DIY Etched Glass Vase and Bespoke Global Giveaway

Sea inspired girl's night in.I’m partnering with Bespoke Global for this post with entertaining inspiration, a glass etched vase DIY and giveaway. This sea inspired girl’s night set up was inspired by some of the fantastic entertaining items available on the Bespoke Global site. Listen and read on to see how I used their rad items to be the catalyst to create a cool night of hanging out with your friends.

Bespoke Global entertaining pieces and giveaway! Press play: This song fits perfectly for the feel and look of the party.


When I was perusing the Bespoke Global catalog several items jumped out at me and they all happened to be things that were modeled after things found in and around the ocean. Immediately I started creating a cool girl’s night in party in my head. I am in love with the gorgeous deep mints and blues in the centers of these dishes and the urchin inspired bowls are both quirky and awesome looking. I loved that these items don’t give off a girly vibe, per se, but are organic and natural in their design with just a touch of color. And these delicate glass tumblers inspired me to create a centerpiece for my get together, a DIY etched glass vase.

Items: Kimura Glass, Urchin Bowl, Nesting Bowls

 

Etched vase for an easy DIY centerpiece.This simple DIY can be used to create custom glassware, including drinking glasses, vases, candle holders, and mirrors. And because you can choose the pattern, you can match them to any look you want to.

Glass etching DIY.I grabbed an inexpensive glass vase from the craft store along with some glass etching solution. They sell stencils that you can use right along with the etching solution but I opted to do a custom pattern. I brought out my painter’s tape just in case, but didn’t end up needing to use it for my design.

Glass etching is super easy and fun!I used a small paint brush and dabbed the etching solution on to the vase in a pattern similar to the one found on the Kimura glass from the Bespoke Global website.

Sea inspired girl's night.I think the addition of the etching really added to the visual interest of the vase and reminds me of bubbles making their way to the ocean surface. It totally fits the look of the rest of my under water inspired girl’s night set up.

DIY etched vase.The etching solution was pretty easy to use and I can’t wait to make more things with it. While the instructions said to leave the solution on the glass for 15 minutes, I left it on for about an hour. I found with doing hand drawn patterns, where it isn’t possible to get a super thick layer of the goop, you need to leave it on for much longer. Also I had to go pick up my son and that added on a half an hour that was unavoidable, but was helpful in the long run.

DIY vase for sea inspired girl's night in party.So you should totally make this vase. But you should also enter my giveaway for a $200 gift card for Bespoke Global. Use it to buy Christmas gifts for yourself or others! They have tons of AMAZING entertaining pieces but also great gift ideas for the men in your life and lovers of fine things. Their selection is totally unique and are real works of art. While I can’t afford everything on the site, I still couldn’t help myself but browse every single section to see all the amazing finds they’ve curated.

Here are some of my other favorites from the site:
Kimura Glass with Stem, Wee Bit Candle Holder, Heather Knight Shell inspired art piece, Anna Karlin Decanter, Heather Knight Geode Bowl, Gold Zag Tray, Tiny Gold Lip Dish, Honeycomb Faceted Bottle with Gold,

Enter the giveaway here!

Contest ends November 12, 2014. Contest is open to legal residents of the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years old at the time of entry. One grand prize winner will be awarded a  $200 coupon code for redemption at BespokeGlobal.com. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Items purchased in conjunction with this contest must be shipped to a valid physical address (no P.O. Boxes) in the lower 48 states or the District of Columbia.  For complete rules, visit the contest landing page and click on “Read the full rules.”

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Babies Have Great Parties : BabyShower.com

Use plastic animal cocktail charms as decor for food at a baby shower. I feel bad for babies. They get great parties and they aren’t even really there. I mean, they are there, in belly, but they don’t get to eat the yummy food or see how great the decor is. Baby showers are awesome. I contribute to Babyshower.com and while I won’t be having any more baby showers thrown for me (I have two wonderful boys but this bakery is closed) there is nothing more fun to plan than a baby shower. Next time you have to plan one you should definitely check out the site. You’ll find awesome content on there, and yeah, some of it is mine. ;) Some of the stuff pertains to non-baby entertaining as well. Like the cabbage salad recipe I shared. How stinking cute are those cocktail charms? While the mermaid might not be appropriate, these cute little animals could certainly enhance a baby shower theme.

DIY twist ties for party favors.And these DIY fabric twist ties are super simple and really great looking. I’m a big fan of candy or food as favors and simple packaging. You can find fabric to match any color scheme. And people love candy. Babyshower.com just released some great printable sheets to help you in your planning, so be sure to check them out! They include everything from budget worksheets to one to organizing invitation information. It’s a great resource!

And since it is that time of year, check out my inspiration for a Halloween themed baby shower.

