Refrigerator Magnets and a Baby Mobile

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I have done a fun DIY project that I love to share with you. All I did was to gather some scrap, some old magazine and then I make a collage. (lots of old stuff I already had around the house.)

And this is my best tip for cheap and easy homemade Christmas presents.

You need:

  • Clear Sheet Laminating Film/ Amazon
  • Magnet
  • magazine og photos
  • Branches /for the Baby Mobile
  • Scrap /for the Baby Mobile
  • Tread /for the Baby Mobile
  • Glue /for the magnet


kitchen Refrigerator Magnets DIY

kitchen Refrigerator Magnets DIY

 Now its time to decorate…

kitchen Refrigerator Magnets DIY

I love to know what is your tip for a cheap Christmas decoration? 
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Store your creative ideas for a rainy winter day

Store your creative ideasSometimes I have to save my ideas, that I don’t have time for.

By recording them somewhere safe, you know that you have them for a “rainy day” (we get lots and lots of rainy days in Norway).

  • Create a secret store of creativity. No idea is a bad idea. Maybe it won’t work for one project, but it might be perfect for another project.
  • It could be a note book where you write down all the ideas.
  • It could be a sketch book with just drawings or watercolours of what is in your mind.
  • My favourite is a box of cards with the writing on one side and a painting on the other side. Then I can pull out the ideas in any combination and mix and match the best ideas for a particular project. How to make the box   


I make this cards, from old paintings.

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Make a box for the cards:

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Vintage Silk Scarf Top in 3 Minutes

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Hundreds of vintage silk scarfs.

As you know I have a collection of hundreds of vintage silk scarfs. I can’t seem to resist a beautiful silk scarf when I find them for a couple of dollars in a charity store. I have absolutely no idea how to make it look great around my neck, it always seems to be to much

So I have some projects to make a better use of them by upcycling them into something new.  Which this time takes just 3 minutes and there isn’t even anysewing.

You need a scarf and some nice ribbon, The scarf has to be lage enough to go around your waist.

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diy silk scarf top  _ Gucci Vintage

 Just perfect for going to and from the beach or the park.

Memory BOX

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Put a memory in a box

What do you give to a very good friend? Someone you have known for years? Someone you have a very close relationship with? It is not to easy. You look in the gift shops and on-line and you find good ideas , but a great idea?  Something personal? and if you are on a tight budget???

Well here is the gift that is so special, so personal, so precious, that everyone will love it and keep it for years.  You don´t need to be an accomplished artist to make it. You can make it if you are six or sixty six. For me this is a great way to be creative.

I have done this for a very few very close friends and they absolutely loved it.
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What do you need?

Well you probably have it all already – a pencil, water colours and good quality paper or cardboard. These can come from cutting up the bags and boxes that you get from clothes and shoe stores or left over paper.

You need lots of memories you shared together. You can look over the old photos to get ideas.

Then you do a little drawing on the paper that will remind the person of a fun thing you did together, or a funny thing that happened, or a crazy story, but the very best is a secret you share that no one else will get.

If could also be a little poem, a couple of lines from a special song, a quote from a movie, that only you too shared. If you are not so good at drawing you can find an image on the web and copy it.

The drawing could be a beach chair to remember your first holiday, or a guitar to remember a special concert, or a plate of food to remember a delicious meal, or a birthday cake to remember a party.

Then when you have some drawings, make the box to put them in. Here is a post on how to make the box yourself.

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Imagine getting this box filled with memories from a son, a daughter, a parent, a lover, a very close friend, or anyone. Wouldn’t this be one of the best presents ever, much better than something picked from a web site.

What is the best present you ever gave or received?



The shopping bag upgrade

DIY scarf bag

Make a style statement! My shopping bag got an upgrade today. Out of beautiful old silk scarves, way not make your favorite silk scarf into the most luxuriant shopping bag?

For a long time I have been hunting for beautiful silk scarves on flea markets and secondhand stores, for no other reason then that they are beautiful. It is a bit funny for I rarely wear silk scarves, but they are so beautiful and amazing that I just had to find another way to enjoy them.

The scarves I collect are of good quality and have an interesting print. I have for a long time wondered what to make from them and today I got a new idea. It came when I was twisting and playing with all my scarfs spread out all over the floor. (Oh my it was quite messy again). I sat on the floor and I realized that I could give my ugly old shopping bag the most amazing de luxe upgrade! You know the supermarket bags don’t have to be boring. Upcycling your accessories in interesting new ways adds a very unexpected touch that will have people waiting to see what you do next.

