We recently got three sets of second hand wooden chest of drawers as we needed more storage space in some of our rooms. When we got home and saw them in proper light, we realized they were less friendly looking and in less good condition than we had thought - the wood was quite scratched,… Continue reading Refurbishing of old chest of drawers
I recently started painting with watercolors and bought myself a set with three Van Gogh brushes. As watercolor brushes aren't too cheap, I researched how to clean, dry and store them properly so that they will last long. Storing options - what is really recommended? I noticed that some people recommend storing them with the… Continue reading DIY storage box for watercolor brushes – easy and quick
One of my favorite pairs of jeans are ripped ones, but one of the holes recently started tearing a bit too much. Also, I noticed that I don't like how my black leggings show through and that I would prefer a more sophisticated look. So I decided to underlay the holes, which would fix the… Continue reading Quick and easy no-sewing fix for ripped jeans
On a sunny day in October our neighbors, a lovely Spanish couple named Pepe (short for Jose) and Pepa (short for Josefina) signaled at our fence that we shall open our gate as they wanted to visit. When they came over they started excitingly to talk about olives. Supposedly now would be the best time… Continue reading Olives á la Pepe!
I used to do a lot of hand-sewing, mostly inspired by necessity (I was young and had no money). When I was a teenager I bought some leggings that looked tight on the picture and arrived as extra baggy. So I adjusted them by hand and sewed them tight on my figure as they were… Continue reading Sewing
My mom taught me the basics of crocheting and knitting when I was a teenager. I remember that I was more ok with knitting back then and that I learned a few different stitches. I ended up knitting a scarf, because as a teenager, the only knitted thing I considered wearable was a scarf. And it… Continue reading Crochet
For a long time, I didn’t think I had much of a creative side and I didn’t do much crafty stuff. Then, during a vacation in Turkey around 2003, I saw a woman at the side of the road making quite simple but beautiful necklaces with some string and some beads. I thought ‘that doesn’t… Continue reading Jewelry Making – Beading
I find mosaics fascinating, no matter if they are random or display a pattern. They are very creative and just look special to me. After making my first one with James’ help, I noticed that a mosaic is great as a shared project – to be creative together and let the mosaic serve as a… Continue reading Mosaics @Casa James
I (Steph) always wanted to write. I always actually did - my personal journal. So I never wrote for others to read it! Now, this is my first website and maybe you are even my first reader, so please bear with me!! I am a gemini, a fairly typical one some say, and one of my character traits is being interested in loads of different things. I also easily get distracted, but that's not what I want to talk about now. This blog is about some of the things I am interested in. At the moment, lots of that is crafting related… Continue reading Olives á la Pepe!