I have great news to share with you today…
My pillows are being sold at Ohh Deer up until October 29. So grab your Paypals and come shop for some botanical pillow love!
Check these two links to take you directly to the pillows:
The image on the pillows is originally hand-painted. I used water-colour, acrylic, and ink over old book pages to create the look.
The pillows are Vegan and made with a super soft faux suede and come complete with the fibre insert. They’re completely machine washable at 30°c and hand made In UK. The cushion has a stone coloured back cover – and zip fastening. They measure 43 x 43cm a smashing size! They cost £25 each.
This is my first online sale ever. I have been active in craft shows, but kept on postponing taking the online plunge. So, I’m really excited about this! The pillows are a limited edition and are being sold for a limited time: 3 weeks starting yesterday. So, don’t miss out on this special sale!
Happy shopping, all :)
Popsicle sticks are made from trees; it’s such a huge waste to throw them away! What to do with them? They’re fragile and you can’t do something serious with them… unless it’s a miniature, like a mini stand for your cute little drawings, or handmade chalkboard signs to be used at craft shows.
- 4 Popsicle sticks
- 2 Tooth picks
- White glue – I used Bic White Glue
- Craft knife or X-acto knife
- Cutting mat or cardboard to protect your work surface
- Some book pages to cover the cracks on the Popsicle sticks
- I initially wanted to create little holes in 3 popsicle sticks to insert a toothpick – to bind the three “feet” and to keep them free to fold and move. The Popsicle sticks cracked but did not break, so I inserted the top toothpick where the wood cracked… and quickly added a generous amount of wood glue to fix it in place and to prevent the three feet from breaking. It took some patience to engineer the tripod and balance the “feet.” The rear “foot” can swing back and forth if you want it to, and it’s safe to do so since the model is well glued and the paper strips kind of toughen up the miniature stand.
- I glued the “shelf” on by adding a huge amount of wood glue. I decoupaged some strips of paper that came from an old book using a lot of white glue. This worked perfectly as extra support and as a decorative touch to hide the cracked wood.
- I then added an extra tooth pick at the base of the mini “shelf” for extra support, again by applying a lot of glue.
- One thing to remember though, you need to let the glue dry a bit before you move into the next step or the whole thing will fall apart. Patience is a virtue : – )
This mini stand actually has a function other than being utterly cute and adorable:
You can use it in craft shows to place your brand name on it… or, if you make a few more stands, you can place cute little chalkboard signs on them to identify your craft work, homemade cookies, or handmade jewelry (bracelets, rings, earrings, etc). You can also display your miniature canvas (or cardboard) drawings and paintings with this stand. In your kitchen or dining room, if you have a corner for homemade olives and oils, sandwiches, cookies… you can place this stand with a sign that tells your dear ones “yummy things are served here.”
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I have been patiently tidying up – & crafting – my work space. I finally got around to put together a nice mood corner & desk. Here is a little glimpse.
I see myself as organizationally-challenged, but I am slowly & very patiently learning how to put everything in its place. You have no idea what this used to look like… and, em, no, I don’t think sharing a “before” photo is a good idea (ehem)… believe me, imagine the worst ciaos and that would be “it” – hehe!
The challenge in putting together this atelier is that almost everything is handmade, and so it took some time to finish creating. The handmade items are:
- Mood board (right): I used burlap, which I glued (using glue gun) on a piece of cardboard, and added the ribbon. At the bottom I stuck a piece of cork behind the ribbons.
- Chicken wire mood board (left): I basically rolled some chicken wire around an old canvas frame, that I actually had since school. I didn’t staple or glue anything, just scrunched it round the frame.
- Thumbtacks: Made those using several materials… including coins. Added a dab of E6000 to plain tacks and glued on some coins, plastic things from broken things, a bear’s face…
- Chicken-wire lampshade, which I shared in a previous post right here.
- Other handmade items are: White wire basket (for the pencils) and a mini wire-sculpted chair. Mini Chalkboard and chalkboard stand (a tutorial is on it’s way, hopefully!). Mini wire birdcage. Hand-painted tins (the ones under the lamp). Handmade flower magnets (using corn flour dough). Cement votive (it’s next to the tins, which are under the lamp). The botanical watercolor sketches are also mine. And other stuff.
- Handmade bunting: Recycling old fliers I had into rectangle bunting, and there’s the mini paper flower garland, too.
So basically a bit of recycling, painting, and re-styling, went into there. What helped to tie the whole look together is the neutral shades of burlap, wood, and cork. As for the theme, I went for a bit of British-chic in celebration of the Olympics.
Please do share links to your mood-boards, ateliers, or craft rooms if you feel like it.
Have a lovely day
I have an infatuation with matchboxes, especially when they are repurposed into something else, like a little cute box for packaging my handmade earrings.
I had some glitter, some paint (yes, oil-paint for furniture), acrylic paint, white glue, and a stamp. And this is what I came up with.
