Perfectly Matched

I've been wanting to post about this little DIY I did for our wedding favors for some time now, but haven't gotten around to it till now. I don't have any real step by step photos, so these will have to do.
       My Husband and I met on Quite common these days, I know, but I wanted our wedding to have just a tiny showcase of our beginning courtship, so I thought; matches! Right?!? But it couldn't be just any plain old matchbook, it needed to be a special keepsake. So I knew it was going to be a glass bottle and somehow I wanted to be able to strike the match ON the bottle.
      I originally came across a DIY for glass etching involving this etching paste. Easy peasy right? Not so much. Turns out not ALL glass can be etched using the paste. I forgot exactly why (I did the research back in July), but the fact is, the adorable little bottles I had purchased were not getting etched no matter how hard I tried. Still intent on etching something on the bottom of my bottles I called a few glass companies to see how much they'd charge per glass bottle to be etched. I was quoted $10 a bottle??? Yea right! But when the man explained to me how they needed to be sand blasted, well now I knew I had a DIY on my hands. A little more research and it led me to this at home sand blasting kit and voila. I did the steps as followed over the course of a few weeks, little by little and I was able to sand blast 200 bottles and fill with matches for our wedding favors. This project isn't too hard. If you have a lot of bottles (like my 200) it can be quite taxing, but all in all, it was pretty simple.

  1. Find a bottle you want to work with. I purchased 200 of these and I really liked the size. Perfect to keep on a coffee table next to candles.
  2. Purchase a pre-made stencil or make one yourself by free hand cutting sticky vinyl or using the Shiloutte Cameo      cutter to cut into sticky vinyl (I used the cameo method because I needed 200 hearts).
  3. Stick your stencil to the bottle. I chose to stick mine on the bottom because I was also going to add a little tag, but the side of the bottle could be cute too!
  4. Tape up all (or most) of the exposed bottle with painters tape. I taped mine about half way because I knew my hand would cover up the rest of the bottle while sand blasting. My wonderful husband helped me tape up the 200 bottles. It was a LOT of work for that many.
  5. Put together your little sand blast kit. I purchased mine here. You really have to use this little "inflate a booth" or the sand will fly everywhere. During my research I read some people just use a cardboard box with holes cut in the sides for your arms to reach in.

BEFORE YOU DO THE NEXT STEP MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LONG SLEEVES ON AND GLOVES. Unless of course you enjoy tiny particles of sand pelting your skin.

      6.   Blast your glass bottle on the stenciled part for about 60 seconds.
      7.   Peel the tape and stencil off the bottle, rinse off with warm water. A match should strike on your etched design quite easily (you have to use the strike anywhere version of the matches, the other ones wont work. These are the ones I used).

I made a little label saying "John and Monique, a perfect match" with our wedding date and directions for how to use the little bottle. This with a scented candle would make a really cute Valentines gift!

DIY Gold Stemware

I've been having real big love affair with gold lately. Flatware, dinnerware, and stemware. Just obsessed. I've been seeing some gold dipped stemware floating around the Internet at some pretty steep prices and while I love gold, that kinda of commitment at such steep prices just didn't seem worth it to me. But I figured why not DIY? Here's how mine turned out.

My sister also did this with a gold spray paint which is probably much easier and quicker and probably doesn't smell as toxic because this gold paint smelled so terrible I don't think I could do more than 2 glasses. But it does look quite glam!

DIY winter headband...

