also translates to terrible lighting.  But I want to leave these on my credenza at work as that is where I will get to see them most often.

Are these not perfect as a tribute to a lost loved one?  I think so and I am so grateful to you Rosemary for this gift.

If you want to see some gorgeous shots of these items and look at the many, many creative and wonderful things she makes definitely stop by her blog.  I gave you the general link above.  This will take you directly to the pictures of these items so you can see them in their true loveliness. The Giveaway.

Thank you so much Rosemary for these beautiful items for me to remember my sister by.

Thank you for stopping by to visit!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hello Again

I am so very sorry that I have been so absent after promising to do better.  I mean, after all, I do have a new craft space, a new computer near that craft space to post all the new things that I create.  Only thing is...there hasn't been much creating going on.

You see, I lost my younger sister a few weeks ago and that has taken the wind from my sails completely.  She had just turned 50.  No major health issues.  We knew she wasn't in the greatest of shape, but really, very few of us are.  She had lost her only child to a car accident 6 years ago and I think her spirit went with him.  It just took a little while for her body to catch up.  I hope there is a heaven and I so hope that they are together now. 

I do have a few things that I want to post about really soon.  I won a fabulous giveaway from Villabarnes that I have dedicated to my sister Chriss. 

I've even been back on my beloved Sanibel Island.

And I've made a few things (before her passing) that I still have to share.

Not much longer....and I promise (pinky swear) to do better about posting.  I still visit you guys, just haven't had the energy to post myself.  But I will.........

Thanks for everything.