DIY bag

You probably know that silk is very delicate, so I have a little trick to keep the bag nice and clean. To avoid liquid making ugly stains I use a plastic bag inside to protect it. (it is hidden) Here is what you need to make this lovely flowery bag. I chose a scarf that was just perfect for the bag, but you maybe have to adjust yours in one way or the other, maybe some draping will look lovely.

– 2 silk scarfs
– Shopping bag
– plastic bag (your choice)


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Lay one scarf out flat. Fold it in half then in half again and sew along the 2 sides. Leave an opening where you can see the 4 layers of the scarf. now turn the fabric inside outDIYplasticPut a plastic bag over the old bag. (To avoid liquid making ugly stains and damage your lovely new bag) adjust the size of the plastic bag by cutting and sewing. Now you can connect them by sewing some stitches here and there. Now the plastic bag and the old bag will be united.

Now put the old bag in one of the pockets/openings. It only needs to get stitches at the top of the bag.

Start to sew the old bag to the scarf.

Sew the bag to the silk scarf  layer that is now touching the bag . Now there should be two layers of fabric that is not sewn. Theses will make two extra pockets. I put a string to open and close the pocket but, perhaps you can use buttons or fastners.

DIY bashandelCut the second scarf in two pieces. Cut from corner to corner.

Make a knot around the handle and twist the fabric, not to hard and not to louse. You maybe need to sewing some stitches to hold the fabric in place.


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O  la la!



Make pretty little boxes

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Hi Everyone! Here is something fun I did with my left over paper. If you are going to a party an like to bring something unike, be creative and give a little box and putting in some lovely chocolate. This boxes are much easier to make than they look. Once you get the hang of it, a box will take less then 5 minutes to make.

To make a box, I use two pieces of left-over paper. I cut them into two perfectly squares. The paper for the box bottom needs to be little bit smaller. Usually it is only a less then a half centimeter.  To create a custom box experiment with the paper sizes. I recommend you practicing one time on printer paper before using your old (and nice) left over paper.
box DIY

box DIY

A mid-weight paper works best but my watercolours are on a quite thick paper often 200g. The lighter-weight papers like paper from advertising brochure or orgami paper can work well too. The heavier the paper is, the smaller the little box has to be. (so therefor experiment to get the perfect fit)

When you cutting out the paper, it’s worth taking the time to perfectly square up your right angles but don’t worry, I didn’t do this when I made this boxes. And they turn out just fine.

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How to make the box:

Fold all the 4 corners on the paper into the center. There is a video down below. 1box

2boxThe fold one side of the square into the center and do the same to the other site.3box
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Open up the paper and turn 90 degrees. Repeat to fold the opposite long edges to the center point.

9boxYour folded paper should look like this. The folding is now don! Now it’s time to cut, you need 4 cuts into the squares that you now see in the senter of the paper. Careful not to cut too long or too short. The important thing is that you now have two flips. Open up two of the corner that been cut that, the edges that are opposite each other.5box6box

Press the paper down and over the edge of the wall. The corner point should sit right in the middle of the box.7boxNow give it a nice, crisp shape.

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Upcycled pencil cases from old leather jackets

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I was completely inspired by my friend Katarina. her knowledge on details are just amazing. The sewing skills are a clear boost and my energy level go’s from 0 to 100. When she came we did a little workshop on my diner table.

She came here to show her new bag collection to a few selected shops. We have taken long walks by the lake, drank large cups of tea and spent time making new purses and testing leather paint. The purses I made are really perfect for my use, one of them is for my external hard drive. We are the type of person who love doing something and not knowing how it will turn out before we have finished. And we love the magical feeling we get when we make something new that is a surprise, this always gives me new inspiration and then know what to do next!


When I get friends here to visit, I make an effort to get proper time to have a relaxed feeling. This I do by making a long lovely breakfasts and make homemade dinners. I make sure there is lots of tea and coffee. A lovely walk where there is spectacular nature is just as important and I love the times we do small workshops. I noticed a long time ago that doing creative things make us happier, satisfied and relaxed.


I love when Katarina and I do small workshops together. Even though she lives a 7 hours drive from me we can do workshops over Skype. Katarina’s web site.

The purses I make are easy to do, the sewing is basic and is perfect for beginners. I like when I can do the paintings fast or slow and the paint I am using is more or less dry after 20 minutes depending on how thick I paint. The Angelus Leather Paint are really good! This workshop makes me want to order some more. Where to order the paint? Go here. For the drawings I been using POSCA

I usually paint before I sew.

