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When we were kids, we had a sailboat. It was my dad’s love, and we found ourselves on the boat every weekend. Whether it was to go out sailing, take a quick family vacation, or just spend time on the docks, we often found ourselves downtown at the yacht club. This was a long time ago, before downtown San Diego was the hip and swanky “Gaslamp Quarter” it is now.
I remember thinking that my life was so boring being stuck on a sailboat while all my friends were having slumber parties and hanging out at Claire’s at the mall. To my adolescent self, it felt like torture, my adult self wishes we still had that boat.
On Sunday evenings, as my father was “battening down the hatches” and closing up the sailboat for the week, we helped my mom gather up all our bags and food and pack everything for home. And then my dad would herd us all into the car and take us out to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
The Old Spaghetti Factory was a huge part of my childhood and to this day, I still order the same thing – Manager’s Special, half mizithra cheese with browned butter and half meat sauce. Then, just as I did as a child, I cut it up into tiny pieces and mix it all together. Because, nostalgia. It’s an odd way for an almost 35 year old wife and mother to eat in a restaurant, but I don’t really care.
I always remember seeing people order the fancy Italian Sodas in the take home glasses, and even though my father could afford it, I was always too afraid to ask for something so exotic and forbidden. Plus, I really enjoy free refills. So I always ordered a Shirley Temple. But to this day, I still long for those fancy Italian Sodas in the take home glasses.
So what’s a girl to do, but make her own?
I just got a SodaStream Power Automatic Sparkling Water Maker, and some fancy SodaStream Sparkling Drink Mixes – Blackcurrant Lime, Green Apple Cucumber, Berry Mix and Cranberry Raspberry. All I needed now were those take home glasses.
Being the DIY person I am, I grabbed some high ball glasses, washi tape and gold enamel paint for glass. This is the best sort of paint to use since you cure it in the oven and it hardens and becomes dishwasher safe. I had such high hopes, but my DIY didn’t turn out quite as wonderful as I wanted it to, because it was my first time doing this technique. Thusly, I have all sorts of tips on how to not do what I did. Live by example, y’all! Fails and all.
- Make sure the tapes and stencils you are using, will come off your glasses cleanly. I wanted a polka dot pattern and the reinforcer stickers left a nasty sticky residue that I had to spend an hour cleaning with Goo Gone. Not what I hoped for, but a learning process regardless.
- Wait until the paint is totally dry before applying the next coat, and trust me, you’re going to need a few coats. I used 5 coats to create this level of opaqueness – and I would have prefered even more of an opaque look. Next time!
- This isn’t a “last minute” project, and will probably take you off and on around 2 days from start to finish. It’s a rather small project, so it can be left on a workspace and attended to sporadically, it’s time consuming, but not labor intensive.
- Washi tape, stencils, stickers etc should be removed BEFORE baking in the oven. I say this because I didn’t do that, the enamel hardened on the tape and made it not only difficult, but painful to remove. Enamel tape poking under fingernails is not fun. Do as I say, not as I do.
Other than those tips, this tutorial is pretty easy to do and achieves a beautiful DIY look for your barware. It’s also a very simple update to plain glasses you might already own, and the supplies will cost you less than $10 for everything.
1. Clean and prep your glasses according to the package directions of the paint you choose to use.
2. Create your desired pattern using stencils, tape or stickers.
3. Paint the glasses, allowing time to dry between coats. Once the desired level of opaqueness is achieved, cure according the paint package directions (either by air or oven baked)
4. Wash and use! Enjoy your new fancy “take home glasses” barware!
They really didn’t turn out too bad, I am just hard on myself. I actually really like them and couldn’t wait to make some Italian Soda Floats in them!
A normal Italian Soda has flavored syrup, sparkling water and cream, but I wanted it to be more festive for the holidays so I decided to swap cream for ice cream, but either would work.
I simply placed a couple small scoops of ice cream into the glasses, and drizzled about a tablespoon of the SodaStream Sparkling Drink Mix syrup over the top.
Then I used my SodaStream Power Automatic Sparkling Water Maker to create a bottle of fresh sparkling water to pour over the top. Seriously, the easiest way to carbonate water, literally with a touch of a button! If you have never tried a SodaStream, you need to, it’s so cool.
Cold water is best so the ice cream doesn’t melt too fast, or you can make the bottle of sparkling water ahead of time, and chill prior to using.
Pour it slowly, as the ice cream causes lots of fizzy bubbles, you don’t want to spill! Once you’re done, you’ll end up with this gorgeous little holiday drinks! I love that the bubbles look like snow! If you opt to use cream, make the sparkling water first, then ice and top with cream.
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