Holiday Table Setting Featuring Plenty of DIY-s

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I am not the only one who loves the Holiday season. There are so many reasons to adore this time of year: family get togethers, joy and happiness that is spread around, lights and colours throughout, gift giving/receiving, helping those in need and you name it aaaannd, my favourite, THE FOOD. No Holiday is perfect unless there is a food, and by that i mean plenty and variety of it.

Food tastes always great, but if there is a special setting where the food is served during the Holidays than you take your food to another level of enjoyment.

To make your table look stylish and special doesn’t take to brake a bank. It only takes a willingness, some creativity and a lot of DIY.
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So this is how I created this table setting concept for these Holidays and I am over exited with the look I achieved, and also hope that my guests are going to love it too.

I started with a grey tablecloth, and white washed curly placemats which I purchased this spring in Istanbul, Turkey. This tablecloth and the placemats are the only purchase that I made this year for this table setting, all other items I already owned or I DIY-ed.
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I will start with the napkins. I got these 10 napkins as a present, but there was no hemming on them; however, they were of a high quality cotton fabric so I really apreciated the gift. I hemmed them using a miter joint method (90 degree angle) and they turned really nice.

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To add a glam detail, instead of a ring, I tied the napkins with a black cotton ribbon and gently placed a gold detail on top of the napkin. The gold detail is in fact a DIY treat for the guests, and there will be another post sharing what that treat is and how it was done.
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The cutlery is another DIY. In Pristina, where I am at present the prices of the cutlery with gold appearance details are extremely expensive so, as much as I wanted to incorporate such cutlery on my table setting, I was not prepared to pay the top price for it. So I DIY-ed the cutlery, and I will be sharing the process in another post.

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The candle holder is a work of a local blacksmith done based on design sketched by me, and the gold part of the candles is another DIY of mine. As you can see they are not perfect and there are candle dripings here and there, but that was the whole idea to have that imperfection on the table. I love the look of the candle drippings. Candle with those drippings is just like the life. Life goes on, just like a candle that keeps lighting up, while getting imperfected and sometimes messy with those drippings; but, it keeps going on while making us happy so we do not find those drippings to be bothersome.

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The white paper stars are also a DIY, and I love how they add texture to the table top.
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Place cards in this table setting are another DIY, and they turned super, super cute. I will be also sharing how I made them.
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Flocked wreaths are DIY too. I just looooove their look. They added such a classy and dreamy look to the whole table set up. Adding them in clusters, really make space feel less formal and fun.
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I love my table this year and just hope that my guest will love it too. But wait, I need to cook. Guests are expecting food. Off to kitchen to get started with big cooking……

Happy Holidays

Besa

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Dekorim festiv i tavolines me elemente dekoruese te tipit Beje Vet (DIY)

Une nuk jam e vetmja qe i gezohet festave te fundvitit. Ka shume arsye per t’i pelqyer keto festa: tubimet me familje, gezimi dhe lumturia qe eshte e perhapur gjithandej gjat ketyre festave, dritat dhe ngjyrat ne cdo skute, dhenja dhe pranimi i dhuratave, ndihma atyre qe kane nevoje, e cka mos tjeter, dheeee me e dashura per mua USHQIMI. Asnje feste nuk eshe perfekte poqese nuk ka ushqim aty, dhe kur them ushqim atehere mendoj shume ushqim dhe llojllojshmeri ushqimi.

Ushqimi gjithehere eshte i mire, por nese eshte i servuar ne ndonje tavoline te dekoruar ne menyre speciale per festa, atehere perjetimi i ushqimit ngritet ne nje nivel tjeter te kenaqesise.

Qe t’a beni tavolinen e juaj te duket me me stil dhe speciale, ju nuk duheni te shpenzoni shume para. Ju duhet vetem pak deshire, pak kreativitet dhe shume gjera mund t’i beni vet.

Pra ja se si e krijova kete koncpet dekori te tavolines per festat e sivjetme te fundvitit, dhe jam shume e lumtur me pamjen e arijtur, dhe shpresoj qe mysafiret e mi gjithashtu do t’a pelqejne.

Fillova me nje mbulese ngjyre gri, dhe me shtroje nenpjatash ngjyre te bardhe te shperlare te cilat i kisha blere ne fillim te vitit ne Stanboll. Kjo mbulese dhe shtrojet e nenpjatave jane te vetmet blerje qe i kam bere per t’a realizuar kete dekor, the te gjitha gjesendet tjera i bera vet (DIY).

Po filloj me salvetat. I kisha fituar si dhurate 10 salveta qe nuk i kishin skajet e kthyera, por ishin nga materiali i pambukut i kualitetit shume te larte. I ktheva skajet duke e perdorur metoden e qepjes se skajit ne kendin 90 shkalle dhe u perfunduan shume bukur.

