In the summer of 2011, I signed up for the then exclusive new social network site: Pinterest. That also happened to be the summer that I turned 21. Since I was still in college, and in class you Pinterest instead of taking notes (I do work in social media now, so it paid off ;) ), I was inundated with so many projects that involved using wine bottle corks. I remember I was so determined to do something with them eventually, because of all of these boards and pins I had found. So, I started collecting the corks, and I convinced my mom to start saving hers as well. Fast forward three years, and I finally found a project that I loved, it is practical, and could be executed without much fuss - Cori's DIY trifecta. I went to Michaels, purchased a shadow box I needed, returned it the next day because the glass didn't come out, purchased another one with removable glass, picked up a hot glue gun and glue sticks (since mine are still in Missouri), and came home to conquer this project and hang it up in my crafting room.
I sat down, started gluing the corks onto the shadow box while watching The newsroom....and then I ran out. How could it be that three years of both my parents and I drinking wine, and I still can't even fill up a 12x12 shadow box?! To be fair, I think I only saved four corks from May 2012-May 2014, because 1) I forgot I was saving corks for a project until I moved apartments this spring, and 2) I literally had no room in my old apartment to store them.
Still! I need 78 more wine corks to put on here. I know I can order them off of Amazon, but that just feels like cheating. My mom texted and said she had 30 saved, I have at least 4 bottles in my apartment that will be gone by Thanksgiving Christmas, but I still need 44 more wine corks.
I knew starting the project that mine would differ a bit from Emma's. I loved the rustic look and history of the wine stains, and I'm not patient enough to cut every cork down to size. My project took on a completely unintended ombre look, so now the next batch of wine corks must primarily be from red bottles of wine. That shouldn't be a problem since that's all I drink October-April. I know I'll love it...when it's completed in 2015.
Friends in NY, wine drinking party soon? ;-)