Embroidery Excitement: Baby Baskets

The latest acquisition to my closet of a craft room is a Brother Embroidery Machine.  It’s a starter machine that allows me to embroider anything 4×4″ or less, but I can make magic happen in 4 square inches, let me tell you.  I’ve been spending most of my newly acquired machine embroidery skills on baby clothes.  It basically works like this: I download a design off of etsy, fiddle around with it and add some text on my embroidery software, spray some adhesive to stick a stabilizer on my clothing item (onesie, t-shirt, hat, etc.), hoop it, transfer my design from my computer to the machine via USB, choose my colors, and then I let the machine do all the work.  20 minutes later and I have a brand new baby present.  Not bad for 20 minutes.  Since I’m all about the instant gratification, 20 minutes is a lot better than the 4-8 hours it takes me to sew a dress or blanket.  Needless to say, my latest go-to baby shower presents are all embroidered.

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For all the crafters out there, I highly recommend an embroidery machine, but I don’t want to kid you- it’s quite an investment.  You need the machine, software, stabilizers, threads, bobbins, and then once you have all that, hours of time to invest in learning the darned things (thank you YouTube).  And then, after all that, you’re gonna want to upgrade your machine and spend thousands of dollars just to be able to embroider an 8×11″ area.  It’s never ending, but fun and I love it.

Here are a few of the things I’ve made so far.  The boy basket includes a few onesies for my nephew Alex (my brother is a firefighter), plus a personalized carseat canopy and ring sling.  The girl basket was for my friend D’s daughter Olivia, and includes onesies, a hat and bib set, a car seat canopy, and a ring sling.  I think every new mom loves seeing her baby’s name on something handmade, don’t you?

Olivia's basket

Baby’s Gift to Big Brother: Latches Board

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A couple of months ago, I was feeling a little guilty about having another child — for my son’s sake.  His near first two years of life were perfect: mom and dad all to himself, a big yard in which to play, going to Gymboree and the park, and walks in a stroller — the non-double kind.  But then Elliott was on her way and I knew life, as Griffin knew it, was over for good.  A little sister meant mom would be busy, all the time.  He’d have to learn to share, which is the biggest curse word in a toddler’s vernacular.  And he’d have to deal with constant crying and not being able to be picked up because mom’s hands would be full of baby. Sooner or later, Griffin would come to realize what goes through every big brother’s brain at some point: sisters stink.

Hoping that Griffin would avoid that realization for just a little while until Elliott was settled in, Big N and I decided to make an extra special gift from Elliott to her big brother that she could “give” to him when we brought her home from the hospital.  Griffin is into all sorts of things now but he especially loves figuring out how to open and take things apart with his hands.  At the family restaurants, when he’s given a box of crayons and paper to draw on, he casts the paper aside and spends 2o minutes taking the crayons out of the box, only to put them back in, over and over again so he can rearrange them just so.  (I hope this isn’t a symptom of OCD).  He also loves to be dad’s helper when he’s working on honey-do projects around the house.

After searching around, I found a few possibilities for his special present: the Melissa & Doug Latches Board seemed cool because it would allow Griffin to figure things out with his hands, but it wasn’t special enough.  I spotted a hand made latches board on Etsy and knew I was on the right track but it was $75 and I thought I could do better.  So I took a trip to my local True Value and scoured the aisles for some cool hardware.  Then I went to Michael’s and picked up a thin wooden board.  Of course, I ended up spending about $85 when all was said and done but whatever.  Can’t win ‘em all.

I enlisted my husband and his drill to put it all together (I could have done it myself but it was a fun way to spend some time together outdoors), and added the stamped finishing touch to personalize his board.  We then hid the comleted board until Elliott was born.

When we brought Elliott home from the hospital Griffin walked around with a worried look on his face, understanding that something was different but not really sure what or why.  He was curious about this new baby that seemed to be permanently affixed to his mother, but he also seemed a little lost.  We knew it was time to pull out his “special present from Elliott.”  It was an instant hit.  He said a quick “tank yoo” to Elliott and immediately sat down on the kitchen floor with his new latches board.  And it seemed to work.  He was fully transfixed by his new puzzle and all was right in his tiny world again. latches-board-7-of-7

Since then he’s been a wonderful big brother, kissing and hugging Elliott, and telling her goodnight before bed.  He’s had a few “moments” as well, but to date he has only chucked one jar of lotion at Elliott’s head.  I convinced myself it was an accident and gave him the benefit of the doubt…for now.

