Monthly Archives: May 2012

Brush decoupage: 10 min decoupage project


I love decoupage, because it is easy and creative. Plus, it allows you to turn simple things, such as plastic brushes into decor items.

Here is my 10 min brush decoupage project:

brush decoupage project

For this decoupage project I did not even repaint the brush, as I usually do. The napkin pattern got placed nicely to the plastic surface. I roughly decoupaged the brush with a scrape of rosebud napkin and then covered the left edges with the golden paint.

brush decoupage project

That is it. It took me less then 10 min to do this decoupage project.

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Recycled Herb Garden


Rachel Kiernan

I gave an old crate-type-pallet thing, which I found at the dump, a new lease of life by painting it up, filling in any gaps and adding a few finishing touches.

I bought some cheap wooden spoons, burnt the names of each herb onto them and popped them into the soil.

It is now in use as part of a community garden in a Day Care Centre for the elderly.

                                                      

© All photos shown have been taken by Rachel Kiernan and are not to be used without permission.

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Ukraine folk style glass bottle and wood decoupage


I simply love to decoupage all things, including glass bottles. Decoupage is a very easy way to turn glass bottles into great decor items for your home or even into gift items.

Here is another one of my decoupage projects, glass bottle and bread board set decoupage.

glass and wood decoupage

I used may rose flower napkin to decoupage this set. This tree is one of the folk national symbols of Ukraine.

glass bottle decoupage

As usual, I have repainted the bottle before decoupaging it. I did not have a lid for it, so I made one using a foam sponge and red yarn.

wood decoupage

I add it a touch of gold by applying some gold paint with a piece of napkin. It did not take me more than an hour to finish up this decoupage set.

DIY present tutorial: how to make a decoupaged and hanging flower pot


The good thing about cheap plastic pots is that you can easily turn them into great DIY gifts or into nice decor items for your home or garden. Here are few ideas on how to decoupage a flower pot and make hanging flower pot out of simple and cheap plastic pot.

flower pot decoupage

On your right you see the kind of cheap plastic flower pot I used for this project. It cost me $0.7 a piece. On the left you see, how it got transformed by being decoupaged.

Flower pot decoupage steps:

1.Use sandpapper

Some plastic is tricky for decoupage, as both paint and polish have hard time sticking to it. So, you have to start by working with sandpaper on the pot first. You may also put a layer of glue and let it try up well and only then start repainting the pot or decoupaging it.

2. Repaint

I put a layer of white water based paint on the pot. Even though it did not change the pot color, it helped the napkin pattern to stick better to it. Let the paint dry well.

3. Cut and position

Cut out your napkin patterns and try to position them well on your pot. Sometimes I get so anxious to decorate that I do not do the positioning on a dry pot. It’s an easy way to let things go wrong. When you try them on a dry pot, you can always change your mind and pattern, too.

4. Start gluing

I use transparent polish for my decoupage projects. I apply the polish sparingly on the pot surface. Then I glue the napkin pattern, get rid bubbles with a soft brush and only then put more polish to soak the napkin well.

5. Cover up the entire pot with the polish and let it dry well.

6. Color it

If you just leave the napkin pattern on, the decoupaged flower pot would look like some child’s craft piece. To make it look better, you should color it. I use the same white paint as for the base. Only I add various tints and colors to it. Experiment. Place a small amount of white paint into a small bowl and start adding colors to it until you get the desired tint.

Then you may apply the paint to your decoupaged flower pot with a brush, but I prefer using either plastic foam or a piece of napkin. You dip it into the paint and make gentle strokes on your pot. It adds an airy touch of color to it.

7. Let it dry and cover up with another layer of polish (you may add several layers)

Now, how do you turn a simple plastic pot like that into a hanging one?

Hanging decoupaged flower pot

It’s pretty easy. First, I made the holes in the pot. I used a nail and pliers for this purpose. You take the nail with the pliers and heat it up. I simply stuck it into the gas stove. Once it heats up enough, you easily prick the holes in the plastic. Only make sure to use pliers with the plastic handles. The iron ones would heat up and burn your fingers.

Then I decoupaged the flower pot and put the ropes thru the holes in it. I also used a decoupaged old CD as a pot holder. I have also made holes with a hot nail in it and attached it with the same blue rope to the decoupaged flower pot.

