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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.

Crate Shelf

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.

Materials used for surface preparation and painting:
Plasolux Glazing Putty to even out surfaces
Flatwall Enamel for priming
Quick Drying Enamel for color

For her shelf, Alex chose the colors Nile Green and Emerald Green. These are great colors to use as backdrop for her red telephone box souvenir which takes pride of place.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box
Episode 4, Make Your Own Crate Shelf

 

 

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!

Watch how she goes about it with a ready-made box frame, Boysen Flatwall Enamel and the color of your choice using Boysen Quick Drying Enamel.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box

 

 

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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.

Tip: Use Boysen Flatwall Enamel as primer, and Boysen Quick Drying Enamel to color your frame.

Enjoy the Chinese New Year Holiday

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!

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI, everyone! Here’s the blissful Year of the Dog and The Power of Red to help you celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Follow the journey of Alex –
Episode 1, The Joy of Self-Love
Episode 2, Make Your Own Photo String Board
Episode 3, Make Your Own Ticket Memory Box

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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.

More Boysen Christmas Videos:
Homey Hugs for the Holidays
Make a Merry Mocktail
Divine Dinner Date

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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.

Screenshot of Google search results for Scandinavian design geometric patterns

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.

Succulents in a black and white potSucculent in a black and white pot

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.

If you want to share your own designs, send your photos to info@myboysen.com.

 

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