Bright and cheery: Elliott’s Nursery

You may recall this post where I revealed my mood board for Kidney Bean’s nursery.  Well, Kidney Bean turned into my daughter Elliott Marlene, who is a month old today, but this mood board was not destined to morph into her nursery.   Somewhere along the way I scrapped the muted whites, dusty plums, and aquas and went in a totally different direction.  I decided, since I only got to do this once, that I wanted something brighter, cheerier…funkier!  I kept just one thing from my first iteration: the swan end table, and dumped the rest.

I started with crib bedding.  Unfortunately, with the move to our new home and the fact that my craft room is a hot mess, I didn’t have time to make the bedding myself.  Thanks to Etsy and the folks at Modified Tot, I was able to select fabrics to create a custom one-of-a-kind crib set in a palette of lime green, plum, and teal.  I bought a blanket, crib bumper, crib skirt, pouf, and even window valences in this awesome ikat fabric (I may have gone overboard).

The green zebra rug from Zinc Door came next.  The chair I recycled from Griffin’s old nursery (he didn’t need it anymore now that his nursery is packed toddler playroom), and added finishing touches such as jade milk glass drawer pulls on the changing table, shelves featuring silver heirloom baby dishes (a gift from Aunt Jane) and handmade creations (I made the aqua pinafore dress hanging from the shelf, see my dress how-to post here), and birth announcement artwork, also purchased on Etsy from graphic designer A Lovely Detail.

I still lust after this bird’s nest chandelier from my mood board, but have had to let it go because it’s now sold out, boo! elliotts-nursery-3-of-7

Mom and Me The last detail we added was the dandelion wall decal, also purchased from Etsy.  This brought the personal touch to Elliott’s room.  The dandelion represents all of my wishes for her happy and healthy future, but more importantly, it reminds me of my mother Marlene, after whom I named my daughter.  This was the last picture we took together as my mother died soon after this was taken.  Elliott will never meet her grandmother, but the dandelion is a reminder that my beloved mother will always be a part of my beautiful daughter (and I think Elliott has my mother’s eyes).

Elliott had been staying in her bassinet next to my bed for her first month, but we moved her into her nursery last night.  She slept for 5 hours straight.  I think she likes it.

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New baby new carrier: Easy peasy Ring Sling

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So you may have noticed my little hiatus.  No biggie, I just took a short break to give birth to our daughter, Elliott.  Born last week, she’s perfect, and already adjusting well to her new house and new family.  Big Brother Fin is also adjusting.  He hasn’t shown a hint of jealousy, but that’s probably due in large part to the fact that Daddy has been home this past week and Griffin has been attached to his hip.

A new baby means lots of things, but most relevant to this little blog of mine are all of the new projects!  First up, a ring sling baby carrier.  This is an easy one, even for a beginner.  It took me two hours start to finish. ring-sling-1-of-1

I should probably mention that I already own two carriers.  The Baby Hawk is great for Dads and hikes, but it takes a little time to put on and can make the baby and the wearer schvitz.  Not so great for this summer heat wave.  I also own the Moby Wrap, which I wear around the house and Elliott seems comfy in it, but it’s not so great to wear outside because it also takes some finagling to get on and the baby strapped in, and the material is so long there’s no way to prevent it from dragging on the dirty ground while you’re trying to tie it.

Recently my friend M sent me a pic of her husband wearing her homemade (and totally unemasculating) ring sling while drinking a beer, along with a website that gives step by step instructions for making one yourself.  After looking online at various ring sling sites, I discovered that a ring sling is quick to put on, quick to get the baby situated, and is great for breastfeeding in public in a pinch because the baby can sit low and the “tail” covers the baby’s face (and the boobie).  After reading the instructions to sew one myself, I decided it was easy enough.

