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Coffee is my favorite time of day. I love collecting gorgeous mugs to make my coffee drinking even more of an occasion. I’ve seen a lot of interesting DIY mug projects–loads of painted cups and stenciled mugs using oil-based Sharpie markers and other dishwasher-resilient mediums. I thought I’d try my hand at a new technique this time: etching. I’ve never done any etching before, but it turns out its not too complex a process, and only a few supplies are needed. I picked up a large glass mug for $1 as well as a bottle of Armour Etch cream. I found the etching cream online but it can also be purchased at craft stores.

 

Etched Glass Mug

Etched Glass Mug

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I have another lamp makeover to reveal! I sourced a large, battered brass lamp and a decent-sized drum shade from Goodwill. I’ve repainted several brass lamps in the past, but only because they’ve been beyond repair. I’m not totally averse to brass–just allergic to those items that are superrrr grimy. I really liked this lamp in particular because it has great curves at its base. Only had to invest a combined $10.94 for both pieces–$6.97 for the lamp and $3.97 for the drum shade. Not a terrible day’s haul. I decided on spray painting the lamp gold and covering the shade in a 2 inch wide navy ribbon.

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

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I’m very excited to share that LivSplendidly is now part of the Etsy community! Ladies, the days of tossing our brown paper bag lunches inside of tote bags are over! My first products available for purchase are reusable lunch bags made of faux leather.┬áCheck out my shop here.

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

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