Monday, December 10, 2012

Feeling creative...presents and experimenting

hello pinks,
Xmas is almost here and I've been quite busy with a new born and my little shop but I couldn't resist to make something for a little girl that turned 5:

 For someone that graduated:
and for my shop or maybe for myself :-)

 And as soon as I finish, I'll show you some more....
Enjoy and be creative

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kraft deco ideas

Hello Mad Pinkettes,

sorry for me not posting as regular but a newborn baby that doesn't sleep makes you a bit slow during the day.
While reading some sites looking for packaging ideas for the Christmas presents I found this via Hey Look, a great source of ideas:

A DIY tutorial on how to make your own geometric table runners. We're loving the cut of these, and the dotted runner is so cute! Tutorial by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (photos: Pretty Simple Productions)

Beautiful calligraphy adds so much elegance to kraft! We found the idea in this summer cherry wedding (photography by Jose Villa).

Another geometric runner spotted in this inspiration shoot featured on SMP // photo: Rachel Peters

A kraft table setting for a flower work shop. Pretty! Featured on 100 Layer Cake // photography: Scott Clark

But I've also found this:

 not just for kids tables...
 from Sweet Paul

or this
Decorate kraft paper bags for unique elementary school valentines
from Grey Likes baby

but I have so many other ideas in mind. Vintage ones using doilies, washi tape and a lot of recycled ribbons.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas this Eva

Hello Mad About Pink readers. I am Eva Stephen. I am so happy to be here. The following post would give you the blend of traditional as well as modern decoration ideas for Christmas. I hope it helps and gives you inspiration for Christmas decoration this year.

Christmas is just around the corner, so let’s get down to creating a plan how to make your home as lovely as possible for this special day. How about doing something a little different this year? I am going to suggest several different decoration ideas and you’ll see which one best matches your home and your sense of style.

Introducing Purple as the Colour of the Year

Christmas colours are usually green, white and red. How about adding a new colour to your decorations? Purple is very rich and festive, and could be a beautiful addition to your décor. Add purple Christmas balls to your tree, purple balloons bouncing around the room and some other purple decorations that we’ll talk about. The colour of your dress or shirt on Christmas Eve could also be purple.

Hello, Crafts and Designs

If you have children, or even if you don’t, it could be a lot of fun to organize a day well ahead of Christmas to make some interesting decorations. Don’t rely on stuff that you can buy, but try to create something new and original. Some fresh ideas you can consider are:

1) A life-size Santa made out of cardboard and placed next to the
Christmas tree, in a position as if he’s putting presents under the tree.

Sparkly stars sewn to the curtains, falling from the ceiling (hanging from a think piece of thread) or stuck to walls, doors, etc. You should have some purple stars, too.

3) Balloons everywhere! Check out Christmas balloons from Party Box.

4) Fake presents – though you’ll have real presents underneath the tree, you can have boxes in shiny paper and of different sizes appearing from unexpected places – when you open a cupboard to get something, from underneath the bed or sofa, peering from underneath the pillow, etc. You can also play a game titled: “Guess which fake present is not really fake?” which you could play towards the end of the evening and have a race who’ll find the real gift among the “false” ones.

5) Place anything shiny around the house on the floor so that it will sparkle in an unusual way (pieces of fake jewellery, glass, stones, etc.)

You can also try to find new ideas online or in magazines and introduce a new look to your home for Christmas.
Don’t Overdo It

It is very important not to get caught up with decorating and lose track of what’s within the limits of good taste. Naturally, Christmas is all about having a glowing house full of
ornaments and lights, which would look funny any other ordinary day of the year. But there’s still something called “too much Christmas decoration”. So, if you’re decorating your front porch, make it subtle and pleasant to the eye, rather than chaotic.

Decorate Every Room

You want your whole house to enjoy the holiday. Don’t let the bedroom furniture feel left out. Check out latest
stock from this website. Bring in decorations to your study room, kitchen and bathroom as well. Use covers, blankets and pillows that look a little more festive than the ones you regularly use, if you have any. Have fresh flowers in vases in every room. Music is also very important contributor to the Christmas mood; it would be nice if you could hear it from almost any part of the house, even if just slightly.

Now that you have everything ready – sparkle, merry colours, good lighting, music, Santa handing out gifts – you’re ready for celebration.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Baby gifts tutorial: Sushi

 As you know I have just few weeks to go before my second cutie arrives so I tend to look for nice tutorials for Newborn babies....well, have a look at this one via from Creative dollar blog. It's so full of ideas...

