Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY Shark costume

It's almost Halloween! And I finally finished my oldest son's costume . PHEW! He loves anything ocean and when I stumbled upon this awesome tutorial, I knew what he would be for Halloween this year :)
I did actually sew a bit here and there though, for example a zic zac stitch around the white belly patch. I had to improvise... since I could not find any felt in our local craft stores,I used some white and grey fleece blankets I found for 2,99 Euro the piece to make the teeth, belly and fin. Like this one:

I am pretty happy with the result and so is my shark boy.
And here he is:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bringing the outdoors in ...

Everybody that knows me knows how much I love bright colors and patterns. However, lately I've had the urge to tone it down a bit and add more natural elements to my home decor.
Here are few projects I've tried:

Twig wall art, as seen on Pinterest:

I created this centerpiece from moss, hand painted rocks and some other natural things I had laying around the house:

DIY Moss terrariums, inspired by this pin :

DIY Moss jar:

Old pictures displayed on corkscrew willow branches (I blogged about this in the past here)

Not really natural elements, but I thought these critters fit right in ;)

Linking up to:

Craft-o-maniac Monday @ Craft-o-maniac

It's party time @ Three Mango Seeds

Saturday, October 20, 2012

DIY coffee bag pin board

I picked up a very pretty old coffee  bag for only Euro 2 (!) on my latest trip to my beautiful hometown Trier.
I wasn't too sure what to do with it yet and when I  recently created a chalk wall in my oldest son's room, I thought it might be the perfect addition- coming back to life covering a pin board. I just cut the bag to fit and stapled it on an over sized cork board. Easy peasy!

Linking up to these lovely parties:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Strut your stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pinspired: DIY chalkboard wall

My son Noah is a very, very creative little dude. He is fascinated with anything ocean and he has a passion for drawing and crafting. So I came up with the idea of creating a chalkboard wall in his room, inspired by some cool examples I found on Pinterest. I am blessed to have an incredibly talented and creative friend, Molly from Molly Branstetter Designs/ The poor Sohisticate, who  showed me how to make my own chalk paint. Tanks again Molly, you rock!
I painted some old empty frames I had laying around to make it even more fun.
Here is the result. We love it!!

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Power of paint party @ Domestically speaking

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here

Time to Shine Party @ A Diamond in the Stuff

Strut your stuff Saturdays @ six sisters' stuff

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY mobile wine crate toy box

I have seen this idea on Pinterest in the past, like here . When I came by a set of wheels that was on sale a few weeks ago, I picked them up just in case my hubby would feel up to helping me put them on one of the old wine crates we have sitting around the house. So since the youngest kittens room is upstairs, I thought it would be a cool thing to use the "mobile toy box" in the living area downstairs to store his favorite toys in.
I love it! Thanks to my fabulous hubby for helping me with the drill.

Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things

Strut your stuff Saturdays @ six sisters' stuff

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween decor is up!

I finally had some time to decorate for Halloween. I found some gorgeous frames and candle sticks at a local discounter store. I looked for a bat and a cat silhouette online and printed them out. I glued them on pretty craft paper and framed them. The Halloween poem is a free printable from The Crafty Cupboard.  
Here is my little Halloween corner:

This post is linked up to these awesome parties:

Show and Tell Saturdays @ be different act normal

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Strut your stuff Saturdays @ six sisters' stuff

DIY Fall in a jar

Last weekend, we went on a mini family vacation in the beautiful Vulkan Eifel here in Germany. On our many walks in the gorgeous woods, the kittens and I collected plenty of beautiful Fall leaves. We pressed them in one of our Dr Seuss books (our Family loves Dr Seuss!) and this morning my oldest remembered about that and couldn't wait to display them in our home. I picked up a pretty candy jar in a discounter store yesterday and we decided it would be the perfect new home for our leaves. Some twill and a pretty little tag made from vintage looking paper later, our simple yet beautiful Fall decor was done!

