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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Mother-in-law present

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mother-in-law present

My mother-in-law is the best at stuffing all of our stockings at Christmas. (She's the best at a lot of other things too!) And I can only show you this because I'm about 97% positive she does not read this because their internet up there in the Northwoods is slower than molasses.
Okay. So she is really great at picking out the perfect things for the 6 "kids". Their three kids plus spouses. Perfect things, like US magazine subscriptions, kitchen utensils that you can't believe you've lived without for this long, lotions made from tree sap from a tree in their woods (okay, not that, but she could totally do that). Snowflake earrings that match your holiday outfit perfectly. I love opening that stocking!
So, every year she stuffs our stockings and we "try" and stuff hers. I have trouble with that. I decided awhile ago that I wanted to make something for her. And this is what I came up with:

When all the family is together there just aren't enough of these to go around. I love them. And now I must make some for myself.
There is a long 'Days of Our Lives' tale about these coasters, and I intend to tell it, because it's been one of those days.
I started by running some errands with all three boys in the early morning. Opting to skip the Y because Baby G STILL has ear infections and sinus infections. So one of the boys has a meltdown at the first place we go. I'll let you guess which gorgeous, blue-eyed, blond-haired, troublemaker that was. Then we start running short on time and have to hurry to Home Depot and get the necessities for this project. I picked out a box of 9 travertine tiles for $5.49. Not bad, I thought. Then I went over to the drawer pulls to grab some pulls for "my sister's end tables turned my nightstands". They had a package of the ones I wanted, only 10 though, and I needed 12, so I had to get two more. When I got home to put them on, one of the two separate ones was a different color! Rats.
While P was at school and the other two were napping, I started on the coasters. The box said 9. Nine. One square foot. I checked it three times. It was sealed. No reason to expect any different. Right? Wrong. There were only 7! Rats again! So, I only have 6 coasters instead of 8. Bummer.
I was going to do animal silhouettes, but that didn't work. Then I decided to use my Cricut and do a stencil. That didn't work. So, I just decided to use the other part of the stencil and mod podge them on. Worked like a charm.

I know what you're going to ask. Why in the world did you use white cardstock and then paint it and then mod podge? Why didn't you just use black cardstock, or even better vinyl? Because. See, nothing is simple with me. Nothing is easy. It just isn't. Have I told you about this story?
Blue paint. Carpet. Not pretty. Then I covered it with a fabulous rug I got for 75% off at Pottery Barn Kids and then this happened. Dog. Chocolate. Vomit. Not pretty. And so the rug is ruined as well.
So, I printed them on white, painted them and mod podged. Then I sprayed them with some lacquer. That's right lacquer. Then stuck little feet on the back. They are perfect! I sure hope she likes them!

And if she doesn't, then I've got myself some fabulous coasters!

Linking to The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday, Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous which this week is being hosted by Kathy at Creative Home Expressions, SNS at Funky Junk, Met Monday, Cottage Instincts, DIY Day, and Today's Creative Blog, because I just can't do enough self-promotion! And those ladies are fantastically creative. And I'm not even in the same hemisphere.

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Blogger Vanessa said...

Love those coasters! I actually made some similar ones for Christmas presents, too! I used Christmas napkins and some monograms (also cut out on the cricut!) Thanks for the visit!

December 17, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Great project! I love finding other crafty bloggers! Seems like these cricuts are pretty amazing. Is there anything they can't do?
I'd love to have you visit my blog!

December 18, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They are pretty and she can use these all year round! I made Christmas specific ones as gifts, but I saw those tiles you got. Did you see the decorative insert tiles? They would only have needed feet, but would have taken away from the whole idea of this project {and at $7.49 a tile were on the high side}.

December 18, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

They came out great! I keep telling everyone I have a box of like 200 tiles I have to get to and these are fabulous!

December 18, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

Seriously amazing outcome! (not the carpet, the tiles LOL!!)

But I have to laff at your slight high failure rate accident prone ways. I share those traits, so rock on sista!!!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

December 19, 2009 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I'm gonna attempt to make some coasters for my in-laws. You make it look easy, but I haven't had good luck with mod podge....it always gets all wrinkley on me. And I don't have a cricut, and I really really really want one. So there.

Great coasters btw. *grin*

December 20, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that you may be able to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance for your carpet. I spilled some paint a few years ago and they gave me a check to replace the carpet in the entire room. (i like your coasters and am going to make some myself.

December 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Thank you for the insurance suggestion! Unfortunately I tried that....it wouldn't have helped because our deductible is more than what the carpet would cost....but thanks!

December 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Very cute coasters! Clever idea to use stencils!

December 21, 2009 at 9:27 PM  

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