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Hand Painted Glass Christmas Tree Bulbs

Hand Painted Glass Christmas Tree Bulbs

Hand painted glass christmas tree decor is an amazing alternative for everywhere available cheap plastic christmas tree bulb

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Christmas tree diy sewn decorations

Christmas tree diy sewn decorations

Some inspiration for those of you who are not great fans of plastic mass sold Christmas decorations. I like my Christmas tree different, more traditional. I like thinking that it looks more like hundreds years ago when the tradition of decorating trees started and our grand- grand- grandmothers were making decorations themselves. Well.. I have…

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Decoupage Candles – a Quick Video Tutorial

Decoupage Candles – a Quick Video Tutorial

I recently made som candles and recorded the process of making on the video that I would like to share with you. Watch that video if you want to quickly learn how to make a candle with a lovely decoupage. It is easy enough and you don’t need ant special equipment or tools.

For that occasion, I used napkins with flower motives, but I now am looking for napkins with Halloween motives to make my Halloween centrepieces. The technique will remain the same.

Before you start a piece of advice – I would always use try to match the colour of candles and colour of motives on the napkins. In these case I had orange and green candles and I found napkins with similar colour scheme. Thi way candles look more natural.

What you need:

  • Candle
  • Paper napkins
  • Scissors
  • Baking paper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Hair dryer
  • Decorative ribbon

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Repurposed coffe and tea cans – stencil painted 

Repurposed coffe and tea cans – stencil painted 

I had many empty coffee cans and quite a mess in my tea and coffee cabinet, so I decided to paint them and have them labelled.

Here is how you can repurpose old coffee cans by turning them into tea and coffee containers and keep the shelves organised.

  1. You can make your own stencils  or download them. If you search online, there are plenty ready to go labels but if you have lots of different types of tea you are better off making your own stencils.  After printing cut them out.


2. Clean the cans from the dust and grease. Paint them in one colour. I painted my cans in black. Then, using adhesive (a tiny amount) , fix your stencils to the cans and spray over. Let it dry a little bit and remove the paper to allow drying completely. If there are any aces of adhesive left,  remove them gently.


3. As we are in the duo lingual home, I made my stencils in two languages –  Polish and English


4. Cutting stencils took me a while as I had to make lots of them – each tea and coffee type in two languages.


5. Nicely organised cans. They can be displayed like this.


6. I also painted the lids so I can stack them horizontally – this way I  have easier access to everything on the shelf.


7. No more mess or confusion as what tea is in each can 🙂


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Puszki po kawie przerobione na pojemniki z etykietami

Puszki po kawie przerobione na pojemniki z etykietami

Miałam całe mnóstwo pustych puszek po kawie i niezły bałagan na półce. Zajmowało mi wieki, żeby znalźć tę herbatę, na którą właśnie miałam ochotę, bo żadna z puszek nie była podpisana. Postanowiłam więc to zmienic , pomalować puszki i dokładnie je popodpisywać.

Oto jak zmieniłam puste uszki po kawie w pojemniki na herbatę i kawę ( a dzięki temu zaprowadziłam porządek na półce 😉

  1. Możecie stworzyc własne szablony lub znaleźć i pobrać gotowe z internedu. Jeśli poszukacie w sieci, znajdziecie wiele gotowych szablonów etykiet, niestety nie wszystie nadadzą sie na szalon, a jeżeli kolekcja herbat jest spora, możecie mieć roblem ze znalezieniem takich, jakiich potrzebujecie. Ja zrobiłam swoje własne szablony, wydrukowłam a potem wycięłam nożykiem.


2. Puszki trzeba przygotowac do malowania, czyli oczyścić ze wszelkich zabrudzeń i tłuszczu. Pokryć farbą w spreju (można też malować pędzlem, ale ja wolę efekt sprejowania). Po pomalowniu pozostawić puszki do wyschnięcia. Potem , używajac odrobiny kleju w spreju, dokładnie przyczepić szablony do puszek i pomalować napisy (sprej lub delikatne nakładanie farby gąbką sie sprawdzają).  Pozwolić odrobinę wyschnąć, zdjąc szablony i zostawic do całkowitego wyschnięcia. Delikatnie usunąć pozostałości kleju.


