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!

Playhouse to Veterinary Clinic make-over

It’s been a long time coming! Some ideas born in the head have a few months gestation period! Finally, this came out!

It all started with our volunteering youth. They were fund raising for a mission trip abroad and were looking for opportunities to serve within the local community – for donations. I was starting to think of freshening up the playhouse. The opportunities presented each other, shook hands, and got on with it. They were happy painting, I was happy they were painting. 

Unfortunately, summer came, and we left for the summer. Once we got back, I was six months (going on fifteen) pregnant by then. I needed the master helper. My mum!

In its entirety, I think mum and I have different tastes (she’s way more eccentric), but on most things, I trust her eye. So one morning, she agreed to help while I was busy at work. I left her the choice of paints, and gave her complete creative freedom. I couldn’t trust anyone else like that. The colour choice is perfect! Not too hospital, not too girlie, not too boyish – just perfect for a Pet Clinic. 

First layer done. Now for the furnishings and accessories. 

We didn’t do much painting on the outside, but the white paws really freshened it up!

Veterinary clinic downstairs and adoption centre upstairs. 

Patient patients.

Opticians department.

Record keeping (aka Big book of boo-boos) is a must.

Anxious pups…

Pets looking for their humans.

Ikea dog bum hangers fit perfectly with our theme.

Now, hours of bureaucracy keep out Vet intern occupied. 

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 pony

DIY - Crochet pony

Little girls and ponies, eh? Actually, it’s little girls and ponies, unicorns, mermaids, crowns, princesses, pets and so on. Let’s just say my little girl loves anything and everything, so you could not have gone wrong with a pony. Lucky for me I stumbled across an amazing site, with loads of free amigurumi crochets! allaboutami.com has quite a number of excellent exciting free patterns, which I am still to try! When my wee one saw it, she wanted it just like it was in the picture. In fact, as she was going to bed, I proposed that I make the mane a different colour, perhaps her favourite purple. She wanted it just as she saw it. She even told me she saw red yarn in my yarn collection, and that’s the red she wanted. 11903377_10153021562661120_1914908819_n

The little thing turned out great! It can sit as well as stand!

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It’s a very cute size, too. With adorable little eyelashes! Needless to say Lex loved it when she found it waiting for her in the living room!

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