Holy guacamole! It’s been a while! I’m so sorry.
Here’s the deal: it had been a few days since I posted, and then my Angel Baby ended up in the ER the same weekend my MIL was admitted to the hospital. We had a pretty rough go of things for about 10 days while Bubbie fought through hand, foot, & mouth disease. Goodness sakes. I felt so bad for him. Every one of his little toes had blisters all around and between them and he had ulcers in his mouth and down his throat so it hurt to eat or drink. Needless to say, that week and a half destroyed all of the progress we had made with getting rid of bottles and binks, as well as the talk of potty training we’d been working on. Oh well… I’m not in any hurry for him to grow up anyhow. <3 So… we got all better and I got around to completing a project I’ve been dying to do for a LONG time… but I couldn’t blog about it because the project was a gift for my brother and I didn’t want him to see it before I gave it to him. Well, his birthday was last Tuesday and he’s had is gift since Easter Sunday. Again… whoops.
Sooo…. here I am. I am finally going to catch you up on what’s been happening around here (aside from nasty childhood diseases) and walk you through my handy dandy glass etching tutorial. Let’s do the tutorial first!
Super Duper Easy and Fun Glass Etching
Glass etching is my new favorite thing. Okay, I have a billion favorite things. This is just the newest one. Here’s what I started with:
— Silhouette HD (plus cutting mat, scissors, ruler, and various other tools)
— MacBook Pro
— Glass to etch on (pictured above is a Pyrex bowl I did, but it’s not the piece I used for the rest of the tutorial. Sorry. I forgot to take a picture of that one before I started.)
— A bottle of Armour Etch and a crappy paint brush
The first thing I did was use my Silhouette to cut a couple shapes out of vinyl. I think there’s stencil vinyl specifically for this. I had a roll of white on hand so that’s what I used. Weed the vinyl so you “trash” the shape (positive space) and keep the outline (negative space). I use contact paper to transfer my vinyl, but again, I there’s transfer paper specifically for this purpose. My brilliant friend Sarah uses Press & Seal Saran Wrap. I didn’t believe her until I saw it and tried it myself. She’s amazing. Anyway, this is that my “sticker” looked like before I put it on the mug:
And this is the part that I hate: throwing away the “good” part.
Not gonna lie–these guys moved from my wall onto my back patio door… where they’ve lived for three weeks now. :)
Anyway, once you get your shapes placed just right (I used the ruler here) press them down and make sure to get a good seal around the inside where you will apply the etching cream.
Once you’re happy with the placement, you’ll apply the Armour Etch. (NOTE: This is an acid etching cream, so you’ll want to be careful to avoid contact with your skin.) I put the cream on pretty thick and waited about 5 minutes, then rinsed it off. I wanted to make sure I got a good etch, so I dried the mug and reapplied the cream and waited another 5 minutes. I probably didn’t need to do that, but since it was my first attempt at etching, I was worried. :)
And there you have it. Done!
I was very happy with the way this turned out, and the birthday boy thought it was pretty neat, too. Don’t ask about the dinosaur vs. bear thing. I honestly don’t remember how that all started. I just remember something about my brother and my husband arguing about who would win in a fight, and Hubby suggested these shapes when I was trying to think of what to etch. I love it.
Now for the catching up…
I feel like I’ve been working working working… and yet I feel like I’ve done nothing. I think the problem is that I don’t have much to show for progress. I have been doing crazy amounts of yard work lately. We live in a north facing house with mature trees, so we have a great deal of shade to deal with. Add that to a greyhound/lab mix that runs faster than lightning and you get ruts in your grass and lots of patchy places… not to mention a desire for beautiful flowering plants and not enough sunshine to grow them. It took me two weeks of 20 minute trips outside with Bubbie to get all the flower beds weeded. It wasn’t until the last bed that I realized he is actually a great helper if he has his own shovel. Such a sweet boy. <3 Anyway, I settled on hostas for the front yard and got them planted this week. I picked up some seeds tonight for my one sunny bed and they’ll go in tomorrow.
I’ve also been doing a lot of planning. I’ve been working on Scentsy stuff and my Etsy shop, and I find a lot of joy in that. I can’t wait to post more projects. Remember my Sesame Street Blankie? Well, there will be more of those soon! And maybe even some new typography prints.
Peace & Love <3 Kylee