Upcycled Milk Jug Planters

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DIY milk jug planters. Every time my kids finish a container of milk my head spins. Those containers have got to be good for other things. I know they can be recycled but they can be so much more useful than that. So I decided to make some of the plastic milk jugs in to planters. And I decided to take my older son with me when I went to the master, his grandfather, to learn the best way to replant plants, since I have the blackest thumb possible. I figured we could keep at least a few of these containers out of a landfill and teach myself and my son something that could come in handy later. Both of my kids have expressed an interest in planting our own food, so this lesson will surely come in to play again. got milk? asked me if I could come up with a craft that would share how milk and healthy habits can be worked in to your everyday living. And I really think these planters do that.

Milk is full of things that growing bodies need to help them in the future. But first we needed a few empty milk jugs. Luckily, this kid LOVES his milk. If he could, he would drink milk for all of his meals instead of eat. I don’t hate that. Milk is full of good stuff that his body needs so he gets it for each meal and one snack a day. And before we knew it, we had 3 empty jugs for us to upcycle in to planters.

Making planters out of empty plastic milk jugs. Grandpa Al runs a nursery out of his back yard and sells cottage garden plants to mom and pop nurseries in and around Orange County (read this great article the Register wrote about him). So when it comes to anything with plants, he is the man. We brought over our plastic milk jugs and he and my son got to work turning what would have been trash in to something useful.  I had wanted to plant some herbs, as I really enjoy using them in cooking, but Grandpa Al doesn’t grow herbs. And while he used to grow heirloom vegetables, he has since changed his focus to cottage flowers. I decided that since I’m such a gardening novice, I would let him show us with his regular plants and then my son and I will be able to purchase some herbs and create an herb garden together. [Read more...]

Fun Party Decor Idea : Carved Watermelons

Talking watermelons. Carve them to create awesome party decor and signage. Carved watermelon. I bet that wasn’t the first thing to pop in to your head when you were planning your last party, was it? But it totally should have been. Pumpkins aren’t the only things that you can carve. And carved watermelons make really great party decor and signage. These can be made ahead of time, really they SHOULD be made ahead of time.  But they are quite easy and will be the star of the show. 

Put your message on a watermelon. Super fun for parties! I asked my friend Carole to create one for our pajama party in Palm Springs. And then, of course, I forgot to print out the phrasing before I left for the trip. But that really didn’t matter. Carole was still able to carve the watermelon.  You will need a watermelon, some simple carving tools – her’s were for carving or cutting clay and purchased from the local art supply store, and the image or words that you want to carve. If you want a specific font, you can easily just print out the words on standard computer paper, just try to make sure that the words will fit on the size watermelon you bought. 

Trace your design on a watermelon to create jaw dropping party signs! Using the straight tool, (I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what any of the tools are called. This one is sharp on the end but straight, sort of like a straight pin but a little bit thicker) begin to poke holes in the watermelon all around the outline of the words. Many pumpkin carving books use a similar technique. 

Carving watermelons is easy to do with the dot method.So here you can see the dots that you can then connect to shape the letters and words. 

Watermelon Carving is pretty easy and creates totally fantastic party signage! Total crowd pleaser! I really love this idea for signage at parties. You can use them on buffet tables, as centerpieces, just about anywhere.  And it works not only with words but also with images.  Carole has carved some pretty amazing things in watermelons. 

Carve watermelons for fun party decor. Next, you will use the tool that looks a little bit like a tunnel or a “u”. With it, you will follow along your dotted line scooping out the speckled green skin. You do not need to go very deep in to the watermelon.  You just want to remove the hard outer skin. 

Fun party sign idea! While it might take a few minutes to do, it is really easy. Once you are done, you want it to have a chance to dry out a bit. We left this one out overnight and by the next morning, it looked like the first image in this post. The carved out portion turns a little bit lighter and it makes the words pop. Aren’t they fantastic!

Carved watermelon for fall decor.  // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis carved watermelon above was the first one Carole carved for me for an outdoor movie photo shoot I did a really long time ago. It shows perfectly how watermelons can live on past summer and slide right in to fall. (this last image is by Sadie James Photography). I feel like this is how I want to carve my pumpkins this year too. Just think of all the creative designs you could do! I’m so grateful to have creative friends who are willing to share their talents with me! Thank you, Carole!

DIY Family Reminder Chalkboard

DIY Family reminder chalkboard to keep you organized. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.com*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts® via Blueprint Social.  All opinions, thoughts, craft errors, chalk hands and paint stained floor are my own.

I am a list maker. I literally write everything down so I don’t forget it.  But the problem is, I’m also a stacker/straightener.  Do you know what that is? It’s where I straighten things up by making stacks.  Which means I bury my to-do lists.  So I wanted a way to be able to leave out family reminders so we don’t forget things as we head out the door in the morning. DIY chalkboards are not new. But I wanted to do mine a little bit differently.  I wanted it to sort of blend in with our decor a little bit, a little more arty.  And I also wanted something that wasn’t totally permanent in terms of what it says. I like to use things in multiple ways. I figured out that Chalkboard Paint would be the perfect thing to use.

