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01 March 2015

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

You can never have too much French decor in your home, if you ask me :)
A little bit of French charm here, a little bit of French chicness there...
With that in mind, let me tell you that today's DIY is so easy you won't even believe it. You will only need a few things to make some amazing French labels, all distressed and waterproofed, ready to be placed on a vintage enamel milk jug or on just about everything else! :)
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Daca ma intrebati pe mine, niciodata nu ai destule decoratiuni frantuzesti prin casa :)
Un strop de sarm frantuzesc aici, un pic de chic frantuzesc dincolo ...
  Avand asta in minte, tutorialul de azi este atat de usor de realizat incat nici nu o sa va vina sa credeti. Aveti nevoie doar de cateva lucruri pentru a realiza niste etichete frantuzesti frumoase, invechite si rezistente la apa, gata pentru a fi puse pe un recipient vintage emailat
sau pe orice altceva va cade in mana! :)

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels

You will need:
- French labels printed on textured or regular cardboard sheet
(you can take the images directly from The Graphics Fairy or you can download
the image collage I've made from our Graphics Factory blog)
- a stencil sponge
(or any other sponge that you have laying around)
- dark acrylic paint
(I've used dark metallic paint)
- a brush
- scissors
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 Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa 

Avem nevoie de:
- etichete frantuzesti listate pe carton texturat sau normal
(imaginile le puteti lua direct de pe The Graphics Fairy, sau puteti folosi
colajul realizat de mine, pe care il puteti descarca gratuit de pe blogul nostru Graphics Factory)
- burete pentru sablon 
(sau orice alt burete pe care il aveti la indemana)
- vopsea acrilica inchisa la culoare
(eu am folosit metalizata)
- pensula
- adeziv Mod Podge pentru exterior
- foarfeca
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

 And of course the recipient you want to decorate. The one I used is really old and chippy just the way I like it and has a great sentimental value because
it was a ''legacy'' from my grandmother. I just love it!
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Si bineinteles, recipientul pe care vreti sa-l decorati, cel pe care l-am folosit eu e chiar vechi si ciobit, exact asa cum imi place mie, plus ca are si o valoare sentimentala, fiind ''mostenire''
de la bunica mea. Il ador! 

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

For phase one, making and distressing the cardboard labels, use your scissors to cut all the labels. Use the borders I've made for guidance, do not leave them on the labels.
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Pentru prima faza, realizarea si invechirea etichetelor, taiati cu foarfeca toate etichete. Folositi chenarele pe care le-am facut doar pentru ghidaj, pentru a taia drept, dar nu le lasati pe etichete.  

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Gently dip the sponge into the acrylic paint and dab it for a few times on some paper, to remove the excess, before applying it to the labels. 
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Inmuiati usor buretele in vopseaua acrilica si tamponati usor, de cateva ori, pe o hartie, pentru a elimina excesul, inainte de aplicare pe etichete. 

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa
Start by dabbing your sponge on all the margins of your first label, insisting on the corners.
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Incepeti prin a tampona cu buretele toate marginile primei etichete, insistand la colturi.

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Now gently dab on all the surface of the label without applying too much pressure. 
There isn't an universal pattern, just follow your instinct and don't stop until fully satisfied! :)
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Apoi tamponati usor toata suprafata etichetei, fara a aplica prea multa presiune.
Nu exista un model universal pe care sa-l urmati, ascultati-va instinctul  si opriti-va doar cand sunteti pe deplin multumiti! :)

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Do the same for all the labels and let them sit for a while, until completely dry.
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Faceti la fel si cu celelalte etichete si lasati-le sa stea un timp, pana sunt uscate complet.

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Aren't these just ''tres chic''? :)
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Nu-i asa ca sunt ''tres chic''? :)

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa
Now look for a minute around you, can you spot at least 3 things that would look nice with these French beauties? I know I have a few things in mind! :)
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Acum uitati-va in jurul vostru, nu-i asa ca vedeti cel putin 3 lucruri care ar arata bine cu etichetele astea frantuzesti? Eu una am pus deja ochii pe cateva ! :) 
 DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Well enough with spotting new things to decorate, let's go back to the sealing and waterproofing part, now it's time to put the Mod Podge to work!
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Ok, gata cu depistarea noilor obiecte de decorat, sa revenim la partea in care protejam etichetele si le facem rezistente la apa. E timpul sa punem Mod Podge-ul la treaba!     

