I currently can't get enough of black and white graphic prints that have that hand drawn look. I love how they're perfectly imperfect, which makes them easy to achieve by hand! I tend to have a hard time deciding on a pattern to commit to and so that's why these napkin rings are great - you can do a different pattern for each and still they will look cohesive! I made these with air-dry clay but I think moving forward with clay projects, I'll switch to oven-bake - so much quicker! Feel free to use either though :)
DIY Graphic Napkin Rings
modelling clay (either air-dry or oven-bake)
rolling pin or glass bottle
toilet paper roll
white and black acrylic paint
1. Roll a piece of clay into a ball, about the size of a circle if you were to put your thumb and pointer finger together. Then, using your hands roll the ball into a log
2. Using a rolling pin or glass bottle, flatten out the log until it's 1/8" thick.
3. Using a knife and ruler, cut out a rectangle that is 6 1/2" long and 1 1/2" wide (don't worry about being exact).
4. Wrap the clay around a toilet paper roll and smooth out the clay at the seam.
5. Remove the clay from the roll and let dry (about 24 hours). If you are using oven-bale clay, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
6. Once completely dry, take the sandpaper and smooth out any rough edges and bumps.
7. Paint the rings with white acrylic paint (you may need two coats). If you are using oven-bake clay you may not need to paint them white. I find the air-dry clay doesn't dry completely white but more of a beige.
8. Next, using a smaller paint brush and the black paint, start painting your pattern!
9. Once the black paint is dry, apply a coat of the gloss varnish. This is optional if you want to keep a completely matte look.
As a kid, there was nothing like kicking off the holiday season than going to pick out my chocolate advent calendar to start opening on December 1st. No matter how crappy those tiny little chocolates were (I don't even think they were made from real chocolate), it was my favourite way to count down to my favourite day of the year. It's been many years since I've bought one of those and I've been thinking how much fun it would be to make an advent calendar myself (preferably not with said chocolate). I've been perusing the internet looking for some good DIYs and thought I'd share my favourites here :)
Last Friday Ben and I set off to the Sunshine Coast for a couple days of cozy cabin relaxation. I'd been craving a weekend away to just lounge about in a nice little cabin, reading, drinking tea, and playing board games. We tried out Airbnb for the first time and we found a place that seriously fit the bill in Gibbsons. Saturday was drizzly to say the least so we stayed inside for most of the day but also took a little "break" and went to the Persephone brewery. This place was so great! Though I couldn't drink the beer, the live music, friendly people, and the fact that it's housed in a big red barn made it for me. The next day was spent driving up the coast and we made it to Half Moon Bay. I think one of my favourite stops was the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek. If ever a place has gluten-free pizza on the menu, they get five stars from me! Feeling pretty lucky that I get to live on this beautiful (though perhaps not always sunny) coast :)