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How to bring a casserole to a potluck… and not lose your pyrex.

I love to cook.
I’m happy to bring something (or a couple of somethings) to a potluck.
I am not happy when I don’t get my Pyrex back again…

There is no such thing as Dish Karma. If you lose one, another doesn’t show up as a random act of dish replacement. The Land of Lost Pyrex is right down the street from The Land of Single Socks.

I’m sure this is a no brainer for many people out there, but the best and easiest way to get your dish back is to mark your name on it.
Permanently.
Etched into the glass.

Glass etching cream can be purchased in any craft store.
First, you’ll need to make or use a stencil. (** Note, if you don’t have a Cricut or a stencil, I’ll show you how to do this without one at the end of this post.**)

Take your Cricut and set it to FLIP. You are going to want your letters to print backwards.
PinTake a sheet of contact paper and spell your name backwards. You are basically making a mirror image of your name.
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Peel the letters off so that you are left with your stencil.
PinTake the stencil and center it on the bottom of your pyrex dish. When you flip it over, you should be able to read your name just fine.
PinFlip it back over and apply a thick layer of the glass etching cream.
PinLet it sit about 10 minutes or so.
PinPeel off the stencil and wash off the etching cream.

When it’s done, it should look like this.
PinSince it is on the bottom of the pan, you never have to worry about food getting stuck in there or anything like that.
PinPinNever lose another casserole/baking dish.

**Now, no Cricut or stencil? No worries.**

Hand write your name with a dark marker. Tape the paper into the dish you want to etch.

Pin When you flip the dish upside down, you’ll see the outline of the name, backwards.

Using the backward letters as your guide, just free hand the etching cream onto the bottom of the dish. Let it sit, then wash it off.
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You may find that the letters are etched a bit unevenly. No worries.
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Dry the dish and brush on a little bit more of the cream in the areas you think you need it.
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Viola! Not perfect, but it will help you to keep your dishes.

PinIf you’re realllllly ambitious (which I’m not) you could make a stencil of a favorite recipe and etch it into the bottom of a dish. If you were ambitious. (But then again, that’s why there are recipe cards.)

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88 Comments

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Cherie@DragonfliezCreationz said...

March 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm
very nice job.
Now.. how do you keep your casserole dishes so clean ;-)

Cherie
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Deneen said...

March 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Great idea! Hey I am doing a giveaway....check it out!
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kara@elements-interiors.net said...

March 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm
OMGosh girlfriend!!! I have a Post sitting in "Draft" where I used this Etching cream!!! Im having a LOVE AFFAIR with this stuff...And that is NOT good because that stuff is EXPENSIVE!!! I LOVE your idea here, the use of it...mine is different...I LOVE THIS!!! SO DOING!

I NEED one of those Printer thingys too! I see everyone using them and I LOVE it! Are they SUPER EXPENSIVE???

love it pretty girl!

xoxokara
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Lisa said...

March 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm
I just LOVE etching cream. I want to etch everything..lol I have a few pyrex dishes I am definitely going to mark my dishes with my 'brand' Nice job!
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She Made It Crafts said...

March 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Love this! thanks for such a practical tip!
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Connie said...

March 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm
This is a great idea!!

How much do you change to print out my name and mail it to me?
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Shawn said...

March 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm
Very cool, I didn't know such stuff existed.

You are too smart to be my friend and you leave me wondering what it is that I bring to the friendship table that makes you want to stick around...it has got to be my stunning beauty!
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Xazmin said...

March 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm
I love it! I have seen this a lot (here in Mormonville, we are experts at labeling potluck dishes!), but I have never done it. I love your tip on how to do it without a stencil too! I never would have thought of that! I might do it that way, just because I'm too lazy to use a cricut!
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Lori E said...

March 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm
This is a great idea. Would be good for dishes that go to work for lunches too.
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craftycreative said...

