Tuesday, May 5

Old to New - A Polka Dot Remodel

Greetings,

In the attic of my mother´s house there are a lot of hidden treasures, especially since we have been moving stuff up there since I can remember. Al of the old stuff, my childhood memories, clothes, books and toys, it is all up there. But not in a hoarding kind of way. We did throw away all of the useless stuff and gave away everything that others can benefit from. But there is still a lot of clutter left. My mother and I, we are different that way - I throw away everything I don´t have a use for, she keeps it all in case if someone would need it someday. 

For a few years now I have been restoring and refinishing old furniture and giving it a new, great look. I really do love doing this and am so glad if someone asks me for ideas, help or general advice. In every piece of old furniture I always picture their full potencial in a new, awesome design. This idea was my mothers though, she wanted yelow and she wanted polka dots.

A new, refreshed look
BEFORE
AFTER
The use of the new furniture - I am sorry for the bad lighting, I could have taken a better picture..
Matching decoration
Matching decoration number 2

With love,

Maja

Tuesday, March 31

Must Have Sewing Supplies for Beginners

Being able to make something by yourself brings a lot of joy and pride in your life, doesn´t it? I love the process and creativity that comes with it while I am making a new product and get so motivated that I forget to eat sometimes. Today I am starting to learn how to sew properly and make a few pretty handmade gifts for this years´s Christmas presents. I got a bunch of books from the library and have been reading them for two days now. I found a lot of fabric in my mothers attic and I a so excited to start making my first sewing project, winter slippers.



What kind of sewing supplies do beginners need? I have been thinking about that because I hate it when I am super motivated and in the middle of the process I have to stop because there is something I forgot to buy. So first I am making sure I have everything I need. So here are a few of the most important supplies when you are learning to sew.

Number 1 - Fabric Shears/ Scissors
A special kind of scissors made for fabric. A sharp pair of these will avoid you wanting to quit before you even start.

Number 2 - Seam Ripper
Eventually you will make a mistake and you will need to take out your stitches and they will help you do that without ruining your fabric. Don´t worry, it happens to everyone.

Number 3 - Safety Pins
My mother and sister seem to use these with sewing clothes all the time. They will keep a quilt sandwiched together while you sew.

Number 4 - Pin Cushion
This is very important for me to have, because I am very clumsy. I can store all the needles in a little cushion so that they will not end up all over the floor and the end result would be me stepping on one of the needles in a strange way. 

Number 5 - Straight pins
Very important for preventing accidentally sewing over a needle, because of their colourful heads. 

Number 6 - Sewing Machine Needles
I guess they come with the sewing machine when you buy it but if you have bought it used make sure you buy at least universal needles. It doesn't hurt having a few extra ones anyway, because they can break.



Number 7 -Water Soluble Fabric Markers
They are awesome and not expensive. It is a great way to make marks on any fabric and then just spray it with water and it will disappear. They make it super easy for you to transfer pattern markings. 

Number 8 - Cutting Mat
A must have for clumsy people like me to protect your table or floor while cutting fabric. Yup, I have to buy one of these. For now, I am sewing without this one.

Did I forget something? Well, I guess you will also need a sewing machine (I assumed you already had one), fabric and a lot sewing threads in different colours. People also recommend having  acrylic fabric ruler and rotary cutter but I work without those two for now and I don´t miss them. But I am making slippers only for now and I will need them when I start making clothes, I guess. If I get that far - we will just have to see :)

Aprons I sewed for Christmas presents for the women in my family :)


With love,

Maja

Thursday, January 22

My Future Home - Living Room

Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with decorating rooms. From watching only room makeover shows to reading decor magazines and spending hours in furniture and accessories stores. Since I got a regular job, I started dreaming about owning my own little house with a yard someday. I cannot buy one, obviously, but I can fantasise about decorating my future home.

My future living room options I am loving at this time.


