5.02.2013

Etched Root Beer Mug {Gift Idea!}

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions and love of Martha Stewart Crafts are my own.

Father’s Day is coming up next month and I have been thinking about handmade ideas for my dad and my husband. Sometimes it is hard to come up with a handmade items for the boys since usually men aren’t “crafty!” I was in the store the other day and saw some bottles of Dad’s Root Beer and the gift just came together in my head – How about a personalized root beer float!?! I knew the Martha Stewart Crafts would be perfect for this project!


I used the Martha Stewart glass etching cream to make etch “Dad’s” onto the ginormous mug I found! The etching part was so easy and worked liked a charm.

How to etch glass
In 6 easy steps you can etch your own glass as well:
1. Pick your lettering Stencil – and peel off a little bit of the border for a straight line.
2. Apply your straight line – using a tape measure to make sure it’s straight.
3. Apply your stencil letters.
4. Spread your Martha Stewart Etching cream EVENLY into your stencil – using your glass paint brushes.
5. Wait 15 minutes and peel off the stencil.
6. Wash off the extra cream and ENJOY!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

 

Martha Stewart Crafts has a whole line of glass paint, etching cream, stencils and brushes at Michaels to pick from. One of my concerns was that I would only be able to uses the stencil one time… but nope! They are adhesive backed and are sort of plastic-y so they cleaned up perfect and applied back onto the sheet as if I hadn’t even used them. I love that!!


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Love for Lilies

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There is always an occasion for a girl to recieve a bouquet of amazing flowers - whether it be Mother's Day (coming up!), birthdays, anniversaries, or just because you're loved!  I love getting flowers of all kinds - but I admit, getting an arrangement where I know my husband was thinking "outside" the box is even better! Which is why I love the idea of lilies, gladiolus and irises instead of picking up some plain jane roses. 



Lilies, gladiolus and irises make beautiful arrangements for your home and add much needed color so easily and with minimal effort! They brighten up any space and can make anyone happy! Why wait for your significant other to purchase some flowers?? Head out right now and pick up some fun arrangements for each room in your home! I love the many different colors and styles each one comes in. I also adore how many different looks you can create simply by adding a few fun colors to a simple clear vase with some ribbon! 


These fun flowers come in potted bulbs as well. Buying potted bulbs is a great gift idea for women who want the beauty of flowers but don't want to take care of them. Not sure what potted bulbs are? They are lilies, gladiolus and irises (and others) that you can plant in darling little pots inside your home and will bloom for a period of time. The best part is... when they have died back inside, you can replant them in another pot for next year or take them out to your garden to enjoy every Spring. I think it is such a great idea to watch them pop up every spring and have that bright little reminder of the reason you received them in the first place. And when they bloom... why not cut off a few and bring them inside? You can find potted bulbs at grocery stores, garden centers and flower shops. 



Visit this Pinterest page for more bulb inspiration and ideas!

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