Craft Corner – DIY lettering for occasions or chic home decorating

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Sometimes I get the ‘itch’ to get my craft on, can you relate to that ‘itch’? I tend to get onto the next project and then the next project when it comes to crafting. Hence I collect so much stuff over the years! I blame my brain and how steer towards things I can do with my hands. Plus there is a level of satisfaction that I always get from creating something that I can be proud of. If you aren’t a compulsive crafter, then this could be an easy project to do over the weekend and to get the creative juices running. And you don’t need a lot of time or spend a lot of money on materials. Afterwards you can marvel at your work sitting on the shelf in the bedroom for some chic decorating style.

First you will need to visit your local craft store, mine is Spotlight and grab a couple of things:

Wooden wording or letters

Acrylic paints (choose one or two colours)

A gloss paint to finish (optional)

Paint brushes

Newspaper

How to do it:

  • Lay out some newspaper on your workspace
  • squeeze the paints onto an old ice cream container lid
  • pick up the brush and dip into the paint to give the wooden lettering one coat
  • allow to dry and paint another coat over the top
  • allow to dry. Then place lettering in the room of your choice! *You can go a once over with a gloss varnish, but it is totally up to you.

You can leave the lettering just as it is, or you can add polkadots, or loose glitter while the paint is still wet. To jazz it up!

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I chose a mint colour for ‘Relax’, which suits it because it is a pleasant and relaxing colour. And the other lettering ‘Hello’, I used a gold paint, it kind of screams ‘look at me’ right?  The lettering are so easy to move around and can even be used for parties/weddings/engagements and so on. I like to take them with me on my trips to the market! The large lettering captures the attention of potential customers walking past…

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 You can find all types of lettering at the craft stores, in cursive, non-cursive or individual letters. The options are endless!

Do you like the look of lettering in your home? Would you try this DIY yourself?

E-von

Valentine’s on a whim

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!! Do you get excited and filled with butterflies or does it make your insides turn in a way that you want to expel? I think this is a lovely time of year where not only couples use it as an excuse to make grand gestures of love but it’s nice to see little messages pop up in the children’s lunch boxes and secret admirers leave chocolates, flowers or love notes behind.

Hubz and I used to celebrate this occasion with a dinner date, but now with three little ones we keep it low key with a home made meal and a card. I like sharing it with my 6 yo who is a old enough to understand the idea of love and cards. We were just flipping through my wedding photos the other day and I could see how her face lights up when she sees me and Hubby walking down the aisle together, me smiling and him with his tongue cheekily sticking out!

If you want to avoid the commercialised aspect of the event, try doing something  more personal to express a little romance to your loved one. It doesn’t even have to be planned or expensive, you can do what makes your heart flutter and soar on a whim. For example

  •  Camping under the stars in the back yard, with wine and chocolates on the side
  •  Taking a night drive to a look out to see city lights
  •  Have a sunset picnic by the beach
  •  Heart Shaped theme meal, entree, main and dessert using heart cutters
  • Playing a game of chess with chocolates (winner takes all the chocolates of course!).

The options are endless. You can be as creative as you like to make someone feel extra special. Here are some other DIY projects you may want to try out:

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Paint Swatches Valentine’s Day Cards from Inhabitat.com – http://inhabitat.com/6-diy-valentines-day-cards-to-make-for-your-true-love/

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Paper Heart Garland from greenweddingshoes.com – http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-paper-heart-garland/

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Giant crepe paper rose flower at greenweddingshoes.com – http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-giant-paper-rose-flower/

Do let me know if you decide to make any of these projects. I would love to see your creations! I may just go out and hunt down some crepe paper to attempt the giant flower, it looks so gorgeous and the  best thing is it lasts forever!

Best of luck with your impromptu Valentines, sometimes the most romantic moments are those that are spontaneous!

What are your plans on Valentine’s? Do you celebrate this day?

E-von