Monogrammed Champagne Flutes with Cricut

I’ve mentioned we’re in full blown wedding season, right?  Luckily it’s nothing like last year, but we’ve had some fun spring weddings and I’ve loved being apart of different events for all of them!

My friend Kali hosted a brunch the morning of Liz’s wedding asked for help with monogrammed champagne flutes – done.  I had been wanting to use this fun chrome gold that really catches the light so it was the perfect project.  These turned out better than I could have imagined and are a great DIY gift for a bride’s new initials!

Monogrammed Champagne Flutes

What you’ll need:

I wanted the monograms to be style of the drink spikers I did for Liz’s bachelorette weekend so followed the same steps creating them.  Then I imported each png monogram file into Design Space as cut files.

Now you have a bunch of monograms!  Once all the monograms you need are imported, cut them on your chrome vinyl with your Cricut on the vinyl setting.

Once all the monograms are cut on the vinyl, cut them out individually.  Then use the weeder tool to weed the excess vinyl away.  The chrome vinyl is a little more sensitive to bends, so be careful as you pull the excess away.Now your monograms are ready to apply to the glasses.  Cut pieces of the transfer paper to cover the monogram and use your scraper tool to get it on well.Then peel the paper backing off the monogram and place the vinyl on the champagne glass where you want it.  Press it on well and slowly remove the transfer paper. Voila – monogram applied!Finish applying them on the rest of the glasses and you’re all set! Bridal party is ready for a champagne brunch 😉 I loved how these turned out with that chrome vinyl so I decided to make one for Callee’s wedding day with her new initials the week of her wedding. These are definitely a gift idea I’ll keep handy for future bride friends and their wedding days!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Week Night Dinner Party

Nothing is more relaxing during the week than having a great dinner and wine with my friends to unwind after work.  Springtime in Charleston is perfect to do that outside before the summer heat keeps you in the air conditioning, so we grabbed the necessities and had a great dinner on a Thursday night at a friend’s house!

Here are a few tips to quickly put together your own week night dinner party after a long day at work.  Trust me, only minimal effort is required to pull off cute table and enjoy a night with the girls!

Order Take Out

The least stressful kind of dinner party is one that you aren’t cooking, so call your favorite restaurant and grab some take out to share instead.  Five Loaves Cafe has been my favorite lunch & dinner spot in Charleston since freshman year at College of Charleston.  They have a huge variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees for all types of eaters plus amazing desserts.

We shared their beet salad, egg plant fritters salad, chicken caesar salad as well as roasted turkey sandwich,  chicken salad club and rueben sandwiches for dinner.  Cut the sandwiches into smaller pieces, throw the salads in bowls with serving spoons and you’re ready to serve!

The lemon blueberry mascarpone cake, peanut butter pie and brownie caramel cheesecake were the perfect to finish to our meal.

Variety of Wine

Try to have a variety of wine to please everyone that’s coming or just have everyone bring a bottle they like to share!  Rhône Valley Wines have reds, whites, and even roses that will pair with any type of food.  We drank Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan (red) , Cuvée Domaine Ventoux Rosé, and Vieilles Vignes Vacqueyras (white).  The Visan was our favorite and went down so smooth and the white was a great complement with dessert!

Add Fresh Flowers

I don’t know why, but adding a vase or two of fresh flowers just makes everything seem nicer.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on flowers either – I grabbed 2 types of white flowers from the grocery store for a few bucks and just put them in a vase and mason jars.  The tall vase adds a little height to the table and the flowers just automatically class things up.

Use Your China

Just like the flowers, there’s something about serving food on platters, and not just using disposable plates, that makes the meal seem fancier.  Yes, you’ll wash the dishes later, but you didn’t register for that serving platter not to use it, right? Another perk, if people don’t know you picked up the food, they’ll guess you made it since it looks great on a plate or in a wooden bowl. 😉

Now enjoy the fun night with your friends and enjoy these types of dinners more – Cheers!

Wine: Rhône Wines | Food: Five Loaves Cafe |Photos: Michelle O | Decor: Coastal Kelder

This post was sponsored by Rhône Wines, but all opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Cheers Glasses for NYE with Cricut

It might still be a few days before Christmas, but I’m thinking about New Years Eve!  Since Clemson is playing that night, we’ll not only be celebrating the New Year, but watching some football.  Since we’ll also be hosting a party, that means I wanted to make something festive.

Cheers Champagne Glasses

What you’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Gold vinyl
  • Weeder tool
  • Scissors
  • Transfer tape
  • Scraper tool
  • Champagne glasses

To start, create the ‘Cheers’ design.  One option is creating it all in Design Space by typing ‘cheers,’ choosing a font and welding the letters together.