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge on your label and brush it back and forward until your label is completely covered with a uniform layer.
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Aplicati cu ajutorul unei pensule o cantitate generoasa de adeziv Mod Podge pe eticheta si, cu miscari pendulare, acoperiti cu un strat uniform toata suprafata etichetei.

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Even though the labels will look a little bit translucent when applying the Mod Podge, don't worry. After drying, the uniform layer will turn into a beautiful clear plastified film, all waterproofed and sealed and even ready to use outside on different decorations.
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Chiar daca la inceput, atunci cand aplicati Mod Poge-ul,  etichetele vor arata cam translucide, nu va speriati. Dupa uscare, stratul uniform se va transforma intr-o pelicula clara si plastifiata, rezistenta la apa si protejata, care poate fi folosita chiar si pe obiecte de decor folosite la exterior.

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Put your labels to dry on some tall recipients and let them dry completely.
Do not leave them directly on the table, Mod Podge is a strong adhesive after all and there's a high risk of adhering to your working table in no time.
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Puneti etichetele la uscat pe niste recipiente mai inalte si asteptati sa se usuce complet.
Nu le lasati direct pe masa, Mod Podge este totusi un adeziv puternic si riscati sa se lipeasca imediat de suprafata de lucru.
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa


DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

After the labels are dry, use some more Mod Podge and a brush, this time to apply some Mod Podge on the back of the labels and glue them  to your milk jug.
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Dupa uscarea etichetelor, folositi din nou Mod Podge si o pensula, de data asta pentru a aplica Mod Podge pe spatele etichetelor si lipiti-le pe recipient.

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

Use some paper towel to remove any excess Mod Podge, after completely dried, the Mod Podge won't come off.
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Folositi un servetel pentru a curata excesul de Mod Podge de pe margini, dupa uscare
acesta nu va mai putea fi indepartat. 
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

And you're done!  Your very own enamel milk jug with French touches! :)
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Si sunteti gata! :) Recipientul vostru emailat, cu accente frantuzesti! :)
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

All you need now are some delicate flowers, thank God lovely spring is just around the corner! 
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Acum mai aveti nevoie doar de niste flori delicate, ce bine ca primavara cea incantatoare e pe-aproape! 

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa


DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa

I hope you like this project and decide to give it a try! :)
You can grab all the materials you need and start working on it or you can pin it for later. 
Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave a comment below.
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Sper sa va placa proiectul si sa-l incercati si voi! :)
Va puteti lua materialele si va puteti apuca de proiectul asta imediat sau puteti sa-l salvati pe Pinterest pentru mai tarziu. Indiferent de varianta aleasa, mi-ar placea sa aud cum vi se pare, comentariile sunt binevenite.
DIY: Vintage enamel milk jug with distressed and waterproofed French labels / Tutorial: Recipient vintage emailat, cu etichete frantuzesti invechite si rezistente la apa



Don't forget to smile! / Nu uitati sa zambiti! ♥

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14 February 2015

'Shabby Valentine's Day' and the latest news / 'Shabby Valentine' si ultimele noutati

