Thursday, November 20, 2014

PLG DIY: Gold-Dipped Vintage Plates

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Thanksgiving! It's one week away! SEVEN days! It's time get serious! So, today I'm going to show you a little project I did to make my Thanksgiving and Christmas tables extra special this year. After visiting my local thrift store and finding a few gorgeous vintage plates (I got 8 plates for $4.47!) I decided I wanted to give them a little bit of a modern twist. Here's what I did: 

Supplies
-Ceramic Plates (I got mine at Goodwill)
-Glass Paint (I used Martha Stewart brand from Michaels. Note: These paints are non-toxic and meant for ceramic/glass but have not been declared food-grade safe. If you would like a paint that is food-grade safe, you can use a product such as Bella Paint for glass found here. Be sure to read to your labels to find the paint that is right for your project.)
-Paint Brush
-Painter's Tape
-An oven 


Instructions:

1. To give your plates the appearance of being dipped, tape off half or a quart of the plate using painter's tape. 

2. Paint! It took me 3-4 coats of paint to get the coverage I wanted. Let your coats dry to the touch in between each coat. 

3. Once you have finished your last coat of paint, let them air dry for one hour and then bake in your oven according to your paint instructions. Bake times and temperatures will vary by brand. 

4. Let plates cool completely in the oven. 




I couldn't be more thrilled with how my plates turned out and it was SO easy. I plan to use this set as decor and make a food-safe set for dinner. Since plate-thrift shopping is super affordable, the possibilities are endless! 





IT'S COMING. The best food day of the year followed by the most wonderful time of the year! Get ready! Get plate-ing! And be sure to let us know if you make some plates of your own!

ox. Liz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PLG Giveaway: Win a Poppy Bag from StorkSak!


We are so excited to bring you another AMAZING giveaway from our friends at Storksak! Today one lucky winner gets the chance to win the Poppy bag! I have my own Poppy and it is the REAL deal. The Poppy is a retro satchel style bag with a cool, structured shape that makes it perfect for keeping everything stored neatly and within reach at all times! No more rummaging around in the bottom of your handbag for lost items! This new Storksak style is exceptionally practical, with the option to easily convert it to a backpack with its dual function long strap, great for when you want to be hands free. 

The Poppy comes with a matching, additional FAB bag for storing food and bottles. It is fully insulated and features an elasticated strap to hold bottles upright. Its top grab handle doubles up as a handy Velcro strollerstrap, making it easy to use separately when you want to fit more inside the main bag. For parents who like everything to be organized and at their fingertips, the Poppy has got it in the bag! 

This sucker is gorgeous, thoughtfully made, and retails at $195! Wanna win? Well, of course you do. Enter away!

(Giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 and older.)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Pre-Christmas Dilemma






POLL TIME. I'm wearing a cozy plaid sweater with a little red. It's chillllly outside. The Candy Cane Joe Joe's are decking the Trader Joe's halls. What is your stance on pre-Christmas decorating? That blasted Christmas spirit is nipping at my heels but I have ALWAYS tried to take the moral high-ground and refuse to decorate until after Thanksgiving. Therefore, if I was to hypothetically, maybe, sort of think about putting my Christmas tree up this week, would you approve? Take your answer seriously. We are talking about abandoning my holiday morals here! Also, peer pressure has proven to be a very effective decision maker in my life so the weight of your opinion cannot be underestimated. I mean, I listened to an AWFUL lot of Jack Johnson in my early college years and I hate him so hard but everyone was doing it so....

Now, I ask you. Pre-Thanksgiving Christmas decorating. Yes or No? Make your voice heard! 

ox. Liz 

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Diaper Bag: c/o StorkSak (Watch for a giveaway to win your own Poppy bag from StorkSak later this week!)
Sweater: c/o Oasap