Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I've been so loopy I forgot to add a title! <-- How's that?

Chickadees!  It's been a while, but I tell you what-- it has been a three ring circus around here!  First, there was the hubster's surprise birthday party on the same day as the Benefit House Party.  Now, it's the fundraising event I am chairing for the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans--AAMA (pronounced ah-mah.)

Anyhoo, I've been juggling nonstop and I won't stop until Cinco de Mayo!  That's when the event takes place.  It's going to be really spectacular, but as I told some friends on facebook, I'm the entertainment chair, the ticket sales chair, the marketing chair, the decorations chair, the raffle chair, the refreshments chair and the everything else chair.  I might as well be a dining set!

The good news is there will be plenty of pictures to share and some tutorials from the event that you are going to love.  So, stay tuned!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Silly Bees on Pinterest!

If you have a blog, you know how crazy it is to find your stuff on Pinterest! I for one, had no idea what it was all about until I did a search online for some of my tutorials. I do that from time to time to see where my stuff has traveled and to follow a cool blog who has featured my tutorial and linked back to me.

Anyhoooo, while doing one of these searches a few months ago, I found that my tissue paper flower corsages had been "pinned"! Wha?!  People really are reading! How totally cool.

So I joined Pinterest (this is me) because I am a blog-reading fool and am always bookmarking tutorials or copying and pasting links into an email addressed to myself.  I know.  Winning.

On another blog, I found out how to see who has pinned your stuff. If you wanna try it, the url is blog url here/  (Don't forget the last slash.) and that's it!

So, I though from time to time, I would do a Silly Bees Pinterest audit and see which blog posts are the most popular. Right now, it is my Old School Bunny Cake with 391 pins.  What the what?  I am totally shocked.  Thanks for the pin love, chickadees!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Faux Milk Glass Hobnail Votive

Everyone is painting the inside of glass bottles.  DIY tutorials abound!  This is my little version.

I love hobnail milk glass.  It's loverly.  It's delicate.  It reminds me of Grandma.  It's perfect for bridal parties, high tea and all things girly and frou frou-y.  It's also pricey.  Unless you fake it.

  1. Hobnail glass votive candle holder (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store, thrift store)
  2. Acrylic or enamel paint in a pale color.  (My votives will hold tissue paper flowers and don't need water.  So acrylic paint is just fine.  Plus, I plan to reuse them, so the paint needs to be removable.)
  3. Paint brush and plastic plate

    1. Wash the inside of votive and make sure there's no wax inside (especially along the sides). I suggest wiping it down with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Let dry.
    2. Use a paint brush to paint the inside of the glass. Air dry completely before applying a second coat. You can also pour the paint into the glass and swirl it around to cover the inside, but I found that method wasted too much paint.
    3. After a couple coats, you should be done. Voila!
    Now, drop a silk flower in your new (faux) milk glass and show off your heirloom treasure!