Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's Christmas Time!


Well it is for us anyway. We have to think a couple seasons ahead so right now we are all about Christmas at the store: planning the front window, lining up our orders, planning out our events for the season, and on and on and on!

If we don’t plan out all the intricacies so far ahead life turns into a horribly stressful rat race as the months tick by.

(and no, this is not what our front window looks like right now. All of these photos are from last year)

I am kind of used to working a season ahead, but I forget that other people are nowhere near thinking about Christmas yet. That makes me sound a little crazy, but I kid you not. Michael and I have spent the past few nights sitting out on the porch in our short sleeves enjoying the lovely weather chatting about what we think would be a good “feel” of our Christmas tree this year at the store.

 
 

But see, it filters into life outside the store too!

Once we start talking about our plan for the Christmas season at the gallery I immediately start stressing about what I am going to get everyone on my list for Christmas.

Oh gosh, I need to just go to the beach and get a hold of myself.

-Brooke

Friday, August 2, 2013

DIY Sea Glass Votive Holders



Here is a quick and easy summertime craft!


Quick tip for craft projects: Save your cardboard boxes when you get them in the mail and cut them down. They make the perfect (completely disposable) work place for doing craft projects, especially with children.

What you need:

Elmer’s School Glue

Food Coloring

Glass Containers

Sponge Brushes

Small Container for Holding the Glue Mixture

Sand
 

The glasses I am using I picked for under a dollar each at Kmart, but any glass will work. Be sure to clean off your glassware before you begin. I just hand washed them with dish soap.

In a small container mix together the Elmer’s glue with a few drops of food coloring. Obviously, the more food coloring you add, the more saturated the color you will get. Sara has a great "Glue Face" if I do say so myself. Look at that determination!

Sara and I both wanted to make turquoise so we mixed together blue and green.
Sara very decisively said that she would NOT take a picture of me because she was having too much fun, so alas it is a dreaded selfie to prove I was there too.


Do your best to even spread the glue mixture all over the outside of your glass.

I very carefully flipped over my glass with the glue still wet and pressed the rim into the bowl of playground sand.

As it dries the glue will become more transparent. Once it is all dry pop a small candle inside and there you have it!
 
 

Sara and my votive sets fit perfectly on the mantle and make a perfect summery accessory. Sara spread the sand down the sides of one of her glasses which made a really neat effect you can try also.

Hope you guys try this out!

-Brooke