Saturday, 16 November 2013
I have been wanting to do this for a while now and today's rainy weather has been the perfect occasion: DIY gift tags.It's quick and fun to do. I have a big collection of Little Golden Books that I have pick up in op shops and garage sales. The illustrations are gorgeous. They are not always in good condition which makes them perfect for craft projects. (I find it difficult to cut books that are in good shape.
I simply cut two rectangle shapes for each tag; one with the chosen illustration, one in a recycled brown paper bag. I zigzag stitched the two layers, sandwiching in the middle an office tag. If you have a punch hole, you probably don't need to do this. I had these tags sitting in my drawers so I decided to use them. It gives a "luggage" tag effect which I like.
They could make a fun garland too...or be hung in the tree...
Monday, 11 November 2013
The main bathroom in our house has been for a long time a place of no interest. It has pink tiles, the wrong kind of pink, yellowish tiles on the floor, dull white walls. A cheap vanity with a marble top...
With a budget of nort, but inspired by my friend Geraldine's desire to update her own bathroom and a wild pinning session on Pinterest, I went and gather a few of my favourite Bali items and decided to dedicate them to the bathroom.
Like my little fun mirror with beads and tassels. Very gypsy. Love it.
And my set of aluminum tins.
I have a hard time finding shower curtains attractive. So i bought a simple clear plastic one ($6 from Bunnings, rings included) and retrieved from my stash of fabrics a sunny happy cotton and a green flower power vintage bed sheet. I sew the two together. And voila!
A nice, vibrant shower curtain.
I love recycled plastic rugs. This one, picked up at Ikea for $12 was just the right size and colour. Plastic rugs are awesome in the bathroom.
I love a bit of live green in bathrooms, so...
I added these two little guys. The jute hanging pot holders are from Apple Bee.
I retrieved unwanted wooden shelves from the attic and added a few more of my Balinese treasures.
And I have finally made the switch and now only use Pesthemal towels or Turkish towels. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful! Fast drying, ultra soft and absorbent. And if they are good in the bathroom, they are perfect at the beach too; they remain sand free even when wet!
I did a quick paint job on an old cabinet found on the side of the road and now we have a first aid cabinet too!
It may not be the bathroom of my dreams but you know what, I quite like my bathroom now. Yes, it still has pink tiles and a cheap vanity with a marble top but I don't see them as much now. It goes to show that even without a big budget you can turn ordinary into ... nice ordinary!
In preparation of the gifts giving season, Mia and I have been working on a little quick easy project, recycling paper brown bags I keep when I shop. ( I love shops that use paper bags!).
We opted for a bird but of course A reindeer would make it more Christmassy.
We used Gel Pastels from Djeco. They are terrific. A great gift for any little -or big- artist.
A litte bit of decoupage and a little bit of collage and lots of colours. Very simple.