March 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm
This is a beyond awesome idea!! All the money saved on buying new Pyrex pans can be channeled into something more useful :D
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Lori E said...

March 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm
I finally noticed you FB page too. I "liked" it from my own Facebook and my Blog's Facebook pages. I don't know if they will show up separately though.
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Jayna Rae said...

March 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm
You are one smart cookie.
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High Street Cottage said...

March 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm
Hi Viv, I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Coastal Charm, thank you for the awesome tip. I have used address labels in the past, sticking them to the bottom of a bowl etc. This is a marvy idea, have a wonderful week, xoxo tami
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Keetha Broyles said...

March 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm
That is beautiful! I'd like that just for decoration.

Here's how I make sure to keep all MY pyrex bakeware - - - I take MY casseroles to the potluck in a DISPOSABLE TINFOIL PAN!!!


:-)

Not very pretty - - - but very effective.
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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

March 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm
Great idea! Would be fun for gifts too:@)
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MiMi said...

March 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm
You. Are. A. Genius.
I'm pretty sure you could fix the worlds' problems if you were president. I'm voting for you in 12!!!
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mama-face said...

March 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm
I'm so excited I'm gonna pee my pants. I'VE DONE THIS!!! woo to the hoo.

But, now I just take food in those disposable foil pans from the grocery store. Then I don't have to remember, and neither do they.

loves ya.
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Faye said...

March 22, 2011 at 12:14 am
I had to take a look, the name looked familiar...that's my maiden name! Great idea!
Faye
WildRoseVintage
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mybelleepoque said...

March 22, 2011 at 1:16 am
This is so great! I will for sure have to try this!
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Mamarazzi said...

March 22, 2011 at 1:31 am
Brilliant!! i cannot tell you how many dishes i have floating out there.
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Jessica Lauren said...

March 22, 2011 at 2:34 am
what a smart idea! nice job!
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Sarah, Three Boys said...

March 22, 2011 at 3:04 am
Your a genius! I love this idea:)
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shortmama said...

March 22, 2011 at 3:23 am
Brilliant!
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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

March 22, 2011 at 3:44 am
Wow this is a fabulous idea!! I never have heard of this product before, but you can be sure I will be on the look out for it! Thanks for sharing.
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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

March 22, 2011 at 3:44 am
Thanks so much for sharing this neat idea...I so need to try this.

Blessings,
Linda
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Impulsive Addict said...

March 22, 2011 at 4:33 am
So because I'm white trash, I usually just take a sharpie and write my name on the dish. But I assure you that my handwriting is very neat.

Will you still be my friend?
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...love Maegan said...

March 22, 2011 at 5:27 am
ummmmmm, that's AMAZING!!! so smart! {and cute!}
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Ashley (January's June) said...

March 22, 2011 at 7:08 am
What a great idea!!
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Flour Me With Love said...

March 22, 2011 at 10:29 am
This is such a great idea, I can't wait to try it!
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Kristina said...

March 22, 2011 at 10:44 am
Such a great idea! I'm always trying to hunt down my dishes...must try!
Kristina J.
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Cannary Family said...

March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am
This is so smart! I like method #2 and am going to go get me some of that etching cream! This would be great for my mom who takes food to weekly dominoes games...
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Cranberry Morning said...

March 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm
This is an excellent idea! Etching cream is now on my purchase list. Found you on Anything Related. :-)
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Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

March 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm
seriously brilliant!
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Kelly @ JAX does design said...

March 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm
What a great idea! It's not only a great way to make sure you know which dish is yours, but it looks pretty cool too :-)
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Mary said...

March 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Wow. I really love this! I would like to invite you to post this at my link party Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. Have a great week! Mary :O)
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Holly said...

March 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Brilliant! That's a very cool idea. I haven't tried the etching cream yet...looks like fun!
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Jena @ Involving Color said...

March 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm
Vivienne, this is such a great idea! I might have to try this. I've been having so much fun browsing around your blog. I'm a new follower.
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drollgirl said...

