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Etched Glass Hydrangea Vase

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We are now at the point in our lives where we aren’t attending weddings every weekend of the summer.

It seems that you have two waves of wedding times.  For the first few years out of high school it seems like your summer weekends are only weddings.  Then there is a time when you don’t really attend any weddings, maybe one or two.  Then about your early 30’s you start getting all the invitations to the rest of your friends weddings.  After that, you may get one or two a year, and usually they are family members kids or for the wedding of someone younger than yourselves.

This year we only have two weddings.  One of which we are traveling across the country for and one that happened in the summer.

The one we attended this summer was a wedding of one of my husbands friends.  He is an artist, a very wonderful painter, and for his invitations he drew and painted a hydrangea bouquet.  I thought the perfect gift would be a large glass vase with the same picture etched on it.

Turns out, his style of painting and my starting on the project late, made for the inability to trace the image and create a stencil.

So I did the next best thing.  Found another picture of a hydrangea that I could trace, and made a stencil out of it.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

I like the glass vases that have the word “flower” etched on it in some foreign language, usually in French.  The groom is Irish and so I decided to use the Gaelic word for flowers which is bláthanna.  Singular for flower would be bláth.

So I found a fancy font with swirls but it was a little thin, so I had to create an offset to make it a little easier to cut.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

 

To keep with the floral, nature theme I made a card with a Cherry Blossom tree.  I found this card base at Bird’s Cards, it’s a free download.  I decided to make it a shaker card adding more cherry blossom flower and glitter.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

Big glass vases that are already decorated can come at a larger price tag.  By decorating it myself, not only could I make it more personal without breaking the bank, and on short notice.

 

 

 

Dawn Marie

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