Hello y’all, how is January treating you? Ready for Spring? Over here we can’t complain about the cold, winter hasn’t truly arrived yet. But I do feel that ‘short days-blues’ settling in. I really am a sunshine girl, I can’t wait for the day when it is still light when I cycle home, and when I don’t feel I need to turn on the lights in the middle of the day. Anyway. January is not my most productive time of the year. I need some inspiration and motivation to get me going again. So what better way than to look at what I managed to do last year. Here are my favorite craft projects I did in 2013.
This project brings back sweet memories of a short vacation in New York where I scored this wolf-like faux fur…. These fur pillows are back on the couch as we speak. If you like them you might like my how to sew faux fur pillows tutorial too.
Hmm, these are a thing of the past. I burned some candles a bit too deep and that kind of ruined my candle sticks. But since these were so easy to make I might just go ahead and make myself some new ones. Or funny enough I could order them on Etsy. Some guy has stolen this image and is presumably now selling my candle sticks. Crazy isn’t it. Well don’t buy them! Make them yourself. It is so easy, I did it in 15 minutes: paint drip wood candle holders. With the very soft winter we are having, some of my roses are still blooming! But still this next project makes me long for easy summer days……
I still like my stacked terracotta pots summer centerpiece very much. I am sure it is going to come out again in a few months.
Definitely my favorite project of 2013. My African feather Juju hat tutorial. They have migrated to a new location. If I can get some daylight photography time, I’ll show you their new home.
But they did look good on my mantel too, didn’t they!
My blue blanket update definitely upped the cozy, snuggly factor of my bedroom. The other little updates have proven to be here for the long run too. I still love them. Why did I wait so long for this bedroom update? (and why do I ask myself this after every project? Oh, yeah, I forgot I am an eternal procrastinator…..).
Another project that gets daily use around here. My vintage wine crate that isn’t vintage at all is home for our TV guide and remotes and I can’t tell you how many hours I have won, since I am no longer searching for the remotes! I am so happy to have found this easy way to transfer prints onto wood, I am sure I will find some reason to do it again and again this year. Jeez, most of these projects were so easy and quick to do, there really is no reason for me to not get crafting again….. So are you up and running in the new year? Or has the winter blues gotten a hold of you too and are you still like me, all melancholy and looking back, not ready yet to go full-force ahead?
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.