Category: DIY

Our Adventure Awaits themed Nursery

Before we got pregnant we knew we wanted a blue nursery with clouds, it was set in stone. Planes for boys, hot air balloons for girls – Done! So that part was easy setting it up was the hard part – considering the planes and balloons we liked we saw in New Orleans…

This was our vision

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Our baby boy adventure awaits nursery mood board

We had a lot of work to do to make it meet our vision, but we both are pretty happy with the end result, Paddy hasn’t really told us yet if he likes it! But all the other little people in our lives seem to think that he does!

We painted the room ourselves and CJ’s mum painted the clouds – you can see how she did that here

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Paddy’s adventure themed room

Paddy grown so much he has started this week sleeping in his cot in his room! He no longer fits in the bassinet in our room, he is 8 weeks old so I had a good run (I did contemplate moving his cot into our room.) But Paddy loves his room so much he sleeps better in there, so there he will stay ;-(

adventure themed nursery
adventure themed nursery

Our cot, drawers and cubes are from IKEA

Our plane and hot air balloon are AUTHENTIC MODELS HERE

Map, cloud cushion, cloud light and aqua baskets are KMART

Dream big cushion is from TARGET

Artwork above change tables from big cousins <3

Paddy loves his cloud onesie
Paddy loves it when his onesie matches his walls!

 

Plain Wrapping Paper – 3 ways

Washi Tape wrapping paper

Today I experimented with wrapping in plain paper – just in time for christmas!  So go from plain paper to something pretty and specialised in seconds!

So today I have for you plain wrapping paper – 3 WAYS! All you need is plain paper like brown kraft paper or butchers paper.  And however you are going to decorate the paper

– waterpaints

– washi tape

– stamps

supplies for decorating wrapping paper
Supplies for decorating wrapping paper

I bought my paper and washi tape from K-Mart. And the waterpaints, crayons, and stamps from Big W.

1. Stamps.

This one is great – easy, relatively mess free and would be good with kids.

So you just need to work out how big the gift will be wrapped and stamp out a design that will fit – I did it in the middle of the paper. EASY!  From memory these stamps were $10, so I think that’s a good deal for the heaps of projects you could do with these!

I stamped these once the present was wrapped but I think before or after would be fine!

I wiped down these with damp paper towel after use.

Stamped wrapping paper
Ready to stamp
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Finished – Stamped wrapping paper

2. Watercolours.

I LOVE this one! If you take yourself back to kindy you might remember this one – it is always a hit at playgroup. It has just grown up a little.

First you need to write your message in crayon – I chose white, because it makes it neat but it’s entirely up to you. “Merry Christmas” Happy Birthday” “Be my Valentine” whatever takes your fancy – the best thing is you can personalise so no gift tag required!  Make sure you estimate the size of the gift before you start getting creative – so you know the size of the area to work on and your wrapped present looks well placed, once finished!

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Watercolour equipment

Then in your watercolour paint – add water to your brush and mix. Paint over your secret message. Just a tip make sure you have added a good amount of water so you get good coverage. – Would be great done with the kids for personalised wrapping paper!  Dark coloured paints work best as you can see with the pale pink isn’t as affective as the darker blues and greens.

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Watercolour wrapping paper – revealing the secret message

 

3. Washi Tape.

Probably the cleanest out of the three options! But takes a little bit more vision of how you want the end result to look like.  You can spell out words or make designs – what ever you like but once the tape is down on Kraft paper is pretty much there – so just have plan going first!  Washi Tape is pretty and it does stick but in my experience if you are using a thick wrapping paper – it is not a substitute for sticky tape.  This I did after the present was wrapped but I don’t think it would matter if you did it before or after.

Washi Tape wrapping paper
Washi Tape Christmas Tree

Hope you have fun experimenting with your wrapping! xx

 

 

DIY buffet – how I made this!

How I updated this buffet…

The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Since moving into our new house, there has been a couple of things that we have wanted to do. But as most people we don’t have endless money but also CJ and I have very different tastes, which makes agreeing on stuff very time consuming! So we decided to have a wall off! Cam gets one wall and I get one wall to style and buy things for, in a budget. More about our “wall off” later but today I’m going to show you how I painted and updated this wooden buffet I bought from EBay. I paid $200 which CJ thought was excessive but once we picked it up he agreed it was a pretty good price for the size and quality of the piece!

