Happy Summer! Today marks the first "official" day of summer, but for us PHX residents, it seems as if it's already been here for a few months! I always love the arrival of the summer solstice, not only because I LOVE summer, but it's arrival means my birthday is right around the corner too...like tomorrow. At my age, I'm not sure whether to be excited or scared!
This weekend, I wanted to be creative. Like really, really wanted to make something cool. I tried like crazy to get into scrapbooking mode and finish our Cali Mini Album. But, alas, my scrapbooking mojo eluded me once again.
So, to feed my creative need, I decided to play with a few of the magazine tutorials I posted in my Friday Finspo 6.18 post. I set out to make the coasters similar to those in the How About Orange tutorial, and came up with these:
I loosely followed the directions, wove my mats and finished the edges according to the instructions. When I was done, I found that i didn't really care for the edges. They seemed a little loose, like they might easily come undone. To solve this, I stitched a line around the outside edges on the two larger mats (the two pictured in the back of the photo above). I LOVED how this finished them off and made them feel more durable and sturdy. My sewing machine didn't love the stitching quite so much, but stuck with me and powered through all the layers of paper (they are each comprised of 8 magazine pages total)!
On the third mat, I used smaller strips and stitched a grid by going down each row. I really like the design and texture it adds. It also serves as a great way to pull together a scattered pallet.
I ended up experimenting and making a lot more coasters over the course of the weekend. It's a really fun way to use up magazines that would otherwise hit the recycle bin. I can't wait till we entertain again, so I can pull out my new stash of green-friendly coasters and show them off!
Happy Monday :)
Ps. To any fellow Phoenicians, do you know of any good craft shows in our area? I've lived here for 6 years and NEVER hear of any! We have lots of art festivals (Tempe, Fountain Hills, etc.) and an awesome First Fridays, but I've yet to come across a good craft show. Just curious...