You guys, I am vying for the title of most worthless photographer-blogger. I’m horrible. I get all awkward about photographing all of life’s little moments. I furtively snap horrible pictures when I hope people aren’t looking. I make bizarre Vanna White hand motions when the camera is turned on me. I come from a non-photogenic family. We tried so many family portrait sessions that would have maybe 1.5-2 good pictures. So I apologize for any and all awkward, bizarre and/or missing pictures on this blog. I continue to try to overcome this shortcoming with wordiness so as not to shortchange any of my very precious readers. I like to think I do have more of an advantage there, having one won a fifth grade extemporaneous essay contest. (I still have the thesaurus/prize to prove it!) Thesaurus in hand, let me tell you a story about Stitch ‘n Bitch #2. As in, the fun day when my design-school friends come over, we drink sangria and complain about our jobs while working on some sort of project. It’s amazing and the best therapy a designer can ever get.
My intended project was this dress:
I love the pattern and it was only $15 from Marshalls. However, although I do wear dresses quite a bit, it wasn’t working for me and I had never worn it. It’s been hanging out in my closet for a while now, waiting for a new life as a blouse. Then my brilliant designer friends convinced me to add elastic to the bottom . . . .which I did not have on hand . . . . cue “wah wah wah” noise. No real project from me. I did finally zig-zag stitch serge around the edge of my Mother’s Day tablecloth though . . . (so now I can wash it, yippee).
Miss K brough wine glasses and chalkboard paint and got to work for an upcoming event (that is a SURPRISE, so if you know what event I may be referring to, lips ZIPPERED!) With a chalkboard pen, guests will be able to write their name and/or wine type on the foot of their wine glass. It looks like it will take another coat to get these finished up and maybe she will update us with some photos of them finished and/or in use!
Miss E also was thinking of wine, but wine for hoosiers (and not the Indiana variety). One part glass candlestick, one part Mason jar combined with some glass adhesive and voila — wine for the country part of your heart!
Besides the Hooseois (imagine Hoosier + Bourgeois) wine glasses, Miss E had also found the recipe to creat a mercury glass effect on anything glass or ceramic and old and ugly from Goodwill. That’s awesome because we all know there are tons of things that have uglied out, waiting for a new life at Goodwill.
There’s a tutorial here (and a bunch more all over the interwebs). Basically it involves misting a solution of vinegar and water onto your object, letting it bead up and then applying a “Mirror Glass” spray paint. The linked tutorial is a little simpler as you don’t have to paint the inside of the object. Miss E started out with some more mason jars . ..
And also hit some Goodwill once-floral lamps. I can’t wait until she send me the after pictures of those with some awesome shades!
Since I didn’t really have a project to speak of, Miss E handed over the looking glass spray paint and I did some work of a vase of my own I had hoarded in the basement. Cue the weird Vanna hand here:
I’ll definitely have to do an update post on this as I need to finish off the vase and I need after pictures from the other Stitch ‘n Bitchers. I did a little hunting around St. Louis to find some more of the Krylon looking glass spray paint and found it at Wal-Mart for $8.50 and the Kirkwood Hobby Lobby for $13. It’s smaller than a regular can of spray paint but still fit my handy-dandy spray handle. I might just give the mercury glass treatment to everything glass or ceramic that I can get my hands on!
Also Miss K brought a new plant for my plant collection . . . he needs a name! Or maybe it could be my first lady-plant.
Miss E made the world’s most awesome sangria and shared the recipe with me. Because I love you, I’m sharing it with you. White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria. Something to savor in this summer heat. Cheers – CT