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SEWING, SEWING

I sewed a boring sweater with colorful thread

Isn't it wonderful when we can give a cute note to a simple boring garment, accessory or object? I love finding old clothes or objects and decorating them in different ways. That's what I did with a simple old sweater : I decorated it with knitting yarn at the neckline and on the sleeves. And it came out perfect! The backstory : On one of my walks in the city, I stumbled upon a super cute sweater that had sewn thread around the neckline and sleeves. I loved it right away. I showed it to Machi, Spyros' mom, and she said...

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Storage box with wooden handle

A boring and somewhat awkward box has been transformed into a lovely and handy storage box. As a Greek blog, in some cases, English titles are more suitable. Like this construction. It's clearly a "makeover". The backstory : This backstory is short. Lately, (i.e the last two years!) I've been trying to find the best way to organize the materials for my constructions. I found these beautiful bamboo boxes in a store by chance, and they were very cheap. I didn't like the handle and when I got home I realized that apart from it being shoddy, it was also very uncomfortable....

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ECOLOGY, PLANTS, UPCYCLE

How to decorate a plastic flower pot using a cotton rope

There's an easy way to turn a boring plastic flower pot into a beautiful home pot using a cotton rope! I'm sure you know all about the love I have for plants by now, and you certainly know that I take care of a lot, here at home. Many plants mean many transplants and many transplants mean many plastic pots. When it comes to plants and home decor, I'm always looking for a beautiful pot, a clay pot, a knitted basket in which I can put the plants. At some point, I exhausted all of my options. Concrete pot, clay pot,...

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DECOR, DECOR, DECOR, DECOR, DECOR, DECOR, PHOTOGRAPHY

Operation Rainbow : Wall Decoration

Tadaaaa!!! After 8 months I can proudly say that Operation Rainbow is over. My colorful pictures were framed and became a wonderful and super-colorful wall decoration. Right now that I'm typing this, I'm smiling from ear to ear because indeed, I am very, very pleased with the result. And I'm sure, as soon as you see how Operation Rainbow came out, you will refer to your most colorful photos to make it too! Don't waste any time, comb throught your hard drives and phone! Look for the color! Operation Rainbow : What to do : Rummage through your cell phone, your computer and your...

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KIDS

Cotton thread Rainbow Decoration

It's Saturday morning, my cats are fighting and I will share with you how you can make a beautiful rainbow decoration for a kid's room, or not (!). If you follow ashinyday on Instagram, you may have come across #ashinydiychallenge. If you don't follow ashinyday on Instagram and don't know what I'm talking about, I'll tell you immediately! #ashinyDIYchallenge | The backstory : As I may have mentioned in a previous article, on most of my shopping trips (online or offline), I often find myself thinking "I won't buy it, I can make it myself". My friends think the same when it...

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REVAMP, REVAMP, REVAMP, REVAMP, REVAMP, REVAMP

How to decorate a bamboo basket with tassels

Time: 30 minutes | Cost: 11 euros It is this time of year that we are experimenting with home decoration. We make various changes, alter objects, decorate the rooms that need more care and ... bring new plants home! At the moment, 25 little plants live (and thrive) in my house (crazy plant lady alert). I don't have time to count the plants in the terrace now (!) but they are also thriving. That will be until tomorrow that the infamous snow and frost will begin, I imagine. One of the beautiful details that we have added lately to the house...

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ECOLOGY, NATURAL DYES

How to dye a cotton rope using avocado seeds

The heavenly pink dye that avocado seeds and peels bear, can dye anything cotton, wood or silk. This time, I attempted to paint a cotton rope I wanted to use in one of my constructions. I had tried to paint a white string a few months ago, but it didn't very well. It seems that the rope I had wasn't 100% cotton. This time, I searched and found a Greek craftsmanship that produces 100% cotton and linen ropes and yarns. The difference was noticeable, since the rope absorbed the avocado pink dye in no time. If you're new on A Shiny...

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CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, STYLE, STYLE, STYLE

DIY fabric floral headband

Headbands and retro hair clips are making a comebank and I'm so happy! You may have noticed that, I'm a huge fan of retro and somewhat childish details in accessories and clothing. After hair clips, it's now time for headbands. Today I will be sharing with you this -very easy- way to decorate an old boring headband with just some inches of gorgeous floral fabric. In the process of DYIng headbands I experimented a bunch with different textures, fabrics and styles. Let's start with this, since it's the easiest! Once we perfect this technique, we will go to the next level....

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Painting a glass vase using eco-friendly paint

An old and somewhat boring glass vase can turn it into a beautiful and modern vase for our flowers, just by using the right materials. The backstory : Recently, I had to use some glass jars as props in a photo shoot. The photo shoot wrapped, the vases remained. Plain, boring glass vases. So I decided to transform one of them! The result was very pleasing, that's why I'm sharing it with you! With that being said, if you have a boring glass vase at home that you don't really and can't wait to get rid of, think again! There is a...

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DIY fabric hair ties (scrunchies)

The fabric hair ties, you may also know as scrunchies, are a stylish way to get your hair out of your face. In recent years, they have become super popular (again) and can be found in various colors and sizes in the market. Apart from the fact that scrunchies are super snazzy, they are gentle with hair. And what's even better? We can make them ourselves! We can use old fabrics, leftover pieces from clothing pieces we have cropped, or clothes that no longer fit. Anyhow, DIYing scrunchies is super easy and cheap! It can take us from 15 to...

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