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DIY

DIY – Fly, fly butterfly –

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I have promised you guys that I will share the wall art that I DIYed in my former flat. So here it is!

At this point it was very popular to make these black&white 3D wall arts, especially from butterflies. So I looked at most designs made online and I realized one thing that was missing in them – detail. I tell you, this little change had transformed the look completely.

For this DIY you need:

  • Plain white paper;
  • Thicker black paper;
  • Pencil and scissors;
  • Removable adhesive.

Firstly, I made a few stencils of butterflies. I just googled ‘black butterflies’ and in the images a lot of different shapes have appeared. So I grabbed a simple sheet of A4 white paper, fold it in half and started drawing – just with my hand, not being too precise or anything. They will be symmetrical anyway when I cut it out and unfold it.

My basic tip is to not try to be an artist and be exact, just try to keep some details of the butterfly – the little whiskers, the tail, the curves of the wings. It might take a few tries to make it look nice, but that’s why we draw with a pencil, right? We can just erase the lines we don’t want anymore.

To achieve the look of the wall art in the picture you only need to choose about 3-4 different shapes of butterflies and then 4-5 different sizes. As you can see in the final picture the really small ones made a great impact on the final project result.

These where the stencils I have made and worked with (I found them hidden away in my older journals, because I though I might be tempted to do it again). Don’t feel you have to make exact ones, this is just for a visual example. To imagine what I mean by detail.

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After I made the stencils, I went ahead and bough myself some black paper, that was a little bit thicker then the normal printing paper. Then I just went crazy with it and made a lots and lots of these different butterflies. I was not counting how many of what size I need. I was just trying to fit as many different butterfly shapes that I have into one peace of paper. I think I made at least 6 full sheets of them. I cut them out. I didn’t really worry so much about how I am cutting them, I tried my best and if the whiskers were not so thin as on the stencil, so what… I tried my best. At least they are there… And then I just went ahead and started to stick the butterflies to the wall with the removable adhesive from Faber-Castell I have mentioned in the previous blog post.

For making a ring of butterflies I just grabbed a kitchen pot the size I wanted and I sketched it on the wall to make a circle and sat all the butterflies on that pencil line I made. Then it was all just creativity of my mind of how to place them. When I ran out of the ones I cut out and I saw that I needed even more, I went ahead and just cut put more.

The key is to mix the sizes, the forms and the spacing of butterflies.

Happy DIYing!

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DIY – Mirror, mirror, on the wall… –

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Living in a temporary rented apartment is a pain sometimes, especially in Denmark. The only thing you get is white walls that you cannot really do hardcore things on. Well, I have recently moved to a new place and I didn’t want to repeat the things I have done before (soon I will share my previous project from the former apartment too) so I was looking for inspiration and I saw some pretty fabulous wall art from mirrors on Pinterest and I decided to make my own version of it.

Usually, the problem for me personally is getting the right materials the for DIYs. They are pretty expensive here in Denmark if they are exactly the same as in the inspiration picture, so you have to get away with some cheaper alternatives you can find and get creative. Fortunately, we have a really amazing Danish store called ‘Tiger’ – it’s cheap and reaaaally weird . You can be surprised sometimes with what you find there. However, they hold some useful stuff too. The quality is not a dream, but for the price I think it is more than decent. So in ‘Tiger’ was lucky to find some little square mirrors.

In one set of square mirrors you get:

  • 4 squares or mirror;
  • some double sided sticky tape (two pieces for each mirror);
  • some mirror hooks and screws to hold  them as regular mirrors.

One pack is 3 Euro in Germany and 30 DKK (danish krone) in Denmark. I got 4 of them which left me with 16 square mirror pieces. I used only 13, other 3 I hung in the corridor for the last wink to yourself before you leave the house .

I am not allowed to screw anything to the walls so I just stuck them on with the tape provided in the package. I have learned the hard way that the tape is not that great. After 2 days the mirrors started falling off, even though when I stuck them on, it was very hard to take them off.

So my advice would be to firstly to apply the wanted design with the removable adhesive (gum like material). A lot of brands have it. The one I have used is from Faber-Castell. This way you will be able to remove and stick back the mirror squares on the wall as many times as you want until you come up with the desirable design. I think this would hold the mirrors permanently too, that’s what I have done after they fell off. I will update you, if any of them decide to fail to cooperate again.

Extra tip: be very careful, the mirrors are super thin and you have to be careful while sticking them or taking them off, they might shatter. Don’t press them too hard while putting them on the wall.

