DIY – 10 with washi tape


So, it’s been a long time again… I won’t complain about how busy I am or was those last months. I only can say there have been lots of changes in my life and I’m still getting used to them (I’m planning on sharing a little bit more on the next Mood’s Music post).

Today I was supposed to share with you three washi tape DIYs I made in June but I cannot find the pics I took (those are the perks of moving and being myself a huge mess) soooo instead of my three not-so-cool washi tape DIYs I chose ten really cool and amazing DIYs with one of my favorite handcraft good.

 

Upgrade your brushes with this easy DIY.

 

If you’re thinking on throwing one last summer party don’t forget to add some glamour with this washi tape drink stirrers

 

Add some relaxing wall art on your workspace with this washi tape wall art

 

Organize your chords and keep your drawers tidy

 

Are you looking for new fragances for your home? Try this: 5-minute DIY reed diffuser

 

Add a pop of fun on your kid’s bedroom, or even yours, using your favorite tape

Take laundry to next level using decorated clothespins

 

Are you a cooking hater? Maybe this spatula DIY helps you with the awful labor

 

Keep your desk organized with this cool DIY

 

Decorate your home without spending too much money on it

 

 

I cannot wait to try any of these DIY!

Happy Monday!

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Home sweet home + a Futurama DIY


Picture this: It’s around 6 in the evening, you’ve been all day long at work, or college or wherever it is you go, you arrive home, take off your shoes, pour a glass of wine and sit on the sofa while you listen to soft music. This is the kind of feeling we think about when we talk about “Home sweet home”.

Today I wasn’t really sure about what I wanted to talk, the fact of having two homes (the real one and the student flat) made me struggle about how I wanted to write this post. Do I talk about my home and family? Do I talk about me being all alone miles away? So at last I decided for the feeling when you arrive after a few days out or work and suddenly you relax in your pajamas and enjoy your home. I can barely think about a better feeling after a long day: a shower, music, scent candles, comfortable clothes. I love that feeling.

Also, I wanted to share a DIY. It’s been a long time since the last one, looong looong time, and thought it would be fun to share the cross stitch pattern in the picture above for those Futurama lovers that I know there are out there. I made it as a gift a few wears ago (sorry I cannot share any pictures) and I love it, even if the result wasn’t as much as I wanted because there were a few things about cross stitch I didn’t know (and were really important).

If you click in the image above it would led you to the source where you will be able to download it and print the pattern.

Happy cross stitching!

Five fave posts


It’s been a while since I wrote my first post. I like to navigate once in a while around my blog and read old posts, I like to see how the writing and appearance evolved. Today I made a selection with the 5 posts that I’m most proud:

  • DIY recipe box. This project was on my mind for a couple years, since I saw my sister Alejandra with one she had bought. I absolutely loved the idea and wanted to have one of my own, but after a few months of unsuccessful search I decided to DIY it. It took more than a year for me to make it and it was thanks to start my blog. Also I love the result and I’ve been filling it with new recipes.

 Cooking Fridays: Chocolate and Caramel Cupcakes + DIY decorations!

  • Chocolate and caramel cupcakes. This one was very important for me because it was while celebrating my sister’s 18th birthday. The printable and the cupcakes, was everything so lovely!

  • Mood’s Music #1. When I decided to start sharing more with you and also when I learned how to take decent selfies with the camera. (Hard work, you know?)

  • Easy croissants with chocolate. Everyone liked this post, I posted it on Facebook and I got more likes than ever and of course, I’m really proud of them :).

  • DIY photo wall. Last but not least, this is my little baby. The project I enjoy the most, the one I see everyday and makes me smile. My inspiration wall.

It was difficult for me to only choose 5 posts but at last I did. Hope you have a wonderful Friday.

DIY photo wall

Sooo, it’s been more than a week and thought it was time to share another post. This DIY it’s been on the top of my to-blog-list for a long time.

Since I live in a rented flat, in which I’ve been living for the past 5 years, I’ve never paid much attention to decor. That past year I’ve been feeling the urge of creating a more comfortable atmosphere by giving it a personal touch but also, I don’t want to spend much money redecorating it because I’m not sure for how long I’ll be living here. So I’ve been searching for bargains, thinking on restyle old furniture and making big lists of DIY that will be a good mix to the house.

One thing that makes you feel really at home are those photos you’ve been taking for years and never printed, photos you like or just remind you of your family and friends. DIY made with photos are very common and last spring, after seeing a big amount of them, I just felt inspired and made one. I just selected some photos that make me feel inspired or just remind me of someone I love.