That’s my step by step DIY decoupage tutorial for flower pots. I hope you find it useful. Comments are welcomed.

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Half staff housekeeping and cleaning tips


You know, one of the best things about half ready foods is that they make our life much easier. You just put them into your microwave and your lunch or dinner is ready! Wouldn’t that be great to have such half staff ‘products’ for our house cleaning? Something that takes only few minutes to finish, but helps you to keep your house clean at all times. It’s a fascinating idea for me. And, I  believe such half staff house cleaning things can work well, too.

cleaning tips

I know, it might sound a bit confusing or nuts at first. But, just take a moment to think about it. What is the busiest time of your day? It’s morning and evening for me. So, can I do something to get prepared and make a bunch of these half staff things to pull them out and get finish them up in just few minutes, when I am extremely busy? Why not?

 

I discovered that with a little bit of planning it’s quite possible to do. I can get many things done just in half to get prepared for the rush hours of the next day. For one, I keep goats and I need to milk them 3 times a day. I use a large plastic jug as my milking pan. And, every time I have temptation to leave it unwashed after I pour the milk out of it. It takes just a moment to clean it. But, if I do not take this moment, the next time I go milking, I have a little stress. I have to heat up the water, clean the milking pan well and it all takes time and make this task a little bit more stressful and complicated.

 

This is true about most of the things we do. Taking just few moments to prepare things and get them half way done frees more time during your rush hour and makes such hours less stressful. It gives you more time to relax and enjoy your life even in the busiest moments of it! It works for me. I hope, you can take little time and do little planning to make some positive changes in your life with the half staff things for house cleaning.

A day out with the kids in a city park


We live in the suburb of Kiev and do not get out often to the Kiev downtown, especially with the kids. Still, we enjoy walking the old streets of Kiev time to time. This time we visited a place, called scenery lane. It is green and have some amazing mosaics there.

recreation with the kids in Kiev

The place is designed, using famous books, such as Little Prince or Alice in Wonderland.

recreation with the kids in Kiev

I guess, you recognize this white rabbit from the Wonderland or the smiling cat.

recreation with the kids in Kiev

Here is the little prince and two little princesses.

recreation with the kids in Kiev

elephant fountain

An elephant fountain and more cats. They are adorable!

Smiling cat from the Wonderland

Kids had great time in this park. It’s a quiet and nice corner of Kiev.

Easy vanilla pudding recipe


Here is another one of my easy recipes: vanilla pudding recipe.

vanilla pudding recipe

I have never tried to make it before, but I got inspired by this blog here: foodimentary.com. So, here is my simple vanilla pudding recipe.

 

Ingredients:

500 ml of milk

1 egg

2-3 tablespoons of sugar

Salt

Vanilla

3 tablespoons of starch

Raisins

Making of vanilla pudding recipe:

Take 6 tablespoons of milk and mix them with all the starch. Set the mix small heat and get let it boil. Stir the mix constantly. Then add salt, sugar and egg yolk and stir up well. Pour the mix to the rest of the milk and set on low heat. Let it boil and keep on stirring. Add vanilla (I used vanilla sugar).

 

Soon you’ll see, how your vanilla pudding is getting thicker. Once it gets thick enough, turn off the heat. Beat the egg white well and gently add to the hot pudding. The egg white would add the air and bubbles to your pudding. Add raisins, if you want to and set the vanilla pudding into your fridge to cool. Done! It took me about 10 min to make my vanilla pudding this way.

 

 

Glass bottle upcycling idea: glass bottle torch lamp


Here is another great glass bottle upcycling idea, besides glass bottle decoupage. It’s a glass bottle torch lamp.

glass bottle torch lamp

It is pretty easy to make and it gives your backyard an authentic and very distinctive look. These glass bottle torch lamps are very useful, too. They give enough light during the night and save you electricity.

To make one or a couple of them you need to find suitable glass bottles. This one is from an energy drink. To make the torch out of it, you pour some vegetable oil in. Then you take a wine bottle cork and drill a hole it in. You make a wick. You may use a piece of rope for this purpose. You let the rope go thru the hole in the cork and down into the bottle.

 

Once it touches the oil, it gets saturated with it and the oil ‘comes up’ through the wick. You may also make a hold for the torch lamp. My husband used an old  clamp to hold the bottle. He just painted it with some bronze paint. That’s it. Your upcycled glass bottle torch lamp is ready.