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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River Song Appreciation Day!

HAPPY RIVER SONG DAY!

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Ok, I’m about three days late for posting this and be prepared, it’s about to get a tad nerdy up in this joint.

River Song is a character played by Alex Kingston on “Doctor Who”. Again, if you have never seen “Doctor Who” and are into the nerdy, space travel, british comedies then WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!? Seriously, you need to GET ON THAT. Those of you who know of River Song and know me, know that I adore the hell out of that character/woman and is pretty much one of my goals in life to be as badass as she.

dcwhoomgFriday was the 5th Anniversary of River’s first appearance in “Silence in the Library”, an episode from season 4 with David Tennant and Catherine Tate as his “I’ll dish your sassiness right back to you” companion, Donna Noble (another favorite of mine!). Please be prepared if you watch this episode and it’s companion (ha, see what I did there?) because there are a lot of emotions. Seriously. Good luck with that.

Also, can we talk about the season finale?! Let’s talk about how I cried rivers of tears (ha, bah-dum-dum-psh!)… let’s talk about how I walked out into my living room and the conversation went like the following:

Dad: So, how was Doctor-

Me: OMG! *bursts into tears* RIVER! MY FEELS! RIVER AND THE DOCTOR! I JUST… I CAN’T! RIVER! NOOOOO! MY FEELS!

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Anywho, I decided that since I couldn’t cosplay to work (even though it was casual Friday) and it would probably be highly inappropriate to walk around calling everyone “Sweetie”, or trying to use my sonic screwdriver when my stupid computer wouldn’t work (I actually have two: River and the 10th’s) and saying “Spoilers” anytime anyone asked me where one of my reports were (Seriously, I saw a very pink psychic paper in my future if I ever tried to pull this kind of shenanigan)… all of these under consideration, I decided to marathon River’s episodes and make a lovely decor piece in honor of our favorite woman with the funny name and the fantastic space hair.

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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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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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Motivating Workout Shirts

Who’s awesome? I’m awesome! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been doing really well with eating right and going to the gym the past week or so. I started out kind of slow in the beginning of this year: slacking on the diet my trainer gave me, not going to the gym as much, not pushing myself as much. I think deciding to up-the-anty with training twice a week, with an additional class taught by my PT, got me back on track. (I’m sure the fact that I’m now paying with unborn children and organs has something to do with it too).

I’ve been eating well, losing weight, and feeling FABULOUS.

To keep myself motivated, I’ve been making myself shirts, of course, using my new Cricut!

A couple people have asked me for one, so they are now up for sale on my Etsy shop if you’re interested! (Click the pictures to take you to the store page)

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This shirt is customizable for titles (I should have gone with Duchess as that’s our lineage name) and shoe brand! The personal trainers at the gym loved this one! Except mine, who is an avid heel wearer, decided I need to change it to “B needs heels, but also loves Asics”, haha.

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This one was a lot of fun to do! You can’t really tell from the pictures, but there is a diamond in the middle of the “O”.

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And this wouldn’t be complete without a nerdy, Doctor Who T-shirt! Remember my “Future Companion” shirt from a while back? Well this is the fitness compliment, because, let’s be honest: we must be able to run if we plan to be a companion, am I right?

I also made this one, which, is not currently up for sale. The trainers also liked this one a lot!

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How do you stay motivated at the gym?

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Happy December!


IMG_2789Can you believe it’s December already? It seems like the summer was just yesterday! I had intended to put up our new tree after our Thanksgiving feast, however, as you know I was down with the sickness. So we got to put it up yesterday! I have the scars to prove it! I only got as far as putting it together (wrong the first time, they don’t come with instructions anymore, just numbers… HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT?) and putting the ribbon around it before I called it quits for the night.

So today while watching “Christmas Vacation”, possibly my second favorite Christmas movie (after “White Christmas” of course)…

Ok wait. Before I go any further… WAS I THE ONLY ONE NOT AWARE OF THIS?

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No, seriously, I feel like a super idiot for not knowing about this.

Anyway, I decided to add ornaments while watching this fabulous piece of american artwork and entertainment. I took a few pics of all the homemade ornaments I made this past year:

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These are my favorite as was something my great aunt used to make, we had a blast making these last year.

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A new one 🙂

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Another new one: stained glass purple, dipped in mod podge and then glitter.

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Well, it’s bed time for me! I went back to work today and so glad to be back! I was getting a little bit of cabin fever at home once I realized I had been stuck in the house for five days straight, so I was happy to be back in my home away from home.

I’m DYING to share our last “Craft and Wine Night”! It was a blast and we went to town! Hopefully tomorrow or Wednesday for that one!

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For more ornament posts:

Craft and Wine Night: Our Past Fun

DIY: Painting and Staining Glass Ornaments

DIY: How to Paint the Inside of Glass Ornaments

DIY: Best Glitter Ornament Methods

DIY: Glitter Ornaments – Mixing Glitter

DIY: Glitter Ornaments – Mixing Glitter

Well hello sweetie, fancy meeting you here.

Little different, eh? I’ve changed my name, after all, what do I blog about more than glitter? Well besides Doctor Who (in which this post will contain both!)… wibbly wobbly bloggy woggy. The layout is not agreeing with me, so that must remain the same… for now.

I felt it was only fitting that with the revamping of my personal life, my blog should get an overhaul as well. The revamping is not done, as is the life of a crafter, but a work in progress.

If you are on facebook, be sure to like my page! You can find it on the side of my blog OR below:

Anyhoo, the Christmas holiday is just around the corner now! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Before Halloween I was playing with glitter ornaments (remember this post?) and decided to play around with mixing the glitter. My sister made some Star Wars ornaments for my brothers birthday this year and it inspired me to make another TARDIS ornament, this time, in space. I wanted the space effect to have a Van Gogh feel to it so I decided to mix a little black and blue glitter… have a look!

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