Friday February 3rd, 2017

10 things to have in stock to be a decent DIYer and crafter!

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Before you start reading the actual article, I just want to tell you that my very dear friend and great illustrator Thora, really honored me by making the above illustration to go with the article! Hooray!! You can find more of the amazing things she creates by following her on her instagram account .  And we will continue to work together so you can expect many more amazing things to come! Lalallala!!

You know, sometimes creativity comes at totally inappropriate hours. And by inappropriate hours, I mean the time the the DIY stores are closed. You know, like a Sunday morning you have this HUGE idea and it’s just a shame not to do anything with it, especially when you feel like it.

Me on the other hand, I have been a DIYer and crafter for so much time, that I have so many supplies (even though not everything is considered necessary). So, on the following list (I love lists) you’ll find the uber-necessary stuff for your creative swings.

1. Masking tape.  You can’t imagine how useful this stuff is. It’s an important “tool” to hang a frame up on the wall, to do some color blocking thing, to do crafting with paper and so many other things. Just make sure you get 2 sizes, a big and a small one.

2. Acrylic colors. Just buy a pack of acrylic colors. They are useful because you can use them for many types of surface and when they dry, they set very well.

3. Papers. Colorful, white, with patterns and designs, interesting wrapping papers etc. Of course you can’t stock up in a day, but when you go out to the stores and find something interesting, buy it even if you are not planning on using it immediately.

4. Glues. Wood glue, plain glue, stick glue etc. I don’t think I need to explain why.

5. Ruler. Seriously, you might think that there is a ruler somewhere in the house, but are you sure? Do you remember where it is? Always keep 2-3 rulers around and make sure you know where they are.

6. Washi tape. This is just like papers. You don’t buy it because you necessarily want to make something on that moment. You see it, you buy it and use it with every given chance. I think I have over 20 washi tapes!

7. Frames. Get some in various sizes and leave them somewhere. Seriously, just knowing they exist, is a creative push! Also it’s a great thing to have around if you want to make a last minute present for someone.

8. Nails, screws. plugs. It’s really amazing how useful they can be for projects beyond the obvious.

9. Twine, ropes, ribbons! 

10. Cutter. Get your self a good quality cutter from a hardware store. Not only it cut better and on more materials than the paper cutter, but also due to it’s bigger size it has a better grip. It’s useful for all projects that require precision such as cutting stencils, making collages etc.

That’s it <3

Sunday January 22nd, 2017

Oh deer! (or what you can do with wrapping paper)

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Sometimes DIY is just plain and simple. Sometimes you get an idea that has a half hour execution time but it gives you so much joy. Something like that happened with the deer.

I needed a deer figure and a perfect wrapping paper. I have a lot of these papers, I gather what I like without necessarily having a project in mind. This specific one i got from Berlin, along with some more. I also needed glue, paper cutter and a surface to glue the paper on. I don’t think I need to tell you more, right?

I put it in the guest room which has nothing on the walls, but it’s my intention to get it full! So that’s a good start!

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Wednesday January 11th, 2017

Κρεμαστή κοσμηματοθήκη από ξύλο και βίδες

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If you are a follower of this blog, then you must have noticed that I have many old bed slates. So I do many things with them. One of these things is a jewelry holder for a present to Christina.

You’ll need an old bed slates (or just some scraps of wood), a stapler gun, wood glue, wood screws, wood varnish or color of your liking and a piece of string. Tools wise, you’ll need a a sander (or just sanding paper) and a drill.

Cut the wood at the desirable sizes.

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Sand them really good and the paint them with the varnish. The glue the sides and place the pieces next to each other and hold them together with the stapler gun. After that, make 2 holes at the upper part and get the string though them.

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Finally screw some wood screws at the spots you like and it’s done! You can also screw colored furniture handles.

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Done 🙂

Sunday January 8th, 2017

Φτιάξε τον πιο απλό δίσκο σερβιρίσματος ! !

