The Pearly Story Behind "Dusting in Pearls"

I always feel like a walking paradox. I can get out in the garden with my shovel and sledgehammer and love every dusty dirty minute I'm out there. I spend the majority of my life dressed in my "grubbies". Yet there's a part of me deep down inside that still likes "the frillies", "the pearlies", and "the sparklies"--all the pretty things. Maybe it's all the great classic Hollywood movies I watched as a kid. I don't know. All I know is that I can be dirty and sweaty and still want to put on heels when it isn't practical; buy the prettiest apron even if it will get dirty; and don pearls when all I'm going to be doing is dusting and vacuuming the house. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't have to. I've decided to claim it, celebrate it, and have fun with it... and create some "pearly" goodness along the way.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Take-Out Twinkler

Since November 2009, I've had the pleasure of being a part of a design team designing projects for Aqua-Gems using their products--Aqua Gems Liquid Marbles and BrightSPOT Submersible LED Accent Lights. I've been given permission to share my craft designs here on my blog. To see all craft designs I've featured, click on the label "craft design" at the end of this post.

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This project is so fun to make because it's really easy and very inexpensive. It's a versatile project that has a lot of possible applications (see "Ideas" section below).

  • 1 translucent plastic take-out container (Dollar Tree has this pre-decorated one or you could buy a plain on and draw your design on with Sharpie markers)
  • 3 BrightSPOT submersible LED accent lights (I used blue, red and pink)
  • Aqua Gems (I used clear)
  1. Put a 1 inch layer of Aqua Gems in the bottom of take-out container
  2. Set one BrightSPOT on top of Aqua Gems with bulb facing out about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in from sides of container
  3. Put another 1-2 inch layer of Aqua Gems burying light
  4. Set one BrightSPOT on top of second layer of Aqua Gems on opposite side than first BrightSPOT
  5. Put another 1-2 inch layer of Aqua Gems in burying light
  6. Set last BrightSPOT on top of third layer in line with first
  7. Fill container full with Aqua Gems burying last light
  8. Close flaps of container and your done!
  • String together multiple Take-Out Twinklers as a lighted “garland” and hang for a party
  • Place multiple Take-Out Twinklers along a walkway leading up to the door to welcome guests to a nighttime party
  • Tie helium-filled balloons to handle and use as a centerpiece on a table or make multiple ones for a larger room with many tables
  • Jazz up the top by putting the stem of a single big showy flower through the small space in the top between the flaps. The Aqua Gems will keep it hydrated. A gerbera daisy would look great.
Click here to visit the Aqua Gems website for more information
or to buy Aqua Gems Liquid Marbles
and BrightSPOT Submersible LED Accent Lights for this project

Disclosure: I was paid to design the featured project. I AM NOT being paid to feature this project or product(s) on my blog and WILL NOT receive compensation for clicks through to the company website featuring the product(s)


BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Cindy§ Just found your blog via la Petit Plume. I may be here awhile taking in all the pretty things,you have such an original website, I love the retro feel.
I'll be following along and will be back soon. Have a very Merry Christmas!

C. Dianne Zweig said...

Great creative blog...I am going to share this with others...... thanks for all the hard work! Love it....Dianne

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