Showing posts from March, 2015

Personalized Home-Warming Gift

Silent Saturday? Instead of a Wordless Wednesday?

I wanted a personalized house-warming gift for my friend who recently moved out of state.
Capital "M" for the their last name. State Maps from where my friend: 1. Met her husband 2. Had her kids 3. Moved to recently
Cut around the cities where she lived.  Tore edges and overlapped the map pieces.
Sealed with Mod Podge in matte finish.
I really liked how this turned out...think I'll make one for us. Its a fun way to tell our story. 

Upcycled Beer Bottle Caps

I just can't let anything go to waste. My husband can testify to the mounds of "junk" that gets stacked everywhere. Just today I was telling him of a recent epiphany: I have an aversion to empty space and feel compelled to put something in said empty space. After ten years of marriage, this wasn't news to him. Seems he knows me better than I know myself! 
This is a few months worth of beer bottle caps originally collected for a tray makeover, an idea that I never totally committed too. 
Here the caps were sorted either according to color or interesting picture. 
PROJECT 1: Magnets My sister collects beer bottle stickers and adores a good home brew from the state of her birth. I thought these magnet caps would make a cute house-warming gift for her newish place.
Magnets seem like a pretty straightforward craft project, one would think. How can you screw up magnets + glue + bottle cap? Oh, it can be done. Especially if the wrong glue is used. 
I had made letter magnets …

Glass Hoarder: Distressed Pieces

I'm a sucker for quirky glass jars/vases/jugs, etc. I have absolutely no practical use for them but they are too cute to pass up!

My husband does not share in the enthusiasm, but he's a good sport about my glass hoarding as long as I keep it contained to a couple areas.

Have you seen the amazing distressed glasses at Anderson and Grant??? It was the inspiration for a few of the more fun glass pieces in my collection. Her page also has a fantastic tutorial to follow.

 The jars above include: rum jug, spagetti jar, honey jar, maple syrup jar, and other fun finds. On occasion I have been known to buy a certain brand of sauce based on my attraction to the jar verses its contents. 

The jars aren't sealed yet in case I want to change the color. Day2daysupmom's colorful take on the same idea is also intriguing.
The salt & pepper shakers were sealed, though, with polycrylic. There is an imminent future of grubby hands leaving all manner of sauces and goo on their pretty …