Target for only $17:
She's having a girl so I picked pinks and reds as the color scheme and they also apply well to raw fish colors. I also needed a plate to display it all on and I found this at Target for $2:
I thought it looked kinda oriental and the colors were perfect.
3 pack white onesies $7
3 pack washcloths (2 white, 1 pink) with fish toy $5
2 pair socks (1 red, 1 pink) $2
1 pack of 4 clip on hair bows $3
1 decorative plate or platter $2
1 black plastic table cloth $1
rubber bands on hand
clear tape on hand
scissors on hand

First, remove all the tags and separate the items.
Take the two white wash clothes with pink trim and fold them in half twice the long way so that when you roll it up, the pink is in the center. Towards the end of the roll, tuck the last bit under so the pink doesn't show. Repeat white the other white wash cloth. Secure with rubber bands. You now have two maki.

Take one onesie, a pair of socks and two hair bows, these will form two maki. Turn the onesie face down on the table and fold both arm sides in. Then fold in half the long way. You should have a long white strip. fold a sock in half (toe to the top of the cuff edge) and lay on the edge of the strip so that the sock cuff edge is flush or just past the edge of the white strip. Top with a hair bow and roll tightly to the center of the strip. Carefully hold that roll in place and turn the whole thing over. Then repeat on the other side, being careful to place the sock cuff edge on the same side as the other, and roll towards the center. You should have a double S shaped roll. Secure the whole thing with a rubber band. Repeat with a second onesie, the other pair of socks and the other two hair bows. You now have 4 more maki.

Place the final onesie face down on the table and fold arm sides to the middle. Fold the pink wash cloth in thirds and place atop the folded onesie. This will give your sushi more thickness. fold the bottom edge of the onesie over the wash cloth and then fold 3 more times forming a rectangular shape. This is your sushi rice. place the fish toy on top and secure with 2 rubber bands.
Here's all your sushi so far:
Now to add the black nori seaweed wrappers. Open the black plastic table cloth and unfold once. cut along the first fold and open that piece up. You should have a long strip of plastic. fold that piece in thirs the long way to give the strip nice clean folded edges. Adjust the width to best suit your sushi. wrap the strip around the sushi's middle and cut to size. Tuck in the end for a clean finish and secure with tape.

Repeat to make strips for the maki. The washcloth ones are easiest. Simply wrap, tuck the end and secure with another rubber band.
The others are more tricky. you need to take off the rubber band and hold the rolls securely. Slightly unroll one end and start wrapping with the plastic strip. When you get to the other edge, make a V fold and tuck it into the place where the first roll touches the second. Then continue wrapping the other roll, trimming the plastic strip to fit, and secure the whole thing with a rubber band. Adjust the plastic wrap to make it look nice if needed and tighten it up by pressing a butter knife or pencil into the V fold area and ends. Repeat with other set of maki.

Place all the elements on a plate. You should now have this:
If you want, you can top the whole thing with a pair of chopsticks or two. I used ones from home that I bought at an asian market in a huge pack.
I then taped the gift receipt inside the card, signed it and slipped it in the envelope. I printed out this label and taped it to the outside of the envelope and decorated it with scrapbooking stickers.
Here's what it said:
For Baby
3 short-sleeved bodysuits
2 pairs of socks
4 clip on hair bows
3 baby washcloths
1 bath toy sponge
For Mom & Dad
1 serving platter
2 pairs of chopsticks
Finally, I put the whole thing in the shrink wrap bag with the card underneath. The corners stuck out so I folded then twice and taped them down in back. Then I tied it off and trimmed the excess on top.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

How To Get Organized In The Kitchen - Guest Post

How wonderful is this post, Kyle from Capital Mark Interiors has decided to give us some tips on how to get organized in the kitchen.
Have you got more tips? Share them with us!

