Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a great holiday, whatever you celebrated. May 2014 bring you tons of new happy moments.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone, I hope you have a good one. Laura invited me to guest post over at La caseta de paper about my favorite horror movies. Just go check it out!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Repurposed Items: Using Daily Items The Way They Aren't Meant To Be Used

Today's post is a collaboration with Laura from La Caseta de Paper, and it's about a subject that has always fascinated both of us: repurposed items! Or what's the same, using daily items the way they aren't meant to be used in the first place. It would be similar to upcycling, but while upcycling is about converting broken, wasted, or useless items into something useful (which is also totally fascinating and we should make a post about it at some point), repurposing is about using items (that are not broken, in fact they can be new) in a different way than what they're originally designed for. Examples are endless, and in this post we'll just share some of them, probably the most popular ones.

Pinterest is full of repurposed items inspiration a lot more original than the ones we share here, but these photos are taken at hour homes, with items that we own and we use the way they're displayed in the photos. Don't expect something new, as I said before, most of the ideas in this post are known by everybody right now. But we hope that you'll still enjoy the post, and that this is going to help spread the love for repurposing!

Cake stand used as spices rack

Coffee Mugs used as pencils and brushes holders.

Screw organizer used to store embroidery floss by colors

Mason jar used to keep ribbons

Ikea Spices Rack used as a punches holder

Glass yogurt pot used as a candle holder (with some sand on the botton to hold the tealight candle)

Ceramic teapot used as a jar to keep coffee capsules

Teacup used as cactus pot

What about you? Do you like using repurposed items? Do you think it's fun to use things in a different way than what they were designed for on first place? Share your thoughts with us!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Improved craft space

I would lie if I said it's been a very productive summer, but I finally decided to re-arrange my office and add a new desk that would be only dedicated to craft purpose. Warning, this is not gonna be as pretty as all those artroom/craftroom you can see around the internet. Sadly I do not live in a magazine.

I already had a big desk in the office but it's mainly occupied by the desktop computer (and a bunch of clutter, let's be honest) so I grew reluctant to craft on it. Of course, when it came to "clean" crafts like making ATCs, drawing or painting with watercolors, it was mainly ok even if I didn't have much space, but when it was involving messier techniques like ink spraying or creating drops and splatters, I was too scared to stain everything including the computer screen.

For a while, I put all my craft material in boxes easy to move around and was settling on the living room coffee table whenever I was feeling to create something, but my back didn't quite like it, which was one of the reasons I wasn't creating anything lately.

Plus, I had my eyes on an architect style desk I saw months ago while furniture shopping for my dad. So I finally took measurements and rearranged a little the shelves around the office to be able to fit the desk of my dreams. And perfect timing being perfect, the store chain was having an end-of-summer sale including on that desk. Anyway, after a few hours of struggle assembling the thing and some organization, here is the result.

It really gives me a lot of storage space that was pretty much lost room anyway plus a really nice surface to craft. I also love that if I leave something in the middle because I decide I have other things to do at the moment, I don't need to store everything back in its box, I can leave everything there until I'm done. 

As you can see, both sides of the desk host two shelves and each one of them can hold a lot, which makes everything handy to access when sitting at the desk. Excuse the "raw" looking of some cardboard boxes, I don't have fancy storage for everything (at least not yet) but I went for some convenient recycled things I had around for the time being. I'm also contemplating the option to buy 2 or 3 of those cheap IKEA spice shelves to hang on the wall just above the desk and reorganize some things a little, as well as organizing the shelve on the left of the desk differently for more practical access to my most used supplies. 

Anyway, that was a little view of the place I'm crafting from, I hope you enjoyed the mini-tour. Totoro wishes you a good day!