Posts Tagged ‘IKEA’

Toy Wreath

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I am giving the final touches to the nursery. I promess I will make photos soon with the whole room finished up!

I really like Wreaths for all occasions so I made one for the nursery room. It is made with some scrap fabric and then with 0.50€ toys from IKEA.

I basically just got some scrap fabric and made a circle that I filled in with stuffing and then I stitched in a bunch of IKEA soft toys and finger puppets.

I love the final product!



Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I have experienced with my nephew and nieces that one has never enough bibs so I bought a bunch of them in IKEA and I added some colourful fabric to them to make them a bit more cheerful.

Fire truck bed

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I was browsing one of my favourite web sites and I found this marvellous hack!!!  a Kura bed converted into a fire truck with working lights and all!!!!!

I asked Cameron to do something like this for our baby. Cameron said that our little boy would have to look for a new Daddy because he is not able to produce such a thing! hahahaha! Although he said, ask Michael (his Dad). He said that Granddad Michael would be great for the job. Nobody like him with the hammer he said 😉

Activity blanket

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I wanted to buy one of those activity blankets for babies to play away on the floor but when I saw how much they are I decided to make one myself!

I used IKEA fabric in one side and red bed sheet on the other side.

The size was exactly the size of a cot duvet this is because I am planning to put the duvet inside the pocket that I made with the two fabrics.

I wanted the blanket to be able to stimulate all the baby senses so at each corner we have different activities.

In one corner I made a fish that if you touch the fins it makes a noises (I filled the fins with plastic sheets that make noise)

In another corner there is sea weed made of felt (to let the baby to feel a different texture)

In another I have a wave made of cotton (soft fabric this time)

In the last corner I have a crab.

All the toys at the corner can be removed (to play somewhere else) and are placed in the blanket with ribbons.

I also made some long rectangles with jingles on them that make a lot of noise when you shake them ( I might regret this one hahahah)

In the middle of the blanket I have a big octopus and lots of different ribbons from different textures.

I hope my baby likes it!

Getting ready for the good weather

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

I have decided to change the cushion covers around the house as well as the pocket organiser. I wanted bright colours! cheerful things that would remind you that summer will be soon in!

I used some fabric that I had bought in IKEA ages ago that screams cheerful!

According to every body this should be a good one! a very sunny one! so why not match your house with the summer colours!

I think I even feel more positive just looking at them!

Take a look:

Photo Wall

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

My husband is a great photographer so we have a lot of photographs that I like to display around the house.

I found today in Ikea Hackers a great way to display his photographs:

Conference bag revamp

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

A couple of months ago I went to the ESOF conference in Dublin. Unlike other times the conference bag was really nice but slightly dull for my taste! The bag itself is really strong so I decided to use it to go shopping but to give it a nice revamp!

I had some left overs from a fabric I bought in IKEA a while back so I used it to revamp the bag. In order to minimise my work I just created a bag the same size as the existing one and then I stitched the top to the existing bag. Like this I did not have to worry too much about seams matching and so on!



The back of the bag:

SOLVINDEN solar/wind-powered lights

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

I was in IKEA recently and I saw the SOLVINDEN light series. I was very impressed!

In this series they have lights that they are operating with solar energy, but they are not your usual boring white lights, they are nice and colourful. Some of the lights are even shaped as animal and plants!

Here you have some examples, the lightening chain:

The most impressive lights of this series are the lights that operate with WIND and SUN!!!! they are not only impressive but interesting for us since we do not have so much sun in Ireland but we have wind all year around!

They also look very cool, take a look:

Fabric Box

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Sometimes crafts do not work out well. This is one of those times.

My husband brought home some file boxes that people in work were giving away. I had seen a cool tutorial in you tube about how to cover boxes with fabric so I wanted to give it a try.

The problem was that my fabric  (an IKEA cotton one that I had) was too thick to glue it into the box. I had to use super glue and then I hand stitched together the different parts!

Here is how it looked before:

Here is how it looked after!

Chair revamp

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

In my new job I moved to the same desk that my friend Alisha used to use when she was working in Ireland. She suffers from severe back pains so she always complained about the chair in her office. One day she found a high back chair in a skip and she brought it to work. From then on that was her chair.  When I moved to her office I got her chair. While I liked how comfortable the chair was I did not like the chair itself. It was looking tired and old fashion. So being me I decided to give it a make over.

This is what I did:

Bought IKEA fabric on the sale only 1.99€ the meter

Bought fabric studs only 2.99 in Woodies

Bought paint only 2.29€ in Woodies

I wanted to re upholster it by hammering the studs to the new fabric but the timber on the side of the chair was solid wood. So every time that I hammered the studs on the side of the chair they kept bending. Michael, my father in law, came to the rescue and he drilled the holes where the studs had to go. Justine, my mother in law, also helped holding the fabric. At the sides of the chair there was so much fabric that it was a 3 people job! thanks to them the chair is now finished and it looks great!!!

Here is the before:

Here is the after:


Here are some pics of the make over I gave to the desk: