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Ikea Pigeon Hole Organizer Makeover Tutorial

Ikea pigeon hole organizer makeover

I love the Ikea pigeon hole organizer.  Not necessary for functionality but I just love the look of tiny pockets ! This pigeon hole organizer  has been in the family for a couple of years.

Buddy would keep his hot wheels cars in them.  Eventually He outgrew the toys and I was only too happy to be the next recipient. Ofcourse, by now, you already know, that few things get dumped in our home, until and unless the cats chew on them or pee on them !!!

A little tender, love and makeover is all it kept screaming out to me for ~ until finally I decided to decoupage it.

Decoupage sounds like a very fancy French word but in reality, it just means to stick objects with paper cut outs. So don’t let the French term, intimidate you 🙂

The surface needs to be cleaned and sanded well. A layer of modge podge or any such medium can be applied. Then you can cut out pieces of tissue or paper and stick it on carefully. Make sure to get any air bubbles out.  When your certain, that its dried, apply another coat of modge podge to seal it. This is the tutorial in a nut shell.

Here’s the pictorial 🙂

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Hideous, isn’t it ??? Whats the connection between little boys and the skull face with two cross bones, still remains a mystery to me !!

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Ugly paint sticking out from our previous wall paint on its edges.

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First, I gathered design paper, in various patterns and colors and decided how the collage should be placed. This project is excellent at getting rid of good by small scraps of paper !

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Took measurements and decided which cutouts would contrast with which patterns. Then came my drawer of amazing edge punches ! Oh how I love Martha stewart 🙂 ok ok Fiskars, I love you too 🙂

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One after the other, I distressed the edges and kept covering them all with modge podge. (I am quite the distress-addict 🙂

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For the top, side and bottom, I painted some off-white synthetic paint. Two coats got me the results I wanted.

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Finally, I coated one layer of modge podge on the pigeon holes.              AND ………………………………………….. VOILA !!!!!!!!

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Talking of decoupage, If your looking for decoupage supplies in Dubai. I am happy to recommend the decoupage specialist, Creativa Middle East. Located at Times Square, they have a huge array of art and decoupage supplies. Definitely the go-to place for Decoupage.

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I love the transformation and hope you liked it too.

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Have you attempted any transformations lately ? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Thank you for dropping by.

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Altered Box, Altered Pizza Box, Altered Wall hanging, Art & Craft Ideas, D I Y, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T U T O R I A L S, Trash to Treasure

Recycle pizza box AND toilet rolls tutorial !!

Hello friends !!  I am super duper happy today !! Why ? I have a hundred reasons to be grateful and a million reasons to be happy for, but for now, two main reasons are popping up the most ~ for all the joy !!

Reason 1:- Today, Allah swt blessed me with 42 years of a blessed and beautiful life ~ He included the best husband and the most caring and awesome children in that life and as if that was not enough, He placed immense creativity in it !! We tend to take health for granted, until something goes wrong ~ but I thank Almighty Allah EVERYDAY for keeping the cancer at bay ~ If that’s not worth being happy about, then what is ??

Reason 2:- I was initially disappointed when my pizza box, { recycled to the shadow box }, did not get qualified for the shadow box competition (Read all about it here) but in my heart, I was very content if not excited with what I had designed.  For me, creativity is something that has to be functional and appeasing. And I know, I felt I was really happy with how the pizza box turned out ~ infact, the whole episode inspired me to draw up more plans in different ways to work on several pizza boxes and I really went to town with all the stuff I came up with !!

Now that feeling is deep satisfaction with what you have drawn, designed and created ~ but happy ? Happy came becoz of the immense response I got from friends and fellow craftsmen who poured their love and appreciation in their comments on that post .   It bought so much joy that people really liked how that shadow box turned out, but it amazed me “how many” creative friends thought that way.

I suppose, it just goes to show that CREATIVE people mostly THINK OUT OF THE BOX !!!

Thank you  ~ thank you ~ thank you ~ so much to all the wonderful friends who visited me and left your kind words of encouragement. You’ll see the result of that encouragement in the next few posts !! Hopefully, you’ll like those too.