3. W związku z tym, że w domu posługujemy się dwoma językami, etykiety wykonałam w języku polskim i angielskim.


4. Wycinanie szablonów zajęło mi trochę czasu, bo zapas herbat spoty, a każdą chciałam podpisać w dwóch językach.


5. I taka kolekcję pojemników na kawe i herbate sobie zrobiłam.


6. Pomalowałam też wieczka – dzięki temu puszki można też ułożyć piętrowo jedną na drugiej. W ten sposób więcej ich sie mieści  an półce i  wszystko dokładnie widać.


7. Nigdy więcej bałganu na półce kawa i herbata 🙂


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IKEA coffee table hack – reclaimed pallet wood cover

IKEA coffee table hack – reclaimed pallet wood cover

When you rent a apartment and you sometimes don’t want to rely on the furniture that is there. You can’t give the furniture back as it came with the flat and the landlord would not agree to that but you want it to look different, be more in your style. Over years of living in rented accommodation I figured out many ways of adding my personal touch to the rented furniture – obviously without making permanent changes to the furniture pieces.

One of them below – an IKEA coffee table cover. What you need to make it is a saw, hammer, some nails sand paper and wood wax. The wood is from reclaimed pallets. It is reply important to dry the pallets before using them. Otherwise if they are still damp the planks might become skewed and the table surface not even.

reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table  reclaimed pallet wood table
reclaimed pallet wood table  reclaimed pallet wood table

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*SOLD* Stencil on Reclaimed Wood – €50

*SOLD* Stencil on Reclaimed Wood – €50

This is one of the first stencil paintings i have ever made.
I upcycled the old cabinet that we put apart.
Sold just recently – I believe i went for some kind of charity auction.

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Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

When I rented an apartment with a huge roof terrace I was really excited about organising there my garden. The terrace was completely empty – just bare grey concrete wall. It is also rather windy up there, so my plan to have a green flowery corner there proved to be challenging. Nonetheless, I made it. Step by step I was adding pots, plants, and then I more flower pots and more plants. One of my dreams was to have a picturesque green corner where I could have a coffee, read a book or just sit and relax. It was quite a challenge but I made it. Here is my balcony garden and climbing plants.

I had a bench and started thinking about the wall behind it. I knew I wanted lots of climbing plants, but how to fix them? As usually, I refused to by ready to go products (there was no trellis of an appropriate size anyway) and decided to weave my own trellis out of rope. I already had two hanging baskets. Their position was really strategic, as I fixed them so they could support my trails later on.

What you need to make a trellis:

Rope Scissors Yes – that’s it!

Instead of rope, you could also use some wire. This would be even better as it would last longer

How to make the rope trellis for climbing plants on your balcony:

There are different techniques – I ll explain how I made my trellis.

1. First, I attached a long piece of string to the baskets, above the bench, across the wall. You can also use nails or screws to hold it, I as I mentioned used baskets to support the trellis. This will be the top end of the trellis.

2.You need more rope to start weaving. I cut 9 more pieces of rope. The length of each of them should be at least twice the height of your trellis. I would suggest adding another 20%, as some of this length will be ‘wasted’ for knots. Once all these pieces are cut, you go to the next step.

3. Each of these pieces has to be tied to the main supporting rope. Tie them at half length spread evenly. Once you have this you can start weaving.

4. I had had nine double hanging pieces of rope.Start tieing them together. The first row will have triangular shapes. All following rows will have a shape of squares. Keep going until your net trellis is ready.

Now you need nice climbing plants. I also need them to be strong to survive the windy conditions. Here is how my trellis supported climbers has grown over the last two years.

This is how my bench and trellis looked shortly after I weaved it and planted the climbers

This is at the end of the first summer

Ant this is during the second year

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Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

Another way of making your rented apartment with random furniture a nit more like your own.

I had this ikea lamp with akredytacji quite worn lampshade. I decided to knitt this orange cover and have to say it werkend out really well. Looks great with the light on and also during the day.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

ikea lampshade knitted cover  rented furniture a bit more your own.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

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