Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY Sharpie Mugs

Hey loves! Hope you all are enjoying your Saturday! Here in Chicago we're experiencing some really funky weather. As in, your hair will be finished as soon as you step out the door. As in, don't even try curling it...#itwontwork! LOL! It's been raining off and on, so in lieu of this rainy, muggy weather I decided to post one of my favorite pastimes that I often do with my girlfriends! I know you've probably seen these on the internet or Pinterest somewhere, but I decided to try them for myself! One of my best friends from college came down for a visit, and of course it was raining so we shot over to the local craft store, and got down to business! Keep reading to find out how we made these beauties, and how you can too!

     DIY Sharpie Mugs

       All you need:
      2 or 3 glass mugs 
      Oil based sharpie  
     Creative Saying 
    1 Buddy

 Okay so first things first ladies, set your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Two, grab you a glass of wine, and crank up the music! Grab your oil based sharpie, and get to creating! I have terrible handwriting, so I practiced a few times on a sheet of paper, before writing on my mug.

 Make sure you use an oil based sharpie, or else once you bake the mugs in the oven the writing will come right off once it gets wet! The packaging should read "made for wood & glass", and there are tons of colors to choose from.

This was after a few tries lol! I made sure I put a little something on the back as well, depending on however I decide to hold my mug, there was something cute on each side!

 Jackie (or Jackpot as I call her) working on her DIY Mug. The front of hers read " Wild and Free" and a big gold heart on the back.

Place your mugs in the over upside down for about 30 mins. Be super careful when they are finshed, as the glass is extremely hot. Let them sit for about an hour before flipping them right side up, then once the hour has passed they are finished! I threw mine in the sink and washed them just to make sure the ink stayed on the mugs, and also to clean off any residue from my first few attempts. Then walah! Your DIY Mugs are finished!

This is a great way to kill time if your ever bored and stuck in the house. These also make good birthday or Christmas gifts to your friends. Granted your friends must be tea/coffee drinkers...but in the spirit of drinking wine with your friends, cranking up the music and having a good time? That is time well spent. Until next time....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stars , Stripes & Skylines

Hey love-bugs! How was your holiday weekend? Mines was fantastic! I have to say one of the great things about living in this beautiful city, is there is always something to do. As some of you know I come from a large family, which meant tons of BBQ, cookouts, and family time...which don't get me wrong is wonderful. But this year the mom (my roadie as I like to call her) and I just wanted to hang solo, and opted for a more non-traditional celebration of our country's independence. We went to The Pier, or Navy Pier for those who have never been to Chicago. If you're ever in my city I highly recommend visiting the pier, as it's one of Chicago's greatest historical landmarks, not to mention there's so much to do! Check out me and the roadie's pics of our 4th of July fun below!

Check out the roadie!! Haha look at her, she's so fun! Chicago seriously has thee best skyline.

Nothing but sun and the windy city!

The famous Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, which I have yet to get on ladies! It's been on my bucket list each summer...and can you believe I was this close to it and did not get on? It's extremely high, and is right over Lake Michigan...the roadie didn't want to get on with me...and I definitely wasn't conquering these heights alone!

 The Pier has so many good restaurants to choose from. We opted for Margaritaville, and had probably the biggest burgers I have ever seen! Drinks were delish, and the waiters and staff here made us feel so welcome!

Speadboat Sailing!

The Chicago Skyline..ugh its so pretty! This is a view from the speedboat ( which if you've never done, I highly recommend trying it one day) and there were so many pictures I took, I had such a hard time trying to decide which one I wanted to post, they were all so nice! I've posted more pics here on my Instagram.

Sooo many independent shops to choose from on the inside of the Pier. Also home of the Chicago Children's Museum!

Went closer to home for the fireworks display towards the evening. I didn't get many shots, as I just wanted to sit and enjoy the show! 

I hope you ladies really enjoyed your weekend like I did! I had so much fun, and a good relaxing time off from work. Look forward to my upcoming post! If ever you want to keep in contact with me, find me on Instagram or check out my social handles above!



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