Tools:

  • Some rope
  • Crafting clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Sorted photos

Directions:

  1. Cut 5 or 6 rope pieces the length you want make your photo wall. Make a knot on the top of every piece the way it  shows on the image.
  2. Organize the photos the way you want them to be on the photo wall.
  3. Fix the photos on the different pieces of rope with the clothespins.
  4. Pass another piece of rope trough every knot you did before. Make sure to cut this one of sufficient length. Use a few more clothespins to prevent the vertical ropes moving
  5. Do a knot on every side of the horizontal rope.
  6. Use a couple of thumbtacks to hang it on the wall.

As you can see, I didn’t struggle much while doing this DIY, but that’s the kind of handcraft you feel so proud of how it turned! I hanged it right in front of my desk and enjoy it while studying. I really love that you can change the photos every time you want to.

Hope you all are doing well and enjoy your weekend!

Cooking Fridays: Chocolate and Caramel Cupcakes + DIY decorations!

Hello again! Here I come with a new cupcake recipe I cooked last week. It was for my sister’s birthday and I wanted them to be special so I create a printable with some coloured flags saying happy birthday to her.
To do the Happy Birthday Flags you will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut the flags.
  2. Bent by the middle line.
  3. Punt some glue on the reverse of the flags.
  4. Put a toothpick in the middle and close.

I found the cupcake’s recipe on my favourite confectionery blog: Objetivo: Cupcake Perfecto, the one in Spanish that I found thanks to my friend Esther. I wanted to follow her chocolate recipe but since I was in Barcelona and couldn’t find the vanilla extract I had to change it for caramel and, once I started thinking, my mind couldn’t stop and ended adding some raspberry jam.

Ingredients:

Biscuit:

  • 2 eggs.
  • 140 g/ 5 oz sugar.
  • 115 g/4 oz flour.
  • 120 g/4.2 oz butter.
  • 2.5 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used Cola Cao, wich is similar to Nesquick but with less sugar).
  • A teaspoon baking powder.
  • A teaspoon caramel.
  • 70 ml milk.

Buttercream:

  • 125 g/ 4.5 oz unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • 110 g/ 5.5 oz icing sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon caramel.
  • 3 tablespoon milk.
  • Raspberry jam.

Directions:

Biscuit:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 ºC/ 320 ºF.
  2. Line the cupcakes pan with 12 papers cases.
  3. Mix the milk and the caramel.
  4. Sieve the flour, the cocoa and the baking powder.
  5. Beat the butter and the sugar together until creamy.
  6. Add half the flour and cocoa mix and beat untill well incorporated.
  7. Add the milk and beat again.
  8. Add the other half of flour and beat until mixed.
  9. Put the batter on the paper cases. Remember not to fill more than 2/3 of the paper case.
  10. Bake for 22-24 minutes.
  11. Let them cool on a rack.

Buttercream:

  1. Sieve the icing sugar.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar at low speed for one minute.
  3. Beat the batter at medium-high speed for one more minute.

Putting all together:

  1. Once cold, drain the cupcakes with an apple corer.
  2. Fill the hole with raspberry jam.
  3. Cover the top of the cupcakes with the buttercream.
  4. Decorate with colour sparkles.
  5. Prick the flags on the top and enjoy!

I had so much fun cooking this cupcakes and everyone loved them! ^_^

Have a nice Friday! xoxo

Deborah.

Decorate your own folder

Hello, hello!

Lately I’ve spent lot of time looking for a beautiful folder to go to college, but when I found one I liked it was too expensive and the ones affordables were not so pretty.
I decided to decorate my own folder and a few days later I found this post and knew I had to use it. I did exactly the same than her but on a folder.

Materials:

  • A folder.
  • A cardboard.
  • An old newspaper.
  • Brown spray paint.
  • An open space where you can use the spray.

Elsie’s explanation is very graphical so I think it’s better you go to their website to look at it (above). On my experience is very important you use the spray on the same direction you did the drawing, if not some of the pieces will fly.

Here are some snapshots:

Hope you like this new DIY, I’m very happy with my new folder!!! 😀
Please let me know your opinions! Love you.

Borondy

Recipe Box

Hi there!

I love handmade yabadabaduba recipe books, those ones created by your own and filled with your favorites recipes, the ones you don’t want to forget, it doesn’t matter the fact you cook them without the need of recipe.

