DIY gift wrapping paper

For this DIY gift-wrapping paper, you just need some markers -I use microns from Sakura and a calligraphy pen- and plain paper.

I had to prepare two very special gifts so for the first one, I chose a Beatles song lyric.

I started writing a phrase in the center of the paper and after that, I completed the empty spaces using different hand-styles and sizes of the lettering.

IMG_4270_2“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

Then, I just used it as a regular gift-wrapping paper.

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Another option that I like to create a special paper from a plain white paper is to draw botanicals on it.

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Finally, I added the name of the person who was going to receive the gift using a calligraphy pen.

IMG_4281_2Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.

Calligraphy pens and markers are always a good idea. They add a special touch to your everyday lettering even when you don’t know much about calligraphy. I encourage you to try it!

Here’s another DIY gift wrapping paper idea. 

DIY cars play table || mesa de juegos para autos

LÉELO EN ESPAÑOL
Marco is with an awful cold so we have to create different things to play while staying at home.

I thought of sharing one that can also be useful for those terrible weather days.

You’ll need:

  • Packing paper
  • Tape
  • Markers

Attach the packing paper to a coffee table using the tape.

Use your markers to draw routes, houses, parks… Let your imagination and your little one guide you.

Play and have fun!

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ESPAÑOL
Marco está enfermucho con un resfrío horrible así que tuvimos que inventar muchos juegos para entretenernos mientras estamos en la casa.

Pensé en compartir uno de ellos, que puede ser muy útil también para los días de lluvia.

Necesitarás:

  • Papel de embalar (pero al final de cuentas, cualquier papel grande puede servir)
  • Cinta scotch
  • Marcadores

Adhiere el papel a la mesita de café usando la cinta scotch. Utiliza los marcadores para dibujar casas, rutas, parques… ¡Tu niñito puede indicarte y pueden dejar volar la imaginación!

A jugar y divertirse!

DIY: wrapping presents idea

A calligraphy pen, some blank paper and a piece of ribbon can add some magic when you need to wrap a present.

Write the name of the person you’re giving the gift to all over the paper, then wrap the present as you would normally do it.

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You don’t need to know how to make beautiful lettering, the calligraphy pen will help your letters to look lovely just by writing with it.

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You can even add a finish touch with a colorful ribbon.

*What do you think of this idea?

christmas in a jar

Maybe I went too far using the same jars for decorations in my home this year but I just can’t get enough of how lovely they look!

You’ve already seen how I used it for Halloween and for Thanksgiving… But this time, I decided to try using the jar in a craft project with Marco.

We used, of course… a jar, sea salt, a small  plastic pine branch that I cut it from our plastic christmas tree with some play dough on the base, a snowman candle that I had from previous years and one of the chalkboard tags with a new message: Be Merry! * (This time I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll to write the message).

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This jar project was fun, cute and easy to do. You just put all the elements inside and close the lid.

The only issue is that I don’t know how much time it will last on our coffee table since this little toddler grabs it anytime he goes by the table and start shaking it constantly! Anyway, it was fun!

PS: I’d love to know about your DIY christmas decorations! The season is just starting!

halloween home decor

Hello friends! Today  I want to share with you our “Halloween home decor”. First, I used a fall wreath and a stretchable spiderweb on our main door.

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I used the same stretchable spiderweb on a sculpture and on a bookshelf. Plus I added a big spider which Marco loved (I think it’s because his favorite book is “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle).

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I added some crows to our living room to give a more “scary” feeling.

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One jar, a led candle and a chalkboard tag made a nice decoration of our coffee table.

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Marco was fascinated watching the led-candle.

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I also bought two small pumpkins for the coffee table.

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As you see, with a just a few details you can create a “Halloween atmosphere” that can even last for a while with a toddler around the house.

Happy Halloween!

tablecloth

Hi folks! This is another *super* easy sewing project: a tablecloth.

I chose this red and white fabric to give my dinner table an “italian trattoria” style.

For my small, rectangular, IKEA dinner table, I used 2 yards of fabric.

You’ll need to place the fabric on the wrong side over a flat surface and fold the edges over about 0.5”.

Then, fold it again and pin around the edge of the hem and start sewing along the edges, removing the pins as you sew.

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After less than an hour, I got a beautiful tablecloth for our dining table.  I’m no expert at sewing, but trust me when I tell you go ahead and try it! You’ll feel great finding out the beautiful projects you can do for your home!

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baby crib sheets

I found this great fabric with the world map on sale at my local fabric store and I thought it would be nice to have it at home and teach Marco where some of our friends and family live.

I’m still a beginner at sewing but I discovered that I can actually sew anything… as long as it has a rectangular shape. That’s how I thought about using this fabric to make some sheets for Marco’s crib.

I followed this tutorial and I were amazed at how easy it actually was to sew sheets, even using an elastic band one the edges.

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It’s nice to wash the fabric before, in case it shrinks. Also, measure the crib mattress to customize the pattern. I used a 12″ square instead of the 9″ suggested by the tutorial.

This project took about 2 hours but it was a lot of fun and I felt so good after seeing it done!

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During  the weekend, when I put him to bed, I told him where some of our dear friends and family live. He didn’t get much yet because when I asked for his aunt Barbarita -who lives in Barcelona- he pointed to Moscow… but we’ll get closer with some more practice!.

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happy holidays everyone

I do like Martha Stewart and all the fancy, lovely ornaments that you can find everywhere during the christmas season.

The thing is that, since we moved from NY and for a few more months, we’re living in a small one bedroom apartment with some still unopened moving boxes around and… with a toddler.

But I still wanted to make something for the most wonderful time of the year at home.

So, let’s get started telling you what I did.

First of all, the tree. We bought a little tree at our local Trader Joe’s and we hope to have him with us for some more christmases. We named him Pinono and Marco says goodbye to him and to Ludmila -our orchid- every night before going to bed.

Since I also was on a budget, I took advantage of the dollar spot at Target and got some ornaments there.

As you may see in the pictures, this is how a christmas look at my place. In between the mess, the moving boxes, the guitar, the printer… But it’s real, it’s christmas and I love it 🙂

Happy holidays everyone!