Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Jewellery Box

A couple of weeks ago when we went to Ikea to buy some new furniture, I bought myself the Moppe and decided to spice it up a bit, to my liking. Because Bron's Baby Shower came first, I didn't start on this thing until after.

Note: I do wish I had done a little bit more research and settled on something more solid before I had bought the materials and before actually doing it.

Materials Used:

  • Moppe (4 mini drawers) - Ikea
  • Acrylic paints. Colours: White (base), Dusty Pink, Coastal Blue & Wisteria (Purple) - Spotlight
  • Paintbrushes (mostly used flat, liner and round shapes) - Spotlight
  • Adhesive Stencil Stickers - Lincraft

I initially wanted that Victorian Vintage pattern all around - I also bought a piece of curtain material, which I though I could just paint over, like a stencil but didn't work. Then when I checked Lincraft out for different stencils, I came across the Adhesive Stencil Stickers, which was perfect! I bought the packet for under $4 each.

I painted the whole box white, 2 coats. Though it still came out really light, you can still see the difference from the original and the box looks a lot better white, than just that plain wood colour.

The waiting part for the paint to dry wasn't too bad and I didn't have to wait too long to do the second coat.

After my trial and errors with the curtains, was even going to attempt and make my own stencil (trace from the internet), I just went ahead and started painting with the stencils not thinking of the outcome. As I mentioned earlier, I initially wanted that Victorian Vintage Pattern, but as soon as I started using the floral stencils, I much preferred that and it was much easier to work with. Because of the change of mind with the patterns, the top part of my box is really odd compared to the rest of it, but it doesn't really matter as you can't really see it.

Because I was using various stencils and different colours for each one, I was able to start the next drawer and/or put another stencil elsewhere straight away. I only had to wait for the painting to dry if I wanted to overlap that pattern.

The following photos are the final results for my jewellery box. I organised the box as - 1st drawer: Necklaces, 2nd drawer: Fashion Bracelets, 3rd drawer: Earrings/Studs and rings, 4th drawer: bangles/bracelets

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hot in Winter

Yesterday we were blessed with amazing weather during the day, considering it is still the last month of Winter. Jaiden and I spent it at the Alejandro's household. The kids had fun playing amongst each other and eating ice-blocks after how many several months. They're definitely ready for more of these dates and for summer!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Where did my baby go?

Yesterday we took Jaiden to the park as he was longing for a visit, for quite some time now. These were some of the photos I took. And Where and when did my baby go? He looks like an actual child rather than a toddler. Someone needs to slap me silly, back to reality!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bron's Baby Shower

On Sunday we had my friend Bronwyn's Baby Shower, that I took part in with the organising together with our friends Lorreine and Sarah. My role was to get lolly jars and get some games - since games are hard to get off the shelf, I managed to find a 4 in 1 packet at Spotlight and Kaecee drew out 'Pin the dummy on the baby' game.

It was a pretty windy day and because of this, a lot of people left before we could start the games. But we still had the 'younger' people to play along with and we all still had fun. Sarah organised games and on the day we played - draw a baby on the paper plate on top of your head, create a diaper on someone using toilet paper and the guys had to tie their shoe laces without popping the balloon in their shirts.

It's such a great day and feeling knowing someone close to you is expecting a little human that will change everyone's lives, really soon. I can't be happier for Bron and I can't wait to meet our little man Tristan.

As our present, I DIY'd a Diaper Cake. No one believed that I made it until I actually told them haha.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New furniture

Last week, Jeremy and I bought some new furniture and mattress from Ikea to replace our old and torn current ones. Seeing they were from Ikea, we had to build all of it from scratch. It wasn't so hard though, I pretty much did most of it and Jeremy was there to assist me. So I'm feeling super accomplished now :)

And because we got a new mattress, it also called for new bed sheets! Yay for Kmart - $25 sheets.

Brimnes Chest of 4 and Micke desk.

It kind of feels like we just moved in to a new room or something, haha.

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