DIY Washi Tape ideas

I bought my first set of 4 Washi tapes couple days ago, and I’m loving it. I discovered them on Pinterest (as many other interesting things), and decided to give it a try. I’m not the most handy person, so I wasn’t sure if they’d survive my DIY skills.

Washi tapes
Washi tapes

My first very mini DIY Washi project was to decorate a tea light. I got the idea for this from the Something Turquoise blog. It’s actually a really simple way to upgrade the simple tea lights and bring them to a higher level. I only decorated one tea light, but I’m waiting for my order to arrive (yes, I ordered more Washi on Ebay).

Washi tape decorated tea light
Washi tape decorated tea light

As decorating the tea light was so easy and straight forward, I wanted to do more. There’s quite a selection of posts on how to decorate various tins, pots and jars. As I have loads of tins left from the baby milk, I decided to put them to use. I wrapped them in layers of Washi tape. It was actually easier to apply it in straight lines, much easier than I thought. I’m guessing the lines on the tin helped. The before (boring) tins looked like this.

The tins before the transformation
The tins before the transformation

The after (nicely decorated) tins were a much nicer sight, specially after I filled them with homemade cookies and took them to my aunts as a welcome gift.

Washi tape decorated tins
Washi tape decorated tins

I wasn’t sure initially if the Washi tapes I had complement each other. I’m happy with the end result, and I’m looking forward to get my hands on more Washi tapes. I have a couple of this tins where I keep the extra nails and mini tools, and they definitely need updating. Another great project is to decorate picture frames, I have just the right set of simple wooden frames that could use some colours. Just need to get more Washi.

Caribbean Murder Series

I stumbled upon the Caribbean Murder Series by Jaden Skye by chance. I got an email from BookBub offering one of her books for free. I admit I was caught by the title and book cover art. The first book in the series is Death by Honeymoon where the leading female character, Cindy is introduced.

Caribbean Murder Series #1 - Death by Honeymoon
Caribbean Murder Series #1 – Death by Honeymoon

I admit I wasn’t too keen to read the rest of the books in the series based on the first book. Namely, the story seemed a bit to short for my liking. While all the suspense was building up, it unwind way too quickly. Luckily, her other books were offered as bargains on BookBub, so I took a chance and added #4, #5, #6, #7, and #9 of the Caribbean Murder Series to my collection. So far, I’ve read Death by Desire, Death by Deceit, and Death by Proposal in addition to the first book in the series. While the plots got better, and the story telling improved in my opinion, I was strongly appalled by the grammatical and spelling errors. I know I’m not a native English speaker, and I’m pretty sure there are mistakes in this post, reading a book with too many typos, takes away a lot of fun in reading. This is something I often found in books translated to my language (once I actually read in a translated book that the USA president lives in ”a white-coloured house” instead of using the name for the house, as in ”The White House”). Ok, that was off topic. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll read more of her books, but I’m really sceptic about the mistakes I found in her books. It really takes away some of the pleasure reading.

Death by Desire
Death by Desire – #4 in the series
Death by Deceit
Death by Deceit – #5 in the series
Death by Proposal – #7 in the series

DIY planning home office/LEGO table

Back from the short holidays in Copenhagen, I’m ready to start work at home. While in Denmark, I was able to do lots of web searches to find inspirations and interesting solutions for my home office/LEGO table. Initially, I wanted to go for a custom made table with some drawers beneath, and possibly floating shelves above to display some of my smaller LEGO sets. The nook in my bedroom between the wardrobe and side wall with the window is the only place I could fit in a table with a decent depth to accommodate all my accessories. The width of the nook is only 128 cm and on the side walls there’s two radiator pipes.

Ikea’s Linnmon/Alex table with drawer
Ikea’s Alex drawers add-on for the table

I’m 100% sure to use Alex drawers and the Alex add-on on the table top. What I’m not sure is the table top. While going for the complete Linnmon/Alex assembly, I’m sceptic on how to use the extra 8 cm of space, as I couldn’t find any good solutions for the space, and I’m actually worried I’ll have dust collecting in that tiny nook. Also, if the Alex add-on would be set on the table, I’ll use some of the desk space, but gain a set of drawers to keep some things close.

Going custom, I’m thinking about using a custom cut top table to fit the width of the nook, and have more depth. The maximum I’d go for is 80 cm (Linnmon is only 60 cm), as I have to keep in mind room to move around the office nook to access the window and avoid bumping the bed frame every time. Also, I could use an extra set of drawers beneath if the table would be wider. Nevertheless, I have to keep in mind, that it would be great if the chair I’ll be using would fit in between the drawers when I’m not using it.

I want to use this space for home office to pay the bills, plan the budget, do some work for my job (if need be) and use it as my creative stations for building and creating with LEGO bricks. The drawers would be handy for storing stationary, and the add-on would be a nice base for my tools cabinets with the small and specialized LEGO parts. I’m also thinking of using two or more of the add-ons, but I’m not sure of the stability, as I haven’t seen anyone doing this online.

As for sitting I want something compact but comfortable. The last 4 years I was using a foldable plastic chair and the only complaint I have is sitting on it in the summer, as I was practically stuck to it. What I’d love to have is something in fabric, preferably a monochrome without pattern. I’m liking Ikea’s Skruvsta in grey the most.

Ikea’s Skruvsta

Interesting designs from Ikea are also Patrik in blue (with and without the wheels).

Ikea’s Patrik on wheels
Ikea’s Patrik

Alternatively, Lilly from Moemax looks interesting, and is also much cheaper. I definitely want to try it to see if it’s comfortable as well.

Moemax’s Lilly

Tip Toe from Moemax looks more than lovely, and would fit in our white bedroom really nicely. Grey is becoming my favourite colour and this chair just might be perfect.

Moemax's Tip Toe
Moemax’s Tip Toe

Most of all, I need to keep the budget low, as my home office won’t be a priority in the next months to come, and if I want a personal space now, a low budget should do. Hopefully, in 2 months time, I’ll have my own home office, and I’ll share the pics. Until then, I’m still busy surfing the web for more inspiration and ideas.