DIY – Crepe Paper (or Napkin!) Garland

I am preparing for my niece’s 6th Birthday party and decided to share one of the DIY decorations. Super easy, super cheap!

Step 1: Draw a circle on folded crepe paper, or napkin and cut it out.

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Step 2: Sew four or five layers of circles onto a ribbon or tulle strips.

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Step 3: Crunch the circles and separate the petals to make them fluffy.

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Step 4: Love it!

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Summer Vectors

Summer is such a beautiful time of year! I am sure we are all very busy!

A few years ago while my husband was doing a two-month course in New York and I was pregnant with my first baby, I had a few hours to spare to play around with Illustrator and draw up some vectors.

Obviously, summer and pregnant bellies were the theme.

1. 4th of July

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2. Beach essentials
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4. Fishing Hunting season 17

5. Preggie eating (that’s all I did that summer!)pregnant lady at a table (amended proportions) 2

6. Preggie reading. I did a lot of this, too.pregnant lady reading a book picasa

7. Preggie at the beach. That, too.pregnant lady on the beach picasa

8. Bikinis. Three bikinis

To see my full portfolio, check it out  here.

Doll House Animal Rug

I had very little time this morning before church, so today’s craft had to be a quick one.

There is that beige couch that was made redundant from the living room yesterday because a new corner couch came in. I couldn’t just throw it away, so it migrated downstairs into the kitchen area. There it became the founding piece for the “Man cave”. Lots more needed to make it masculine enough, but an animal floor rug was a good beginning. I think I will need to re-wallpaper it though…Animal rug Here are step-by-step photo instructions:

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  Step 1: Draw animal rug outline. Mine looked like this.

Step 2: Trace it onto a piece of faux fur.

Step 3: Careful where you trace it; my fur had a darker shade going through the middle.

Step 4:  Know your fur! You’ve got to make the pattern work for you!

Step 5: Here is the cut out animal. Looks a bit like a chipmunk, but I take comfort in the fact that it actually is not.

Step 6: I used my husbands electric razor to shave the edges a bit.

Step 7: Put it on the floor in the “man cave”.

I am thinking it might be looking a little too real. If people start asking, I will have to get rid of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dolls’ Corner couch

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My daughter’s Doll House is a gift that just keeps on giving! If I can’t do DIY or home remodeling for our home, next best thing is to create something doll size.

Here is a corner sofa that I would buy for my own house. So simple to make, too. I love this as a replacement for the dull grey one we had before. What was I thinking?

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The couch was made to fit this particular corner, which is another reason why handmade is better than mass produced.

I think I agree with my husband when he tells me that my style reminds him of a Russian Dacha (summer house).

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Step 1. Preparation. You will need a quick (or a thorough) sketch of what you would like to make. Get required material, which in my case was some cardboard, fabric, cutter and foam lining.Corner couch2

Step 2.  For the backs of the two parts of the couch, I simply wrapped two pieces of cardboard (for sturdiness) with foam lining and then material. Wrap the edges as you would a present and glue gun everything in place.Corner couch1

Step 3. Onto a piece of fabric, measuring a little larger than the seat, layer two pieces of foam lining and then the cardboard piece. Using glue gun, glue each side, creating a little tension so the seats look more rounded than square.Corner couch

That’s all!

Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this,  you might also like my other projects:

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Keepsake Shelves

 There are times when I really want to do something, but I haven’t got sufficient time to plan and execute a new craft project.  That’s when giving some old object a fresh coat of paint is ideal. It is not a 5 minute project, its a 5 min … +5 min… +5 min project, which is perfect because you still have the whole day to do other things (chores usually) while the paint dries.

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This time it was a little keepsake house shelf that I bought at a closing down sale for some 3-4 euro or so.   Even original price of this keepsake shelf could not have been that great as it is some sort of cheap laminate with a plastic clock painted silver. All too tacky… Anything tacky needs a touch of tinkering….

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As it was laminate, I decided to give it a wood primer undercoat to make sure paint sticks.

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Then I painted it with Black Chalkboard paint inside and another two coats of Wood Primer on the outside.

A lot less tacky now and perfect for my little knickknacks!


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Book Shelves in My Girl’s Room

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One of my all time favourite time-spending (or sometimes time-wasting) is hanging out in Lexie’s room. Sometimes with her, sometimes without her. I love all the little pieces that come together to make her room special. Some pieces I have been hunting to get (i.e. Tcheburashka), some pieces are quite generic, some are hand-made and some are gifts. Everything that comes in is appreciated and places with care.

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They are appreciated and placed with care on this side of the room…


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Opposite however is a really boring white wall. Ideally, if you are sitting on the bed, or facing the Toddler kitchen or the Doll’s house, you are not too bothered by it, but it is there – very bluh (I would try to think of a better word to describe the wall, but I got bored…).

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It’s a difficult wall to come up with an interesting solution for. Its right above Lexie’s bed, which means putting up standard shelves would lead to a few bumped heads. Wall art would have been another great idea, but not as functional as shelves. My solution would have to be both functional and fun.

When I saw these book shelves for sale in Ikea, I was oh-so-happy. They were perfect! Exactly what I wanted. We bought them Saturday and Sunday they were up! Mind you, a personal first – I drilled the holes in the walls all by myself! I even used a “level” to make sure they were perfectly horizontal! I must say, I impressed myself. Therefore, I admit that this blog is not so much to share a brilliant idea (who doesn’t go to Ikea to buy shelves?), it is definitely a brag post. I did this ALL BY MYSELF! (I sound like my three year old!)

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Very proud of the new book shelves!  Books are visually pleasant and are read a lot more when in sight. You are never alone holding a book!

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DIY Doll House Curtains

One of the great things about having a Dolls House is that you can change it up every now and then to satisfy your need for Interior Design at practically no cost.

With this post, you will be able to take a closer peak at the curtains (and blinds) that I’ve made for Lexie’s Dolls house. Hope some of my ideas will be helpful to you!

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These curtains hang in the kids’ room. I used some leftover Ikea curtain material, a barbecue stick for the railing  and two large wooden beads to hide the ends of the stick. Curtains are tied up with some artificial flowers.

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Not really curtains, but this double sided piece of material, with some decorative stitching on the sides looks like very sophisticated shades. It looks great in the living room.

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These roman blinds (although not functional, but I am sure dolls are not too bothered by that) decorate our pink bathroom. I made all the curtains and blinds in the doll house double-sided so that they look well from the outside, too.

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These kitchen curtains took me a little longer to make, but I like how they turned out. Again, just some left over material, some ribbon, and a pinch of imagination.

Hope this helped you with some inspiration!