Wedding Drink Tickets

When deciding what to do about the bar at our reception we weighed a lot of options.  We wanted more than just a cash bar, but didn’t want a full open bar.  We settled on having beer, wine, and all non alcoholic beverages open for the night (juice, soda, etc.).  We were able to work out a deal with our venue to allow us to have drink tickets for guests over 21.  Guests could cash these tickets in for a drink at some point.  We felt like this was a good compromise, our guests wouldn’t go crazy with an open bar and we wouldn’t be stuck with a huge tab at the end of the night, but at least we had some beverages included.
So I set off to design a drink ticket.  I was really happy with how our return address stamps came out, so I headed back to Etsy to see if I could find another stamp that would work.  I was over the moon with the design that Cork Country Cottage made for us.

I decided on sample two, and it arrived in the mail in just a few weeks.  We stamped them on the same orange card stock that we used for our invitations:

 Once we cut them out we added them to our place setting cards with our sparkly clothes pins.

The clothes pins were another super simple DIY.  I picked up a couple packages of clothes pins, some mod podge, and glitter in our colors.  The mod podge acts like glue, but dries clear.  I added an extra layer on top of the glitter to make sure that glitter would’t be rubbing off on everything.  There’s nothing worse than glitter everywhere….
Drink tickets and seating cards, check!

Plastic Drawer Mini-facelift

Like many of you (I’m sure) I had a set of these cheap plastic storage bins:

Clearly it has become a place for junk…I can’t believe I even just shared that picture with you guys.  Ick.

Anyways, I do love how great it is for storing away nick-nacks and other miscellaneous stuff.  But, the clear plastic drawers left too much for the wandering eye to see, and were less than appealing.  I decided to see what I could do to spruce it up a bit.

I grabbed my supplies – scrapbook paper, ruler, pencil, and x-acto knife:

Rather than having everything match, I decided to use a different, but corresponding, pattern of paper for each of the 4 drawers.

First thing I did was measure the inside of the drawer, and cut a piece of paper:

I then cut a slit in the paper, with my x-acto knife, where the handle is:

Next I grabbed my bottle of Mod Podge and a sponge brush:

I then coated the inside of the drawer, from the handle down, with Mod Podge, and laid on my paper.  I did my best to smooth out as many of the air bubbles as possible, but some remained.  It’s ok, not going for perfection here!

I then lifted up the flap above the handle, spread on some more Mod Podge, and then smoothed out the paper:

I then coated the entire sheet of paper with generous layer of Mod Podge.  Let it dry, and repeat.  I did 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on the back of the paper:

As you can see, bubbles and wrinkles happen.  It’s not the end of the world, and you will probably drive yourself crazy if you try to get rid of them all.

Here are a couple pictures of how it turned out:

I still think it looks like cheap plastic drawers…but it’s an improvement from the clear see-through!  Now I can hide all that junk, and no one will know any different! hehehehe…

Happy weekend everyone!  Be sure to stop by and check out my mini-freebie thank you giveaway!

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Love Letter Mailbox

With an early release from school today, and an already announced snow day tomorrow…I think it’s safe to say New England has been brutally stomped with snow once again! I haven’t worked a full work week since the new year started…hello winter. This time I’m fully embracing the snow day, Margarita in hand, and a fun project to work on tomorrow. Yes please!

Today’s project is super simple, but pretty darn cute. The other day when I was perusing Target’s $spot I found some pretty cute little mailboxes. Very small, but what better use than for some love letters? Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time you should be showing love and affection, I love all the ideas it inspires! I certainly love on B every day, but will take every hallmark opportunity to focus on that hunky man.

All the materials that I needed – $1 mailbox from Target, Letter Stickers, and Decorative Stickers.

Next I wrote Love Letter on once side with the sparkly letter stickers.  I wanted it to say “Love Letters” but alas, I ran out of space.

Then on the end I wrote XOXO, gotta love those hugs and kisses.

On the other side I added our initials.  I positioned it in the corner so you could see it with the flag both up and down:

 Next I added the embellishment stickers to each side:

 I will most likely coat the whole thing in a thin layer of Mod Podge just to make sure all the stickers stay in place long term.

Here is what the whole thing looks like with my homemade Valentine inside:

B gets one of those homemade personalized Valentines every day up until the 14th.  I’ll post the tutorial later this week, so stay tuned!

Love is in the air!

