Wardrobe Upcycle

Seems like my last few blogged DIYs have been about slapping paint on things, and again, I bring you my latest Upcycled Wardrobe, smothered in some fresh paint. Love it when an opportunity presents itself, at the right time. When is the right time? The right time is when I have the right tools available, space, some spare cash, inspiration, and most importantly, baby daddy who is happy to keep Mia Familia busy.  Then stars allign, and I barely have a choice.

With the help of a few dear friends and family members (thank you!), this little beauty made its way into my house.

It was lovingly painted white, looking nice and neat on the outside, however inside was a different story.

There wasn’t much room for any major alterations, it was sweet as it was, just needed some fresh paint, inside and out. 

I chose a shade of green, very light minty colour. Dispite all the beautiful colours available, I find I always diverge towards black and white. And if not black and white, then my next go-to colour is green. So I wasn’t any more adventurous this time either. 

However, this is exactly the shade that it needed. 

The inside, once again, was a different story. I did not choose this colour – it chose me. It was in the discounted section at Homecentre, and the sales person kind of wanted me to buy it, so it came home with me, and found it’s rightful place in this world inside my cupboard. Its a lovely lavender grey.

 As I started working on it, it’s purpose became more and more clear. I considered craft cupboard, wardrobe, etc., but as the coat of paint continued to reveal it’s identity, it was clear it was a linen cupboard.

Choosing handles was also easy. It had to be something not too shiny, not too modern, yet not too classic. I never like starting with “nots”, but found these little handles, and they were just perfect!

All in all, after a week of some sporadic (whenever time allowed) cleaning, sanding, painting, distressing and folding laundry, I get to wake up to this little friend!

Make it and love it!

DIY – Wooden Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree alternative is so cute, of course I had to try it! You will find it all over Pinterest. My favourite ones are the ones from pallets, but as I didn’t have pallets, new planks had to do.

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There are so many ways to go about making one of these, but as always I make it the way it makes sense to me.
My way was to use my kitches floor tiles as my grid. It was easy to mark out some hypotenuses and use those for the Christmas tree shape.

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All the pieces of wood were cut different lengths, according to my marked template. I used another piece of wood inserted between the planks to make even spaced gaps. Never need a ruler when you don’t need a universal standard measurement. It’s all relative.  Mine are Olgametres (“obtaining an object in close proximity that can be used as a measure without universally accepted graduations to identify a certain length used for that single purpose only and disregarded henceforth”). What are yours?

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When the tree was cut, some pieces got moved by mistake slightly further apart, but I realised that I liked it like that more. It looked taller and slimmer like that.

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Once assembled, sanded and painted, it went up on the wall, just above our churches’ coffee counter.

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Here is the decoration odessey. I say odessey, as this took a while, but only because I got to decorate it with some students, and all the ornaments were handcrafted!  More on that later!

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And, as always, ~ Make it and love it!

Wire Christmas Star Ornament

With Christmas season in full swing, I come across so many fun DIY pins, it’s impossible not to attempt some myself. I found a wonderful idea of wire Christmas ornaments, and all you need is a wire!

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My first one I tried was with silver wire I had left over from previous projects.

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It is so simple! Draw a little star on a wooden plank, hammer in a nail at each vertex and wrap away! Then secure in the intersections and fasten off! I did have to pull the nails out to release the star.

I then tried to spray paint it gold.

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I liked how it looked, but then I bought some gold wire and liked how that came out, too.

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Too cute!!! Make it and love it!

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This is where most of them ended up, more on this later! One exciting post coming up!

Christmas Bunting – Christmas pudding, Ice Cream and Gingerbread hearts

What a blast I am having with crochet. I just can’t get enough! And it turns out that the more you do something, the more ideas you have for more of this something!

I’ve played around with crocheting some Bunting,  and I love it! I love the amount of detail it provides, yet repetitive patterns keep it all nice and uniform. What’s not to love!

And now that Christmas is just around the corner, it is on my mind A LOT. And what’s on my mind is usually reflected in my crochet. 🙂 (That explains all the Ice Creams and Doughnuts!)

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This is how I start. I have an idea and I make a lot of unfinished parts. There is the benefit of specialisation, but since I don’t know what end result looks like, it could be a win or a fail. In fact, I have a few started projects that never got completely finished,  because the picture in my head did not match the reality… that’s the issue with crochet… It is very slow…

But the more I practice, the more I am able to see how yarn will behave. I love that!

Here is that finished little pudding!

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And even cuter as a bundle!

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And even cuter on a plate!

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You are so cute, I want to eat you!!!

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Christmas bunting, so cute! I love Bunting,  and garlands, and Christmas and food! Put it together into Christmas pudding Bunting!

I’ve made some other ones a while ago, too.

Pineapple…

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And Gingerbread hearts…

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And Ice cream…

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All of these are for sale at my Etsy shop!

Christmas preps

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Last year, my Product Design class, consisting of our beloved graduates have pulled our brains and resources together and created this master piece. Needless to say how proud I am of them! Effort + good project = memorable results! Our class wasn’t that big last year, but we managed to work in several groups, each coming up with, designing and executing a part of the overall installation.

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Fireplace was the focal point, around which everything else was added. Girls made it out of a polystyrene boards.

It was decorated with some festive hand-embroidered stocking.

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The clay Bunting is also hand – made. You can find it in my earlier posts.

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On the mantle we have some pine cones and twinkle lights decorated with felt houses.

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Above the fireplace is a beautiful pine cone wreath. My students surprised me again! This particular project I didn’t see until installation date, but loved it once it came!

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Next to the wreath is cone bunting.  My students’ own design.  Amazing what they can come up with!

There were a few other bits and bobs that were added by everyone, creating a memorable piece that maybe will inspire others to get crafty this season!

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Well done, my darlings! Thank you for your effort, creativity, patience and hours of laughter!

Crochet Ice Cream Bunting

DIY - Ice cream bunting

Just when I thought crochet was behind me, I get back into it again. I have too much yarn left over to abandon it just now. Also, too many ideas and too many orders (albeit I insist on people having them).

Traditionally, crochet is not associated with summer, as anything knitted is usually cosy and warm. And here I am, middle of summer, submerged into 40 degree heat wave, crocheting away! Yet, I am making tiny little Ice creams, and that’s a little summery.

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These are tiny little Ice Cream cones, very similar to the larger ones I’ve previously made, but now these come in  a bundle of five, strung together into a beautiful summer bunting!

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Here is my hand for comparison (I think I have average size hands…).

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This I love! A coleague has used them for decorating the hall for kids’ end of year show, and I think they looked great! My kids love them, too!

If you liked the Ice Cream that you saw, but would like to see a bigger version, or if you like the idea of bunting, but maybe not Ice Cream, checkout my older posts. You might find something you like:

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Oh, oh, alternatively, you can buy some of my crochet things on Etsy! Just search for OlgaMcdalova shop on Etsy.com, or click here!

DIY – Watermelon Bunting

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Nothing slams inspiration like poor weather (been there!) and nothing boosts inspiration quite like good weather!

What a great way to welcome summer (in Cyprus, summer usually swallows spring, and fall for that matter, lasting from mid-April to id-October).  Watermelons all the way!

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This is one lovely piece!

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Watermelon, anyone?

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These are available on my Etsy shop, as well as “RightHere” Charity shop in Limassol!

If you are like me, discovering your love for crochet, you might enjoy following my progress by checking out my other posts:

Blog thumbnail - DIY Crochet Cacti Etsy announcement  Blog thumbnail - DIY Crochet Ice cream  Blog thumbnail - DIY Clay Christmas Ornaments