Per t’i shtuar nje detal glamuros,ne vend te unazes per salveta, i lidha salvetat me nje fjongo te zeze nga pambuku kualitativ dhe e vendosa siper salvetes nje detaj ngjyre ari. Detaji ngjyre ari ne te vertet eshte nje detaj Beje Vet, dhe eshte nje dhurate e vogel per mysafiret, ndersa metoden se si e bera do ta ndaje me ju se shpejtin, ne njerin nga postet e ardhshme.

Edhe luget dhe pirunjet kan te involvuar punen Beje Vet. Ne Prishtine, cmimet e lugeve dhe pirunjeve ngjyre ari ishin tejet te kushtueshme, prandaje edhepse kisha shume deshire ti inkorporoja ato ne dekorin tim festiv, nuk isha e pergaditur te paguaj cmim aq te larte. Se si i bera keto vet, do ta ndaj me ju ne njerin nga postet e ardhshme,

Mbajtesi i qirinjeve eshte pune e salduesve lokal te cilet e realizuan kete detaj ne baze te dizajnit te cilin e skicova me dore te lire.

Yjet e bardha nga letra jan gjithashtu projekte Beje Vet.

Edhe kartat e venduljes per mysafir jane gjithshtu projekte Beje Vet, dhe dolen shume, shume te bukura. Edhe per keto do e ndaj me ju se si i bera ne ndonje nga postet e ardhshme.

Kurorat e zbardhura me debore, jane projekte Beje Vet, dhe shume jan duke me pelqyer se si dolen. Ato i shtuan nje pamje shume me klas tere siperfaqes se dhomes se ushqimit. Duke i vendosur ne grumbuj prej tre e bene qe hapsira mos te duket shume formale.

Me pelqen shume dekori i tavolines kete vit dhe shpresoj qe mysafiret e mij do t’a pelqejne gjithashtu. Por prisni, une duhem te filloj te merem me zierjen…. Mysafiret presin qe te kete ushqim ketu! Ika ne kuzhine te filloj me zierje…

Urime Festat

Besa

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Easy DIY Centrepiece for Holiday Decor

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Everyone who knows me, by now know that I love decorating but, as much as I love decorating, I do not like spending to much time on decorating. I always find ways to create fun and decorative pieces or designs that involve minimum of my time. I always had a busy life and, on the other hand I always loved decorating and getting myself involved into such projects, so always managed to mostly create decorative items or settings out of ordinary things found, mostly, around the house.

This centrepiece is one of the examples how one can make a pretty and fun Holiday centrepiece using items you already own. This is what I did day before yesterday after I got a call from the RTK producer to appear, in a very short notice, to chat in their Morning Show about Holiday decorating. The producer also asked me to kindly bring a sort of Holiday centrepiece to be featured during the show.
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After accepting the invitation, and being busy with other engagements, I started to get worried, because there was no time for me to go and buy any decorative items for a centrepiece. In panic, the first thing that I spotted in my house was this cloche that was sitting in my kitchen counter filled with green apples ( yes, this is where I sometimes place my fruit, I love my fruit to look pretty ha ha ha)
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I filled this cloche with ornaments, found a piece of fabric in the colour which has been trending this year in Holiday decorating and tied it on the top of the cloche, placed the cloche filled with ornaments on a cake stand and fitted those in a flocked wreath that was DIY-ed by me few weeks ago.
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For the presentation I also took some of my nicely wrapped gifts, which were placed around the centerpiece and which really complemented it.
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So for some of you who are late with Holiday decorating, do not panic. Just look around your house and, in no time you may create something fun and pretty for your Holiday decorating. Hope that you will find some inspiration from this post.

Thank you for visiting,

Besa

Aranzhim Dekorues Festiv – Beje Vet (DIY)

Te gjithe ata qe me njohin, deri me tash veqme e kan kuptuar se mua me pelqejn dekorimet mirepo, perkunder qe me pelqejne ato, nuk deshiroj qe te shpenzoj shume ne dekorime. Gjithehere i gjeje menyrat se si te krijoj dicka te bukur dhe simpatike por duke shpenzuar shume pake kohe.

Pjesa me e madhe e jetes sime ka qene perplot me angazhime tjera te punes, por ne anen tjeter, ghithehere kame pasur deshire te dekoroj dhe te merem me projekte te tilla dekoruese, andaje kam gjetur menyra qe te krijoj koncepte dekori si dhe dekore nga gjerat e zakonshme qe mund ti gjejme ne shtepi ose ne natyre, pa shpenzuar kohe qe ti mbledhi artikujt dekorues nga shitoret e ndryshme.