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Coasting right on through…

Something I discovered, only last year, was an elite little product called Mod Podge, and we’ve been having a casual love affair ever since.  I have not dared to branch out terribly far on my decoupage adventure, but I continue to see Mod Podge and I having a lasting relationship, which means bigger and better projects are surely on the horizon.

With Christmas ending I thought a great recycled use for all that wrapping paper would be some festive coasters.  Even if it means that I have to put them away until next year…but something as simple as this would be great for having around the house or giving as small gifts, perhaps a host gift for a holiday party you attend next year.  Never hurts to make in advance and then store for the next year!

All the supplies you need are tile coasters (16 cents a pop at home depot, beat that!), mod podge, decorative paper (I chose to recycle wrapping paper left over from the holidays, but you can use anything such as paper napkins, fabric, stickers, scraps of paper, etc.  Whatever you think looks visually appealing) a pencil, sponge brush, and some scissors.  I also like to keep a handy dandy art roller close at hand, but that is completely optional.

All the goods
My handy dandy art roller, I have found that it helps to remove wrinkles and bubbles

Step 1:  Decide what part of the paper looks most visually appealing, place the tile on top and trace around it with your pencil.  If any pencil gets transferred to the side of your tile, fret not, it easily wipes off.  The paper does not have to be the exact size of the tile, you can add small elements and have blank tile exposed, I chose to cover the whole surface.

Trace around the tile with a pencil

 Step 2:  Cut out the shape that you traced, line up with the tile and trim the edges so that the paper doesn’t over hang the sides.

Cut out squares of paper

Step 3:  Spread a very thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile

Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile

Step 4:  Carefully lay the paper down on the tile, make sure the edges match up, even out any wrinkles or bubbles.  This is where I use my trusty art roller, I feel like it really helps to even out the paper and avoid wrinkles or bubbles.  Be aware that the thinner the paper you use (ie: paper napkins) the more wrinkles you are likely to have.  But wrinkles aren’t the end of the world, they give your coasters character!

Lay down the paper over the layer of Mod Podge

Step 5:  The next step is to cover the paper with a generous layer of Mod Podge.  Make sure you get all the corners and edges, this will help seal the paper onto the tile.  Try to make even strokes, big globs of glue are more likely to dry white rather than clear, so try to evenly spread across the whole tile.

Cover in an even, but generous layer of Mod Podge

Step 6:  Your tile will look like it is covered in wet Elmer’s Glue, which is normal (and can actually be used as a substitute if you don’t have a bottle of Mod Podge lying around).  You now have to, impatiently, wait for the Mod Podge to dry.

Wet glue waiting to dry

Step 7:  Once the Mod Podge is sufficiently dry (usually 15-20 minutes) make another layer.  I’m usually happy with 2-3 layers but often times do each layer in alternating brush strokes to avoid streaks (first layer vertical, second layer horizontal).

Waiting for the second layer to dry…

Step 8:  This step is optional.  Once everything is completely dry, I recommend overnight to be on the safe side, I tend to use a spray on sealant.  This helps to preserve the paper and add an extra water proof layer (especially for coasters).  I like and would recommend Plaid, I have had a lot of success with their clear acrylic sealer.

Step 9:  The final step is to add something to the bottom of the tile so that it doesn’t scratch whatever surface you choose to put it on.  I have used furniture pads, felt, and cork.  You can come up with whatever method you like the best.  I enjoy felt because it is the least expensive way to cover the entire bottom, but I also like individual felt circles, which can be placed on the four corners.  Cork is a little more on the expensive side, but you can buy a roll of cork and cut it to individual sizes that will meet your needs.

Here is a peek at my finished products!

And here are a few other coasters I made last year, just to give you an idea of some other options:

Pretty coasters

As you can tell from the background of my photos, I completed this entire project from the comfort of my bed courtesy of my new “lap desk” (thanks mom and dad!).  This is not a route I would recommend, but just goes to show how simple it really is.  Some how in my mind I justified coming home from work nursing a migraine and a sore throat as warrant for an afternoon in bed.  It was bad enough for me to back out of the typical Thursday Grey’s Anatomy night with the girls…

Well I hope you liked my short trip down decoupage lane.  I urge you all to try it…it really is that simple, and rewarding!  Happy Thursday!

New Years Resolution:  Less stress, less clutter, less complication.  Today’s progress: EEEK, gotta get going on the less clutter part, stat!