Today, I am sharing another one of my creations from the pizza box. I have seen a few projects on Pinterest, where toilet rolls have been used to make a lovely design around mirrors or clocks and that sparked an idea of  incorporating the same technique into a shadow box made (pizza box)

Thrift, frugal, repurpose, DIY are words that really grab my interest. In this project, I merged two recycled items. The pizza box and the toilet rolls !!

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It is really a very simple and straight forward project. I have tried to make this project more pictorial so I think, it is quite self explanatory.

With this box, I decided, not to tamper or alter the frame of the box. It remains a pretty bright red. I did not add paint to the inside base of the box either ~ instead I adhered some bright green embossed pattern paper (contrasting to the red frame) to it. So if you have oil marks on the base or side, don’t worry ~ it wont show up in the final look.  Fotor071714395process Fotor0717145244process2 Fotor0717145935process3

And finally, here it is, in broad day light ! I admit, I have been quite clumsy and slack ~ I haven’t cleared up the tiny strings of hot glue around the petals which is tarnishing the close up look 😦

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Like I said, earlier, its only when, I got around to editing the pictures, did I realize I should have worked harder for a better finishing ! After all, camera lens tend to magnify all the goof ups, in the highest of proportions !!!

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Its really a super easy project which you can get your kids involved in too. I hope you liked the tutorial and if you’ll like to keep updated with all my projects, kindly “subscribe” to my blog by pressing the blue icon on the top left side.

I love linking all my projects to the following link parties. Scores and scores of fantastically creative and talented ladies attend these parties and generously share their creations.  I hope you visit them too and leave some love in your comments.

One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of LemonsTransformation Tuesday at The Ironstone NestMonday Funday at Creatively LivingNifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal CharmThe Scoop at Cedar Hill RanchProject Inspired{d}at Cupcakes and CrinolineYou’re Gonna Love It at Kathe with an ETransformed Tuesdays at PJH DesignsTweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little HouseTake a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee CraftsPrimp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp JunktionBe Inspired at Elizabeth and CoPretty Things Link Party at twelveOeightTime to Shine at A Diamond in the StuffToo Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot GiraffeThe Power of Paint Party at Domestically SpeakingCreatively Tuesday at The Rustic PigShow Me What You Got at Not Just a HousewifeShare It Link Party at The Winthrop ChroniclesTasteful Tuesday at Naptime CreationsTutorial Tuesday at Hope StudiosTrash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s KornerFluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster BusterThe Creative Spark at Clean and ScentsibleTuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away from HomeHomemade by You at Made to be a MommaTrendy Tuesdays at Sweet Little GalsBrag About It Tuesday at BebetsyGinger Jamboree LInk Party at Homemade Ginger  Tip Junkie    Today’s Creative Blog      Mandy’s Recipe Box  Inside BruCrew Life    Lady Bug Blessings     Blessed with Grace    Tuesday Talent Show    Tutorials and Tips    Back for Seconds    Tuesday Trivia    Simple Supper Tuesday   Get your craft on

Wildly Original Link Party at I Gotta CreateWow Us Wednesday at Family Home and LifeWhatever Goes Wednesday at Someday CraftsWhimsy Wednesday at Smart School HouseWhat’s It Wednesday at Ivy and ElephantsWednesday Whatsits at White Lights on WednesdayWhat We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow PondUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceShow and Share at Southern LovelyWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleWow Me Wednesday at Gingersnap CraftsFrom Dream to Reality at The DIY DreamerIts’ a Party! at A Creative PrincessShow Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansLook What I Made Wednesday at Creations by KaraCreate and Share at The Trendy TreehouseA Little Bird Told Me Link Party at The Life of Jennifer DawnOh What a Happy Day Link Party at Not Done Growing   Polka Dots on Parade   Lil’ Luna    Lady Behind the Curtain   Seven Thirty Three   Show and Tell Wednesdays    Riverton Housewives Round-Up    What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday    Two Girls and a Party   Off The Hook Link Party   The Real Thing with the Coake Family   Ducks ‘n a Row  http://www.beneathmyheart.net/     http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/     http://www.goodbyecityhellosuburbs.blogspot.com/    http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/    http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/    http://organizeyourstuffnow.com/    http://www.typeadecorating.blogspot.com/    http://www.sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/   http://www.notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/    http://www.restoreinteriors.blogspot.com/    http://sewwoodsy.com/        http://eisymorgan.blogspot.com/   http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/

