6 no-knit yarn diys

Friday, February 28, 2014
6 fun and easy no-knit diy tutorials to do with your yarn leftovers | My Paradissi

Hey, knitters and crocheters reading this blog, I have a question for you. Ever wondered what to do with your yarn leftovers? Of course you have ;) There is always the solution of making a bohemian colorful piece, like a blanket or scarf, but as yarn leftovers are often mismatched in color and thickness they are hard to combine in a decent knitting project. There are, however, great no-knit projects you can try out. I've come across these fun and rather easy diys that look like they don't mind being made with yarn leftovers at all! Plus they are super cool to decorate with. Don't you agree? Would you make any of these for your home?

Nail and yarn wall art- Jen created a Home Sweet Home wall art for her wall over the couch. Looks like a great way to fill up a large empty wall in a budget friendly way. Imagine all the possibilities of this diy! (tutorial via Jen loves Kev)

Pom Pom pens- Love these cuties. They'd make a great gift or party favor and are so easy to make! (tutorial via Casual Craftlete)

Yarn tassel garland- Great for a party or a nursery decor. They are so fun and happy! I can see them with monochromatic combos for a more sleek result, given the fact that there is plenty yarn of the same kind left. (tutorial via Jacks&Kate)

Pom Pom accent rug- The cushiest diy on the list. And, probably the most time consuming. But its totally worthy, right? (tutorial via Pipa Quilts)

Yarn fonts- Yet another diy I love and have on my to-do list for ages but have never actually tried. Irene did this one with her kids so I guess it's not that hard after all. Maybe I can give it a second chance. (tutorial via Bloesem Kids)

Yarn banner- This diy has been practically everywhere around the blogosphere and can't see why not. It's super easy and super impressive at the same time. You can vary the size, colors and shape and create a bunch to hang as a group or go solo. (tutorial via Creative Bug)

Happy crafting!

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My home, my paradise #6

Thursday, February 27, 2014
My home, my paradise #6 | My Paradissi

There is something about brutal, unrefined wood that always makes my heart sing. I love the memories it holds and its ability to add texture and warmth in any place being used. My dream home this time has loads of it, inside every room (can't have enough obviously!). To make things cheesier, I located this imaginary spot in the mediterranean countryside, up on a hill with a view to the sea, somewhere between the first heats of the summer, when the early evenings are still chill and breezy. In it, there will definitely be..

Win a $250 style board by Roomations

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
 Mt Buller home of Andrew and Tiffany Percy © Eve Wilson | The Design Files
Transitional living room  by Jennifer Worts Design Inc.

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ETSY MIX: Got the message

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Handmade art prints with quotes and wise words on Etsy

You might as well know that I'm a fan of quotes and, frankly my dear, I wouldn't mind having a pretty reminder on my wall to motivate me do epic shit, while I'm staying away from the computer! Seriously now, I just adore those little smartass sayings as they give me that momentary push and occasionally help me reconsider or focus on what really matters. There are tons (TONS) of creative posters out there with famous or not so famous quotes and there are also mugs, trays, pillows, towels, you name it housewares that do the same. Etsy is crammed with them and really it's a pity to narrow down to only 6. Anyway, hope these will trigger you into some etsy browsing. I'm curious; do you have any wise words you like to reference daily and are they actually hung on your wall?

Shop this collection: Ma'am step away from the computer letterpress art poster (LaFarme, $90.38), 2.Do Epic Shit hand illustrated teacup (Farizula, $19), 3.The Heart Wants What It Wants Woody Allen quote archival print (alphonnsine, $18+), 4.Stay Weird mini canvas banner (SharpToothStudio, $25), 5.Frankly My Dear I Don't Give A Damn typography poster (wordsdesignlove, $20.51+), 6.Go Left typography art wood picture (navucko, $22.60)

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The apartment of Susanna Vento

Monday, February 24, 2014
The small apartment of Susanna Vento in Helsinki. Photos by Petra Bindel via Dwell

How do you fit a family of three in a 600 square foot apartment? You carefully study the needs and daily habits of the inhabitants and design accordingly. And, how do you make a tiny apartment not only practical but stylish and with a personality? You add statement pieces that serve function but also that have a story to tell. Hmm, and how do you do that on a tight budget? You get your hands dirty and diy a lot. Sounds challenging? You just have to tour around Susanna Vento's apartment in Helsinki to believe. Boy, isn't this place awesome! Petit yet incredibly sweet, dived into the bw/bold color contrasting scandi design, crammed with smart projects that she and her also creative husband made. A string of lights brighten up the dining spot whereas a handmade colorful bunting adds happy colors along with postcards and prints attached on the walls with washi tape. Susanna definitely holds the know-how to a seamless everyday eclectic house: “As an interior designer I choose new designs for my clients, but for my own home, I tend to prefer crafty or old stuff. If I buy something, I want to buy only things that stand the test of time. But even better is to buy nothing at all and do-it-yourself!” Couldn't agree more on that! 

