IKEA Pillows

For my Birthday Adrian took me to IKEA! I loooove IKEA and if I could only choose one store to shop at until the end of my days, it would be IKEA! (see, I told you that I loved IKEA ;) )

We got THESE kitchen towels and yesterday I felt like doing some home decorating. Even though the towels were meant to be actual kitchen towels for wet hands or dishes, well, I couldn’t resist to make them into cute little pillowcases ;) I used some fabric I had laying around for the back. If you are planning on doing this, you might as well buy a second set of towels ;)

My sewing machine has 7 different button hole programs and I have always been very intimidated to try it out. Well, as the towels were a teeny bit short for my pillows I decided it was about time I learned that button business! I googled some instructions and about 10min later I had my first button hole made on a piece of scrap fabric :D

I decided to go with some reeeeaally cute buttons and instead of using normal white buttons I used some by Crate Paper. They are wooden and match perfectly with the beachy feel of my new (oh so pretty) pillows :D

Hope that inspires you to do something fun this weekend :D And let me tell you, button holes are easy and pillow cases don’t have to be sewn perfectly straight ;) hee

xoxo, Rahel

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Birthday Wishlist

It’s soon my 22nd Birthday and because I’m so excited already, I just had to put together a little collage of my little twinkly girly wishes ;)

1. Always Sweet Chiffon Dress by Ruche

2. Charmed Ways Floral Belt by Ruche

3. Floral Stiletto Pumps by Forever21

4. Custom Hard Case for IPhone 4 by GelaSkins

5. Sweet Sorbet Bangle Set by Ruche

6. Midsize Weekender Slip Through Watch by Target

7. Replacement Watch Strap by Target

8. Aqua and White Washi Tape by InTheClear

9. Pink and White Washi Tape by InTheClear

And I also wish for lots and lots and lots of ice cream in all kinds of flavors :D

xoxo, Rahel

 

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Chalkboard Toaster Tutorial

UPDATE: So I just got a comment from someone telling me, that Latex Paint can be flammable. We gave our toaster a quick test run and it seems fine (obviously that doesn’t prove anything!). Just wanted to let you all know!! Maybe it wasn’t the bestest idea I’ve ever had ;) I didn’t delete this post because of the tutorial itself. Before you paint something ask yourself this question: could this go up in flames?? So paint boxes, jars, furniture, but maybe not toasters :D

Yesterday I got the Chalkboard Bug… And that meant, that I just couldn’t resist to paint our ugly red Toaster with that AMAZING paint ;)

When we first got married, I decided in a whim to have ALL our kitchen appliances in red. Thank goodness they didn’t have my KitchenAid Stand Mixer in red that day!! (even though, then I had at least a good reason to turn that into a chalkboard as well ;) )

Ready for a little Tutorial on this subject??

Pretty simple, right? Here a few pics of the process…

This is how it looked after the first layer of paint. Let it dry completely (doesn’t take long at all, maybe 20, 30 minutes) and then add a second and possibly a third layer.

I used a foam brush and a cheap normal brush for the more delicate areas. Make sure you rinse them when you don’t use them.

Now, I haven’t used the toaster yet (we’re out of bagels…) and I can’t tell you how it will hold up over time. So don’t blame me ;)

Hope you guys liked this one :D

xoxo, Rahel

 

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Quick Tip

Just zooming in from Birthday activities (Adrian is turning 26 today :D :D :D and I am super excited, because I love to give him presents….. ;) ) to share a quick tip with you!

I don’t know if you work the same way as me, but I need to ‘see‘ my scrap stuff in order to use it on my pages. A few days back I made this little test of embossing powders so I can see the difference between Clear and White on white cardstock – long story short – by accident I found a cool way that helps me to remember techniques and products!

Yesterday I played around with a little flower (Michael’s or JoAnn’s) and it’s so inspirational! I used Glitter Glue, Clear and Silver Nailpolish (silver looks really great!!) and Glimmer Glaze.

I know, the effects are kinda hard to see on this picture, but you get the general idea, right?

Hope this inspires you to try new things and use new techniques on your next project :D

Happy Scrappin’ and Merry Christmas ♥

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

Woodsy Pillow Cases

When I saw this idea on one of my daily walks in the big dark forest of the internet, I knew I had to make some of those cases myself!

It is actually very easy to make, but takes a few hours if you want to stencil as many trees as I did ;)

You’ll need: Fabric Color (find at JoAnn’s or Michael’s), Stipple Brush, Pillow Case, Cardboard

1. Start out this project by drawing some simple trees on a piece of paper. Cut that out and use it as a pattern on cardboard, trace it and cut out as well. I preferred to use my exacto knife to get those sharp corners of the trees. However, I made only three different shapes – make more if you want a bigger variety.

2. Before you start to paint, lay a piece of cardboard or a bunch of newspaper in between the pillowcase! If you don’t do this you will end up having ugly paint stains on the backside of the case, since the paint likes to go through the fabric…

3. Place your stencils, squeeze out some paint on a plate and start stippling! Use enough paint and always stipple vertical so the edges get nice and crisp.

4. Once you’re done, let it dry at least 24 hours (or see directions of your paint) and have lots of fun with your pillow :D

Merry Christmas ♥

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