Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Easy upholstering of ottoman

Upcycled ottoman with storage
The ottoman measures about 65x45x45cm.
 Today I'd like to show you an easy way to freshen up a boring and plain piece of furniture. Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced the "before" photo, but I can just let you know that the cover of it was a beige muslin cloth type of fabric.
I started by removing the old piece of fabric which was actually removable for washing. After doing that I had this foam kind of situation going on. I decided that it was too thin to leave as is because we use the ottoman as an extra seat sometimes and no one really wants to sit on it. Instead I decided to add two thin layers of batting which really added that extra butt-comfort :) 

Upcycled ottoman with storage - backside of cover

I think the batting was a leftover piece from a quilt project so it's organic cotton. I cut it so it fitted around the lid and attached it with a staplegun.

Upcycled ottoman with storage - sideview

As I went around with the staplegun I made sure the batting fitted snugly pulling it as I went along. I started attaching a few staples on the longer side, then on the opposite side, pulling the fabric tightly. Then a few staples on one of the shorter sides and finally the last side. 

Upcycled ottoman with storage - cornerview

After the batting it was time for the fabric. I had sewn around the edges with a zigzag stitch to stop it from fraying and then prewashed it. I attached the fabric the same way I did the batting, starting on one of the longer sides with a few staples and so on.
When I saw that everything looked good I went around the lid with the steplegun adding more staples. In the end I had a staple every 1-2 cm (1/2-1"). This seemed to hold the fabric in place. 
This ottoman has now been used for at least a year or two and holds up very well. The fabric has not sagged and it's not as uncomfortable to sit on anymore as it was before. 
I'm very pleased with the finished look and the way I placed the pattern of the fabric. 
What do you think and have you any furniture that would need some sprucing up like this?
 Comment down below and let me know.

Until next time: Keep crafting!
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ring with freshwater pearls

Handmade ring with freshwater pearls 

A quick post today showing you a ring I made a while back. 
Don't think I've shown it on the blog so here it is.
It's made out of differently colored freshwater pearls. 
It's a perfect way to use up any leftover beads in different colors you might have.

Handmade ring with freshwater pearls

 So what do you think? 
Would you wear it?
Let me know if you'd like a tutorial on it.

Until next time: Keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Thrift store bunny repaint using 3 chalk paint techniques

Hello again my dustbunnies.
Link to my latest youtube video:
Easter bunny repaint using chalk paint look 1
Today I have a very eggciting post for you just in time for easter.
One of the best part of thriftshopping for me is to be able to find something "ugly" or unfinished and transform it into something "new". Sometimes I'm happy with the result, sometimes it looks even worse than before, but at least the potential is there. 
I love that feeling of a diamond in the rough 
that no one else can see.
What is your favorite part about thriftshopping?
Easter bunny repaint using chalk paint look 2
I have made a youtube video tutorial where I show three different looks you can achieve using chalk paint. 
Which one is your favorite?
Easter bunny repaint using chalk paint look 3
Easter bunny before repaint with chalk paint

Until next time: Keep crafting! 
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Crocheted kitty amigurumi for charity

Hjärtekatten amigurumi kitten

Hello my lovely dustbunnies and welcome back to my blog.

Today I have a very special friend to show you. 
Meet "hjärtekatten" (="heartcat").

The heartcat is made for children that are hospitalized due to heartconditions. The pattern is free and you can send your finished cat to the charity (pattern is in swedish):

Hjärtekatten amigurumi kitten detail

I've implemented a new rule in my crafting life lately: 
finish a project within a year or get rid of it. If you haven't finished it chances are you never will. Do you have the same problem with half-finished things around the house?

So the parts for this cat have been done years ago. All I needed was to assemble it, but never did. I finally got around to it and stitched the pieces together. He even got a cute scarf to match.

Unfortunately since I used plastic pellets for the bottom and end of paws I couldn't donate it to children. Instead I gave him to a relative that have had serious healthissues lately. She had actually knitted a cat and gave me so I thought it fitting that she should get one back. You're never too old to get cheered up by a friend like this, am I right?

