Monday, December 7, 2015

Festive Holiday Stemware...

It all started with money.....or better explained, money I refused to spend!  Doesn't it always start that way??!!

I saw some glasses similar to this one....


...in Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods.  I fell in love with theses glasses; they would be perfect for my dining table over the holidays.  Sadly, I walked away and did not buy them.  You see, I'm cheap when it comes to things I'm only going to use for a short period of time and these were too pricey for short-term use.   So, after mulling it over and checking around on Pinterest for some ideas,  I decided to make my own.

I knew I would need a paint pen or permanent marker...


...which I easily found in Hobby Lobby.  There was no way I was going to brush on a million little dots!  I then set out to find the perfect glass.  I found these in Dollar Tree...


They even had a gold rim!  I squealed when I saw them...yes, people stared...I didn't care.  They were PERFECT!  Only $1.00 each.  I purchased 6!

I tested my paint pen on a piece of cardboard to prime it and to see how much paint oozed out with each tap.  Depending on how hard you press, you got a lot of paint...like a blob....or a little bit of paint...like a speck.  I opted for a small amount of pressure.

After washing and drying the glasses, the fun began.  I started "polka-dotting" on each glass.


It wasn't hard and there is no specific way to add your dots.  If you want a pattern, paint them in a pattern.  If you want willy-nilly, then paint them willy-nilly...that's what I did.

A side note here....this process is addictive!  I don't know if it was the head-dizzying paint fumes, the dazzling gold color of the paint mesmerizing me or the fact that it was super easy - could have been all three - but I was ready to "polka-dot" everything in my path.  The hubster ran and refused to sit still...he was afraid he would be next!


I even painted my water bottle...


I loved doing this so much!  I think they look adorable and add some festiveness to my dining table!


Yes, I know you've learned some new words here today, but more importantly, you have learned how to save a little money AND get that festive holiday stemware!  When I get brave, I will give these a whirl!


Now, where did I put those plates??!









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  1. Fabulous...and you say that you're not crafty!! I think you are the queen of crafty now! ;-)

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    1. HA....not even close. I think I've just figured out my strengths and weaknesses....LOL Thank you! I enjoyed making these little glasses!

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  2. I love these so much......I am going to make some right away. Now see what you started. Great job!

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    1. I loved making them and am trying to figure out what I can draw on next!! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to see yours!! :-)

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  3. Brilliant and creative- the polka-dot craze has begun!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just loved making these little glasses….looking for other things to polka-dot…LOL

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  4. Absolutely adorable!! Have you tried washing them yet? I'm wondering how they will hold up....

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    1. Thank you ma'am! I hand-washed gently...no scrubbing. The dots stayed on! :-)

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  5. The ones you painted are better simply because you put your personal touch on them!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! They are a little something special…not as fancy or pretty as store bought, but special! :-)

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  6. So cute!! It can't be that easy! No "baking" to keep the color on?! Just dot and done?

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    1. Thank you! It is that easy...dot and done. I don't think they would withstand the dishwasher, but they did withstand being gently washed by hand. It may be the type of paint pen that stays on. I do feel that they will wear off over time though.

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  7. Perfect!
    And thank you for the new words too. :-)
    Merry Christmas!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you ma’am and you are welcome! I feel that blogs should be somewhat educational as well as entertaining! ;-) We should all know some new silly words! :-) Merry Christmas Carla!!

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  8. Those are SO fun! I think you've started a new craze! Gold dots everywhere :)

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    1. Thank you! I was ready to put dots on everything...good thing the hubster held me back...LOL Girl, I'm telling you...it is addictive...every so addictive!! LOL

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  9. This is insane!!! Thank you! I am always breaking wine glasses--I am so lazy and I put them in the dishwasher. So blonde of me, I know!!

    Yay...you will see these on my blog soon and a link to you, of course. :))

    Jane xx

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    1. Honey, it just doesn’t get any easier and I have a bad habit of breaking the glasses also. The price was minimal and they are not high quality so I won’t feel guilty if one gets broken. :-) Don’t put them in the dishwasher though…I don’t know if the paint will stay on…but hey, if hey wash off, grab your little pen and do it over….it is fun and addictive…or maybe just addictive for me…LOL. Awesome!! I cannot wait to see them! YAY!! Hugs!!

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  10. I agree with Kim, I always knew you were crafty! I love the Dollar Tree and I love these glasses...and I love them even more after you added the polka dots! They look elegant and the little peek at your table looks so pretty!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the Dollar Tree also...so many cute things to use in craft projects and just to sit around. I was thrilled when I saw that the glasses had the gold rim on them...just made my day...LOL. Thank you again so much! Hugs!!

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  11. These are stunning, Benita! So classy and Elegant! You did an amazing job! Love the midas touch of gold too! :) hugs

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    1. Thank you so much! It was something I knew I could handle...but I did have to practice first..LOL. I love the gold, but I think silver would be beautiful also! Hugs!!

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  12. I think the Nancy Drew in me just solved the mystery of why you say you are not good at crafts! Collectively these pictures show most of the 10 suspects involved in this crafty crime … I can’t do anything with nails that long! I can’t type or text, can’t do up buttons or zippers much less work with fiddly little craft objects so you deserve double points for any craft success like these cute glasses! I love gold for holidays and have store bought stemware with gold swirls on them – but the idea of adding gold dots to everything now is very overpowering! I'm thinking my fridge could use a little festive gold sprucing up... someone hold me back haha!

    Be sure to watch for the next special Nancy Drew episode to solve the mystery of… why does Bacteriaphobia Benita have long nails when they are known to harbor germs and bacteria that can kill infants? (yes really google it!) Special guest cameo in solving this mystery will include inside detective work from Hardy Boy Hubster who has been clawed to near death on a recent flight and lived to tell the story! LOL

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    1. LMAO...you are so hilarious!! Yep, I am a fanatic about having nails...I have always had acrylic nail, always a french look and am always washing my hands. It does make some craft projects difficult...that's when I enlist the help of the hubster, especially when small pieces are involved that I cannot grab. I have loved using some gold and silver this year...two colors which I normally do not incorporate for Christmas, but this year, I was on a kick about it...LOL I've seen some gold striping on refrigerators...it looks awesome! :-)

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  13. Benita,
    These glasses turned out great. You are a pro at making consistent round polka dots.

    Judith

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s the one thing I can do pretty well…that’s where the OCD comes in! :-)

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