More Christmas Presents

Here are the coaster sets I didn’t get a chance to share last week! Irish symbols for my aunt and a music tree for my grandmother:

For last week’s Buddha coasters, I just cropped some existing photos, but with the sets pictured here I took time to edit the images before printing. So I’m quite proud of how they turned out.

The original clip art for the Irish symbols came from  (searched “Irish symbols”) and the music tree came from (searched “music tree”). For the music tree I used a slightly edited version that I found on google images–I couldn’t find who edited it but they added the lighter music notes in the background and gave it some nice depth. My edits were done using MS Publisher, Pixlr, and Paint.

You can view these coasters on my DIY page, which now has things on it! Yay!


Christmas Presents!

In a shocking twist that surprises no one, it turns out the beginning of December is a terrible time to add responsibilities to my life. The day after I swore I would post on here once a week, I realized I was incredibly behind on Christmas planning. So I did what any normal, healthy person would do: calmly assessed what I needed to finish and paced myself panicked, stressed the heck out, worked obsessively on presents every spare minute and late into the night until I made myself sick. Whelp.

My New Years’ Resolution is to not do that to myself again. But I probably will because stressing way too much over small things is kinda how I roll. 😉

On the bright side, the presents turned out AWESOME!!! And now that Christmas is over and everyone has their gifts, I can share some pictures with you fine people. ^_^

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DIY Coasters

So as you can see, this year I made coasters for family and friends using these excellent instructions from Cardstore. Tile coasters are my new favorite craft–easy, cheap, and so much fun! Each set took a few hours to make, but, Christmas stress aside, I seriously had a blast making them. Anyone in the market for coasters? Because I might just start making more for the fun of it.

The coasters above were for one of my besties and are probably my favorite set. All of these pictures come from the fantastic site and are available for use for free (even for commercial use, which is pretty cool!).

For the most part, I followed the instructions linked above, but I switched up a few things for myself. (If you didn’t feel like reading the linked instructions, I’ll summarize: basically you print out a picture, put it on a 4-inch ceramic tile, and slap a lot of Mod Podge on it.) Before I printed out the pictures I measured them out to 3.5 x 3.5 inches, so they would have that nice white frame when attached to 4-inch tiles. I also bought glossy Mod Podge from Michael’s to give my coasters an extra shine.

On the bottom of the coasters, rather than putting 3 coats of Mod Podge and little felt squares, I glued a big sheet of felt to the bottom. Then I trimmed around the edges using fabric scissors so that the felt square perfectly covered the bottom of the tile. The felt bottoms on these coasters are red, which you can see along some sides if you look closely.

The instructions warned that tiles are prone to sticking together when stacked, but I had no trouble with the Mod Podge tops sticking to the felt bottoms, so I’m patting myself on the back for that innovation.

And there you have it–December’s project! My favorite set of home-made coasters! These coasters and two more sets will go into my DIY page (which still exists!) along with pictures of last year’s Christmas presents and another colorful hanging plastic thingie.

But I’ve been typing for a long time, so I’ll save those things for next week’s entry. – “Its dot com!”

Hopefully someone out there appreciates the Homestar Runner reference in the title.  If you don’t, you should visit the USS Homestar Runner. It’s been 10 years and that video still cracks me up. Anyway…

Today I learned an important life lesson about renewing your domain name on time! Apparently if you let it lapse, you could possibly lose it forever. :O Or you could do what I did and pay 4 times what you would have otherwise paid and wordpress will recover it for you. So my wallet is crying, but I’m happy to report that I’ll have back in my name by the end of the week.

Which is good, because just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

While we wait, here’s a sun catcher that I made. They’re very easy and pretty, so I’ll tell you more about how I make them in future posts.Shiny Thing - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

A Lyrics Page and Other Exciting Things

we-climbed-slowly.jpgIf you are one of the proud owners of my album Indigo Shades, you may have noticed that the album insert directs you to Daydreams and Chocolate for the lyrics.

You may have also noticed that there were no lyrics on here.

Until now! Now there’s a separate link right next to “Music” that takes you to “Lyrics.” Right now we only have Icarus and Threnody online — because last year I saved the lyrics in a way that makes copying and pasting them really super annoying — but the others are coming!

You may have also, also noticed that I rearranged the links and replaced “Plays” with “DIY.” Yeah, I figure if I haven’t posted a thing after 2 years of intending to post the thing, I’m probably not going to post that thing. So I’m giving up on the plays.

(When I read through them, they were mostly inside jokes. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ever going to get around to revising them so that the jokes make sense to people who aren’t my high school friends. I’m not even sure they’d make sense to my high school friends anymore.)

Lately, though, I have been doing a lot of homemade art projects, so I think a DIY page is warranted. Beautiful art (or at least passably ok things that I gave as Christmas presents) will abound!