 Even though I haven't been around lately, I'm back on the blog... just in time to wish you a ''Happy Valentine's Day'', filled with love, joy, smiles and many hugs! And some chocolate, music, a good wine and some beautiful Shabby flowers! :)
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Chiar daca nu ne-am mai vazut de ceva vreme pe blog, am revenit ... la timp pentru a va ura un ''Happy Valentine'' plin de dragoste, bucurie, zambete si multe imbratisari! Si de ciocolata, muzica, un vin bun si flori Shabby frumoase! :)
Shabby Valentine's Day
I have one million things to tell you, 2015 debuted in a some kind of a welcomed slow motion, I think it was the universe telling us to slow down, after a beautiful but agitated 2014. So we took a (partial) social media break to recharge our batteries and started focusing more on us.
I could say that last year was a transition year because we started making small steps to (re)discover the road to a calmer, healthier and balanced life.
There are so many small things that are close to us and can make our lives really beautiful.
I am so excited with ''the new discoveries'' that I've decided to share some with you, real soon! 
I've already made some design changes on the blog but expect to see many other. And stay tuned for more DIY projects, home decor ideas, homemade tips, social media tricks and many more.
Until then ... don't forget to smile! :)
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Am un milion de lucruri sa va spun, 2015 a debutat intr-un fel de slow motion bine venit, cred ca era universul care ne tragea de maneca sa o luam mai moale, dupa un 2014 plin de realizari, dar agitat si obositor. Asa ca am luat o pauza (partiala) de social media, pentru a ne incarca bateriile, si ne-am focusat mai mult pe noi.
Anul trecut pot spune ca a fost un fel de an de tranzitie, pentru ca am inceput, cu pasi mici, (re)descoperirea drumului catre o viata mai linistita, mai sanatoasa, mai echilibrata. 
Sunt atatea lucruri marunte care ne sunt la indemana si care ne pot face viata mai frumoasa!
Eu una sunt atat de incantata de 'noile descoperiri' incat m-am gandit sa le impartasesc, in curand, si cu voi! Am facut deja cateva schimbari de design pe blog, dar asteptati-va sa vedeti si altele. Si stati pe-aproape pentru proiecte DIY, idei de decor pentru casa, sfaturi pentru tot felul de lucruri facute in casa, ponturi social media si multe altele.
Pana atunci ... nu uitati sa zambiti! :)





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05 December 2014

Faux Shutters Christmas Decor ♦ Decor de Craciun cu Obloane False

These faux shutters are the coolest thing ever!
And (not) only because we've made them ourselves but because they can be easily and rapidly integrated into any decor or can become a pretty decor themselves. We just added a Christmas inspired sign, our Shabby White candle holders and the wooden ice skates we've made the other days and managed to turn a pretty boring corner into a lovely winter setting.
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Obloanele astea false sunt cele mai dragute chestii ever!
Si nu (numai) pentru ca le-am facut noi ci pentru ca pot fi integrate cu usurinta si rapiditate in orice decor sau pot deveni, chiar ele, un decor frumos.Am adaugat o placuta inspirata din cantecele de Craciun, sfesnicele Shabby White si patinele din lemn, realizate zilele trecute, si am transformat imediat un colt plictisitor intr-un frumos decor de iarna.

Faux Shutters Christmas Decor ♦ Decor de Craciun cu Obloane False

Faux Shutters Christmas Decor ♦ Decor de Craciun cu Obloane False
Each shutter was made from 3 pieces of wood of 65 cm*8 cm and 2 pieces of 24 cm*8 cm
that we cut, painted and then distressed real well.
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Fiecare oblon a fost realizat din cate 3 stinghii de lemn avand 65 cm*8 cm si doua stinghii avand 24 cm**8 cm pe care le-am taiat, le-am vopsit si apoi le-am invechit bine de tot. 
Faux Shutters Christmas Decor ♦ Decor de Craciun cu Obloane False

The best part is that we can use them all year around, not only for Christmas, we just have to use our imagination and decorate them with specific items from every season.
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Cea mai buna chestie e ca obloanele pot fi folosite cu usurinta in orice perioada a anului,
nu doar de Craciun, trebuie doar sa ne punem imaginatia la treaba si sa le decoram cu lucruri specifice fiecarui anotimp. 
Faux Shutters Christmas Decor ♦ Decor de Craciun cu Obloane False
The other days, for example, right in the middle of our Christmas decorating,
the last of the most-beautiful-and-scented-roses from our garden gave us the idea of creating a special summer(ish) corner in our working area. Isn't this just pretty? :)
{If you are one of our followers, you must have already seen them
on Instagram or Facebook
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Zilele trecute, de exemplu, in toiul pregatirilor de Craciun, cei-mai-frumosi-si-mai-parfumati trandafiri proaspeti din gradina ne-au dat ideea de a realiza rapid in atelier un coltisor asa, mai de vara. Nu-i asa ca e frumos? :)
 {Daca ne urmariti deja pe Instagram sau pe Facebook, cred ca l-ati vazut si acolo}

