As I sat in one waiting room after another, I looked at and drooled over many of my favorite magazines...Country Living, House Beautiful and Southern Living. The decorating and crafting ideas were numerous and I thought my head would explode with ideas. I usually look at Pinterest for inspiration and ideas but a day with printed magazine pictures was wonderful and kept my mind off of what was going on with my son. I was so tempted to rip pictures out of those magazines to bring home to my inspiration board. Instead, I wrote down ideas and website addresses.
When I got home I was still anxious about the day's events and decided to make something I'd seen in a magazine to keep my hands busy. When I get stressed, I can't sit still and it helps to keep my hands busy doing something.
I had saved a few empty beer bottles from our weekend of entertaining guests so I decided to cover them somehow and use them as cheap vases. One of the things I saw in the magazines were bottles covered with everything from rubber bands to ribbons. They turned out so cute and were displayed with a single flower in them. So simple.
I've had this obsession with ruffles lately so I decided to cover a bottle with ruffles. I saw a picture on pinterest of a ruffled streamer made out of a cheap plastic tablecloth (usually used to cover tables at parties). I cut 1 inch strips of plastic from a white plastic tablecloth from the dollar store.
I ruffled one edge of the strip by pulling it with my fingers...each set of fingers (about 1 in. apart) holding the edge. The end result was a "lettuce edge" ruffle. This is really hard to photograph (I need a third hand) but the idea is that thin plastic tends to "ruffle" when stretched.
After "ruffling" one edge of each strip. I glued the straight, un-stretched edge in circular layers around the outside of the bottle. I used Elmer's white glue to do this.
I also decided to wrap a bottle with some jute twine that I got at the dollar store. This took a little longer since it was thin. It was easy, though, and I did it while watching an episode of Hawaii 5-0.
I may have messed up a little at the end of the hour when Alex O'Loughlin (who plays Steve McGarrett) took of his shirt for a few scenes. My attention was not 100% on the twine wrapping at that point. You'll understand if you watch last night's episode (on CBS.com). It wasn't my fault.