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Katarina Gronmyr


pursI been using some old leather jackets for this purpose, I cut the leather just as long as the zipper. Sew the leather to the zipper and then turn and stick down to the zipper then I sew the side, (do keep the zipper open) and then turn. For a better explanation make a comment and I will ad more details and a drawing to this post.







How to make pocket sketchbook

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Some of my favourite things at the moment are my sketchbooks.

I have lots of them, and also journals and pocket notebooks everywhere. And I use them for different things.

I have one that is for doing my minimum 15 minutes artwork each day, I have one for the sketches I do when I am sitting in a cafe, or outside or where ever. I have one for my small purse and one for my lager bag and others here and there. I love having a sketchbook in my bag, along with a tiny little pencil case, and a watercolor set, that always go with me, wherever I am.

Some years ago I learned how to bind paper books so I started to make Artists books and notebooks and I still love making them. I do like to upcycle things in my creative projects that would otherwise get thrown out. I was responsible for the upcycling programme of a company called Fretex, which is part of the Salvation Army. I had lots of fun when I designed a notebook for them and this notebook is the design I feel the most proud of. It has featured in TV and newspaper articles for years. (The Last time was this Monday on TV2)  See the notebook here and NRK TV.

 My last Artist book “Hawaii”

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My artist’s book is a lot of fun and for me this is what I love the most, it is an art project in it self. The book should be seen as one object and an artwork. So you can’t rip a page out.

My art journal is where I explore all kinds of mixed media techniques like painting, printmaking, collage, doodling, and drawing. It is also a small place for me to practice, explore and brainstorm all kinds of creative ideas. I often keep them accessible within reach. For example there is always one beside the sofa, so that when I get an idea i start to work on it, or even just write it down so it doesn’t get lost.

On the other hand, my sketchbook is more for drawings I might do when I am in a cafe, or outside and that can be a good place to practice and to get comfortable with drawing. And practice- practice- practice!

Art journal DIY

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I am kind of lazy when it comes to do work where you have to look at every detail and millimeter. (But, when I first do it is great fun)

I never spend money on new paper for these self-made books, it feels great to get rid of some leftover paper that is lying around in my studio. It always gives me lots of energy for I always get a nice surprise by the outcome. I go through the drawers and look around and find paper that will make interesting combinations, it can include an old drawing or something I printed that wasn’t quite right.

Bind the papers.

The easiest and fastest way is to staple the pages together with stapler but it is easy and very cool to stitch the papers by hand  or you can even use a sewing machine.

  •  If I stitch by hand I usually have 3 holes but you can do it with 5 if you want, depending of the size.
  1. Start from the outside to the inside and threading your string through the middle hole into the center of the book.
  2. Thread it from the center to the top.
  3. From the top hole, take it down and through the bottom hole into the center of the book.
  4. String it from the bottom hole through the center hole to the outside of the book. Both ends of the string should be on either side of the string going down the spine.

Tie the threads in a square knot around the center string.

And after I trim the side of the book and make them equal size. For that, I have to cut all the other pieces to the same size using a ruler.

Art journal DIY

Art journal DIY

The easiest and fastest way is to staple the pages together with stapler, use a large staple that you used for wall etc. Just shoot them through the paper.

With a little effort (maybe less then 15 minutes) you can have a notebook to be proud of and also do some recycling to help the planet. And they make a lovely present for your friends and family. Oh yeah……. I likaaaaa that.

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 DIY Lavender Sachets. Just Vintage fabric and lavender!

I am full of the joys of Spring – my small handmade sachets are filled with dried lavender. These make great handmade gifts and are always special. They are super easy to make and they require very little time or sewing experience.

As your sweaters and winter clothes are pack away to make room for your summer dresses, use this trick to make sure they stay odor- and moth-free. You can also use thyme, cloves, mint, or cedar, which are all thought to be natural moth repellents. Next fall, you’ll smell the sweetness of wardrobe-keeping success.

Pop them in closets and dresser drawers.


I recycle old materials such a silk scarf, and old linen table cloths or good quality cotton to make the lavender sachets.







Easter eggs decor



Here I am using some wooden eggs that I found in the store. I suppose anything will do. I am looking farward to give these eggs as a present, so I am going to make them last for years, much longer than real eggs.
First I opened a book that I love for some inspiration,
and then I Googled for some pictures of pussy willows.

I like using pencil before I paint or draw. Then I start to paint using acrylic and watercolours.. After the paint is dry, I use a permanent pen to outline everything.

I do the final details in different colors using the Posca pen.


I been testing watercolours from Jane Davenport and i really like them. The Peerless Transparent Watercolours come in sheet form and i never seen anything like it. See more on youtube

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