adding a little joy

through a lot of d.i.y. fun

in the details

This is truly a post made out of necessity.  Meaning, if the hubs goes to pick up his glass one more time from our old coasters… and the coaster stays attached to the glass, he’s going to throw the thing across the room.  We got a set of bamboo coasters when we moved in together a few years ago, but they definitely have taken some wear and tear.  Also, if I want beautiful photos of any drinks I concoct for the blog, I better have something nice to set them on too!

So to the internets!  Here are some of my favorites that I’m just waiting for the right coupon to grab.


I love projects with slate tiles, they remind me of all the ways we saw it used in Seattle. These coasters from West Elm are a more portable version of that, and even encourage a bit of personalization since you can write on them with chalk.  I love how these from Anthropologie take a classy marble base but nerds it up with some periodic-table style. But I would love the way these would coordinate with our placemats from Crate and Barrel.

coastersdiyStill, it would be more fun to DIY something.  These mini-pallets make me laugh, which is always step one in me having to have something.  And it’s quite a high-end look for the lowly popsicle stick.  I don’t know how practical these felt ball ones from Inspired by Charmwould be, but any excuse to play with wool.  Some how these citrus coasters have stayed in my imagination for almost 3 years since Purl Bee originally posted them, but maybe that’s because they are perfectly suited to the Florida sunshine.  And the only thing I love more than wool yarn or wool roving, is wool felt!  See how I’m not perfectly suited to the Florida sunshine?

I actually already have some coasters we made on a cruise, just waiting for stain… if I ever find them again after the move.  Silly camp crafting using balsa wood picture frames and mosaic tiles can actually be quite cute with the right pattern and stain.  Making them was really fun, especially watching 30 adults bargain for different color tiles as part of arts’n’crafts.

In the meantime, I think I might go raid the Oh Joy! display at Target for some party napkins to protect our tables and make dinnertime more like party time.

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HELLO I'm Liz, a lifelong crafter living in sunny paradise while dreaming of the Pacific Northwest. I'm here to share my adventures in making every day a reason for celebration with special details and inspiration I find along the way. I hope you find something to try, something to share, something that makes you smile.   THANKS