Birthday shenanigans: Sip & Paint

If you can remember back a year, I pondered the conversation I would’ve had with my younger self in the essence of turning a quarter of a century. A month ago I turned the big 2-6.

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My painting throne; seemed fitting, no? #superwholocked

Last year’s birthday was really hard for me for a number of reasons I’ve already discussed. But I have heard from numerous people that they too had a hard time turning 25. It’s kind of that “defining” moment of your young adult life: the one where you are out of college, trying to figure out what you’re doing with your life and trying not to break down in the process.

25 was an interesting year for me, but overall, it was pretty damn fantastic. I can gladly count the bad times on one hand and that’s pretty much it. But it takes many more hands to count my blessings and great things that happened to me. To name a few: I did my first 5k, sewed a full cosplay gown, made and solidified some great friends, got to go to the Pentagon for a work event, really came into my own and built my confidence 10 fold, started to make future plans, took and trumped the GRE, lost 50 lbs, embraced my nerdiness, got to watch one of my great friends marry the love of her life and got to see my favorite childhood boy band in concert… I mean honestly, it was bloody brilliant.

Wino heaven.

Wino heaven.

I started 26 with the only way I know how: getting crafty! If you’ve been following me (lack of posts and all) you know how hard it has been for me recently to find time to breathe, let alone let out my crafty side. It’s definitely something I feel I’m missing in my life right now and my sister came along in the nick of time to save the day! She got us reservations to a “Sip and Paint” in our hometown!

I’ve been dying to do one if these! I have my own canvases that I’ve gotten to do little with as of late (except for this Mother’s Day gift) and was excited to get creative! It was actually the head honchos in my work life that told me I need to follow along and document the progress as we progressed in our bottle of wine… so let’s see how we progressed!

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Step in painting: 1
Wine consumed: ~2 sips

Drawing the basics: hill and sun (although, I like to think of mine more as a moon, you’ll see why later). Then we had to do a quick white base around the moon and sky.

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Step in painting: 2
Wine consumed: ~half a glass

My sky was less swirly than most people’s…

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Michelle’s turned out really cool… here she is mid-painting!

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Step in painting: 3 & 4
Wine consumed: Full glass

My painting is already feeling the alcohol, clearly. Step 3 involved painting over the moon and then doing the hills, complete with shading. That was a little more difficult thanks to the wine. 😉 I had to break out a protein bar after realizing I hadn’t really eaten anything!

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Step in painting: 5
Wine consumed: Working on my second glass

Probably not the best idea to try and do such intricate work after drinking, but luckily they had a template for this one. I started with the template and realized it was not working so well, so I just eye-balled it and hoped for the best… and then kicked back another glass in my “Heather don’t care” attitude. 😉

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Step in painting: 6 & 7
Wine consumed: Finishing the bottle

So to close out our whimsical paintings, we added some swirls and dots (which I liked to think were fairies – or maybe that’s just me watching so much “Once Upon a Time”).

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And so completed our paintings 🙂

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Michelle and I with our finished products!

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The top was what the painting was supposed to look like; the bottom was mine with an unexpected second piece of plate art. 😛

This was one of the neatest things to do! We had such a blast creating our masterpieces and seeing how everyone’s paintings differed in the end.

I highly recommend this activity for girls night or even date night! We saw a few couples who had fun creating some masterpieces.

Have you done a “Sip and Paint” sort of night? What kind of painting did you do?

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Happy Birthday Blog Giveaway!

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So, only a short time ago, my itty bitty blog turned one! ONE! YAY!

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! I want to thank YOU for following, trying, and just checking out my little piece of internet heaven! So to thank you for being amazing Glitterettes, I’m doing a…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG GIVEAWAY!

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That’s right! YOU could win a bunch of crafty goodness from moi in celebration of “Glitter in the Air” turning one!

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How to enter:

1. Like this post!

2. Like the “Glitter in the Air” Facebook page and comment to let me know!

3. Comment on this post about your favorite birthday memory/celebration!

4. Share your favorite “Glitter in the Air” post!

5. Reblog this to your blog and put a link in your comment!

6. Pin this post and put a link in your comment!

Each one is a chance to nab some crafty tools, hand made items and love sent from me! Enter by May 30th June 21st for your chance to win! Winner will be announced the following weekend!

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So get crackin’ and tell all your friends! Because who doesn’t like free stuff?!

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Love, hugs and fairy dust,

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Valentines Day Sale!

Morning Petals!

Happy Valentines Day!

My little Etsy Shop is having a sale for 10% off your purchase, vaild until 2/18!

