DIY: UNIQUE BIRD CAGE LAMP/COAT HANGER

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A lamp/coat hanger with endless possibilities…

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A floor lamp made from a coat hanger and bird cage lamp.

HOW THIS DIY FLOOR LAMP WAS DESIGNED

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like change and I like original decor…not something you will find in every other house, shop or hotel.  This is not always possible, since I also love buying from shops and markets and I also follow trends to a certain extend, but I like originality rather than mass production.  Designing is a bigggggg passion of mine and luckily I married a very handy husband who can bring all…or let me rather say some of my plausible ideas…into existence!

One day I walked through the isles of one of our local grocery shops and saw this beautiful little wooden and black bird cage.  Then and there I decided this will become a lamp…and it did.  We bought a light fitting at our local hardware shop, some electrical cord and we already had an extra light bulb at home.  My hubby then unscrewed the top wooden knob of the bird cage, fixed the fitting, connected the cord and at the other end of the cord installed a light switch.

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The next question I had was, “where do I want to hang this?”  So the idea of a coat hanger came to mind.  Yet again I called in assistance from my loving husband, I dragged him down the isles of our local hardware shop – again – on the look out for “black steel things” 🙂 …I usually go to the shops with an idea and then know what I want when I see it, not planning too far ahead 🙂 … so we found the black steel hooks, we decided to use the wood pallets we had at home for the stand, for the top we bought a steel curtain rail end and then he made me this beauty!!

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STYLE IDEAS

Here comes the fun part…

This lamp/coat hanger stand gives you multiple options!  I just bought a few hang plants and a copper wire diamond at a market to hang on the coat hanger.  BUT you can chop and change what you hang, someone even suggested to hang a clock.  You can also hang photo frames with family photo’s.  And the day you decide to hang your bird cage lamp somewhere else, you can even start using the coat hanger to hang coats 😉  Just remember when you style this floor lamp keep balance in mind..more than one smaller items clustered together and bigger items on their own for instance, but it will depend on the specific items.

So go out and be creative…the sky’s the limit ❤

XOXO

Janine

HOLIDAY FUN: WATERCOLOUR BIRD ART

Art, Travel & Holiday Fun

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FUN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

WATERCOLOUR PAINT: BIRDS (INYONI IN ZULU)

There’s nothing like traveling and road trips during your December holiday.  My husband and I are definitely travelers by heart, discovering new places and experiences.  (I will try to start sharing some of our 2017/2018 December holiday plans, places and some holiday food soon, we went to a few places that’s not known for great signal so I fell behind a bit 😉 )

Even while traveling I still like to take time to be creative, but packing your oil paint and canvas or tools for a bit of wood work is not always plausible.  So I discovered how easy it is to take along watercolour paint.  It’s a matter of packing a small box with the paint colours, two or three paintbrushes and a watercolour paint book.  There is always a container of some sort available to mix your colours in.

I would take time during our holiday to find a beautiful scenic spot to sit at – maybe with a sunrise or sunset – and then just sit and play with the paint.  I discovered the secret to really round off your painting is using a black fine line pen to accentuate the outlines.  I am a big amature when it comes to watercolours, so if anyone wants to add tricks of the trade in the comment section to help the “just-doing-it-for-the-fun-but-wants-to-learn-more” people we will appreciate it 🙂

I hope you will make some “me-time” to sit and play with your watercolours, you never know if you will really surprise yourself with the end result!

Have a fantastic 2018!

Lots of Love

Janine

“Feeling” nothing…

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Its not about me its about You Lord

Religion is not just about ’emotions,’ meaning that when I ‘feel’ good, God is good but when I ‘feel’ sad, frustrated, angry.. then God is not so good anymore.

We want to “get” something from church, worship and our relationship from God but when we don’t ‘feel’ anything – joy, peace… – or get a specific message for ourselves during Bible study or church, or if we don’t receive what we prayed for…IMMEDIATELY and in our own way, then we are disappointed with God.  We say: “God doesn’t love me, ” “He doesn’t care how I feel or about my situation,” “Does He even know I exist and that I’m struggling?”