For the fabric, I wanted something sturdy so that I would only need to use one layer, and unisex enough that my husband wouldn’t mind wearing it.  I ordered some fair trade fabric imported from Guatemala.  It wasn’t cheap, but the fabric is thick, strong, and perfect for a sling because there is no “wrong” side.  The front and back of the fabric are the same, which is a good thing because both sides of the fabric are visible after you sew and thread the sling through the rings.  2 1/2 yards is enough to make a sling long enough that will fit an adult male.

Next I ordered rings from SlingRings because you want to make sure the rings you get are strong and weight tested, specifically for slings.  Craft rings from Michaels are a no go for this project.  I ordered the medium sized aluminum rings but probably should have ordered the large rings due to the thickness of my fabric.  The medium ones worked fine, but my sling is a little harder to adjust.

Once I had my fabric and rings, the rest was easy:

  1. Cut fabric so it is 30″ wide by 2 to 2 1/2 yards long (2 yards is long enough if the wearer is an average sized woman, 2 1/2 yards for larger women and men)
  2. Hem both long sides and one short side. (Fold over 1/4″ and press, fold over 1/4″ again and press, sew over folds)
  3. On the last unhemmed side, pin overlapping pleats (follow the instructions here) and sew across the pleats in two places a few inches apart to secure.
  4. Sew edge where pleats are several times to prevent fraying.
  5. Place two rings in pleats, fold pleats over, and sew to enclose the rings.  Done!
  6. Instructions to wearing the sling can be found here (pdf), here (web) or here (video on nursing while wearing sling).

Here’s baby Elliott sitting nice and snug in her sling.  Doesn’t she look comfy?  Don’t mind her manners.  I don’t think she’s giving you the bird, she’s just trying to say “stay away from my milk factory bitches.”  elliott-wk-1-6-of-1

Happy Ring Slinging.

Twice as Sweet: Reversible Baby Girl Dresses

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For the last several months we’ve been on a girl kick in my circle of friends.  My friend H adopted her baby girl just a few months ago.  This week my dear friend from law school, M, gave birth to her second child, a healthy beautiful baby girl.  And even though it’s early, it seemed like my own little kidney bean was intent on showing us her goods at my last ultrasound.  Not much modesty there (that’s a view from the bottom of her tush looking up with her legs on the right, the little arrow points out the money shot).  We’ll need to teach her to be a little more ladylike when she gets bigger but for now we were grateful for the sneak peak: it’s a GIRL!

With all these baby girls popping up that gives me more excuses to sew baby girl clothes.  This week I tackled a project from my latest project book: Cute Clothes for Kids by Rob Merrett.  This book contains projects for boys and girls ages newborn to five years.  Of the 25 projects, some are a tad on the cheesy side, but they can be adapted easily to make them cuter. 

Though I’ve just tried one pattern so far, I found that the instructions for this dress were missing a step or two and could have been better explained.  For example, when I was sewing the dress, the instructions should have stated that I needed to turn the contrasting fabric inside out before piecing the two parts together.  The picture just didn’t convey the message and I found myself re-reading several times until I figured out what I was supposed to do, after 20 minutes of pinning and turning and head scratching.  In the end I figured it out without too many annoying turns with my seam ripper, but more detailed instructions would have been nice.

Despite this minor hiccup, this particular dress was very easy to sew: no zippers, no gathering, no buttons.  And, the best part is that it’s reversible! Two looks in one, gotta love that.  The dress pattern includes matching bloomers and when baby grows out of the dress it can be worn as a tunic top.  So this outfit should last a while.

I made one dress with bloomer set for M, and couldn’t resist making another to keep for my own kidney bean.  Since M recently commented that she loved a little jumper I sent her before she gave birth because it wasn’t “pink or frilly,” I thought that she’d appreciate the non-pink fabric: tiny red flowers on a cream background with contrasting sage bloomers. This fabric was a bit of a 70’s throwback.  For the set I’m keeping, I don’t mind a little pink, so I chose a 60’s-ish retro pink and green Amy Butler fabric (you know how I love the retro fabrics).  Which do you prefer?

I hope M likes her “non-pink and non-frilly” dress for her sweet pea.  Thankfully I have a few more months of nesting to fill my kidney bean’s closet with handmade creations.  Right now I’m trying to decide what direction to take for crib bedding.

