it’s a cinch … and it’s a confession

I have to come clean.


I’m concerned I may be leading you astray.

Because today I’m not sharing my first …


Not my second …


But my third Anthropologie-inspired ‘it’s a cinch’ project.


And this is where the problem arises …


… where you may now be judging my ethos …
You see, I’ve never purchased a single item from Anthropologie.


And, in fact, have only ventured inside my neighborhood Anthropologie store a handful of times.  Usually to kill time as I wait for a prescription to be filled.


Now don’t get me wrong.  I adore Anthropologie.  I marvel at their merchandise.  And their creative displays …


… and the reason I avoid — and ignore — my neighborhood store is because other more pressing expenses would be ignored if I ventured inside.


The pre-stay-at-home-mom-former-successful-executive Linda would be a frequent Anthro visitor and customer …


That Linda … the one who didn’t have kids and didn’t stay home to raise those kids … the one who actually brought home some bacon?


Yeah, her.
She would be sporting Anthro’s stylish clothing at her super-successful job.  She would be sipping her morning tea at her super-successful-executive-mahogany desk from an Anthro “L” monogrammed mug.


That kid-free-rule-the-world-executive-public-relations-queen-Linda would spend her lunch hours cruising Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Room & Board, Banana Republic, and Anthropologie with her credit cards held high …


But the post-rule-the-world-turned-stay-at-home-mom-Linda … the Linda who no longer brings home any bacon … can no longer afford the Anthros and the C&B’s and the PB’s of the world …


… so now she must resort to creating her own knock-offs out of thrift store finds …


Like these Anthropologie confetti glasses that I first pinned here …


So I enlisted my daughter’s help once again.  We cleaned the glasses with rubbing alcohol first … just like the DecorArt paint pens instructed … and then we grabbed those paint pens and started making dots on some glasses I picked up from the Salvation Army …




And after they dried for 4-8 hours we baked them in the oven to set those paint drop pieces resembling confetti … or so says the DecorArt paint pen instructions …


And I have to admit while this project is a cinch in terms of skill level … it does require a bit of patience.  Because depending on the look you want …


… photo styled and taken by my tween daughter
…. and the size of the glasses you’re using …


… photo styled and taken by my tween daughter …
… it could end up being lots …




… and lots …


… of dots.
The tween gave in at one point and asked me to fill in more dots on hers …




Not a problem.


I just parked myself in front of the TV and alternated between watching the men’s gymnastics Olympic trials and dotting away …




Oh, and the tween had a great suggestion to make votives from the little glasses …




… I’m so proud of my little blogger-in-the-making!



P.S. It’s the first Monday of the month which means a multi-blog “It’s A Cinch” craft day.  Be sure to check out the clever and cinchy projects my blog friends have created (just click on the individual pics to be transported to easy peasy fabulousness) …

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July It's A cinch Kelly    July _its-a-cinch-Painting_Project_Thumbnail (2) Kari


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P.P.S.  The pink raspberry lemonade with rainbow sherbet we made for the photo shoot was just as tasty as it looked …


… and was super simple to make:

2 cans raspberry lemonade concentrate
Rainbow sherbert
Lemon slices
Fresh raspberries
Mint sprigs

Just make the lemonade according to instructions on can (I think it was one can concentrate to three cans water).  Slice up some lemons to garnish glasses with … and add some slices to the pitcher.  Pour into glasses.  Add a few scoops of rainbow sherbert, some fresh raspberries, and a mint sprig.  Enjoy!


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  1. says

    AWESOME job! the perfect celebration glass indeed! i hear you loud and clear on when one would shop at anthro and then in a different time warp would not! i GET IT!!!! i am so there also even though i still just adore their “real” catalog…it is truly dreamy : ) tell your daughter…FABULOUS job and I am with her…sometimes more is more : ) thanks for sharing this project with all of us…another amazing job…applause and appaws! hugs…

  2. says

    Now that’s a lot of dots – dots any stay at home blogging mom would be proud to sip their lemonade (or wine) from! And just think, if you were shopping at Anthropologie, credit card maxed out, you’d have no reason to make these beauties while watching men in their skivvies pummel, ring and tumble their way to Olympic glory!

  3. says

    I have not been inside an Anthro store more than once in my life and that was 10 years ago at the Mall of America. I should at least take an online look at their catalog I guess, but I’ll probably get mad they are knocking off all my friends stuff!


  4. Jaye L says

    I’ve NEVER been in an Anthro store! Not sure if Denver even has one. But regardless – those glasses are so gorgeous!!! I’m putting it on my list of projects to do some wine glasses! Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. says

    LOVE this look! And a fun project too.Those look so pretty just displayed when you are not using them.

  6. says

    Oh, I love these!

    I haven’t tried the paint markers although I freguently stand and stair at them when in Michaels. I’m a dye hard throw everything in the dishwasher nut and I just worry that they’d never make it through the dishwasher cycles.

    But these glasses … so simple and yet so festive. I may have to give the markers a try after all. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. says

    These are great! SO beautiful! And I feel the same way about RH- I copy their stuff all the time, but have only been a a real, live store 1 time! {Though even the working me would have balked at those prices!}
    xo Becca

  8. says

    Super cute glasses. I love the confetti design and the colors you chose. I shared an Anthro knockoff recently that I did before I started blogging. If you’re interested, you can check it out here. Love their furniture, but the prices can be a bit high for the average gal.

    By the way, I have mixed feelings that an Anthro store is opening up for the first time in our city soon. It could be good or bad!

  9. says

    These are fabulous and love your honesty! I am the same way…the career woman would have bought lots of things that this stay at home mom no longer buys or learns to make on her own!!! Have a great day!

  10. says

    Could these be any cuter?? They are fantastic. What a great knock-off. Pinning right now. We are redoing our kitchen and have some open shelving now – this would be a great project to do on some glasses for the open shelves.

  11. says

    Linda! I think these are AWESOME!

    Stopping in from Hot Fun in the Summertime 😉

    I will have to be making these for a birthday party I will be hosting. THANKS!
    and BTW, I have only purchased drawer pulls from Anthro…. on major major clearance…. this stay-at-home-mom had the makings of a huge Anthro purchaser back when I too brought home the bacon 😉

    Take care,

  12. says

    Um. How weird did it look when the comment I initially posted (in which I mentioned my camisoles) was posted as Rick? My husband? Why was I signed into his Google account?


    My comment. Not his.

    Ooooh sherbet in pink lemonade. I could go for some of that right now. Or 5 minutes ago…

    I have also only been in an Anthro maybe 2 or 3 times, characterized by my mutual general lack of monogrammed mugs and $89 camisoles.

    Those glasses are so cute, and so festive for the 4th!

  13. Anonymous says

    Hi does the glass not shatter when you bake it? What type of glass is it? Can one use any type of glass?I look forward to your reply. Great art work though so simple to make :-)

    • says

      The instructions on the paint pen tell you to not preheat the oven but to put the glasses in and then turn it on … and at the end, you leave the glasses in the oven with the door open to cool down. And you can use any type of glass …

      And thanks!



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  15. says

    HaHa…I am SOOOO with you on the stay-at-mom can no longer afford those luxuries! I ONLY go in anthro for inspiration on my DIY projects! Don’t worry there are plenty of other people dropping big bucks to keep them in business. We can steal their creative ideas without remorse, right? Thanks for linking up at Get Schooled Saturday. I would love to make these and it is a great sit in front of the tv project!

  16. says

    GORGEOUS!!!!! I love them. I got those kind of glasses when I left my parent’s house. These pictures want me to have them back again. I’ll go over to the craft store this week!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a wonderful day


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