I am far more skilled as a drinker of wine than I am as a crafter of crafts. In fact, I'm a firm believer that wine can only enhance the crafting experience, and, subsequently, the completed craft. I failed miserably at crafting as a kid (now we know why--the only wine to which I had access was Communion wine--no crafting going on then), and I haven't improved much through the ages of stretch marks and bunions. I have attempted two hang things for my front door and they both sucked. I can make quilts of my own design, I dabble in cross-stitch, but other than that, I'm useless.
When you're a wino, and you have a couple of wino sisters, you tend to acquire more corks than a teenager does pimples. That is, of course, after you graduate from the boxed wines to those bottle-shaped bottles that actually come with corks. Corks are a total bonus.
Corks are a valid excuse to buy wine.
Corks can save your life.
But you came to see my F monogram.
Shall we call this "F the tutorial"?
Or, perhaps "F part one, F part two, F part three"?
How about, "F the craft"?
Oh, "F the whole thing" will do. Agreed?
This was my first attempt at corking a craft, and I'm fairly pleased with the results. I plan on doing more corking in the future. But first, the wood!
You remember the luan left over from my tailored bed skirt, right?
I actually used a ruler (normally I'm a measure once/cut twice/swear kinda girl) and drew out my F.
Philly cut it out with...I have absolutely no idea. Let me ask.
Lands, I just had the worst flashback. You?
Here we go.
I cut a bunch of corks sideways and slantways and longways and backways and squareways and frontways...
I slapped some black paint on the F and started arranging corks:
I bought some Mickey Mouse twine stuff from Wal-Mart. Tell me you see him:
In case you didn't know, I love Mickey Mouse.
Then I simultaneously began melting my fingers off with the hot glue gun while adhering the corks and twine to the F.
And I finally ended up with this:
It's a little wonky in spots, but then again, so am I. It's not that bad for my first attempt. I don't know that it's pin-worthy, but I am totally going to hang it on my gallery wall that's been in the works for about six months now.
But you know the best part? If I'm going to make another one, then I need...yep, you guess it...more wine.