Transform those big booze gift bags into small cute ones

                   A gift that never gets old is a bottle of wine (or Garonne, Campari, Martini – for the ladies). Of course I am not an exception. I often receive such gifts and I also give it to people who drink it.

                   Consequently in my house there is a drawer full with booze gift bags. Maybe you think I regift it when buying a bottle of wine for someone, but I always buy it in the last minute so I have no choice but to buy an new gift bag. And so the content of my drawer instead of shrinking it just gets bigger and bigger with each passing birthday.

                   This year I bought a few small gifts. You know: strong essences are kept in small containers. And I thought that than buying new gift bags, I can transform those old booze gift bags into smaller cute ones. Some may say that such a bag doesn’t cost more than a nickle, but why waste money when we have the perfect solution at home?

                   And because it is not hard to make such a transformation, I decided that this will be a photo tutorial. You’ll understand only from pictures, you are a smart person! Continue reading »

DIY Christmas paper ornament

               As you’ve probably noticed, there’s very little time before Christmas. But I did noticed this too late, and therefore I  haven’t even started the preparations. So last week I went shopping for various tree decorations. Of course the supermarket was very crowded and don’t even get me started about the enormous prices they have during this time of the year.

               So I’ve decided that instead of buying new decorations I will use some from the last year and I will also make some new ones. You know, to make it a little different. And what cheaper material you know besides paper? I “visited” my childhood memories when I was using this material to create various masterpieces for school. Of course I photographed every step to show you how it’s done.

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DIY Covered buttons

                I often need to embellish a project, be it a pillowcase, a blanket or a clothing item. One of my favorite methods is using buttons. These tiny and seemingly insignificant objects can give a splash of color and elegance to many things.

               Many times I was in a bit of a trouble because I have not found the right buttons. Yes, there are a lot of buttons in the market but I don’t have time to go out for hours looking for the perfect button. But one day I found the best solution: fabric covered buttons. It was a great idea and I could not explain to myself why I haven’t thought about it sooner.

               You can also purchase kits to make your own fabric covered buttons, but it costs around 13 lei / 6 buttons which seems too much. My method is as simple as using the kit, but muuuuuuuch cheaper.

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DIY Hair stick from a pencil

               Last weekend it was a friend’s birthday. We laughed, we danced and we had a great time. So great, that the host forgot she had a gorgeous hair style and decided to pin her ​​hair in a pencil.

               She was not the first person I saw doing this, and it seems a huge evidence of her creativity.

               Unfortunately I cannot pin my hair like that because mine is thin and slippery. But I decided to decorate several hair  sticks o because I think they make ingenious gifts. Continue reading »

DIY Pyramid box

               Before receiving a gift you always see the packaging. It can sometimes give yiu a clue to what it’s inside, at least about it sizes.

                Thinking about this, I have created especially for you a pyramid box. You cannot find something like this for sale so I assure you that it will be a splash.

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Materials needed
*the template you can download here:
Pyramid box template
*cardboard paper
*scissors
*cord
*glue or double-sided tape

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               Cut out the pattern.

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               Bend it on the interior stripes and make a hole in each end of each side.

                Glue three sides on each other, and the fourth one left it unbound. This will be the “door” of the box.

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               Insert the cord through the 4 holes and your pyramid box is ready.

               Which one is your favorite?

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Miniature book pendant No.2

                I know it hasn’t been a long time since I’ve posted a similar article, but I noticed that you really liked the book pendant I showed you.

                I’ve noticed that especially one of my friends like it and she confessed she would like one for herself. So I showed her my leather collection and, to my surprise, she chose a beige one.

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DIY book necklace

             Any woman knows that the secret to a great outfit are the accessories. But not everyone knows how to do this, so nowadays you can find all sorts of bling-bling in the the market, so you won’t have a problem with accessorizing your daily outfits.

             Today I decided to show you a tutorial on how to make this lovely book necklace. In fact this mini – book should not necessarily be attached to a necklace. It can be transformed into earrings, a key chain or you can easily attach it to your bag handle to give it a plus of personality.

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Pop tab bracelet

             The idea for this bracelet is not mine. I admit , it was more an imitation. And I will explain you why.

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             Talking with a friend the other day he told me that if he would come to see what I have around the house, he would surely throw alooooot of things.

             I am convinced that this is so, but for me they all have a utility at one point.

             And as we stood there talking, I was playing with a soda can and I was thinking what could I make from it to demonstrate him that not everything should be discarded. I did not come up with any idea in my head so I decided to look for one on the internet. I found a few pictures, but nothing to my liking.

             Then I came across a picture that just fascinated me: a pop tab bracelet. It was not what I was looking for, but I began to ” unravel ” the picture and try to figure out how it was made.

             Not having multiple pop tabs, later I discussed the project with my husband and what  do you know? He had a few pop tabs laying around the house( god knows why … ) .

             And earlier today I got to work.

             It didn’t take me very long and I promise that when I will master the technique I will make a tutorial to teach you.

             For it I used 20 pop tabs, but this depends on your wrist, and almost a meter of ribbon.

             I’m already working on pop tab bracelet No. 2.

             Cannot wait to post pictures of the upcoming ones.

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DIY desk organizer

            Yesterday I noticed a piece of wood in my husband’s working area. And as I thought it was very lonely, another great idea popped into my head. So I did not waste any time and I asked him if he needs it.