Sunday bliss (round Crete)

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Paliokastro beach in Heraklion Crete © Eleni Psyllaki | My Paradissi

My Sunday involved a great deal of sea gazing and sand walking; quite invigorating indeed! Hope you're having a great one too ^^ xoxo

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Weekend goody bag

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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happy weekend

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6 diys for your home office

Friday, February 21, 2014
6 pretty and creative diys for your home office and desktop

When one skips a weekly post, one must be extra busy (that’s me by the way). That also means that that one person spends way too many hours in front of her screen, on her desk. So, to make amends with you (and my guilty self) I’d like to share with you not one, but a bunch of pretty diys for your home office. Since most of us spend a lot of time there, let's, at least, make it a happy and inspiring place. Are you with me?

Kraft paper list- Love the idea of Aileen to use a kraft paper roll and a rope to sort her grocery list out. Seems ideal for a to-do list too. Finish the task and tear it off! (tutorial via At Home In Love)

Hoop inspiration board- A pretty way to gather all those bits and pieces of creativity in a place (with style). I'd love to see a number of these boards in different colors grouped together on a wall in my home office. (tutorial via crafts.tuts+)

Magnetic desktop set- How fun is the idea of turning a simple paper box into a magnet? I keep my pins and clips inside my cabinets, far from the desk, and this is a great way to have some of them right next to me. (tutorial via House of Earnest)

Desk organizer- Little did I imagine that this neat organizer is made out of plastic hangers (and trays of course)! It might just be the golden hue that makes it so impressive but I'd love to see it in a black or bold neon hue too. (tutorial via Amy Krist)

Gem mousepad- Not an avid user of mousepads over here but I can sure make an exception for this one. Don't you feel that a mousepad is sort of a carpet for your desktop? Adds texture and creates visual interest at the same time! (tutorial via Popsicles & Pinatas)

Stationery organizer- A stripes, gold and neon pink combo is a good enough reason to include this desk organizer in the list. However, this pretty looks like a great place to hide away all the paperwork that's been piling on my desktop for ages. (tutorial via Damask Love)

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The mid century modern credenza

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Decor trend: The mid century modern credenza

I still remember this really old credenza at my grandmother's home I used to love to hate. It always felt so so aged and boring, bringing old memories of past lives right in front of my unsettling childish eyes. Little did I know back then that I'd pray to hold that piece of furniture now. But, that's how things (ehem, trends) work, right? As soon as something gets lost time and relentlessly fades out of our memories then it is always a great idea to bring it back, in a rejuvenated style frame to suit our contemporary lifestyle needs. So is the mid century credenza. This bloody piece of furniture seems to be everywhere these days. Actually, it is not only the credenza with the sliding cabinet doors, the often recessed drawer pulls and the slim legs that resides in the eclectic homes of the contemporary sophisticated elite; you will find all types of modern, danish inspired furniture and accents as well, from amazing armchairs and side tables to exquisite futuristic chandeliers and decoratives. This, however, post is purely dedicated to this one piece that I grew up with then grew out of but would mostly love to have it in my home again. The modern credenza is here to stay.

ETSY MIX: Slate gray

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Vintage and handmade housewares found on Etsy inspired by slate gray | My Paradissi

It is this middle hue between blue and gray that makes my heart sing. Love how it makes everything look sophisticated and masculine, even when extremely soft and cushy! It is also the exact hue that brings a fresh vibe to vintage finds and acts like a reference point to the industrial decor. Looks exquisitely great with copper and warm browns too. Today's etsy mix post is inspired by slate gray (like you haven't guessed already ;) Would you pick anything from this list?

Shop this collection: 1.Bedspread 'plait' gray (taftyli, $288.50), 2.Ingmar Relling for Westnofa walnut and leather vintage lounge chair (thegoodmod, $700), 3.Handmade statement necklace (myLifebox, $42.22), 4.Danish vintage light by JEKA Denmark (VintageDK, $309.60), 5.Salt and pepper pair (vitrifiedstudio, $45), 6.Vintage copper utensil set (HAULHOME, $20.61)

P.s. Find much more shopping inspiration on my Etsy page.

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Casa Albanese in Pantelleria, Italy

Monday, February 17, 2014
Casa Albanese in Pantelleria, Italy © Francesco Bolis | My Paradissi

Let me take you with me on a short trip to Pantelleria. Oh, you don't know where this is? Well, neither did I until a few hours ago, despite the fact that this place is actually very close to Crete. So, Pantelleria is a tiny volcanic island in the Mediterranean sea, somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia. There, architect Flavio Albanese renovated one typical dammusi complex (a group of traditional buildings made of thick, double dry-masonry walls in lavic stone and obsidian) into a stunning summer home. I'm ecstatic about this place! I adore and completely empathise with the stark stone and dusty surroundings and the way the architecture is seamlessly adjusted into the environment. I'm not going to start on the stucco surfaces, the built in furniture, the sandy hues, the leveled interiors and the contrasting sleek contemporary design. All I know is that I'm dying for some lazy hours under the palm trees, some laps up and down the pool and to let my soul soak in all this divine architecture ^^

Sunday bliss is..

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Mediterranean backyard
Kiwi and avocado smoothie recipe | Soul food

..spending some pre-spring chill out moments in this backyard while enjoying a super healthy green kiwi and avocado smoothie. Yum ^^

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Weekend goody bag

Saturday, February 15, 2014
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