If all goes well, we'll be celebrating Father's Day this weekend by finally seeing the new Wonder Woman movie. I can't believe it's been out this long already and we haven't been. As a lifelong fan, I hope it lives up to both the hype and my high expectations - especially for the sake of the guy spending his big day watching it...Read more
You may have noticed a kink or two being worked out around here this week (thank you to my patient email subscribers!) and there are a few more to go, but overall the transition to my new blogging space went a little more smoothly than I expected. Yay!
Since I've set up a shop here, in addition to those that will remain on Etsy and Amazon, I'm offering you a little incentive to try it out. Get free shipping if you place an order over $10 using the code LAUNCH2017. The code will only work here, not in my other shops. If you run into any issues along the way, please let me know. It's a work in progress!
On to this week's Friday Favorites!
I hear there's some sort of ball game happening this weekend? If, like me, you're one of those people who is only in it for the commercials, these printable bingo cards from Play Party Plan are for you.
Maybe you'll need something to do between the commercials. Or you might be someone who enjoys the game but could do without the sales pitches. Either way, this wire and nail heart from As For Me and My Homestead will keep your hands busy.
While everyone else is enjoying the wings and dips, I'm looking for the desserts. The secret ingredient in this one from Life Love and Sugar is Bailey's Irish Cream, so I'm in.
I had to include these cookie dough ice cream sandwiches from Mel's Kitchen Cafe because my daughter just told me there's a restaurant in New York that serves these, along with all other things cookie dough. A cookie dough restaurant. Let that sink in for a minute while I plan my cross-country trip.
I don't know if this 3D sewing machine box from the Silhouette store is as complicated to make as it looks, but it's cute enough to be worth the effort.
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
With New Year’s Eve falling on a Thursday this year, I imagine there are going to be lots of parties happening out there, as I’m sure many people will take a three day weekend. One of the biggest party problems out there? Making sure your guests and their glasses stay in touch. There are cute rings to go on your wine glass, and there’s always the tried-and-true Sharpie for the disposables, but what about all the other glasses? I’ve got the solution!
The idea here is that you make two sets of temporary tattoos. One goes on the glass and the other is applied to your guest. As the night wears on, all they need to do is match their hand to their glass. Depending on what type of beverages you happen to be serving, it could turn into quite the interesting game!
I tried this on all kinds of glassware, including Mason jars, all with success.
I even got brave enough to slap one on my Fiestaware, and it came off without a hitch.
I’d recommend leaving a small bowl of water and some paper towels or a sponge near the glasses for easy application.
Removal was easy, and I covered how I did that in the instructions. Have a safe and fun party, and don’t worry about keeping your glasses and guests together and happy!
I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding. We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures. Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here. While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.
At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss. At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking. But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option. I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.
I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot. I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table. As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night. Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!
I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.
After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon. I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.
We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it. It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it. We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older. Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.
We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding. Without the kissing sign, of course.
As if these two needed any encouragement.
Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday! I made a list of all the different things I want to tell you about, and if I actually find photos and address one per week, we should be done somewhere around Easter. I’ll try to condense a little.
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I want to start with one of my favorite and most lengthy projects – the wedding favors. My daughter wanted to feature mason jars, so we decided early on that we’d use them as drinking glasses. From there it morphed into painting them with a little chalkboard paint so guests could write their names on them, to painting the names on with glass paint, to cutting the names from permanent vinyl and adding a lid with a grommet and straw and making them the take-home wedding favors. With about 225 invited guests and extra jars for surprises, it was an ambitious undertaking but one I was happy to take on.
Last winter, my husband decided I needed a Silhouette Cameo. I didn’t think I really did. I figured it would be fun to play with once in a while, but would mostly just take up space. Let me tell you, much of what I made for that wedding couldn’t have happened without it. This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Silhouette, I’m just here to tell you that I’m a huge fan now. I found the software easy to use, the prices and selection for art very reasonable and the learning curve to get started with the machine wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. Commercial over, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I set up a template page for the names and just returned to it each time I needed to start a new one. There were many, many pages. I bought grey permanent vinyl on Amazon, which by happy accident ended up looking a little like the glasses were etched.
I used cheap, clear vinyl over the top as a transfer medium, then cut all of the names apart. All that was left once that was done was to wipe the jars down with rubbing alcohol and apply the names.
While I was working on the glass, my husband was crafting the lids. After doing a couple by hand, he did a little shopping and found this contraption.
It was $65 on Ebay (you can also find them on Amazon) and came with some grommets. When you’re looking at making nearly 20 dozen of these, that cost is so worth it. To start, he drilled holes in the center of the lids with a 7/16” drill bit. He ultimately used his drill press because he ended up with smoother holes and it took less time, but a regular drill can work too.
He inserted the larger side of a #2 size (a tiny bit shy of 1/2”) grommet into the hole and slipped the smaller side onto the back.
A quick punch with the grommet-squisher…
And we had lids that straws fit into perfectly.
Of course, since the wedding colors were yellow and grey, we searched the world for yellow straws.
I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out. They worked well for holding the tea and lemonade we served, and the lid kept out the pesky bugs.
We wanted to make sure guests understood that they could take these home, so I again used my Cameo to make a sign. We just used 1/8” hickory plywood that my husband cut to size, added the lettering, and I found that cute mason jar (with the word Love on it already) in the Silhouette store. I improvised the yellow vinyl straw.
These were a huge hit with our guests and a great way to help them find their seats. In fact, we only had one jar left behind at the end of the night!
Since January has been a sprint for me, I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about my amazing Christmas present. It doesn’t even have a home in my craft room yet, but you better believe I’ve already taken it for a spin or two…Read more
Remember those Glass Block Bookends I made a couple of weeks ago? That project would have been much less stressful with one of those electronic cutting tools from Silhouette. I don’t own one, but you can bet it’s on my wish list. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on a photo of a cute project and found out it was made using one of those handy machines.
The nice people at Silhouette contacted me recently to see if I’d be interested in sharing their Black Friday sale details with you. I’m always up for a good sale, so of course I agreed. I promised I wouldn’t release the details until Friday, but if you’re eyeing these like I am, you’ll want to come back!
They also wanted to know if I thought you all would like to participate in a giveaway. Of course! They’re offering a copy of their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software upgrade (a $50 value) to one of you!
All you need to do to enter is follow Silhouette on Pinterest, then leave a comment here about what you would make with a Silhouette. You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to enter. The winner will be announced on Friday morning, along with the details of the Black Friday Sale.
Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing more giveaways and sales this week!