14 Jan 2013

Washi Tape Box

{ a way to organise your craft supplies} 

If you need a little box to store all of your washi tape or colourful cello tape than head no further than your local bakery. It doesn’t have to be Ladurée, as long as they sell macarons the chances are they will be given to you to take home in a little fancy box often with a clear window to showcase what’s inside.

So bring the box and the macarons at home, make a cup of coffee and take pleasure in eating the macarons than choose some nice wrapping paper and enjoy the rest of your coffee ( semi) decoupageing the lid of your box. I say semi-decoupageing as I actually didn’t apply glue on the top of the paper as I liked the mat finish. It took about half an hour and here it is my own little washi tape display box.

Wishing you all a lovely week!

Irina xx 

12 Jan 2013

Rainbow crayons

{may the rainbow party preparations begin}

So the rainbow tule and ribbons arrived in preparation for the Big 5 Rainbow birthday party. My world is now full of colour and I think I have pinned every single rainbow party idea available out there...

I would think it is appropriate to start with the invitation yet I decided to indulge myself in some long overdue crayon melting. I have seen those colourful crayons all over the net but never really tried them so without wasting a second I pulled out the pile of broken crayons and some old glass dishes left from eating too many Gü puds ( What you have not heard of them? You must try them immediately they are just divine…and no, they are not paying me to say that).

However I didn’t want to come up with a colourful crayon, I actually wanted a Rainbow crayon. And so I separated the broken crayon pieces into colours and melted them separately – one after the other to be precise. I followed the colours but I didn’t mater if I started with red or blue as I didn’t have a front or back side. 

I also used an ice cube tray from Ikea as a mould and left it on the balcony as the weather is quite cold and so the melted crayon hardened very quickly. In the mean time the next colour was already melted so I didn’t have to wait long. I used a metal spoon (Note: plastic spook might melt) for precision and to pour the exact amount of each colour. Try and be as precise as possible and aim for the middle of your moulds to avoid melted crayon running down the sides of the moulds.

Since my crayons were done on the balcony at a temperature of 5C I didn’t have to wait long for them to harden but if you are some where nice and hot than make sure you wait as much you have too before adding the next colour and popping them out.

Well all in all it took less than an hour and it was real fun and not that messy. Having said that do wear an old apron if you have one and definitely put old paper to cover the place where you’ll be making the pouring.

Have a nice Sunday!
Love, Irina xx

3 Jan 2013

Headband holder

{a quick tutorial}

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a nice time over the festive period and didn’t spend too much time on Pinterest like I did. I do like Pinterest a lot, I mean a lot, but I noticed lately that I go to look at an old pin but end up spending hours pinning new pins and hence don’t have enough time to make anything.

So today I had a spare hour and decided to make something quickly for my little girl. I saw something like it on Pinterest but it was pinned from that new website Joybx.com and so it had no link to the source.

Well, if you have a girl you already know that even a four year old has as many as ten Alice bands. Yes, in pink, red, denim or glitter…you name it.

The headband holder was really easy to make and you’ll need :

some ribbon - all the ribbons I used were pieces left from other projects
a metal key chain ring
some kind of flower or glitter stone to embellish the holder
sewing machine
hot glue gun

  1. Sew both the top and bottom ribbon together
  2. Cover the metal ring with a ribbon – use the hot glue gun
  3. Turn the end of the ribbon where the two ribbons are sewn together and add the ribbon loop holding the metal ring. Sew in place.
  4. Use the top ribbon to make some loops and sew them with a straight and backwards stitch. I wasn’t too worried to make the loops the same size as some Alice bands are wider than others. Make as many loops as you need.
  5. Use the hot glue gun and attach the flower on the very top part of the holder and you are ready.
One of my New Year resolutions is “No More Bad Blog Photos” but I can see I’ve got a long way to go. Off to bed now with my new book “The crafters guide to taking great photos”, I’ve heard that it’s great.

Irina xx