Ky aranzhim festiv eshte nje shembull se si mund te krijohet dicka e bukur dhe festive me gjesendet te cilat i keni ne shtepi. Kjo eshte cka krijova pasi mora nje thirje nga producentja ne RTK qe te paraqitem ne emisionin e mengjesit per te kesjilluar reth dekorimeve per festat e fundviti. Ajo gjithashtu shprehi deshiren qe te sillja ne studio edhe ndonji aranzhim tavoline qe do te prezentohej ne program. Kisha vetem disa ore per tu pergaditur, e ne anen tjeter kisha edhe angazhime tjera te cilat poashtu kerkonin kohen time.

Pasi e pranova ftesen, e duke i pasur parasysh edhe angazhimet tjera gjate dites, fillova te brengosem. Ne gjendje paniku, e para gje qe me ra ne sy ne ate mengjes ishte kjo zile qelqi qe ishte ne kuzhine dhe e cila ishte e mbushur me molla jeshile ( po, une nganjeher i vendosi pemet ne keso elemente dekoruese, sepse ato duhen te duken edhe me te bukura se qe jane, ha ha ha)

E mbusha kete zile me toptha bredhi, e gjeta ne shtepi nje copez materiali ngjyre roze te qelet e qe eshte duke u perdorur kete vit shume ne dekoret festive dhe me te e bera nje fjongo dhe e vendosa ne maje te ziles. Kete zile e vendosa ne mbajtese te tortes dhe te gjitha keto i vendosa ne nje kurore te cilen e kisha ne shtepi dhe te cilen e kisha punuar nga deget e pishes dhe te dekoruar me sheqerka shkop te mbeshjella me folie ngjyre ari.

Per presentim gjithashtu mora nga shtepia edhe disa nga dhuratat e mbeshtjella bukur, dhe te cilat e komplementuan kete aranzhim festiv.

Pra, per te gjith ata te cilet jane me vonese me dekorin festiv per keto festa, mos beni panik. JU nevojitet vetem te shikoni per rreth ne shtepin t’uaj dhe jam e sigurt se do te gjeni dicka qe brenda pak minutash do te krijoni dicka te bukur e festive.

Shpresoj se do te gjeni inspirim nga ky post qe te krijoni dicka shpejte, te bukur e festive per shtepine apo vendin t’uaj te punes.
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Prezentimi im ne RTK Live – Miremengjesi Kosove eshte ne kete Link.

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe.

Besa

Simple and Easy Holiday Decor Idea

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For all of those out there who lead busy lives, and have no time to do a lot of Holiday decorating I am sharing with you some photos of my Holiday decor which took me no time to put together, and it still looks so festive and happy.

The key in achieving an instant festive Holiday look is incorporating fresh greenery, such as fresh wreaths and garlands, in your decor. The beautiful look and fresh aroma of the evergreen branches of a wreath or garland instantly bring the Holiday spirit alive and adds a sophisticated look to your decor.
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To achieve this look, above the fireplace I hung one of the wreaths that I DIY-ed over the weekend, while on the mantel I simply arranged some fresh cut branches of a bush from mu garden. In between the branches I added a few candles of different heights using mix and match candleholders.
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For a dramatic look, I placed the bench in front of the fireplace and on top of the bench I placed nicely wrapped gifts and some ornaments. Behind the bench I placed glass vases filled with fresh cut pine branches, a spot lamp.
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And this was all I did, and I think that it still looks nice and festive. Moreover, I am happy that it took me no time to put this look together, and even happier that when Holidays are over I will take everything away in few minutes.
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Are you a fan of fresh greenery for the Holiday decor?

Thank you for visiting this page.

Besa

Dekorim festiv i interierit – Shpejte dhe lehte

Per te gjithe ata te cilet e jetojne nje jete me perplot angazhime dhe nuk ju ngele kohe te meren me dekorimin e interierit te tyre per festat e fundvitit, si dhe me te gjithe tjeret gjithandej, po i ndaj me juve disa nga fotot e dekorit tim festiv i cili nuk me mori shume kohe per te dekoruar, e qe megjithate duket festiv dhe hareshem.

Qelesi i arrijtjes se pamjes festive ne menyre instante eshte poqese ne dekorin festiv i inkorporojme kurorat dhe gjerdanet e fresketa festive. Pamja e tyre e bukur si dhe aroma e tyre kendshme ne menyre instante e sjellin ate spiritin festiv ne shtepite tona si dhe i jap pamje te sofistikuar dekorit t’uaj.

Per te arijtur nje pamje te tille, siper kaminit vendosa nje nder kurorat e fresketa te punuara gjat weekendit, ndersa ne mantelin e kaminit vendosa dege pishash te fresketa nga kopshti im, dhe ne mes te tyre vendosa disa qirinje ne lartesi te ndryshme.