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Buffet before makeover

So first step was I to pull it apart. The drawers and doors came off. The drawer pulls also came off so I could paint easily around them. We left the hinges on because they were brass coloured and so I sprayed with black with the paint/primer.

Next we needed to sand it back – we had brought a primer and paint in one. But the buffet still needed a light sand so we sanded it back with 80 grit sand paper by hand. The top of the buffet was only going to be varnished not primed and painted so for that I got out the electric sander with 80 grit sand paper and sanded it back until no shine was left – it took a couple of goes but otherwise the stain would never of took.

Buffet top
I used an electric sander to get as much varnish off as I could.

I then used the spray paint/primer to spray the sides and the front of the buffet ready for the turquoise paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in black and used 2 cans for the whole project. (at this stage I was contemplating leaving it black, I really liked it, but thought it would blend int the wall too much)

DIY buffet half way
The buffet primed and ready to go!

I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. make sure its smooth before you add the paint.

DIY Buffet paint
Chalk paint being mixed

Next I added about 1/2 cup of paint (I used Dulux Riveria Sea) mix well – it makes the paint a lighter shade so just be aware.

Aqua Chalk Paint
The paint mixed with the chalk mixture

Next I finished painting the buffet – but I left the top with out any paint or primer!

The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done
The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done.

Allow to dry!

Stir the stain for the top – I used a brush to apply and did two coats – making sure all brush strokes were going with the wood grain. The instructions on the the tin said to leave for 5 mins, but I left it on a lot longer – like 4 hours. I think this is because I didn’t sand the top back enough! Once the top stain was set to touch I sealed with a clear sealant.

Cam then helped me re-assemble it and screw the door back on etc and move into the front lounge room! I am still deciding on if I will sand back parts of the buffet to let the undercoat come through – what do you think? The wall behind is still a work in progress, I need to update our photos with some new ones and add some things to the top of the buffet to dress it more but so far I am really happy with how the buffet turned out!

The buffet completed - maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet completed – maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

10 non-chocolate Easter gifts

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Stuck for Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate? It’s tough! Slippers and scarves are my normally very boring ideas! But this Easter I have put together a list that hopefully has something for everyone!

1.These play dough carrots are that cute and easy you could make these as class mate gifts or in a range of different colours for a little one! Check them out made to be a momma

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2. How wouldn’t love these bunny ears! I would, even at umm 31! Easy to make and the perfect diy project for Easter!

Head over to the house that Lars built

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3. Bunny Money! Cute, easy and suits pretty much everyone! The clever people at crafty journal have you covered!

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4. Bunny tails! A cute jar full of fairy floss with a free printable label! Cute! Thank you lilluna

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5. This cute library bag is a multi functional drawstring bag for all your needs, pop some books in it and your ready to go! Check it out on Etsy

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6. The perfect gift for every little person you have ever met! Who doesn’t love dinosaur tails! Check it out at Two Little Feet’s made it store

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7. How about this adorable bunny! It’s a DIY, so you will be able to personalise it to suit anyone! You can check out the template here the lovely people at eab designs have it all sorted for you!

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8. Another great idea, especially if someone can’t enjoy chocolate because of allergies. These cute ideas, will keep everyone on a sugar high! Check these out here

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9. The hungry bunny! Cute and practical, after Easter it is still useful! Full pattern and tutorial here

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10. This awesome idea could be done to any bottles! An easy idea that would suit everyone and every drink! From chocolate milk to beer! Check them out here

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I hope you have enjoyed my non-chocolate Easter presents! A little more exciting than scarves! These pictures and ideas are from the listed web sites, but they are on my list because I think they are awesome! >

Ironing board DIY

DIY Ironing Board

diy washing machine
Perfect size for the top of your washing machine!

How annoying is it when you starting sewing, you come to a point where you have to iron, so you have to go down stairs to iron then back upstairs to sew. The down, up, down, up all day long! My craft room is too small to move the iron board up when I’m sewing. So I made myself a ironing board, it fits nicely on top of my washing machine so perfect for the quick ironing job without lugging out the big ironing board! WIN WIN :-) and perfect for sewing days, it can sit on the floor or on the ground.

What you will need for my DIY iron board
Piece of wood or chipboard cut to your desired size
Wadding, scrap pieces are fine as long as they cover the wood.
Think woven fabric eg drill
Staple gun
Spray glue/ glue gun

DIY Ironing board
Board, glue, wadding and fabric of choice!