YES, He knows about you and your problems and He loves you dearly, BUT we are missing the point!  God did not create the world for us and to please us in every way we want.  Everything is about Him and His glory…He is the Creator…not us!

So we should actually be asking:  “What can I do to please God?” “Even if I don’t ‘feel’ anything during worship, let me continue in any case because it’s not about me. It’s not what I can get out of it.”

We need to make a mindset change and try to not ‘use’ God for our own benefit.  As soon as you start submitting to God’s will and renewing your mind by thinking of Him before yourself, you will start ‘feeling’ peace in your life…and no, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to have obstacles you need to overcome, you can now just overcome them WITH God, in His will.  He wants to help you because He really cares! But God is not just Love, He is also Just and Righteous, so He will go against His own nature if He tries to please people to earn their favour…and He doesn’t need to do that, He is God.

Take some time to sit and think if you’re not maybe doing or saying things that’s blocking you from hearing God’s Word.  He’s waiting patiently, in love, for you to turn to Him with an open heart…not a perfects heart…just a willing, open heart and He will help you to clean it again.

God really loves you!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 12:2 ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Hebrews 5:11-12 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need solid food!”

2 Timothy 2:11-13,15,19 “Here is a trustworthy saying:  If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

Hope you all have a blessed week!

XOXO

J

Decor: Room divider as headboard

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Interior design has always been a passion of mine.  It was also apart of my studies.  Everyone doesn’t have the privilege to pursue this as a career though, so I use my own house for all of my inspirations…and my poor husband just needs to try and keep up!

Decorating your house, just as a normal salary earner, is not always the easiest thing to do.  You look at pictures on the internet and in magazines and think…hmmm..my house looks nothing like that and will also not look like that within the next 10 years!

What I have learned over the years, is that beautiful decor takes time.  When we started putting up house, as soon as I had a bit of money to my disposal, I would impulsively go to the shops and buy the first thing I sort of like but can afford.  Later I ended up with non-quality items and a house that didn’t look anything like I wanted it to.  I realised then, that I should rather save up for a bit longer and then buy the items I really want.  Also, family and friends sometimes have stunning items that’s in their way but its perfect for your house.  Ask, you can maybe buy it cheaper from them or, even better, get it for free! Another “fun” option, is one me and André enjoys…go DIY!  There is so many amazing projects on the internet and in magazines you can find and make…if you can find time off-course!

In the following post I’ll share a little bit about the decor of our one guest bedrooms.

Neutral coloured bedroom with room devider as headboard

Last year we had the privileged to build a brand new house.  So as time passes, one room at a time is being tackled and changed, and changed and changed 😉  The quilted throw at the bottom of the bed was made by my ‘Ouma’ at the age of 85….and needless to say its very special to me.  It is also the focal point of this room and the rest of the decor is planned around it.

The absolutely beautiful room divider that’s being used as a headboard in this picture, is actually just a visitor in our house presently.  My sister didn’t use it to its full potential at this stage 😉 so I used the opportunity to borrow it for a bit to play around with.  I love change around me and non permanent, multi-functioned items like this gives me that opportunity.  Today it can be used as a headboard and a months time as a divider in my reading corner…that’s to say if it visits me long enough!

The white embossed bedspread was purchased from Zara Home…a shop I adore because it has unique, quality products and they change their shop’s colour schemes constantly!  The bedroom in this photo is quite a small guest bedroom with a dark floor.  I chose the white bedspread, as well as the ceiling-to-floor white curtains, not only to lighten up the room but also to visually enlarge this space.

My general style is quite minimalist where I incorporate ‘old’ and modern.  We were so blessed to inherit a few special ‘old’ pieces for our home from parents, grand- and great grandparents, including this antique, wooden bedside cabinet, who apparently was carried over the Drakensberg with the ‘Voortrekkers’…I won’t bet my chocolate cookie for the accuracy of this information but I choose to believe it!!  🙂

Well that’s the just of it…hope you’ll all have a blessed and beautiful day!

XOXO

J