Per nje pamje dramatike, perpara kaminit vendosa ulesen ne form banke dhe siper saje vendosa dhuratat si dhe disa rnamente. Prapa bankes vendosa dia vazo qelqi te mbushura me dege te fesketa pishe sidhe nje llamp spot.

Dhe kjo ishte e tera, dhe mendoj se me kaq pake gjera dekorative prapseprap u periftua ne pamje festive e cila po duket shume bukur. Mbi te gjitha, jame e gezuar qe per te arrijtur kete pamje shpenzova shume pake kohe, e me e rendisishmja eshte qe pas perfundimit te ketyre festave do te jet shume lehte qe te hiqen te gjitha shume shpejte dhe lehte.

A jeni adhurues i dekorimeve te fresketa per festat e fundvitit?

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe!

Besa

Holiday Tablescape Featuring a Beautiful Centrepiece

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Almost a year has passed since I did this tablescape for an appearance in a Morning show in RTK which is a Republic of Kosova public broadcaster so, before this year comes to an end, I wanted to share with my readers some photos of this tablescape set for this occasion.

For the centerpiece I used a garland which I made to fit this table and along the garland I placed a few candlesticks in white and gold.

For the charger plate I used my fine bone china oversized rectangle plates, and for the serving plates I bought some inexpensive black and white ones which had a great circle design on.

Because last year the checked, black and white items were so IN, i bought 1.50 cm of polyester fabric in this design and made 10 napkins to fit the design of my theme.

To make the guest feel special I created place cards for each guest, and also wrapped nicely some treats for guests which were placed on top of the serving plates.

It was a simple setting, but it came out really neat and nice.

Enjoy the photos and hope you will find in them some inspiration for your table setting for these coming holidays.
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Thank you for visiting.

Besa

Shtruarje Festive e Tavolines

Kaloi gati nje vit prej se e bera konceptin dhe dizajnin e dekorit te kesaj tavoline per paraqitjen time ne RTK ne emsionin Miremengjesi Kosove, andaje para se te perfundoi ky vit pata deshire qe ti ndaj me lexuesit e mije disa nga fotot e tavolines se shtruar plotesisht.

Per dekorin qendror te tavolines e punova nje gjerdan (garland) qe t’i pershtatej madhesise se tavolines dhe pergjate tije vendosa disa qirinje ngjyre ari dhe te bardhe.

Per pjata baze vendosa pjatat katrore porcelani kualitativ, ndersa per pjatat ku servohet ushqimi bleva disa pjata jo te shtrenjta por qe kishin nje dizajn qe i pershatej konceptit.

Pasi qe vitin e kaluar gjesendet me disajn te katrorve bardh e zi ishin shume ne trend, une bleva 1.50 cm materiali te tille dhe i qepa 10 salvetat te ushqimit nga ky material.

Per ti bere mysafiret te ndihen shume special, i punova kartelat dekorative te vend uljes te cilat kishin emrin e secilit mysafire. Poashtu i mbeshtjella bukur dhuratat e vogla per mysafiret e ftuar dhe i vendosa ato siper pjates.

Tani ju le te shetiteni neper fotot e bashkangjitura dhe shpresoj qe ato do te ju sherbejne si inspirim per dekorin e tavolines s’uaj per festat qe po na afrohen keto dite.

Ishte nje dekorim i thjeshte, por qe dukej shume bukur.

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe.

Besa

Holiday Mantel Decor – Simple, Quick and Easy

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Some of you, I believe, are already done with your holiday decorating, but for those out there who did not do this yet and your busy lives do not allow you to put layers and layers of holiday decor around the house, here is an easy and simple decor idea for your holiday mantel decor.
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The main idea of this decor style is to use things that you find around the house and to recreate ways how to make ordinary things look festive.
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I created this mantel decor in less then 15 minutes. I used a black tray with gold handles that I already own for a few years now. I just flipped it over, and added a big white snowflake that I had from a previous year. On the mantel I added some greenery, and topped it with some festive candle holders. On one side i placed three paper stars which are a simple DIY.
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On the floor I placed two paper/fabric cones which I DIY-ed last year for my mantel decor, and I gave them a new look for this year.
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For a modern look, instead of placing a chair on a side of the fireplace, I placed two DIY poufs. You can find instructions for making this pouf here.
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So within minutes I sort of achieved a festive look, and I am liking it a lot. Also, the look can be easily changed, depending on the mood, by adding or replacing decor elements on and around the fireplace.
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What is your decorating style for the holidays? Would you consider going minimalistic this year? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting!
Besa

Dekorim Festiv i Kaminit – Thjeshte, Shpejte dhe Lehte

Besoj se disa nga ju tani me keni perfunduar me dekorimet per festat e fundvitit, megjithate per ata te cilet ende nuk e kan bere kete pasi qe axhendat e tyre te ngarkuara nuk ju mundesojne qe te ndajne kohe per te bere dekorime, ja se si munde te beni nje dekorim te thjeshte, te shpejte dhe te lehte per kaminin t’uaj kete vit.