 The kitchen space is the one space in the home in which everyone congregates on a regular basis. This is not only for eating purposes, but also for gathering to share about their day, drop their stuff or stroll through in order to get to another area of the home. However, because of the sheer amount of traffic, it is fairly easy for this space to get unorganized quickly. And now that school is back in session, kitchen organization is a bigger issue than ever, as papers, books, notebooks and more tend to accumulate in this already crowded space of the home, creating chaos. Consider a few key tips to stay organized in the kitchen, despite kids doing homework in this space and the daily coordination of meals here:

•    Create a dedicated space for homework papers: Homework papers are the number one culprit of a messy kitchen that is also used for schoolwork purposes. They can multiply quickly and get out of control, which can not only result in a messy kitchen, but also lost homework. Instead, create a dedicated space for your kids to work in the kitchen and keep a basket in that area at all times, where all homework papers will go. This ensures that if a piece of homework doesn’t make it into a backpack, you know just where to look.

•    Keep separate baskets for snack food items: One of the number one culprits of a messy kitchen is a kid that is rooting around for an after-school snack on which to munch while doing homework. To avoid a mess that can quickly spiral out of control, keep separate baskets for snacks, so kids know just what they are allowed to eat after school. Moreover, this ensures that even if you are not in the room, they are only allowed to choose a pre-selected and fairly healthy option. It gives you control over what they eat if you are not home after school and ensures that the kitchen pantry doesn’t get out of control with kids pilfering around for a snack.
•    Institute a daily clean-up of the kitchen with all members of the family participating: When everyone has to participate in clean-up, it encourages them to keep this space clean. After all, no one likes to spend their extra time cleaning, so when everyone participates, it ensures that they are more motivated to help keep the kitchen clean. Assign everyone a daily task and mark it off when it is complete. You can also use the same system on the weekends, when you may opt for a deeper cleaning. If you are having your kids help out, then be sure to utilize a rewards system that gives them positive reinforcement for helping to keep this common area of the home clean. Moreover, it teaches them good kitchen organization skills that can be used later in life.

•    Utilize an in/out basket system: In addition to homework papers, there are permission slips and other forms that need to be signed from school. To keep up with everything for kitchen organization purposes, utilize the same in and out basket system that you might see in an office. This gives everyone a clear idea of where to expect these papers to be and also allows you an easy way to check for new papers each day. It keeps them organized, so you aren’t looking for permissions slips in the bottom of your closet or somewhere in the abyss of your car. Make sure to keep these baskets in clear sight so that the process is effective.

The more you can initiate a kitchen organization system that everyone can live with, the more likely it is that you will be successful in creating a kitchen space that is good for both eating and schoolwork. Because this is a fairly common space, kids often feel most comfortable here and are likely to be more effective when getting their schoolwork done. However, because of the size of the space, it is easy for things to get out of order. By getting everyone on board with your kitchen organization system, you can be assured that your kitchen space will remain clutter-free and perfect for all types of use.

About Kyle:

 Kyle Zimmerman, owner of Capital Mark Interiors, is a highly skilled craftsman as well as talented writer. His shop, located in Gilbert, Arizona, provides not only cabinetry choices, counter tops and flooring, it also provides inspiration for local homeowners looking to renovate their kitchens or bathrooms. With many years in the industry, Kyle has honed his skills to include custom granite edging, built-in sinks, creative nook and work-spaces, unique granite islands, and much more. For more information on how Kyle can help you, visit

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

It's hot and I want a party like this: Watermelon Party

There is nothing better than watermelon when you are hot! and Italy has the best ones ever on earth.
 This is what inspired me to search for a great Watermelon party. Look at this one from Little things creations.


Table styling: Fara Party Design

Party Printables: Little things Creations

Watermelon Slice Party Favor Boxes: Paper Glitter

Cupcakes: Cupcakes by Yady

Rice crispy Treats idea: Glorious Treats

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shabby kitchen in a new building...what a challenge. First the kitchen!

Finally I've decide to buy a new house!
The renovations of the old one were more than an investment and with the new baby coming I've decided to be a new house owner. Of course trying to match a new building with the love for shabby is a bit of a challenge but I've decided to take one room at the time and today it's time to plan the kitchen.
Here some examples I thought they could match:

 For these first 2 pictures I'd love to add red or yellow accessories and small appliances because of the floor colour and the dark bench. I've personally chosen a dark charkcoal bench as my floor is white beech wood but if you have a really dark wood floor, I'd consider the following...

For these last 3 pictures for example, I'd use teal blue accessories, vases, old jars like vintage Masons ones. Also I've noticed that metallic appliances would work too and they would help to merge new and old styles.

Soon, I'm going to show you all the results of all the hard work I've done in blending a new house with shabby chic but in the meantime if you are in love with these kitchens you can find them here at Kleenmaid appliances where I got these photos from.

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