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DIY KITCHEN DECOR - Miss Boardy + free printables


The time has come for some kitchen beautification. :) I chose a wall in our kitchen to decorate with some silly and cute illustrations and crafts. I thought the wooden cutting board would be a perfect art board for this occasion. So I decided to turn one into the cutest miss Boardy. :)

After you download a free printable by clicking HERE,

1| In the printable, you will find a face for miss Boardy in two sizes. Print it on a self-adhesive paper and choose the size that suits your board. Then cut out the lips, eyes and blush circles. There is also a ribbon for her hair.

2| Use acrylic or craft paint to paint her hair. Let it dry.

3| Paste the lips, eyes, blush circles and the ribbon onto the board. Keep in mind this board will not be usable or washable anymore, it's only a decoration piece now. :)


For this occasion I designed a couple of silly kitchen illustrations. You can download them by clicking HERE.


The spoons are also painted with acrylics. I chose plastic spoons because they are light and can be glued to the wall easily. I used a glue gun for this.


I just had to add a knife and a fork, too, I couldn't help myself. :)



I hope you enjoyed this little kitchen DIY.
I can't wait to see how your miss Boardy turned out. :)

DIY HOME DECOR - A FEW SIMPLE TRICKS


Our home is constantly changing. I like to match the decor to the season of the year. The layout of the furniture and colors are always different. I just recently realized that I like to dress our home in the same colors that I dress myself. :) Those colors are light gray, more white, less black, and several shades of pink. With golden accessories, of course. :) The spring brought a new inspiration for simplicity, lightness and harmony.

This time I'm sharing three simple DIY tricks. The first one requires a little more patience than the other two, but the process is super easy. I'm talking about the wall fringes. :)


You can choose any number of colors for your fringes. I chose white alongside two shades of pink. My colors are placed without any special order, but you can always choose a symmetric pattern. Also, your wooden stick can be a little tree branch, it doesn't have to be processed wood.

The 'knitting' process is pretty simple:

1| Cut your thread into similar-length pieces. Double the length which you are planning for your fringes and that's the length that your pieces of thread should be.

2| Fold the piece of thread in half, place it on the table, then put the wooden stick on top of the thread, just below the fold. This will make a loop where the loose end of the thread should go through. Tighten it.

3| Repeat the same process for all of the fringes. But make sure to leave some free space at the edges of the stick.

4| When you are done with 'knitting', it's time for ironing. My suggestion is ironing on a firm surface while combing the fringes before every iron stroke.

5| The next step is cutting/styling the fringes. Place them between two sturdy surfaces ( a table and a thick book, for example ) and cut the ends in the shape you like. I chose a slant cut for my fringes but yours can be more symmetrical, V shaped, round or even geometrical.

6| Hang them up. I chose to hang them by a wooden stick but you can also tie some thread around the edges of a stick and hang the fringes on the wall by that thread.


Oh, I just love how they look next to the ladder-shelf decor. :)


I love experimenting with wall decor. I've been planning on getting a simple and silly wallpaper, for a while now. In the end, I decided on much more simple and fun solution.


1| Cut the tape into parts which are approximately the same size, around 5 - 6 cm ( 2 - 2,5"). They don't have to be identical, once on the wall they will all look the same.

2| Choose the space you would like to have between the crosses, both horizontally and vertically. The gaps I chose are 40cm (16") horizontally and 60cm (24") vertically.

3| The crosses of every row should line up in the middle of the space between the crosses of the row above. Check often if the pattern is straight by distancing yourself from a wall.


And that's the entire (piece of) work. ;)


Well, in this case, the picture says it all. :) Simple wooden crates, painted in your favorite color and placed on top of each other.


You can also make beautiful shelves by screwing the crates to the wall. The next thing I have to try is putting two old coffee table legs on a crate and making a bed-side table. :)


I hope you found the ideas fun and helpful. I really enjoyed this easy DIY projects. But now I enjoy our refreshed home even more. :)

A DELICIOUS 'BUBBLE BATH'


I just love taking bubble baths - so relaxing and indulging. I always prepare a fun cocktail for my precious bubble bath time. But this time I had inspiration for a fun dessert. Let's start with decoration! :)

Our 'bubble bath' dessert is actually jello so our little rubber duck can easily 'float' on it. I chose a lemon-mint flavor because the mint syrup is blue and will give the color we need for our jello. :)


Preparation of this delicious and refreshing dessert is super easy. You will need:

2 lemons
* 2 spoons of sugar
* 2 spoons of mint syrup
* 1 spoon of gelatin
* whipped cream

Preparation:

1| Make lemonade with 0,4-0,5l of water.
2| Add sugar and mint syrup. Stir.
3| Add gelatin and stir well. ( Read instructions on your gelatin package, you might need to heat the lemonade. )
4| Pour the lemonade in the glasses you've chosen and put them in the fridge or a couple of hours.
5| When lemonade turns to jello, it's time for 'bubbles'. Add little 'balls' of whipped cream around the edges.
6| Place the mini rubber duck on top of the jello and add a swirly straw (the straw is only for decoration purposes, of course, you will need a spoon to eat this dessert :D ).


