DIY Desk Make-Over

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Hey guys – I hope you all had a wonderful christmas – I’ve been away from the blog, not because I didn’t want to blog, but because I simply haven’t had time.

These last two days, my project has been our desk. It sits in our bedroom, so we rarely use it, and usually it looks all messy. Continue reading

Reusing old apple boxes

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I have shamelessly copied this idea from my friend Laura who has used boxes like this since I met her in high school. I’ve been envious of these since then, but apparently they are incredibly popular right now, so they are almost impossible to come by, but I’ve struck luck! Continue reading

My new swatchsticks

For quite some time I’ve been thinking of a way to organize my nail polish collection. I don’t think I’m ready to have one of those wall-mounted racks like this one and we don’t have that more floor space left to put a cabinet or something similar. That’s why I currently store it in this drawer underneath our desk in the bedroom.

IMG_1005But while I have them organised by brand, it’s not that easy to see which colours I have, and I’m kind of annoyed by the fact because sometimes you get inspiration from looking at the colours or you forget which colours you actually have.

Then it occurred to me that there was another way of seeing all of your colours without displaying all of your polishes.

I bought a hundred of these clear acrylic swatch sticks. They came in packs of 50, but one pack wasn’t enough.

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Then the painting began! And it was fun!

swatchsticks closeupI painted about two coats on each except for colours that were less opaque – those I painted with three or more coats. I thought about applying top coat as well, but I didn’t think it was necessary and didn’t want to “waste” top coat. Then I laid them out to dry over night. It took me two nights to get it done because I ran out of space on the desk to put them on.

When they were dry, I wrote the brand of the polish and its name or number on the stick. I wrote what was on the cap of the polish so it would be easier to pick up the correct one without checking all of them first. All of the markers and pens I had couldn’t write one these and I didn’t want to go out and buy a label-maker just for this, so I found one of these big, black sharpies and wrote with that. It was a bit hard to fit it all on there and sometimes it gets kind of hard to read, but I basically remember which polish they belong to anyway.

swatchsticks closeup textThen I put them on the screw that came with them, and I was done! I thought about how to organize them and I considered doing it by brand, but in the end I decided to do it by colour so I would be able to compare two polishes to see which one I would want to use. One screw holds all the clear glitters, silvers, whites, the nudes, reds and browns. The other holds the blues, purples, yellow, golds, greens, greys and blacks.

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Let me know if you would be interested in a post about my collection where I show you what I have.

Over and out, Nanna. 

DIY Christmas ornaments with nail polish

I saw a video on YouTube where she created christmas tree ornaments using just nail polish and I wanted to give it a go!

I removed the top and poured polish inside the ornament and swiveled it around until the inside was completely covered. On some I painted on the outside too.

These are what I came up with:

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Light pink polish on the inside and clear polish sprayed with loose blue glitter in the shape of snowflakes on the outside. The other side has one large snowflake on it
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This is probably my favorite. Light shimmery pink polish on the inside and chunky pink glitter in an ombre style on the outside
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Black glitter on the inside. I didn’t like it that much, so I added silver ribbon inside as well which made it a lot nicer.
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Black and silver chunky glitter painted in ombre style on the outside
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The one I like the least. I poured in green polish and with a cotton swap I swiveled it around and I intended to do the same with the pink on the top, but I was VERY hard to move the polish around because the ornament is completely round. I don’t recommend trying this design unless your ornaments are shaped differently.
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Gold glitter polish painted on the outside. Looks much better in real life. The camera brings out an imperfection that is not nearly as visible to the eye.


Let me know what you think, and if you decide to recreate some of them or try out your own design, I would love to see them!

Love, Nanna

My holiday in Tunisia + DIY Gift Box

Hello guys!

Sunday evening/monday morning at 4 am I returned home after a holiday in Tunisia.

We were invited on this holiday by my grandparents to celebrate their golden anniversary. As they had held a huge party at their 25th anniversary, they decided that they wanted to do something different for their 50th. They invited their two daughters and 3 grandchildren + the partners making us a total of 10 people!

It was a very lovely trip! The hotel was beautiful and the service was amazing. There were these entertainers/animators running around all day trying to find people to join their activities. It was an all-inclusive hotel, and the food was good – It consisted of a lot of chicken (which I’m not a big fan of) which was a small minus, but other than that it was quite tasty. The hotel was probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at.

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Friday was the day of their anniversary and everywhere we went to eat, the servers had decorated the table with flowers and after dinner they had made us a special cake – my grandparents were very happy!

DIY gift box

The grandparents had absolutely NO wishes at all! That is why we had to be creative. That task fell onto my mother, boyfriend and I. My mother had an old, black gift box from a couple of years ago. We painted the lid gold and then painted on some black flowers and the number 50.

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20141016_185101Inside the box we had folded 12 smaller boxes out of different patterned paper

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And inside THESE boxes were tiny pieces of paper glued to the bottom with 12 different experiences/events that they would have with us within the next 12 months – one for each month.

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The experiences varied in category and in participants. For examples one is a bowling trip with all, whereas another is a lunch with their grandchild and his girlfriend. Shown in the picture is the last experience of the bunch, which is a restaurant visit with all of us on the day of their 51st anniversary.

My grandparents are usually not good with words, but reading the pieces of paper brought them to tears, which really said all that was necessary!