I’ve been getting ready for the holiday season and lots of gold and glitter is flying around. And naturally so is wine. I thought it would be a great idea to combine some of my favorite things.
This week is the Urban Style Wedding Network holiday event and yours truly will be there as a sponsor hosting an ornament crafting station. I ordered some supplies online but I got some plastic animals that were too small for what I was looking for (SPOILER ALERT the ornaments involve plastic animals so get ready for even more animal DIYs to come). Instead of returning the small guys I came up with a new project for them.
Behold: the gilded animal wine stoppers, and they are super easy. You can even get them done while drinking your wine… just please don’t super glue your fingers together.
What you need:
• Plastic animals about 2″ (these ones worked fine for me)
• Gold spray paint (Not all gold spray paint is created equal. Sometimes it has a brassy-copper-flat look. I always go for Rustoleum Metallic.)
• Super glue
• Wine corks/stoppers (You can use recycled wine corks you’ve been storing up for the craft you’re never going to do, or I found some at Joann’s.)
Step 1: In a well ventilated area spray paint your critters. Paint one side and wait for it to dry, then the other.
Step 2: Position your animal on top of the cork to see where his feet or belly land. Carefully add super glue on those spots.
Step 3: Firmly press the animal on top of the cork and wait for the glue to set.
And there you have it! Now you have a reason to open a bottle of wine. And that is the best reason for making these.
I also tried some with white spray paint for a ceramic look and they looked fantastic… have fun playing around with them you little lush, you.
Hayley and Kurt’s coed baby shower was a hit earlier this month and I’ve received great feedback from the games. So instead of sharing a DIY from the shower, I’m providing free printable downloads of the games that were played.
These games are perfect for a large gathering or a coed shower. Participation is not mandatory and guests can play while mingling, eating and drinking. Perfect with a camping, outdoorsy theme – or fun on their own!
I’m so full-0f-joy that my tiniest human friend is here is already six weeks old! We had a blast celebrating the momma-to-be this summer, and I was so happy when Marisa asked me to create her birth announcements for Scarlet, the prettiest-little-thing you ever did see.
Going with my theme of signs I’ve been creating lately, we decided on a chalkboard style birth announcement for the little pumpkin. Here is the photo they took and below is the end result. What do you think?
When one of my dearest friends Hayley asked for help with her baby shower for their little boy on the way, I was already on board. But once she told me she wanted to do a co-ed baby shower with an outdoorsy, campy feel, I was thrilled! Hayley and Kurt are some of my favorite people, and this theme was so them. They love camping, hiking and being outside as much as possible, so this seemed like a no-brainer. I wanted to make sure it reflected them as a couple and didn’t look too much like your typical baby shower.
Kurt’s dad cut down some wood pieces for me, I collected a bunch of pine cones, wildflowers, fern and flannel. But you know I can’t resist a little gold, so had to add some gold spray-painted woodland animals – my bad. I made baby’s breath necklaces for the “Don’t Say ‘Baby’” game and designed some easy-to-play games, BINGO and match the baby animal (free downloads of these games available here!).
Thank you favors from Kurt and Hayley were little bags of trail mix.
You beautiful people, thanks for letting me contribute to your baby shower for this little guy that I already love so much – I hope it was everything you wanted and more. Now get me that baby here ASAP!
Someone (or something) very special turned three last month.
Cueva Bar opened doors in 2010 by Oz and Joanna Blackaller, the husband and wife duo who also happen to be our good friends. My husband Justin used to live just around the corner from this little hidden gem and took me here for one of our first dates shortly after they first opened. We kept coming back for more craft beer, Spanish wines and irresistible tapas and naturally became friends with Oz and Jo (how could you not just after one visit?). I even found myself working behind the bar every now and again.
They started Cueva with a dream, undying passion and serious hard work, and they have always been an inspiration to me. You’ll see I can never get enough of them, as seen here and here. As they celebrated their third anniversary I created them a new chalkboard welcome sign and a celebratory glitter banner.
Owners Oz and Jo with Jo’s twin sister Ana and her husband Corey
Cheers to your well-deserved success and hard work and many more years to come!
Cueva Bar is located on Adams Avenue in University Heights and opens at 5pm everyday. They specialize in made-from-scratch Latin fusion tapas paired with top notch craft beers and wines.