Gifted by Design Originals
Reviewed by Linda Augsburg
Okay, so I was skeptical, a book on Bottle Art? But Cindy Shepard's ideas turned me into a convert and I see some bottle art gifts on my future projects list!
I have to say, I was most charmed by what might have been one of the easiest projects in the book - the chalkboard bottles. A few coats of paint, a carefree wire curl to hold a card, and you're done! Great for the wine list at a party, a menu board for your dinner club guests - shoot, you could even transform little bottles (or leftover bottle pieces) into placecards with chalkboard paint! But that's not the only project I'm smitten with. The Hang-Ups are a bottle rack using the top and cork of wine bottles. I could see that also in a kitchen for towels and an apron. The photo holders are fun, and would be especially fun if you had specialty soda bottles that you used in the kids favorite flavors.
Windchimes, cheese servers, candleholders, jewelry, suncatchers and more fill this 19-page book with inspiration and instructions. Cindy covers the basics, of course, of cutting the bottles and kiln basics (yes, some projects require a kiln). This book is packed full of projects no matter whether your bottle choices lean toward wine and beer or salsa and jelly.