March 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm
well this is genius and it looks FAB!!!

my sister and i are forever swapping tupperware containers when we get together. but we trust each other to get them back, or we know we can yell at each other if we don't!
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Becca said...

March 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Brilliant!! This may be something I can do - maybe!

And momma- you are moving into the land of famousdom!! Featured on many blogs ad look at all the comments!

Woo-Whee!

~Becca
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Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

March 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Thank you for this! I am soooo bad about getting my Pyrex back, and that just makes me sad :(
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jennykate77 said...

March 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm
FABULOUS idea!! I remember using that glass etching stuff in art class...never would have thought of that...that's why I have you!

Everytime I see your last name it makes me think of my town...Wagoner...just add an "O".
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Tammy @ Type A said...

March 23, 2011 at 12:07 am
that is pure genius! thanks so much for sharing this at my party!!
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Kelly said...

March 23, 2011 at 1:30 am
I love this! I'd love if you linked this up to my very fist link party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/glitters-first-linky-party_22.html
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Tabitha said...

March 23, 2011 at 1:47 am
Very cool! Thanks for showing it with and without a Cricut for those of us who don't have one. :-D
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Jenna @ Copy Cat Corner said...

March 23, 2011 at 4:05 am
I love this idea and it would be perfect for wedding gifts with a casserole recipe!!!
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Ashley said...

March 23, 2011 at 4:15 am
it's official! You are a genius! Every woman should do this, so amazing! Thanks for linking it up!
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Jennifer said...

March 23, 2011 at 4:47 am
Love it! We have the opposite problem at our church....no one takes their dishes home!!!
(Saw this on the Eisy Morgan linky!)
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Myya said...

March 23, 2011 at 6:12 am
BRILLIANT! Miss V, You.Are.BRILLIANT!!
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Jensamom23 said...

March 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm
This is simple genius!
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Heather said...

March 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm
What a great idea! I also did this on the glass plates found at the dollar store and labeled a plate for each family member for Thanksgiving. After dinner we loaded up the plates with leftovers and everyone took them home!
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Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

March 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm
BOTH so cute... and a great idea. My Grama always wrote her name in sharpie on the end of her pans, but this is a much prettier and (and permanent!) solution! Thanks for linking up at The Little Birdie! :)
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Krystyn said...

March 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Holt cow...look at those comments.

What a great idea!

And, now I see you are setting up an etsy store? You are going to be a busy girl!
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MeMeSue said...

March 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm
I love this idea! I have used the etching cream years ago (for my wedding actually) on some champagne flutes and also Christmas ornaments. Going to give this one a go since my SIL loves to "steal" my containers!
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Judy said...

March 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm
What a smart idea. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.
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kpmattingly said...

March 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm
I did this at Christmas time. Love how you 'free hand' version turned out too!
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

March 24, 2011 at 1:24 am
What a very creative idea. So so smart! Great tutorial, too. Thanks so much for sharing this at WUW.
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Nicole said...

March 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm
This is such a great idea! Thanks for including that idea for us non-cricut people! :) Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday....you have such wonderful projects!
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

March 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm
LOVE this idea, and I think it is so great that you included an option for readers who don't own a Cricut or a Silhouette! I have an etched glass pie plate, but I'm not crazy about the design. I think I need to save up for some etching cream---cause it's expensive. ;)

Thanks so much for joining my Crafty Cutter party. :) Have fun finding some crafty inspiration, and I hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. :) I have a new Silhouette project up today! :)
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Suzanne said...

March 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm
What a wonderful idea! And so easy!! I can't wait to try this.
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At The Picket Fence said...

March 25, 2011 at 3:57 am
What a great idea! I have a pie plate that recently disappeared into never never land and this would definitely have helped! Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa
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alison said...

March 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm
you.are.brilliant....why did i never think of this myself? thanks so much for sharing this idea on fridays unfolded...off to buy some etching medium...


blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense
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BigBearswife said...