Ideja e ketije stili dekorues eshte qe te perdoren gjerat e zakonshme te cilat i gjejme ne shtepi dhe gjetjen e menyrave se si t’i riperdorim gjerat e zakonshme dhe ti bejme ato te duken festive.

Dekorimi e ketije kamini u be per me pak se 15 minuta. E perdora nje tabake te zeze me doreza ngjyre ari te cilen e kam qe sa vite. E ktheva nga ana e pasme dhe i vendosa nje dekor fluske bore siper, te cilen gjithashtu e kisha nga viti i kaluar . Siper kaminit vendosa degeza bredhi nga kopshti, dhe siper tyre vendosa disa mbajtese festive te qirive. Ne njeren ane te kaminit vendosa disa ylleza punim dore nga letra e bardhe, ndersa ne dysheme afer kaminit vendosa konat nga materiali dhe letra e bardhe te punuar vitin e kaluar per dekorin e kaminit. Per t’ju dhene nje dukje te re konat i redekorova dhe ja pershtata konceptit dekorues per kete vit. Per nje pamje moderne, ne anen tjeter te kaminit, ne dysheme, poashtu vendosa edhe dy jasteket e dyshemes (poufs) te qepur rishtazi. Nje te tille e kisha qepur disa vite me pare, dhe instrukcionet per qepje gjenden ne kete link.

Keshtu pra brenda disa minutave arijta te krijoi nje pamje festive te kaminit e cila po duket shume bukur. Gjithashtu, pamja e ketije dekori munde te ndryshohet lehte, varesisht nga disponimi, duke shtuar ose zevendesuar elementet dekorative reth kaminit.

Cili eshte stili i juaj dekorues? A do te konsideronit t’a applikoni stilin minimalistik kete vit? Do te deshiroja te me shkruanit reth kesaje!

Ju falemnderit qe vizituat kete faqe!

Besa

Mannequin Tree – DIY

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Since I first saw a mannequin tree on Pinterest few years ago, I always thought that this was such a cool idea. Even though I never thought of making one, I thought that it looks beautiful if used as an alternative to a christmas tree.

Few days ago my niece came over and asked me if I could help her make one. She is in high school and they were having a science party around Christmas time so she thought it would be a good idea to incorporate a mannequin tree in the project of their working group.

I love my niece and despite being supper busy at this time of year, I could not say no to her. As my schedule was busy around Christmas time, we decided to make this tree earlier, so she could enjoy the tree at home before she sends it for a display on the scheduled date of the science party at school.

To make the tree we used 2.30 m X 80 cm chicken wire. The two lose ends were joined together with florist wire to make a skirt.
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The upper part of the wire skirt was cut open to 50-60 cm slits on every 25-30 cm. Ends of each slit were put on top of one another making sort of darts.
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This step was done in order to take in the wire and make it fit for the waist line of the mannequin.
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When the desired waist line was reached by making these “darts” the skirt (wire) was put on the mannequin and was secured with another string wire around the waist.
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Afterwards we started covering the surface of the wire with tree branches by securing each of them with florist wire.
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We continued filling the empty spaces with smaller branches to create a fuller look.
Lastly, we tied a huge bow around the waist line and a DIY golden necklace made out of golden crepe paper.

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My niece loved the look of the mannequin tree, and she spend the afternoon beside the tree by reading and sipping hot cocoa.
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Would you consider replacing your traditional Christmas tree with a manequin tree?

Thank you for reading,

Besa

Bredhi Kukull – DIY

Para disa viteve, per here te pare e pash ne Pinterest Bredhin Fustan, dhe qe atehere mendova se kjo ishte nje ide shume interesante. Edhe pse kur nuk e planifikoja t’a beja nje te tille, gjithmone mendoja se ky lloj bredhi eshte nje alternative e mire e bredhit tradicional per festat e fundvitit.

Para disa ditesh, mbesa ime erdhi te me pyes se a do i ndihmoja ta beje nje bredh te tille. Ajo eshte nxense e shkolles se mesme dhe se ne shkollen e saj organizohej nje manifestim shkencor, dhe ate ne vixhilje te festave te fundevitit, andaj ajo kishte konsideruar si nje ide te mire poqese grupi i saje pjesmares ne manifesitm do te inkorporonte ne prezentimin e tyre Bredhin Fustan.

