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DIY customised tea box in 4 Steps

IMG_6137 Hello and happy weekend. Sharing a new DIY today, which is super quick and simple. You might have seen it already on Instagram, if you follow Mahalolena. I also did something similar a couple of years ago. A customised tea box in 4 Steps. It doesn’t get easier guys.

Materials

  • Wooden Tea Box
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Decopage silk paper
  • Any conventional glossy sealer water-based (not visible in this picture, cause I forgot it – oops)

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Steps

  1. Apply the mod podge onto the wood
  2. Cut out your paper and carefully cover the entire box
  3. Let dry
  4. Apply glossy finish

Fill up with lots of tea bags and enjoy with guests a relaxing tea time.

New Year New Things – Project Life

Collage_1 Can I still say Happy New Year? My god, it has been ages since I’ve blogged. To be precise, it’s 8 weeks and 2 days ago. I feel you deserve a reason why it has been so quiet here.

Well, first of all I have been in the usual Christmas gift wrap stress, as everyone I guess. Secondly, I have been on holidays. You might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram. Thirdly, something more unexpected happened over the last couple of weeks. I accepted a new job, which I will be starting in March. And lastly, I have been busy with all kind of new home related to do’s. My oh-so-gloriously announced ‘series‘ has been on hold. Wow, instead of a series, it remains a one-post-only thing. I knew that wouldn’t work out very well. Probably, because the new home is still a year away. So far, we still own an area of gravel and dirt with lovely hassocks, happily growing around it. So, I suppose it is an idea to wait with the series until things get more tangible. I know, to my own disappointment as well. But, don’t you worry. I have other things to update you with.

Phew, now as all my excuses are on the table, let’s move to some more recent discoveries I made together with Cake & Bloom Interior the other weekend in Leiden. And guys, I’m telling you. This is it – the ultimate way to visualise day to day experiences, or also my decorating series.. once we actually have something to decorate. You probably heard about it, so don’t expect a groundbreaking, universe-changing invention. It’s a similar form of scrapbooking, which is not my thing, as things get too messy, and I don’t like messy. No, it’s Project Life. And what better is there, than visualising it in a cute prepared folder with handmade crafts, photos and illustrations. For the organised and perfectionistic among us, yes the folder comes with photo pocket pages, which are see-through foils with little pockets to collect your photos. I heard about Project Life before and that Becky Higgins and Maggie Holmes are the Martha Stewart’s of the paper industry, but I never really considered it something for myself until last weekend where I found myself back in a workshop of a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Honestly, my vocabulary increased tremendously after being thrown at with words, such as ‘big shot’, ‘stampin scrub’, ‘stampin trimmer’ and ‘minc machine’.

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So, my lovely blogger friend Irene from Cake & Bloom Interior had some positive influence on me and somehow convinced me to try Project Life. She also promised and insured that this will work for perfectionists. Irene, if you read this, I’ll take you up on that 😉 Thus, I’m gonna order my first Project Life package. In fact I’m doing it right now. And hopefully, I will be sharing my first photo album soon. Warning: Don’t expect anything by next weekend. We perfectionists need a bit more time to make it perfect, especially if I want to become a Project Life superstar like Magda.

Now guys, what about you? Have you ever tried Project Life or scrapbooking? Is there even a difference? Sorry, I’m kind of new to this field. Perhaps, someone could explain. Where do you buy your materials? I found out, there are tons of variations and online shops where you can spend your entire monthly salary on. I found this site, which seems to be reasonable, yet only for the Dutch market. I secretly love Heidi Swapp’s collection, which is also available in that shop.

For those, who are as clueless as I am, I tried to put a list together with the basics you need to start your own Project Life album. It’s already a project to collect all this, I can tell you. Here we go:

  • Album – I will buy this one 
  • Photo pocket pages – I will get these (Make sure album and photo pocket pages have the same size)
  • Card Collection – Here is a selection (Cards are not a must, but nice to have). Also have a look here
  • Accessories – I’m overwhelmed and need a bit more time, but have a look here or here

Well, I’d say cheers to the new year, new things and Project Life! Have a lovely evening.

Freestanding charming bungalow in France

Living Area Hello folks. I hope you had a good weekend so far. It’s Sunday and definitely not fun-day, as I’m feeling demotivated and kind of meh. Do you know this Sunday feeling?This typical Sunday, where nothing goes right. You already wake up with a bad mood, cause you know today is the last day of the weekend and tomorrow your alarm will ring at 7 am, which when only thinking about it, sucks out all energy gained over night and leaves you with very optimistic look-out to the rest of day, thus an awfully negative Sunday-freaking-Blues. Hopefully someone out there has some sympathy for my Sunday-misery. Nonetheless, after a cozy breakfast with coffee and warm bread, the world already looked much different and I gained back my energy while screening my latest vtwonen magazine. Yes, something I do Sundays. And I got even more excited when I found an amazing home tour featuring a freestanding charming bungalow in France which experienced a total metamorphosis.

I’m happy to walk you through this beautiful, handmade home from Constance and Dorian who are located in France. What do I like about this place? The retro-look with Scandinavian inspired color combinations such as white and natural wood. Furthermore, the handmade aspect that turned the former ruin into a modern vintage home with a personal touch. It took the French couple 8 years to rebuild their dream house and they did it all themselves. Wow (!) And I thought I was hands-on..

Let’s take a look at the different rooms. Continue reading

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