I have horrible seasonal allergy! I hope you don’t because I hate it!
If you do, you’d know that sneezing nonstop and having runny nose are extremely annoying. I take my allergy medications but I still have to carry tissues with me everywhere and I always have one of these on my desk. Toilet paper is not as harsh on my nose and I get to control the amount that I need. But I really don’t like how it looks on my desk :-(
So i got one of these. These tissue boxes look much nicer on my desk. I know there are many different kinds out there: one with antibacterials, one with lotions, …but I go through these really fast too. So i thought, why not combine the two?
I opened it up. This particular box opens on the side.
In goes my toilet paper roll :)
Close it with a piece of tape or some glue.
And…ta-da…Looks much better and a lot more economical :)
Hey girl, the necklace finally arrived this morning, thank you so much. It's so pretty. Soon i'll upload some photos :3! I hope someday I can send you something made by me :3 and that you like it of course :D! Btw, I make plushies if you are interested in something little and cute.
Oh great! I was nervous this whole time. It takes quite a while to get there eh? I’m really glad it’s arrived. Can’t wait to see the photos of you wearing it :) Plushies are the cutest :)
Since we’re on the subject of patterned duct tape and cardboards…I must warn you, this is kind of addicting! As long as you still have some tape left, you’ll want to cover everything with it :) Check out these magazine/paper holders I made yesterday using cardboard and duct tape too.
However, this coaster project has been one on my list since my scarf hanger project. Check it out and you’ll see where I got these cardboard circles from. I already have these cuties and I love them but you can never have too much coasters, right?
Let’s make some coasters.
I cut little slits like this to make sure I cover the edge of the circle nicely.
see what I mean?
It’s really that simple. Done! This is the front.
..and this is the back
Psstt: While these coasters will protect your surface from your hot and cold beverages, you’ll have to clean the condensation on them because they don’t have much of a absorbing ability. Oh, who cares, they look super cute and cost next to nothing :-).
To really end it all, I used the last bits of my duct tape roll to cover this cork board that I got from Ikea for $6. I’m glad I ran out of tape before I cover everything in sight with it :-) that is until I get another roll…in another print…muuuuaahahahahahha
I want to fit my 12x12 patterned papers so I’m gonna use the longer side of the box. It measures 14in.
Using a pen and ruler, I drew a line on both side of the box like this. If you make more than one box and plan on having them right next to each other then make sure the slopes of these lines are the same on all boxes.
Cut along your drawn lines using a craft knife and be very careful while cutting
Cut the top part off too…
see how my 12x12 paper pack fits just fine inside of it?
Now the fun part starts…
cover your box with duct tape
Here they are on the shelf of my crafting/sewing nook.
I’ll update you guys on the nook. I’m turning a closet into my crafting, sewing place. Here is a sneak peek
I’m sure you have all seen this famous picture of a genius idea
My husband and I have used this for a while too but with our move recently and our new Ikea desks, it does NOT work :-( The table top is much thicker than a regular size paper clips can grip. If we used larger paper clips, there wouldn’t be any point because the wires would still fall through the larger handles…NOOOOOOO.
We went to Staple and a few other places to look for a new alternatives without any lucks. With all the cardboard boxes we have around, i decided to give this challenge a try. So, i came up with this:
I know, not nearly as nice looking but after almost a month of using it, we know it works. My husband even requested for a second one. We originally thought this was gonna be a temporary solution until we find something better but it seems like we don’t have to at all. We’re good with not having to pay a penny for it too :-)
I know that it’s way too easy for a DIY but I’ll give it to you anyway:
Let me know what clever way you do for this particular issue at your work place? I’d really love to hear and if we come across something better, I’d definitely share!
I thought some of you might be interested in this awesome giveaway so I’m sharing… :-)
You probably already know Kim & Kris - the 2 lovely ladies over at the DIY Dish. This week is their Birthday week and they are giving away tons of cool stuff. Why don’t you go over there to wish them a Happy Birthday and see if you can win!
Good luck to us!
Psst: Click on the picture for the link to the DIY Dish website!
With the move coming up, we went to Ikea 3 times already. We walked around, we bought stuff, we carried stuff, we got pissed off by the people there, we had to come back because what were bought were not in stock…But we kept coming back :-)
Now, this thing, the scarf hanger, I spotted it during one of my rounds in the store :-) and thought I could make one. The time that it takes to make one is worth much much more than the $8 price tag but I can’t help it… Im a DIY-er…I have to DIY :-D
These are the stuff I used:
- A hanger
- My Stamping up’s Colluzle cutting system
- Can you guess? T-shirt! :-)
The Colluzle couldn’t cut through the thickness of the cardboard…wah wah
so used the help of a small kitchen knife.
