Sunday, 21 June 2015

CARDBOARD HANGING SEAT



A while ago I made a Side table from Cardboard Rolls that I collected from the office. It took a bit of time, but I decided to make this hanging chair. All that was needed extra was some rope.

I started by drilling holes in the rolls close to the ends on either side of the tubes. I then started stringing the rope through knotting the rope after each roll to keep the rolls a little bit apart.


Stringing it together didn't take to long. Hanging it in the tree did take some time though... I seriously need to work on learning how to tie knots.

With a bit of help I had it hanging and safe to sit on. Thank you to my beautiful sister for trying it out first... 



Monday, 12 January 2015

GIVING MY OLD CHOPPING BOARD A NEW LOOK



Wooden Chopping boards.. got to love them! Yes plastic boards are great because they can go in the dishwasher, but it will never have the warmth and heart that a wooden chopping board has. I have a few in my kitchen and decided to give one of them a face lift.



First I drew the image I wanted onto the board, it took a couple of tries to get the image I wanted, but the pencil easily wipes off. 



Next I burnt the image into the board with a soldering iron. The Iron gets extremely hot, so be very careful not to burn yourself. 

Easy Peazy! You can also use this idea to personalize gifts. Think I'm definitely going to do this more often for birthday gifts this year! What would you use this technique for? 


Monday, 18 August 2014

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD - FREE DESKTOP BACKGROUND

I firmly believe that if you surround yourself with positive thoughts you will become a more positive person. So on this blue Monday here is my first downloadable Desktop Wallpaper. Just a positive thought that hopefully brightens your day... CLICK HERE to download it.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

WORLD MAP FROM PAINT SAMPLES







Through the years I've had a few projects that required paint samples from the hardware store. These little card have becoming more & more over the years & I have been itching to make something out of them for a while. There are so many great ideas for what to do with paint samples all over the internet.

As I have mentioned before I have a complete obsession with maps.... I have needed a world map in my apartment for a while. I started by finding a simple outline image of the world on the internet.

I uploaded it into Block Poster. This website is incredible it has endless possibilities, if you have some time go have a look. This site takes your image you upload & enlarges it to the size you specify & then you download a pdf document in A4 pages of your image to easily print on your printer at home. You then just glue the pieces together and you have a poster the size you require.


I just used the poster as my base to work from.

I cut out each of the continents & started covering them with the paint sample cuttings, here is a time-lapse I made of me assembling Africa…

video

When it was all done I put it up on my wall above my couch… When making something like this you can decide if you want to use specify colors or like I did completely multi colored.



Monday, 21 July 2014

CROCHET COVERED CUSHION




Another bazaar another crochet something or the other…
 This time I bought a little bag of crochet circles in all different colors not having a clue what I’m going to do with it, but it was R6, so I could afford to figure out what I’m going to do with it later.

I’m a huge fan of the rainbow colors & organizing colors in sequins ( I might be slightly OCD) so once again I started sorting them into color groups & playing around with what could be done. 



I had this white pillow on my couch that I decided to doll up. Here is the end result!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

DINING CHAIR UPCYCLE


Years ago I bought these 2 chairs at a flea market for R100 each. Oh what ugly mismatching little chairs they were. I then redid them by painting them white and reupholstering the seats with pieces of scrap material I had around the house.


I recently realized I want to redo them again.. it’s time! Saturday was such a miserable rainy day in Cape Town, and my amazingly talented friend Aletta & I were stuck indoors in my tiny apartment. We needed something to keep up busy and so we stated on a few diy projects. My chairs were top of the list!



I still liked the fact that the chairs were white (my weakness) but the floral prints became a bit much in my already very busy apartment. I decided to rip off the old covers and redo the seats with white fabric I had lying around.

Already it looked soooo much better, but it still needed a bit of oomph. With the pouring rain outside I needed cheering up.. Yellow was going to be the answer!! Using some masking tape to make sure I paint in a straight line I painted the top part of the 1 chair and the bottom part of the other to give a bit of variation. Loving the outcome!



Sunday, 2 March 2014

TEST-TUBE VASES

Another lovely Sunday morning at the Milnerton Market and a few good finds. These old test-tubes were only 50c each. I bought 20 of them to become mini vases in my windowsill. Loving the life they bring to my flat!