etched glasses…

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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.

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

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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.

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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

bathroom love…

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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.

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

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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.

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$39 for an IKEA hand blown light cover.

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done!

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.

paper cutting…

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Paper Cut by UK based artist Lydia Crook

i love chinese paper cutting and when we travel to china, i always look for a fun piece for our house.  the art of chinese paper cutting dates back to when paper was first invented in china around A.D. 100.  used to express well wishes and good fortune, symbols and images are cut using either a knife or scissors.  they are given as gifts, hung in windows for decorations, and placed around the home for special occasions.

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1 in a set of 3 beijing opera masks

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image of a traditional chinese court dining area cut out of one large piece of paper

this one i did for my husband’s office since we were both born in the year of the rat.  it wasn’t easy and i was forced to fold the paper to get the complete cut done.  this disappointed me as it left a fold in the image.  i’ve seen people cut intricate designs without folding or guidance, and their talents are truly amazing.

while perusing www.etsy.com, i came across the work of UK based artist Lydia Crook (shown above post) and i love it! clean, beautiful, whimsical, and fun.

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you can view and purchase her work here.

 

what i’m in love with…

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