Christmas Cross Stitch Ornament

Forgive the little screw ups

Believe me or no, I was no good at needle and thread until Janice, of who’s expertise at needle and thread I have already talked about before, taught me and my likes how to cross stitch: She did a wonderful step by step tutorial for amateur needle workers like me that can produce results like this.  I am loving myself some Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments with Vintage Twines and Doilies.

The cushioned one will go on the mantel and the tree is going up as ornament. That is R’s. He chose this design.

Have a good week!

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DIY: Dress up old wine glasses for Christmas!

For all those who emailed me: Here’s a clearer version!

Halloa! Well, the crux of this post is when you cannot buy, make it. Also: How about 2 $ sound as opposed to 37$, for a set of 2 glasses? Good? Yes. I know. It feels blessed.

The other day, while we were out window shopping, you know your favorite thing to do at this time of the year is checking out Christmassy window decor or if you are someone like me, noting silently in your brain, what you can recreate, we came across a set of very pretty wine glasses with silver stems.  Obviously, being me, my eyes instantly went onto the detailing. ‘Hmm’, I thought, ‘not silver, not steel but silvered’…’hmm’…’37$??? Whaaa??? For 2 glasses???” Evidently, we thought it was ridiculously priced and after a lot of fiddling that also included forced justifications that did not work, I kept them down and walked off.

Surprisingly, I was not sad at all and I went ahead with a faint smile on my face. Come on girls, we are the DIY republic. I knew I could rip it off.

Here’s the inspiration

Inference: All you need is a reflective paint or a Chrome paint. Simply tape the rest of the glass leaving the stems. Now spray paint it Chrome- give 2 thin coats and let it dry for about an hour. Take a shower and enjoy your port . A true artisan deserves these simple pleasures of life.

Long story cut short: A successful knock off in no time! Enjoy.

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DIY: Mercury Glass Votives + Now up on ebay!!!

Stored glass jars and bottles can be a contributing reason in domestic strife. Did you know that? Well, as long as you can justify with proof (read: your lovely comments flowing in from every side), I guess it’s fine.  That lets you be in a better position to argue, at the least. Lol…and why am I telling this to you? because I’m a glass jar and bottle junkie and I get looks all the time when I shamelessly want to pick up an empty bottle from a friend’s place! Yeah, yeah- exactly like that with cringed eyebrows, an elevated one side of the lip and a expression that clearly spells out: “HUH?”

Lol. Now although I am very very used to it ‘coz I know that when they see the end result, they’ll end up shamelessly bagging it off. I love them for that and they love me for who I am! An official glass jar junkie. Believe me, I love them together everywhere: they give a space so much character. And having mastered the art of staining them “aqua”, it was time to raise the mercury of this fashionable junkyard with some mercury glasses.

An easy peasy process, (it’s the easiest process by far which is also effective), a lil touch of mercury can really do wonders.  I’m falling in love with them, every second! See how you’ll do it if you already don’t know it.

You’ll need

A glass jar

Mirror spray/ glass look mercury spray/ glossy silver spray

A water sprayer

A damp cloth

HOW

Clean your glass bottle thoroughly.

Spray the inside of your bottle with water.

Now, spray the insides with a very thin coat of glass paint

Allow it to dry.

You can leave it as it is or you can also distress it by rubbing the inside surface with a damp cloth.

Light a candle and bask in the glory of being creative.

I hope you’ll like it!

UPDATE

My product is now listed on ebay, so my fair ladies, you can bid it from only 150 INR!!!! Here is a link to it.

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Handmade-Faux-Mercury-Glass-Vase-/110781138977?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item19cb120821#ht_500wt_949

Love

~Roy~

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DIY: Sandalwood and Rose Bath Salts


Fancy skinny dipping into a tub full of fresh sandalwood oil and rose? I most certainly do. A homemade bath salt recipe was all I was waiting for! I found this recipe in Wendy’s blog, Herballisticgarden and I knew I had to get my hands smelly (in a good way) with essence and sea-salt. The result you ask? It’s unbelievable. Looks like store bought plus homemade ingredients makes it even more organic, plus this is  brilliant gifting solution- imagine in essence of seabreeze, lavender, Lilly of the valley and of course, cocoa and vanilla. Mine is sandalwood and rose petals.

Why Sandalwood for me

Pure sandalwood oil is known for its healing and therapeutic properties and is one of the most effective skin hydrating natural solution known to mankind. A drop of sandal wood in a teaspoon of water if rubbed on cracked & chapped skin brings instant healing, which means it is an elixir for ageing skin (Yeah, I’ll touch 30 in a couple of years and it’s good to start early).

Plus, sandalwood is also a natural toner that can be used on both oily and combination skin; believe me the result is stunning and I could only mention a few from its vast uses. In a word, let’s just say I simply had to use this magic potion from my very own country that produces one of the best sandalwood oils in the history of sandalwood.

What you’ll need:

Sea Salt: About 2 cups

Orange Food color: 3-4 drops

Pure Sandalwood Essential oil: 1/2 teaspoon (This will be expensive but buy the expensive one)

Rose petals, chopped: of one rose (Fresh or dry- you decide)

I did not include borax or plain salt though you can.

In a glass bowl, add everything except the color, and toss. Now, add color and toss again.

And now you are officially ready for a beauty bath.

P.S: Ahem, sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac. Know what I mean and where I’m headed?

Enjoy!

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Before & After: A Working Nook Makeover

Before I begin, I want to apologize for the blurry image. You know what I did right? Resized it to 400 X 533 and then wanted to resize it to 576 X 768. Yes. Too much stretch and pull rendered this baby rather hurt. But that’s okay, as long as you can see it.