Is there a more fun dessert you can enjoy while taking a bubble bath? :)

PRE-EASTER FUN


Hey guys! I just wanted to share how my Easter eggs turned out this year and maybe give you some ideas. :)


This year I chose light pastel colors and simple patterns. The secret is in dyeing white eggs to get those pastels I am talking about. But I always leave some of them undyed, because white eggs look great next to the other colors. Also, are you aware of natural blue (mint) eggs? I just love their color, that's why I didn't dye them either. I added light pink, lilac and yellow eggs next to the mint and white ones, and the whole combination turned out delicious. :)



But what about those egg cartons? My recommendations are decoupage and painting them with acrylics. Last year I decoupaged the cartons with floral napkins, and this year I decided to paint them pink, of course. :) Add a ribbon or some flowers and your eggs are ready to go!


I hope you'll have a lovely and colorful Easter! :)

EASTER BUNNY DRINKS


Let's have some free printable pre-Easter fun! :)

After you download your free printable by clicking here,


1| Print out the downloaded printable on a thick piece of paper.
2| Cut out the bunny ears and glue each pair to a paper straw.
3| If your drinks/mugs are white, feel free to cut out the bunny faces with a white paper background. But if your drinks/glasses are a different color, I suggest cutting everything out separately.


I chose Orangina soda bottles for my bunnies. This bottle has uneven surface, that's why I used thick paper for my bunny faces. But if you have a smooth surface to work with, I suggest printing one more copy on a self-adhesive paper, then you will get bunny face stickers, and that's much easier. Still, bunny ears should be sturdy, so make sure they are printed on a firm piece of paper. :)


Kids are gonna love these drinks! But don't forget to surprise your loved ones who are children at heart! :)

CELEBRATING THE SPRING


Another picnic celebrating the spring! There can never be enough of those. This time, our guest is a fluffy and pretty curious little lamb. :)



On a wonderful spring day like this one, I always rather choose sitting on the grass than anywhere else. This time, our picnic setting is on a hillside in the middle of my father's apricot and hazelnut farm.



Each time I am there, I lay on the grass in a star pose, and as I look at the sky I feel the planet, the spinning and the cosmos. When I divert my eyes, I only see green and can feel the smell of wild mint and camomile. All the sounds I hear are birdsong and a small stream that runs at the bottom of the hill. Then a white butterfly flies by with a small, restless and beautiful creature chasing it. This adorable creature is a baby dog called Benny. Benny is only four months old and is mesmerized by everything happening around him. He was captivated by our lamb guest, but the baby lamb was more interested in Milan, who was carrying his milk bottle. As they were all chasing each other, I didn't even manage to capture this crazy friendship on camera. Benny is so fast and wild that he appears as black and white smudges in the photos. :) Just after the baby lamb returned to his mother, and Benny got himself tired from wrestling the pillows, I managed to capture some photos of this furious Oreo cookie. :)


A beautiful spring day on the grass, adorable company, pure enjoyment and love. 


Everyday should be a picnic! :)

PASTEL EASTER EGGS


I can't remember the last time I had as much fun coloring Easter eggs as I did last year. That's because I finally found out how to get the pastel colors I always wanted. It was pretty simple actually - I used white eggs. There is a good chance of finding them on the markets before Easter, but in case you don't, here is a neat trick - whitening the eggs. 


1| Wash the eggs properly.
2| Put the eggs in a deep pot. On every 4 glasses of water, add one glass of vinegar.
3| Boil the eggs as you would normally, but make sure to remove the foam that comes out.
4| When the eggs are boiled, leave them to cool down. Then wash them in lukewarm water.
5| Rub and dry the eggs with a cloth.


Dyeing! It doesn't matter which type of colors you use. Just add more water than it says on the packaging and shorten the time the egg is supposed to stay in the dye. That's the entire wisdom.


Time for illustrations! Thin markers and imagination is everything you'll need. If you lack inspiration, there are always tons of ideas on Pinterest. Do not even think about your drawing skills, cause no skills are needed for this endeavor. The simpler and more effortless the drawing is, the better it looks, I give you my word! :)



Don't forget to leave some of the eggs uncolored, so you can have white 'canvas' for some of your illustrations. :)



I have so many ideas for this year's Easter eggs, I hope I'll manage to do at least one more post on the subject before the Easter comes!  I'm so excited about this, guys! :)