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Τις γιορτές που μας πέρασαν έφτιαξα πολλά δώρα. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι έπρεπε να τα έχω ανεβάσει στο blog νωρίτερα, αλλά δεν προλάβαινα και να φτιάχνω και να κάνω post. Τέλος πάντων, κάλλιο αργά παρά ποτέ!

Το project  δίσκος είναι από τα πιο απλά που έχω κάνει και βγαίνει πολύ ωραίο και εντυπωσιακό. Επιπλέον είναι και χρηστικό, πράγμα που το κάνει ακόμα καλύτερο!

Χρειάζεσαι ένα κομμάτι ξύλο, μεγέθους της αρεσκείας σου. Καλό είναι να μην είναι λεπτό, σίγουρα δηλαδή να είναι τουλάχιστον 1 εκατοστό. Επίσης θέλεις: βελατούρα (αστάρι ξύλου δηλαδή), ριπολίνη με τα χρώματα που θέλεις, χερούλια, ξυλόβιδες, και δραπανοκατσάβιδο/ηλεκτρικό κατσαβίδι ή κάτι σχετικό και χαρτοταινία.

Πρώτο βήμα είναι να περάσεις το ξύλο ένα ή δύο χέρια με τη βελατούρα. Μετά ανάλογα με το πως το έχεις σκεφτεί, ορίζεις τα κομμάτια που θα βάψεις με τη χαρτοταινία. Στη συνέχεια βάφεις. Καλό είναι να περάσεις δυο χέρια από το χρώμα.

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Αφού τελειώσεις με τα χρώματα, βιδώνεις τα χερούλια. Μπορείς να τα βάλεις είτε στην πάνω επιφάνεια, είτε στα πλαϊνά, εφόσον το ξύλο είναι αρκετά “παχύ”.

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Μετά βάζεις πράγματα πάνω και εντυπωσιάζεις. Μπαχαχαχαχαχαχχαχα

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Έξτρα τιπ για το χρώμα: Επειδή η ριπολίνη είναι ακριβή, και ειδικά η χρωματιστή, ένας τρόπος για να μην δίνεις πολλά λεφτά ειδικά για project που χρειάζεσαι λίγο χρώμα, είναι να αγοράσεις 1 κιλό λευκή ριπολίνη και μικρές συσκευασίες πλαστικό χρώμα (τα βασικά, μπλε, κόκκινο, πράσινο κλπ) και να τα συνδυάζεις. Για να καταλάβεις, το μπλε που έχω παραπάνω χρειάστηκε 3 κουταλιές σούπας λευκή ριπολίνη και 1 κουταλιά σούπας μπλε πλαστικό χρώμα. 🙂

Αυτά! <3

Make a wooden pineapple

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There are many reasons to make a decorative wooden pineapple. I have 3 to tell you. First it’s a bit difficult and that makes it challenging. Second, my very good friends Thanassis and Natasha have a (healthy) psychosis with pineapples, so big that they even call them selves “Ananash” (the greek word for pineapple is “ananas”) that comes from their names Ana (from Anastasia) and Nash (from Thanassis)  Third, pineapples are just so nice.

You will need:

  • 1 piece of wood (choose the size that fits your need)
  • A printed pineapple to make the drawing on the wood, or just draw it your self if you’re good with drawing.
  • Jigsaw
  • Acrylic colors and a ruler
  • clamps
  • sanding paper

Draw your pineapple on the wood. Try to make it without many details so it won’t give you a hard time when cutting it.  ananas1

Use the clamps to hold the piece of wood on a steady surface. Start with the upper part of the pineapple. Start cutting little by little so you have a better control.

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After you’re done, use the sanding paper to smooth the surface out.

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Now you can start with the coloring. I gave it a geometrical feel, but you can do as you please. I started with the blue-green parts and continued with the red-orange parts.

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It’s ready!

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And here is the picture from the “Ananash” house ! <3

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