June 2012

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ITALY: LUCCA & CINQUE TERRE

I love traveling and experiencing new places and I find huge inspiration in learning about other cultures. I have always had a soft spot for architecture, food and smaller places that allows you to enjoy both nature and culture. A couple of years ago I visited Lucca in Tuscany, which was my first trip to Italy. 

Lucca was, to me, a perfect place to be. You'll find lots of great food and beautiful architecture right at your feet, while the mountains and the coast are only a short drive away. Florence and Pisa are also very close and the magnificent Cinque Terre will absolutely be worth your while. 

Cinque Terre, "The five lands", is composed of five villages built into a steep hillside. You can walk between the villages, while enjoying the breathtaking views of this piece of Italian Riviera. I have never in my life seen such a colorful place like Cinque Terre. It was like a painting. 

Have a beautiful Sunday

DIY: MAKE CHALKBOARD CLOCK FROM POT LID

I have so much fun stuff going on today. I'm going to do a photo shoot at my sister's house, which I'm really excited about. Then I'm eagerly awaiting new books from Amazon that will be arriving today. I just love getting inspiration in the mail. Last but not least, I have this great project to share with you; a chalkboard clock made from a pot lid.

This is probably one of the most fun and awesome projects I have made in a long time. You see I'm so excited about this project and the result, that I just can't get my hands down :) And I'll tell why this was such a great project. First; turning something old into something new makes me feel really creative. Second; the cost of making this clock was next to nothing and it was easy to make. Third; you can give this clock your own personal touch and design. Or maybe let your kids decorate it. Last, but not less important. It looks super trendy and gorgeous. Chalkboard paint and beautiful type goes so well together.

You'll need these materials:

- pot lid (drill hole for clockwork, if it's not already there) 
- chalkboard paint
- clock movement + hands
- white acrylic paint
- design of your choice (or use my design)
- chalk 
- spray lacquer (spray lacquer for coal drawings works fine) 

PRINT CLOCK DESIGN HERE

FOLLOW THE STEPS IN THE PICTURE BELOW TO MAKE THE CLOCK:

 

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a fun and creative Thursday 

Linkparties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday 
Home Sweet Home 

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STROLLING AND GATHERING

I love walking. I can go for a short walk and it'll take forever because I just have to look at every leaf, flower or detail along the way. And this is what happens; I bring home stuff. Flowers, rocks, beach wood...shells and so on. Somehow I never seem to get enough of natures little wonders.

Last Autumn I found some very beautiful beach wood with an almost polished look. Just two little branches and I have moved them around the apartment several times now, adding them to different decorations. But now they seem to have fulfilled their purpose. So for the last couple of months, they have been stored in the cupboard. I just didn't have the heart to throw them out. But then the other day I was working on a project and I was looking for two branches just like that. And they were perfect. (I'll show you the project later this month)

I kind of forgot what my exact point with this story was, but the thing is; I like to gather and make things. And it's fun....until it becomes clutter. Clutter often has a negative effect on you and I hate when that happens. So for me, I love to incorporate all things around me in my projects, but I have promised myself that I have to use the things I collect. 

This also keeps me from having too many projects going on. It's a tough one, when you have to restrain yourself sometimes:) I always tell myself that I do it for the creativity. Having too many projects often result in projects not being finished and that's not satisfying for anyone.

Do you also like to collect and gather things and sometimes find it hard to keep the balance between inspiration and clutter? 

See you tomorrow!

COLOR PALETTE WEEK 23

May your week be full of sunshine!

FUN BALCONY HALF BARREL TABLE

A couple of months ago, we went looking for a cool table for our balcony. We had this idea of a half wood barrel turned upside down, which we thought would go really well with our chairs.

After a while of scouting, we found a place that sold three half barrels, but none of them were assembled and we had no idea whether all the pieces would even be there. But we bought the lot, thinking we would somehow make a cool table out of this.

After trying to fit all the pieces of wood together, we soon realized that all three half barrels were broken in some way. This was of course totally unacceptable to us, so we decided that this was only making our table challenge much more exciting.

At last, after much patience and fitting together, this little fun beauty was created. She might not be the most perfect of half barrels, but she sure is unique and she will always remind us of that night, where we stayed up late and had a blast trying to make this project work.

Have a great Sunday

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