52 MantelsCreative Inspirations Linky Party at Embracing ChangeSimply Create Link Party at Redfly CreationsWhat To Do Weekends at Crafts a la Mode Simply Creations Link Party at My Simple HomelifeFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard SeedInspire Me Please Link Party at Liz Marie BlogFrugal Friday at The Shabby NestFeathered Nest Friday at French Country CottageWhat Have You Redone at Redoux InteriorsHome Sweet Home at The Charm of HomeThrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty GrooveSimple and Sweet Fridays at Rooted inThymeBe Inspired at Common GroundFaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring DecoratingFrugalicious Friday at Finding FabulousFabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer RizzoShow and Tell Friday at Romantic HomeJunkin’ Joe Vintage and Thrifty Finds at The Cottage MarketWeekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and JelloShabbilicious Friday Link Party at Shabby Art BoutiqueTickled Pink at 504 MainAnything Blue Friday at The Dedicated HouseRustic Restorations Weekend Link Party at Homespun Happenings,  Great Idea Thursdays at A Handful of EverythingOne Sharendipity Place at The T2 Women Blog, http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/2013/06/aloha62.html,http://www.myturnforus.com/     4. Create   and Inspire Party 6. Six   Sisters Stuff  7.   Pinteresting Pinning Party 10. Dear   Creatives  WIW Linky party

Freedom Fridays,   The best blog recipes   Weekend blog lovin hop   Will cook for smiles Award Show   Saturday Show & Tell Link Party

Saturday Show and Tell at Cheerios and LattesSaturday Nite Special at Funky Junk InteriorsA Bouquet of Talent Party at Life on Lakeshore DriveStrut Your Stuff Party at Six Sisters’ StuffShow and Tell Saturday at Sassy little LadyGet Schooled Satuday at Too Much Time on My HandsPower of Pinterest Party at Fox Hollow CottageYour Great Idea Party at Or So She SaysOverflowing with Creativity party at It’s OverflowingCraft Country Cottage Party at Old Red BarnSaturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase at Sew-licious

DIY sunday show case,   Anything blue Friday,    Will cook for smiles,   Saturday spotlight,    Check me out Saturdays      6. Seasonal   Inspiration 7. Weekend   Wonders 9. Create   and Inspire Party

Pink Saturday    From the Farm Blog Hop     Old Time Party    Party Junk     One Great Idea Saturday Party Finding the Pretty and Delicious Party       Say G’Day Saturday   Serenity  Saturday  One Sharendipity Place    http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/ http://www.serenitynowblog.com/ http://justagirlblog.com/ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/ http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com http://tatertotsandjello.com

 

Thank you for visiting me today ~ I hope your day has been beautiful.

Regards

Naush

Art & Craft Ideas, Gift Ideas, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure, WOODEN Projects

Upcycle Wooden Blocks / Plaque for Family.

Hello friends !

Pinerest is my best friend !!!! Yeah ~ I know what you’re thinking ! ! But the honest truth is that I can spend a great many hours browsing from one link to another, pinning as I go along. Feeling cheerful just sharing some of the pins ~ and feeling so inspired when I read some of the talented ladies writing something like, “If I can do it, surely so can you” !!! It is just a crafters haven, I tell you. Its as though, one can virtually get lost in the hoards and hoards of pins and excieting projects !! Why would’nt it be my best friend !

Oh and BTW if your looking for my pin account, here it is :-  http://pinterest.com/doodlebuddies/  and NO ~ Pinterest did not pay me to write about them !!!

Somewhere, last August, I was so inspired by some of the gorgeous wood projects on blocks on Pinerest , that I decided to give it a try.  Armed with some deadly arsenal of power tools, I made my way back from ACE hardware and started collecting pieces of wood and MDF. It didnt take long before an entire corner in the courtyard was home to a huge pile of wood, wooden planks and left overs. (much to DH’s annoyance)

Today I am sharing with you a rather simple project of wooden blocks which are cut into small chunks using my jigsaw, sanded using the electric sander (as I call it 🙂  ), some paint layers and some modge podge over  pieces of scrapbook paper, alphabet diecuts from my revolution and the sentiment for the the definition of family is done by my loyal printer !  The ribbon finalized the look. Voila !!!

