When I began this blog more than six years ago, my husband Joe and I were raising four kids aged six to fourteen. With a little spare time early each morning, I began sharing here what was happening in our home: some practical, some decorative, and some of eternal significance. My desire was and is that the Lord might use this glimpse into His work in our lives for His glory, and that it might be a blessing and encouragement to others.
Over the past few years, blogging faded appropriately into the background as the Lord added two little girls to our family, bringing our current age range to teensy-tiny-three to halfway-through-college-twenty. We continue to enjoy homeschooling them all, apart from our graduate, of course.
With our youngest child now gaining some independence, time is slowly making itself more available again than it does when babies rightfully demand my nearly constant attention. With that liberty, aside from venturing back into more frequent blog posts, I’ve also returned to quick and simple crafty pursuits.
My most recent projects are pictured below. With a mixture of a little Mod Podge and a few drops of food coloring (thanks for that idea, internet) some lace and ribbons, along with attaching some odds and ends from around the house, I changed plain glass bottles and jars to something more cheerful.
The picture directly above highlights my personal favorite, solely for sentimental reasons. It features the one postage stamp that was left over after addressing our wedding invitations. I’m enjoying seeing it displayed after having kept it tucked away all of these years (the price tells you it has indeed been a long time.)
All of these projects were created by painting thin layers of the Mod Podge/food coloring combination onto the jar or bottle, blow drying them, and repeating, until the jars each had the depth of color I was after. If it is applied too thickly it will run. One other word of caution: when you mix the food coloring into the Mod Podge, it will look like neon goop, and the color won’t resemble the finished product. You can easily experiment with the colors on your glass object, because Mod Podge is water soluble. It is no problem at all to wet the bottles down and peel off your mistakes. (I speak from experience.) For that reason, this project would not be suitable for anything you need to allow to get wet in its function in your home. Paintbrush strokes will show, so I didn’t fight that. I worked with the particular contour of each bottle and accepted that they would be seen. In the case of the rainbow set, I added texture by stippling with my brush.
The ribbons and lace were applied on top of a layer of the Mod Podge where they would be placed, with a layer or two over top as well. They were white, but I loved how the color used for the bottle looked on each of them, a bright and cheerful version of each. The postage stamp was sealed with plain Mod Podge. Other embellishments were attached with hot glue or wire. There are so many possibilities!