Monday, December 8, 2014

25 Days of Craft Beer

My husband is always a hard person to buy Christmas gifts for.  He is pretty picky about clothes, if he sees something he wants he usually just buys it or the item he wants is out of the price range I want to spend.  Over the past year or so, my husband has become a sort of beer snob.  He has started brewing his own beer and he loves trying new craft brews.  

I had the idea to get him 25 different craft beers so he could have a sort of craft beer advent calendar.  Luckily a new beer store opened near us in time for me to pull this off.  Since I know nothing about beer I went into the store and asked for help.  They were amazing and picked out all 25 bottles for me.  I had an idea of what he liked just from what I had seen him drink.  I knew I had a good idea when the guy helping me at the store told me what a great idea it was and said he wasn't sure how I could top it next year.

I did not have much time to make any kind of elaborate holder for the 25 bottles since I literally put this all together the morning of December 1st.  I wrapped each bottle with Christmas tissue paper and put a label on each one with "Days til Christmas" and the number of days left.  

My husband loved the surprise and anyone that has heard about it thinks its super fun.  I guess I will be making this a new tradition but next year I will pick up my game with the presentation!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cloth Covered Bulletin Board

I have been in the process of redoing my craft/work area. Its a very long process because I want it to be just right.  I am trying to reuse a lot of the things I already have.  While looking through everything I decided to update my boring old cork board.

I found a really cute print at JoAnn Fabrics in the clearance section and purchased 3 yards (even though I knew it was too much but wanted extra in case.)  Once I got it home, I ironed the fabric and laid the fabric on the board.  I went around the perimeter with a butter knife tucking the fabric in between the frame and board.

After the fabric was all tucked in I started going around inside the frame placing push pins all the way around.  This took a lot longer than I could have imagined and my fingers were pretty sore!!

I left enough excess fabric to pull down tight in back.

I was going to use a staple gun to keep the back fabric down but it would not go into the frame and the actual cork board was too thin.  Instead I used hot glue to keep the fabric down.

I love the way it came out.  I like it so much I almost don't want to use it as bulletin board.  As soon as my work area is complete I will post a photo of it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Wine Bottle Decor

Some projects come out much better than expected while other projects are nothing like you the picture in your head.  The other day I had a great idea (or so I thought.)  I wanted to make Halloween wine bottles for decoration.  It seemed so promising….did not turn out the way I had hoped.

I first cut the bottoms off the wine glass by scoring the bottom and going back and forth pouring boiling water and ice water on the bottom of the bottle.  This took a little time and I will have to practice this a little more in order to make the cut even at the bottom.  After the cut was complete I sanded down the bottom to get rid of any jagged edges.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a few Halloween shapes out on contact paper.

Next, I set up a spray paint station in the garage and got to work. I did at least 7 coats on each bottle.  I wanted to make sure there there wouldn't be any light peaking through in any other place than where I wanted.

After giving the bottles ample time to dry I peeled the contact paper off the bottles.  I was really excited to see how it came out but I was so disappointed when I put the candles inside and realized the light was not bright enough to show the design.  I tried every combination I could think of but unfortunately nothing worked.  There was also a problem with the candle not staying light in one of the bottles.

I picked up mini halloween lights at the dollar store and they work better than the candles but it is still not the look I was hoping for. It is a cute decoration and the boys seem to think its neat and they are really the only critics I care about.