Before Christmas, I was searching the internet for cute New Years crafts and stumbled upon Something Turquoise. I decided that these adorable champagne glasses would make amazing New Years/Holiday gifts.
– 8 Champagne Glasses (or however many you would like to make!)
– Martha Stewart’s Craft Paint in Glitter (Make sure you get the craft paint and not the acrylic)
– Gold or Silver Glitter Nail Polish (The nail polish I found had varied sizes of gold and silver dots and I really liked the effect!)
– Martha Stewart Craft Pouncers
I made two different kinds of champagne glasses. I wasn’t able to find the Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Gold Glitter so I stuck to the nail polish on the first one.
I applied the nail polish from the base of the glass to about two thirds up the sides of the glasses.
For the green glasses, I applied the Martha Stewart Craft Paint in glitter using the pouncer. I applied a thicker coast of paint on the bottom of the glass and gradually decreased the layers of paint further up the glass. It helps to apply one coat and wait till it dries before applying the next.
After applying the glitter paint I waited two hours for the paint to dry before applying the silver nailpolish.
After both sets of glasses had been set out to dry for over an hour I used Something Torquoise‘s method for making the glitter stick. Place all of the glasses in the oven before you turn the oven on. Set the temperature to 400°. Let the oven pre-heat and run for 20 minutes and then turn the oven off. Leave the glasses in the oven until it cools completely (The glasses will be very hot if you try to take them out before the oven has not fully cooled). Then….
Happy Almost New Year!!
I’ve always wanted to make peppermint bark and finally had the time and supplies to do it this year. I found this recipe on Your Cup of Cake and LOVED the idea of having little peppermint bark circles. BUT it is not easy!
How we do…
First you have to mash-up your candy canes. I found that the best way to do it, without making too much of a mess was to put the candy canes in a plastic bag and place the plastic bag on a dish towel. Then, place another dish towel over the plastic bag and hammer away!
After you’ve hammered out the candy canes you’ll need to separate the powder from the little bits and pieces. I used a fork to lift out the larger pieces and it worked really well. A friend of mine later recommended using a flat cheese grater as a sort of sieve.
Unfortunately, I don’t own a double boiler so I created a makeshift boiler using two different sized pots.
After the chocolate starts to heat up a bit you dump the candy cane powder in and stir the chocolate frequently. This is where things get tricky. Once the chocolate chips melt you begin to spoon out chocolate into the cupcake wrappers in the cupcake tin. With each spoonful you need to flatten each dollop trying to make the chocolate as flat as possible in the bottom of the cupcake wrapper. You have to move quickly or the chocolate will start to burn. It helps to have a helping hand or two! After all the chocolate has been spooned into the cupcake wrappers stick the cupcake tins in the fridge. It takes about twenty minutes for the chocolate to cool properly. You then repeat the entire process with the white chocolate chips.
Once the white chocolate has been added, sprinkle the larger bits of candy cane on top. Stick the cupcake tins back in the fridge and wait for the chocolate to cool.
Once the chocolate cools pop them out of the cupcake wrappers and you’re done! They are super yummy and look great on any holiday plate!
I realize that the holiday season is quickly coming to a close but, I couldn’t get my act together to post some of the holiday crafts I’ve worked on in the last couple months before the season started. If you are looking for some creative winter holiday ideas for next year here they are!
In the fall my family celebrated my aunt’s 60th birthday by gathering all of her friends and family to eat, dance and toast my aunt’s.
I was charged with putting together ‘center pieces’ for the tables at the Cardinal Bar. If you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to spend a ton of money this is an easy way to spruce up any table!
– 12 Regular Mason Ball Jars
– 6 Bouquets (I picked cheap, fall colored flowers)
– Roll of twine
– Roll of ribbon
How we do…
Cut 15 inch pieces of twine and ribbon. Remove the cap from the Mason Ball Jars and tie the ribbon and twine to the top of the jar. Then, cut a selection of flowers and pop them into each jar. Make sure the stems are the right length and don’t topple the jar over!
They are pretty, cheap and easy!
Lately I’ve had a serious itch to travel. It has been WAY too long since I’ve left the country and I think its time to plan a trip somewhere. This week’s wishlist is dedicated to travel and wanderlust…
1. Lets Get Lost Print by Valor Qualquer.
2. NYC Map by Bold and Noble.
3. ‘Hope’ Baggage Tag by Of The Fountain.
4. Nautical Compass Ring by Robin Charlotte.
5. Don’t Give Up Print found here.
6. Travel Photograph by Shannon Blue.
7. Telescope Necklace by ReneeLoughlinDesigns.
From Marc Johns Serious Drawings.
(Formally known as ‘Thursdays: Things I want’)
1. Squirrel Away Your Paperclips!
2. Woodland Creature Diecuts from The Paper Cubby
3. Moose Stamps from Norajane
4. Antler Necklace by Markhed
5. Holiday Tags from idea chic
7. River Otter Card made of bark from Wild Pulp
8. Yet another tea towel from The Dog House
The High Line is one of the most talked about new addition to public space in New York City. The park runs from West 34th Street all the way down the Westside to Ganesvoort St in the Meat Packing District (Here are some nifty maps of park). Since its unveiling, the r has been a huge success. James Ramsey and Dan Barasch were inspired to revitalize yet another space, The Delancey Underground, by transforming it into a new public park.
The “Low Line” would transform the old trolley station on the Lower East Side into an underground park using technology and skylights to channel light to plants, “We’re channeling sunlight the way they did in ancient Egyptian tombs, but in a supermodern way.” Sounds like an incredibly innovative project. I wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to see it!
Here are some preliminary images of the possible transformation.
Here’s a quick look at the original construction of the subway where the High Line park lives now.
Jonathon Flemming photographs of the present-day High Line are stunning!
Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney, Australia is another incredible park that transformed an old waterworks reservoir into a beautiful public space.
Photos found here.
I know its cold out there but, if you are in New York City and you have the time, go check out the High Line. Its beautiful even in the winter!