Sunday, December 11, 2011

A record...

Yes, this may be a record for me.  Two posts in two days.  Write it in the history books folks!  This may not happen again for another two years!
So, I wanted to share with you a labor of love that I made for my Bunco group's Christmas party and gift exchange.  My original plan was to make 12 similarly painted wine glasses so that each girl could bring her own Bunco Babe wine glass to drink from at bunco each month.  However, since Murphy has taken up permanent residence in my house, I had to go with plan B.  Just one lucky lady received this one-of-a-kind Bunco Babe wine glass as part of her Christmas gift.

I found the wine glasses at Marshall's.  A set of 12 was only $12.99. Perfect for my project!  The paints I purchased at Michael's - Americana Gloss Enamels.  I used plain old crafty paint brushes to apply the enamel.

The first step is to clean the wine glass with alcohol - the rubbing kind on the outside of the glass, not the drinking kind inside the glass.  You can print or draw a template to tape to the inside of the glass if you want, or you can freehand your design like I did.  The nice thing about this process is how easy it is to wipe off and start over when you goof up.  I just used a baby wipe to clear the paint and re-cleaned the glass with the alcohol.  After trying and failing with several designs, I finally got the images how I wanted them.  The main image is the words "Bunco Babe" painted in a funky little font. "Razzle Berry" is the pink color I used for the main part of the image, and it's outlined with white.  I had to use several coats of the pink for it to show up well.  The first couple of coats were translucent.  (NOTE: Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely between coats or you will wind up pulling paint off with the brush.) I painted three dice to the right of the main image.  All three dice show the number six since three sixes equals a "big bunco" in our group.  The most big buncos for the night wins the big prize.  The dots on the dice were added with black paint using the round tip of the paint brush.  I added silver sparkles to the dice and one on the capital letter B.  Then I added more dots in all the colors around the base of the glass, using a Q-tip. 

The instructions say to cure on a shelf for 21 days or for a quicker method: wait 48 hours then set the glass on a cold cookie sheet inside a cold oven.  Turn the oven to 325 degrees and once the oven reaches temperature, bake for 30 minutes.  Switch the oven off and allow the glass to completely cool down inside the oven.  Once the paint is cured, the glass should be top-rack dishwasher safe.  Since I am a pure procrastinator, I was lucky to have the paint dry enough to wrap the gift, so I included these instructions for the lucky recipient to follow when she got her glass home.

Would I make these again?  Yes.  Now that I have worked out some of the kinks, I think it will go a lot smoother next time.  Maybe I'll finish the rest of these as the originally intended Bunco Babe gifts.  Or maybe I'll experiment with a few other designs.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Long time no post...

Funny... I get irritated when I run across a seemingly good blog only to find the blogger has been absent for long periods of time, or a blog where the blogger comes back after said absence and announces they are back and apologizes for being gone so long. I've even done it myself before on this very blog, but I loathe myself for it. Now here I am after many many months...nay, years. I'm back. I am not going to apologize though. I've been gone because life happens and it cannot be helped. Nevertheless, I am glad to be back. I've been inspired to start crafting and posting again, so here I am.

It's Christmas time in the Pyatt house and I am loving it. I love sparkly things and Christmas decorations fit the bill exactly. Here is a wreath I just finished for the door of my Crafty HQ. It was of course inspired by another new obsession of mine - Pinterest. (Beware, it's worse than Facebook as a time-waster.)

Anyhoo... I pinned this beautiful wreath the other day and I could not wait to recreate it! Michael's had their shatterproof ornaments on sale, so I stocked up. Then I started creating. You know how other people make things look so easy? I mean what could be easier than sliding a bunch of ornaments along a hanger?


If you want to recreate this craft, let me say first of all, do not skip the step where you hot glue the metal holders to the ornament before sliding them onto the hanger. I tried that, and of course ornaments began popping off left and right when I went to hang the wreath. I went back to it (days later of course so I had time to cool down) and hot glued all those little suckers on there. I restrung the ornaments and went to hang it again. Now the ornaments pop off from the tiny little wire that loops over the hanger. I'm thinking I need to go back again and hot glue some more. *sigh* A crafter's work is never done...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Open House Winners!

So yesterday at the open house I had four door prize drawings. Guests had to complete different tasks to earn their tickets and my helpers, Ethan and Zachary, drew the winning names last night.

And without further delay, the winners are:

  • Audrey Matheson! You've won the embellishments!!
  • Jill Watkins! You've won the cards with envelopes!!
  • Jenn Barlow! You've won the stamp set!!
  • Gwen Purcell! You've won the designer paper!!
Congratulations to you all! Thanks for coming out to support me at my grand opening!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Grand Opening!

Well, it's official! I opened my business today! I held an open house today from 2:00 until about 4:30. I had lots of people show up to support me, and it was so nice! Some people ordered products, some people signed up for workshops and classes, and everyone made the make & take and enjoyed brownies made by my little chef Ethan. There was lots of chatting and sharing ideas and just a good time being had by all! Thanks to all who attended and showed their support. Special thanks to my dear husband Jason for supporting me in this and for helping me get everything done on time for today. Finally, thanks to my little "helper" Ethan.

My "helper" did not get any photos of actual guests (except for one of someone's behind and several pictures of the daughter of one of my friends! I won't post any of those here though. Hmmm...I wonder if he's got a little crush!?! Audrey - this is one of your daughters!!)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Gone, but not forgotten

So I realize I have been gone for what seems like FOREVER, but I have not forgotten about my little blog here, and I certainly haven't forgotten my passion for stamping. Somehow the little monsters in my life seem to suck up every free moment of my time...especially Zachary. No kidding, he cried outside my office door for 30 minutes while Jason was trying to give me a bit of "me-time" today. When I gave up on my free time and opened the door, he attached to my right leg (still crying, BTW) and wouldn't let go! It's like that every single minute that he is awake every single day. *sigh* It leaves me feeling so drained that I barely have the energy to read my e-mail much less break out the stamping supplies. But, I've manged to do a little bit here and there over the past few months. Hereis one that I managed to remember to take picture of.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I still stamp!

Despite my lengthy disappearance from cyberspace, I am still actively stamping. Here are a couple of projects I created this past spring. I'll post more in the next few days.
The first picture shows the baby shower favors I created for my son's teacher. The class threw her a shower and she had a bouncing baby boy earlier this fall. Those are candy pacifiers in the pot. The other picture shows the teacher's gifts I gave at the end of the year last year. It holds a travel sized Mary Kay hand lotion. Cute and useful, eh?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Some Advice . . .

for those of you thinking about going back to school shortly after having a new baby. DON'T! Wait until the baby is a bit older and you have a bit more time for doing things for yourself. Back in September, when Zachary was less than three months old, I started an online graduate school program to earn my Masters degree in Elementary Education. Boy oh BOY! I am swamped and my entire life is on the back burner. All I do is reading, researching, and writing papers. I miss my stamping like crazy! My sister took me to a LSS for a mini shopping spree for my birthday last weekend and I had no idea what to get because I am not working on anything these days. I picked out some things, and they are sitting in my office waiting for me to play with them. Sale-a-bration is going on right now and I want to get those free stamps like an itch on my back, but who knows when I'll get to play with them? So, my advice to you is to hold offgoing back to school until such time that the kids can handle some alone time and you are giving only 110% of yourself, rather than 150% of yourself, to taking care of the kids.