Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love potion gift tags

Hello! Valentine's day is round the corner and I thought I would do something fun so here are a couple of Love Potion gift tags. 


For this you will need:
  • Some thick, coloured paper
  • Adhesive cork sheet
  • glue
  • paper or felt hearts and twine


Use the printable at the end of this blog and print out the potion bottles and corks



Cut out each piece as below




Glue the wrong sides together


leaving the top edges free

Using the cork template, cut out two adhesive cork sheets and stick them on either side of the cork template so that both sides are lined with cork.


glue the cork lid in between the bottle sheets like shown below. Now your tag will have two sides with text as shown below.


Cut out  heart in red paper or felt and tie with string..



Here is the other bottle



To get a free printable template for the two bottles shown above click here





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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Funky decor with fresh flowers

Like everyone else I love having flowers all over the house so when I was recently introduced to BloomNation, I was inspired to showcase a few fun fresh flower arrangements. If you haven't heard of them before, they are a flower delivery service that supports local florists through their online marketplace.

This first one is my favourite - Framed!



This amphora magnet holds just a spoonful of water, so tiny blooms on my fridge!


The Amphora runneth over!


I keep my limited hardware supplies in this old box and thought this was a good setting - our of the box!




I had fun doing this. Filled a grocery bag with water and put the flowers in. I had to take quick photos since it was all wobbly and I didn't want to put a container in.




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Thursday, January 28, 2016

DIY home lighting solution

Simple and effective, this lighting solution is assembled in 10 minutes flat.



 I have used 

-Miniature paintings done on thin marble
- an ordinary square sided bottle and 
- battery operated serial lights (the only ones I had)

You could use
- any set of  images copied on a transparency
- a square sided bottle or vase
- batter operated or even electric lights of the correct length.

Assembling this works the same way and is easier if you have a vase so the neck is large and easy to work with.

Here are the miniatures. The fourth miniature doesn't fit so I have to get a vase with larger squares (in time!)



Here is the bottle I had in my pantry



Put a scrap of cloth inside before you begin so that the pictures don't fall in and break.


Insert the pictures one at a time



Remove the cloth carefully and put in the serial lights (mine look ugly on their own!)



 Put in the serial lights...

and click it on!


Lid it or not, the miniatures come to life through the glass




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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My home office / WeWork

When I relocated to a city away from my office, I had to create a home office in a desk unit in my rented home. I sure miss the chatter of co workers and office lunches but I took this as an opportunity to combine work and my blog right here on my desk. The decor on my tiny work space changes now and again and when WeWork invited me to share my work space I was delighted! (it gave me the chance to redo a bit of my tiny desk.)


Here is my tiny work desk. This is where I plan people's travel and where I think up ideas for my blog. When I visited the WeWork website I straightaway got a few decor ideas!  Such amazing shared work spaces! I love humour and I am a great fan of Gerald Durrell, the British author and Mario Miranda, the late Goan cartoonist.  Mario's poster features prominently on my desk. This is a permanent fixture in my otherwise varying decor.


Here is a sugar container I picked up in Mario Gallery, Panjim Goa.I turn it round ever so often and every picture brings a smile to my face.


A little something from my craft cupboard - here is the vintage coaster I made where my late night tea mug sits; my fave mini chest of draws and a lighting option I created with some miniature paintings from Rajasthan, India. That is the subject of my next blog post. Love the block print stamps...


Finally my inspiration - my travel collectibles. Since my work involves hand crafting itineraries I travel a bit and look for things that take me back to the countries I have been to. This is but a small fragment of the entire collection - I am quite the crazy collector! Norfolk Lavender, Zell am See, Prague, Istanbul.. ...

Have to plan my summer holiday now! Ciao!






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Monday, January 18, 2016

Two ideas to repurpose and upcycle coasters

Here is a way to use interesting coasters to bling up plain bags.






All you need are interesting coasters, a good adhesive and a sting of coloured stones or pearls; anything that you have lying around at home that matches the bag and coaster.



Assembling this takes very little time. Just stick the coaster in the centre and the string around it and it's done.


It is easy to assemble little wall hangings using native style coasters 


Hot glue bookmarks, old jewellery or Christmas ornaments to the back of the coaster and use double sided tape to stick it to the wall. 


Here is another way to use translucent, funky coasters. Use a glue dot to attach four of them to four sides of any suitable bowl. Here I have used a ziploc box.











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Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Vintage coasters

If you have old embroidered pieces, combine them with old fabric and burlap to make vintage feel coasters. These are cross stitch pieces I dis a while ago and have been repurposed here.





Here is a look at the material you will need - the embroidered patch or edging, burlap, old fabric, fuse bonding paper and threads in different colour.


Cut fuse bonding paper to the size of the embroidered piece.



Iron it on to the burlap or old fabric cut to size.



Finish with a running stitch in a contrasting colour.











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