Crafty Beavers

Day 30: Smile

Day 30: Smile

I love seeing these strong, thoughtful, hilarious ladies each month. They come from the suburbs, far edges of the city, they rush from work, they brave Chicago’s crazy weather. Many take what precious time they are given to sneak away from home having to hire baby sitters. A warmth grows in my chest a little at just how wonderful they all are. For most of us this is the only time we see each other.  This could be the first time we have ever met or it’s last time we will see them for awhile. Life has a way giving us busy work. For today’s change, one of the very last changes I will have made this month I promise to renew C.B.C.’s dedication. Our dedication to support our community,  the earth and each other. Crafting for a cause…

This month we proudly support Operation Smile. This is an organization which performs surgeries to repair cleft lips and cleft palates to those who either cannot afford the procedures or live in a part of the world where it is not readily performed. Remember how self-conscience you when you had acne in high school or even now? Now imagine if you felt like that for the rest of your life. By donating you not only help these people make a physical change but you help give them higher self esteem on the inside as well. I hope you visit their site today and support this very special group of people and their cause.

For our craft we learned glass etching. We repurposed items we already owned with almost no waste being made. Here are a couple blog tutorial links on how to etch from Thistle Wood Farms and Say Yes to Hoboken. Check out what some of the Beavers made below…

Glitz & Glamour: DIY Cocktail Coasters

Glitz & Glamour: DIY Cocktail Coasters

Ok I admit it, I am an adult. These days I give my friends and family practical gifts. I care about leaving rings on coffee tables at parties and sometimes even in my own home. Shocker!  Still, practicality doesn’t have to be hideous. Make your own coasters that are fashionable as well as functional.  My girlfriend Bridget came over to do a practice run for the November Crafty Beavers event. We cracked open a bottle of wine, cranked up the Diana Ross, turned on the hilarious fireplace t.v. and crafted under the influence. For added cheekiness I took photos of our crafting on our ringed coffee table.

Warning: GLITTER GETS EVERYWHERE! In fact, I left the glitter out on the table and my cats got into it and tracked it all over my house while we were sleeping. Eight hours of kitty glitter mischief is near impossible to clean up.


 Supplies you will need: 4 inch white tile, Mod Podge, foam brush, paint dish, scissors, sheet of black felt, glitter, Polyurethane (spray or liquid version) and a 2-3 inch deep container. You could also use scrapbook paper (see above leopard print scrapbook paper), old photographs or thin fabric.


First you need to felt the backside of each tile. You want to protect your furniture not to mention hide the ugly back. Cut the felt down so it is a bit smaller than your tile. It should not be sticking out beyond the sides. Pour Mod Podge on a paint tray or plate. Use the foam brush to apply M.P. to the back of the tile. Place the felt onto the back and firmly press it down into the grooves. You are doing this first so you don’t mess up your glitter job putting felt on the back.


Pour an ample amount of glitter into your container. Flip over your tile and brush Mod Podge onto the front and sides. Place your tile face down into the dish of glitter. Use your fingers to push glitter onto the sides. Remove the tile and let it dry for an hour. You may need to reapply a layer of Mod Podge and repeat the glitter application to fill in holes.

(If you prefer to use an old photo, scrapbook paper or thin fabric apply it to the front of the tile instead of the glitter)

Once you have the desired amount of glitter on your dried tile apply one more layer of M.P. You want to secure the top layer of glitter. If you wish to have a glossier, smoother surface you can swipe on a top coat of Polyurethane.  You can get the poly at your local hardware store. I have also heard that Mod Podge makes an “outdoor’ version which is water proof. This would work as well and probably easier than the poly. Let dry and enjoy your new, fabulous coasters!












Crafty Beavers Presents Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Crafty Beavers Presents Breakfast at Tiffany’s

October 2nd marked a revival of Crafty Beavers Chicago. Making arts to fill our hearts. The Beavers are an all women craft group who meet monthly. Not only do we craft we also care, each month selecting causes and groups to donate to. If you live in the Chicagoland area and want to become a Crafty Beaver join us on the ole Facebook.

To kick off the revival we viewed Breakfast at Tiffany’s and snacked on cupcakes and wine. Our dreamy craft was creating the sleep mask and ear plugs as worn by the iconic Audrey Hepburn.

Make your own using Oh Lovely Lolo‘s directions.

Sleep Mask

Tassel Ear Plugs

Check out a couple images from our event below.