This post is linked up to these awesome parties:

Show and Tell Saturdays @ be different act normal

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pinspired: DIY wooden plaques with paper scraps

I pinned this Idea a while ago when I was looking for some wall art to hang in our new bedroom (this was before we moved). I ordered the wooden plaques and some pretty designer paper from Hobby Lobby (yay for APO shipping!). Here is a before picture:
I decided to paint the plaques yellow since that would look awesome on the future grey wall. After they were done drying, I traced and cut out the paper and simply glued it on with Mod Podge. I love that stuff!

All done:

And here they are hung in our new bedroom. I love them!

        This post is linked up to these lovely parties: More the merrier Monday @ DIY home sweet home, Petals to Picots, Tuesday to do party@ The Blackberry Vine, crafty Tuesday @ Blueberry Craft and Hobby Time, create and share Wednesday @ Trendy Treehouse

DIY simple Fall wreath

For Fall, I wanted to make a wreath with materials I already had laying around the house. The only thing I purchased was a twig wreath (Euro 1,79 at our local Hardware store). I made some fabric - and felt flowers using these awesome tutorials I found on Pinterest and glued them on: fabric rosette, felt ruffle flower
I went through my paper scraps and made a little bunting from coordinating paper which I glued to a twine string and simply tied it on the wreath. Finally, I glued some wooden letters (Hobby Lobby) spelling "FALL" on my bunting. I love the way it turned out! Perfect for the front door! Linked up to these awesome parties:

Get your craft on Tuesday


Monday, October 8, 2012

Kids room wall art

I recently blogged about this fun and easy DIY doggie silhouette project. I framed them in white painted frames (thanks for the spray paint help to my awesome friend Molly) and they are now displayed on my youngest son's bedroom wall. The two framed prints "I'll eat you up I love you so" and "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day" were free printables I found on Pinterest. Here is the result (still a work in progresss, but we're getting there):

This post has been linked to this awesome linky party: Keeping It Simple

Friday, October 5, 2012

Old photographs displayed on branches

My grandfather who is really old - 98 years to be exact- recently gave me a photo book containing many old photographs taken throughout his life. Not only do I love old pictures and the almost magical feeling I get from them, but I also feel honored and proud to own a piece of his life and its story told by those photographs. I already framed some of the pictures and hung them on my bedroom wall, but there were so many beautiful images left. I discovered a corkscrew willow branch in our local flower shop the other day and brought it home with the intention to decotate it for the Fall season. As I was trying to figure out ewxactly hat I wanted to do with it at home, I had the ideaa of pinning old photographs to the branches. I still had these tiny clothes pins laying around that we used for crafts last year, and they were just perfect to hang the pictures on the branches. Here is the result:

DIY Felt Flowers ... a pretty little addiction

I love, love, love making flowers from felt and fabric. Seriously, it's like an addiction. The uses are endless: put them on a pin, hairband, wreath, or, like I did in some of my latest projects, use them to add some cuteness and charme to an old pillow or lamp shade. Here are some awesome tutorials I used to learn how to make the different felt flowers: Rose, Pom pom Flower, Ruffle flower, Dahlia. And here are my creations: adorning an upcycled pillow case

Pretty on an old lampshade:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pinspired: Ruffles and lace - a romantic Fall look

I recently pinned this gorgeous outfit on Pinterest. I love the romantic touch to this look, perfect for an afternoon walk in Fall.
So I was on a mission to find some reasonably priced pieces to copy cat the look. With success. Here is what I found at Ruche:
I got the cardigan in taupe, I like that color better:
And some bling to go with it ...
I found these boots at Urbanog for under $30! I think the color is just perfect!
Complete the look with some grey tights and you're all set! The whole outfit cost me roughly $160 (including shipping, accessories and boots). Not too bad. Here's my version (thanks to my sweet friend Molly for taking my pic!)