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Check, Check, Check – The Sound of Accomplishment.

22 Apr

Hello There!

Another successful weekend here at the Otey residence! My sister was in town for the weekend to do some serious crafting and shopping and I cannot explain how much fun it is to share projects with her. She is not the full-blown craftaholic that I am but she does enjoy a good project now and then.

Yesterday we spent the morning shopping and buying supplies to try out a few new crafts. We got wine bottles from a local wine shop here (that we’ll be doing a post later about), Hillsborough Vineyards, and some wine corks. My sister had ordered some battery-powered light strands and a cricut cartridge. I bought some vinyl to cut using the cricut. My Dad had the fun part of the shopping – he bought some drill bits to cut holes into the wine bottles.

Then we went to town! We cleaned out the wine bottles and soaked them to take of the labels. Then peeled off wine labels (thanks to my Mom) and set them out to dry.

My Dad then drilled holes in the wine bottles to put the lights in them. This was a tricky process since you couldn’t get the drill bit hot. If it got to hot then the drill bit would bend and the glass would shatter. Luckily my Dad came up with a brilliant way to keep this from happening so we only shattered one bottle!


While he was working on that I was designing the cricut vinyl labels to cut and peel on some wine bottles. The vinyl that I purchased was to make it look like the glass was etched and I think it worked out perfectly! I am still going to be etching some glasses because it’s a lot of fun but this is a much faster, easier, friendly way to do it.

My sister went to town with the corks breaking them, cutting them, and ripping them apart to make a collaged letter. I’ll have to show you a picture of that one later when she finishes but I think it’s going to turn out pretty darn awesome! With some of the extra corks I’m hoping to make a cork wreath.

Sunday we went wine tasting at Hillsborough Vineyards and I have to say I was quite impressed! It is a gorgeous vineyard if you are ever in the area this would be a fun stop to do a quick wine tasting and check out the gorgeous mountain views. This is coming from someone who doesn’t like wine!!! I did actually try their wines and I found two that I wouldn’t mind drinking and one that I would drink but wouldn’t be a first choice. Three wines from a girl who usually gags when she drinks wine is a winner 😛

We also hopped over to the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop – I cannot even explain how much I am in love with this thrift shop, plus knowing that all the proceeds go to the hospice just rocks my world! My dad and I went on a basket frenzy and bought a bunch of baskets to use for my upcoming craft show as gift sets and displays and they were such a great price! I think I’m stocked with baskets for the year 😉

Tonight we are attempting a different way to remove the wine labels. We originally soaked them in hot water and scrubbed the label off, then used goo-be-gone stuff to get off the extra sticky residue. This time we are attempting to let them soak in water and ammonia and hoping that they  just peel right off without any scrubbing! My mom was happy to hear she might not have to scrub anymore 🙂

I’m also trying to decide what to do with this big letter we got while we were out shopping. I have so many ideas – I just can’t decide what to choose. I could wrap it in yarn, cover it with corks, spray paint it, cover it in buttons, wrap it with burlap.. I just don’t know what to do.

What do you think I should do?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


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