March 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm
looks great! i love the way etched glass looks!
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Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

March 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm
I was actually given one of these for a wedding gift and I use it all the time! Thanks for the tutorial!
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The Grown-Ups Table said...

March 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Smart smart smart! Now if only I could etch onto socks lol! I have everything to do this project! Thanks so much, your newest follower!
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Sommer said...

March 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Dang girl how do you manage to come up with such great stuff and make it into the first slot at the party each week? LOL. This is awesome! I'm pretty sure I'll be etching all my glassware now lol. Thanks for linking up Viv, you're the best!
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Danielle said...

March 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Great idea!

Blog hopping! I'm your new follower and would love a follow back! www.adeliciousobsession.com Thanks!
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Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

March 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm
I was given one of these dishes (already etched with my name) & I LOVE it! It was great to read your clear tutorial on how to do it myself. Thanks for sharing.

Warmly, Michelle
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

March 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm
What a super fantastic idea V !! LOVE this!! I love things that are monogrammed... etching your name into your casserole dish is ingenious! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)
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Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

March 26, 2011 at 1:00 am
Brilliant - much fancier than an address label.
Thanks for sharing.
Found you on tater tots...
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Robin said...

March 26, 2011 at 2:25 am
WOW! This is a fantastic idea! This could be a great gift idea, too! Thanks for sharing!
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tale of many cities said...

March 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm
such a great idea!
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vldecker said...

March 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Love this idea! I don't do many potlucks, but it still is pretty cool.
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kara@elements-interiors.net said...

March 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Girl...You KNOW I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this! Im DOING IT!

Thank you for linking this up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!


Hope to see you next Wednesday:)

xoxokara
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Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

March 27, 2011 at 1:52 am
They look great! Awesome idea! Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party!
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Katrina said...

March 27, 2011 at 2:33 am
I really like this! I'm going to be "saving" this and hopefully doing this in the near future! :)
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Twins Squared said...

March 27, 2011 at 4:04 am
What an awesome idea! I just ordered a Sillhouette. This will surely be one of my first projects when it arrives.
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Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

March 27, 2011 at 5:44 am
These are so fun!! I really need to try and etch something!! :)
Thanks so much for linking this up to Think Pink Sundays!!
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Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

March 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm
Fabulous idea!
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Bec@littlelucylu said...

March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm
Great idea!
I'm your newest follower! :-)
Bec
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Jenni said...

March 28, 2011 at 3:23 am
that is an awesome idea!!!! won't ever leave a party without my dish again!!!!
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Shandra Lenae said...

March 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Oh, this is great! As if I didn't need another great reason to buy myself a Cricut! I can't wait to use this idea, Thanks!

TheFamilyThatPlaysTogether.com
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MessyMissy said...

March 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Fantastic idea. I'm afraid I'm in the no-cricut crowd....thanks for the alternative!!
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gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

March 29, 2011 at 2:23 am
I did this for my daughter jamie a couple of years ago for Christmas, I sort of hinted to her before hand and she asked me to put "jamie" not our last name... I guess she knew she'd be getting married soon and didn't want her maiden name on it. lol
great job!
gail
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Stephanie Coppedge said...

March 29, 2011 at 4:52 am
What Cricut Cartridge did you use for the first one?
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Jodie said...

March 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm
What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the tutorial

Warm Wishes,
Jodie
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Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

April 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm
What a great idea! I'm forever worrying that I'll forget to get my pyrex back from other people. You could even use this idea just to pretty-up your dishes too! Thanks for the idea!
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Bernadette @agirlandherhome said...

April 9, 2011 at 2:29 am
Such a great idea..much beter than a Sharpie!

thanks,

Bernadette @ agirlandherhome.blogspot.com
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Carmina said...

April 22, 2011 at 1:37 am
Quick question, do you have any problems with the etching after it's been in the oven?

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