Une e dua mbesen time, andaje edhe pse shume e zene ne kete periudhe te vitit, une s’munda t’i them se nuk mund t’i ndihmoj, andaj vendosem qe ta punojme kete bredh menjiher ashtu qe ajo te kete mundesi qe te kenaqej me te deri ne diten kur duhet t’a dorezoj tek grupi i saj punues ne diten kur do te mbahet manifestimi ne shkolle.

Per t’a punuar bredhin ne huazuam nje manekene kukull. Pastaj u furnizuam me 2.30 cm (80 cm gjeresi) rrjete “rrethoje pule”. I bashkuam skajet e kesaj rrjete me tel floristi dhe skajin e siperm te rrjetit e preme duke i bere keshtu carje 50 deri 60 cm ne cdo 25-30 cm. Skajet e ketyre carjeve i vendosem siper njera tjetres per te bere keshtu si lloj brusnesh dhe per t’a ngushtuar keshtu pjesen e siperme qe ti bie taman belit te kukulles. Pasi u be ngushtimi i duhur e vendosem kete rrjete (fustanin) ne kukull dhe e siguram me nje tel te holle duke e kaluar ate neper vrimat e rrjetes perreth belit te kukulles.

Pastaj filluam me vendosjen e degeve te medha te bredhit perreth siperfaqes se rrjetes (fustanit) dhe kur mbuluam tere siperfaqen filluam me vendosjen e degeve te vogla neper zbrastirat e mbetura derisa e mbuluam siperfaqen ne teresi dhe e arritem dendesine e duhur.

Si perfundim e lidhem nje fjongo te madhe rreth belit te kukulles dhe i vendosem ne qafe nje xherdan te punuar nga letra krep ngjyre ari.

Mbesa ime doli shume e kenaqur me pamjen e bredhit kukull dhe e kaloi tere pasditen afer tije duke lexuar dhe shijuar pije nga cokollada e nxehte.

A do t’a konsideronit zevendsimin e bredhit tradicional te fundvitit me nje te tille?

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe,

Besa

Small Room Makover – Week 6 The Reveal

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The reveal day came much faster than I have anticipated, and while browsing the rooms and spaces of the 20 featured designers participating in ORC I was about to FAINT (seriously), seeing that every revealed space there was so breathtakingly beautiful.

Well, this is not something that I can say for myself and the room I worked on. Of course, I never expected that I can produce something that will wow anyone as I had to make this happen within an incredible low budget. However, I can say that I wow-ed myself knowing that I was able to put all this together with such a low budget and make this room liveable and functional again, as well as to cosy it up so it can be enjoyed by the owners for few more years to come.

For all of you who are here for the first time, this was the condition of the room the day I decided to get my hands on.
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Because of the budgetary restraints, getting new furniture was out of the reach. Reupholstering was also costly, so we decided to slipcover the sofa/ loveseat duo, and I ended up doing this job because we could not find a willing or a skilful person in town who could make slipcovers.

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We needed a desk which will serve as a working desk and/or make up desk, so I designed this hairpin desk which is made out of construction wire found at a construction site dump. The construction wire was cut (by a local blacksmith) into four pieces 156 cm long and bended into a hairpin shape which were attached to a base plate. After the legs were done, I painted them in black and attached them to a piece of 120cm long x 40 cm long x 2 cm thick MDF.
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Also there was a need for drapes, so the owner had a pair of unused store bought white sheer panels. White sheer panels were not exactly what I would envisioned for this room, but I just had to peruse them, so in order to add some body to the drapes I lined them and added a decorative black and white band at the upper part of the drape.
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No sofa is complete without some pillows, so I made several pillows using this interesting reptile print fabric and this beautiful green velvet.
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This simple, yet elegant, gallery wall is created by using few used frames in which were inserted brushstroke art which I DIY-ed for this room.
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To add some interest to the room I created this focal point wall by painting this geometric design mural. Also the wall art placed in this wall is a DIY project which was created by using an old useless painting.
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So when it comes to sources I wish I had a list of sponsors that provided what I needed to complete this room, but what I can happily say is that I DIY-ed almost everything used in this room and I am very happy the way it turned out.

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One thing I am not happy about though is, the PHOTOS. I had only one afternoon available to take photos and, as you can tell, it was not my day. It was a very rainy and dark afternoon and it just did not work. But, hey…life goes on… and there will be another One Room Challange event in spring.

Thank you for visiting and please check the reveals of other guest participants of One Room Challange.

Besa

Previous Weeks – Javet e Meparshme

Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Perditiesimi i Dhomes se Vogel – ORC Java e 6 – Perfundimi

Dita kur behet zbulimi i punes se bere gjate ketyre 6 javeve erdhi shume me shpejte se qe e kam pritur, dhe duke i shiquar dizajnet e zbuluara te 20 disajnerve pjesmares ne ORC gati u alivanosa (pernjimend) kur pash se secili dizajn i zbuluar sot nga ata ishte aq i bukur sa te linte pa fryme.