Decisions decisions.

Guest Post: Imprintalish

Have you seen this cute guy on Pinterest and Craftgawker.com?

That’s Fin, and the Happy Stacker ring toy I made a little while back.  You might say it’s been making the internet rounds.

Today, my Happy Stacker tutorial is featured on the delightful craft, lifestyle, and photography blog Imprintalish, Imprintalish

for Lish’s fabulous Kick Off to Christmas extravaganza!

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Halloween treats: Llama Llama Griffin and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I may have mentioned that my son is coo-coo over Llama Llama Red Pajama.  What choice did I have but to make him a Llama Llama costume for his very first Halloween (he was 2 weeks old last year and too much of a blob for costumes)?

Llama Llama props

To recreate Llama Llama, I sized down the pants and button down shirt from larger patterns I had in my project books for his red flannel pajamas.  I added a flannel stuffed tail to the back (no comments on the brown wad coming from his behind, it was part of the costume!).  The PJs ended up being a bit roomy on him but not big enough for him to trip.

The booties and hat I bought on Etsy and glued on some black and white felt to create the eyes.  When we added his Llama Llama doll, the transformation was complete.  The toughest part about this costume was getting Griffin to actually wear the hat, which he tore off his head as soon as he realized it was there.  The more distractions, the longer the hat stayed in place.

There he goes!  Catch that Llama!

Llama Llama Griffin

There goes the Llama
To show off celebrate, Griffin was invited to a pre-Halloween birthday party potluck for his playmate.

My contribution to the potluck were these darling pumpkin spice whoopie pies with maple cream cheese filling.  The whoopies were moist and soft, with just enough spice and not too much pumpkin to make them overbearing, and the filling was de-lish (as anything with cream cheese is).  Plus, bonus, they’re pretty easy to make, unlike finicky macarons.  The whoopies were a party favorite, not a crumb left on the plate.  Pumpkin Spice Whoopies

[Note: I also made chocolate whoopies with marshmallow cream, but they were too scary to eat.  Well, actually, they were too dry and crumbly, a recipe disaster that still happens occasionally.  Snapped a photo anyway.  Hee.] Scary spider

Loved the accolades received from my whoopies, but Griffin’s costume made an even bigger impression, as he walked around in his hat (for the 20 minutes it stayed on his head) looking up at each guest and holding out his prized Llama Llama doll to anybody that would catch his infectious smile.  Cuteness in spades.

I always used to dread Halloween.  I was never one to try to recreate a hokey costume into something slutty for the one day out of the year where it’s required to put it on display.  But now that kids are involved, I can get into the holiday spirit the way it was when I was a kid: a cute mom-made costume, candy and treats galore, trick or treating around the neighborhood, and celebrating the arrival of Fall.  Tonight- on with the tricking and the treating!  Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Serves 20
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

Whoopies

  • 1 1/2 cup Flour (All Purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg (Fresh grated is best)
  • 1 cup Brown sugar (Firmly packed, dark or light is ok)
  • 1/2 cup Canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup Pumpkin puree (Canned, but fresh is best if you have time. (Roast halved pumpkin with a little butter until soft, scrape, puree in blender))
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter (Room temperature)

Whoopies (Optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4oz Cream cheese (Philadelphia, the brick kind)
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract ((or 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped))

Note

Adapted from Browned Eyed Baker

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use parchment or silpat lined baking pans or use a whoopie pie pan sprayed with cooking spray (Crate & Barrel has a good one, while you’re there, pick up a 1 tbs sized ice cream scoop)
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and soda, and spices.
3. In your mixer, mix on low the brown sugar and oil, then add the puree, then the egg and vanilla until incorporated.
4. Add 1/2 of your flour mixture to the bowl and mix on low until just combined, then repeat with the second half. Don’t over mix.
5. Use a small 1 Tbs ice cream scoop and drop them onto your baking sheet or in your pan. Leave 1 ” in between for spread.
6. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies just start to spring back when touched. This will give you a nice moist whoopie. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes, then remove and let cool on wire racks until room temp.
7. For the filling, cream the butter and the cream cheese together until there are no lumps. Add the powdered sugar, syrup, and vanilla and beat until smoothe, but do not overbeat.
8. Assemble cookies by piping or spooning a dollup of cream cheese filling inbetween two cookies.
9. Keep chilled until ready to use, then remove and let come to room temp for a few minutes before serving. They will keep in the fridge under plastic wrap for a few days.

