Month: July 2014

DIY: Glass Etching

Hi there! Today I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite DIYs- glass etching! My mom, being the craft goddess that she is, first shared how to do this a couple years ago and since then it’s been my go to for personalized gifts. One of the coolest Spartans I’ve ever met, everyone’s #SpartanMom, MaryLou Moore actually gave me the idea for this post a while ago. She tweeted out a picture of a coffee mug with her name on it and said something along the lines of not being able to find one that said “@CrazyMSULady.” I thought, what a perfect example of how to personalize a gift for someone awesome in your life. So MaryLou, thanks for the inspiration! And I now have a gift that will be waiting for you the next time you come to East Lansing ;) Picture heavy post coming- be warned :) IMG_2122First up- supplies! You’ll need -The piece of glass you would like to etch -Vinyl -Armour Etch (which can be found at your local craft store. We picked ours up at Michaels) -Painters tape -A plastic tool for applying the Armour Etch -Contact paper -The gypsy -And last but not least, a cricut machine! (which I could probably do an entire post on- it’s AWESOME!) IMG_2124Here we have the gypsy! Another amazing crafting tool. This is where I created the design I wanted to etch. It’s convenient because all of the cartridges that go with the cricut cutting machine are uploaded here and all in one place. The gypsy allows you to choose what size mat you want to design on, then you get to work laying out exactly what you want to cut! IMG_2127 After you’re done designing on the gypsy, connect it to the cricut cutter, load the mat with the vinyl stuck to it, and hit cut! IMG_2128 Once the design is cut out unload the mat and peel the vinyl off the mat. Now, since we’re etching what you want to do is remove the letters (or whatever your design happens to be) and keep the outline. Be sure to be careful with those pesky a’s, e’s, b’s, etc.! (This tool I used came in a cricut kit my mom picked up) IMG_2129 After you’re done removing all the letters, cut your contact paper to size IMG_2130 IMG_2131 Once the contact paper is stuck to the vinyl slowly start to peel back so the vinyl is removed from its paper backing, once again being careful of those pesky a’s, e’s, etc. Next line it up and stick it to the glass. Remove the contact paper leaving just the vinyl stuck to the glass. This next part is uber important make sure there are no air bubbles surrounding the letters and the vinyl is completely smooth. If the glass etching compound finds any air bubbles it will fill that area and you’ll end up with areas etched that you do not want etched. This has happened to us a few times and starting over from the beginning is no fun. IMG_2132 Next, use the plastic tool to apply the etching compound to the glass. Use a generous amount and make sure that ALL areas are covered. Leave the compound on for 10 minutes.  This mug was a little bit tricky, because it wrapped around I had to keep adjusting the etching compound so it didn’t slide down onto the glass. When the 10 minutes are up, scrape the excess etching compound back into the container (the compound can be a bit pricey, so we save as much as possible at this house!). Rinse the mug with water, making sure you wash off the rest of the glass etching compound, and peel off the tape and the vinyl. IMG_2143

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And VOILA! A super fun, personalized gift!   My mom and sister are super crafty. Awesomely crafty. And I do what I can ;) so over the years we’ve created quite a few gifts (if we’re close you probably have some kind of personalized mug or wine glass from me) and decorative items for our dorm rooms/apartments at school! Below are some of the things that were hanging around my apartment when I lived at MSU. **Apology for the poor camera quality/bad lighting. One day I’ll get a super cool DSLR camera but until then it’s my trusty Canon digital camera and iPhone to the rescue :)

IMG_2133 IMG_2134 IMG_2135 IMG_2136 IMG_2137 IMG_2138 IMG_2140 IMG_2141 IMG_2142That skittle machine was a labor of love y’all! There is no Spartan helmet on any of the cricut cartridges (BUT if they made one my life would be SO much easier!) and I had to print it, trace it on to vinyl, cut it with an exacto knife, then etch it. It took for-ev-er. But so worth it.

I hope you enjoyed it! If you don’t happen to have a cricut machine, or gypsy for that matter, I have seen people simply cut out and arrange stickers then apply the glass etching compound the same way :)

I LOVE personalized gifts. Tim keeps telling me to open up an Etsy store, but we’ll see! (Don’t worry MSU licensing, I know the rules ;)

Catching Up

Remember when I said I wouldn’t fall into the “too busy to blog” hole again? Woof. Well here I am, after quite the break. And if you’re not my parents, sister, or boyfriend reading this, bless you.

I’m back, with a plan this time, and I think it’s going to make all the difference. Quick recap, I got pretty sick and it knocked me on my butt for a while, but here I am, and I’m pretty excited about the things I have planned to share with you!

When 2014 started I was in a hotel room in southern California getting pumped for the Rose Bowl the next day (go green!). My two year internship ended in early December and I really had no idea what I wanted to do so I just started jotting down ideas about what would make 2014 my best year yet. Right at the top of my list, number 1, I put EXPERIENCES OVER THINGS, and so far I seem to be doing a pretty good job of that. Summer finally hit Michigan last month and so far it’s been fabulous. I’ve spent time with my family, my best friends, and lots of time on the lake at Tim’s. Here are some of my favorites:

peoniesSeriously, nothing better than peonies

beach volleyballBeach volleyball with some best friends, followed by swimming and grilling? Don’t mind if I do

whitecaps

Tim and I took in our first Whitecaps game of the year. Frozen drink standard.

twisted rooster

When your boyfriend tells you to get dressed because he’s taking you out to dinner, and where you’re going is a surprise, you throw on a sundress and race to the car. And then you end up at Twisted Rooster, one of the coolest restaurants around. Locally grown food, and Faygo in a glass bottle. It’s the bomb.com.

book of mormon

I finally got to see The Book of Mormon at Wharton Center with my best friend! Laughed out loud the entire time! It’s not a show for everyone, but we loved it, and so did everyone sitting around us!

zoo

I got to spend some quality time with my entire family at the Detroit Zoo (got that vitamin Z) at a private event my mom’s company hosted. I wanted to see lions, tigers, and polar bears and luckily got all three. Also fell in love with the red panda. This was my “hurry up and take a picture of me with the polar bear before it runs away again!” picture :)

gr brewing

We tried Grand Rapids Brewing Co. for the first time! Make sure you’re a little bit hungry when you go and order That Pizza Thing. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

waverunning1

This Fourth of July was one for the record books. Tim’s family has a big extravaganza every year and it just keeps getting better and better! One of my best friends, Kaitlyn, came to the lake for the first time. I took her out on the wave runner (my first time driving in over a year) and though it was touch and go at times, we both survived. And by survived I mean got back to land in one piece without being thrown off and ate our weight in delicious snacks and other food for an entire afternoon, with some volleyball, time on the water trampoline,  and relaxing thrown in to mix it up.

sissy fourth

If you read one of my earlier posts (bless you) then I’ve already introduced you to my baby sister Kristina, who happens to be the coolest thing since sliced bread. She brought some friends up for the day and it was so fun hanging out with her! Also, her face when she went tubing for the first time, priceless :)

lantern fourth

If you know Tim, you know the kid loves fireworks, and he’s been stocking up since Memorial Day weekend.The only things I ask for when we go? Floating lanterns and neon sparklers. So sissy, Kaitlyn, Caroline and I all sent a floating lantern up from the beach while listening to “at last I see the light” from Tangled. And all was right with the world.

Like I said- woman with a plan this time- so stay tuned! And if you’re in the Grand Rapids area go eat at Twisted Rooster!