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Glitter, Stir Sticks & Bella Rustica


For years I have been making glittered letters to sell in my space, first at the Lucketts Fair, then at Wild Rose and finally in my space at Lucketts. They always sell well, but they are tedious to make and are pretty messy. My move to the lobby left me without a great place to hang my over-sized magnet board, so I decided it was a good time to switch gears.


Instead of selling the glittered letters, I’m going to sell the glitter.  That way people can make their own glittered letters or glittered whatevers!  I still plan to do a ton of glittering for Christmas, but I won’t carry the magnetic letters.  I had fun putting a little display together for it…



 I’m still working out the packaging, but for now I’m selling it in these miniature clear paint cans.



So, we’ll see how it sells!

Speaking of glitter, I’m sorry if you have been trying to view my glittered letter tutorial video.  I accidentally deleted it off Vimeo AND I can’t find it on my computer.  Grrrrr.  I think I’m going to have to make a new one.

I also found these super cute mini stir sticks recently.  They’re about 8″ long and are perfect for mixing Milk Paint in a paper cup or small jar.  I use them all the time and decided I would offer them as a “free-with-purchase” item at Lucketts.




Lastly, I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event.  If you like shopping for antiques at barn sales, you’ll love shopping at Bella Rustica.  Not only will you be shopping at an awesome barn sale with tons of vendors, but you’ll be shopping at an awesome barn sale for a good cause.  Bella Rustica is a fund raising event for Agape, a ministry that supports children and families through adoption, foster care and family preservation.  It is being held September 28-30, 2012 on the Milky Way Farm in Pulaski, TN.


Bella Rustica



…and one of my dear blogging friends will be there!  You know her.  You love her…


 …it’s Funky Junk Donna!  As a junk lover, adoptive parent and a total sweetheart, she was a great choice for them to bring in as a guest speaker (and all the way from Canada, too!)

My Milk Paint will be sold there and a sheet music wreath from my home will be auctioned off to support the ministry.



Oh, I totally wish I could go!!!  If you’re in that neck of the woods, I’d try to grab a couple of girlfriends and make a day of it.  (Just send me some pictures!)


This is not a paid endorsement of Bella Rustica, by the way.  I think it’s an awesome way to use this industry to benefit others and I’m honored to be a small part of it and spread the word.

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  1. as always, your heart and head are in good places. xow.

    • Goodmorning Marian
      What a sweet post and a big thank you for a shout out for Bella Rustica. I am a vendor and it IS an amazing event BUT this thanks for supporting Bella comes to you because the organizer is a beautiful person that , yes-loves junk, but more important has a dear heart for helping others and visioned an opportunity to combine two heartfelt loves to create an amazing event. Linda Lindley -the brain child for Bella Rustica saw the chance to help children-mothers-families and pushed forward. Thanks so much for being a part of that dream by spreading the word ! So wish you could be here too-that would be incredible. Maybe next year ! Continued success to you-YOU are a big inspiration to me and I know thousands of others. Have a wonderful day !

  2. I really need some of the glitter. Can I mail-order some?

  3. Marion,

    Is it possible to purchase the german glitter glass online from you or Lucketts? I remember your glitter glass tutorial and hope that you do bring it back in time for Christmas!

    Many thanks!


  4. Diane says:

    Is it possible to purchase the german glitter glass online through you or through the online Lucketts store? I looked at their blog and didn’t see it as one of their items.


  5. Hi there,
    I am wondering if you can tell me where to purchase those mini stir sticks?….I bought some milk paint amd would the to have them.

    Smiles & Blessings,

  6. I used german glass glitter on a project and it blackened so quickly.
    Any idea what I did wrong. . . .I know it ages but black wasn’t the look I was going for! Should a sealer be used over the top?

  7. I can not wait for Bella Rustica!! I only live one hour away from there. It looks like so much fun. I hope I can meet other bloggers there and find some really fabulous stuff!

  8. Love the little stir sticks! Cute, cute! And the sale sounds like a marvelous one!

  9. i have been planning for bella rustica for weeks! so glad i live within driving distance. we are making a day of it, with my husband – he’s so good at helping me find the perfect pieces – and my college age daughter. praying for that perfect fall day! and…i will send pictures!