My new apartment has a characteristically small bedroom and my bed eats up 60% of the room. Plus, you can never work in the living room unless you have a super powerful concentration power that has taken a monkish vow to not get distracted.

So, I was left with only one choice: To make a nook for myself. Well, I did make a nook by using the wall space but somehow it needed more love. I was not being able to work in that place I made because I didn’t feel at home with it. Hence, began the makeover plan.

Challenges:

In a dime (read: 15 $)

A space that’s even smaller than the budget

The space need to have my inspirations, msg board, lamp and laptop- I am very particular about these when I am writing

Hence began the sketch.

I first de-cluttered the entire space- this is the first step to a goodlooking home. Remember, Nothing is always better than anything. And by anything I mean useless things.

Second, I wrapped the message board in drop cloth with glue and secured a hook at the back with a screw

Third, I drilled two small holes on top of the mirror and attached a wall mount curved bracket, the one you usually use in sets to make a wall mount rack. I used its tip as my flower pot hanger

4th, I created a hanging basket of money plants, about which you can read here

5th, I got myself a chair and chilled

Here is the before

Wishing you a creative week ahead!

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Saturday love: Antique French Grain Sack Linen Knockoff and Moss Rose

The party went alright, the dishes are done, the night’s been well slept and the first cup of coffee has been slurped. And just when I thought my bucket couch is calling me with a book and more coffee I see tufts of bright, feel good, vibrant pink Moss Roses swaying their heads from the narrow window sill. In work and party arranging, I completely forgot about them and look at them this morning. They are in full bloom! Little thing! Yes, I shall take a photograph of you, of course I will honey. The second cup of coffee never brewed.

Sometimes I just wonder how these little things make me so extremely happy. The road divider on my way to work overflows with beautiful, yellow, bright grass flowers and I look at them as long as they’re in my line of sight. Oblivious to the narrowness of the world they do their part of spreading cheer to “stopped-for-rest-from-the-rat-race” city souls. Yes…flowers has to be there where I am. I find happiness in them; they give me perception. They are my LSD.

And now on to some linen love. I found these Linen on 70% sale- “Home spun, 20″ x 20″, Heavy duty residential grade upholstery linen”, Set of 3 for 4.99 $. Yes I couldn’t resist because they look exactly like French Grain sack linens, replete with the stripes. Soft, supple and yet sturdy, they will in all probability grace my sofa as cushions on Christmas, or I will sew them together as runner. I am elevated. Really.


Off to some baking! This day is dedicated to sheer lazying and sleeping, watching movies, no DIY’s and some pie love.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love

Roy

Vintage Glass Jar Labels: How to get the look

A little project here! I’ve been saving my old sauce bottles for some vintage labeling and there came along this old glass jar with lid for only 2$. Well Trumatter couldn’t wait any longer.

So last night we got this printed from here (Thank you Rohan), soaked them in coffee, baked them for 5 minutes and did a little gluety-puety work on our glass jars. Then we made some cupcakes, potted some flowers and enjoyed all of it with a big cuppa coffee.

I am to be playing host tomorrow to a small party and methinks this would quite be the center of attraction.

Y’all like it?

Partay!!!

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DIY: Vintage Aqua Glass Jars

I’ve been wanting to make these aqua vintage glass jars so badly! And tell you what? One should make them ‘coz they give any wee corner such a brilliant look. Stud them with flowers or with some vanilla pods or lavender bunch. I just cannot get over them. Best part is, mine are washable, inside out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Turquoise Ink- any. Fountain pen ink, sketch pen ink, food color or any color that does not have a latex base. Acrylic paints would not work. You can mix two parts of blue to one part of green if turquoise is not available.

White glue that dries clear- again, any.

A thick brush

Clear varnish

Procedure

Clean your jars with soap water and dry thorough

To about a tablespoon of glue mix two drops of turquoise ink

Mix thoroughly and with help of a brush paint the glass jars on the outside

Let it dry for at least an hour before giving it a coat of clear varnish

Let dry for a day and you’re ready to flaunt them.

Washing instructions: Cold water rinse only and a light sponge would be perfect.

Hope you all had a productive weekend and hope you all have a super creative week ahead.

Roy

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DIY: Make your own hanging flower pots

 I needed a hanging flower pot for a space that’s undergoing the trumatter transformation. I checked in the local nurseries, malls and even the potteries but nothing I found was looking like it could be mine. Solution? put the grey matter to work. Lazy lump of fat.

I had this cake pan lying around which really was never used. And since i bought it, I always thought it would make a beautiful flower pot; a hanging one was something that never crossed my mind.

So I drilled three small holes on the sides, fixed some chain and re-potted a couple of money plant. There you go!

Your own little flower basket is ready in a jiffy. What do you girls say then? Ho hum to hot or not?

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Before & After: Cabinet Makeover

 I was really getting to worry that somehow this cabinet will continue to exist as a chaos in my otherwise very white room. But one hour of no electricity and boredom seem to give me the necessary prodding. How? Please do not ask. That is how my brain works. At weird places and time.

You know, this was an experiment gone wrong. Getting very kicked (Yes, the blogs are to blame) by some wonderful chalkboard paint projects, I dowsed my brush and gave it a coat. What I didn’t realize was it had a wallpaper base and I had to rip it off.

Anyway, last night I ripped off the old paper and covered the shutters in this fabric. Small nails plus Araldite (Hot Glue) for securing the corners where pins could not reach.

Finally, the chaos in the order has been heeded to. Here is the before! I know eeeks!

Such a relief! That too with investment on only nails and glue. The fabric comes from an old curtain!!

Would love to hear what you think 🙂

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