 

 

 

Baby Shower for H: Just the Accents

Enamel bottles

For a planaholic like me, is there anything more exciting than planning a baby shower?  I know not, especially when the guest of honor is a bestie who has been waiting 4 long years for her miracle daughter to arrive.  Unfortunately, I am not the only bestie in H’s arsenal, so I was not bestowed with a planning monopoly on this particular shower (I’m not good at sharing).  But I was in charge of a few key elements: center pieces, and of course, DESSERTS!

For the center pieces, I decided to go with the enamel bottle idea once again, this time choosing a color palette of coral, pink, and white.  I filled them with gerbera daisies and baby’s breath to keep them bright and cheery, like H herself.

Bottle center pieces

As for desserts, I ordered another lovely cake from Jill’s, and made a few different types of bite size treats.  The guest count for this shower was about 70, so I spent the better part of two days baking.  I made another batch of brownie pops, decorated with pink chocolate and sprinkles, gluten free mini donuts (because 1: gluten intolerant people deserve sweets too, and 2: the donut recipe from this cookbook is absolutely fabulous even though it’s gluten free) which I decorated with coral and pink icing with sprinkles to keep with the color palette, and raspberry macarons with raspberry jam frosting (a recipe I adapted from this cookbook).

The pops were a hit with the young guests, everybody loved how cute the donuts were, and as for the macarons, I overheard one guest saying, while eating my macaron and staring at it in wonder, “this is the best cookie I have ever eaten.”  *Sigh*  Compliments like that make me swoon.

Butterfly stuffed toy

Finally, the present.  Everybody knows the goal is to make the guest of honor cry and the rest of the ladies “ooh” and “ahh” over the cuteness of your particular present.  I sort of blew that opportunity by giving H the special basket full of my handmade creations before her actual shower.  I needed another spectacular present!  Scrambling, I made a butterfly stuffed toy for Addison in delightful pinks and greens to match her bedroom.  The stuffed toy wasn’t too complicated a project for the last minute and jingles as you shake it- babies love that.  You can find the instructions in Amy Butler’s project book, Little Stitches for Little Ones (it also includes a darling lady bug toy but I didn’t have time to make one of those too).

I also wanted to give Addison something personalized, so I worked with a wonderful design artist on Etsy to create a custom poster with Addison’s birth time, weight, length, and a few other unique details (blond hair, four years in the making, etc.) in beautiful baby colors.  Once we perfected the layout and colors, the artist sent me a high resolution image (all for $8), and I printed and framed it.  The present was a big hit with H- who cried when she looked at it (success!) and can’t wait to hang it in Addison’s room.

H opening her present

Everybody, especially H, had a lovely time at the shower and Addison behaved like a perfect angel as all the guests passed her around for a little cuddle time.  Though I didn’t have full rein to plan the entire shower (the other hosts did a spectacular job with food and games), it appeased my plan fetish for the time being, that is until H decides to adopt her next bundle of joy.  Then I might have to take over.

 

Finally, Baby Girl Clothes: A basket of goodies for baby ADDISON

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Besties H+M FINALLY adopted their bundle of joy.  YIPPEEEE!!!!

Addison Grace was born on September 11 and joined her new family the very next morning. She is a perfect little angel with fuzzy blond hair and a sweet-as-can-be face.

You might recall this snuggie I made for H+M back in January when they were expecting to receive another baby.  As these things sometimes go, the birth momma of that baby suddenly changed her mind, so they waited some more.  But their four year wait is over.  Addison is home!

Of course, as soon as I heard the news last month that a baby might be on her way, I kicked it into high gear on the sewing machine.  This baby was going to come home in style, with handmade fashions from her Auntie TamaraEsq.  How exciting to have an excuse to make girl’s clothes!  So exciting, in fact, that the day we went to the house to meet Addison, I neglected to take pictures of the beautiful basket I made for her until after I delivered it.  Momma H graciously let me put it all back together so I could snap a few photos from her living room.  Not my finest pics but you get the idea.

