Two "To Do's" = Done!

Today I finished two tasks off of my "To Do" list. For informational purposes, that's two more than my daily average.

I'm feeling exceptionally productive right about now.

And because I know you're just dying to know what I did, here it is....

1. I finished staging faking gathering pictures and answering questions for our family profile, so now Tracie (our awesome adoption consultant) won't be stuck wondering if we've reconsidered adopting all together and disappeared off the face of the earth. Hip Hip Hooray! Progress!

2. I made these fun tile coasters to use at our tornado displacement temporary abode (apartment, for all of you fuddy duds) and they turned out to be rather cute, if I do say so myself. With my own furniture, I feel like water rings just add extra "character"... but I would prefer not to pay a fee if the apartment complex doesn't quite understand the charm and character water rings can add to a coffee table.

This is absolutely not an original idea. I've seen about a dozen different versions online in the past, but of course I was too lazy to look anything up, so today I just winged it. Turned out significantly better than the vast majority of my experiments! They were actually so much fun to do that now I'm trying to figure out who I can make some for and I'm a little at a loss. I mean, who actually uses these things...?
If you do, and you want to make some, this is what I did:
Four square white 4x4 tiles 
Four pieces of scrapbook paper in coordinating colors (cut slightly smaller than your tiles),
4 squares of felt – also slightly smaller than your tiles 
Mod podge 
Sponge brush 
Glue (E-600 or another strong adhesive) and
Clear acrylic spray sealer.
Start by brushing a thin coat of mod podge on your tile and another on the back of your scrapbook paper. Place scrapbook paper in the center of the tile, carefully smooth out any air bubbles, and allow to dry for around 5 minutes. Brush another coat of mod podge on top of the paper. Allow to dry. Repeat 2-3 more times. Once the last coat of mod podge is dry, spray tiles with clear acrylic sealer. Allow the sealer to dry. Glue felt squares to the bottom middle of the tiles. Tie together with twine or ribbon and you have a cute handmade gift!

*In light of my impressive achievements today, I'll probably have to buy myself a cupcake tomorrow.


A little background: we were freezing. In the year devoid of winter weather, this was the one day of cold...  29 degrees was the high. In Alabama that is downright FRIGID. And don't be confused, those aren't smiles that you see - just violent teeth chattering. The cold not withstanding, we think the pictures turned out awesome and we are so happy to have them for our "family profile". We were both quite shocked to discover that we actually look like responsible adults who might even perhaps be capable of parenting a child.

And if that's not a testimony to Carla's photography genius, I don't know what is.

I'm sure we were both laughing at me.
I provide Matt with countless opportunities for amusement at my general ridiculousness.
We look convincingly adult-like here, right?
I've been waiting for it to just hit me (the whole being an adult thing) but if it doesn't, my general plan is to fake it whenever necessary - i.e. legal proceedings, in the presence of my children, and ladies bible class.