#AtoZChallenge | Jazzy art deco labels for my husband’s homemade shrubs

Early in the pandemic, one of our home projects was putting up a bar. I promise the bar was unrelated to the pandemic. It was a long overdue project. We had been storing our liquor bottles on top of a tall bookcase in our living room. It wasn’t a great aesthetic and it was awkward to get the bottles up and down from that spot. 

After looking at various pieces of furniture we went in a different direction. I saw some shelves at Ballard Design that were the perfect fit for the space I was trying to transform into our bar area. 

Of course, being me, I did some custom modifications. I wanted to be able to store glassware and wine bottles too. I found some under the cabinet wine glass holders that fit the bottom of the shelves perfectly. I spray painted them gold to match the shelves. Since the shelves are metal and do not have a solid base, I couldn’t just screw the holders easily onto the bottom. After copious amounts of gorilla glue, I attached a wooden piece inside the metal base to provide a solid surface. I also pre-drilled holes around the outside metal edge and between those two modifications was able to securely attach my wine glass holder to the base of my shelves. 

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#AtoZChallenge | Inspirational mason jar filled with my post pandemic bucket list

COVID-19 is taking a toll on all of us. I was reading an article about shared trauma. We’re all going through it. I truly believe it too. I read something online which I am paraphrasing liberally that said we’re all operating at about 90% capacity. I’d expand on that to say some days that number is lower although occasionally we get closer to our pre-pandemic levels.

Fortunately, it will come to an end someday, hopefully soon. Maine recently updated their vaccination scheduled and my husband and I got our first shots last week. While it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, it feels like progress and movement towards the end of this shared nightmare. When that happens I’ll be ready to jump back in to all the things I’ve been missing for the last year. It’s a long list.

I wanted a colorful visual representation of things to come to help me weather the monotony, constant anxiety and Groundhog Day drudgery of COVID-19.

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#AtoZChallenge | Hand support with a little frozen rice and patience

I thought I was developing arthritis in my hands. I had some numbness and general low level achiness. After a trip to my doctor, it turns out the likely culprit is carpel tunnel. There’s a family history so not surprising. What was surprising is that I didn’t think of it first.

While surgery may be in my future, I decided to try some short term treatments including making a hand support to use when typing on my computer and laptop.

When my husband brought back the large bag of white rice from the grocery store, I immediately put it in the freezer. In researching this project, I learned more than I wanted to about the potential for bug eggs in my rice. After one week in the freezer, I was hoping to say goodbye to any little critters that might be lurking.

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#AtoZChallenge | Glass etching to make my newly minted 21 year old some one of a kind wine glasses

My love of crafting has prompted me to take dozens of art classes through the years. I have a vague recollection of trying glass etching during one of those sessions. It was a quick lesson and probably part of broader class covering other techniques too. The only reason I even remember was because with little idea as to what I wanted to create I ended up making a simple ornament design on a stemless wine glass and I bring it out every Christmas. Otherwise, I think I’d have completely forgotten I even took the class.

What I do remember, is that the etching process itself was extremely easy. It was picking and executing the perfect design that was the hard part. For this second round of glass etching, I had a much clearer idea of what I wanted for a design. My youngest daughter turned twenty one this past November and is enjoying drinking more adult beverages these days. She went back to school with wine bottles in tow but no glasses and no cork screw. While she’s on her own with the cork screw, I had a plan to create some memorable wine glasses for her.

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#AtoZChallenge | French mattress style and some extra coziness for our sleigh bench

I knew before starting this project that it might be beyond my sewing skills but given the price point when I searched French Mattresses on Etsy, I figured it was worth a shot. After much googling and a trip down the rabbit hole that is YouTube’s how to videos, I had a general sense of the steps needed to make my French Mattress.

While there are many great tutorials on how to construct a French mattress, the two primary ones that I used as my guide in making my cushion were:

She Holds Dearly | French Mattress Cushion Tutorial : This video was a great overall tutorial on all of the steps used to create a French Mattress.

Online Fabric Store | How to Make a French Mattress Cushion : I liked the way they did the stitching in this video tutorial and used it as my stitching guide.

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