Hunter Boot Liners

I’d like to pretend this project went so perfectly and what I’m about to describe did. However, I had 2 failed attempts at this project a year ago that led me here. But the good news is that you can learn from my mistakes! Once I figured out what to do, these were pretty easy to make in just an afternoon. image2-2The first time, I tried to make my own pattern (just like Pinterest told me to) and failed spectacularly. What did work was using this polar sock pattern that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics, since I couldn’t find a boot liner pattern. It is a pattern for thick, fleece socks that have the option of being made knee-high, which is what I chose. I made a men’s size that was a couple of sizes bigger than my shoe size but looked like it would fit inside my boot when I placed it on top of the pattern. image3 I made the polar socks according to the pattern, except for the ribbed top. Then I put the socks on inside the boots and measured how much fabric would be needed to reach the top of the boot plus fold over times two. It is a lot easier to leave this cuff extra long and then shorten it, which is what I did. I just took the seam in gradually until it was long enough fold over the top of the boot with the right sized cuff. image1-4 All in all, I think they turned out pretty great! I love the fabric and they’ve already come in useful sloshing through the snow and salt of the Wisconsin winter, while keeping my feet much warmer than before. I’d love to make some more boot liners in different colors and patterns—and see what you guys come up with too!

Painted Champagne Flutes

I’ve been really into with outfitting my bar cart for a while now and got to thinking that gold decorated glassware would be perfect for it! After researching some designs that were simple but way too expensive, I decided to make them myself with the champagne flutes I had lying around.

I found some tips for painting glass on Pinterest (this site has the basic steps, too) and used those to guide me. Here’s what I did:

  1. Wash and rinse glasses with soap and water. I let them dry overnight.
  2. I wiped the outsides off with vinegar (the other option was rubbing alcohol and unless they mean vodka, I honestly don’t know what that is) with a cotton ball and let them dry again.
  3. Time to paint! I used a gold enamel paint (Folk Art brand) and ended up doing 2-3 coats on the glasses. It really depends on the design if this is necessary or not. Some of the glasses could have gone without a second coat.
  4. Bake the glasses to seal the paint. I baked them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. According to the directions, the important part is the put the glasses in a cold oven and let them preheat and cool down with the oven temp.
  5. The big reveal:

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And now for the best part…the cost!

  • The champagne flutes were freeeee! (Tip: Find an older brother who is giving his away. Seriously, who was he ever kidding owning 12 champagne flutes? Then again, who am I kidding? Oh wait, I’m too lazy to wash them! That’s why!) You could definitely find some at Goodwill or a thrift store though. I bet a handful of mismatched glasses would look like a set once they’re painting similarly.
  • The paint only cost $2-$3 from Walmart. And that was it!

Looking at the glasses now, the dots and vertical lines definitely turned out the best. The horizontal lines got thick and goopy and the paint didn’t cover as well as the other two. If I did it again, I’d do all polka dots—I think they look the cutest and turned out the best. Cheers!

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