Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous hosts a handmade crafts exchange twice a year and this was the third time I’ve participated. My exchange partner and I traded info and what stood out to me most was that she was a busy mom of a two year old who loved coffee and woodland creatures. I’ve been dying to get my hands on some of the Martha Stewart glass paint since our Crafternoon and this was the perfect opportunity!
I traced the fawn shape onto a cute green mug from Target using regular old ball point pen. I tried pencil but it wouldn’t stick – I’m sure there is another, better method to trace your shape but this worked. Also, I could have saved so much time if I’d had a stencil. C’est la vie.
Just the littlest bit of the glass paint goes a long way. My favorite disposable paint palette is a piece of foil! Wad and toss when you’re done!
Using a small paintbrush, fill in the outline making sure the green mug is completely covered.
Whatever texture the paint has when you paint it on is what it will be when it comes out of the oven… In this case, I tried to make it smooth but couldn’t get it perfect so I went with a “hammered” effect that I think I actually liked better!
Use q-tips to gently wipe away all of the ball point pen marks. I used a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol to help the process.
These little letter rubber stamps have been around for eons. Seriously. They came from Jojo’s craft stash and I remember her using them for things when I was little.
A little paint applied with the brush to the stamp gave a nice even finish to the letters.
30 minutes in the oven and voila! A precious hand crafted-ish gift for my exchangee.
All wrapped up and ready to go – My partner sent me the cutest stuffed Christmas tree garland. It’s hanging in the window in my studio and is so lovely!
I was so enamored with the results from the mug that decided to make monogrammed wine glasses for Friendsmas dinner with some of my favorite couple friends. We actually all met while wedding planning on that little website called “The Knot”? Heard of it? Yeah – we found each other among a gazillion other brides and 6+ years later still love to hang out.
The gold bass paint inspired the rest of the table setting, anchored by a runner of gold wrapping paper.
I love using wrapping paper as a table runner or cover. It world well for so many types of events and is an easy and inexpensive way to coordinate party decor.
Also, I kept a ton of baby food jars. I didn’t have a real plan for them – but they made a PERFECT candle vessel! I love that they look like the little sister’s of mason jars. It’s mason jar goes Z-Gallerie, no? (Maybe I just wish?)
Regardless, I loved the effect of dinner by candle light with some of my favorite people!
Happy Christmas Eve! We’re going to Jojo’s tonight to finish the Advent wreath, eat good food, open our stocking stuffers, and scratch lottery tickets in our family’s tradition. I hope your Christmas Eve and Christmas day are magical and full of love and warmth. xx