Successful Sunday: What’s In The Oven?

18 Feb

Sunday is my day off. That’s my big joke, because every day is my day off. I’ve been procrastinating all week. My kitchen table was laden with thrift store glassware, enamel paints, brushes and a dozen champagne flutes for days. So, Sunday was my self-inflicted deadline to get off my lazy butt and get some painting done.

I planned on painting a dozen champagne flutes for a wedding shower gift and a few small vases that I bought at the Samaritan Inn Thrift Store. These vases are my trash to treasure finds that I use for special gifts. A hand painted vase with a dozen roses is always appreciated by friends, and recycling and repurposing inexpensive vases makes these gifts even more meaningful.

Glass painting is fun and easy. I use Folk Art Enamel paints, clean the glass with alcohol, paint using One Stroke Painting techniques, let dry a couple hours then bake 30 minutes in the oven. Voila! Homemade gifts. Any questions? Just ask me. So, instead of my usual lazy Sunday, I had a very successful Sunday. Guess what’s in the oven right now?

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10 Responses to “Successful Sunday: What’s In The Oven?”

  1. Barbara February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Beautiful…I know your friends will enjoy and cherish these gifts as I have loved your Christmas ornaments every time the Christmas Holiday rolls around. Friends of ours always comment on your beautiful ornaments on our tree. I just smile and say that they were a gift from a lovely person who has such God given talent.

    • toniandrukaitis February 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Well, thank you so much. I think our move to Texas has helped me blossom in the sultry weather. But, mainly, I think when you up and move your life and have to start over, you kind of get a second chance. It’s been great. Hope you all are doing well and staying warm. We genuinely cherish your longtime friendship. Thanks!

  2. rebecca2000 February 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Those are beautiful. I wish I could paint like that! I always loved painted glass. You know I moved from Plano a year ago. Now I’m in central TX but I know your area.

  3. hoping4astory February 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Wow, you have some talent going on there. How nice that you share it with others.

    • toniandrukaitisToniandrukaitis February 19, 2013 at 1:10 am #

      Why, thanks so much. I love giving and receiving handmade gifts. I also enjoy teaching others how to make gifts too.

  4. louslabyrinth February 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    They came out gorgeous! 🙂

  5. hasabnissharmila March 7, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Love your work. I have recently started one stroke painting and would like to know at what temperature you set the oven. Is this heating necessary?

    • toniandrukaitis March 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

      Great! I use Folk Art Enamels. Make sure they are enamels and not acrylics. They have an E on the lid.,there are instructions, which are…place in a cold oven, don’t pre-heat. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. I usually set my timer for 35 min. To allow heat up. The. Do not open the oven for at least a couple hours, so it cools down slowly. It says you don’t have to bake, but I believe it helps durability. Also I found that very thin layers may scrape off, so I try to load the paint thickly, or let dry a couple hours and add a layer. Any other questions, let me know. thanks!

      • hasabnissharmila March 8, 2013 at 9:25 am #

        Thanks a lot for the prompt and useful reply.

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