Hello lovely Buttoneers! Here we are at Create 28 time again! Hooray! If you have no idea what I am talking about (Hello there newbie Buttoneer!) You can catch up on my Create 28 craft blog challenge…go on…I’ll wait.
Okay, so here we are at No.9&10 – can you believe it!? As a part of my blog challenge I wanted to create a few things for the Eliston Button Etsy Shop that were not just pretty to look at but were useful too. Things that served a purpose and perhaps solved a problem or filled a gap of something I needed but couldn’t find. Well…No.9&10 is just that. Since moving house I have been on the hunt for some good coasters and am yet to find any that are ‘us’ or that are unique or unlike the last set I bought, are not particularly wipe clean friendly – oops!
Voilà! I thought – I shall make my own and this is where the idea for these handmade mug-holding, table-saving doses of crafty goodness came from!
Okay, before I get started I think I have to be honest with you all. This is just a selection of my reject pile.
Now, if you have ever made anything yourself, then you will have probably had a reject or two until you get the hang of it or manage to master the art.
I have never had so many rejects, or spent this much time trying to perfect something! Jeez…I either added too much heat, or not enough. I either loved the design but then hated it once fused together or ended up pulling the design off the ironing paper too soon and messing the whole thing up (the downside of being a total perfectionist and totally impatient all in one!) But, alas! I mastered it in the end and am jolly well proud of my finished pieces and I learnt a lot along the way! I guess it is true what they say; it’s not the destination and all that.
On the up side – look at all of the reject coasters I have now! That’s almost one for every cup of tea or coffee I have in a morning! 😉
Anyhoo, on with the show! Don’t you hate it when you have a large mug of tea or coffee and the mug is too big for a regular coaster!? Me too! (Gosh we are sooo the same, we should definitely go for coffee and cake sometime!) This is how these larger than average coasters came to be created.
No. 9 – large picture and Hama bead patterned coasters – One is royal blue with crisp white and the other is lavender purple with crisp white detail. Each of the two large coasters (These will be available in a set of 2) were hand designed by me using picture and Hama beads on a circular peg board. The design flows organically around the centre bead almost like petals on a flower before branching off into a symmetrical bold pattern. Each coaster was held under the right amount of heat and pressure to carefully fuse the beads together
The fused beads together form a wonderful texture that is extremely tactile. The holes of the beads have not been closed up during the fusing process deliberately to give the overall coaster a lace-like quality so that they could even be hung when not in use, letting the light shine through them as a decorative piece.
The calming lavender coloured beads were complimented by the crisp white ones and formed a calm, happy overall finish…
…Equally, The crisp white beads contrast beautifully with the royal blue beads, giving a fresh, clean look and a super visually pleasing finish.
Each large beaded coaster is approx. 12cm in diameter and has the same pattern on each side. Each coaster is 0.3cm thick and can be easily wiped clean if needed.
Next up is Number 10 with square picture and Hama bead pale grey, lavender purple and crisp white patterned coasters that will be available as a set of four.
Not only are these four square patterned coasters highly useful to protect your dining tables, sideboards and coffee tables etc. from watermarks and ring marks from your beverage containers but they look super snazzy and eye-catching too!
Each of the four square coasters were hand designed by me using picture and Hama beads on a square peg board.
The coasters are edged in a pale ash grey bead, creating a crochet-like edge to the squares. The lavender purple, pale grey and crisp white beads then form a beautiful symmetrical pattern with the edge reminiscent of a knitted woolly jumper! The cool grey and warm relaxing lavender tones complement each other beautifully whilst the crisp white adds a fresh edge and clean design.
Each beaded coaster is approx. 9.4cm square and has the same pattern on each side. Each coaster is 0.2cm thick and like the large coasters can be easily wiped clean if needed – Which if really what you should expect for a coaster isn’t it!? (Damn you pretty but impractical coasters that I spent money on!)
Like most handmade items have
imperfections unique qualities. With the coasters – ironing causes irregularities in the way the beads fuse together, the coasters pictured are the ones you will receive – saying that, I am pretty darn proud of this batch! . Also worth a note: It may go without saying but these coasters cannot withstand extreme heat, therefore are not dishwasher safe and should not be used under hot pots and pans.
Well, there you go and now you know! I am so thrilled that I can finally share these with you all and hope that you are just as excited! Which do you like best? I love them both and am sure going to be making spare sets for my home, especially the large ones for my huge mugs of tea and coffee in the Eliston Button Headquarters! Do you have a favourite big mug? What makes it your fave? I would love to hear all about it!
These coaster sets will be available in the Eliston Button Esty Shop in a little while – be sure to stop by and say hello.
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!