This bar is a remodelling project from the Shabby Chick Cottage and it looks amazing! It would make the room light up and even more special by being an unique piece. I feel the same about that vintage suitcase chair by Katie Thompson from Recreate which also looks super comfy. I can already picture myself sitting there, reading a great book and relaxing. I added a big pattern rug, which would go under the brown couch on the second picture and a nice vintage mirror. The pillow is just something I like and would think about adding in the living room, maybe on the couch .
This cute modern sofa is my favorite one from the entire selection of Modani’s modern sofas.They also have this cute pillow I added to my selection, which goes perfectly with my dream living room design. I found a great cottage stripe ottoman from Harvetys, which I LOVE! I can see me resting my feet on in and also store a few items there, so that I can avoid the mess my family would make. Fine, I am a bit messy to, so I have to avoid clutter.
I am all about DIY projects and I seriously tend to make a bunch of accessories myself. This is an absolute must for me, because when I have a vision in my mind, no one else can make it look exactly like it, only me. This is normal, though. No one can read my mind (I HOPE, or else it would be awkward for me, because sometimes I think about random dumb stuff)! I LOVE this DIY lamp from Ashley Ann and the rope for hanging curtains idea. I would choose different curtain - or maybe not, that I would have to see in person. Coastal Cottage Woven Suitcase nicely rounds up the country/vintage/modern living room which I have in mind. 

 A few other accesories I would want:
I would make a few changes in the process, if something wouldn´t feel right, but I love all of those pieces. I hope you can find some inspiration for your own dream living room from my selection!


Have a great day!

With love,


Maja


Wednesday, January 7

Get Yourself a Watch And Have a Great TIME

I usually don´t wear a watch because it is a too big of a risk of me ruining it since I draw, paint, play sports, cook, clean, etc. But there are times when I love to have my wrist watch on and it makes me feel more mature, sophisticated and fancy. It is a great accessory and I don´t have to take my phone everywhere just that I am able to keep track of time. Plus, I kinda love being phoneless :) Gives me a feeling of freedom. 

In case you don´t have a watch in your possession, here are a few reasons of why you should buy one.

1. It is rude to check your phone all the time - I read that one somewhere and I completely agree with it. When you go get a drink with someone you shouldn´t be looking at your phone constantly - it gives an impression that you are not having the best time and are just waiting for an excuse to leave as soon as possible. 

2. You don´t have to take your phone everywhere - Spend some time alone and have all the time in the world for yourself. Time - get it? Because of the watch. Yeah. Lets move on.

3. You can wear it as an accessory - And even pull off some crazy neon color watches while still looking classy.

4. You can show off your success - In some proffesions visible success is important and with a high profile watch you can demonstrate to your clients that you are a high-paying consultant and are worth of every penny they spend on you.

My choice of watches:










You should choose one that fits your personality best. You can take part in an auction and get a great deal on a great men’s or women’s watch at invaluable. "Oh my, look at the time.. Better get going :)"

With love,


Maja

Tuesday, January 6

Freya May Confidential - A Self Help Blog by a First Time Self Helper

I have been wanting to become a writer since I was just a little kid. I have talked about it to my mom so many times I cannot even remember. But I know what I said to her - I am going to write a book someday. I didn´t know what kind of book, how long or even what about - I just knew there would be a book once that was written by me.

I was a bookworm growing up - my mom used to frustrate about my reading at times. I would read while eating lunch with the family, I would read "secretly" past over my bedtime. I just couldn´t put a good book down - I was drawn by the story and events. I laughed and cried with the characters and I felt with them. I really did.

I had a lot of ideas until now about what book should I write and I finally decided on a theme. I started writing a blog called Freya May Confidential - A Self Help Blog by a First Time Self Helper. I am publishing the "blog" part of the story, but the back story will be published in the book itself. It is a mix between romance, drama and self-help book. The characters are fictional, but the book is kinda based on real life - mine or people I know. I mean - you can´t write about something you don´t know, right? Some events are made up or exaggerated, though - it is all part of creating great fiction :)


The blurb (for now):

A young twenty-something brunette was sitting at her computer desk in a somewhat big apartment for her age/financial status and writing her new-era self-help Blog called Freya May Confidential. But she wouldn´t be caught dead blogging under her REAL name– no, she had an image to uphold. She worked on her confident and strong successful persona for too long to be perceived as weak and –uhm, average. But is wall all a big conception, an idea she carefully built over the years of her existence. No one will know the real HER - it was her biggest fear. But the problem was, not even she knew who that person was.

If you like reading and are willing to give my blog a shot, please follow Freya May Confidential.

I am glad you are here.

With love,


Maja