Basket of Goodies for Addison Grace

The basket was filled with all sorts of goodies, mostly handmade items from yours truly with a few other bonuses.  The items I didn’t make included two Aden + Anais cotton muslin swaddlers, two books (Tikki Tikki Tembo and But Not the Hippopotamus, two of Fin’s favorites), a box of Baby Loopies Mary Jane socks, a Zutano A-Line Jumper (onesie/dress), and an Apple Tree to Be, which is an apple tree they can plant in their yard and watch it grow as the baby grows (Addy’s Daddy likes his garden).  Thoughtful, yes?

Bibs

Now for the good stuff.  My handmade creations included a set of booties, a pair of bloomers, 2 bibs with terry cloth on the back, and a stuffed terry cloth bunny toy.  I also made another pinafore dress (remember this one?).  For the dress I had to size down the pattern I had for a size 2.  I hope the dress will fit Addison up to six months.  And I have it on good authority that Addison might just wear her new dress when she greets the world at her baby shower next month!

The last thing I made was a blanket/car seat cover.  It’s a little something I invented but it’s top secret and I’m not ready for the big reveal just yet.  Suffice it to say it’s very handy and very cute (the blanket is rolled up on the left side of the basket next to the bunny in the picture above).

Addison clothes

Watching H open her basket made all the hours I spent sewing the goodies worth it.  I have a few more projects in mind for Addison.  Until I have my own baby girl to dress, Addison will likely be the beneficiary of all the cute girl clothes I have time to sew.  There’s something so sweet and gratifying about dressing a baby in handmade creations.  Sweet Pea creations for our littlest sweet pea, Addison Grace.

Clean out the fridge project: Enamel bud vases

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My favorite kind of project is the “instant gratification” project where I invest maybe an hour of time and then I’m done and I have something I can use that’s pretty.  This is one of those.  I wish I can take credit for this fantastic idea but no.  Martha Stewart deserves the credit, again.  She’s Martha Stewart.  Who can compete with that?  I saw the idea on craftgawker.com which linked me to this blog post.  (P.S. if you love crafts, or even just like them a little, you must check out this website.  It’s foodgawker but for crafts. Pics link to blog posts for fun and gorgeous craft ideas.  Love it).  Ok, enough credit sharing. Let’s get down to cases.

So, this project takes one day of prep, and about one hour of work.  Plus drying time.  That’s it.  Simple as can be.

Enamel paint You’ll need:

  • Clean, dry glass bottles and jars
  • Enamel paint
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Acetone
  • A place to dry the bottles where you can drip paint and not care

Step 1: Clean out your refrigerator!  Especially the condiment shelves.  Collect all those old jars of marinades and jams you’ve had in there for more than a year.  You know you have a stockpile of it.  Dump it!  You’ll feel better.  My favorite bottles are jam and syrup bottles.  They come in all sorts of cute shapes.

Step 2: Wash the bottles and remove the labels.  If the labels are stubborn, soak the bottles in water for an hour, then scrub off.  Or use olive oil.  That works too.

Step 3: Let them dry overnight.  You need them to be bone dry, otherwise the paint won’t adhere evenly.  I learned this the hard way but that’s ok.  It just makes for a more rustic finished product if they aren’t bone dry.

Enamel vases Step 4:  Take your enamel paint.  1shot brand works well.  A little goes a long way.  Wear gloves.  Work in a well ventilated area.  Pour the paint inside the bottle and swirl to coat evenly.  Dump the remaining paint back in the tin for reuse.  Take your time and drain well.  Wipe the rims and outside with a rag soaked with acetone to clean up the bottles if you get paint on the outside.

Step 5: Let dry.  These take a few days to dry thoroughly.  Finished.

Step 6: Add beauty.  I stamped some tags and tied them around the vases using ribbon and a glue gun.  These became the centerpieces for a dear friend’s 40th Surprise Party.  She loved them and took them home with her to enjoy.  I made sure to use colors that she loved and would match the decor in her house.

Clean fridge.  Recycled and re-purposed glass bud vases.  Instant gratification.

Enamel vase center pieces