Watercolour experimenting

Wonderfully (as in miraculously), I had a quiet afternoon. Rare, but happens. My husband and kids took a day out to let mummy have a quiet day. After a lot of cleaning, washing, hanging, ironing, piling, the list goes on, I still had time for some painting. I am not an artist, but something inside me felt like it wanted to get out, and the medium for it was a fine brush and some honey-based watercolours.
SAM_3507The deer silhouette was inspired by a colouring page of Bambi and his mummy, but I’ve edited faces a little to look a lot less like those famous two.  I’ve also practiced painting little flowers. Then I decided on the wreath shape and penciled in the flowers that went with my forest theme. I will use other flower ideas for something else, I am sure.Collages12The final result was good enough, although it is quite evident that I am not an artist. Need a lot more practice. I find that some lightness is missing in my work – I tend to overwork it. I need to learn to get it right the first time. Must not give up!

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DIY – Updating Old Jeans

I love updating old wardrobe! Its amazing what  a little transformation can do!

Turning trousers to skirt is perhaps one of the easiest transformations there is. This old pair of trousers, probably authentic 80’s, became a very stylish mini skirt for my little girl.I especially love the little star detail!

Collages11 And it could not be easier to make! Cut off the trouser legs, leaving a little more length at the back. Open the seams and overlap to make it into a skirt Sew it back together!

Clothes1Clothes3The edges looked a little too intentional when cut with scissors, so I “distressed” them a little. Looked much better.

The whole project tool some 10 minutes.

Love it!

Utility Room TLC

Below you will see an image that warms my heart – the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of our utility room.

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This is a project that has been a life long dream. Since we’ve moved into our current rented accommodation three years ago, every room has been tackled in one way or another. New curtains, shelves, pictures on the walls. Unfortunately for the utility room, it only ever received left overs and odd bits and bobs. If it didn’t go in the other rooms, it ended up in the utility room. Plus the usual suspects: tools, gift bags, paint pots, ironing, laundry, etc.

I am not particularly proud of the images below. Somewhere under the piles of paint, wall paper, beach accessories, etc., you can see a washing machine.

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The next step was emptying the room to understand how much space we were dealing with. Really the room is more or a corridor, starting with a door and ending with a door. On the right you can see a little toilet window, and a shelf.

Laundry room and lexies shelves3The utility room had a lot of roles to play: laundry room, craft room, storage room, mud room, and many more. As with any completed project, I was very happy with the result.  We (my husband helped with the design and my father-in-law helped with the practical side of things) managed to find a place for every single item! Even some items previously stored elsewhere could migrate into the new all-welcoming Utility Room.

SAM_3449 I also now have a recycling bin! That’s where empty cartons, cans, rolls or wrappers find a second life in the hands of my two year old. Laundry room and lexies shelves5

Another bit that I was very happy to learn about from Pinterest and incorporate was a pegboard! I quite like the flexibility it provides, and the fact that it uses an other wise not used vertical space.

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There is even some room left for work-in-progress next to the ironing board. Some chalkboard painted  labels on IKEA storage bins were a cheaper alternative to wicker baskets. Below in the centre photograph you can spot Reader’s Digest Complete Do-it-yourself Manual – oh yeah!

And probably most importantly, all my screws, bolts and nails are neatly organised and stored away exactly where I can find them!

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Completing this project was like growing wings! I now will flutter onto my next project, and will totally know where to find my hammer!

Designing a Wedding Dress

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For any crafter, the feeling of completion is probably one of the most craved for, yet most illusive feelings. “It is finished!”  In close second, it’s the “I-could-totally-do-that” feeling (you know, when we browse Pinterest for hours for DIY projects…) but that’s for another post.

Here is a brag post of my wedding dress. This is one of those finished projects that even I didn’t think I could pull off when I started dreaming of it (if you are a crafter, you know I am talking about literal dreams).  Yet it is finished, looking beautiful in my wedding photos!

Wedding planning glee quickly turned to gloom when I was faced with the harsh reality of the wedding cost and I was beginning to seriously consider the Little White Chapel. In Cyprus, to buy a dress, you would have to say good-bye to 2 to 3 thousand euro out of your precious wedding budget to purchase a dress, while to rent one for a week, you would have to pay some 800 euros for the simplest dress already worn by somebody else. Either was a “Noh-Noh”!  Luckily, for a DIY-er, when we can’t buy, we DIY!

Having done some dress shopping in Cyprus, I knew what I did NOT want, and having done loads of bridal magazine browsing, I knew what I wanted.  As this was before I learned how to sew, I needed someone to help me.  And it just so happened that I knew a wonderfully talented tailor-ess, who would sew the dress for 300 euro, including purchasing fabric.

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Motive, means and opportunity!

A little sketch and I could see my vision. Lots of explanations and negotiations later, and my tailor could see my vision, too.

I wanted a deep V-neck, yet cover it up a little with chiffon, and almost the same pattern at the back. A wide satin sash, a long flowing skirt and a train. Perfect for an outside wedding!

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Just in time for the wedding, the dress was done!

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And even though I didn’t actually sew the dress myself, I take full credit for not settling for off-the-shelf generic dress, but pursuing my vision and taking necessary steps to achieving it.

Hopefully, I will be able to blog about my sister’s wedding dress next. She got my mum to sew it! Oh, and I am hoping to write  few words about my head piece, which I did make myself.