            Fortunately, there were plenty laying around there so he let me take it.

            And what do you think I wanted to use it for? To make a handmade desk organizer.

            I’m sure you’re wondering : from a simple piece of wood? ? Wellllll along with some other useless things, I successfully completed my project.

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DIY Pringles can craft

                How can you not love Pringles potato chips! With their incredible salty taste that you cannot get enough of? I don’t know about you, but when I eat chips, I cannot stop until I finish the whole box. I know it’s not very healthy, but I don’t do it every day. A once in a while pleasure won’t hurt me, right?

              And let me tell you another reason why I like it so much. Because of their can. A can of Pringles can easily be turned into a cheap storage space.

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DIY Cork stamps

              For some time I’m looking for a cute stamp kit that includes the alphabet and the numbers.

              But I haven’t found one  yet at an affordable price.

              So for now I decided to do some stamps on my own.

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DIY hair bow

                 Yesterday a very dear friends of mine (let’s see if she knows I’m talking about her) was wearing a very cute hair bow.

                 I absolutely loved it so I immediately decided to make a little DIY tutorial.

                 I know they aren’t so expensive, but you will love them more when you know who made them. 

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DIY Mannequin pincushion

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                 How many times have you found yourself misplacing the needle while sewing? And then you’re carefully looking  for it but in the end the needle wins and it stings you.

                 I found the best solution: a pin cushion.

                 But of course I wasn’t going to make a usual pin cushion. And while I was looking at my mannequin jewelry holder a crazy idea popped in my head: why don’t I make a mannequin  pin cushion?

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DIY Secret book box

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                Yes, I admit, I’m tight with my money. And I will tell you why it’s so easy for me to admit it.

                I saw the other day in a window a beautifully decorated box. When I got closer, I noticed it was actually a book. An old book with the inside cut, thus becoming a secret storage box.

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DIY Childish bookmarks

                Like I said before: i like to keep in touch with my inner child.

                This time i found just laying around the house some old (but very cute) buttons and i immediately found them a use. 

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                I glued them to some colored paper clips and I got myself some pretty fine bookmarks.

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DIY Ring box – Everything has it’s place

              Have you ever found yourself in that situation where you know your outfit lacks an accessory but you can’t find it until the very last moment?

              I’ve been in that situation many times. So now that I’ve shown you how to organize your bracelets, now I’m going to show you a little trick for your rings.

              Giving the fact that lately there’s no room on my fingers then for one ring, I decided to store the others in a gorgeous box .

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Everything changes

            We all heard the expression: “Nothing is lost, everything is transformed”.

            I can say this expression dictates my life. Before I throw something away I think twice about how I can transform it into something useful.

            But this time I sorted it out immediately. I lost an earring so I knew I had to do something with the remaining one.

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Trinkets with love

           First of all, I have to explain to you what a “martisor” is.

           Martisor is an old Romanian fest celebrated on March the 1st, which according to the old calendar was also considered as the beginning of the new year. In fact “martisor” is actually a red and white string that people in my country attach to their clothes and wear it till the end of March when we tie it to a fruit-tree. It is said that if a dove comes and picks it up, you will have love in your live all year long. 

           Nowadays we tie that string to almost everything and so we can call it our “martisor“. Usually it is a brooch or just a simple trinket.  In some regions of Romania, women give it to men. But in my region, men give it to women. But we all love to share our love and so now both women and men show their appreciation for somebody by giving something symbolic on this beloved holiday.     

           And because I admit I am a child inside, when this little trinkets appear on the market I am like a kid inside a candy shop. 

           To me not only snowdrops mark the beginning of spring but also the lovely trinkets that you can find anywhere in this holiday’s eve. Million models in different colors, available to all of us. It usually takes me forever to choose the perfect “martisor” that I give people close to me.

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Why do I collect corks?

           For some time I found another thing to collect:corks. And because we like to drink a glass of wine from time to time we collected a few in this past year.

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           Already some of my friends have learned that corks don’t end up in the trash anymore. They didn’t understand very well why, but friends aren’t here to pop question after question but to help. Even now sometimes they ask me “What are you doing with them?!” but they only received vague answers, because frankly I did not know very well what to do with them either. But I knew for sure that I will find at least one utility. And then the ideas started to flow.

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Bracelets stand

       A girl never has too much jewelry. But she also never has enough space to put them.      

      I have them stored in thousands of boxes. The bracelets are the ones that always give me headaches. So I decided to put an end to the permanent chaos in the bracelet’s basket.

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DIY paper basket

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        Do you remember when we were kids? I don’t know about you, but I was eager to grow up, finish high school, leave my hometown and come to the capital for college.

        Now all I want is to be able to turn back time to be a child again.  Not to change things but simply to enjoy my childhood more. To spend more time with friends, to appreciate more the people around me. To take advantage of every moment with my parents and my sister.

        Eheeee I know that is not possible, but sometimes nostalgia takes over me.

        And so it hit me the other day. I don’t know why, but it brought to my mind middle school and my desk mate.

        I remember how we used to go to the library and borrow 2-3 books  to make a report (not like now when I just seek information on-line).

        So I remembered one of my favorite classes called “technological class” where the teachers helped us materialize our imagination.

        And then my next project was born: to recycle a wrapping paper that I kept (for reasons i don’t remember). Continue reading »