Hello my lovely bloggers!!! I've been MIA this past week an a half. I decided to take a little break and focus my energies on work, and my health (don't worry I'm fine just trying to get into a better sleep cycle and work out pattern). I've taken a step back from social networking in general. I realized I need to have a balance between my human everyday interactions with friends, co-workers, and family, and my "cyber-life" (is that what we call it?) So for the next month or two I will be blogging much less, but I will be catching up on your all fantastic blogs of course. I hope all you lovelies can understand! Soo.... any-who, on to this weeks post....
I've been dying for a winter headband to cover my ears for the chilly weather we've been having here in NYC. I found one at Macys recently but the adorable bow was half ripped off and of course it was the last one! On my way home the thought popped in my head that I could probably make one myself with some of those stretchy headbands. Well I found these perfect terry cloth headbands (even better than the stretchy headbands because they are super warm) and with a sewing machine and a little creativity I was able to whip one up in less than a hr! So I've decided to share my DIY project with you!
What you need:
3 stretchy headbands
Needle and thread
Sewing Machine

Step one: Take two headbands and sandwich them together matching up the seams.

Step two: Sew the two head bands together about 1/8" away from edge

Step three: Take the 3rd headband and fold into a bow. This doesn't have to be perfect, any shape you like will work, even a little rosette. If you are making a bow, sew the sides down where you pin them.

Step Four: If you want your bow to be scrunched up in the middle use a needle and a thread and simply stitch and pull the thread as tight as you can without tearing the thread. There is no real technical way to do this so just continue until you've scrunched enough to your liking.

Step Five: Stitch the bow to the headband wherever you like. Since I'm a bit anal I had to make sure my seam was centered in the back and the bow was off to the right. I stitched my bow on using the hand method with a needle and thread but you can use a sewing machine, or whatever works for you.

THAT'S IT! Your all done!!! This was SO easy and such an affordable version of the sweater ones in a department store!! They also make great stocking stuffers!!!

Happy Sewing loves!!!

A little DIY project....

Was home this past weekend, and my sister is just ALL about my little creations. LOVE HER <3!!! And she reminded me about this little note pad I made for her and all my aunts this past Christmas. I had personalized each one with a little sketch of them with their names on top and a little quote fitting to them. For instance, my aunt who is such a lush, hers said "Don't forget the olives" with a little sketch of her holding a martini glass.

My sister's (pictured above) was actually a notepad that doubled as a mouse pad for her desk, the rest were shopping list pads with magnets for the fridge. I'm currently making one for my jewelry line so I can add little thank yous to each order I send out.

Here's how to do this...Its really easy if you have a cad program like Illustrator or Photoshop.

1. If you can draw, sketch whatever your little heart desires, If you can't you can use images off the Internet, scans of magazine clippings OR use a personal picture and fit it to the following dimensions on your cad program. (I used an allover print)

Mouse Pad - 7in X 7in or  Longer Shopping notepad 3.75in X 9.75in

2. Inside the area filled with your picture (that you sized to one of the above dimensions) make a white box at 85% transparency with about 1/2in space all around. Then play with whatever other little images you would like to see around the white box (I put a sketch of the recipient)

3. Write whatever you like on the top of the white box. Your name, your favorite quote..anything. Then Put the lines all the way down spaced about 1/4in apart

4. Print about 20 of each template on whatever type of paper you like, And cut them apart. It helps if you have a large paper cutter so you can cut a bunch at a time and they will be the same exact size. You can get one relatively cheap at Michael's or Target. Or you can just take a trip to Kinko's. I'm pretty sure they have these there that people can use.

5. Cut a slightly thick piece of cardboard the same size to use as backing. Michael's also has black heavy presentation boards that you can use. This is what I used.

6. Using thick paper clamps, clamp your 20 or so sheets along with the backing together making sure the edges on the top (the side you will glue) is nice and even and flat.

7. Take a glue gun and smear a thin layer of glue to the top, using a tongue depressor or a plastic knife to even it out and make it nice and smooth.  Let it dry. The pages will tear off nice and easily.

8. If your making a shopping list buy magnets, using your glue gun, glue about 2 on the back of your pad (the sticky magnets don't hold, from my experience the glue gun works best)

9. If your making a mouse pad on the cardboard backing glue a thin line of glue with a glue gun to the top and bottom to prevent the pad from sliding around your desk.

10. YOUR DONE! your own personalized note pad!