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 Bloggiversary Give-away Winner!

Let’s talk about who’s been a bad blogger?

This girl. Aware. Got it. Apologies.

Life has been insanely crazy recently, perhaps I’ll share a bit in my next post, but I wanted to stop by and let you know who won!

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Congrats to my favorite SMASH-Booker, SuperCraftiFragilistic! Shoot me an email to heatherk06@gmail.com with your address and I’ll send the box your way! Some fun stuff in there you can use in your Smashbooks! 🙂

Thanks all who liked and commented!

If you don’t hear from me before tomorrow: Have a wonderful and safe Independence day! Don’t forget the past crafts from last years Independence Day!

 

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Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Shirt

 

 

Independence Mason Jars

 

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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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DIY: Vinyl Mugs

I woke up quite a bit before my alarm this morning and was feeling very energized despite the lack of fitness this weekend (talk about a huge slacker). Perhaps it was the abundance of people I got to see this weekend that made me feel super chipper. I had quite a lot of fun seeing old friends, meeting new friends; celebrating birthdays and upcoming nuptials… and of course, doing a bit of crafting! The majority of my time currently is devoted to the following three things:

  1. Work
  2. Exercise
  3. Etsy

And not always in that order (but most of the time, yes). I haven’t had the chance to just do a craft for myself or even really just sleep. I took a few days off next week to knock out an array of appointments and take the time to just breathe, it’s amazing how sometimes one can just forget to do that, huh? Now, I’m feeling incredibly exhausted and dead to the world, the coffee is just not cutting it this morning.

Anyhoo, I’ve been doing a lot of mugs for the shop and wanted to finally just make one for myself.

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(Set of Doctor Who 11th Doctor Bow-tie mugs)

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(Pink leopard print mug)

A few weeks ago I received a mess of permanent vinyl and have just gotten around to being able to play with it!

The other day I decided my first project was to make a decal for my new water bottle that cost me a whole gold bar. Can someone please explain to me why they are so darn expensive these days? They’re water bottles for crying out loud!

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I used a silver permanant vinyl with a curly H from Cricut’s “Quarter Note” cartridge and of course, a quatrefoil… #tsm

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Tested it out at the gym: perfect!

I went over to my sorority sisters place yesterday to sit and craft. It’s been a while since we’ve had time to do so! Before, we used to sit in our apartment and craft on the regular, sticking in “Legally Blonde” and filling the living room with paint fumes and the smells of warm brownies. It was nice to be able to sit, chat, craft and catch up!

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The quote is one of my favorites from Vincent van Gogh:

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

I should have made the text a tad bit smaller, but I wasn’t sure how the Cricut would do with cutting smaller letters. I see with the ones at the bottom that it doesn’t do too bad! Next time, I will have to keep that in mind, I’m not a total fan of how large it is, but I love it otherwise! The stars were easy to apply without any vinyl transfer, but in order to keep the text together and cohesive, I used it for that. The only issue I had was the fact that the mug wasn’t a flat surface, so the bottom text got a little wonky due to the mug’s curvature.

Either way, there are so many other ideas for the future products with vinyl! Can’t wait do some more of those!

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Spring Etsy Sale!

Hello Petals,

I promise I have some other crafts coming soon, but know that there is a sale going on in my Etsy shop that only lasts for the next few days! If you enter the code “SPRINGSALE20” at checkout, you get 20% off any item $10 or more!

And new items were added! Click on the picture below to view the shop and all the new items!

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So keen that it’s ’13!

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2013? Can you believe we’ve already completed our first week of the new year?!

As every year, I do a lot of soul searching around the 1st. I know I’m not the only one that does this, especially for those who set new year resolutions. I’ve decided to not make them resolutions, but plans. I’ve made a couple things I’ll post soon that will help me track and keep me in check, I’m very excited about it all!

A LOT happened last year, particularly in the last half of the year, and my astrological side is loving the fresh start of January. In the midst of soul searching, I decided what was worth my energy and what wasn’t, thus refocusing all of my energies back on myself and continuing to grow and learn.

Like millions of others around the world, I rejoined a gym and met with a personal trainer last Saturday. She’s fabulous and reminds me a lot of my previous personal trainer, whom I miss greatly. But I think it’s going to be awesome and I’m getting really excited about it all! I really have missed working out, truly missed it and am glad to be back in the groove.

I’ve also been crafting up a storm! This past holiday I did a lot of gifts for other people:

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IMG_2913I made a couple of scarves, including this one as a Secret Santa gift for Lisa to give! I didn’t get a chance to grab a shot of the other scarves I made before giving them up for gifting. 😦

And everything I haven’t already “made-to-gift” is currently up in my Etsy shop!

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Take a gander and let me know what ya think! New posts coming soon!

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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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