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DIY Sparkly Phone Case

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

So I’m starting to think that I should have named this site something like ‘All that Glitters’, considering how many glittered projects there are!  After seeing some of the projects I’ve done a friend asked me if I could make a phone case for her with a turquoise glitter….of course I could!

*If interested in making glittered washable glassware click here

*For basic glittering directions click here

I knew it would have to be pretty durable, as most of us throw our phones in our purses, counters, floors, etc.  This meant a few more steps than a typical glitter project, but nothing difficult.  If you want to make one for yourself or a gift follow these directions:

What you’ll need:

  • A plain phone case (or anything you want to have durable glitter… such as a camera case, compact mirror case, etc)
  • A strong adhesive for a base coat.  I used E-6000
  • A permanent adhesive for the glitter.  I used Gem-tac
  • Glitter
  • Lacquer spray to seal the glitter

This is what I did to make the case:

  1. First thing I did was folded a piece of tape (or use double sided tape) to adhere the inside of the case to a little soup box.  This made it easy for me to work around the case as I needed without smudging anything.
  2. Applied E-6000 to the phone case and let it dry (basically super glue).  I just speared it on smooth with my finger.   The reason I put this on first was to create a surface that the glitter would stick to and not easily scrape off over time (like the smooth plastic of the original case)
  3. I used a paint brush to apply a layer of Gem-tac and then sprinkled the glitter. I used this adhesive instead of Mod-Podge, like most glitter projects, because it’s more durable.  I let this dry and then tapped off the extra glitter.
  4. After  24 hours I sprayed a coat of lacquer on the case to seal it.  Since it will be getting so much use I sprayed a few coats of it throughout the day.  I let it all dry another 24 hours before using it.

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 in Entertaining | Comments Off

Along with many holidays throughout the year this one always sneaks up me.  It makes me realize that 1/3 of summer is already over…yikes!  However, it is a great time to celebrate America, get together with others, and really get down to what summer is all about!

I like making ‘Martini Stations’.  You can premake a large amount of a certain martini and keep it in a pitcher at room temperature. Then guests can pour the amount they want into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and have a great drink without the hassle of making martinis one by one.

What’s a great way to show your patriotism?  Make a flag shaped fruit ‘pizza’ of course.

What you need:

  • 1 refrigerated package of sugar cookie dough
  • 2/3 of a package of light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 of a container of light Cool Whip, thawed
  • Blueberries and strawberries, rinsed and dried

Evenly spread the cookie dough into a rectangle (it may not turn out exact, so just trim the baked cookie as necessary to create a rectangle).  Let it cool.  Mix the cream cheese and Cool Whip together and spread evenly over the cookie crust.  Add your fruit and enjoy!

I love making colorful layered cakes (for a gray ombre example Click Here).  Making multiple and different colored layers does add a little time to making a cake, but not much and it really adds a lot to the festivities!  You will want to use a white cake mix and make it with egg whites, not whole eggs (this keeps the color more pure).  Separate the cake in 2 equal parts, add red food color to half and add blue food color to the other half.  I only have 2 round cake pans, so I have to bake the red layers first and then once they cool I can bake the blue layers.   Use white (not vanilla…it’s actually yellowy) frosting and decorate it as you wish!

I love me some glitter!  I buy the inexpensive box of 12 of unscented ‘poured glass votive candles’, add some glitter, and you have cheap decorations!

What’s screams summer and America more than a Bomb Pop treat?  You can relive those icecream truck memories, but with an adult friendly twist.  Below are two different ways to make this festive cocktail:

Option One:  Lemonade, Mike’s Hard Cranberry, UV Vodka Blue (the left half of the below photo)

Option Two:  Smirnoff Ice, Blue Curacao, Cranberry Juice (the right half of the below photo)

Fill your glass with ice.  Pour your blue liquid in (down the side so the color doesn’t stick to the ice), carefully pour in your ‘white’ liquid, and then the red.  The colors blend quickly, so drink up!

Enjoy your cocktails in some patriotic washable glittered glasses.  To learn how to make some sparkly glassware Click Here .

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50 Shades of Grey Book Club Party Ideas

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Entertaining | 3 comments

A few years ago some friends and I started a book club….a dirty book club. We have read a handful of R-rated books, such as Some Girls, Sugar Babe, Candy Girl and more.  However, we also switch it up with ‘normal’ books…Shanghai Girls, The Shack, The Other Boleyn Girl,  etc.

We get together every couple months, a different person takes a turn hosting, and we all bring different bottles of wine to share. This month’s read was 50 Shades of Grey and I hosted. Below are some ideas for you to decorate with a gray theme (that don’t require a ton of budgeting) whether it’s for a similar book club or just because you like the color!

