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Christmas gift #1

29 Dec

I haven’t updated this blog recently because I’ve been busy with Christmas gifts and I couldn’t upload their photos *before* the very day, but now that all the presents are in the hands of their recipients I can finally do so.

Here is the first one I made: an earrings organizer for my friend Paola. I painted a picture frame and added some lace strings and a little ribbon rosebud on top. I also added some nylon fish wire at the top of the laces for extra support.

I really like how it came out, and I hope she likes it too. 🙂

Shabby chic earrings organizer

Shabby chic earrings organizer


Baby Lorenzo’s survival kit

11 Nov

My friend Simona’s sister is due to have a baby very soon and she asked me to make her a diaper stacker for her soon-to-be-born Lorenzo…. Not an easy task since I had never seen one before! Far from being discouraged I looked for informations on the web and I came across few tutorials which weren’t exactly suitable for my sewing skills. So I decided to make myself a project…. it took me at least a couple of hours to complete it!

baby diaper stacker project

baby diaper stacker project

… and a couple of weeks and a lot of Ikea fabric later… here is the result… I hope she’ll be happy with it:

Baby Lorenzo's diaper stacker

Baby Lorenzo’s diaper stacker

from the back

from the back

diaper stacker side

from the side

diaper stacker inside

the inside (the bottom inside seam is finished with the very useful bias!)

diaper stacker detail

detail: my hand-sewn label! 🙂

And here is a little extra and very useful bonus….

a pacifier lanyard....

a pacifier lanyard….


Mandala doily

28 Jul

I have found the pattern for this lovely Mandala doily here and I decided to give it a try. It was easier than I expected and the result is pretty!

Dahlia Mandala Doily

Dahlia Mandala Doily


18 Jul

Some time ago I found a nice project on how to woven bowl basket here, and I thought it was a great idea to give it a try.

Alas, the project proved to be more challenging than expected and it took me quite a long time to complete it. At a certain point I even almost gave it up for good. But after “few” months, I decided that it couldn’t be left there standing in the way any more. So, I finished it despites it is far from being perfect!!

What I found more difficult was the start of the project: the twine, cut straight from the bobbin, was too curly and I struggled to keep it in place. I used plenty of clips but that was a pain in the neck. Before starting, I recommend to cut the lengths of twine and straighten them.

Here is the result. I also added a bit of hot glue to fix it.

potatoes, onion and basket

The woven basket from its best side….

Welcome to my place

6 Jun

I’ve been thinking to re-organize the entrance hall of my flat for a while, and finally I came up with what I think is the most unexpensive solution: I wanted to add a little bench at the entrance but I couldn’t find a suitable one. They all were too big, then my father gave me this old tea-table solid enough to be upcycled to a bench. As it was dark brown and a bit run-down I decided to paint it “ivory” white, and then to make a cushion to match with it.

First I made a squared cover for the pillow stuffing, then I sewed a zippered pillow cover with some lovely Ikea fabric. I also managed to sew an invisible zipper…. which was a first time for me! And guess what? It was easier than I thought!

The final touch is the hanger coat rack that I bought from Ikea too almost a year ago and that finally my brother had the time to come and secure to the wall. …. drilling is definitely not my piece of cake!

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow


The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?


It looks nice.

It looks nice.


The invisible zipper!

The invisible zipper!


An organized entrance hall.

An organized entrance hall.


4 Jun

My house is small. I don’t have either a hobby room or even a lumber room where to store the material for my little works, so I had to turn my living room TV cabinet into a storage unit. That’s why I decided to shade its glass doors with two made-to-measure curtains.

It took me a while to complete the task because the fabric pattern didn’t help me much at cutting the panels.

Moreover to make the curtains stick to the glass doors I used a funny trick: I happened to have two sets of chopsticks almost the same measure of the width of the windows, so I sanded the excess, added an upcycled spring each form some old used up pens and used them to prop up the curtains.

See my next post for details… 🙂

Anyway, here’s the result. I’m quite satisfied with it.

TV unit "before"

TV unit “before”

TV unit "after"

TV unit “after”


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