** I’m sorry I sold out of glitter so quickly. I just ordered more and will have it back in stock ASAP! **
Years ago, I read an article about German glass glitter featuring Wendy Addison. I think I even clipped out the article and put it in my old school, pre-Pinterest “idea binder.” Fast forward to when I started my business. The very first thing I made was hand painted wooden ornaments, but the second holiday season, I wanted to do something different, so I sought out the German glass glitter I fell in love with in that magazine article.
I remember getting my first order. It was so sparkly and beautiful…not like any other glitter out there. I started glittering anything that would hold still long enough…
…Pine Cones …
…a metal star found for a dollar at a thrift store that topped the Little tree in the living room last year…
…papier mache and cheap plastic ornaments that needed a bit of sparkle and have since adorned my Christmas tree…
…and chipboard letters, plastic tiaras, small banners and more. I’ve sold glittery things in my retail spaces for years and then started selling jars of the glitter itself. Now, finally, I am selling it in my online store.
If you’re not familiar with it, German glass glitter is made in Germany and it is made from crushed glass, so the name is literal. It’s definitely a “big girl” glitter and not one that is for kid’s crafts. Since it’s crushed glass, it does have sharp edges, but in all of my years working with it, I’ve only been stuck once or twice.
The glitter I’m selling in my shop is a 4 oz. jar, which is plenty to do dozens of ornaments, pine cones or chipboard letters. It is my own custom blend of my favorite grits that I use for all of my projects. To use it, simply brush the surface you want to glitter with a white school glue (like Elmer’s) and sprinkle it with the glitter. Definitely do this over a tray or container, so you catch every bit of glitter and can reuse it. The glass glitter will tarnish like silver over time, which can look lovely if it doesn’t go too far. I store mine in a lidded plastic container when it’s not used for Christmas and it has stayed beautiful for several years. Pieces that are left out year round will tarnish more as they are exposed to the air.
(I know “coarse” is misspelled on the label. We missed that in the proofing, so we’ll all just have to live with it until these labels run out.)
I will give you a warning about German glass glitter…once you use it, no other glitter will ever measure up.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Today was packed full. I did my workout, attended a virtual meeting with my MMSMP team and worked on some photo shoots with my intern, Kelly. I’ve been working on pictures for the lookbook for the milk paint line, which is like “playing magazine”, and today we shot some images for the color Dried Lavender.
Kelly was a lovely impromptu model. Her outfit was just so perfect that I couldn’t resist asking her to pose for me.
This evening, my mom came over to have some dinner and help me with making the slips for the dining room chairs. We got a lot of the pieces cut and the piping sewn and I was able to complete one. I’m the kind of person who needs something finished when I’m done working.
I’m all fluttery about how it turned out and I can’t wait to show you a preview.