I had such a nice time wood burning at SmArt today! I met two crafty ladies looking to explore new ideas for their Facebook page Reclaimed Dames, and I spent time with a good friend who dropped by. SmArt held back some scraps of wood to practice on, and two young brothers really impressed me with their freehand monograms. I also had the privilege of wood burning a sketched Transformer for a super fan, who told me all about his new characters for the series while I worked.
My Pokemon super fan scoured Elmington Park for creatures after lunch while my Wild Kratt scratched the dirt in an apparent attempt to get his nails as grimy as possible. After a few errands and games at home, the boys were getting punchy. We put on "Mulan" and put out the popcorn in a bid for some peace.
Then, I snuck to my craft table during the show to work on a coffee bean coaster. It is a craft of fate - the mistaken purchase of whole bean coffee, and our laziness keeping us from looking for the grinder, leading to a coaster that smells like coffee when you place a hot mug on it.
I started with a wooden coaster that has seen some better days.
Not having looked closely at whole coffee beans before, I was pleasantly surprised that the bag had a few smaller beans and broken pieces. These helped me create a tighter look in the mosaic. I began in the center and worked outward in a circular motion, hoping that would keep the flow even. I used my mini hot glue gun, and the project took two sticks of glue to finish. I placed the beans into the glue then carefully pressed them toward the middle, and I placed some with the smooth side up for a more natural look.
No finish on the top. I took a dry brush and worked off the little “webs” of glue that gather when you wield the hot glue gun. And my coffee mug sits well on the finished product!
This would be a great present for a coffee lover! Administrative Professional’s Day is coming up on April 26, and Teacher Appreciation day is 31 days away on May 9. Mother’s Day is 36 days away - I’m still working on one more project for that one- and Father’s Day is 71 days away.
Does the person you’re pondering now really, really love coffee? There’s a coffee bean topiary here:
Dinner tonight was baked tilapia with lemon pepper and a garden salad. Tilapia is a great quick meal, needing only ten minutes at 400 degrees to bake, so I can spend less time on dinner and more time hanging out with the guys.