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“Twine” Wrapped Wine Bottle

27 Oct

As you know I have been playing with leftover wine bottles from my sisters wedding and I decided to try a “twine” wrapped wine bottle. I’ve seen these around on pinterest, facebook, and other blogs but I’ve never really been much of a fan of them. That is, until I spotted a gorgeous natural tan colored twine that looked so elegant my jaw dropped!

This comes from from Create Cousin and it made me realize that I do love wrapped wine bottles! I can totally imagine this as part of a table centerpiece for thanksgiving or on a mantel of someone who loves rustic style decor. So I decided to make one myself, but of course if you know me at all – I don’t follow instructions well at all.

I grabbed a wine bottle, some macrame chord and modge podge and got to work! Be warned that this project is not easy to start and kind of messy! I started of slow and let the macrame chord dry before I kept going to ensure it to stay in place.

After that it was quick and easy! I kept wrapping and glueing and wrapping and glueing until I got to the top and realized I needed to stop and let it dry again. Patience is not the easiest thing for me when I’m doing crafts – but in most projects it’s the most important part so I while I was waiting I worked on other projects to keep me busy 😉

Then once it was finished I added on a final bow for that last touch! This project was not only easy, but it was fun! I would recommend this project to anyone and could even been done with school aged children. For the younger kids – I would suggest starting it for them! My next attempt will be to die the macrame chord in other colors – because my Dad is crazy about dying things, so I’ll let him have a go with that 😉

What do you think? If you are interested in seeing some other wine related items that are must haves – check out The Collectionary!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


Personalized Wine Bottles

10 Oct

For those of you who follow my blog – you might remember me making personalized wine bottles for my sister for her wedding centerpieces. Now that the wedding is over and we have tons of wine bottles sitting around the house – I decided to have a little fun with it and see what else I could come up with! I have a few ideas so you’ll be seeing more posts as I finish them.


I took one of the wine bottles with the vinyl J on it, a box, and a can of spray paint and got to work!

I covered the wine bottle in white spray paint (and painted some grass too – oh well!) and let it dry for four hours.

Here’s an up close and personal so you can see the vinyl J better.

Once it was dry enough to touch I laid it in my lap and peeled the vinyl off. I wasn’t sure how well this would work. I was imagining the paint bleeding and the vinyl taking off chunks of paint but it came of really smooth and easy!

Then I put it up for display – of course right now the sun is beaming in and ruining the view!

I’m so happy with how easy, inexpensive, and fun this project was! I’m imagining all the different designs, styles, and colors I could do. Looks like I’ll be playing around with this project next weekend 🙂

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,



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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