FAMILY wall art DIY

Once I came across this FAMILY acronym I fell for it immediately. This summer, while visiting my family and friends, I have finally decided to complete the wall ‘painting’ that remained blank for too long.

Relationships change throughout the time, especially when you are far away from your loved ones. Sometimes they fade away and eventually break, sometimes they become stronger. Family bonds are the strongest ones and do not break easily, especially if they provide support and share their unconditional love even when your don’t deserve it, even if they disagree on some choices you have made, even when you leave them behind in order to live your life differently.

this is the meaning of family. the unconditional love

FAMILY= Father and Mother I Love You

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fake brick colorful wall

When I decided to paint the wall across my hometown house, I didn’t have an idea for a long time. Then one day I saw graffiti ‘just another brick in the wall’, and it dawned on me: I will make fake bricks! it is simple DIY but takes time to prepare the wall and to paint it completely.

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First you measure the wall you are about to paint and draw lines with the pencil. Then you randomly color the bricks with facade paint.

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You can reuse the same paint many times; once you are done with one color, just add more white for lighter shade or color pigment in order to mix another color.

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Once you are done with coloring, make brick contours. You can use the tape for more accurate lines, but if you hand paint directly, it will look even more realistic. You can also put the tape before you color the bricks, in order to leave the gaps white.

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dinica and roses

That’s about it, I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see these happy bricks again!

happy coloring!!!

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Cotton clouds

I will never understand completely my fascination with the clouds. This might be the most amazing thing in nature, and yet most people have no interest in them. seeing clouds make me think of the past, of changes we are going through, but at the same time they are something static and present, today in the spur of the moment.

if you are a cloud lover, you can make this home decor with some cotton or cotton balls and fish line or some other thread (I used dental floss instead).

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Form cotton in the shape of the cloud; better do not use scissors if you want to achieve The Simpsons cumulus clouds. Add the thread with glue or sew it with a needle, and tape it to your ceiling.

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I made this clouds while still living in Croatia, and it made nice home decor, but the only thing I was looking for was the balcony with a view. Now I live in Greece and there is no room for these clouds in my small room, but instead I gaze into the most amazing clouds over the Athens sky, every day.

You are the sky. Everything else, it’s just the weather. (Pema Chodron)

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clay owls and printable owl calendar

when you see them you might think these owls are difficult to make, but it is actually quite easy and simple DIY craft!DSCN1686

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I have found many instructions of clay owls on Pinterest, but this one is originally taken from:

http://www.myowlbarn.com/2012/12/diy-clay-owl.html

this is a great site which also provides free printables and templates. I made this owl calendar for my classroom while I was  working at school. The kids loved it! We supposed to use it to learn the days of the week and months, but we kept it all year long instead!

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enjoy the owl crafting!

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fabric covered suitcase

I have this thing with design brands; I just don’t like seeing logos or specific labels on products, and especially don’t like to wear it if it is visible. I don’t mind possessing expensive and high quality products, but you just don’t need to let the whole world know that your purse is Prada or Gucci. It can be very tacky.

Anyway, as I decided to change my suitcase style and hide the logo, I decided to cover it up in fabric. It is very simple DIY; all you need is some thick fabric and a hot glue gun.

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Measure the dimension needed, add up to one inch on the sides and fold the fabric. You can also sew the edges, but there is no need since you can glue it only. DSCN9641

Finally glue it to the suitcase part by part, so to keep the glue hot. This suitcase is not only personalized but also unique in style, so it would be really difficult to mistake it for his Kappa brothers!

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I have had it for couple of years, traveled back and forth, and it is still in good shape. Now i keep it in my Athens flat and can’t wait to use it again!

have a safe trip and enjoy your next travel destination!

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painted patio umbrella & marble table

My father was not very excited when I decided to buy (an ugly) concrete umbrella base, but I had something else on my mind. to paint it with colorful triangles in order to match the marble table (which was not meant to be painted either). For this project I used outdoor wall paint, and instead of buying many colors I mixed paint tints with the basic white paint. Later on I added contours so to hide some flaws that were made while painting triangles.

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stol1 stol3 I absolutely love it! Hope this DIY will give you some ideas on how to paint concrete or any other surface!

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bike spray paint

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although it is advisable to take off the old layer of paint when spray painting again, I used primer instead, and just re-painted the yellow coat of paint. this is what it looked like before:

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when I decided on pink, I kept the skeleton only while spray painting which made the job easier

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I added some artificial flowers and Sharpie wooden plate made from an old fruit cart:

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aaaaaand voila!

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