D.I.Y. Wine Crate Spice Shelves

 

So I spent last week updating our kitchen. We’ve been in this apartment for coming up to 6 years now, and they didn’t do much to freshen it up before we moved in so we took it upon ourselves to at least freshen the kitchen up a little…

It was really looking shabby :(

The walls were supposed to be white, but obviously weren’t prepped properly before they painted them last as there were patches (of what I assume was grease) coming through the paint and it looked bloody awful! And the floor was linoleum, but had definitely seen better days… No matter how much I cleaned it, it still looked dirty and Nataly was not a happy camper!

Our apartment is a rental so spending a load of cash on it is kinda pointless but I got the walls re-painted and laid some new linoleum flooring so at least it’s clean now.

While I was on the kitchen re-vamp I found some old wooden wine crates in my neighbour’s attic, and had a brain wave! I had seen them used as shelves online and figured they would make brilliant spice racks, so once I’d convinced my neighbour to donate them to my kitchen revamp (I sent her a text and she replied within 5 mins saying of course I could have them) I cleaned them up a little, removed any stray nails / staples and sanded down the edges a bit. Once that was done, I got out my scrapbook papers and chose 3 that I thought went rather well together, cut them to size and modge podged them to the bottom of the crates.

I gave the inside of each crate 3 layers of modge podge, just to make sure that the paper and wood was sealed reasonably well, arranged them on the wall and drilled them into place.

Voila! Funky new spice racks (shelves) that cost me less than 5 CHF… not bad for a few hours work :)

Bling Ring Pendant…

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Here’s a cute little pendant I whipped up.

It’s called the ‘Bling Ring’ and it’s a free pattern from the super talented Sabine Lippert from trytobead. The pattern is super simple to follow and beads up really quickly so it’s perfect for when you’re feeling crafty but don’t have a load of time to make something…

I really like it so I might go make some matching earrings to go with it :)

Up-cycled Cat Bed…

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A while back I scored an awesome vintage leather suitcase from my wonderful neighbor and set about making this…

I wanted a cute cat bed and, well, what’s available here in the land of Swiss is either boring or really, really expensive, so after consulting with my mate Google I decided to have a go at making my own.

With the suitcase part sorted, I logged onto my other mate, eBay, and ordered the legs for my new creation, then trawled my fave Charity Shop for miniature pictures to decorate it with.

Once my legs arrived, I painted them and, as they had to be attached with giant screws, got out my power tools and drilled some holes in the bottom corners of my suitcase and screwed them in.

The blanket is one the kitties have been using for a while, so that was easy, it’s just a fluffy baby blanket I bought for them at a discount store. I tried putting a pillow in the suitcase but the kitties weren’t having any of it so I tossed the pillow and just put their blanket in and they LURVE it!

I painted all my picture frames the same color as my legs and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue them in place.

The little black cat toy is also from the charity shop, which reminded me of their mum, so of course that’s in there too :) and because the pocket the toy is in had lost its elastic, I wove some mustard colored ribbon through it to tighten it up a bit.

And last of all, the bunting at the top is from my stash of crafty bits, but I think I got that on eBay originally too…

All in all, their new bed ended up costing me about 15 CHF, (roughly the same in US $) thanks, of course to the suitcase being donated but I have since managed to find some similar ones at random charity shops for around 15-20 CHF.

Total bargain, and so, so cute! And even better, now my shadow kitty, Nennie, has somewhere to sleep in my craft room :D

Kitty Magnets… :)

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How awesome are my new kitty magnets?

The incredibly talented Noelle from Hold My Broom made these from some photos I emailed her of my two little princesses ( you can get your hands on some through her Etsy shop here) and I am totally in love with them :D

They have pride of place on our fridge – you know, because having the actual kitties isn’t enough, I had to have magnets made of them too … yeah, yeah, I’m a crazy cat lady now, what are you gonna do, huh?

Anywhoo, you all should definitely check out her blog and her shop, she makes some amazing stuff!!

