“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” {William Morris}
I read this quote while waiting for my coffee to be made in a coffee shop years and years ago and it has always stuck with me.  It’s the sort of thing I say to myself when buying a completely useless object that I believe to be completely beautiful.  Or to stop myself from buying something mostly because it’s on sale.  Or before I do a clean out of the kitchen cupboards.  A sort of mantra for reducing the clutter in one’s life.

A few years ago, my parents returned from a holiday in Spain with some beautiful Spanish tiles as a gift.  I loved them right away, and thought them very beautiful, but wasn’t sure what quite to do with them.  I considered including them in some sort of mosaic table top {which is still a possibility in the future} but for the moment, I’ve attached some felt to the back and made them into beautifully colourful coasters for the dinner table.  A simple DIY using only a few materials ended up making something beautiful, into something useful as well.

Click here for the instructions>>>

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8 Comments on A Splash of Spain

  1. KerryCan
    October 16, 2013 8:42 am at 8:42 am (4 years ago)

    That Morris quote guides me, too. The coasters are a great idea!

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  2. silvapang
    October 16, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am (4 years ago)

    Very nice coasters indeed!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      October 19, 2013 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

      Reply
  3. Marlene
    October 16, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm (4 years ago)

    They really are so lovely…

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    • brownpaperbelle
      October 19, 2013 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m glad you think so too 🙂

      Reply
  4. Leah
    October 16, 2013 1:44 pm at 1:44 pm (4 years ago)

    love the quote, I think I’ve been following it for years without even knowing about it. 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      October 19, 2013 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s a winner isn’t it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  5. Sarah Ann
    October 16, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVE those tiles! Something so warm about bright Spanish colors and designs. Great DIY idea!

    Reply

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