Tag Archives: handcrafts

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.

Top 12 Favorite Inspiring DIY + Design Blogs

Intro Post Final Hello everyone. I hope you are doing great. Are you having a nice weekend? Mine is quite rainy. Therefore, I’m spending the free days inside my cozy home to do some blogging and crafting.

I love browsing through all these amazing professional blogs out there. Actually, I want to be productive, but sometimes I’m getting stuck while scanning my favorite blogs with my analytical eye for new inspirations, styling ideas or DIY tutorials.  I love love love having a cup of tea and reading through my favorite design blogs. I’m sometimes so focused and immersed that I totally forget the time. And  then – well then, oops already 11pm and I haven’t written a word. On the other hand, reading blogs to seek inspiration and motivation is a good thing for your skill improvement. I believe learning from others and their techniques is good for your own development.

For you to understand why it takes me sometimes a while to post something new, I collected a list of my favorite blogs that make me start dreaming while reading.

Find out what blogs make me happy and my heart beat ‘craft’ after the jump. Continue reading

Make your own Pin Wall + A desk make-over

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Hello and Happy Weekend everyone. Last weekend I have been busy working on a nice DIY project that I’d like to share with you today. After the last Real Talk I thought I need to share something more cheerful, colorful and bright with you.

It all started a few weeks ago where I wrote about decorating small spaces. After we moved into our sweet home we first started working on all other rooms except the guest room. We never really new what to do with it, since there are no kids yet and also not guests everyday. That’s why we invested more time and effort in making the rest of the house cozy. However, after a while I had this urgent need to do something with my free time. Since I knew what color means, I loved everything creative, but I never thought I would end up putting my work on a blog, cause at that time, the internet wasn’t even existing. Moving to Amsterdam and being inspired by diversity and creativity everyday I wanted to do get hands-on as relaxation after a stressful work day in a big organisation. So there was the blog, but no space for all my things. You know the end of this story; The guest room had a purpose. I wanted to transform it into a craft room / home office where I can garner my ideas and inspirations and find freedom to forget all routines around me.

The room is very small, so I cannot have one of these amazing huge studios I’d love to have and that I pin about everyday. Therefore, I started with gathering decoration ideas for small office spaces and showed you some examples. Like this I could imagine how our small room might look. During that process I got really inspired by those pin walls / mood boards that you can use for collecting postcards, paper items, ribbons or whatever floats your boat.

Seeing these pin walls and looking at the white wall of my newly declared craft room, I was sold. Yes, I want that pin wall there too.

I think it is a wonderful tutorial and DIY project for a rainy weekend. I put together all steps how to make your own pin wall and how to decorate it. Have a look at all steps and the list of materials you need after the jump. Continue reading

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