Back in March, we took the boys to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their Vanilla Days, and we got several recipes while we were there. One of them included directions for making your own homemade Vanilla Extract. Prior to our visit to the Botanical Gardens, I didn’t even know that one could make their own vanilla extract! We talked to one of the educators there, and brought home the directions eager to try making our own. We decided to make our own vanilla extract and to compare the results by making two forms of Vanilla Extract with rum and vodka.
The Silhouette machine, either the Cameo or Portrait is great for so many things. I’m a huge fan of Vinyl, and my collection has grown, thanks to a number of projects, particularly this one. One of the things that you can use the Silhouette and vinyl for is etching designs in glassware. Last month, the Little Monkey’s school was having a fund raising auction, and I volunteered to make school logo wine glasses. The projects were really easy with my Silhouette machine and glass etching solution. Apparently, they were a big hit, and I had some requests from the class parents to make the etched wine glasses for our classroom teachers. I figured if I’m going to etch wine glasses for the Little Monkey’s three teachers, then I should also make some beer mugs for the Big One’s three teachers. ( If you recall, the Big One has male teachers, so I thought I’d go with the beer mugs!) They turned out well, and I thought I’d share the tutorial, in case, someone else wanted to turn a web image on a school website into an etched wine glass or beer mug.
I can’t imagine not having my iPhone. It is the most wonderful device I’ve ever had. When I got it last year, it really revolutionized my thinking about smart phones. Mellow Man had been convincing me of getting one for a few years, but I had been hesistant, namely due to the fact that I’m hard on things. I was worried that my iPhone would break. Enter the life-saving Otter Box. I love my Otter Box. It is second only to the iPhone in my list of fabulous products. I have the commuter series, and it’s in my favorite colors.