E po mire, kjo nuk eshte dicka qe munde t’a them per vetveten dhe per dhomen ne te cilen punova. Kuptohet se as qe kam pritur qe te krijoj dicka qe do t’a bente dike qe te thoshte wow, duke pasur parasysh buxhetin jashtezakonisht te vogel. Megjithate, munde te them se arijta ti them vetes wow, per faktin se arijta ta perfundoj dhomen me ate buxhet dhe t’a beje ate te jetueshme dhe funkcionale si dhe ta beje ate qe te shfrytezohet kendshem edhe per disa vitene vijim.

Per te gjithe ata te cilit po vizitoni per here te pare, ja se ne cfare gjendje (me larte) ishte dhoma ne diten ne te cilen vendosa qe ta pranoj sfiden.

Per shkak te kufizimeve buxhetore, blerja e mobiljeve te reja ishte jasht cdo mundesie. Mbeshjellja profesionale e tyre ishe e kushtueshme, andaj vendosem qe t’ju qepim mbeshtjellset, dhe une perfundova te merem me qepjen e tyre pasi qe nuk gjetem ndonje person me aftesi te duhura profesionale qe te merej me qepjen e tyre.

Na nevojitej nje tavoline qe do te sherbente si tavoline pune/grimi, andaj e disejnova kete me kembe ne form kapse flokesh te cilat jan te punuara me material ndertimor (shufra hekuri) te cilat i gjetem ne hekurishte. Shufrat e hekurit u prene ne gjatesi prej 156 cm dhe pastaje u kthyen per tu bere ne form te kapses se flokeve dhe u ngjiten ne pllaken baze. Pasi kembet ishin gati, e bera ngjyrosjen e tyre me ngjyre te zeze, dhe i ngjita ato ne nje pllake MDF 120 co e gjatex 40 cmi e gjere, me trashesi 1.6 cm.

Dhoma kishte nevoje per perde, ashtu qe pronarja i kishte nje pale perde te gatshme te ngjyres se bardhe. Perdet e bardha nuk ishte ajo cfare une e parashikoja per dhomen, por duhej t’i perdorja ato, dhe ne menyre qe te shtoja pake konstukt ne to ju qepa astarin e bardhe dhe e dekorava pjesen e tyre te siperme me shirit bardh e zi.

Asnje kolltuk nuke eshte i kompletuar poqese nuk dekorohet me jastek, andaj i qepa disa te tille duke e perdorur kete material interesant me print te lekures se zvaranikeve si dhe tjeret i punova me material plishi ngjyre te gjelbert.

Ky mur i thjeshte por shume elegant i stilit galeri u krijua duke i perdorur dis korniza te perdorura ne te cilat i vendosa disa punime te punuara nga une ne stilin “levizje brushe”

Qe t’e beja me interesant dhomen vendosa qe muri ballor te jet si pike fokale e dhomes ashtu qe e krijova nje mural me dizajn gjeometrik ne ate mure. Gjithashtu, edhe piktura e vendosur ne murin me mural eshte nje DIY projekt.

Pra kur bie fjala tek gjesendet per mobilimin dhe dekorin e dhomes une do te deshiroja t’a kisha pase nje liste te gjate te sponzorve te cilet kontribuan per regullimin e kesaje dhome, por fatkeqesisht nuk kisha sponsor. Por cka munde te them me kenaqesi eshte se gati cdo gje ne kete dhome esthe e punuar vet, dhe duke u nise nga ky fakt atehere edhe jame shume e kenaqur se si doli kjo dhome.

Megjithate, nje gje me te cilen nuk jame aspak e kenaqur jane FOTOT. E kisha vetem nje pasdite ne dispozicion per fotografim, dhe siq mund te shihni ajo nuk ishte nje pasdite qe ishte ne anen time. Ishte shume vranet dhe erret ate pasdite dhe dite aspak e pershtatshme per fotografim. Por hej….jeta vazhdon…dhe do te kete event te tille prap ne pranvere dhe shpresoj se atehere do te jem me me shume fat.

Ju faleminderit qe vizituat kete faqe, dhe gjeni kohe t’i vizitoni edhe hapsirat tjera te perditesuara nga mysafiret tjere participues te Sfida e Nje Dhome.

Besa

Small Room Makover Progress – ORC Week Five

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It’s another week of the One Room Challange, and I am getting a bit nervous about the comming week. We have only one week left before the grand reveal, so I will keep this post short and only give you some updates on what I did this week.

