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WORDS FOR CHRISTMAS

Today is going to be all about words and how you can easily make your own word art. Words and letters are really popular at the moment and this project will make for a great Christmas present. Since it's going to be hand-painted by you, it will be even more special. 
 
 
You'll need:

- frame with a hard backing / piece of wood-board
- black paint
- white paint
- brushes
- chalk
- a printout of your words
- a pencil
- tape
 
 
1. Paint the frame backing/board black and let it dry. 
 
2. Print out the words so they match the size of you frame. I used an A4 frame and the printouts below the pictures, will all fit an A4 frame/board
 
3. Take your printout and cover the backside with chalk. Now place the printout with the chalk facing down against the painted surface (make sure the paint is dry). Secure with tape.
 
4. Take your pencil and trace around the letters. This will make the chalk rub of on the surface. Try not to drag your hand to much over the paper, to avoid smearing out the chalk, while tracing. When done, lift paper and you can now see your traced letters on the board. 
 
 
5. Next step takes a bit of patience. You'l now have to fill out all the letters with white paint. This step requires you to let it dry in between, so you avoid smearing out the paint. The easiest way is to first paint along the edges of the letters and then fill them with paint.
 
6. When the paint has dried, take a cloth and wipe of the excess chalk. 
Now you're done and you can frame your words :-)
 
 
 
Click on any of the word pictures to download or print. 
  
Merry 3. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

DECORATED JAR FOR TREATS

Welcome to our first day of crafty Christmas cheer here on the blog. As you may have read yesterday, we are going to post a lot of ideas, that hopefully will inspire and keep you crafting all of December. 
Today we have this little cutie for you. This is a great way to spice up those homemade treats. It's a simple project, which can be adapted to pretty much any jar (we re-used a honey jar). 
 
 
 You'll need this: 
- Glass jar or canister with lid
- Fabric
- Wide rubber band or glue
- Matching string or ribbon
- A pom pom (buy from craft store or make your own) or a button
- Glue
 
 
 1. Measure diameter of the jar lid and add 10 cm. This is the diameter of the cut fabric. Draw a circle on the fabric with that diameter. Cut fabric along the line.
 
2. Glue a pom-pom or button to the middle of the round piece of fabric.
 
3. Place fabric on your jar and use the rubber band around the lid to keep it in place. You can also glue the fabric onto the lid, then you don't need the rubber band.
 
4. Now take your string or ribbon and tie around the lid to cover rubber band.
 
 
 Now there's only left to fill it with your favorite candy or sweet treats and go out and make someone smile with your homemade gift.
 
Merry 2. December. Se you tomorrow
/Sussi & Annika

CROCHET TABLE RUNNER

Thought I'd show you this crochet table runner I made the other day. It's made from jute string and that might not be the most obvious materiel to use, but it does create contrast and it's always interesting to try out different materials. I also think that decorating with rougher materials suits this season well.
 
 
 
 
 
Here are the instructions:

Gauge: Exact gauge is not essential to this project.
You can use yarn and size of hook by your own choice.
 
For this project I have used needle size 5mm, and a 4-threaded jute string
 
Chain 26.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across - 24 dc.
Rows 2-24: turn, ch 2, dc in each dc across.
Fasten off
 
Have a creative weekend! /Sussi

Have a look at this great place for more Fall crafts: http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/ 

 

OLD WINDOW FRAMING

Are you starting to feel the Autumn cold yet? Yesterday I went to a marketand it had been raining so the ground was all muddy and slippery. It was really one of those typical Scandinavian wet days, but to my surprise it didn't seem to bother people. No, you just put on your rubber boots, a rain coat and some good spirit and it might just as well had been a sunny day. The place was packed with people and it was a Wednesday. I have actually heard rumors about people taking of work to go to this market. I don't think I have ever been to such a large market in the middle of the week before, but an antique dealer told me, that markets used to be held on Wednesdays and not so much on weekends as most are now.
 

Today I want to show you one of my favorite finds and projects this summer. I bought a pair of old window frames a while ago, with the idea of turning them into picture frames. The glass was intact, except for a small broken corner, so I kept them as they were. Just needed to clean them real well.