1. Cut wadding to size of wood, plus approx an inch over each size, to fold over the edge. Depending on how thick you would like the ironing board. I used two layers. If using scraps just make sure that the wadding is nice and even.

2. Glue wadding to the board.

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DIY Ironing board

3. Once glue is dry and wadding is stuck, lay fabric out flat. Facing down.

DIY Ironing board
Inch of wadding extra on each side

4. Place the wood, wadding side down onto fabric.
5. Fold fabric up onto wood, turning raw edges under. Staple one side.
6. Repeat to following sides, making sure that the fabric taught. On adjacent sides, turn the fabric in creating a triangle edge.
DIY Ironing board
Fold excess fabric inward to create neat back and edge

7. Fold edges under to create neat appearance on the back, and so the board sits flat.
DIY Ironing Board
Finished back, with staple gun

8. Done! Enjoy not having to get the big iron board out every day!

DIY Ironing board- finished
Finished front

Chevron painted spool holder

 

Hi Guys,

I have been busy trying to tidy and organise my study/sewing room/dumping ground/office. And since I have been busy sewing and going to markets and stocking my shop. (which you can visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/monaandolive) It has taken me a while to work on. But I have finally finished working on my new spool holder! First I didn’t want to spend any money, so I had use what I had laying around in the garage. So I found a piece of laminated board and got started. I chose blue and red, not to be patriotic but because I had to use spray paint for the laminate and thought mixed together it would be purple, not some other hideous combination!

So – here is what I used, 2 cans of spray paint, laminate board and masking tape, (This was to paint) and long nails and a hammer.

supplies for spool holder
Supplies for spool holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make it into a spool holder, I also brought a packet of long nails.

1. First off I cleaned the board, as it had been in the garage for a long time, but also before I painted so the paint stuck to the board.

2. And the decided on a design, I chose chevron but afterward thought that a saying or quote would also be effective. I taped the chevron pattern onto the board.

Taped down pattern
Taped down pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Once the board was taped off, I went outside to paint. I put down newspaper and the board. I chose a still day as I didn’t want to paint anything and everything. One of my friends paints in an old giant box her fridge came in, which I think is the best idea ever!

4. I painted in long strokes to create a mixed affect. Using blue and red paint so where the colours mixed it made purpleish colour. Allowing to dry for about 4 hours I then carefully moved it inside, so over night it didn’t get possum foot prints all over! Then allowed it completely dry about 24 hours.

First layer of spray paint
First layer of spray paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second layer of spray paint
Second layer of spray paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I took off, the tape and realised it probably would of been better to measure my chevron design. But I decided to live with it as once I added the spools of cotton it wouldn’t be overly noticeable!

After tape has been taken off
After tape has been taken off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  I then nailed in the long nails.  I nailed then as far as they would go to make sure they could take the weight of the cotton spools.  I started doing this in my study/craft room but because it is upstairs in out house the floor was too bouncy so the nails would start to come out when I started to nail in the nail next to it.  But once I went downstairs the went in very easy.  I nailed them in close together up the top, and the further apart down the bottom for my overlocking thread.

7.  Once I popped all the thread on, it’s done!

 

 

 

Painting for our bedroom!

Transferred the printed type onto canvas and painted it!

Transferring type to be painted

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For some time I have been working on this picture for our bedroom wall. I found this picture on Pinterest, and thought I could do this!

Out of all the moments in my life... The ones I've spent with you are my most favourite
Out of all the moments in my life… The ones I’ve spent with you are my most favourite

I found it here, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vCVPHSeIXDA/T5FqSkh6LvI/AAAAAAAAIJQ/AIBKQyP3ZLg/s1600/life.jpg but I couldn’t find any more details.
So I wanted to make my our for our bedroom, originally for valentines day but as time got away its now a late anniversary present to us!

I found this link on Pinterest, on how to transfer type onto something to paint the same font. And as I’m an amateur at this kind of thing I need as much help as I could get!
http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-made-sign.html
At Homespun Happenings, she uses a charcoal pencil which I didn’t have so I used white chalk which I though worked just as well!

Ok so what you need is a canvas, a saying printed in the font you want to copy, paint, a teeny tiny paint brush, chalk, and a lead pencil.

