Washi tape DIY

In the last months my Washi tape collection grew larger, and I realized it was time to start using Washi tapes more often. A logical first step was to organize them by colour as it makes it easier to see what I have, and it also keeps me away from buying the same or similar tapes. The picture was taken before adding more Christmas-style Washi tapes to the collection, otherwise the box is full.

They come in different sizes and colours.  Believe it or not, they can be very useful. I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest which is also where I discovered Washi tapes. Here’s my Washi DIY list of already done projects.
– birthday cards

– Christmas cards

– gift wrapping decorations

– gift name tags

– decorating tea light candles

I still haven’t try all my ideas on using Washi tapes, and I will add them to this list once I try them. If you’re still in doubts whether or not to try them, there’s a reason why they’re so popular – they’re super usefull.

Santa Shoebox Project

I’ve been kept busy this last month, but now as the year is coming to an end, it seems I still have a few extra minutes for myself. The most important thing that was keeping me busy (apart from my baby boy, of course), was the Santa Shoebox Project.

I heard about it last year, but I was too late to join. This year I kept track and joined early to make a child somewhere in our country happy. If you’re not familiar with the Santa Shoebox Project, here’s some basic info about it. The basic idea is simple, just fill an old shoe box with gifts and treats for a child of a known age, location and name. The project runs in Slovenia for the fourth year under the name of Božiček za en dan, which translates to Santa for a day. The Slovenian project doesn’t run just locally, but expanded across borders to the south, specifically it covered regions devastated by floods.

The special part of the project is that you actually get to pick a child from the list, and buy the gifts for the specific child, namely to match their age and needs. I choose a boy of 3 years, named Jakob, the same as my baby boy. I felt a bit bad afterwards, as the list was very long, and then somehow I felt the older children (up to 18) get picked last, and when I mentioned this to my boyfriend, he immediately volunteered to join. In the end, we prepared two shoeboxes together, one of the 3 year old boy, the other one for a 16 year old girl.

The rules to fill the box are simple. First, find an empty shoebox, second, decorate it, third, fill it in, and forth, drop it off at the pick up center. I’m not very skilled at decorating boxes, but I’m hoping to get better next year. This is how it turned out in the end.Santa Shoebox Project_12

I used wrapping paper, Washi tapes, and plain elastic bands for the boxes. The insides of the boxes were covered with the paper, as well, but it turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought initially. I’m hoping the recipients won’t’ mind that.

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This was actually the second time I used Washi tapes for decoration, and I admit they’re great. I like them so much, I even added a set of 4 in the girls’ box so she can do some decorating on here own. The colorful thin tapes create a nice contrast to the bright stars.

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I painted the elastic band for one of the boxes with a permanent marker. It looks nice, but I should have dried it first, as it left some marks on the white paper background.

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Additionally, I made a bookmark for the girl using washi tapes. I used a set of three bluish tapes, two with flowers, and one with polka dot design. I used a promotional bookmark, covered it first with white paper, and then with washi. These washi were fabric, and some of the prints of the bookmark were visible if I didn’t cover it with paper first. All in all, this bookmark was finished pretty quickly, and it’s one of a kind.

Since it’s almost December, I’m wishing you all to have a great time during this festive month! Enjoy it and share the joy with friends and family, and if you can surprise someone special!

Moodboards

We’ve been looking for a new sofa for months now, and being limited with the space, it already seemed we won’t find a suitable one for our living room. What we want(ed) is a place to relax in front of the TV (my partner) with a good book (me). After having a 2-seater bed sofa for 4 years, we now decided to look for a 3-seater with a possibility to extend it into a bed for the occasional visits of family. To top it all, the length of the sofa was limited to less than 240 cm and the extended arm should be less than 160 cm. So finding a suitable bed sofa turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected.

To pass the time I searched the web for some accessories, that would fit in the room to add more colour in our otherwise black and white scheme. We have a B&W semi-open shelving units to store all our books, Blu-rays and some of my LEGO houses, so that’s the only colour in the room momentarily. I don’t want too many colours on the furniture, so this B&W scheme seems perfect. However, I do like to add more details, such as candles, lamps, and cushions for a cosier athmosphere. To present my ideal room to my partner (with less imaginative ability) I made these moodboards to make it easier to see what I’m looking for.

Black and white
Black and white

My favourite item here is the Kubus candle holder. It’s a designer piece, and a bit expensive so for the moment it’s on my wanted list. The only item from this moodboard I already have is the Cozy Remote Tidy in black. Storing the remote controls have never been easier.

Blues
Blues

Blue is my favourite colour, so this moodboard came together in no time at all. The blue Cast Iron Teapot is from Twinings collection, and it’s on my wish list for my next Twinings order. I see similar ones in black all the time, and this blue one stands out from the crowd.

Purple
Purple

I’m not a fan of purple, but this moodboard was actually one of the first I made. It seems that various purple hues are really popular, as so many items can be found online.

Pretty pastels
Pretty pastels

Pastels are popular in the last couple years, and they really look nice. Although pink is not my colour, it looks very romantic in a combination with pale blue and green. I like the tin boxes the most, they all can be found at Dunelm Mill. I only wish they’d ship international as well.

Nautical colourscheme
Nautical moodboard

I know a nautical or coastal themes are popular schemes for summer houses. I put this scheme together mostly based on the cushions. I really like the combination of the colours, tan or cream with various blues. My favourite items from this moodboard are the cushions with map prints and sea motives. They can be found in our local Harvey Norman store. Mostly likely I’m getting one of those soon, just need to decided which one.

To make the long story short(er), we accidentally found a perfect sofa for us while shopping for some sets of drawers for the hallway. It’s cream, and it fits really nicely with the nautical moodboard. We already have a set of dark tan cushions with map prints, and we’re probably get another set of cushions with map prints in different colours. Yeah, can’t wait to sit on the new sofa!

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.

Finishing touches – inspirations for the toilet

The first ”room” to be completed with the final touches seems to be the toilet. It’s a small and narrow place, basically just the toilet and a small sink. What I miss the most here is storage. I don’t need much, but I need it. I mean, is there a worse thing than running out of toilet paper?

Luckily, lots of inspiration can be found out online. My favourite is building a small cabinet around the sides and above, like this one found on wayfair.com. The down point is, I should have it custom made, which would get pricier.

Cabinet surrounding the toilet

 

An alternative to this cabinet is a simple wire rack to hold the most needed accessories, that is rolls of toilet paper and reading material. Apparently, the more skilled could make it themselves (DIY project).

A simple wire rack

Among many toilet paper storage solutions, a glass vase is by far my favourite. I’m actually looking for a tall vase with the right dimensions to hold toilet paper rolls. A down point here would be accumulation of dust, that would need regular wiping, but I guess I can do that. Doesn’t it look pretty?

Vase as a toilet paper holder

Installing shelving above the toilet was our first thought, but while remodelling our bathroom and the toilet, we decided to move the water heater to the toilet, to make the bathroom more spacious. This one was the an inspiration for the colour scheme. I wanted a blue one first, as there are no windows in the bathroom and the toilet, and I wanted some bright colours. As we failed to find something suitable, this brown scheme proved to me that brown does not necessarily make a room darker.

Shelving above the toilet

Decorations on the above picture look lovely, and I’d love to have a plant included, but as there’s no window, I’m not sure how the poor plant would survive it.

Hopefully, the toilet will be done in a month or so, and I’ll blog the final design.