VALENTINES DAY ONLY! Use the code: VDAYGITA10 to get 10% any purchase!

New items available and items that were sold are renewed for additional orders! Take a gander!

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Have a good Valentines (OR GALENTINES FOR ALL MY LADIES OUT THERE!) Day!

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DIY: Sugar Scrubs

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DIY: Sugar Scrubs

“Craft and Wine Night” continues and the holiday season has proved to have some of my favorite nights this year! Last Saturday, us gals got together to make some homemade sugar scrubs! We attempted to follow some different recipes we found online and decided to just wing it and make up our own! We had a blast, take a look!

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Dreamcicle Sugar Scrub

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DIY: Little Jetsetter Baby Shower

We found out my cousin was going to be a Daddy recently and assisted his sister and my cousin, Courtney (featured here a bit), in throwing the expecting couple a baby shower! The both of them are quite the world travelers and have some amazing stories of their adventures. For the first year, Mommy and Daddy will be jet-setting off throughout the world and so we thought it was only fitting that the theme be for a tiny jet-setter in the making!

We had a ton of fun helping Courtney plan this and she did an AWESOME job! And per usual, it was just nice to get together with family and reminisce about our hooligan pasts. 😉

One of the things I made with the help of my sister was a “Mommy’s Little Knockout” onesie.

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More BOOtiful wreaths!

Happy Halloween Wreath

The other night at “Craft and Wine Night” we decided to make some holiday and autumn wreaths! Remember the “Mummy” wreath I made? This is what generated that idea! We even had some new additions to the craft and wine tradition.

I decided to use NOODLES! Yes, as in POOL NOODLES! I saw this idea last year and thought it was brilliant. Think of how cheap pool noodles are in comparison to foam wreath forms at craft stores, like Michael’s. I paid $1.00 for each noodle at the dollar store, Michael’s is charging $7.00 per foam wreath, and those are the small ones. I’d say that is a pretty good deal! These wreaths turn out to be a good size for a front door of a home. The Mummy wreath is great for an apartment or inside of a home, in a smaller area. I will tell you, I will absolutely be stocking up on noodles come next summer! I think I’ll make one for every occasion! They’re so fun to make! And they are not hard to cut, so easy to make them smaller!

I decided to use fabric and sew a noodle sleeve for mine instead of wrapping it with something. I loved the end look, but it was not an easy task! Each of us did something different! Behold them below! Not great pictures, I had had one too many Pumpkin Ciders and had a hard day beforehand… but I wanted to share them none-the-less.

Lisa wrapped hers with yarn and then glued handmade felt flowers and beads to it. I wish I had a close up shot of it, it was really cute! I think at this point of the night, my sister had stolen my phone 😉

Michelles is the top left (in progress) and Crystal finished her burlap one with burlap left over from her wedding just a few weekends ago! I LOVE the way hers turned out, I’m so jealous of it.

Isn’t it cute!? Michelles completed wreath, already on her front door!

So how did I use a noodle to make mine? Well, here we go!

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DIY Bow Pillow: The Sewing Edition

Remember once upon a time when we made those nifty little monogram pillows at Craft and Wine Night? Remember how incredibly lazy I was and how I didn’t want to sew it so I just used “Heat and Bond”?

And then when I made the chalkboard sign out of the cookie sheet with the matching fabric? Well, to say I have a lot of that fabric and that I love it is an understatement… so I decided to make a matching throw pillow. I have decided to make at least two more, in similar fabric and colors for the apartment. I’ve been thinking a lot about future decorating schemes for my place, but I’m not a hodge podge kinda girl when it comes to the interior. Maybe when I was little and maybe a bit back in college (and at home, I have no choice because I just have TOO much stuff in two small bedrooms), but now, I like my stuff to match. Having a ton of this fabric is perfect for this. And I can’t wait to finally get my hands dusty with decorating!

The excitement I get over being domestic is probably really disgusting. The whole excitement over food shopping, decorating house, cooking dinners (except when laziness takes over)… how is it that I am a 24 year old mother with no children? Then again, I’m also an 80 year old woman stuck in a 24 year old body, but I digress.

Maybe it’s the fact that during my winter move, it will be mine. Something I’m taking care of on my own. My own place, with my own decorating scheme and my own pizzazz. With a pet in tow for my desire to nurture.

The epitome of me.

I can not wait!

But anyway, please see my additional pillow where I actually took the time to SEW it… as in with a SEWING MACHINE. I know, bonkers, right? I finally ended my lazy road of no-sew and unpacked my little sewing machine from storage.

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