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coffee gift set for someone special

15 Jan

Each year it takes me about 2 month to think about the gifts to buy/make for Christmas. I just can’t walk into a shop and just buy something.  I think about the person and what they love.  For my colleagues I love to make something.  Although all of them get the same gift, I create the gift with that particular person in mind.  What colours does she loves, etc.

For this past Christmas, I gave them each a coffee gift set.  We all just love drinking coffee at work.  and this is how I did it.  (just keep in my mind that this was my first mosaic project ever.  it’s not perfect, but I’m hooked now.

Firstly I made a coaster for each person.  I bought a small wooden tray and painted it black.  Maybe you can paint it after the mosaic.

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Apply project/craft glue on the inside

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And do your mosaic thing.  Since it was my first project and didn’t want it too difficult, I used strips of mosaic blocks.

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And voila…. the pasting part is finished.

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After the glue dried, it time to do the grouting.  Just mix water with normal tile grout to a thick mixture and apply it onto the tiles.

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Scrape the surplus off with a credit card.

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After the grout dried, wipe the tiles clean.  You can now paint the tray black, if you didn’t do it at the first step

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cover the tiles and spray the tray with a spray varnish

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Now the coaster is finished. you can buy any beautiful mug.  I’ve decided to buy white mugs and paint their names on it with ceramic paint. 

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And now to complete the gift set.  I melted chocolate and dipped spoons in it and let it dry.  This makes a great hot chocolate when mixing with hot milk.

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Then I google for nice cappuccino and coffee mixture recipes and pour it into little canisters.

And this is how their gifts look like. 

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A nice gift for a coffee lover.

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"Seeds in a Wallet" Gift

17 Jul

this is a really quick, but special gift for a friend.  Or it can be used as a wedding favor.

For the Wallet you need a sheet of scrapbooking paper (12" x 12"). Fold it in a Origami Wallet.  This is really easy. Click here for a step by step tutorial.

The inside of your "wallet" will be looking like this now:

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Now for the seed envelope:

   Change the name on the template.  Print it.  Cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.  Use glue or double sided tape on the two sides.  and there you’ve got a envelope.  now you can put the seeds in the envelope.

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Get a nice poem or just write THANK YOU on a note.  Cut it out – must be the same size as the envelope. 

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Put the envelope and the note inside your wallet.

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you can decorate your wallet on the outside

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or if the paper is beautiful enough just leave it like that. 

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and voila, you’ve made a special gift.

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Hope it inspired you!

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