I made passe-partout from cardboard to fit the pictures. Since they are old frames, they are a bit crooked and I had to adjust each piece of card-board to each window section. I made paper copies of the pictures, to help me measure and fit the images.


This way I didn't have to involve the originals and get them scratched. I secured the pictures with tape, between the passe-partout and another piece of card-board, to make the images a bit stiffer and more durable. I then taped it on to the backside of the window frame in each section.

Have a great day! / Annika & Sussi
 
 
Have a look at this great place for more projects: http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

LASTING FLOWER DECORATION

Flower decorations are a beautiful addition to an everyday table setting and shouldn't only be limited to parties. But it can sometimes be very expensive to use cut flower and they don't really last as long as potted flowers or plants. However there are some really cute, inexpensive and long lasting cut flowers out there. Chrysanthemum flower are some of the most low maintenance cut flowers around and can easily last for two weeks. They are available in a variety of colors and you can often get them in bunches at your local market.
 
For this decoration we have used flower-foam, soaked in water, and then cut it to fit the pot/container. Cut flowers of you choice and stick them into the flower-foam, starting from the middle and work you way out. You can always fill in little gaps later on. You can make this decoration last longer if you occasionally water the flower-foam.
 
Let us know if you have any questions.
Happy project! /Sussi & Annika
 

 

THE LOVE OF GIVING

I love giving presents and I especially love when they are homemade. I like the idea of putting some of my thoughts and time into making it a bit special. Anyone can go out and buy a gift, but it's something else to receive a present, when you know that someone has sat down and spent time creating it specially for you. 
 

This is actually a fun and rather quickly put together project. A bunch of roses have been placed in an old tin can and you simply decorate the can with a sticker, with any text or image of you choice, either buy some or make them yourself. This way you have a great hostess gift or maybe you need to tell that special someone, just how much you love them.

 
Have a great Thursday
/Annika & Sussi
 

 

 

LITTLE HERB GARDENS

Is this not a gorgeous time of year or what? I'm loving the contrast of having spent so much time indoor during winter, to this craving for fresh air you get, when spring is finally here....every minute outside seems so precious. 
I think a lot of us dream of large vegetable gardens, fresh food on the table every day and preferably home grown. I personally don't have time to do this at the moment, all though I dream of it. So you often make the best of what you have and I just love little low maintenance herb gardens. You can place them pretty much anywhere and they don't have to take up much space.

I used an old fruit crate for this one, a small bag of potting soil, which I made a few holes in, to fit the herbs, and placed the bag of soil into the crate. Quick and easy and I can move it around however I feel like.

Have a great Wednesday! / Annika & Sussi
 
 

SUNDAY INSPIRATION

The weather is beautiful here this weekend and we are trying to be outside as much ass possible. Easter is getting closer and today I'm showing you a quick little decoration that will make a perfect hostess gift. Use cut flowers of your choice and stick them into a piece of flower foam. Cover the foam with plastic and place it in your nest/container. Add a small figur or some eggs for decoration.
 
Have a beautiful Sunday! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more Sunday inspiration.
 
 

NOTE SHEET PAPER CRATE

It's always fun to find potential in things you have laying around. I have been storing all our weekly newspapers and advertisements in a fruit crate, but I had grown tired from its look and wanted to give it a makeover. Since I'm very fond of note sheet paper, I decided to cover it with that. I used a simple decoupage technique and just cut pieces of paper and glued them to the crate.
It's an easy project and you can apply this technique to any wood surface and it will look great. Allthough the crate was meant for all the newspapers, I have been storing my alpaca yarn in it. The colors looks so great together :) 
 
Have a great Friday! /Sussi 
 
 

WRAP SOME LOVE

I like giving gifts. It makes me happy to surprise someone with something unexpected. It can sometimes be difficult to choose or come up with a great idea for a gift, but often less is more. You can go out into your garden, collect a few flowers, wrap them in simple brown paper and some gorgeous ribbon, and you have turned your organic homegrown flowers into an expensive looking bouquet...filled with more love and care than any random flower from a store ever will contain. It will never be about the amount of money you spend, but the thought behind and the effort you have put into it. So go out and wrap some love in a simple piece of brown paper, and surprise someone you hold dear.
 
Have a beautiful day! /Annika
 
 

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