Hjärtekatten amigurumi kitten side

Do you have the same problem as I do with unfinished projects?
Comment down below and let me know.

Until next time: keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Organizing box for teas tutorial

(You can find the whole tutorial and vote for me)

Hello my fellow dustbunnies.
Are you ready for another free tutorial?

This time I was in desperate need to get my loose tea sachets organized. And as luck would have it, instructables had a competition in categories "papercraft" and "cardboard" so I got motivated to make a tutorial and entered both contests with this project.

Organizing box for teas made from cardboard

If you like this project, take a minute to vote for me. Click the orange "vote" button in the top right corner on my instructable. 
You need to have an account on instructable to be able to vote. Having an account enables you to vote, save your favorite projects and make your own tutorials. There are tons of great tutorials on all kind of subjects so it's worth checking out.

Organizing box for teas made from cardboard - detail

This tutorial can also be adjusted and work as a jewelry organizer. 
I have used a sponge for the earrings and two foams from hairrollers for the rings. Comment down below if you would be interested in seeing a jewelryorganizing tutorial.

Organizing box for jewelry made from cardboard

Until next time: keep crafting!

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Beaded heartlocket tutorial

Beaded heartlocket tutorial

Hey and welcome back. 
Today I want to share with you a tutorial I made for these cute reversible hearts made from beads. 

The locket is made by making two hearts (for example I made a dark blue and turquoise one for the big pendant). Then you stack them on top of eachother and sew together on the side using smaller beads (I used some silver ones).
You can add a lock of hair or a secret message before you sew them together and no one will know it's there until the heart breaks (literally).

Beaded heartlocket tutorial

I have seen some tutorials on youtube making these, but I find them hard to follow. It's confusing sometimes which bead you're supposed to go through and from which angle.
 So I made a tutorial where I've made charts to better understand how the hearts are assembled. It's not difficult so I hope you give it a try. If you do, please let me know.  

 I have entered instructables' Valentine's contest with this tutorial. 
If you have an account there, please vote for me. 
See the tutorial here:

Beaded heartlocket tutorial step 4

You can also see the videotutorial on youtube. However, I am going to edit that video and include Dusty. 

Don't know who Dusty is?

He's my trusted sidekick and the star of my youtube channel.
Check out some videos with him on my channel:

  Until next time: keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

DIY highlighter rose, petal blush and eyeshadow roses

DIY makeup flowers

Check out my latest youtube video on how to make some awesome makeup DIY. Who wouldn't want to have this on their vanity?

Link to video:

Petal blush:
DIY makeup flowers blush

DIY makeup flowers eyeshadows

DIY makeup flowers highlighter

And as an extra bonus: behind the scenes of filming...
DIY makeup flowers behind the scenes

Until next time: Keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Sneak peak of my new webstore!

A sneak peak for those of you who are curious about what I'm up to. 
I have been working on my new webstore so here is a chance to snag these items before I officially open my store:

If you got any feedback or run into  any problems with the site, 
let me know. 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Great Christmaspresent tip for all who want to learn how to draw

A quick tip for those of you who are early with your Christmas shopping:

This guy has some really awesome tutorials on youtube on how to draw with pen and ink. His tutorials inspired me to give doodling a go and I'm so greatful to him for it. 
He has published a book on this subject. It's been out for almost a year now. Apparently I haven't kept up with his tutorials lately (which piled up to be a year, but that's my idea of "lately") so I didn't know about it. But now I do and it's oh so going up on my Christmas wishlist.

You can buy it (among other places I'm sure) on:
Here's one of my drawings following his tutorial:
seascape drawing following Alphonso Dunn's tutorial

Check out that tutorial here and while you're at it subscribe:

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Youtube premiere!

Yesterday I started my youtube career :)

A quick video that shows how I make my metalwire jewelry.
So much I had to learn with editing and computerstuff so I'm quite proud the way it turned out, even if it's quite basic.

 Small steps, am I right? If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to film, let me know here, on facebook or on that video. Constructive criticism is also welcome. 
While you're at it, like the video and subscribe.

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