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101 Woonideeen

While I was in Amsterdam over the weekend, I had to pick up a recent copy of 101 Woonideeen, a Dutch home magazine first introduced to me by Danielle that has turned into an addiction for me.

It’s easily one of my favorite Dutch magazines right now because of the clever and quick budget DIY ideas. It’s fun to spruce things up around the house each season, take a few of these simple ideas that I came across – you’re sure to like them.

Here are some simple ideas. The first one is a fun and functional solution for magazine storage using white plastic hangers. I think this would be great for a workspace to display pretty papers or fabrics, too. And the next is even easier – tie pretty ribbons around a lampshade – something you can change per season. You can even embellish them with brooches, don’t you think? You don’t even have to use glue to secure them, but of course if you’d like to go for it. You can try double-sided poster tape cut to size.

Another simple touch I love – using old belts, you can create colorful and sturdy handles for storage boxes. I’d go a step further and display a pretty gift tag from each identifying the contents.

This would be a fun rainy day project. Sew buttons onto a table runner to spell something out. Of course, the shorter the word, the easier the project. Supercalafragalisticexpialladocious may require too much patience. :)

Although this page from 101 Woonideeen isn’t to show a specific project, it’s more of product spotlight, I couldn’t help but think that you could take a plain vase and decorate it for Fall/Winter by slipping on a sleeve from a sweater that you no longer need. If your vase is quite slim and your sleeve is a bit to large, opt for children’s sweaters from second-hand stores. It’s a great way to recycle and decorate on the cheap. Knee socks work great, too.

(images from 101 woonideeen)

Posted in diy on September 27, 2007

Daub and Bauble

When it comes to selecting products for the home, I’m a detail-oriented person, giving attention to the little things that are often overlooked by others – are you this way too? I bet most of us are, we all love to discover pretty things. When I’m out shopping for the very basics (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap), in addition to scanning ingredients, I look for packaging that is simple, pretty, and matches the room I plan to use/display the product in. Even a shampoo bottle can look pretty, and sure that sounds a bit dorky, but why not enjoy beautiful ‘mundane’ things?

Take Daub and Bauble, a brand new company based in Minnesota with packaging that is not only modern, but 100% recyclable. And (big bonus points here), their hand wash, detergent, and hand lotion is available in delicious fragrances like Fig + Thyme, Lemon + Ginger, and Orange + Clove. You can purchase some for your home at online apothecary, Home 101 based right here in New Hampshire.

TIP: If you’re on a budget, why not buy a few empty bottles at The Container Store, fill them with your soap, detergent, or lotion of choice, and apply a single band of vintage wallpaper, fabric, or wallpaper or gift wrap leftovers from a recent project you’ve worked on? If you’d like to seal it, brush over matte gel medium or clear glue that you’d use for decoupage projects.

(images from daub and bauble)

Posted in diy on September 18, 2007

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap

I’ve been trying to stay busy this week to avoid falling into a total state of depression over the recent death in our immediate family. The only way I can get through it all and maintain some joy is to find things to do around the house, play positive music, and work on a few projects that are easy enough so that I don’t walk away frustrated and tense. Stay positive! Keep smiling! That’s the only way to deal sometimes when all I want to do is hide under my blanket.
No hiding allowed.

So I painted a wall in my living room this morning. No clue why, but I felt like painting things was the way to kick my sadness. And it works. Last night, I put those sticky discs on some of my favorite plates like I told you about earlier. No real effort there, but it made me feel like I accomplished something because I seriously detested those wire hangers I had before. So a few easy tasks later, and my smile is more natural and less forced.

But I still feel like painting, so I took this small unfinished wood frame that I found at the craft store and applied a few coats of white paint. I love all the little original works of art that I buy, but most of them look so much nicer when framed and I’m not about to run to the frame store for every little painting I have. I just came back from the local frame shop and $200 later, I have two of my favorite prints up and gorgeous. But still, $200 is a lot of money and I certainly can’t give all of my art work the royal treatment. Unfinished frames, no glass, that’s the way to go for mini paintings. Plus, it makes them appear much larger.

I think this $4 one works nicely with one of my Creative Thursday paintings purchased back in March. These frames come in various sizes and widths, so I didn’t give it much thought, I just grabbed the only one on the shelf assuming that for $4, it will work until I can buy a better frame. It had a 5 x5 insert, the painting is 5 x 5, so what could go wrong. Nothing.

The results are very nice after applying a few coats of primer, a few coats of white acrylic paint, and a single coat of clear lacquer. I simply popped the 5×5 painting in the back and taped to secure. I know I can use hardware to secure it, but until I run to Lowe’s, strong tape will do just fine. So what will I do next? Maybe I’ll go buy a new staple gun and try not to staple my hand as I did last time when I was reupholstering a chair and held the gun backwards. Ouch! Okay, no staple gun projects for me this week. I think I’ll sew something, that’s always great therapy and I do have some pants to hem…

Psst: If you’d like a pretty painting from Marisa, don’t miss her online sale going on today – I’m not sure what time she’ll be posting them, but I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly so make sure you keep checking her blog for updates.

{Update: Marisa just posted her paintings right here.}

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy on September 13, 2007

Plate Hangers: Simple DIY

As hard as I try to like them, I really have issues with double spring wire plate hangers, especially since one just left a crack in my Lena Corwin plate. So I’ve been on the hunt for something that won’t scratch or crack my precious Lena melamine and I found a solution that really works for me.

Did you know that adhesive plate discs exist? They stick to the back of your plates and when installed, no hook or holder is visible. Perfect! They’re imported from England and available at your local A.C. Moore for $3.99 each, where I purchased mine yesterday. What happens in the future when you want to remove them? Just soak the plates in warm water and the disc loosens and you can simply peel it off. They come in all sizes, can be trimmed to fit, and the larger disc can support a 6.5 lb plate.

Since the instructions on both the disc and the web do not make mention of using them on melamine, I decided to experiment with things myself to see if the disc would stick to a plastic plate. After allowing the glue to dry overnight, the discs are bonded to the plate and I have no concerns about them separating. Of course, I also used clear duct tape over the disc to secure them, just in case the disc adhesive isn’t enough.

You simply wet the disc and rub the glue around with your finger.

Then you position it on the back of your plate. Next use CLEAR duct tape and secure over the disc and plate on the back. Wait 24 hours and you’re done. You can hang them on your wall.

I think these discs answer a question I’ve had since viewing this image in Living Etc. ages ago – how did they install them? It looks like some have wire holders, others do not. The image isn’t clear enough for me to see. But I know this for sure, I would prefer to do things my way – no visible holders. And though I can’t be sure, I’m thinking it would be easy with these disc plate holders and a few tiny wood blocks (from the craft store) in varying heights painted the same color as your walls, screwed into the wall, for the lovely three dimensional effect.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in diy on September 13, 2007


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