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something that i love about italian beaches: the pieces of sea-washed tiles that you find in the sand. they’ve always fascinated me for their beauty. the top of the top are the ones that are colored on one side (like this “treasure map”), but i find even the plain ones gorgeous.
i also really like dominoes. i find their shape, their simplicity quite elegant. when i saw this pin, i knew i’d have to do it too: dominoes made from flat rocks. so one gorgeous day this past may, when we went to the beach at cetara, i decided to collect some rocks to make them. cetara is on the amalfi coast, very close to vietri sul mare, which is famous for its tiles and ceramics. apparently they through extra broken pieces in the sea, because the beach was chock-full of these gorgeous fragments. my daughter and i got to work picking up pieces of more or less the right size. at home, i washed them and admired them. they were so lovely that i decided to leave them their natural colors instead of painting them black.
i got to work. first i separated them by color: the colored ones, the darker ones, and the lighter ones. then i split each color up by size and ended up with 9 sets of 28 more or less homogenous pieces each. i gave the rest to my little girl (and she painted quite a few of them this day and others as well). then i got out some white acrylic paint and made my dots (with the tip of the paintbrush) and the stripes. i did them by placing them in order, but if you need it, here’s a diagram with the 28 pieces to make.
then for the baggies. i used up some pieces of fabric left over from other projects, which is why they’re different sizes.
i boxed the bottom corners to hold the pieces better. (edit: here’s my tutorial on boxing corners!)
then for the drawstring. remember that awful rushed job i did for the laundry bags? i told you that i was capable of doing them much better, and here’s the proof! for anyone who needs it, here is a very clear tutorial on how to sew drawstring bags.
here are the bags, full of beautiful, natural domino sets, ready to be given to various loved little ones of ours!
i’d wanted to include a sheet with the official rules of dominoes. five years ago, a friend taught me how to play by keeping track of points. i didn’t even know that you could play like that, with a point system. i thought it was just whoever got rid of his pieces first wins. sure, you can play like that, but i really enjoyed it with points. i started looking for the rules online just to find out that there are a ridiculous number of official rules of different versions of the game. and just look here… and those are just “the basics”! looks pretty complicated to me!
but who really cares? play however you like… the important thing is to have fun! and with these sets, you’ll do that for sure!