Last year I made some Sinterklaas DIY decorations for the first time, in Black and white styling. You can find the Blog about the styling here. It’s always such a nice time, specially since I have a little son myself. Lars is now 3 years old and he is starting to like it a lot. For this year I also wanted to make some nice things. Ideas enough, only less time. For a couple of weeks I’m working on my master thesis again, and this takes so much time. So I only made two new things, black painted clogs and two pepper nut glass jars with Sinterklaas and Piet glued on it.Continue reading “Sinterklaas DIY ideas 2016 (#DIY)”
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Like a lot of little kids, my son Lars is crazy about tents. So it seems nice to make him a teepee (tipi) tent. After some search on the internet I found a couple examples. Then the search for the perfect fabric started. I knew the teepee shouldn’t be too small, because I could imagine that papa and mama need to play with Larsman in the teepee too. And a big teepee means a lot of fabric, so I wanted not to expansive fabric. And preferabel one that fits on different places in the house. And be great for a boy. Pfew, that made it difficult to find the perfect fabric.Continue reading “DIY: make your own tipi / teepee tent”
These days it’s a must to have a lot of green in your house. And with green I mean a lot of plants. I always liked plants in my house, but because of all the dust that comes with rebuilding and reconstruction in the house, most of my plants die in short time. So on a regular basis I have to buy new plants to fill the empty pots;-). But sometimes it’s nice to make a new spot for a nice plant with a great planter. Read further what I didContinue reading “A new planter on wheels in the kitchen”
A couple of months ago I saw a picture of Robin Berkhuizen on Instagram, with a beautiful terrace made of wood with on it a couple of oblong, black planters. We also have a terrace from wood, so I saw the planters already standing on our terrace. I started looking for such planters everywhere. Nowhere to be found, anyway not against a payable price. And I wanted three of them, preferable all the same size. After a long search I suddenly run into a couple of planters made from Fiber clay. They were not black at all but a strange brown grey color. And you could see that they were outside for a while. But the price was good. So I found my planters and I would paint them black myself.
Do you have that too, you want to do so many things at the same time, and you don’t know where to start anymore? Finally you and up with doing nothing. I have that a lot.
We are rebuilding an old house since the end of 2002. The house is from before 1900 and it’s such a never ending story (but we love the house). These days it’s not only rebuilidng, but also the normal things like painting things again. And at the same time I have new ideas to change things we already rebuilded 10 years ago. Next to that I also get a lot of inspiration from Instagram, Pinterest, magazines etc. into my head. For those ideas I’m buying all kind of stuff. Most of the time I start with the idea, but It’s still not finished. It gave me the feeling that my head is floating over. Everywhere there is stuff that needs some work.
So to get things done, I bought a nice, simple notebook at the Hema and I started to write down different categories and projects on different pages. Under that I wrote all things that I could think of that need to be done and my new to do list was born.
Some people are laughing about my to do lists, but somehow this is the only way for me to finish things and to empty my head a little bit and of course to clean up the house;-). So after writing everything down, the To do list exists now of 200 items. This goes from a lot of painting and other things for the house, to clothes I need to fix, things for my Blog and other hobby things that I have in my mind.
Knitting and crocheting a blanket, but also making it from fabrics, I Love it! I have no idea what I will do with al the plaids that I make, but for now they are fun to use in my photos. And they look cosy in the house and they can of course keep us warm on cold days. This Black and white blanket was in my head for some time. So a couple of months ago I started this project. But as usual I started a new one when I was halfway and after that another one. And I was already working on two others…. So finally I decided that could only start with a new one, after I finish one from the todo list. By the way it’s not that I never work on a partly finished plaid. I try to knit or crochet some rows of all the plaids every week, except when it’s too hot. Then I skip the winter plaids. So because I wanted to start with a new summer plaid with cotton, I had to work hard the past few weeks to finish this Black and White one;-) Do you also want to make this Black and White plaid? Read further to read How to do it.Continue reading “Black and white blanket to knit, DIY”
Last year I wrote for my Blog Cakesandpumps already a post about this nice DIY to paint spray Mason Jars or Weck pots and to use them as pots for pencils and other office stuff. Or for cooking stuff. in the mean time my atelier is a little bit more finished and I could definitely use some new pots for my pencils and scissors. I like it a lot, since my desk is always full with stuff like pencils and markers that I should really put into a jar or something. So to keep it a little bit more clean I could really use this to clean my desk a little bit. Haha does that sound familiar to you too, then you should try this DIY. It’s an easy thing to do, the waiting for the paint to dry takes much more time than the DIY itself.Continue reading “DIY: Copper colored mason jars and weck jars”
Last week I finished another plaid, this time a cream colored crocheted blanket. I’m very happy with the result and it fits on a lot of places in my house. Maybe you also want to make a blanket like this yourself, it’s not difficult to make at all.Continue reading “DIY: Easy cream colored crocheted blanket to make”
I never found a good Dog cushion that fitted well in our interior and when I found one, it was extremely expensive. And also hard to wash. But I never had the idea to make one myself. Until the day our cat Geisha started to pee on the cushions of our dog Bruno. It drove me nuts. I couldn’t clean the older cushions completely, because on the inside it had a cushion with styrofoam balls. You can’t put those cushions in the washing machine. So our dog was smelling like cat pee all the time, Yikes kit was so awful. Finally we decided to throw away the cushions and to give him an old cushion from a garden chair. But for a big labrador retreiver like our Bruno that was an awful little cushion. So then I got the idea to make one on my own. It turned out to be very easy and I already made three for him, one for in the kitchen, one in the study room and one for the Living. Do you want to make such a cushion yourself, read further.Continue reading “DIY: Making a dog cushion yourself (Ikeahack #1)”
In our garden we have a very nice garden seat with a teak table. The table is untreated. Very happy with the furniture, only the table looks so shitty sometimes because of the circles made by wet glasses. So I have been looking for nice coasters everywhere, but haven’t found them yet.
But in the summer, we’re using the table all the time, so desperately needed a temporarily solution this summer. That’s why I came on the idea of making coasters of iron beads.
It’s a very nice DIY project and while making the coasters I got one idea after another.
In the mean time I found out that coasters of iron beads are not a total solution. Because of the small holes in the beads, fluids can still go through. But it makes it a little bit better and for hot mugs it works good.
Beside that they look really great on my garden table;-)