After making wooden coasters, Carlo moves on to repurpose a pallet into a menu sign. Mama’s delicious fruit shakes deserves a pimped-up menu sign that lists what she has on offer. He chose colors that would complement the colorful geometric accent wall he made.
If you’re the crafty type, do a Carlo move and make your own wooden coasters. After making a geometric wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit and shake bar, Carlo sawed wooden hexagon pieces and made them into coasters. Painting them with bright hues could bring you joy every time you use them. Just like Mama, who now has cheerful looking wooden coasters to use when serving her delicious fruit shakes to customers, most of them already her sukis.
Making your own things instead of buying them gives a feeling of accomplishment. There are some people who go as far as making their own Christmas gifts to give to loved ones. I admire those people because you know they spent a lot of time making something for you, when it would have been easier to go to a store and buy the gifts. Even handwritten letters are such a rarity these days. It feels more intimate.
Nowadays most people track their schedules through digital calendars on mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets. Some like to still use planners, notebooks or calendars, which is why they are still sold in stores or given aways as corporate gifts.
It’s all a matter of taste really, much like the preference for an ebook versus a real book. When Kindle came out, there was a shift in the market that resulted in many bookstores closing down worldwide. But if the latest event The Big Bad Wolf held in Manila recently was an indication of how things would go for real books, I’d say the demise of the printed word is not imminent.
How to Make a Chalkboard Calendar
For Alex, buying a calendar is not enough. She wants to make her own chalkboard calendar, a really large one, on her wall. It doubles as decoration too.
For offices, this is a good way to revamp the usual huge board to track projects. For homes, this is a good way to track the schedule of family members. You’ve got a central calendar for everyone in the house to see and update. Tip: assign each family member a particular chalk color.
Alex used the Boysen Schoolboard Slating Paint. This product is only for wood or metal surfaces, and does not work for concrete or fiber cement walls. Click here for instructions on surface preparation.
How’d you like to have a breakfast tray that has your photos which you know for sure would bring a smile to your lips? Follow Alex’s example and make your personal tray.
Actually, you can also use this idea to make really great gifts for family members and friends for any occasion. This is such a personal gift to give someone. With one glance they would know that you have spent a lot of thought and effort to give them something meaningful.
For her tray, Alex chose a lemon yellow color, a lively and cheerful hue to start the day. Then after gluing the photos, she poured premixed resin which she bought from a craft store to protect the photos.
Why would Alex need a crate shelf anyway? Remember that classic British red telephone kiosk souvenir that Alex found at the bottom of a box under the sofa in a previous episode? She fished it out coz she decided it needed to take its rightful place in her living room. But where?
By the way, if you ever find yourself in London, take some selfies beside this iconic telephone box. They’re found all over the city. Then once you’re home, you can clip one picture of that on your photo string board to remind you of that cold, foggy morning as you walked out of the underground to Covent Garden.
Go to your neighborhood fruit stand and get yourself some wooden crates. Choose good ones meaning that the wood is dry and the crate is sturdy because you need to stack them. Get clean ones, sand them and clean them some more.
The DIY activities in Alex’s household continue as she moves on to make a ticket memory box to put in train, plane, and bus tickets of her travels. By the way, if she travels a lot like she does, I would make something bigger than this 🙂
Seriously though, you could use something like a ticket memory box as a wall decor instead of having a painting or even a poster like this one. It’s like having a piggy bank for memories!
For a wandering free spirit like Alex who has so many photos of the places she has visited, what better way to remind her of her travels than to make her own photo string board on which she can clip favorite pictures on a rotating basis? It keeps memories alive and keeps her appreciative of the many blessings she has at home too.
Today is a holiday to celebrate Chinese New Year. Anyone out there who has always thought of putting order to photos, souvenirs, and other memorabilia from your trips? Now is the time to do it this long weekend, unless you’ve got another trip lined up 🙂 Then of course, the task will have to stay on your ever-growing to-do list. Who’s got one of those, raise your hand!
Don’t you just love getting gifts, or giving them for that matter? What about those gifts that come wrapped oh-so-prettily in a unique way, that you know with just a glance that the giver took such great care in preparing something special for you? Nowadays when a busy life seems to be the norm, the art of giftwrapping is delegated to shopping mall clerks, family members or personal assistants who are good at this sort of thing.
But here’s my challenge to you: why not do it yourself? With all the ideas and inspiration floating around in the Internet, I’m sure you’ll find something which you would find beautiful and congruent to your wrapping skill level.
Have a Giftwrapping Party with your BFFs
Watch the video. Invite your BFFs over for a giftwrapping party. A negative point would be you will have to wrap their gifts when they are not around. Get your wrapping station at home ready. Turn on the Christmas lights, light some candles and have some Christmas music on. Prepare some mocktails and some finger food.
Just like slow cooking, wrapping gifts is an art best done in a mindful, enjoyable way. Treat it like a ritual which can be quite therapeutic. For more Christmas gift wrapping ideas, visit the Martha Stewart site.
Scandi-looking black and white pots can best bring out the different colors of succulents.
I’m so partial to succulents. I’ve had an on-and-off love affair with them since 2008. And now my love for them has had a resurgence here in Manila since you see them almost everywhere. It seems to be the favorite greenery among the young interior designers or stylists.
Renewed interest in Scandinavian design also revived the popular use of geometric patterns in interior furnishings. Type Scandinavian design in Google or Pinterest, and this is what you get.
What’s commonly talked about is that succulents are easy-maintenance plants. Not! I killed all those I owned. I’ve over-watered, under-watered, roasted them under the sun, kept them in the shade. I could never get it right and somehow, sooner or later, they said their goodbyes first by shedding their leaves, then turning brown.
I hope this batch is not going to die on me though.
We made a DIY video for the brave souls among you who want to paint your own pots, and especially for those who feel lucky that they can master the art of caring for succulents.
We wanted a clean, spare look so we chose to paint the pots in black and white. Doing so made the colors of the different plants stand out.
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