Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Irish Coffees at the BV

Nothing beats a cold, foggy day in San Francisco than a warm Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista.  Except maybe two Irish Coffees!  Just a week ago, we sauntered into our favorite local establishment and imbibed in a couple of these delicious liquid refreshments.  The fact that it wasn't cold or foggy isn't really important!  [It was actually close to 80 degrees that day.]  However, we didn't miss our chance to dine at The BV anyway.  After all, it's been a San Francisco icon since 1889.


Back in Southern California [tell me again why we ever moved?], it was time to think about a gift for Father's Day.  I immediately remembered the two napkins I [accidentally on purpose] took with me that day.  The napkins detail a beautiful line drawing of The Buena Vista.  How can I incorporate these into a gift for my husband? 

Although I'm a master at decoupage, I had never used napkins in any of my projects--until now. 

I gathered all my supplies:  the napkins (obviously), 4" ceramic tiles, paper cutter, sharp scissors, off-white cardstock, corner rounder, liquid chalk, Mod Podge and a brush, and a pint of my favorite Irish Whiskey [this item is optional].

Since the napkin was so thin, I decided to first decoupage plain cardstock onto the tile.  I cut two 3-3/4" squares, rounded the corners and edged them with brown chalk.  Then decoupaged the cardstock to the tiles.

I cut out the illustration with sharp scissors, keeping the napkin folded.  It was easier to get a precise cut using the four napkin layers.  Then I CAREFULLY decoupaged the just the top layer of the napkin to the front of the cardstock tile. 

It was a little tricky to lay down the thin napkin, but if you work gently and quickly, you get a great result. Three more coats of decoupage and felt rounds to the back finished the project.

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I think they look pretty legit.  Wonder if the BV wants to sell them in their gift shop right next to their personalized Irish Coffee mugs?

The gift was a big hit. 
Happy Father's Day, dear!

[This is an unsolicited post and only reflects the opinion of this writer.]


  1. those came out great!! cool idea. Now I'm in the mood for an Irish Coffee!

  2. Love the coaster idea - I've yet to make some, but it's on my to=make list of crafting.

  3. Cute idea... I did something simlar and I am curious what your experience is with Modge Podge on coasters? The kind of MP that I have is water soluble.. Coming to you from the Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop. Gina @

  4. Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by on Thursday and following, I've just returned the ♥ and am following back thru GFC and LF :)

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Wow, these look wonderful -- yes, good enough for their shop ;-) I never would have tried something as flimsy as a napkin but your tutorial has inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oh these are fantastic. It's been probably 20 years (ack!) since I went to the BV for the first and only time. Someday again...

  8. They make the perfect look for coasters. What a fantastic idea. Sometimes guy gifts are hard to craft, but you came up with a real hit here. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  9. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up today!

  10. They look great, I think its a wonderful idea and hope to make some oneday soon, thanks for sharing.

  11. WOW! Love this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Doreen, those coasters turned out beautifully! Such a creative idea and and wonderful keepsake!

  13. What a great idea ! Love this! :-)

  14. Nice job! They turned out very well.

  15. Very creative! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!


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