Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tile Coaster tutorial

So first off, I'm a bad crafter simply because I can't find the original post that I got this fabulous idea from.  I know, I know.  Shame on me.

But we're going to be making these bad boys

It is a requirement if you are married to a Bama fan to have at least one thing houndstooth.  Viola,  a coaster!

Yes sir, tile coasters!

All you need are the following cast of characters:

  • Mod Podge
  • A clear glaze to make them water-proof (I used Krylon Clear Glaze, anything works though)
  • A paper cutter
  • tiles (Mine cost $.36 at Lowes and were 4x4)
  • Scrapbook paper in your choice patterns and colors, cut into squares that are 3.75x3.75
  • Black felt for the backs
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot glue gun or E6000

Alright! Crafters! Start Your Engines!

First what you want to do is apply a layer of Mod Podge over the surface of the coaster like so

Then you lay your scrapbook paper square on top and apply another coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.  After that layer is dry, add another layer of Mod Podge.

Yea, I didn't take a picture of that step.  Shoot me.  Sorry to disappoint.

After it is completely dry, it should look like 'dis.

At this point, I had my own little crafter in training eyeing my every move like a hawk.

I think she might have also wanted her table back.

You can also see in that picture all eight of my coasters drying like good little children.

Then, if you are like me, it will take you a few good weeks to actually spray them with the glaze.

I sprayed them, outside of course, with two layers.  I made sure that I got the sides the best that I could as well.

Once the glaze has completely dried, take your glue gun or E6000 and glue the felt onto the backs of the coasters.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd if you are like me, they take up residence not on your end tables or coffee tables but your sewing desk.  Hey, I'm just keepin' it real.  I'm not sure the husbeast would know what to do if a coaster ended up on our end table.

I'm thinking gifts.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quilting loves

I'm taking the plunge and I am going to learn to quilt.  My mom does it and I've always been a sucker for a good quilt. I'm starting to honestly have a fabric obsession.  Tie that into the fact that we just had a JoAnns open near me and there is no stopping it.

My wallet and debit card have literally gone running from me.  

I could post lists and lists of my favorite things quilting related but I'll share just a few with you for now.  I promise though, next time I will NOT be as generous.  You've been warned.  This is turning out to be worse than my crocheting and yarn obsession.  Yikes.

  1. Topsy Turvy quilt at Moda Bake Shop
  2. I Dance in Circles quilt at Moda Bake Shop
  3. Simple Circles Table Runner at Moda Bake Shop
  4. Faux Chenille Blanket over at Made

  1. Free Motion Quilting Tutorial over at Prudent Baby
  2. Hexagon Park over at Moda Bake Shop
  3. Sewing Tips over at Make it and Love it
  4. Duo Pocket Changing pad over at Mandipidy

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A certain calm

Seeing these perfect little toes poke out of the back of a chair, watching my sweet little girl work so diligently on her play-doh has bought me peace.  Just then every thought that I had in my head, every worry, every pain, everything vanished at the sight of those toes.

I don't know what it is about her.  Yes, she is my princess.  But she calms me.  Like she was sent here with a greater purpose to me.  I love Brayden with all of my heart and would do anything for him and never have felt a weak flutter of anything towards him.  But, Aslynn.  She is different.  I can't explain it.

Our days of just me and her are special.  But we both eagerly wait for the time to pick up Bubby.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, February 7, 2011

OCD overdrive

I've posted before about my planner obsession and we wont even touch on the pen obsession again.

This falls under the planner obsession...


Especially ones that I can print and decorate.

Over at Home Education Journal, I have discovered not one, but MULTIPLE types of printable calendars...Monthly ones at that like this February one.


Or this one over on SaveDelete where they have the top 10 artistic ones.

Or even better...Creative Momma brings us 12 months of these babies...

Be still my heart.......I need to lie down!

Nope, must go on!

Cool Mom Picks has information regarding this beauty of a 12 monther...

This one though, has to top the cake.  It's a true minimalist design yet ADORABLE!  Jeannie Jeannie should be given mad props for this one.  

I think every room in my house needs a calendar.   

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Imma get my craft on...

When I finish my book.

Bah!  That's a never ending statement coming from me.

I <3 reading.  My latest obessession has been the Sookie Stackhouse books.  Yes.  I went there.  Yes.  I <3 True Blood.  Yes.  I swoon not over Bill but over Eric, oh and Sam and Quinn.  Bill just isn't doing it for me.  Oh! Alcide...mmmm.

My friend's wife let me borrow some of her books this summer, and well, he didn't know the order so he bought me 3 that weren't in order.

I put them aside for a while, until last week.  I started them.  And tonight, I read the last pages on Book 6 of the series.  My hubs couldn't really comprehend that I had read so many books in so little time.

I get sucked into books and it's a never ending battle to get me out to focus back on what I need to.

Like my review of Creepy Cute Crochet.

I've oogled over those pages sooooo many times.  Telling myself that I am going to make each of them multiple times over.

Eric, I promise that it's coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hearts Afire! Feel the Love Blog Hop

Hello!!!  If you've been hopping along Jamie's blog hop, than you should have just come from Elizabeth's blog, Skittles and Scrapbooks.

If you didn't and you want to start all over or have gotten lost along the way, go visit Jamie's blog at Glitter, Stamps, and Paper Oh My! and you can start from the beginning.

I'm not much of a card maker, or a crafter with paper in general.  I am more of a fabric and fiber crafter.  

I crochet and I am learning to quilt.

For this blog hop, I decided to work on a fun little doily that I could hang up in my daughter's room.  I used Coat's and Clark's pattern Hearts Desire and came up with this beauty.

Forgive the ruffle at the bottom, didn't have a chance to block it!

The pattern can actually be made using a variety of crochet yarns or even threads.  Seeing as how I'm not too comfortable just yet using the steel hooks, which are teeny tiny, I settled on using Pisgah's Peaches n' Cream cotton yarn in hot pink and white and an "F" hook.

After the Valentine's season is said and done, I plan on putting this bad boy in a bright frame and hanging it on her wall.

If you want to continue on with the blog hop, your next stop is Jesi over at Jesi's Things.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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