It’s funny how different traditions are family to family. Especially when it comes to decorating your house for Christmas.
I’ve had this blue tray for a while now. It has been used in my drink’s cart (yes, I do have a drink’s cart! – pictures coming soon!). I always loved the shape and the colour of the tray but I always felt like there was something missing, a bit of color or something… Read more
We like cork boards in my house. And when I say WE, I refer to the royal we. As in ME.
I like having somewhere to put things up, to make that drawer-full-of-random-papers a tiny bit lighter, somewhere to gather the kids’ invitations so I remember to bring them to parties and recipes that I rip from doctor’s waiting rooms while I pretend to cough (oh yeah, that’s me!).
When we updated our kitchen, we went for solid wood counters. We wanted a very white and neutral look for the kitchen and we knew that the wood would make it feel more welcoming and warm and it totally does. We are totally and utterly in love with our counter tops.
As kitchen counters come on pre-cut lengths, we had to get 2 full lengths for the long stretch along the window leaving us with plenty of wood left to do what we wanted with it. A big chunk of it was used to make a windowsill behind the sink and that left us with some off cuts of wood that would be no good for any other big project so we put the big pieces of wood left in the attic while we come up with projects for it and we left the small bits in the utility room.
After staring at them every time I did laundry or just passed by the utility room, I made a decision. I decided to make a couple of food boards out of them. It made perfect sense: I love food, my friends love food and I am always looking for ways to display the food in ways that looks pretty and it’s practical, and this would be yet another way to do it.
So once I united the boards, chalk paint and brushes I got on with it. Two hours later, a couple of magazines read, plenty of coffee drank and the paint dried, I gave the newly painted boards a rub with linseed oil to protect them and stuck some felt pads at the bottom to protect my counters from being accidentally scratched. Ready for using!
We have been using them a lot whenever we have had friends over. It makes everything look so pretty and yummy!
I have also being using them as a little personal tea station for one.
What do you think? Have you got any wood lying around your house? or are you coming to ours?
3 years ago we went to Disneyland with one of my sister and her family. It was our first time and, although the kids were small (3 and 5) we all loved it! It was magical and we made some amazing memories that year.
Of course, we took loads of photos and when we came back we made sure to print loads of them. The kids picked their own photos and they wanted to display them in their room. I wanted something simple and that would allow us to change the photos as often as we wanted. A simple garland with some colorful beads was the perfect solution.
You only need some string and some beads. Cut the string to your desired length. Make a knot close to the end. Insert a bead until it is secured over the knot, this will keep the bead in place. You may need to make a double knot depending on the width of your string and on the width of the beads. The idea is that the beads don’t move.
Once you have fed as many beads as you want, secure it to the wall with some washi-tape and hang your photos with tiny pegs.
If you are looking to display more memories than just photos (like cinema stubs, kids drawings…) you could just not secure the beads with knots so you can adjust the width as needed.
Simple and pretty, don’t you think?
I am always looking to learn a new craft or two. I love the idea of having things around the house that I have made or making special presents for family and friends for special celebrations.
It is hard to pick which craft to learn, but it is harder to find the time to actually learn that craft. Finding a class, finding a time that suits you and your family, going there, coming back… so much time wasted in travelling alone!
The lovely people of CRAFTSY have a serious of free ONLINE COURSES that make this learning experience much easier so you only have to decide which course to take.
If you are not looking for a new course but in desperate need of CRAFT SUPPLIES
CRAFTSY is taking an additional 20% OFF THEIR EXISTING CLEARANCE PRICES to give you great deals on their project kits and supplies for only a few days. Be sure to check out the deep discounts on your favorite brands before their Winter Clearance sale is over. Remember, the good stuff goes fast!
Have an amazing weekend!
Once upon a time, we had some very crappy table nests in the house. They were bought when we were very young, foolish (somethings never change) and we didn’t have much money. We needed little tables around the house so the nest was bought.
The years passed by and the tables survived few moves and many different uses before the legs broke. Despite having no emotional attachment whatsoever to these not-so-nice set of tables, I decided to keep the top of 2 of the tables as they were made of solid wood and I knew (ok, I thought? I hoped!) they could be up-cycled at some stage and become a whole new product. 6 years later, I feel vindicated.
I always liked old signs. Whenever I see an old sign in a second-hand shop I have to stop myself from buying it because, as much as I like old signs, I don’t want a sign that says nothing about my family in my house. I feel like I need to have some sort of personal connection with it, something that reminds us of something but as that was looking very hard to find, I decided to make one myself.
I knew exactly where I wanted to place it : crowning the gallery wall (does it sound posh or what!?!).
I wanted the sign to feel like an extension of the gallery wall but a tad bit different. Same but different, very clear, right?
For the “same” part, I decided to paint the background of the sign, aka the top of my table, with the same colors as my gallery wall: grey and white. I painted the stripes with Autentico Chalk Paint (Soft Grey and Casa Blanca) and then I distressed it by sanding it with fine grit sandpaper to make it feel old. Lastly, I gave it a coat of clear wax to seal the paint and to make it smoother. I love it!
I just wanted a simple but meaningful sign, a number and a letter. I got the 4 because there are 4 of us and the letter B because all our surnames start with B. It doesn’t get any more personal and simple than that, right?
I also painted the letters with Chalk Paint. First with the grey and then some pink (Antique Rose) so when I distressed the edges by lightly sanding them you can see the grey underneath ever so slightly. To give it a more romantic tone, I added some floral washi tape to the letters. That’s just me, a romantic at heart…
I then only had to glue the letters to the sign. It was a tough decision though… 4B or B4… I ended up going for 4B thus avoiding having to explain that the sign did not say “before”… which of course was going to happen…
I totally love the contrast between the rough grey and white background, and the vintagy (totally a word!!) and romantic feel of the letters.
So there it is, my very own, personalized, hand-made and full of meaning sign.
How easy was that? very!
PS – If you liked this article subscribe to the blog so you never a post again and please share it with your friends! Thanks!
It looks like I was a good girl last year because Santa brought me good few presents and it looks like Santa knows me quite well because one of the presents I got a blanket and I LOVE blankets.
As everyone knows, the world is divided between blanket people and not blanket people. Since I was a child, I have always been a blanket person, I was always the one sitting on the couch with a blanket, summer or winter, I always had my blanket with me on the couch.
I don’t know if it is the heat they provide or just the comfort, but I love being wrapped up in a blanket while watching a film sitting on the couch. And if you get me a chilli hot chocolate, I’ll be your best friend forever!
The blanket I got this Christmas is super comfortable, a Footsie Blanket, it has little “pockets” to slide your feet in so they are nice and cosy and never become uncovered. I love it so much!
As the blanket itself was a bit plain, I decided to pimp it with pompoms. It has been stated once or twice how much I love pompoms (here and here), and in fairness, a super soft blanket and super soft pompoms are a match made in heaven!
As Big Monkey would say: I don’t like it, I LOVE it!!!
It is now a functional, cosy and pretty blanket that I know I will have to fight Mr B for. And the Monkeys. And all it took was some pompoms.
I told you pompoms make everything better.
Have a great day!