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DIY: Spray Paint Plastic Animals

August 24, 2012

I found this cute idea and had to share it quickly because painting wooden, ceramic and plastic animals has been popping up here and there throughout the years but I’ve not found a dedicated post yet to it with so many lovely examples. Until now! This was posted on the Living Gazette.

DIY: Spray Paint Plastic Animals

What a fun and easy DIY project – all you need is a little paint and patience, though not much of both! My kind of project. Spray and go! I imagine you could even use nail lacquer on the plastic animals… Anyway, have fun with this and see if you can find some spare animals laying around the toy box. NOTE: Just make sure the little one doesn’t chew on them after you’ve decided to repurpose toys into decor items! Eek.

Have you ever tried this idea? How did it turn out for you?

(images: the every girl and glitter guide)

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Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

August 1, 2012

I thought that today I’d share a peek from my own workspace of a corner that I’ve created where I clip my inspirations. While I have a mood board in the space and a bulletin board, I find this corner a refreshing space because I’ve hung 9 patterned clipboards that look neat and organized yet hold my inspirations of the moment.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

First, I asked my husband to hang a simple white shelf from IKEA and below it, I placed a few wooden stools so the shelf didn’t look quite so lonely. I intentionally hung the shelf lower because I knew that above it I wanted to hang clipboards and after measuring them (length x width), I knew how much space I needed to begin my project. I measured carefully to insure the shelf was at the correct level. The best thing is that the shelf doubles as a guest work space so when my students are here they can use this nook to jump on their laptop or to take notes while I’m teaching. The shelf is about the same height as a desk for this purpose.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

These clipboards came with patterns, so I selected 3 patterns and opted for 3 each for a total of 9 to fit the space. For your wall, you may need less (or more). My clipboards are from House Doctor in Denmark via Agentur Pedersen (their German rep) but if you cannot find their products in your country, you can always use clipboards from an office supply store and add your own patterns with wallpaper or you can paint them in a favorite color or colors. You could even be a bit subtle yet playful and paint them solid gray and if they have sides that are visible, you could paint only the sides neon colors like yellow or pink. You could also use chalkboard paint so that you can jot down notes or quotes using chalk on some and one others, clip what inspires you at the moment.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

Using a leveler, pencil and a measuring tape, my husband and I pulled together this little nook in about 20 minutes. I rent my apartment, so I’m stuck with the wallpaper in the bumpy white for now (oh well) but I still love my home and do what I can to distract the eye from the things that I do not like and in this case, the clipboards really work well and help me to better organize my office.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

I hope that this idea inspires you to try this in your own workspace. Would you experiment with this idea? What do you think? Any other ways you can think of to organize an office wall easily?

(photos: holly becker)

Decorating Tips, DIY

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

June 19, 2012

I love how changing 3 things in a room can make such a big difference – yeah, just THREE. An American friend of mine, Tina Fussell from the Traveling Mama blog, is now living up in Denmark and loves to do DIY projects and to decorate on a budget. Recently she wrote in with three quick changes that she made to her living room that I think made a pretty big impact — all for under $100!
Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

BEFORE (below)

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

AFTER (below)

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

“This cabinet was just washed out and too country for our home here in Denmark. This was one of the few pieces I brought from the States, so I was in a near panic about painting it because it was going to be hard to replace a solid wood piece, but I love the result! I’m so glad I didn’t let fear stand in the way!”

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

Before (above)
Tina also decided to change up something else in the space, “I didn’t like all the little things on the side tables in our living room and it just didn’t feel pulled together.” So this is what she did…

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

After (below), “By pulling the tables to the center, we have a place to prop up our feet, but also somewhere my little guys can race their cars!” But that’s not all, Tina decided to change another element in the room…

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

Before (below),”This wall just felt a bit blank and out of place. The chair was too big for this room and couldn’t recline the way it was suppose to. The table was full of too many little messy things…”

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

After (below),”I created a new piece of art and exchanged the chair for one that was a better scale. Shopping in my own home, buying a can of paint and a canvas, and moving things about gave me a mini room makeover for less than $100!”

