Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bedroom Shelf

I actually hung a shelf almost all by my self. I must say I am a bit proud. I am not really much of a handy woman (unless it is hammering a nail to the wall)

Sorry about the window light, it was the only before picture I could find.



I am very pleased how it turned out. I am thinking of adding a picture or a mirror over the shelf, but at the moment I am quite pleased with it the way it is. I will probably change it up a bit more this week when organizing and purging.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cupboard Makeover

So the first project I am going to share with you today is a cupboard make-over I did back in September. I was really excited to start my first project on my new bedroom. I had not even painted the walls at this time. But I had decided I wanted the coffee latte/brown walls. From the paint samples I had collected I had found this really wonderful blue colour I wanted to use. The same colour I later used in my Chair Redesign in April. I did have one slight problem though, I did not yet have a piece of furniture. I went to two flea markets and found nothing.

The cupboard I eventually found, I got for free. Close to where I live we have a dump yard where there is also a give-away section. Here people can place old furniture and other stuff they no longer want, but is still in a somewhat good shape. I found my cupboard there. I thought it would have so much potential. So I took it home.

Before Pictures:

The first thing I did was removing the handles and everything, I put it in a box to keep it all together (though I do not think I will use any for this project) then I sanded it down. At this point I used some sandpaper and my hand. This process took a long time, which is why, after consulting with my dad I went shopping.

I got this is a Black and Decker and it costs $90. It is really effective, and the shape of the front makes it easy to get into corners. The holes where the handles had been I closed, knowing that I was going to get new knobs. I took a spatula and some wall paste and used this to fill the holes.

Then I did three coats of base coast in white, for the paint to sit better and longer, and two coats of paint. The paint I used is a light turquoise.

This is what it looked like after two coats of the base paint.

This is what it looked like after two coats of paint as well.

Then I painted inside, two coats of the base color and two coats of white paint. I used some left over white wall paint.

This is what it looked like half-done. I still had to spray paint the hinges and buy some knobs. This was before I had painted my walls as you can see the purple walls in the background.

And here is the final product. I personally LOVE it! The crystal knobs I bought on eBay.

Here are the before and after picture, what a difference!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bedroom Make-over

This week I will be working on my bedroom. It is quite messy and very unfinished. Today I will be having a small introduction on my bedroom. Later this week I shall be writing about some of the updates I have done/will be doing. Sunday I shall post the final reveal!

I have had my bedroom for almost 2 years now, and during this time there has been a lot of changes.

It started by being a greyishbrownish notsoverypretty colour. So I painted it a nice purple colour... Or so I though. In natural light it looked great, but in any other light it looked a weird pink colour. It was quite nice though with the white furniture I had in my room. I was able to keep it like this for about a year. But then I decided I needed a change.

I was not quite sure how I wanted my bedroom, but I knew I wanted more colour. I went to a paint store and got a LOT of different paint samples. I was thinking of keeping it in pastel colour palette. Pinks, blues, greens, yellows. I finally decided to have pink walls.

But I changed my mind. I wanted a more sophisticated look. I also am a bit into Feng Shui, and they recommend you to paint your walls in skin colours - from pale white to rich chocolate brown. So I finally decided to paint three walls Coffee Latte colour, and one wall brown.

Here is a photo of what the colour was during and after the last paint job which was done in October last year. As well as a photo of my feature brown wall. I still have not painted the moulding yet - even after 7 months but good news is that I will be doing this either today.

So that was a small introduction to my bedroom. I am so looking forward to being able to create a nice retreat for myself. I will not be using any money this week, so I know it will not get complete yet. However, I do think that it is going to be a lot better than what it is now. So I wish myself good luck!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

How to create a button - Part 3

So by now if you followed Part 1 and Part 2 you should now have a photo with a URL. So today is Part 3, and the last part of this tutorial.

So you start by copying this code:

<center><a href="PUT YOUR BLOG URL HERE"><img src="PUT YOUR BUTTON URL HERE" /></a><textarea><a href="PUT YOUR BLOG URL HERE"><img src="PASTE YOUR BUTTON URL HERE" /></a></textarea></center></div>

And pasting it in a word editing program. Microsoft word supposedly changes the code up a bit, do use something different.

