Wednesday, 29 January 2014

DIY Kitchen Cabinet

Hi, I've been sooooooooooo busy with my new wooden bead jewellery venture that I haven't posted in a while (I'll put the catalogue up once finished).

I decided to share our kitchen cabinet project with you because I'm super excited about the end product! The cabinet itself was made by Langeberg Vensters in Riversdale (they make the most beautiful furniture) and designed and painted by my hubby (yes, he get's quite creative every once in a while). All I had to do was dolly it up :).

I got a packet of very pretty serviettes from a friend for my birthday. It was so beautiful in fact that I felt to sorry to ever use it only as a serviette... When our cabinet arrived and my husband finished painting it, I decided the serviettes would be perfect to use on the cabinet's glass panels for decoupage. When we started re-vamping our kitchen, we decided to go for a white, grey and teal colour scheme. The serviettes just happened to fit in with that.

Now, I started this project by first removing the glass panels from the cabinet to be able to work on a flat service. Cleaning the glass thoroughly with alcohol and making sure it's completely dry is utterly essential.

The following steps were taken, and are also shown in the figure (that is followed from the bottom up...) following the steps:

1. Fold open the serviette and separate the top layer from the rest (using only the top layer with the picture on it).
2. Apply a little dab of Modge Podge with a soft brush to the (more or less) middle of the glass panel.
3. Place the serviette onto the glass so that the picture's front side is on the glass and start painting the Modge Podge onto the back of the serviette very carefully, making sure there's no air bubbles trapped under the serviette. (I found that working from the middle outwards is easier because the serviette expands when the Modge Podge is applied so the picture becomes warped if you only work from one side).
4. When the whole serviette is painted onto the glass surface, apply about 3 extra layers of Modge Podge, letting each layer dry before putting on the next.
5. I then sprayed the back of the serviette with white spray paint to bring out the picture and sealed it again with clear laquer, just to put my mind at ease.
6. My husband then put the glass panels back into the cabinet with the side decoupaged with the serviette to the back of the cabinet (obviously).

So chuffed, I just had to share it with the world!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week! Let me know what you think!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Some crafty stuff I've been keeping myself very busy with...

Hi, it's been some time since my last post. Had a craft market that I had to prepare for. I still have some weird and wonderful request from brides 2 be for centerpieces for their weddings, small bags to put confetti in and also some bridal jewellery to work on.

Just wanted to showcase some of my handmade products here and will hopefully also add a new post in the near future about a nice wedding centerpiece I'm currently procrastinating about... ;).

My stall for the craft market
For the craft market I was pretty busy making felt brooches, beaded jewellery, etc. So here's a few pics:
Some wooden bead necklaces
I also made some other beaded necklaces...


These felt brooches takes quite some time to make, but love them!

If you'd like to see a tutorial on the making of any of these products, please feel free to let me know. Would love to write about something that I know you would be interested in and enjoy.

I also recently taught myself (thanks to YouTube) to crochet! Go check out my first little crochet heart on my facebook page, Oh, how I enjoyed it, crocheting is utterly addictive...

Enjoy the rest of your day and weekend :)

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Pretty coral and yellow wedding stationery

Recently I had the privilege to work with a great group of people to put together some very pretty things for a styled wedding shoot. The colour pallet was coral and yellow, with a very feminine, fresh feel.

I was a bit nervous about this project, as it was the first of it's kind for me (and hopefully not the last!).

At first I really had a bit of a creative block, maybe because I knew the things I had to make really had to look good. The success of this photo shoot depended on everyone's individual work which had to fit into each other like a puzzle. So the pressure was on to produce something unique and beautiful.

My briefing was to make the table number, invitation and a decoration for the table. The invitation was the least of my worries as I've been making cards (handmade with stamps and stuff) from primary school. I must admit that the printing on the inside made me a bit nervous, as I'm not a graphic designer and don't have much experience with designing the printed parts of the stationery ;)  (hehe, to tell you the truth, I don't even have design tools on my computer like Coral Draw and the rest...). So, armed with my craft supplies, an old laptop I found in our archives (as my pc which I usually use has some kind of problem that has to get fixed) and the mood board I received from the photographer I started my first "real" stationery design project.

In the end (just to make sure that they had something they could use) I made 3 sets of stationery... I was so scared that they wouldn't like it or would think it wasn't good enough. Needless to say that I sat in my craft room many very late nights to finish it.

I told myself, after receiving the beautiful pictures from the photo shoot, that I should really stop doubting myself and my abilities with regards to designing and creating beautiful things...

I would really love to hear from you if you ever went through something similar, and please feel free to post pics of your projects on my Facebook Page.

I would like to thank Alicia S Photography for the opportunity to be a part of this project and also all the other service providers (Tanique Echardt: Model, Cupcakes and Candy: Cake decorations, Chantelle Nel: Make-up, Rene Nune: Hair, Alicia Smit: Photographer and stylist).

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

How to decorate a door with mosaic tiles and chalkboard paint

I'm introducing you to a good friend, Alida Venter, today who doesn't even realize how much this guest post is helping me at this stage. She's not a regular blogger, but I think she should really consider it. Hopefully this won't be the last contribution from this fellow crafter. 

This is her beautifully completed project:

I must admit that I shamelessly copied this idea from a friend. She has a square of black chalk board paint on her kitchen wall, surrounded by beautiful mosaic tiles. I wanted to do something similar in my kitchen, but as it is quite small I didn’t really have a good spot on the wall for it. Luckily the back door was perfect for this. At first I only did the top half, but after my (almost) two-year old son discovered that he can draw on there, I just had to do the bottom, too. Now the top half is mine and the bottom is his.

How to: this is really easy! 

All you need is:
  •           Medium grain sandpaper
  •          Chalk board paint, 500 ml is more than enough. Mine was from Plascon, about R100 for 500 ml at Builder’s Warehouse. (I really wanted to try one of the new funky colours, but in the end I chickened out and stuck with black.)
  •          Paint brush or small roller (I used a brush, but in retrospect I think a roller will give a neater finish.)
  •           Masking tape to mark off the area you want to paint
  •           Mosaic tiles in colours of your choice
  •           Glue to stick the tiles onto the door. I used No more Nails, it worked really well.
  •      Plastic or old cloth to protect the floor.

Start by sanding the area of the door that you want to paint very lightly. All you really need is to remove the very top layer of varnish so that the paint will stick to the wood properly. I suppose you can then treat the area with a wood primer or something, but I didn’t bother with that. After sanding, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth to remove all the dust. 

Apply as many layers of paint as necessary, waiting the appropriate time between layers (see product specifications). I did three layers, but only because I still had a lot of paint. I think two layers will be fine.

After the paint is done and completely dry, you can start gluing the tiles onto the door. Put them in a random pattern or follow a sequence, whatever you feel like doing. Note – I found it easier to lay out the tiles I wanted to use for one side of each rectangle, and to start sticking the row from both corners, working towards the middle. Otherwise you might end up with the row ending with a space still left at the end, that is too big and noticeable but too small to fit another tile. Also, the No More Nails glue is wonderful, as it holds strong enough to be able to stick a tile and then remove your hand after about a second, but still remaining soft enough to be able to move a tile a few minutes later if necessary.

And, voila, you’re done! Start scribbling away – use the space for shopping lists, inspirational quotes, toddler drawings, reminders… the possibilities are endless.