Sunday, September 25, 2011

Travertine Tile Coasters


With summer over and the fall routine in full swing I've been finding my way back to the craft room, and it feels great! I've started some Christmas projects already. One gift I plan to give is homemade coasters. I tried my hand at these once before with paper, but this time I tried stamping directly on the tile and really like the results.

A google image search had led me here and I love the ones she created. In fact I plan to borrow that stamp from Char so I can case those. I drew my inspiration from them.

I didn't use embossing powder as it's too messy for me, but I did "bake" in my oven to heat seat. I then applied 3 coats of acrylic sealer, which gave it a nice smooth finish. I also cut out some cork circles with the smallest circle nestie and glued to the under side. The stamps are Hero Arts Old Letter Writing and the butterfly is from Three Artistic Butterflies.

I only made one coaster, as a test, but also as a gift for a co-worker. I had a coffee at her desk the other day and she gave me a Kleenex as a "coaster" so I will take this in for her.

I can't wait to make some sets for Christmas gifts. This is a very easy craft to do, just my type!

Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Martha-ish Mistint

I bought this little hall table a while ago off Kijiji for $20...which is about $10 more than I would have like to have paid for it. But it was the perfect size for a little niche in our upstairs hall and I had been looking for a while, so $20 it was. Here's the before:

I knew I wanted to paint the table green but couldn't justify buying a quart of paint for a single project so it sat. Last weekend I was at Home Depot with my hubby and found this mistint for $3! (It was unopened, the dribble is courtesy of me).

I'll admit I wasn't *in love* with the colour but for $3 I was happy enough. I was very pleasantly surprised after two coats and am now absolutely smitten. I think it turned out super cute and the sea foam green brings a bit of Martha in my house. I added a little glass knob as a finishing touch.

The total cost of the project was less than $30 and it's exactly what I wanted for the space.


I added an ironstone pitcher I found at an antiques and collectible sale this weekend for $6. It has some lovely detail on and around the handle.

I'm linking up my thrifty finds and project to Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures party and will be linking to Cassie's Piece of Work party on Wednesday.

Thanks for peeking!!