Change of season

It's getting colder and it's almost stove time again.

So I decided to move furniture around in my dining/living room so to have my couch closer to the stove.

I should have cleaned before taking the picture but it wasn't planned :)

Currently, I have a side table made of leftover pieces from the Expedit shelf that I turned into a sitting bench. I'm not sure I really really like it but, anyway, it offers enough room to hold the "beach decor" that I'm not willing yet to put away.

I don't have plans to replace it in the near future, although there are so many other (smaller) options that I like more. Inspirations?

Via Apartment Therapy

Via Good House-Keeping

Via Indulgy

Via Crafted Niche


Dream House: inspirations

In a few months I might have to move out once again. My landlord has decided to sell the house and I can't afford to buy it.

Among the several rental houses I lived in, this is the one that I felt as "my home". I love it: it's surrounded by woods, the view from the balcony is stunning, it's quiet and cheap. Furthermore, I organized it little by little, "creating" my own style, with repurposed and handmade pieces.

Speaking of "style", it is not perfect, it's not the kind of house that you will see on a magazine, but it's "mine". I have a few more ideas and projects, but I'll leave them aside.

Someone asked me "what kind of house would you like?". Full of light, quiet, with a wonderful view (I'd like to live by the sea but it would be rather complicated to reach the office from there), not too large but big enough to have my craft room. Ok, I do admit I added the word "for free", but that would be the dream of dreams.

So, I spend my time searching images on the web as a home decor magazine and I start dreaming:

Via Country Living

Via House of Turquoise
Via House and Home

Via Style Files
Via AtticMag
Via Home Designing


Chicche di Do: tea cosies

A few days ago I posted the pictures of my mug sleeves on my Facebook page.

A friend posted a comment saying "Can you make tea cosies? Where I live I can't find them"

How could I not accept this challenge? Actually, that was one of the projects on my "to do" list which, for some reasons, had always been postponed.

I had some nice leftover fabric in my stash (she wanted something white and blue) and I made a couple of tea cosies.

The first one is made of jeans fabric and lined with cotton fabric with blue flowers and a little pocket to hold tea bags.

The other one is double-sided and made of "country" cotton fabric.

My friend liked the second one the most and she will receive it  in a few days!


Chicche di Do: mug sleeves

It's cold and it's raining, so what do I do?

I take my knitting needles and some wool and start working.

1 knit, 1 purl, a few twists here and there. Then sew it, add a few buttons and tada!... mug sleeves!

I'm a big lover of hot chocolate and scented tea, so they are a very cozy accessory to me.

Nice, aren't they? They are on sale in my online shop Chicche di Do.



Autumn is all around. Colours are changing: warm shades of orange, red, gold and bronze catch the eye when you wander in the woods.

This is the season of "coziness" for me.

A list of few little things that mean "cozy" to me.

... a mug of hot orange-and-cinnamon scented tea ...

... a crate full of throw blankets ...

... scented candles ...

... wool ball to knit mug sleeves ...

... and a comfortable chair to curl up in!


Small changes in my kitchen

I realize I don't spend much time on blogging and updating my online shop.

The thing is that I'm always busy making things inside the house or outside and I forget to take pictures or I don't have the time to post. Actually, it's not a big deal, except for the fact that blogging needs words and pictures.

Finally, last weekend, I decided to make changes to my breakfast station. It wasn't really that ugly, but I didn't really like it either. When I built the shelf from a reclaimed pallet, I was so proud of it. But it was not big enough to arrange all the cups and teapots (not so many but they need room). And the wall looked way to cluttered.

I had kept a piece of the "wooden crate" used to pack my pellet stove. I started to disassemble the cage trying not to a) break the boards; b) hurt my fingers. I sanded them and filled the holes and chips with caulk. I prepared a mix of plaster and white wall paint and brushed the boards.

While they were dyring, I cleaned the wall, filled the existing holes and painted.

Then I decided to paint the boards with brown paint (same as the kitchen's countertops). I attached the "fake wrought iron" brackets and fixed the first two shelves.

I still have to mount the central shelf: I'm waiting to receive the last couple of brackets (today, maybe).

Doesn't it look much better now?


Dream House: rustic shelving

I'm planning to make a few changes in my kitchen. I need more shelves to organize my kitchen books and some other stuff (mostly teapots and mugs) that are scattered here and there.

This is the "breakfast area" as it is now:

I'd like to build "rustic" shelves of various lengths by using the reclaimed wood that I have at hand.

Inspiration from the web:

Via: Apartment Therapy
Via Keeping it Cozy
Via Flickr
Via Remodelista
Via Our vintage home love

I hope to have time during the week-end to build and mount the shelves! I look forward to having enough space for my stuff.