The oil-based paint actually makes the matchboxes much more sturdier than they are. The stamped bird is made with foam. This stamped side of the matchboxes is actually painted with white acrylic, so that the ink would stick.
Here are some ideas for embellishing matchboxes. Some are shabby chic, some are not… but they’re all so beautiful.
Things to use upcycled matchboxes for:
- Packaging small jewelry items, like earrings and pins, broaches, and a strand of pearls – and using them in craft shows, for instance.
- Organizing tiny office supplies – like clips, tacks, push-pins, rubber bands, etc
- Stationary: You can put a stack of sticky notes (Post-it notes) on top of the matchbox and place a tiny pen in the “drawer” to make a quick notebook
- Gifts: Wrapping a cute little gift (of candy, maybe) for a loved one
- Miniatures: Making miniature drawers for small toy houses
One can come up with as many ideas as one can with this little drawer-shaped box. The possibilities are endless…
If you have any matchbox ideas or projects, please do share them. I created a Pinterest board for them, and I’m always on the lookout for cute little matchbox ideas…
See this Anthropologie painting? It’s to blame for my vintage-paper-crafts-craze lately. I pinned it on Pinterest some time ago, hoping that with time I will build up the creative force to go in this direction.
I’m the kind of gal who likes to sleep on things. I started to arbitrarily collect photos and tutorials from around the net with ideas of how to recycle vintage/old paper. I noticed you can do a lot of things with pages from old books: Decoupage, handmade tags, envelopes, scrap-booking, garlands, and so many other ideas.
In a previous post, I spoke about “Recycling, upcycling vintage books”. It was about sketching illustrations while using vintage paper as your canvas.
Here are a few ways to re-use an old book in so many other different ways…
Envelopes look so chic when they are obviously from some old book.
Tags: Who would have thought? They look so romantic.
Butterflies: Can be used as mobiles and garlands, and in scrapbooking.
Source: elfenpulver.blogspot.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest
The idea (above) is so cool. Cardboard boxes can look much prettier when decoupaged with old pages from an old book. Add a little bit of lace and you got yourself a romantic storage unit that can really add a touch of beauty to your craft room.
More romance… with this recycled vintage-looking envelope, using old pages from a book.
P.S. If you have a recycling idea that you’d like to share, please post the link to your project in the comments box :)
The Source of the first pic in this post is: anthropologie.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest
I love the idea of up-cycling vintage home accents & accessories; it’s budget friendly, creative, and it gives you instant gratification. Rummaging through mom’s storage room, I came out with a broken ceramic table lamp, and a vintage wooden pitcher that has this beautiful rustic look. By marrying the two, I re-created this lampshade.
The chicken wire is just a fantasy of mine, but it’s not practical once you turned the lights on. I decided that I will leave it the way it is, though. I just love the way it looks, besides, I can always change the lampshade if I wanted to.
The lamp base
The ingredients for this lamp are:
- A broken lampshade: … so I would use the lamp’s wired candlestick & bottle adapter (this is what they call’em apparently) – I didn’t take a photo of the original lamp, but you can see the lamp candlestick on the far right side of the above pic.
- A shade riser: I totally DIYed mine using the metallic ring you see in the pic, and some wire to create a middle ring and tripod to help me attach the shade to the lamp skeleton.
- Chicken wire
- Scissors or Wire cutter.
- Some skill in wiring and rewiring lamps. Well… that’s my husband’s domain.
- Newspapers or sponge.
What you basically do is ask the electrician to insert the lamp’s cord through the nozzle of the vintage wooden pitcher you have and to keep the switch close by.
Insert the pipe that comes at the tail of the lamp skeleton inside the vase (the vase should be deep enough to accommodate it). To keep the lamp from moving, and to be able to change your mind later on, try to stabilize it by squishing in some crumbled newspapers, or sponge, or whatever that can just keep the lamp in place.
Now, if you have a shade riser then all you need to do is just cut the chicken wire to size and attach it to the shade riser.
But if you don’t have one, just use an old round ring, and using craft wire, you can create your own shade riser.
Watch out for your fingers when you cut the chicken wire. You can use the loose wire ends from the chicken wire to attach it to the ring.
Anyhow, with this kind of base, you can amplify the rustic look by using a basket as your lampshade. The effect it gives once you turned the lamp on is so cool. You can run your own lamp fashion show and try different lampshades until you finally find your beat. The important thing to remember is that imagining what a final product looks like has nothing to do with actually trying to make it & seeing for your self. A DIY looks much better in reality!
When I started making these oriental key-chains & necklaces, I had no idea what the final design would look like. I started with one step, and one thing led to another, and I finally found myself developing an oriental look with inspiration from the Arab-Muslim heritage.
I hope you like them as well as I do. The materials used in making these Karboojeh Oriental Keychains can all be found in Damascus, in the Old City… in Hareeka market, and other places.