Saturday, November 24, 2018

A Crafty Idea by Pat Simmons

I’m always in awe of people who have a flair for creativity from the simplest of things—leaves, socks, discarded cans and more.
Me—I can sew most things from a pattern—mostly clothes, curtains, seat cushions, and pillows, but without a pattern, forget it.  Sewing is my comfort zone.

Lately, I haven’t had too much success with crafts--definitely out of my comfort zone! Last year, I decided to bling up some magnets with inspirational quotes. The result was a bling mess all over the place—table, floor, clothes…and oh, yes, some made it on the magnets.  

This year, I decided to try my hand at book coasters. Again, this was a bright idea after watching my cousin create them as souvenirs for our family reunion.
Let me first say, it was more than a notion. I had to find someone to resize my covers, then I decided to pull a quote from the same book to make a set. The process included many trials and errors from the Elmer’s glue on steroids to coating that had more bubbles than acne to the sanding that left a dusty mess, then the easy part—an adhesive backing—whew, but the result was magnificent! These are for a Christmas Bazaar fundraiser, but I also made more for unique Christmas gifts for book lovers.

Check out a few I have for sale and place your order.
Also, if you’re looking for a new inspiring read, check out my book teaser for The Guilty Generation.


Pat Simmons has penned more thirty plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about casting her ancestors in starring roles. She is a three-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit her at

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  1. I love the idea of book coasters.
    Margaret Daley

  2. Great ideas, Pat. I admire people who are good at crafts.