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