Then you have to paste the URL for your blog and your button in the appropriate places. Mine would then look like this:

<center><a href=""><img src="" /></a><textarea><a href=""><img src="" /></a></textarea></center>

But as you can see, it is just a bundle of weird text. To actually create the blog button you have to create it in HTML format. Since I am using Blogger, it is located in the upper left corner (next to compose) where I am writing this blog post. So copy your URL and paste it there.

And voila! You now have a button for others to grab!

Friday, May 25, 2012

How to create a button - Part 2

In Part 1 of this tutorial I showed how to design a button, so today I will show how to upload the button to a server.

So the reason I decided to create a own post for this is because this is one of the things I had some trouble finding out what to do, and I can imagine how much easier it would be to create a tutorial instead of writing "Upload it to an image hosting site like photobucket".

There are several different ways to upload the button to a server. I am no computer expert, but the way I understand it by uploading the picture to a server you get an Internet address to your photo correct me is I am wrong. I used Photobucket for my Link Party Button and the blogger code for the Featured At Button. All my buttons are found here.

For this tutorial I shall be using Photobucket.

First create a user and log in.

Then you click "Albums" in the tab, and you will see this page:

 Click the green "Upload" button.

 "Select photos and videos"

 Create a name and click "Save and continue to my album"

 Click on photo

 Right-click, and open image in a new tab.

The URL you see is what you will need to create your button!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Wow I cannot believe how fast time flies. I really wish I could tell everyone that I am working on so many different projects and I will be having a ton of posts soon, but I can not. It has been such a busy week for me. And this weekend will be no different. So I am sorry you guys for not posting for a week. And not being able to post the rest of this week (probably).

As I mentioned in another personal post, I do get a lot of blog post straight to my email. Here are some awesome posts for you too check out that I love:

Planner organization... - I do love planners too! I just have a small problem of not using it too much, and well kinda forgetting about it. Right now I am using an app on my iPad called Opus Domini. 

Quick Tip: Keeper of the Cords - What a GREAT idea! I shall start saving some toilet rolls and show you my plans for this when I am done!

Ruffled Lamp Shade Makeover - WOW how cute!!! 

Spray Paint Projects - I LOVE these. Amazing what a difference some spray paint can do!

So hope you all enjoy this "different" post. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to create a button - Part 1

So back in march I decided to make my Link Party Button. I did not give a tutorial on this, just referred to a couple of sites. And since I have had a guest blogger here, I decided to create a button for this!

This post will be about how to design and create your logo. I used to use picnik, but boo they have shut down. But after a look around on what other people use I found this other great editing site called PicMonkey. It is quite simple and has more or less everything I need.

When I create my buttons I always start using a photo I already have, but you could also just google a nice photo to have as a background. I did this with my Link Party Button. Another way to start is by downloading a white canvas. I did this for my Featured At Button. You can check out all my buttons in the My Buttons! tab located at the top of this blog.

The photo I decided to use was actually my product of my first guest post at another blog. This is what I did, of course you can change the sequence depending on what you prefer to do. I like it this way:

Upload photo

Did some editing if needed

Added the writing

Resize it
125x125 is most common,
but since mine is rectangular I used 125 for the width
and kept the same proportions

Edited the writing

Added some butterflies

Saved the photo

My Button

I would love to see what everyone else comes up with, so feel free to post a link in the comment box below so I can check it out!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chevron Canvas

Today I am guest posting over at Oceanside Daydreams. This is my first guest posting ever and I am so excited! I found Jessica's blog only recently and I really like it. She has some amazing posts, my favorite is probably her Book Bird Art. So check out how I made my awesome chevron canvas here!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Maxi Skirt

Today I actually did one of the posts that I had on my inspiration page, Maxi Skirt from A Girl And A Glue Gun. I did do everything a bit different, but I did not like the end result. Because of my pattern I decided to make a rectangular skirt. However, I forgot one little detail: to make sure the skirt was wide enough for me to walk properly in, I did not buy enough fabric!! Here is the tutorial:

1. Cut fabric (100x120cm) and the waistband (62cm)

2. Sew the sides together

3. Pin the skirt to the waistband
"the only tricky part is the waistband..but once you figure out how to do will be 25 skirt deep.
you section off the elastic into equal fourths.....
do the same with the skirt..." Link

I did the same, but with equals instead of 4

4. Sew together

5. Remove pins

6. Hem the bottom

7. Voila!
*Weird angle*

I added a small triangle at the bottom of the skirt. Its so much easier to walk in now, but looks kind of like a small "tail". I guess this is a skirt I will only wear at home.

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