Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you doing for the holidays? I have not planned any major shopping for this year's Black Friday.

Mr. Tweaks and I, do not have any close family is the US. But we have friends, lots of friends, who are our family. And we have always been Thankful for that.

We have a standing invitation from a dear friend for every Thanksgiving. And also we are hosting a potluck at our home on Sunday afternoon with a fun group of friends. And have a friend and her family over for an evening with us.
On the occasion of a global day of giving back, A global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, I donated few handmade coasters. All the donations will go on ebay for auction. And all the proceeds will go for the families in need. I will share the photos of those coasters next week.

From here
Aimee from Crazy crafty lady made this free printable and shared it on her blog.

Have wonderful holidays and happy shopping.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Today's tweak is an easy one. And for free. Just used what I had at home.
Last year during our open enrollment at work, Nationwide, which handles our 401K, gave away these leather coasters for the employees. I took one for my desk.
Next day in the break room, there was a box with the left over coasters. I picked couple of them. A week later, the box was still there with few more pieces. I picked couple more. So I had 5 of them on my desk.
Fast forward to six months, I decided to tweak these coasters.
I had this gold scrap book paper that I had used for some other project. It is a pretty thick paper. My plan was to modge podge the gold paper on the top, paint the rim of the coaster either red or gold, both of which I had.
I turned the paper upside down, laid the coasters on it and circled around it on the paper with a pencil.
The paper was enough for 6 coasters. I should have picked one more coaster.
 Then cut them to size.
I applied Mod Podge on the top of the coasters with a brush. Placed the gold paper on the it. Once I was done with the Mod Podge on all the coasters, I placed heavy books on them and left so overnight.
I did not paint the rims of the coasters as planned since the surface was not smooth. I did sand the rim but still it was not smooth enough to paint. And I like it this way. The paper too has some texture.
The coasters were tweaked to be taken back to work for my desk. But they looked perfect for my coffee table.
Everything on the coffee table is tweaked....the gold tray, the petals tea-light candle holder, the big tray and the flowers in the vase. Will post them soon. One tweak at a time....
The gold paper was less than $2 at Michaels. Michaels/Hobby Lobby has so many options in color and design in scrap book paper/stock papers.
Have you changed the look of your original coasters at home?