Faux Shutters Decor ♦ Decor cu Obloane False

Furthermore each shutter can be easily turned into a Candy Bar setting or a photo backdrop for taking pictures or for anything else that we can think of.
Or why not completely transform it into something new - maybe a large tray that we can use to serve cinnamon cookies and coffee with extra milk to our loved ones?:)   
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 Plus ca fiecare oblon se poate transforma super rapid intr-un fundal pentru Candy Bar sau unul pentru realizarea pozelor sau pentru orice altceva ne trece prin minte.
Sau, de ce sa nu-l transformam in ceva complet nou - poate o tava incapatoare,
perfecta pentru a servi prajituri cu scortisoara si cafea cu muuuult lapte celor dragi! :) 

Faux Shutters Decor ♦ Decor cu Obloane False

As for the Christmas spirit, we have made lots of beautiful projects that we really want to share with you these days, so stay tuned for more! :)
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 Revenind la spiritul Craciunului, am realizat multe proiecte frumoase pe care vrem neaparat sa vi le aratam zilele astea, asa ca stati pe-aproape! :)
Don't forget to smile!
Nu uitati sa zambiti!

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01 December 2014

Shabby White Candle Holders ♦ Suporturi Shabby White pentru lumanari

We can never have too many candles that could add a little bit of refinement
to our homes, don't you think? :)
Especially now that Christmas is just around the corner and we have already started
to look for beautiful and original ideas to decorate our homes. 
I must confess that I have a thing for candles and I usually buy candle holders or small recipients and lots of different shapes and sizes candles, especially scented ones that I love to light around the house when spending some relaxing time with  family.
So this year we've created in our Dreams Factory some lovely elegant handmade candle holders that can be easily integrated into any decor, whether it is a Christmas decor
or a regular all-year-long one.

Parca nu avem niciodata destule lumanari, sfesnice sau tot felul de suporturi de lumanari, 
care sa adauge un strop de rafinament caselor noastre, nu vi se pare? :)
Mai ales acum, cand  Craciunul se apropie cu pasi repezi si incepem deja
sa cautam idei cat mai frumoase si originale pentru a decora prin casa.
Eu una recunosc ca am facut o pasiune pentru lumanari si-mi iau, ori de cate ori am ocazia, sfesnice, suporturi si multeee lumanari, de diferite forme si dimensiuni, mai ales parfumate, pe care le aprind de obicei seara, cand ne relaxam in familie.
Asa ca anul acesta am creat in Fabricuta de Vise niste sfesnice handmade elegante si frumoase, care pot fi integrate in orice decor, fie ca e unul de Craciun sau unul obisnuit, in-orice-perioada-a-anului.

Shabby White Candle Holders ♦ Suporturi Shabby White pentru lumanari


I really loved the silhouette of this Ikea candles stick holder and decided to use it as a model.
Pentru ca imi place la nebunie forma acestui sfesnic de la Ikea, am hotarat sa-l folosesc ca si model.
So we've made a stencil out of it, cut a few shapes from MDF (with a hand jigsaw) to which
we glued a round base and a top.
Afterwards we painted our candle holders adding a little bit 
of extra chicness ... Shabby Chicness, of course! :)
Ne-am facut un sablon, am decupat cateva forme din MDF, cu ajutorul unui fierastrau vertical, de mana si le-am lipit niste suporturi rotunde, sus si jos.
Apoi le-am pictat si am adaugat un strop de chic ... Shabby Chic, bineinteles :)

Shabby White Candle Holders ♦ Suporturi Shabby White pentru lumanari
Shabby White Candle Holders ♦ Suporturi Shabby White pentru lumanari
Love the final result, what do you think about our handmade candle holders
with Shabby Chic touches? Are you a candle lover as well? :)
Imi place la nebunie rezultatul final, voua cum vi se par suporturile nostre handmade,
cu aer Shabby Chic? Sunteti sau nu iubitori de lumanari decorative, in general?:)
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