Martha Stewart offers great chalkboard paints and liquid chalk paint to use with their adhesive stencils. #ad #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts // cupcakesandcutlery.comMartha Stewart Crafts® has these awesome products out that worked perfect for my project.  The color options for the Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint are amazing! While of course the traditional, dark chalkboard color is classic, I was excited to play around with some of these other colors. And they work on any porous surface so they are totally versatile.  And the Martha Stewart Crafts® Erasable Liquid Chalk is EXACTLY what this project needed! It goes on like paint, dries and doesn’t smudge, but can be wiped off with a damp cloth!  Totally perfect. The Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreen Stencils are made to work this awesome paint so I couldn’t wait to try them out.

DIY "Don't Forget" Chalkboard for keeping your family reminders right where you will see them. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.com

For this project you will need:

A wooden board

Black spray paint

Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint

Blue painter’s tape

A paint brush (I used a roller brush, but either will work)

Martha Stewart Crafts® Erasable Liquid Chalk

Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens
Use spray paint to add some interest behind your DIY chalkboard for family reminders. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comI laid out my board on a drop cloth and used the spray paint to create some lines. There is no rhyme or reason to how I did this, I just knew that I didn’t want it symmetrical.

Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comNext I taped off the edge of the board with the painter’s tape. I used a small roller to paint on the Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint in Oxblood.  I found that using a brush left the surface a little less smooth when finished but either is fine. I let the first coat dry for about an hour and then painted on a second coat. I let that dry and then did some touch ups where the board needed a little bit more paint. I didn’t prime this area first as I was fine if the black lines showed through a little bit.  But the paint covered it really well.

I then let the paint dry for 24 hours before priming it with chalk. If you don’t prime your chalkboard paint first, whatever words you first write will not completely wipe off. It’s such a bummer.  All you have to do is take a piece of white chalk, lay it on its side, and rub the chalk on the board. I did this in rows, first cover the board in one direction and then turning it one half turn so the lines were going the other direction. Then, using a soft rag, wipe it all off.  Make sure to do this outside. It’s crazy messy.

Liquid chalk paint is awesome when you want a note to stay on, but not permanently. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comOnce it has been primed, your chalkboard is all ready to use. I decided that although the Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens are super awesome, the letters were not quite the scale I wanted for my board.  I decided to free hand “don’t forget” and then use one of the decorative  stencils for a little extra fun.

Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreens are perfect for use with the liquid chalk paint. It goes on like paint and doesn't smudge. But comes off with a damp cloth. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe stencils work best if you rub them to your surface, concentrating on the area right next to the screen. Also, start with a light hand with the Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2 oz Erasable Liquid Chalk but make sure to cover completely. As you can see from the arrow on the right, I missed the tip. But once it was dry, I was able to wipe it off and redo it. I chose to use the Liquid Chalk for this part of the sign as it won’t change from day to day.  While once in a while I will probably change what the sign says, you know, for birthdays, holidays, special messages, etc., mostly I want it to just say, “don’t forget.”

Easy Chalkboard family reminder board. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comI really like how it came out!  While it may not fit in everyone’s decor, it goes perfectly with our aesthetic and vibe. The Oxblood even matches our carpet really well!

Family reminder board for keeping yourselves organized on your way out the door. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comWe now have a place where we can write notes to ourselves about what we need to remember each day as we are heading out the door.

DIY Family Reminder Chalkboard. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe smaller chalk works better for smaller writing so I’m keeping some right by the sign to make it super easy.

DIY chalkboard reminder board for the whole family. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd of course Ronald has to watch over it.  Forgetting to bring any of the things on this list, well that just wouldn’t be prudent.

The Liquid Chalk Paint from #MarthaStewartCrafts is awesome! No smudging and wipes off their chalkboard paint with a wet towel. Genius! #ad #PlaidCrafts // cupcakesandcutlery.comI also decided that I wanted to make a chalkboard area on a fabric lunch bag. Since my youngest son will only be in school a few hours a day, we will still be running a lot of errands together in the afternoons. I love to grab things to keep him busy and I know that if I keep a few “grab bags” ready to go, it will cut down on the time it takes to get out the door for our errands too.

DIY anywhere tote for kid's toys using chalkboard paint and liquid chalk paint. #ad #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts  // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis liquid chalkboard paint is kind of amazing. While I am sure the kid’s can rub it off if they really set their mind to it, it will absolutely make it through your trip to get your tires rotated, mail something at the post office or wait the 3 hours to see your doctor… I am also in love with this color of paint, Habanero.  And it didn’t make it in to this post, but I also tried out the color, Ink, a navy blue color and it is SO great!

A fabric lunch bag is a great back to school gift idea for teachers. Especially when filled with fresh flowers. I used #plaidcrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts chalkboard paint to personalize it. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd how cool is it that “Legos” easily wiped write off the bag when I decided the lunch sack would also make a fantastic back to school gift…

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