here is really nothing like a personalized holiday gift and what better gift than something that is useful as it is beautiful. Coasters are not traditionally thought of as a glamorous gift for the holidays but make them special with images of loved ones or favorite paintings and you've got a gift that will be proudly displayed year round. A surefire conversation piece every living room deserves.
What You'll Need:
Tumbled Stone Tiles Cork Sheeting White Glue Iron-On Transfers INK JET Printer Iron
1. Get your hands on some tumbled stone tile. I love travertine stone for it's antique roman feel and austere coolness. Any type of stone with a smooth surface will do. If you know anyone who has just redone a bathroom in stone, they will certainly have some floating around or sometimes, tile stores give samples away for free if you ask, (especially if you say you're redoing your bathroom). 2. Glue a square of cork sheeting to the back of the stone coaster with white glue. Make sure the sheeting doesn't show by making it about 1/8th of an inch smaller all around than the tile. 3. Print out images that you want to apply to your coasters. The coasters are 4" x 4" and the iron-on paper is 8.5" x 11" so four images will fit very nicely onto one page. The iron-on transfer paper is fairly expensive so don't waste it! Or at least if you do, don't tell the Diva. 4. Cut your images out and iron them onto the tiles face down for about one minute. This is tricky because if you iron them for too short a time the image won't stick but will be perfectly intact, if you iron them for too long, the image will start to break up. So you might want to practice on a spare tile using the excess paper to test your iron's heat to time ratio. 5. I know, I know...I'm a curious and impatient person too so no one is more anxious than me to peel off the backing and see my work first hand but wait! If you peel back the backing too soon you risk removing part of the image. So, hands off! Let it cool down first, wait about fifteen minutes before attempting the grand unveiling.
Ahh, Ratatouille! One of the best movies in the whole world, and who couldn't love rats after seeing how talented and cute they turn out to be?! I just made these totally simple rat ears and beret for a Prop. 37 commercial. Thought they would be a great last minute Halloween costume for any of you out there who might have a penchant for the gutter life.
Phoebe and Rob had the loveliest lakeside wedding at the Migis Lodge in Maine. It couldn't have been more perfect down to thunder clouds parting an hour before the wedding. One of the bride's wishes was to have a sign with her and Rob's name on it made out of the woodsy elements from the property. There were stacks of firewood for guests all over so it was easy to gather the elements we needed and make the sign. Here is the how to: What You Need: 1/2 inch thick pine board, this one is 12" tall by 3 1/2 feet wideWood stain and clothHot glue gunWood chisel HammerPine bark, birch bark, pine conesDirections:
1. Stain the board and let dry. 2. Gather up bark from pine trees and birch trees. A little goes a long way. We got so much in a matter of minutes and had enough extra to make another sign that said something else. 3. Plan out where the letters are going, make a mark at the top of each letter, but don't write out the letters because sometimes the bark won…