Thursday, December 18, 2008

Glass Etching

It is actually sooooo simple to do, and the results can be stunning. The only drawback of glass etching that I can see is the cost of the etching cream. It is EXPENSIVE! Oh man! A small 10 oz bottle of it was $34.99 at Michaels. Of course you should use a 40% off coupon and save yourself $14.00 to help ease the cost. I also purchased my mirrors at Michaels, for quite resonable prices.

Seriously I got a little carried away once I discovered how easy it was! I started with this small coaster set. Here's how:

piece of glass or mirror
plastic or paper stencil
etching cream
repositionable spray adhesive
flat bristle paintbrush

1. Clean your glass with Windex first, wipe until dry.
2. Spray the back of your stencil with the repositionable adhesive. ( I laid down scrap paper underneath to catch any overspray from the can.)
3. Position the stencil on your glass. Don't worry if you place it crooked or wrong, just peel it back up and position again.
4. Rub the stencil firmly to ensure complete contact with the glass, especially on any small pieces in the design.
5. Using the paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream onto your stencil making sure to completely cover all open areas of the stencil. *Also be careful not to brush any extra cream in unwanted areas!!
6. Let cream stand for 5 minutes. ( I have found that adding additional time is not neccessary and doesn't improve the darkness of the etching very much, but it doesn't hurt if you accidentally leave it on too long.)
7. Wash cream completely off under running water. Dry, and clean with Windex again.
That's it! Just think about all the possibilities with all the stencils out there!

Glass Etching on votive holders is a little more difficult but worth the trouble for the beautiful outcome. When you think of all the glass items in your house that could be spruced up with some decorative etching I hope you'll be as excited as I am!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Catching Up...

What you've missed...

For Halloween EmmaLee was Princess Belle and Ethan was her Knight. She demanded that we call her Princess EmmaLee Belle for weeks afterward! Oh, and I was a scarecrow.

I absolutely love the wig on her. I was kinda hoping that she would too, since she will never have a full head of hair. I've always been open to the idea that she might want one someday, I thought maybe even as early as 5 or 6 years old. Nope, she did NOT like it, just too itchy.

And... EmmaLee turned 4. She wasn't very happy on her birthday, not even blowing out the candles. But obviously she liked the frosting. There WERE stars around the whole border of the cake, until she ran her fingers through it. I actually sat there and secretly watched her do it, I think every kid is allowed at least that on their birthday! lol! What made her finally smile? ELMO pajamas!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Layouts

Okay, so these are really old pictures in the layouts but I've never scrapped them on anything. And...I actually made everything for the layouts myself!! Pat. Pat. Yes, I'm patting myself on the back.

And yes, I realize that these still need some journaling or the very least, a date.


Wow! I'm just shy of 2 months without posting anything!! I don't know why, there isn't a good excuse or anything. You know how sometimes you just get stuck in a rut, you loose all drive to do anything productive. Well, I fall into those slumps occasionally. Okay more than occasionally, but whose keeping track? Well, I'm back now and I've decided to keep a regular posting schedule. Not sure what that will be yet. Hmmm, maybe once every two months LOL! No seriously, I will try to do at least twice a week, maybe more.

Thats all for now. Question: Does this post count?? lol!


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