Y'all know I like crafty stuff, and I often give gifts of things I've made. But I'm realistic, and I know that there's always the possibility that people are just being polite and don't really care for the stuff I make. Just because I like something doesn't mean everyone else will.
So, when we were trying to come up with an inexpensive gift to put in our bags to be delivered to our church's visitors, I was hesitant to suggest this. But they really were well received at Christmas. In fact, my friend who is way into decorating and has a gorgeous home liked her gift so much that she asked me to make her some more.
I'm talking about these:
They're coasters. I got the idea here. (I won't be posting a tutorial because I think that blog explains it well.) They're so easy to make, yet they look very impressive. I made coasters according to what I thought various people would like. I did cats for one couple (my husband liked those best), birds for 2 couples, crowns for the couple with the last name of King, a decorative design with the word Cheers for another couple...
I finally got brave and mentioned it to the other woman who is helping me with bags. I gave her a set and really didn't know if she really liked them or was just being polite. She enthusiastically told me that was a great idea, and she loves her coasters; she even took one to work for her desk. Whew!
So, I'm making several sets for our visitor bags. All wrapped up for giving, they look like this:
I put cork on the backs of mine, and I found this to be a very simple solution. I found it with the shelf liners in Lowe's, and as it has adhesive on the back, I don't have to use any additional glue. Just cut and stick on the backs of the tiles. Easy peasy!
I never really thought I'd be using my crafting skills for the Lord, but I'm glad that I'm able to, especially as this is saving our church some money. Because I already own all the supplies other than the tiles, the cost comes to approximately $2.50 for a set of 4 coasters. I hope our visitors will like them. Even more, I hope they feel welcomed and at home at our church.