Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A jewellery box

Hello again!!
Today  I'll show you how I transformed a box I bought from IKEA   for just 4 euros into a lovely jewellery box.
 The box is divided into little 'sections' which are just perfect for storing  necklaces  and bracelets which are quite bulky and take up most of the space in drawers and smaller boxes.

  I have always had this problem with necklaces made of beads and big stones which I quite like, but are difficult to store , keep them in good condition and  find them easily when you are in a hurry and can't spend  ages trying to locate them among a trillion other accessories!
I was very pleased to find this big, white box ,which actually  put an end to my 'what -to -wear -tomorrow'quest!
 I arranged everything nicely inside and put the box on a chest of drawers in my room.
Next, I decided to make it look pretty and more attractive .
 I picked two paper napkins from my collection and used decoupage glue and varnish to transform it into a  smart and pretty jewellery box which looks nice next to other smaller jewellery boxes and perfume bottles in my bedroom.

 I'm happy with the outcome and with how handy this box proved to be.

 That's all for now , dear friends. I wish you all a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!
Take care and have fun!!!!
                                                                            Tina xxx

Monday, January 29, 2018

Decoupage on the...... tray!

Hello dear readers !!!
It’s been such a long , long time since I last posted anything in my little blog . I really missed it  and you!!.
Anyway, I’m back with yet another idea for an easy craft.
You know I have been recently a bit addicted to chalk paint and have tried it on a variety of items.  Among other things I’ve painted, is this old and very indifferent  tray that I’ve had for some years , featuring    starfish, sea shells and pebbles. I have been using it and hating it daily and I had to transform it or do away with it!

 After using two coats of chalk paint the starfish were gone and the tray acquired a lovely matt finish in a soft shade of grey – brown.   

 I used one of my favourite paper napkins inspired by art nouveau  in Paris, decoupage glue, varnish and acrylic paints in black, light brown and silver  and……… this is the outcome!
 I have already used my ‘new’ tray for some stylish coffee drinking and I’m quite pleased with it.

 I hope you liked the idea and that you try transforming items that you have in your house and you are not pleased with. Don’t throw things away , just give them a new life ( when this is possible).

 Take care dear readers and enjoy this new week. February will soon be here and we will be some steps closer to Spring !!!
Till next time,

Tina xxxxx 

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Just before Christmas!

Oh  babe , it’s cold outside …… it’s time for snuggling up in fur throws and woolen blankets , looking  at the flickering candles in the fireplace and waiting for Christmas magic to surround us  with silvery- gold snowflakes…….
 Oh dear readers, as you can see I’ m a bit carried away by the wintry weather, which finally came to  our country, making us dream of  white Christmas and the warmth of festively decorated homes that smell of baking and love.
Today, I     want to share with you some pictures of my little house with its Christmas ‘costume’ on, the lights , the tree ,

 and the tiny creatures that come out every year at this time, to give colour and cheer to  our house and our hearts.

Those of you who follow my blog know that I always like to make handmade presents and decorations for the different seasons, like wreaths and good luck charms . I made some this year too and I’m happy-happy with the outcome.
I bought these three wooden items, painted them with acrylic colours and added ribbons and thread to hang the golden stars and the 2018 ‘sign’from . I think they look great.
 Two of them have already been gifted to my son’s nursery school teachers , who do a great job and really deserve them.

I also bought some white keys from IKEA and added these wooden tags to them, which I had already painted and decorated with some decoupage and acrylic colours. I added ribbons and they too have been already given to people I love and wanted to present them with a little something.

Finally, I made a little painting on canvas for my little  boy’s room. I used a sweet design on a paper napkin with a deer and some rabbits trying to find shelter in the snowy woods and used decoupage glue on canvas to create this lovely , I think, picture. 

 I also painted the bottom part of the canvas which was not covered by the napkin and a heart - warming winter scene came to life . I had planned  to put it in the little one’s room, but I  couldn’t resist hanging it in the living room, to see it all day(hi ,hi, hi!!!).
When I like something , I can’t part with it . What can I do, that’s  me…
Well, I’ll go now my friends, wishing you they sweetest moments for Christmas and the year to come and hope that you all are well , safe and happy.
One last note before I go. I very recently joined INSTAGRAM, so those of you who want to follow me please  do so , I’ll be pleased to read your comments and virtually meet with you. My instagram account is : creamlinengr  
Love ,

Tina xxx

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Microcosms in Winter

Hello my friends!!!
December is already here and ‘I’m dreaming of a White Christmas’ , though this isn’t very likely to happen in my part of the  world.
Today, I will be showing you how I created a ‘microcosm’ for my little boy’s room combining a bit of painting with tiny wooden houses and creatures of the forest .
I have a thing with tiny houses and I can’t resist it  when I come across one. I bought these ones a month ago, with a rough  idea in my mind to create a small neighbourhood with trees, houses and animals in a rural environment.

 I used acrylic paint to give colour to the houses, tiny squirrels and birds and  to create a background with green pine trees and bushes .

 I added a butterfly and birds  flying in a distance and my setting was ready.
I put everything in place using glue and then placed the whole ‘scene’ inside a white , wooden frame. I put some of the tiny creatures at the foreground , sticking them at the inner part  of the frame to give it a 3D dimension and finally I  hung it beside another  similar frame, in the boy’s room. 

I’m quite happy with the outcome and my son seems quite curious about it and points at it all the time when he notices it .
Since I’m talking about ‘made up’ worlds today , I would like to share with you some pictures I took this morning of ‘Santa’s Kingdom’ – a winter wonderland  , as they call it in the advertisements- which we visited with our little one to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

 It was quite nice , especially the snowy winter scenes with the polar bears, reindeer, creatures featured in fairy tales and of course Santa, who travelled all the way from Finland to be photographed with the little ones!

I will leave you here with many wishes for a restful and happy December weekend,my friends.
My love, as always,
Tina xxx