  10. I think I’m going to have to get some of that glitter! I love those cute little jars that you’re putting the glitter in, and those stir sticks look like the perfect size! I’m always hunting around for something to stir my paint with. On another note, I’ve been scouring your drop cloth upholtering/slipcover tuts because I’m making slipcovers for 2 wingbacks this weekend! Eek! I’m so nervous/excited ;D

  11. Love your glitter display! I’d snatch those right up (along with the stand…)!

    And wow, thanks for the mention on Bella! Excited I get to visit your paint first hand too!

  12. WAAAHHHHH!! I wish you could go too!! I have my tickets! It’s going to be super fun;)

  13. My friends and I plan on going to Bella Rustica also. I am so looking forward to it! Thank you for mentioning it in your post. I love that it will not only be such fun, but for a great cause! You are awesome Marian!

  14. Can’t someone invent instant travel, like Captain Kirk used to do? It’s about time! I’d love to attend.

  15. Looove the glitter! Timely post to reminding me to order some for Christmas presents, thanks!

  16. Oh I love your blog….it makes me want to be creative!!!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
    Those letters are gorgeous too….

  17. Rene Sandifer says:

    Add me to the list look’n to order some of that glitzy glitter 😉

  18. Your glitter is the prettiest i’ve ever seen. I’m just sitting here reading this thinking,… hmmm what could i glitter… the possiblities are endless! Mr. Fracturedfairytale, better watch out!


  19. Denise T says:

    Great! I need glitter for Moravain stars. I am going to Lucketts, looking forward to it this weekend.

  20. oh, wow! I wish i could go to this, too! it sounds like a great time and a great cause AND I’d get to meet DONNA, too!! I think TN is a little too far for a spontaneous road trip!

  21. Oh man! Another cool event that I live just way too far away from. Marion, are you going to be selling any glitter on-line? How ’bout your milk paint? Will we be able to buy it on-line from you or is it strictly through a retailer (there is no-one in AZ – though I’d love for it to be me)? I want me some glass glitter soooo bad!

  22. Elizabeth Moore says:

    YES!! I am pumped!! Finally one thing within driving distance. Pulaski is about 1.5hrs from me (30min from my parents). Also, my husband and I are almost finished with our home study to adopt domestically (after having 2 bio kids). I will definitely make the drive to support this ministry! And will be pinning this blog post as well! Thanks for the info MMS! :)

  23. OH your glass glitter letter display is incredible!!! In fact I am going to make something like it to hang above our TV…. my son is skeptical but I think it is the perfect thing for the location…. especially since my husband LOVES all things typography! Now to figure out how to make a gadzillion numbers/letters. or maybe i’ll make a word search with all our names, birthdates, anniversary, etc. Thanks for the inspiration!

    (and I concur with the others…. will the glitter be available on-line????)

    Have a wonderful time at Bella Rustica!! I’ll be thinking of you while we are at a marching band competition pushing equipment around. :)

  24. Ashley says:

    I love Agape!!!! Thanks for supporting it!

  25. Pam in Oklahoma... says:

    You sold those glittered letters for two bucks? Wow, what a bargain! Wish I could go to Luckett’s and shop!

  26. jeanneen says:

    where can I purchase the german glitter?
    Also, can your wax be used over AS chalk paint or just over your milk paint?

  27. Thanks for bringing back the glitter letter tutorial.

    The mini paint cans are great. How many ounces do they hold? They would be ideal for packaging sample pots of paint. If you don’t mind, where did you source them?

    Great post and love the mini stir stick idea!

  28. Tammy says:

    I adore the green table!!!!!!!!! How much is it? Can I buy it? This is a great blog!!!!!!!!!

  29. Wanice says:

    Hi, will your glitter be sold at the Barn Sale this weekend? If not, how can I order it. I really want to see your glitter letter video. I just found your blog and love your stuff. Thanks for any information you can help me with. I am also interested in the milk paint.

  30. Am I the only one seeing a textiles graphic placed all over your blog?

    Just leaving the Southern Bloggers Conference, where your paint was well represented.

  31. Any suggestions on where the alphabet letters can be purchased? Thanks!

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