Personalized bobby pins

Bobby pins are often black or golden. Or decorated with a little flower. I don’t often find colored bobby pins. And by colored I mean simple ones with a nice color. And when I find them, they’re way overpriced.

There’s an easy solution, just make them yourself!

All you need are simple bobby pins and nail polish to paint them. It’s done in no time and you have personalized bobby pins!

And thanks to my dear sister, Katia, for modeling in our garden :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

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Wednesday July 22

This week’s quote is simultaneously a craft.

How quickly jealous I become of the wind, when it, and not I, gets the privilege of properly messing up your hair.  – Tyler Knott Gregson

Sometimes when reading something I feel connected to the words. Like I could have written them, but my thoughts don’t transform so easily into beautiful phrases.

Yet, I felt those words.

This is what happened with this quote. I kept reading it over and over again. Even though I never thought it word for word, I did feel it.

Yes, I felt those words.

Here I would like to introduce another quote.

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting. – John Green

Every time someone shares a quotation, it is perhaps because of the same reason I shared the first quote. Because I felt related to it. Because it said what I felt so often but couldn’t put into words. Because it is so beautifully expressed. So beautiful I want to re-read it over and over again every day. That’s why I painted it on a small canvas. It think when I move out my home will be “covered” with quotes, I’m even thinking of writing on the walls… maybe I should start by asking the boyfriend what he thinks of it :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Painting


Already three weeks ago, I posted a quote I really really liked (here!). I liked it so much I decided to paint it, so I can hang it on the wall!

I started by drawing with a pencil on a canvas. Then, to make sure my hand and arm wouldn’t “hang” in the wet paint, I needed to start from top to bottom and left to right. I used a toothpick to paint the words, small branches and birds. It’s weird how I painted kind of small meaningless marks, but it still looked like little birds! For the pink edges I put paint on a card and slid with it along the edges of the canvas, from the outside to the middle.

I really like the result, but sometimes I regret that my paintings are a copy of drawings I discovered somewhere. However, even though inside my head there’s a whole other world, I just can’t find the inspiration needed to make a painting which is entirely my own…

I’d like to know what you think about it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Dream catcher

A while ago, I posted how to make a dream catcher (here!), which I kind of messed up, even though I already made a few before, which were just fine. I posted it anyway because not everything goes as planned. It’s like trying out a new recipe, sometimes it’s delicious, sometimes it awful. I made a new dream catcher, and I have to admit that I really love it. The pastel colors of the plumes, the pearl necklace, and the old white shirt I cut in strips. There’s so much to do with old material.

And regarding dream catchers I would like to repeat Konrad J. Kaweczynski’s quote: Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.

Lots of love,
Laura

Pimp my phone


This week I did something very easy!! I just put washi tape on my phone’s cover to customize it. I tried glitter tape, but it didn’t stick enough so I used washi tape instead. It comes off after about a week, but then you can use other washi tape, since you can do this so fast, and have a new ‘phone cover’ every week!

Lots of love,
Laura

Pimp up your shoes!

I’ve got many shoes, also old ones that I don’t wear anymore even though there’s nothing wrong with it. Since summer is coming closer (hopefully, we’ll also get some sun in spring!), we can wear fabric shoes again! I decided to pimp up some old fabric shoes of mine.

Here’s what you need:
– Mod Podge (I didn’t have any, so I made it myself. You can learn here how to make it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJvff9yd8ks)
– A paintbrush
– An empty bowl, jar, or cup
– Glitters
– Fabric shoes

Put some mod podge in the empty jar and add glitters.

Start applying glitter onto the areas you want to. It may seem that the mixture contains too many mod podge in comparison with the glitters, but when it dries the white color disappears. I put on three layers.

Then I decided to replace the laces by a ribbon.

Let it dry for at least one night. Put in the laces or ribbon and your shoes are ready to wear!

Lots of love,
Laura

Kylna Art Gallery

I have quite a big family, so does my boyfriend. When we celebrate Christmas, it’s not always easy to buy a gift for every person. Because it’s difficult to find a suited gift for everyone, and it gets quite expensive. We have a really fun solution for it. We write everyone’s name on little pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Then everyone takes a name out of the bowl, but we have to keep secret which name we took. On Christmas, we sit around the coffee table and take a gift from under the tree, we pass it on and when the gift is in the hands of the right person, the person offering it has to say ‘stop’. It’s very exciting, also for the kids!

Last Christmas, it was my mother in law who had to give me a present. She gave me a bowl, but it looked and felt unfinished and rough. Then she told me I could go back to the store, whenever I wanted, to paint the ceramic bowl.

Two weeks ago, I went to the Kylna Art Gallery, to paint my bowl. I stayed there for almost four hours. You’re completely free to do what you want to. The lady just explained how to choose the colors, and where you can find books to get some inspiration. While I was painting, she was making something in ceramic. It was very calm with some music. It was pure relaxation.

When finished, she bakes your bowl and you can go get it a week later and find your artwork. You just walk in during the opening hours, and work on something you like. They also sell vases, plates, candle holders, etc. The price of painting and baking is included. There are also group lessons, birthday parties for kids, etc. Of course, you can also buy things you don’t have to paint yourself ;-)

If you have the opportunity, you should really go there, it’s a great place, just outside the center of Brussels!

Lots of love,
Laura


Kylna Art Gallery
Chaussée de Jette 594,
1090 Brussels

http://kylnaartgallery.wix.com/kylna

Abstract painting made with tape

 

I saw something like this online and thought ‘I can make that too’. And you can do this too!! I really like the result and it’s super easy!

You need a canvas, paint, and (washi) tape. The colors and the size of the canvas are completely your choice.
I started with gold paint. Don’t forget to paint the borders too.

Apply a second layer if needed and let it dry. Then make triangles with tape. You can choose how big or small you make them, and how many you want. Make sure that there is no air left between the canvas and the tape.

Now paint the triangles. Once again, don’t forget to paint the borders.

Let it dry, apply a second layer and let dry again before taking off the tape. When I took off the tape, some paint came off too. So with a small paintbrush I repainted where the paint came off.

Your painting is ready! All left to do, is to find a nice place to hang your painting on the wall.

Lots of love,
Laura

 

 

Potholder made from wooden clothespins

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This week my craft project was a potholder! I saw a picture on the internet and thought ‘I have to make this!’

Clothespins: check!
Glue: check!

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First, detach the clothespins and glue them together the other way around.

Now, glue all the parts together and let it dry.

After it was finished I decided to put some varnish on it to have a somewhat even surface. Moreover, when you apply the varnish you can take away the little pieces of  paper that stick to the potholder. You can use a toothpick to remove the excess of glue.

Let it dry, which goes quite fast, and it’s ready! You can also paint the potholder and apply varnish when the paint is dry.

Lots of love,
Laura

Little abstract painting made with wax crayons

I know I have haven’t posted in a while, except for the quotes. I have so much ideas and recipes already tried out, but I don’t get to writing. Anyway, now I am writing and I am very happy to do so!!

So here’s my last craft.

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It’s super easy to do! You need a hair dryer, crayons, a canvas or paper, and something to protect the floor and the walls. I used a garbage bag.

All you have to do is melt the crayon above the canvas with the hairdryer.

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Let it dry and you’re ready!

Lots of love,
Laura