All my blog experiences have been consequence of the starting of this adventure. I never was an “Internet person” but since I started have been finding that sometimes people that you don’t even know are closer to you than your everyday environment. So now I spend a lot of time finding new projects and looking for inspiration. A few months ago, while I was looking for new blogs I found that beauty and I started thinking about making my own book. But there was a fact that I was unable to ignore… I’m a bit obsessed about order (well, my sister calls me order histerical…), so the way you write recipes while you do them, without any alphabetical order, has never matched with me. I spent a few days thinking about doing it or not and finally just decided to let it go.  Then a couple of weeks ago a thought exploded on my mind: my sister bought a recipe box once and I was for years looking for one but I never got it…
Well, why not to make it myself? Today is the day!!!

Materials:

  • A small size box, it would be better to find the cards first and then look for a box with the correct dimensions.
  • Index cards.
  • A couple of white cardboards .
  • A cup of cold coffee.
  • Rule, square and bevel.
  • A pencil, a clean paintbrush and a fine tip marker.
  • Scissors.

Directions:

  1. With the pencil, draw the separators on the cardboards, make sure that they suit the box’ dimension and remember to also draw the tabs. I made tabs 1 cm wide. (Use rule, square and bevel)
  2. Cut them.
  3. Paint the separators with the coffee, you have to paint both sides. Wait until the dry. I did this because the box I chose had a vintage design so I wanted to give the separators a vintage look. The result was perfect and the box also the box smells like coffee (I really like it!).
  4. Write a letter in every tab with the tip marker.
  5. Fill the index cards with the recipes and sort alphabetically.
Here are a couple sneak picks, hope you like them!
Have a nice day!
Borondy.

DIY with a T-shirt

(Don’t you love my new toy???)

Hi everyone!!!
Today I want to share the craft Esther and I did the red velvet cupcakes’s day. We made a necklace, a bracelet and a diadem (the hole kit for me and two of them for her).

We used two old t-shirts and this was the result (I love it!!!!):

(Breaking news: I went reddy last week!)

So here we go:

Materials:

  • Wire on your favorite colour (diameter: 1.5 mm, one meter will be more than enough).
  • Chain in the same colour (50 cm.).
  • Old cotton t-shirts.
  • A tin can.
  • A small piece of black ribbon.

Directions:

  1. Cut the t-shirts into strips about 5 cm wide.
  2. Get three or four strips in different colours, we used two yellow and two pale pink, put them together and tie them with a safety pin.
  3. Use the tin can to hold on the strips and braid them.
  4. Use the wire to decorate the necklace: Roll the wire on a marker and then put it on the necklace, use it to close the braid as shown below.
  5. Do another braid and use the chain to decorate it, close it with wire too.
  6. Braid other four strips and close it with the ribbon with two small knots in every side. This braid has be the exact length to adjust your head, don’t make it too long, there will be no problem to put it on your head because the braid’s strechy.
Here I leave some images which can be usefull:
Braid in 3 strips 

Braid in 4 strips
(Images found here)
Hope you liked this new craft… Those are ones of my favorites accessories now so hope you like them too!!!
Have a nice day!
Borondy.

Crochet hat

Hi again!

This week is my sister’s birthday so a few days ago I started crafting her gift. Last Christmas I made her a scarf and I decided to knit her a crochet hat with leftover wood, so now she’ll have a beautiful hat to use with her beautiful scarf.

If you don’t know anything about crochet basics, you can learn here everything you need to know about them. The best way you can learn is with someone’s help (if your mom or your grandma are crochet goddesses please, ask them to help you).
Of course, I didn’t know anything about crochet, so I had to learn to. I found a page that explained quickly and easily the hat’s procedure and started learning.

Materials:

  • Yarn in your favourite colour (50 gr aprox), it has to match number five needles.
  • A number five needle. 

Procedure:

  1. Start with a 3 stitches foundation chain, close with a slip stitch.
  2. Do 12 double crochet stitches.
  3. Two double crochet stitches to every single one on lap 2 (24 stitches).
  4. A double crochet stitch in every single one on lap 3.
  5. Double every stitch again (48 stitches).
  6. Do as presented.
  7. Do as presented.
  8. Increase a stitch every three stitches on the previous lap, i.e., a stitch, a stich, two stitches. (64 stitches)
  9. As presented.
  10. As presented.
  11. As presented.
  12. Reduce 9 stitches. Reduce one every 6 or 7 stitches. There will be 55 but if you don’t reduce it exactly it’s not a big deal.
  13. As presented.
  14. As presented.
  15. Reduce 4 more stitches.
  16. End with single crochet and hide the strand.
This is the result:
There’s a big difference between the one I did and the image in the page I found the explanation, that’s because my wool was thicker than the one recommended, I use this one because it was the same wool used in the scarf and the result was also beautiful. On my experience, if you have to buy the yarn make shure that it matches the needle, it will be easier to work with, but recycling is always a good option ;-).
Hope you liked it!
Borondy.