I see a ring for the scarf hanger i’m making and a coaster…yay
Next, I arranged the circles together and the hanger on top
Then, I joined all the circles together using paper tape.
Time to wrap them! I used T-shirt cut out but you can use anything…ribbons, yarns, duck tape (they have the colorful ones and even animal prints, have you seen?)
Watch a TED talk, listen to some podcasts,…wrap the T-shirt scrap round and round
You should check out this awesome blog post @Burdastyle : Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Those Fabric Scraps! It has all kind of wonderful projects you can try out to celebrate Earth day. There are a few I wanna try myself so we can do them together :) And of course, my Prada dress was featured there wooo hooo! Aren’t you proud of me?
Please show Lindsey at Burdastyle some love for me! Thank you!
Jewelry making: How to make Polymer clay flower bracelet
I have one more project with these flowers…for now :) I still have some left to make more stuff with. Check out my earrings and rings that I made together with this bracelet.
Let’s see…how so I explain to you? I took some wire, double it up, and made a circle by wrapping it around a bottle. Then, bended it back and ford to make some loops. These loops will act like a surface for me to attach the flowers.
Next, I used some butcher’s twine to wrap around my wire structure for a softer look.
Attached the flowers using super glue. Notice the twine was still attaching…
…because I used it to add some glass beads for pop of colors and added interest.
I’m gonna rock this one with some summer dresses for sure! I love how it turned out, do you? So fun, so playful and cute!
What I did was, I took the scraps and forcefully sew them together to create a bigger piece of “fabric”, just enough for the pattern. If you saw my how-to video for the dress, you would know that the strips of scrap are not quite straight, so of course I trimmed as much as I could just so after sewing them together, they’d open up to be a flat piece of “fabric”. Don’t forget to press all your seams open.
I followed the instruction, drew the pattern, cut it out and also cut my pieces to sew. I also used the left over T-shirt from the same project for the lining of the bag.
The instruction was excellent and this is what I ended up with. I added a little loop of the same “fabric” so I can slip my hand through and it will stay snugged at my wrist leaving my hand free.
This would be my cute little bag that I would grab to go to the grocery store with just a card, a lip gloss and maybe my sunglasses and that’s it. It’s fun and cute, don’t you think?
I know many of you wanted to try making the Prada dress on your own, if you haven’t started yet, just keep in mind you can make this with your scraps too so don’t throw them away just yet! :-)
There you go my friends, an another functional piece for practically…NOTHING! :-)
Next year I'm going to college for for the first time! yikes! I am also looking forward to going to medical school after that. For a while I have been torn between taking a more creative route with my education and venturing in to the arts... BUT your page has made me realize that I won't have to give up all that creativity to become a doctor. So biomedical sciences degree here I come. Just one question: How do you make the time for all your wonderful diy projects?
Congrats on going to college next year! You should enjoy those 4 years as much as you can because med school will be tough.
Thank you for visiting my site and I’m so glad you like it.
I know how you feel about being torn between the right side and left side of your brain. Just so you know, you might never stop feeling that way. I feel that everyday. It is not easy, most of the time I feel guilty that I sneak in some time for myself to make stuff when I should be studying 24/7 like a good medical student. But, what can we do, creativity is ours to keep. Your brain will always come up with projects to make and cravings to look at colorful pretty things besides Netter’s anatomical paintings & the crazy amount of information fed to you in med school. The key here is to keep everything in balance (yeah right!). If you go back on my blog, you’ll see some huge gap in time where I made nothing, wrote nothing and there will be many more breaks like that for sure. Just try to priority things (I don’t always succeed at this but try anyways).
I really don’t intend to have this fea market fever every week but it’s so pretty outside today (first time this season I think) and I needed a walk.
Saw these 3 things and felt like I have to have them! They’re cheap and pretty, how could I resist?
This chest…is so pretty and it’s in perfect condition too!
This tea cup…I don’t know why…I drink tea by the gallon so I would not be able to sit there be all lady like and sip tea out of this cutie but look at its gold rim. It’s from Germany and it’s as light as air!
Maybe i’ll pour some wax into the the cup and make it a candle and hang the plate on the kitchen wall as wall decor? hmmm
Now these, these candle holders are oldies…
but look how pretty they are after I wash them…
I love its purple color when the light shines through. I think they would look really pretty with cream color candles.
And you know I’m up for anything, anything at all that would bring a little Spring to NY. It was beautiful yesterday and it’s gloomy again today! Boooo. I’m sure this Robin’s egg nail design will help :-)
Let’s get started.
This is what you need:
Step 1: Base coat
Step 2: Color (I used 2 coats)
Step 3: Gently pull the cotton swap to create this fuzzy tip
Step 4: Dip the cotton swap into colors and lightly tap it onto the nail to create marks on the egg & some awesome texture too