Since I wanted to use some of the glyphs in the Isabella font, I used Illustrator to create the text, then exported it as a png file.  This is what I had:

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Next, I imported the cheers file into Design Space and set it up for cutting.  Since this is regular vinyl, you don’t need to mirror the image – just arrange it on the mat, turn the Cricut to ‘vinyl’ setting on the machine, and cut on your gold vinyl!

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Once it’s cut, remove the design from the mat, cut your design out and weed the excess from around the cheers design.diy-cheers-glasses_02To adhere the vinyl to the glasses, you’ll need to use transfer tape.  Cut enough transfer tape to cover the ‘cheers’ design.  Pull away the backing of the transfer tape and apply the clear, sticky piece to the top of the cut out ‘cheers’ vinyl.  Use your scraper tool to make sure the transfer tape is on the vinyl well, and push out any air bubbles that may have formed.

diy-cheers-glasses_03When the vinyl is sticking to the transfer tape, slowly remove the back of the vinyl paper.  It’s key to go slowly so all of the vinyl is securely lifting away with the transfer tape and the backing is removed.

Arrange the transfer tape with the cheers design on it where you want on the glass.  Place it on the glass and use your fingers to smooth the vinyl down on the glass.

Finally, remove the transfer tape from the glasses.  Again, move slowly so you make sure that the gold vinyl design stays on the champagne glass and only the transfer tape is being removed.  Once the tape is off, your glass is done!  Repeat the process for the rest of your glasses.

diy-cheers-glasses_08diy-cheers-glasses_07 diy-cheers-glasses_06 I made a similar version for my friend Lauren’s wedding in October with a larger ‘Cheers’ design that wrapped across the side.  All of us bridesmaids drank from them the morning of the wedding and they looked great! (Photos: Dana Cubbage)

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CHEERS to the upcoming new year and really, celebrating all the small things in life!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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CK on Lowcountry Live

I have some exciting news – some of my Coastal Kelder products were on our local morning show, Lowcountry Live!

My friend Liz, of Charleston Weekender, does segments with them and reached out to me to be part of the oyster themed segment this past week.  I was thrilled to be part of it, and have my products on tv (!!!!!) so did a lot of pre-work to get ready for this past Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning I headed to the station (in my seashell shirt), and arranged my oyster things on the table.  We were going to be first, so it gave us plenty of time to set up before the show started, and take some pictures.img_9877fullsizerender-22

Jennifer (from Zags Life), and I stood behind scenes and watched as Erin & Tom recorded the promo pieces, started the show and then moved over to our area for the piece with Liz.
img_9870 img_9871 To finish the segment they gave away a package from Oyster House and then an Instagram giveaway of my ‘The World is your Oyster’ shatterproof wine glass + oyster shell ornaments & a Zags oyster printed sun wrap.img_9838

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You can watch the whole segment below:

Cheers to the impossible actually happening!

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Recent Cricut Projects

Although my DIY posts may be lacking, I’ve been making lots of items with my Cricut lately.  Here’s what I’ve been up to..

A co-worker got a new mailbox after Hurricane Matthew took out their old one, and asked if my Cricut could help with mailbox numbers.  It seemed like the vinyl I use would work, so he gave me a file that matched their house numbers, I made a set and applied them to both sides of the mailbox!  Who would’ve thought you could make your mailbox look snazzy with your Cricut?

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We wanted to send a lil present to our friends who are expecting their first child and are gamecock fans (he played for their football team!), so a gamecock onesie seemed perfect.  I even made this the day after USC beat Tennessee unexpectedly.img_9751

A friend was hosting a baby shower and asked if I could make onesies for a onesie garland like I did for Maggie’s shower.  Dare I say that I like how the boy monogram is laid out?

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I’ve also been busy making more pillows as orders come in and also trying to stock up the shop for Christmas.  I love some of the custom orders I’ve gotten in.pillow-case_custom-05 pillow-case_chs-quote_white-05

I was playing around in Illustrator recently and came up with a new oyster themed design around the saying “Aw shucks.”  It seemed perfect for oyster season, so I made a few wine glasses for the shop.

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November & December are popular for engagements, and I made some champagne glasses for a friend to celebrate her sister’s engagement.  I love being part of those happy moments!

glasses_champagne-monogramFinally, I was so excited that my Columbia & Greenville pillows are now ready!  My word cloud pillows started out as a Cricut project, but now I get them screen printed so I can crank them out quicker.  The whole South Carolina set is ready in time for the holidays!

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PS – You can find all my Cricut projects here!

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