etched glasses…


school auction is coming up and we are collecting for a Stock the Bar raffle…anything for your home bar.  so in addition to a few bottles of wine and booze, i thought i’d contribute a set of etched glasses.  just for fun.


i looked up how to toast in different languages and formatted the words in different fonts.


i traced each word onto the right side of contact paper using a fine tip permanent marker and adhered each word onto each glass.  with an exacto knife, i slowly cut away each letter carefully.(see detailed instructions from my star wars cups here).

etcing cream

using a small brush, i covered the letters with etching cream and let it sit for 5-7 minutes.  under cool water, the cream was washed away and the contact paper carefully pulled off.  with a dry paper towel, i wiped the area really clean to remove any residue.  it sort of buffs the area as well.


ta da! really, an easy peasy project and fun way to personalize glassware.

materials needed:

glassware, cleaned and dried (purchase a set of 4 drinking glasses at Ross for $3.99)

exacto knife

clear contact paper

armour etching cream

belly cake…


never thought i’d make a belly cake, only b/c i have a rule not to make a cake that resembles a living person or a normal body part.  think it’s kind of morbid to eat something that’s supposed to be a person, baby, you know.  gross stuff, dead stuff, halloweeny stuff is all ok.

but this was a special request for a special baby shower.


boobs were molded in rice bowls using rice krispie treats.  belly was a cake baked in my stainless steel mixing bowl.




bow and trim were all rolled fondant. also i tucked crumpled up syran wrap under the fondant to create the ruffles. (and of course removed them before the party)

big mistake was painting the fondant and not coloring it before covering the cake.  i thought i would accomplish a uniform pink using food paint….nope, didn’t work.  it was a rainy humid day too and that didn’t help at all either.


luckily the overall cake was a success and it was enjoyed by the mother-to-be.

bathroom love…


our guest bathroom is probably the most design-neglected room in the house.  tiles are from eons ago, fixtures are old and some broken, and even the paint job i did 5 years ago was horrible and incomplete.

so i thought painting the ceiling would be an easy change to a small space that wouldn’t require added investment.



with painter’s tape i free-handed a zig zag design along the length of the ceiling.


using left-over paint in our cupboard, i rolled out a coat of dark grey.  to be playful i painted a few of the thin strips with a metallic acrylic craft paint already in my stock.



$39 for an IKEA hand blown light cover.



things i learned that i would do differently next time:

– use GOOD quality painter’s tape.  even though i was pretty neurotic pressing down the sides of all the tape, the grey bled through in quite a number of places which is a bugger to fix.

– if i was patient enough and had the budget, i would have purchased a coat of ceiling paint and painted a coat first.  what this does is it primes the space and any paint that bleeds will be the background color anyway.  but i’m lazy and cheap.

what i’m in love with…

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