Of all art supplies, I find etching cream to be the most magical. Ok, maybe magic is an overstatement, but it certainly packs a big wow. I discovered the stuff a few years ago, and I must say, it's hard to go wrong, as long as you follow the directions. Here are a few ways to use craft with it…just be sure to wear rubber gloves; it burns when it touches your skin!
Etched Glass Kitchen containers, Martha Stewart
Etched silhouette mirror, Living with Lindsay
Cocktail conversation, ReadyMade.com
Oh and if you want to try another fool proof frosting technique for larger areas, you can also try Glass Frosting by Krylon.
I have a thing for embroidery hoops. They are just round windows of opportunity, priced at next to nothing and often available at yard sales, thrift stores and the like. Here are a few of my fave ideas…
Embroidery Hoop Chalkboard, by Bliss in a Teacup, Etsy $35;
Bulletin board hoops via LushLee.
Suspended from the ceiling…oh my! via Erin Ever After.
My Heart Belongs In…by Moxie Doll, $32, Etsy.
This is a terribly strange feeling, talking to absolutely no one. I feel like Christian Slater from Pump Up the Volume preaching without the certainty of anyone listening.
A quick (and short) history of The Violet Hours, as it pertains to me, the writer. I have worked for many years crafting, writing, and creating for other people, and this is my first forum to craft, write, and create for me. We'll see where it takes me.
My title comes from an old book by Bernard DeVoto called The Hour—a humorously written book about the cocktail of all things. But the Violet Hour specifically refers to twilight, or the more commonly known concept of happy hour. It's that fertile time when people are rushing home, when the work day is complete, and time becomes your own to drink, to read, to craft, to breathe.
So…welcome to The Violet Hours, or, rather, thanks for adding me to your already full blog line-up.