more uses for all of those little champagne corks...

I've been amassing a disturbing amount of champagne corks lately. Its partly because I either had to give up beer or buy all new clothing (even my shoes didn't fit after the holidays finally wound down) and partly because we have had a few celebratory parties this year (book party, TC's 40th birthday, New Years Eve) and seemed suddenly to have little piles of the things hanging around. They had such a mushroom shape that I enlisted Annabel and Ruby and Antonia to help me turn them into mushrooms with the help of that marvelous craft paint from Martha (apparently you can paint on ceramic plates with them, which is on my list of must do's), and was planning to turn them into a little garland, until I realized that with some cute little flags (made from thin nails, washi tape, and a fine tip marker) they made perfect little placecards. The nails even slide in and out easily, so you can make new name flags for new guests, and store them all in a fat little jar, perhaps on top of your pink fridge (which, fyi, does not work very well, but makes my kitchen feel happy, so it's not going anywhere.). They work especially well with these plates from Anthro, which were my xmas gift from TC.

And did you know that the amanita muscaria mushroom has a yellow colored cousin? I must remember to give them proper air time with my next batch...