Recycling/upcycling window shutters

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nothing has suffered more in my month-long funk than my house. Laundry is still on the clothesline, bedsheets have been used to cover sofas because I’m too lazy to look for my throws, and my sewing materials are all crammed on top of a table the bunny can’t reach. One of the priorities in my getting-back-to-reality program is to reorganize/redecorate the house, so it’s back to the net to look for inspiration.

I’ve always loved old-school wooden window shutters. Unfortunately, where I come from and where I am they’re considered antiques and get quite pricey. Still, I love the idea of having them all over the house, or even having a full wall of them. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those places where you can find window shutters lying about, please check out this list of things you can do with them to brighten up your home from scraphacker.


Inspiring laundry room makeover

March 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

  Every Thursday Amy over at Life Through My Eyes writes a post called Delightfully Inspiring Thursdays, which I always enjoy. This week’s post is about doing over her laundry room, which for me was inspiring indeed. I don’t have a laundry room but I have a space in front of my wardrobe (my developer apparently ran out of money when fitting out the flat and left me with just one instead of two) which is dying for me to do something with PLUS I have a storeroom I’ve been thinking to convert into a craft room. Whichever I decide to do first (and when), will owe much credit to Amy’s post. Spending very little for something that looks awesome (and neat, as in clean and organized neat) is something I always aim for and that’s what this entire post is about. Get the full before and after story from Amy right here.

Stone tile placemat

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s been a slow (hah! say complete standstill) for crafting this week. I’ve been in such a blah mood (mainly because 8 hours of my day is spent in an unproductive funk) that I just haven’t been inspired to do anything. But I plan to change that next week after completing my pattern-drafting classes. Then we’ll be going on a garment-making frenzy to justify the cost of the classes. Or so we’ll see.

Anyhoo, admiring other people’s crafts always lifts my spirits and sure enough I found this. I can’t credit this to anyone since I followed a Pinterest link and only got as far as the image. So if this is yours, please do leave me a note of approval or if not tell me to FO and I’ll remove it 😀

I really love the look of this and I like that it’s an upcycle of something. I do believe this wouldn’t be practical for actual use though. I’m just thinking of the many richly sauced Filipino dishes I love so much and no way will I let those near this. Still, great idea to visit your local hardware store and find a nice and big enough tile to use as a placemat.

DIY stone sconces

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love lighting. You wouldn’t know it from the cave I live in and my eyes’ peculiar sensitivity to light, but I do. My lack of lighting and the blankness of my walls have become a fixture on this blog and it just so happens that I came upon this post from The Noshery. I’m still not convinced about drilling holes and hanging things on my walls but I like the simplicity of this project. Just a thought, you could use old book ends for this instead of having to knock together loose pieces of wood. But I’ll let them explain better how it’s done here.

Pearl strand lamp

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

I want! I currently have a naked bulb hanging on my curtain rod (long story short: friend gift now too big for living room but I still need light). I think this idea will do quite well. There’s no tutorial but you’ll figure it out from the photos from Design Dazzle. Bonus: I get to use my new pliers. Hooray!

Dining room DIY

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

You could say I got into DIY out of sheer envy. I moved into my flat with no furniture. My friends know I’m not exaggerating here, we had to sit on the kitchen counters when they’d visit. I’d walk by a The One or Selva window display and want everything in it, from the ridiculously oversized armchairs to the dust-gatherer-potential decorative balls. Since I would have to pawn my soul to be able to buy any of those things, I decided to beg for/buy cheap stuff and “make” them into the things I want. Well this hasn’t quite worked out (as my half-sawn baseboard side table would prove to you) but somehow or another my house is actually starting to look the way I want it to. My biggest issue now are my walls. They look empty. First, because I am very reluctant to drill into them; and second, I keep having daydreams of how the wall fairies would come in the night and I’d wake up to beautifully painted and decorated walls. HAH. Anyhoo, I keep trawling the net for wall decoration ideas and found this new object of envy. I’m not sure whether it’s the rich shade of violet she’s used or the fact that she used mirrors from dollar-store hooks that got me, but I love this. I’ll let Main SarahJane tell you how she did it at very little cost. There’s a plastic cup lighting fixture in there too that you might want to take a closer look at.   


Fun with crayons

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, I’m kinda vaguely settled into my flat now, even though the (sparse) furnishings tend to be moved around at least once a week because I am still not sure whether I really like them where they are or not. Plus there’s that thing where every available surface seems to end up covered in either fabric or sewing materials. My biggest issue is still my walls, blank as most of them are and me still not quite convinced drilling holes into them is a solution. Granted, one of them has to be semi-clear because unlike normal people who have TVs I use a projector for watching my shows. I’ve seen quite a few iterations of this wall decoration because my elementary school “art” classes have completely prejudiced me against a. crayons, b. paper plates, c. macaroni. So jury’s still out on this one, though I love the colors and the mirror detail in the center. Here’s more details about the project from The Shattered Lance.

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