Honestly, now that the weather, is getting better, I hope to venture out  in the courtyard and try my cutting and sanding skills more. This is really a very easy project but it does take up a large amount of time, becoz there is a waiting period between each paint coat and even between the modge podge coats. The rest is pretty much simple. I have really enjoyed designing this project. It felt so lovely when I had it homed on the mantle above the TV for Eid and almost everyone who came home asked me where I “BOUGHT” it from !!!! 🙂  (huge smile here)  (DH is relieved that those heaps of wooden planks are being used)

Like so many of my creative friends have said, if I can do it, so can you.

Pinerest and this entire blog world has made me realize that there are so many creative avenues just waiting for me to make a claim at them. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have anything to do with wood and yet, I am trying and gladly getting there !! so can you !!!!!

Please share with me if you too have been inspired to try out something “out of the usual” ~ reaching away from your comfort zone.

I would love to share my new project with the following parties :-

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I am so glad you visited me today. I hope you leave a comment so I can visit you too !
 
Warm wishes
 
Naush
Bookmarks, Gift Ideas, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce.

Love Story Bookmark

I’ve always enjoyed making things with stuff lying around. There is just such a genuine joy knowing you were able to create something with bits and pieces. So is true with this very simple yet pretty (if I may say so myself !) bookmark.

The cardstock, DP and circle diecuts are leftovers of other projects ~ and I tell you, I have heaps where these came from 😉

This bookmark is really quite simple and relatively easy to make. Ofcourse I start out with a firm grey colored cardstock and glue some nice polka dotted mustard paper over it. A diecut or two with a lovely digital stamped quote and alittle ribbon/twine to complete it.

And yes, I truly believe in the saying, True love stories never have endings.

Here are the pictures :-

I’d like to join the following parties with this bookmark :-

  Weekend Link Parties

Weekend Wander Weekend Wrap Up Party  Sunday Scoop Weekend Wrap Up A Vision to Remember    Not Baaad Sundays Show and Tell Saturdays Think Pink Sundays

 Saturday:   Saturday Spotlight @ Craft Envy, ,Lovely Crafty Weekends

Sunday: Just Something I Whipped Up @ TCG

Giveaway Linkies

Thank you for dropping by today ! Have a beautiful day !!

Naush

Baby shower favors, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Party favors, T A G S, Treat bags

Valentines Gifts 1

Hello friends,

Remember, I told you’ll that the last couple of months were so full of creativity and color for me …..   well, I’ll get back to the cards in a couple of posts……. First I want to share with you something that I find immense pleasure in organizing. Actually, I think, the title gave it away, isnt it ?

Every so often I get requested for party favors/baby showers and valentines gifts for school friends, best buds, university bbfs, office collegues or kitty friends etc. Generally these are made in dozens so that maximum kids/ladies  are gifted. I have decided to share some of the designs and presentations with you’ll.  Most of the tags have digital stamps. I like to play with bright cheerful colors with less complicated to almost no embellishments for children below 7 years however for girls, (no matter what age) almost always they like the all-frilly, fussy and glamourous look. 

With a little effort and alittle creativity, you’ll be surprised how easily these can be designed. Once you give it a go, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

With valentines around the corner, maybe you’d like to take some inspiration from these little treat bags for your childrens’ friends or schoolmates.

Hope you guys like these.

 

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These gift packs are entering the following challenges and linking parties :

Crafty Creations – #153 Valentine
Creative Belli2W – #135 fancy frames
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #40 any shape but a square
Scrapbook Sisters – #68 Sweet Valentine
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom3E, P1 Anything Goes
Just Tracys Crafts ChallengeM, P1, 1ELove is in the Air
Really Reasonable RibbonP1/15, Must use ribbon – Valentine’s Day
Through the Craftroom Door P1/15 , 3EAnything but a card and make your own embellishments
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week2
Celebrate the Occasion1E – #46 Any Occasion (Must use Polka Dots)
Crafty Sentiments 1E, SIO – Anything Goes
Flourishes #152 Anything But a Card To Hold Valentines Chocolate or Candy!
Paperminutes – #200 Party time- Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s -3E- SIO #98 Bright & Cheery To Chase Away the Winter Grey
The Stamping Boutique 2W – #24 Die Cuts Week1
Craft Your Passion – “In the Bag/Box” (handmade only)
Gingerloft2W – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
PanPastel UK Challenge2E – Anything Goes
Pile It On – Fuzzy Friends
Robyn`s Fetish – Animals
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Ribbon
Crafty Purple Frog2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 25th Jan)
Craft Us Crazy3E, 2W – (1st week) Valentine/Love and/or Animals (ends 1st Feb)
Paper Play2E – “Ribbon Every Which Way”
Pixie Dust StudioSIO – “We’re going Dotty”
Shelly’s ImagesSIO – Anything Goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

