I’m kind of cheap. If you know me IRL, you already know this. If you stumbled onto my little piece of the internet somehow and didn’t know that I’m cheap… I am.
Now that we got that out of the way… every year I try to “make” Christmas gifts.
Whatever I make usually comes out looking like a particularly untalented 6 y old made it. If, whatever it is, even comes out at all.
This year was no exception. I tried to make those Sharpie Mugs that are all over Pintrest. Not even a little bit. I made ceramic mugs and wineglasses. First I tried it with CraftSmart Markers. I painted my designed, then baked them… just like all the blog says. The paint scratched right off, and that was before I even tried washing them in the dishwasher! WTF!? The same thing happened when I tried it with the name brand Sharpie Markers. #PintrestFail. And before you ask… Yes, I used the oil based ones. The only thing I can think of is that I used mugs/ glasses from Target, and maybe I should’ve used ones from the dollar store. I have no idea. I almost cried.
The other thing I tried was ceramic coasters. I got plain white square coasters from Lowes, and tried both brands of paint pens again… and baked them again… Now, I didn’t care of these were dishwasher safe, and they didn’t have to be food safe, so I bought some Modge Podge sealant spray, and sprayed them. The problem here was that the ink spread. Even after I baked the coasters. I’m 90% positive this was my fault. I think I held the spray nozzle too close to the coaster, and it made the paint spread. So… this project was a #PintrestFail too.
I’d like to hear from anyone I know IRL if either of these projects worked from them…
But, lets move on to the parts of my Christmas gifts that actually worked!
I made THIS ahmazing Brownie Mix from Crazy For Crust. Of course before I gifted it, I had to make a batch myself… so good! I used dark cocoa powder and left out the vanilla. I also wrote vegetable oil in the directions instead of listing the options. Sorry I don’t have any pictures!!
The last part of my homemade Christmas gifts this year was Cinnamon Apple Infused Bourbon. I adapted THIS recipe from Shutterbean! It only took me a few minutes to put together. printed out paper circle labels for the tops of the jars, and just covered them w/ shipping tape so the colors wouldn’t run. My only complaint is that I started with 4 pints jars and ended up with 2. The apples took up that much room. Also… if you want this to keep well and look clearish, I’d run it through a strainer and then through cheesecloth to get all those little pieces. I also transferred the finished bourbon into 2 clean jars. Click HERE for my version of this Apple Cinnamon Bourbon!