Love… with Washi Tape

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My Washi tape collection has been growing… in fact, I’m beginning to think I’m a little obsessed with the stuff.

I was sitting at my crafty desk, staring at my collection when I came up with this card. I have a big old felt heart, from where I don’t know, that I traced onto some card and cut out. I covered my heart in Washi tape, then using a plain white bit of cardstock made my card, The spotty backing paper is from Dovecraft (one of the basics paper packs), edged in Versafine red ink and the sentiment is a Dovecraft stamp, stamped with the same ink. I glued it all down and used some pink pearls to accent my sentiment and a red ribbon to tie it all together.

So cute, and so simple :D I knew there was a reason i loved my Washi tape!

Crochet Butterfly Hair Ties…

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This is an awful photo, but how cute are these??

Yep, I’ve been busy making more hair accessories :D A girl can never have too many accessories!

There are loads of free patterns for these online, and they are so, so simple to make! It’s basically a crocheted 8 petal flower, folded in half and tied in the middle – easy and so cute!

Not to mention, a great way to use up yarn scraps!

I made these with cotton yarn (of course!) and a 3 mm hook. And if you don’t want hair ties these can easily be made into brooches or hair clips or key chains or even a sweet garland for a little girl’s room!

Beaded Eyeglass Strap…

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My latest beading experiment has been these beaded eyeglass straps and I’m rather impressed with them!

They are, of course, super easy to make. All you need is some beads, tiger tail wire, crimp beads and those little rubber eyeglass holder bits for the ends. I’ve found that they are a brilliant way to use up all my ‘left over’ beads. You know, the random parts left from making bracelets or necklaces, where there’s not enough to make another big-ish piece … well here’s what you can do with them!

I used seed bead scraps and mixed them into bead soups and gathered up ‘left over’ 4 mm beads and just randomly strung them onto my wire. EASY!

 

Building Ladders….

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The hubby and I spent Saturday building a new cat ladder for our two little princesses… They didn’t much like version 1.0, which was a thinner bit of wood with no mesh over the top.

Version 2.0 is MUCH more successful! Not to mention much safer for our fur kids to use.

Neither hubby or I are very ‘handy’ but this was actually a piece of cake! The hardest thing about building it was sawing all the steps as we only had an old school hand saw to use, and seeing as hubby’s back isn’t great at the moment I did most of the sawing :( Guess who had a really sore arm that night?

But it’s done, and it works, and it was super easy to make so I’m rather chuffed!

Since we put it up we’ve been trying to get them to use it… Grace, our braver grey kitty had it down that night… it helps that she LOVES tunnels, so this is just a new tunnel for her to play in :D (she’s the grey blob in front of Nennie)

Nennie, our somewhat less brave (complete scaredy cat!!) grey and white kitty has yet to master it. This pic is the ONE time she has been in it, and that’s as far as she got before reversing back into the apartment :(

Ah well, I’m sure she’ll get it eventually… it did take her 3 weeks more to venture into the garden than it took Grace so I guess she’s just naturally more cautious.

It’s so funny how they are sisters and polar opposites! Grace takes months to get to know and trust people – it took her 4 months to let hubby pat her properly and almost double that with me, but she will go off and explore places and get into trouble with the other cats in our street without backing down – even though she is the smallest cat on our street!

Nennie on the other hand, loves people. She’ll let anyone pat her, and she’ll happily snuggle on any available lap. She follows us around the apartment and calls when she can’t find us until we answer her, but she is so cautious of new places and new things it’s crazy.

Lucky I love both of them like crazy!

Fingers crossed that Nennie gets the hang of it soon. poor thing had been cooped up indoors since the weekend :(

Love Birds…

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In honor of wedding season, which is now winding up here in the land of Swiss, I decided to make a wedding card.

Both the bird and the Mr & Mrs stamps are Everyday Mini Stamps from Dovecraft, which of course aren’t available here ( I get them online from fluffpie ). You wouldn’t know it from the photo but the stamps and doily edging are all done in the same blue ink :/

This was my 10 minute creative surge today… must be from working on all those weddings lately.