Phew! What a weekend! Out of the blue early Saturday evening I got a phone call from a girlfriend inviting me to another girls house that I went to high school with. They were having a girls night for someones birthday and there was going to be wine and small munchies. I thought, why not! I haven’t drank in 6 months and I deserve it! Well, unfortunately for me I hadn’t yet ate before I went over there and by 8 or 9 I could no longer see straight. It was quite the night! I think there were 8 of us and the final count of polished off wine bottles was 11. That’s a whole lot of wine!
If you’re a wine-o like we are then you need to head straight over to Luv2Have and check out their neat dichroic wine stoppers. Here’s a classy and elegant way to put a cork in your opened bottle of wine! The chrome finish wine stopper holds a 1″ round dichroic glass cabochon with bits of pink, silver, lavender, turquoise, golden yellow, cobalt blue, and pale blue. Lots of patterns are woven together to give this glass piece great depth. These wine stops are sturdy with a black rubber stopper, and measure 3-3/4″ tall.
Years ago, when we were in the Orlando airport on the way home from a family vacation, I spied a cute, stuffed pink flamingo that squeaked or talked or made some cute noise when it was shaken. Her name was Laverne. No, really. My parents, however, laughed and said it looked like a pink seagull because its legs weren’t long enough. So, ever since then, it’s been a joke in my family and I have often opened birthday or Christmas gifts to find some sort of pink flamingo swag.
So, I was delighted when I found this adorable glass plate with – you guessed it – a pink flamingo! Cheryl Cohen Designs is new to Etsy – don’t you just love new shops?! While this shop just opened in February, the shop owner has been selling her creations – both retail and wholesale – since 1994. You can find jewelry, night lights, clocks and much more in this shop. The shop owner says she and her husband both became addicted to art glass making when they took a fused glass class in Seattle. Their work has been featured in magazines and been shown at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY as well as the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles.
...in perfect harmony! The first thing that came to my mind when I stumbled across this amazing handmade find was this old jingle once used in Coca-Cola commercials. It made me a little nostalgic and homesick as I sit here thinking about one of my good friends back in Chicagoland who has a whole cozy little room in her house jam-packed with Coca-Cola paraphenalia.
Windy City Glassblower is one of my favorite Etsy shops. I’m not sure I’ve shared their talent with you before, but if I haven’t, I can’t imagine why! Nick Paul, the shop owner, take glass bottles that would otherwise be trashed and turns them into awesome glasses! He uses 100% of each bottle and his goods are dishwasher safe – yipee! Nick’s got lots to offer in his shop, but if you don’t see your favorite beer, or have something particular in mind, be sure to convo him – most of his orders are made to order.
The piece that caught my eye tonight – before I remembered that I already have hearted Windy City Glassblower – was this set of Coca-Cola float glasses. I can’t even believe that these glasses were once glass bottles! If you’re interested in how Nick creates his pieces, read the description on this page – he talks about it step by step.
I have a “get together” tonight with a smokin’ hot bartender. I texted my girlfriend who’s a hair dresser and asked her if bartenders were someone I should have on my no no list and she said they were but I can’t resist a man with dark features. Sure, I don’t drink and I’m sad that I don’t but he’s so delightfully delicious that I can’t pass up the chance to mingle with said bartender.
Because I have bartenders on my mind it’s only appropriate that I write about stuff you might find in a bar. At Bread and Badger they have these neat skull pint glasses that are seriously fun and playful. The stencils are handmade, created from my original pen-and-ink artwork, and applied by hand. The etched designs are permanent, and the glasses are sturdy and dishwasher-safe, initialed on the bottoms.
I’ve had a bit of a road block finding some inspiration for tonight’s post. I’ve started a couple of posts only to go back and change my mind. I browsed Etsy some more. And that’s when I found Odds And Ends 4 U. This shop showcases some unusual and different handmade items – mostly crafted from recycled glass.
It was this mosaic candle holder that caught my eye and said “share me with the world!” I’ve blogged before about my love for mosaic, so that’s part of what drew me in. The color was the second. While blue isn’t my favorite color (it is my mom’s, though!), the color of this candle holder is brilliant! And just imagine how it would look with a candle glowing inside!
Don’t just stop at this piece, though. You’ll also find ornaments, candle plates, candy dishes and other fun, upcycled items at Odds And Ends 4U!