November 28, 2012

DIY Toilet Sign

I've been such a lazy blogger lately! Recently I've been exercising a lot and even though it gives me more energy, I haven't had time for blogging. I'm glad that I've found the joy in exercising but from now on I also want to have time for blogging. In the coming days I'm planning to show you more photos of our home. My posts have been a lot about small details but I promise I will show you more overall pictures. I don't want to take pictures when our home's a mess, and it's a mess almost all the time. Yesterday I vacuumed and today when I got home from work, our living room rug looked like no one had ever vacuumed it. Our one-year-old dog Viiru loves destroying her toys and that's why our floors and rugs almost never look tidy.

Here's a small thing I made today. I actually started with this toilet sign yesterday and today I managed to finish it. We used to have a romantic style sign on the toilet door but it really wasn't our style. I still have a few old boards from last summer and I got an idea to make a toilet sign from one of the boards. I used steel wire for the letters and there it was, a very unique sign combining old wood and steel wire. What a perfect combination!

November 18, 2012

Flower Pots

This weekend I've had a flower pot project. I've done many other things also but somehow these flower pots took me three days to get done. I wanted to have vintage style pots for the coming Christmas. Now I just need flowers!

I had old terracotta pots I thought were beautiful outside but they didn't go with the things inside. They needed a good wash and a little bit of newspaper and old lace. I attached the newspaper pieces with wallpaper paste and lacquered the surface with clear furniture lacquer. When the lacquer was still wet I added some old lace and added more lacquer onto the lace. Then I just needed to wait for them to dry.

I took the pots out on the balcony to dry because the left-over furniture laqcuer I had has quite a bad smell. I'm sure it's not healthy to inhale such substances either. When I'll get rid of all my left over paints ald lacquers I don't think I will buy these toxins anymore. I still haven't had time to find out about ecological and healthy paints so if you have any tips, please leave a comment!

November 15, 2012

No Adverts!

Twice a week advertisements are delivered to our home. We have not asked for them as we do not read them. That's why I decided to make a sign saying that we don't want them. In Finland it's quite common that people have a sign on their door saying "No adverts!"

You can actually get ready made stickers that you can put on your door or mail box. I just think they're quite ugly so I decided to make my own design. First I wrote the text on an old piece of paper and put it in black frames. After that, I decided I didn't want to make holes in the beautiful wooden door, and decided to make individual sticker letters instead.

And this is how it's done! I chose a nice font and printed the text. I already had black adhesive paper on a roll, which was perfect for this project. After printing the text I placed the text paper on top of the adhesive paper, added some masking tape in the corners to make the two papers stay put and began cutting. I used very small scissors for the job. It was actually pretty therapeutic to concentrate on cutting such small forms. I like the result very much! Now we won't get unnecessary adverts and we have a unique text on our front door!

November 07, 2012

Dreaming of Christmas

I'm a huge Christmas fan! For me it's hard to remember to be ecological around Christmas time. I looove Christmas decorations and every year I go to the biggest department store in Helsinki to buy a few new decorations.  This year I try to do things differently. I have a lot of ideas how to make decorations from recycled materials. Just to give you some idea what's coming: I'm planning to use old book pages in a few projects, different kinds of branches are perfect for hanging beautiful pieces and from linen fabric you can make the easiest decorations for the Christmas tree...

I like collecting fabrics and I'm trying to think of some ideas how to use them in creating Christmas look at home. I'm full of ideas and can't wait to get home and start enjoying ecological Christmas time! This is my last week working in an other city and I really hope I'm going to have more time for my blog and interior projects when I get home. Here are some lovely Christmas photos from previous years!

November 01, 2012

Lady in Blue

When I bought this chair, my idea was to make it pretty and sell it. But now that it's been standing in our dining room for a few months and I've seen it every day, I've really begun to like the interesting shapes of the wooden parts. The fabric was ugly, dirty and old so I had to do something about that. I knew straight away which fabric would be perfect for the chair! Here you can see the result! I love the chair now but I don't have a place for it. So let's see where it ends up!