Monday, 15 February 2021

Giving your room a makeover during lockdown.

Our rooms have always been our safe spaces even before the pandemic happened. It's a place where we actually find comfort after a busy day at work and just the perfect place to stay during weekends. Yet, as multiple lockdowns have been implemented in different cities, staying in the same place everyday can get tiring and boring.

In times of this internal dilemma that we feel about the pandemic and thus wanting to do something to alleviate the loneliness we are feeling, one of the best ways to conquer it is actually a room makeover. Yes, your rooms need to be re-decorated too!

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If you want to have a room makeover, rearranging your room might be too basic. Sometimes, it's good to declutter for you to be able to maximize your personal space. If you want to have a room that is not too bombarded with unnecessary things, you must first move away things that you cannot use anymore. Essential furnitures like tables, and chairs should stay but must be lessened out in order to provide a spacious effect to your room.

Apart from providing more space in your room, you must also change your fabrics. Choosing the right fabrics also plays a vital role in adding a visual interest to your room. Mixing and matching colours and fabric type lets you bring out a room that is more pleasing to the eyes. You can choose from earth colours for a more breathable look or even match hues so your room can have more depth than usual. Also, selecting your fabric type can provide more texture so your room would not look boring and bland at the same time. When changing your curtain fabric, try out velvet fabrics for a plush ambience. Velvet fabrics are also good at maintaining a more quiet space most especially for those living in the city.

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Moreover, for those wanting to have a new piece of sofa for their rooms, you can opt for your furniture to be reupholstered. It might be more time consuming than buying a new one from home depots, but it really is worth a try. Reupholstering your chairs lets you choose the fabrics to your liking for a personalized furniture piece. You can also buy textured fabrics for your cushions and if you have a lot of time, you can sew them yourself.  When buying your preferred fabrics, one of the best fabric shops that we can recommend is the Yorkshire Fabric Shop. You can choose from their widest range of fabrics available, plus their fabrics are now even readily available online to give you a convenient fabric shopping experience.

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Lastly, you might also want to bring out more life to your room by adding a plant or two. Plants assist not only in giving aesthetics but also in maintaining a more breathable room to stay in. It produces oxygen that lets you have a good night rest and can often reduce stress the night after. Trust us, you won't regret putting plants in your room. Yet, just remember to water them as regularly as possible.

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In decorating your room, always remember to go minimal. Last thing you want would be a room full of things that you do not use anyway. Also keep in mind to change curtains and sheets with the colours that you find is soothing and comfortable for an easy atmosphere. Try to experiment with fabric colours and textures, you would be surprised how it would help your room look its best.

 If  you have done amake over this lockdown do share ideas of what you did in the comments below, I would love to read them.

**Collaborative Post

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Making Valentines Crafts with your Children

Valentine's Day is just around the corner as is half term so why not make the day special for all your family. How about starting the day with some easy and tasty Vegan pancakes for breakfast. They are easy to make and you can get your kids involved in making breakfast too.

After breakfast arrange a crafting session, making your own valentine cards and home made valentines gifts with your children. Commercial shop bought gifts and cards are expensive and home made gifts are always appreciated more by the receiver. It's easy to get all your crafting products on line through various, stores. I particularly like free svg images 

You can check out step by step instructions on how to make this valentines card on another post of mine. It's easy and simple to make and the kids will really have fun creating their own designs. All you need is white and red card and some decorations.

For valentine gifting why not make these really pretty coasters with your children. They are fun to make and you can use them to serve your drinks on.

To make the coasters you will need:

1 Piece Red card
2 Foam heart shape cut outs
Bostik Microdot sheets
Stiff brown card (we used the flap from the cardboard box the item came in.) #recycling

How to make the Valentine coasters:

1. Cut the flap from the cardboard box and draw two 10 cm x10 cm squares and cut them out.
2. Draw two 10 cm x10 cm squares on the red card and cut them out.
3. Using the micro dots sheets peel them and stick them to the back of the red square and cut to size.
4. Stick the red card to the stiff brown card. Repeat this for all two cards.

5. Using the micro dots sheets peel them and stick them to the back of the red foam heart.
6. Trim away the extra micro dot sheet so it is follows the heart shape.
7. Position the foam heart onto the square red card and press to stick firmly.

8. Using the micro dots stick the small silver heart on to the coaster to give it a sparkly finishing touch. 

9.The coasters are ready to use. Since these coasters are made from card they are not waterproof so be careful not to put a wet cup on them.

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This craft is suitable for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors. If you like this project check the link below for more art and craft projects, that you can do with your children.

Kids Arts and Craft Videos
Kids Arts and Crafts Projects 


**This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.