Of course, I had to glitter something for the night. Below are some wine glasses that I made to help identify our beverages.  Learn how to make these: Click Here

This cake was fun to make.  I used boxed cake mix (make sure you buy a white cake and use only egg whites, so the food coloring stays true…same goes for the frosting.  Get white cake and frosting, not vanilla – as it’s creamy in color).  I separated the cake mix in 4 equal parts and added varied amounts of black food dye.  I then separated the frosting in 3 equal parts, added varied amounts of color and then blended them together up the side and top of the cake.

These are medium sized doilies that I painted various shades of gray, cut in half, and taped to string.  I also made the gray tissue poms.  For directions on how to make them Click Here

I bought a 12 pack of glass votives at the craft store and decorated them with different materials.  Some are wrapped with different gray ribbons, lace, glitter, and scrapbook paper.

I love spray painting sticks.  It’s an inexpensive way to make a large centerpiece with a bold statement.  I painted a bunch glossy white and held them in place in the vase with gray toned rocks.

I made these bookmarks for the girls (but forgot to pass them out that night!).  I printed them on a silver linen paper, glued that to a cardstock weighted scrapbook paper, and finished them with a ribbon.

Look in the center…I even found gray M&Ms at the party supply store.

I used paint cans to vary the height the decor.

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Glitter glassware so it’s washable!

Posted on May 3, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | 8 comments

I’m a sucker for glitter.  It just makes everything so much prettier and glassware is no exception! The question is…how to wash glitter?  To see what I use for glittering Click Here .  For another project on glittering a phone case click here.

If you love the glittered goblets, but aren’t the crafty type that’s ok!  You can purchase a set from me.  If interested please Email me to figure out glitter colors, glass type, quantity, etc.

The only added step that you need to do to make stemware washable (hand wash only) is to spray 1 or 2 coats of clear sealant over the top of the glittered area (enter ‘how to glitter’ in the Search the Site section at the top of this website). I use a glossy top coat.  Tape plastic over the part of the glass that you don’t need to cover with a clear coat.

I’m taking these to an overnight Bachelorette party this summer.  The bride loves sparkles, so we are all going to wear glitz and sequins as a theme. I thought glittered wine glasses will be the perfect addition to the party. We’ll use them that night, be able to remember which glass is who’s, and the bride can take them home with her.

With summer approaching I need to have a set to help celebrate July 4th!  For more 4th of July ideas Click Here

Nothing says Christmas like glistening sparkly champagne glasses!

Make glasses to match your wedding colors, any holiday, or a whole set of just black or silver glitter for a posh look.

I made this set for my book club when I hosted and we read ’50 Shades of Grey’.  For more ideas on a gray themed party Click Here

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All Things Easter

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

Spring is awesome.  I am thrilled to have my windows open, hear the birds chirping, and see Cadbury Mini-eggs on the grocery shelves.  The only downfalls to this season are my dog tracks in mass amounts of mud and I realize I have limited time to attempt my annual summer weight loss plan (dang Cadbury!).  However, the budding trees and blooming flowers inspire me to make colorful Easter decor and treats.  Here are a few that are easy to make!

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….after my daughter crawls around on the floor tomorrow she is going to be full of glitter!  Take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on (I should take my own advice).  See “DIY & Craft Projects” for directions.

Stained Glass Hardboiled Eggs:

Easy and cool….with or without the shell.  Hardboil eggs and then crack them up, but don’t peel the shell.  Set them in water with a fair amount of food coloring added.

Once you take them out of the dye they will look like this:

 Or you can peel them to get this effect:

 

Stained Glass Potato Salad:    See the “Recipes” page or type ‘easy low-fat potato salad’ in “Search This Site” at the top of this website.

Easter Bunny Cake:

This is actually super easy!  Make 1 round cake (1/2 of a boxed cake mix).  Cut it in half and ‘glue’ it together with a little frosting.  Use a Snow Ball for the tail and spaghetti for whiskers.  Decorate with candy and paper ears.

 

 

Flowers in Candy: Wrap the stems of flowers with wet paper towel, cover it with a plastic sandwich bag, and tie or tape it shut.  This will keep enough water on the flowers to last a day or so (enough time to use this idea for an Easter meal centerpiece).  Place the flowers and candy in a vase!  ***you can do this at other holidays too

 

Bird’s Next Treats: 

  • Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Mix in 4 cups of chow mein noodles (or a combo of these and Cheerios).  Form them into little nests.
  • Place shredded coconut in a bag with green food coloring and shake it up.  Add it to the center of the ‘nests’.
  • Fill with candy

 Easter Cake Pops:

 

 

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How to Glitter Eggs (or any item)

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on.

  1. What you’ll need:  modge podge, a cheap paintbrush, glitter, and plastic eggs (or whatever item you are glittering)
  2. Brush the glue onto the egg…yes, this is messy.
  3. Sprinkle glitter all over the egg…yes, this is messy too.  You’ll probably need to rinse your hands off after each egg, so you can work on the next one.
  4. Let them dry overnight.  Set up around a centerpiece, in a glass bowl, or hang them on a tree!

 To see some glittery washable glassware Click Here

For sparkly DIY votives Click Here

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