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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WEDNESDAY # 3

Its Wednesday again! Can you believe how fast the weeks are going?!? Its almost Halloween and before you know it, it'll be Christmas!! Time's flying....

I'm really very grateful for the comments that you guys have left for my What Would You Do Wednesday's posts. You all have such great ideas and I can't wait to try some of them out and follow your suggestions. Thank you very much.

So, here is the latest addition to the WWYDW file....PLUSH!! Once again, my work has provided me with crafting bounty!! I've been given huge 40 cm x 40 cm swatches of plush faux fur in loads of colours and patterns.











I had a thought about this one.....I saw this bag in a store window. I thought maybe I can do this (or something like this)? Not too sure if this would be the right project to tackle with these swatches....what do you think?

Do you have any suggestions for these guys?

What would you do?

Can't wait to hear from you ;-)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

TOP 10 IKEA HACKS / REVAMPS THAT EVEN YOU CAN DO!!

Happy Weekend Peeps!! How are you all doin' this fair Saturday? Hope you're all well and ready for a fab list of potential project?!?!

This month I wanted to feature HACK's. I'm sure you've all heard of them. "Hacking" something that had one purpose, into something unique -with minimal fuss. I thought I would feature Ikea hacks. Ikea is EVERYWHERE and cheap! These 10 projects are all really cheap to make and, in MY opinion, absolutely gorgeous!! Be sure to check out these different sites to see the tute's and give 'em some love ;-)

So, here it goes!!

 1. Kika Y Luka has morphed a daybed into a gorgeous toddler bed / changing table. The blog is in spanish but the images are so amazing, you won't even notice!!
IKEA DAYBED = CHANGING TABLE & TODDLER BED IN ONE

2. Katie @ On The Banks Of Squaw Creek has updated her son's dresser with simple Ikea spice racks to make this beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece. You have to check out her tutorial, and her house....its amazing!!
 
IKEA SPICE RACKS + DRESSER = LIBRARY!

3. One of my favorite sites for Ikea related projects is Ikea Hackers. Jules has been blogging about Ikea hacks for years, and the projects uploaded by people on to the site are RIDICULOUSLY fab. Check it out!  This is a simple but beautiful project. All it takes is a cheap light fitting and Mod Podge *any reason to use Mod Podge and I'm in*

CHEAP IKEA LIGHT + MOD PODGE = INSTANT COLOUR


4. Katie @ Matsutake has by far the most popular pin for Ikea hacks in Pinterest. I'm totally not surprised! Who wouldn't want this in their home office????

CHEAP IKEA WOOD TABLE TURNED GORGEOUS


 5. Alternative uses for the classic RIBBA frame. I was back in Ikea Hackers for these two posts. One is an awesome display case for Lego Mini Figures (which I will be making for Mr. Tooter) and the second is a super cool display for Hot Wheels cars. Either choice would make a perfect addition to any little boys room!


LEGO MINI FIGURE DISPLAY IN SQUARE RIBBA FRAME



HOT WHEELS DISPLAY IN RIBBA FRAME

6. Nicole at Chic Cheap Nursery makes me want another baby with her beautiful forest themed nursery. To top it off, she has made her own changing table from an Expedit small storage piece. Can you tell this is Ikea?? I can't! Looks uber expensive!!

EXPEDIT CHANGING TABLE CHIC

 7. Wall Fry has children's room decor down to an art. This Malm dresser from Ikea has been revamped into a beautiful kids piece. Think of all the ways you can do this in your home?? What gorgeous fabric do you have in your stash?? 
MALM DRESSER WITH FABRIC DRAWERS
 8. This is mine! I thought I would sneak one of my own hacks in here. I made this for a good friend out of a Ribba frame, Ikea square mirror and some zebra tissue paper (and of course my trusty Mod Podge!). Soooooooo simple, give it a go!

RIBBA FRAME + MOD PODGE = CUSTOM MIRROR
9. Nikki @ The Ambitious Procrastinator has taken on what looks like an amazing transformation of Ikea cabinet doors with stencils and stain. You have got to see what she does here. Beautiful.

IKEA CABINET DOOR + STAIN

10. Finally, everyone's fav Ikea hack = The LACK HACK!! Here are 3 of my favorites.

LACK GOES GLAM WITH STUDS

LACK WITH MOLDING

LACK IN TO TEA PARTY TABLE

Well, that was my list of Ikea loveliness. Who's off to Ikea to get inspired??

Have a great weekend peeps xxx

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WEDNESDAY # 2

Hi everyone!

Following on the success of last week's first ever What Would You Do Wednesday  post, I thought I would make # 2 all about furniture.

This little baby has been sitting in my house for over a year now. Last year I got absolutely obsessed with Freecycle. For those of you who aren't familiar with the awesomeness that is Freecycle - here is it.

Taken from the site:
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,072 groups with 9,150,960 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun! 

How could you not LOVE this?!?!?! Well, anyhow, to continue my story....


So, I met up with this beautiful lady, at her beautiful home in the middle of the Irish countryside where she gave me a wooden filing cabinet (which I will blog about another time) and this miniature drop-leaf table....ALL FOR FREE!! YAY!



Saturday, 6 October 2012

STRESSFUL LIFE, STRESSFUL PARENTHOOD.....

I'm sitting here, on Saturday morning, writing this post with tea in hand, trying to unwind after what can only be described as a STRESSFUL week. I would normally have had a post lined up last night and linked to all sorts of fantastic parties by now. FAIL. I didn't get my post done yesterday, I didn't link to any parties yesterday. And this morning? Well, I wanna share something real with you. Not saying that DIY and crafting isn't real, but its an extra in my life. Life, and all its potentially crappy glory was my nemesis this week...


lovingly pinched from havoc-to-heaven.com

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WEDNESDAY # 1

Hi everyone! This will mark my first ever post for my new feature "What Would You Do Wednesday"!

Basically what it means is that I'm going to pick your ever-so-talented brains for ideas!!

Here's the deal:

I'll post some pics of something I've been given or have laying around the house that I've deliberately kept 'cause "I can do something with that".....You know you do it too! (Except I've got a collection of things that I've held on to that, to be honest, I have no idea what I CAN do with it) This is where you beautiful people come in! I need ideas, suggestions, even something as simple as a link to someone else who's done something similar....anything. I appreciate any time of yours that you'll give me in my quest to turn my stash into actual creations! I'll link this post to all linky parties for Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully, you guys will have some wicked ideas for my "stuff" and we can help each other out :-) Yay for helping!

So, here is my first ever, official WHAT WOULD YOU DO WEDNESDAY item:







I love my job.....the other day I came in to work and sitting on my desk were these swatches. They were straw bag swatches given to us by a supplier. My boss had no further use for them, so she gave them to me. "You can use these for crafting, right Helen?"......You bet your butt I can!! *although I don't know what to do with them*

So, they're all about the size of a large floor tile, all woven paper straw, all have a soft backing and all have a shine to them.

What would you do with them?

Let me know peeps....I'm at a total loss here!!

Thanks x