 

Alter Art, Collage Art, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T A G S, Trash to Treasure

Altered Envelope turned Tag Book

Firstly, I am super excieted with the new theme that I chose for the blog. Love the bright and cheerful blue. WordPress has come up with some fabulous changes to the menu as well, which is making bloggin alot of fun and easy. Please feel free to give me your views about my blog’s new look.

What I am sharing with you today, is my first attempt at making a tag book. What really had me going was that I could finally recycle, which is what I “REALLY” enjoy. I have recycled some old envelopes here. I wish I had taken photos of how I actually fixed this project !  Basically I just folded three or four envelpes in half, slit one side open while I punched the other side with two holes and bind them with 2 eyelets. I know, its never simpl understanding someones direction so maybe I’ll one again with a tutorial.  But for now, heres what I came up with. I wanted to keep the quotes/encouragement lines, simple, short but inspirational. I had so much fun thinking of elements to relate to the specific quotes and going wild with paper, ribbons and colors !

I’ll let the pictures do all the talking from here.

 

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I’d like to link this project to the following parties :-

Friday

ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites
Feature Friday~Spunky Junky
Friday Flair~WhipperBerry
Pity Party~30 Handmade Days
Freckled Laundry
Shanty 2 Chic

Design-Aholic
Naptime Crafters
New Friend Friday
Meljens DesignsSIO – Shapes: Use a circle and a square in the same creation
Simon Says Stamp – anything goes
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes 2nd Week
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge1E, SIO – #39 Fall & Or Fancy Folds
Partytime Tuesdays – 3E (2E anything goes wk) – PTT #35 Anything Goes
Critter Sketch – Anything Goes
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
PollycraftSIO – Tags and/or Bookmarks
Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
I’m so glad your visiting me today. Please do come back again.
 
Till then,
 
Stay safe,  find happiness in all the small things around you and be grateful for them.
 
Naush
Alter Art, Altered Box, Altered Pizza Box, Challenges, Gift Ideas, GIFT WRAPPING, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

Teacher’s Gift Box

Hello Everybody.

Thank you all very much for the lovely comments you guys left for my previous project. I’m so glad you guys liked the “Bake, Eat, love” placard.

Last Thursday, when I was returning from the hospital, I picked up some Mini Pizza’s from one of the pizza shops, close to the hospital. That I managed to eat one entire pizza all by myself is not what this post is all about 🙂 !!!!  But about the destiny of that pizza box. Becoz it was in such a good condition, I just could’nt let it go to waste, now could I ?

So any ways, I needed an appealing box to carry the 2 cards, and the  table calender gift that Buddy has made for his teacher, Mrs Barker.  This box is an ideal container for to serve that purpose. I have covered it in pieces and decorated it, in and out. Love the rich swirly red with gold dp. Here are some of the elements used :

  • Embossed
  • Die cut nestabilities
  • 4 blue brads
  • layered with a check background dp.
  • Die cut alphabets
  • Large Felt flowers.(3flowers) and a diecut flower too.
  • Distressing especially the edges of the box.

Altering this box took just a couple of hours, becoz I did not have all the colors figured out initially, but I really had fun putting it all together.

Hope you like it too. Taddaa, here it is .. . …. … … .. …

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And Here are the many challenges, this pizza box is entering :

And these are the linking parties, the pizza box turned teacher’s gift box enters :

Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays~Coastal Charm
Today’s Creative Blog
House of Grace~ Twice Owned Tuesdays
Hope Studio
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Wednesday
Thats it for now. Thank you so much for popping over to visit me. So glad you came.  Until my next post ~ Adios Amigos !