I think small things aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
For example, Starbucks got all fancy with their “Grande” and “Venti” size drinks, but then they just called the small and medium drinks “short” and “tall.”
What, there’s no fancy way to say “short and tall”?
They want you to think bigger is better with the fancier names, but the coffee is just as good in the small size as the Venti.
So today, I’m going to show you why small things are every bit as wonderful as their full-size counterparts.
But what if you love making small things?
Well, I’m happy to report that I’m now carrying the quilt block stencils in smaller sizes too and I made two new projects with them to show you.
Small Things That Are Fun to Make:
Quilt Block Wood Coasters & Painted Ceramic Tiles
Making salvaged wood coasters is so easy and is a great way to use up wood scraps; and they look so adorable too.
1. Cut scrap wood to your desired coaster size. I cut my pallet wood scraps into 5″ squares.
2. Center the stencil on the wood and secure with painter’s tape.
3. Using a very dry brush, apply paint in a tapping motion and let dry.
4. Seal with acrylic spray sealer.
Because of their small size, you can finish a whole set of these sweet coasters in about 15 minutes.
Wrap up a set in twine, include a jar full of freshly ground coffee or whole beans, and you’ve got the perfect gift for a coffee lover!
An even quicker version is painting the quilt blocks on ceramic tiles.
I paid less than 20 cents each for the tiles, so they are super cheap to make.
I used stencil spray adhesive to secure the stencil, then taped off all the edges with painter’s tape.
The stencil adhesive keeps the spray paint from blowing underneath the stencil, and the tape masks off the rest of the tile.
Okay, now I want to show you something else that’s small size and is absolutely adorable …
If you recall, my daughter gave away her Quarter Horse a few years ago when she was too busy with school and work to give him the attention he needed.
Well, her miniature horse, Shimmery (the horse on the left), has been pretty lonely ever since.
A few months ago, she came across an ad for another miniature horse that needed a new home.
He was completely untrained and not used to interacting with people, but we brought him home.
My daughter graduated from college last year and is less busy now, so she has more time for her horses.
She’s been working with him, and he’s not at all afraid of us now. His name is Blade, and we love him!
Pooh had it right …
“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
Vaya con Dios,
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