I became interested in wine cork crafts one evening while Dan and I were out having dinner. We found this tiny, amazing, authentic Italian restaurant near the beach and decided to stop in. In addition to having delicious food, Stefano's has unique decorations. Among those were bulletin boards of various sizes made out of wine corks. What a cute idea! I asked Dan to start bringing corks home from the restaurant he works at and I was soon able to make a bulletin board myself.
Then, one of Dan's coworkers began to catch on and offered Dan a huge bag of corks he had at home. Dan, being the amazing and thoughtful man that he is said yes. And so, my cork crafting began.
I'm not proud of what I'm about to show you. Well, I am, but it's also a little embarrassing. Last Friday night, instead of going out with friends or grading papers or doing something useful, I spent over 3 hours cutting corks in half and hot gluing them to shelf liner to create this kitchen mat. This particular mat is 11 corks (cut in half) by 22 corks (also cut in half.) I went for a basket-weave pattern and I'm very happy with it. So next time you have 242 corks and absolutely nothing to do, I'd encourage you to make a mat. Or pay me a great sum of money and I'll do it for you. Drumroll please...TA-DA!