Equipment for painting

So I first printed off my saying because I wanted it to look fairly similar to the one I found on Pinterest but I change the colours to suit our room. I also would recommend using chunky types of fonts if this is your first attempt as this was mine. Cut it out and lay onto your canvas as you want, I used different fonts and different sizes and I think the mix looks pretty good!

Have your canvas painted and dry in your choice of background colours. When you are happy with you placement of words, start to transfer them onto the canvas. I did this one at a time. First I covered the back of the word with white chalk, as much as you can first time until you can work out how much you need to see the outline.

The back of the printed words, covered in chalk
The back of the printed words, covered in chalk

When the print is where you want the words to be you carefully trace the outline of the letter with a lead pencil, with pressure, but not too much that you pierce the canvas. Once one line was traced I then painted it, I didn’t want the chalk to rub off which it does quite easily. So work in small sections and its easier!

The chalk outline
The chalk outline

(Yes I work on my sewing room floor on carpet with paint, yes I know I’m naughty! Haha)

I stopped and started to make sure that each line was dry before I started so I didn’t smudge any wet paint. This worked well with the paint but this is also why it took me a couple of months to finish!

But overall this way of transferring type was pretty easy and effective! I think to make it even easier you could use either a paint pen like a sharpie or a chalk pen, which would make much cleaner lines than the painting.
Hope this makes it easier for you guys to make your own word art? I was thinking of making a couple for my nephews for their bedrooms with Dr Seuss quotes!
Any questions please ask!
Xx

Completed saying!
Completed saying!

Gardening Triumph

Hi guys! I just wanted to share my tiny gardening triumph! For my birthday a couple of years ago my parents brought me a worm farm! Which my husband was somewhat freaked out about! And as the worms count as my only “pets” C-Man thinks that they are solely my responsibility. But I love these little guys! They are the best thing ever, we live in a tiny townhouse, with an even tinier backyard. But I have managed to grow some organic capsicum, thanks to my worm friends!

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Where all their business gets done!

They live in a multilayer house where I add their food to the top tray and they eat through it and their, “waste” goes down into the bottom layers where it comes out through the tap. All these nutrients then go back into my garden!

When we brought our house it came with a big ugly pot with a dead tree in it…. Thanks! But as my husband calls our backyard – the wasteland, he was not interested in moving it or trying to improve it. So I embraced the ugly pot and that is where I pour all my extra worm “juice.” But it is also where I am growing my capsicum! Purely from my worm juice, this plant has sprouted and grown and now fruited!

"Fruits" of the worms labour
“Fruits” of the worms labour

I have had a few capsicum, and tomatoes all with no gardening, pesticides or love. I have put in a stake and tied the plants to the stake with fabric scraps, but that is where my involvement ends! Normally when the fruit gets to be 3 cms and one night the local possum comes and eats it. Then in a couple of months it re-sprouts, fruits, gets eaten by Mr Possum and the cycle begins. However after complaining about the possum to my mum, she told me to put wasabi paste around the top of my pot and the possum will stay away! And so far so good! This is by far the biggest my capsicum have ever grown before being eaten and now I also have some baby capsicums. Amazing – considering the space in my garden!

Baby capsicum protected by wasabi paste from the possums!

But beside the free plants and vegetables the reasons why love my worm farm.
All our fruit and veggie scraps go in there, beside onions and citrus.
It doesn’t smell! (If it does there is problem)
You don’t need to worry about them when you go holidays, just feed them up before you go.
I occasionally cover them with wet newspaper in the heat of summer to keep them cool.
They move up the levels when they have finished all the food on their level, so there isn’t much left behind.
The tap on the front makes it easy to empty out their “liquid gold.”
They will breed until they have no more room, and if you rave about your worm farm so much that your family go and buy one, you can give them half your worms and your worm farm will start breeding again to make full and work to full capacity!
And the best thing about my worms, and a fact that my nephews love the most is,
if you accidentally cut them in half, they grow back!

If you have a worm farm, do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know! xx

Inside my worm farm lid – mostly eaten waste.

The mostly eaten kitchen waste, some mango and avocado seeds not yet finished.
The mostly eaten kitchen waste, some mango and avocado seeds not yet finished.

A picture of my worms, they don’t like sunlight so when you open the lid, they all run for cover!

Worms don't like sunlight, so they were scurrying out of sight.
Worms don’t like sunlight, so they were scurrying out of sight.

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