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

What a great job Tina, thank you for sharing this! What a difference shopping at home and a fresh can of paint can make!

(images: tina fussell)

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Ombre DIY: Dresser From IKEA

June 7, 2012

Hello friends! In February I talked about the ombre trend (here) and now in June I still find myself really loving it. That is why when this image arrived in my inbox I couldn’t resist posting it.

Ombre DIY: Dresser From IKEA

I love this! And the best part about this look is that all you need is a dresser and some paint – pretty easy to come by and in most cases, this can be an affordable DIY project. IKEA Livet Hemma in Sweden recently painted TARVA, their new dresser, in tones of apricot and I love it. The color scale from powdery pink to saturated coral makes it an instant eye-catcher!

The easiest way to get the colors right is to simply work off of a paint card at the home store and buy the shades on it in the color that you like the most and paint them in the exact order on your dresser drawers as they appear on the card, from lightest (on the top) to darkest (on the bottom). If the colors seem too light from one shade to the next, skip and paint every other shade on the card instead for more intensity.

Would you try this at home? I would in a red hot second!

(photo: Patric Johansson)

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DIY Drawer Art

May 15, 2012

Hello friends! How are you doing and how is your day? I got very good news that a new friend of mine will soon relocate from Paris to Berlin and so I’m very happy as I hope his move will result in us getting to see one another regularly! He is American like me so I am also curious to see how he settles in with learning all about German life & culture. Germany is the place to be more and more, so much is going on over here and the creative energy is amazing, contagious even… I’m so glad I moved here nearly 3 years ago because I really love it. It also makes me feel good when others move here to, it’s validating somehow. Do you feel that way about certain things, like your faith in something was worth it? That you felt something and followed your heart? I don’t want to rattle on and on so let me show you this DIY project that I made for you. I’ve been busy working but decided recently to create something for my wall since I wanted to add a little vignette of art to a lonely wall in my work studio. I thought I’d give you a step-by-step explanation as to how I did it because you may want to try something like it at home. I’m calling this Drawer Art. You’ll soon see why! :)

DIY Drawer Art

If you try this, please let me know – I’d love to see your project. It’s nice knowing when things inspire others and also encouraging because then I can show you more little ideas from my workshop. :)

(images: holly becker)

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Paper Flower Tutorials From Martha Stewart

March 20, 2012

I thought to further inspire you today on the first day of spring that I’d link you to some fabulous flower making tutorials online that may get your creative juices flowing from craft queen, Martha Stewart. The first are these fab coffee filter flower baskets.

Paper Flower Tutorials From Martha Stewart

You can change them up by adding stems and turning them into bouquets. There is a video that you can watch here to get you started. Try to venture out on a limb and think of other ways to apply this craft idea. You may imagine them as garlands, perhaps?

Paper Flower Tutorials From Martha Stewart

I love this magnolia blossom how to. I remember watching my mother work with crepe paper to make flowers when I was a little girl. She made them beautifully and with great care. She even made them for my bridal shower, the room was filled with crepe paper flowers – some huge, some dainty, along with fresh flower arrangements too. Her creativity influenced everything that I do, she taught me how to see the world as having endless possibilities and countless approaches. She loves taking the conventional and flipping it upside down. Unconventional yet approachable – a fine line, but she never went too far. She rarely crossed over into the crazy craft lady territory where unconventional becomes tacky or looney. When crafting, I try to exercise the same restraint and edit things when I approach that crazy craft lady zone. For me, that’s a sign that I need to step back and step away from the glue gun.

Paper Flower Tutorials From Martha Stewart

Some tutorials that you can link to: 1. Crepe paper flowers are affordable and add a soft touch. 2. This is a fab tutorial, too. 3. Such a beautiful DIY addition to clothing or to a tabletop (A video showing how to do this can be seen on this page). 4. For spring, I suggest trying this DIY with some colorful papers, but this tutorial can put you on the right track. 5. I love this branch idea with birds from the craft store and paper flowers on the branches. 6. More lovely paper blooms with a helpful how-to.

Doesn’t this inspire you to get creative for spring?

(images and projects: marthastewart.com)

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