Category: DIY

Zero waste 30 day challenge – day 3: make do with what you have

(English below)

Trälåda som används till bokförvaring

Dag 3! Använd det du redan har.

Vi bor litet och har därför inte plats för så mycket. Jag vill heller inte HA så mycket saker och därför gillar jag när saker kan användas till fler än en sak. Här kommer några exempel. Vi dricker mycket smoothies och jag gör ofta havre/mandelmjölk. Behöver jag en speciell smoothiekanna till det? Nix. Vår fina karaff jag fått av en vän fixar biffen.

Kanna som funkar prima till hemgjord havremjölk

Leksaksförvaring goes soffbord goes bokhylla. Jag älskar trälådor och den här smarta hade vi först barnböcker i, men när de flyttade in i hyllan gjorde den ett kort gästspel som soffbord en kväll innan legot flyttade ner i den.

Ett annat sätt det här tankesättet är bra är när det kommer till att använda upp saker. Allt från halvtomma pastapaket till den extra tandkrämstuben till den lilla burken med specialmusli. Använd det innan du köper nytt!

Kryddburk goes vas!

Sista tipset, när du tycker att du behöver eller vill ha något – kolla först hemma vad du redan har. Kanske kan den gamla marmeladburken funka som en vas?

Har du några prylar som används på flera sätt?

Monthly makers – September

This months theme is interior, which as we just moved (well, it’s been almost two months now..) was a perfect fit. As I mentioned a while ago, a local newspaper was coming to do an interview with me and shooting a few pics from our home and that certainly gave me the right push to finish up this project…

Almost two years ago, I bought this small chest of drawers. The front of the drawers were in really bad condition and a lot of the front kept falling off. Usually I prefer to take good care of old furniture and I don’t like when people paint over it, but there was no hope for this one. 

I started working on it pretty quickly, but soon after I just stopped. I couldn’t decide on what color and then I finally did but still didn’t paint it. 

…and then, fast forward a year and a half and here we go 😉 

Why does somethings take forever? I really like how it came out, now I just need to find some handles haha! 

It didn’t turn out great, but it looks a million times better now then it did before.

What do you think about painting old furniture? 🙂

Monthly makers – July

This months theme was “something I’ve never tried before” and I decided to make bee’s wraps! I’ve had a set for a couple of years now and I’ve wanted to make my own as its something I’d like to add to my shop.

One summers day when my kid all of a sudden decided to take a nap, I got to work!



It was really fun and so easy! I used organic cotton fabric and organic wax as well. I did like the first result but wasn’t fully pleased so I played around a bit afterwards with a bit of oil and more wax.

monthly makers – april pt2.

First part, read here…

So, for Aprils monthly makers I sewed a whale! I love whales and I’ve seen so many nice ones on pinterest, so it was an easy choice. Here’s what the pieces that I cut out from my old jeans looked like: For the belly, I chose to go with grey linnen.

And here it is! As for the filling, well I get a lot of small scraps when I sew so I just put it all to good use 🙂

For now he lives on a shelf in my studio. 


*As for the left overs, whatever pieces that we big enough I saved them to use for when I need to repair jeans. With a jeans-loving family, I expect that to be very soon. Would you like a tutorial for repairing jeans? Let me know!

monthly makers – april

Last month I just didn’t have enough time to participate. I had a few ideas but none of them seemed great enough to become a priority and in combination with a lot of work -it just didn’t work out.

A few weeks ago this months theme was released (animals!) and at first I had absolutely no idea of what to make but then I checked out this post and then it hit me! This winter when we spent 4 weeks in the us, I started a project that I didn’t finish; a whale made from an old pair of jeans.

Sadly, but good for this particular project, my absolute favourite pair were beyond repairing. I had fixed them so many times and as soon as I had fixed one hole, a new one ripped the second I put them on. It was time for the next step. I did cut out all the pieces before we left and then rolled them up  and that’s where I am now!

To be continued…

monthly makers – February


so this months theme was second hand/thriftstore and I kinda knew right away what I wanted to make and even started just a few days after. But then life happened. I got really busy and my project ended up in a bag to be brought to my studio (which is where it is) leaving me with no option to finish it this weekend. I did take a snapshot when I had started though, and I’m hoping to get things a little more back on track this week and some time to finish it tomorrow.

So, here it goes. A while ago I came across maybe 7-8 skeins of grey yarn at a local second hand store which, being a knitter I got. Then I saw this tutorial on pinterest and then the theme was released. Well, perfect match.

This is how far I got though.. 

to be continued…..


UPDATE! Here’s what it looks like now 🙂

Monthly makers January – Mountain pillow

So I finally decided on what to make for Januarys theme, contrast – a mountain pillow. My kid is getting a new bed and I thought a new pillow would be nice.

You’ll need:
*Two pieces of fabric in contrasting colors, I went with linen. They grey one is 45*70 and the white one 30*50
*Sewing machine
*Matching thread

1.  First, cut out 2 triangles from the white fabric. At the bottom of the triangles, cut out smaller ones to form the snow. 

2. Lay one of the white pieces on top of the grey, make sure that there aren’t any gaps between them and with a ruler or a measuring tape, mark guidelines for where to cut the grey fabric in order to get the full triangle.

3. Pin all the small triangles to the grey and with a straight stitch, sew them all down. Repeat with the other two pieces so that you have two looking the same.

4. Place the pieces with right sides towards each other, pin them together and sew around, but leave a 10-15cm gap at the bottom.

5. Trim any excess fabric on the sides, and cut of the corners.

6. Turn the pillow right side out and fill it with stuffing or fabric scraps or an old pillow.

7. Stitch the hole together, either by hand or with the machine.

This was my contribution for Januarys theme from Monthly makers, you can read more about the monthly makers here.  My inspiration for this month theme you can find here and my Pinterest board for monthly makers here.