I think, these little square pieces really give you unlimited opportunities to get creative – make massive designs on walls or ceiling, make fragments of designs throughout the room, they can be symmetric or not, the squares can also be diamonds when you turn it and then again this shape opens a lot of new possibilities for decor. It looks modern it looks chic and in this case it is also quite functional – it is a mirror! It all depends on how much you wan to invest in it.

I really recommend to check out ‘Tiger’ if you are on a budget and it is available in your country (I think most of the European countries have them). I always leave with either some good stuff for home decor or at least with some good ideas for DIYs. Good luck!

If you don’t have a ‘Tiger’ store in your country, then just try eBay, Amazon, IKEA or just Google it.

Happy DIYing!

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– Essence for long presence –

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Chipped nail polish – the worst look ever. Sometimes you just cannot avoid it. I had some nail polishes that I spent some money on and expected them to be better then the cheap ones. They still chipped or at least the tips of the nail rubbed off the same day.  Ohhh, the things that I would do for a regular polish to stay on for a long time…

I have tried quite a few brands of nail polish, however never came across something as good as this and for such a great price. Essence cosmetics is an affordable Germany based brand of makeup. There are a few things of their range that I like, but these ‘Gel nail polishes’ are the best. They really stay for quite a long time (3-4 days when you are not careful – doing dishes and all). And I know, because my nails are really the excellent test for any nail polish. They are fragile and brittle, therefore sometimes not only polish comes of (Weah ! ). And I don’t even do all the steps they recommend, like the base coat or the top coat.

The brand offers quite a good range of colours, I just own a few of them. With two coats you can get a really amazing coverage of the uneven nail texture. Also, the drying time is impressive, usually it takes just a few minutes to already have pretty hard surface so you can already touch something. I know because I am never patient enough to wait very long – queen of smudgy nail polish .

The colours I have (from the left):

01 – Absolute pure (clear)

36 – Dare it nude (very neutral nude)

40 – Play with my mint (an amazing dupe foe Essie’s ‘Apple mint candy’ for less than half price)

37 – Serendipity (dusty grayish lilac)

48 – My love diary (red with brown undertones)

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I am happy with all of the colours, which actually never happens with any other brand because they never look as well on the nails as in the package. Essence ‘Gel nails polishes’ are only 1,55 Eur per piece here in Europe and I am definitely getting more of them!

In Germany you can get them in any DM or Rossmann shops. In other countries I am sure you can get it in any high street drugstore/cosmetic store. And of course you can find it in a lot of online shops.

Tip: You should be aware that the brand offers different kinds of polishes, I have tried a few of them, like the’Effect polish’ or ‘I love trends’ nail polish they did not last as long as the ‘Gel nails’ polishes.

Happy colouring! Thanks for reading.

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– Goals for 2016 –

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I know it’s already more then half of January gone now and I am still lingering on these New Year’s resolutions. It’s just because I find them really hard to keep. This year I want to keep it simple and realistic, whilst not setting myself up to fail. So here are some of mine:

  1. Worry less. I have read an article that made a research on questioning seniors about their regrets, and 90% of them said they regret worrying so much, because most of the stuff they worried about didn’t even matter in the long run. So I will try to remind myself of that next time I am worried.
  2. Change of the mindset. I just want to be a positive person. Yeah, I know it sound rather hard to just do. However, I was working on it already for quite a long time with some meditations, some affirmation, as well as some positive reads. So my goal is to keep trying and maybe even putting more effort to it. I truly believe that you attract positive things when you are positive yourself. Life had showed me quite a few times that this is true, but somehow sometimes I still get sucked in by the negative stuff. I will try my best!
  3. Read at least one novel in German from cover to cover. That will keep my German language learning going.
  4. Travel somewhere new. I would love to visit a new place. I hope the destination will be sunny. Denmark is not so keen on providing the vitamin D people need.
  5. Keep organized. My game on this one is already strong! I am very impressed by the results. I started to keep a calendar for everything that needs to be done and an extra idea/planner journal that helps keep track of my mind which sometimes it becomes very cluttered and messy. I will probably make full post on that. I think it is really useful.
  6. Put some new foods in my menu. I have noticed my menu is quite full with different recipes, however not so much with different ingredients. So I decided I want to try some vegetables and fruits that up until now are quite foreign to me, like sweet potatoes, asparagus, egg plant, dates, etc.
  7. Learn to do at least one pull-up. My upper body and the back are quite weak, so this year I want to make it a little stronger and toned. To be honest, I have never ever in my life was able to do a pull up. Even in school, when I was actually quite athletic. So I decided that at least one pull-up in the end of the year is a good measurement of my progress towards strengthening my upper body and the back.

Happy New Year!

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