Spartan Life

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 :)

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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 ;)


Spring has Sprung

These past two weeks on campus have been gorgeous. I still find it hard to believe that it’s only March and we’ve already hit mid-80 degree weather. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a week, but I was too busy actually enjoying the weather outside to take the time to come in and write, so now, on this stormy Thursday evening I’m finally getting around to it.

I love this time of year at MSU. There’s something so Spartan about it. Michigan State has an amazing, beautiful campus and it’s so nice when the weather changes from snow and cold to warm and sunny because we can all finally take time to enjoy it again. I love that once the weather changes it’s like everyone comes out of hibernation. (more…)

Book Review: The Spartan Life by Scott Westerman

Over spring break I finally had the chance to sit down and read The Spartan Life by Scott Westerman, Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Association and one of the speakers the Undergraduate Communication Association hosted earlier this semester. I was blown away by Scott’s passion and enthusiasm during his speech and I have to say that his passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page as well. I found myself highlighting on my Nook and making notes like crazy.

The most important points I took away from The Spartan Life are to live with passion and purpose, surround yourself with people who help you live your life to the fullest and find what makes you the happiest. “Imagine yourself as if you already were what you potentially could be. Demonstrate it to others every day and you will become that person.” (more…)

Spartan Basketball Inspires

Well it’s that time of year again, March Madness is on its way. Our Spartan Men’s Basketball team ended the season with a Big Ten Championship, Draymond Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year and earned All American honors and our very own Mr. March, Tom Izzo, earned the honor of being the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

But really, did Spartan Nation expect any less?

I finished watching the MSU-Iowa basketball game not too long ago. Our Spartans dominated the Hawkeyes and many fans were wondering if Fran would end up throwing another chair before the game was over. It’s times like these, when the Spartans dominate and play tough basketball, that Spartan Nation gives the program a standing ovation. But it’s times like after the disappointing loss to Ohio State last Sunday that the basketball team really needs our support. (more…)