I painted the focal point wall, and added some geometrical design by painting two huge triangles. This design makes the room feel larger as it gives a perspective and adds interest to the room. The mural instantly grabs your attention when you enter the room and makes the room feel modern.
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DIY artwork was another project that I had to tackle this week, so this is what I created by applying watercolour brushstrokes on a white card stock paper.
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After the painting was done, I cut the paper to the desired sizes and run a solid line with a permanent marker around the cut edges. This gives the painted piece a more finished and polished look. Now, making a decision on how to hang them is not going to be easy.

I also hacked this Ikea shelf by painting the sides in black and adding a black electrical tape to the shelf edges so, this way, an inexpensive piece of furniture, will add contrast and will complement the colour scheme of the room.

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As of today I will be in hunting around my client’s house to find accessories that will fit our design, thus i leave it here and up to the hunting and styling.

For those curious on where I started, and the progress I made through weeks please check:

week two
week three
week four

Thanks for visiting, and hope you will return again for the final reveal next week.
Besa

Java e Peste ne Eventin Sfida e Nje Dhome

Eshte java e peste a eventit Sfida e Nje Dhome (One Room Challange) dhe kame filluar qe te ndihem paksa ne siklet per javen e ardhshme. Ka mbetur vetem nje jave deri te shpalosja e disajnit final te punes, andaj nuk do e zgjas kete postim por vetem do ty ju perditesoj me disa nga punet me te cilat u mora gjate kesaje jave.

E ngjyrosa murin qe do e jete pika fokale e dhomes, ashtu qe e krijova nje dizajn gjeometrik duke i ngjyrosur dy trekendsha te medhenje ne mure me nyanca beige. Ky disajn po e ben qe kjo dhome e vogel te duket me madhe sepse po krijon perspektivesi dhe po shton interesim ne dhome.

Arti DIY eshte edhe nje projekt tjeter me te cilin u more gjate kesaj jave, keshtu qe ja se cfare krijova duke e perdore tekniken “brush strokes” qe njeherit eshte shume e aplikuar gjate ketyre viteve te fundit. Pas ngjyrosjes e bera prerjen e tyre ne madhesine e deshiruar dhe i rrethova skajet e tyre me marker permanent, gje qe kjo ju jap punimeve nje pamje te perfunduar dhe te llustruar. Tani vie ai vendimi i veshtire se si ti pozicionojme ne murin galeri te gjitha keto.

Gjithashtu e bera ridizjnimin e ketij rafti te IKEA’s duke ja ngjyrosur pjeset anesore me te zeze dhe duke ja mbeshtjell me shirit izolues te zi skajet e rafteve , keshtu qe ky raft jo i kushtueshem po krijon kontrast ne dhome dhe po inkorporohet mire ne skemen e ngjyrerave te dhomes.

Tani ka mbetur vetem te “gjahtojme” perreth shtepise se klientit per te gjetur akcesor dekorues per dhomen.

Per te gjith ata te cilet jan kureshtar se me cka fillova, mund te percjellni perditesimet gjate javeve te kaluara me poshte:

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Ktheni ketu te Enjen e ardhshme kur edhe do ta beje postimin e fotove te dhomes se perfunduar.

Ju faleminderit qe e vizituat kete faqe,
Besa

Pumpkin Spice Latte – Homemade

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Having lived too far away from any Starbucks shops for a while, I am starting to crave for my favourite Starbucks pumpkin spice latte this fall. None of such lattes that I tried elsewhere so far, compares to the original Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte; but, luckily I found a great recipe that is even better than the Starbucks recipe (as it contains a real pumpkin instead of a pumpkin spice syrup) so, now, I can make my favourite lattes at home, and I am very happy to share it with you also.

This is my version adapted from this recipe. I usually make a big batch using 10 tablespoons of pumpkin pyre and proportional ammount of pumpkin spice, and it can be refrigerated up to a week.
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Ingredients for 2 drinks:

2 tablespoons fresh pumpkin pyre or canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice,
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
400 ml whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso ( or about 1/2 cup of very strong filter or instant coffee)
100 ml heavy cream, whipped – optional

Instructions
Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a dash of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
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Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup or a paste (it depends from the quality of the pumpkin).

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Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
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Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
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Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.
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Latte me Ereza Kungulli (Pumpkin Spice Latte)

Per dy pije nevojiten:

2 luge gjelle pyre kungulli
Gjysem luge te kafes *ereza kungulli (pumpkin spice) plus dhe ca per dekorimin siper lattes
Piper i Zi- i bluar aty per aty- shume pake
2 luge gjelle sheqer
1 luge gjelle ekstrakt i vertete vanile (ose dy qeska sheqer vanille)
400 ml qumesht
1 ose 2 hudhje (shots) espresso (ose 1/2 filgjani instant kafe ose filter kafe e pregaditur shume e forte)
100 ml ajke te embel (whipping cream), shkopinje kanelle- opcionale

*Reqeta per Ereza Kungulli (Pumpkin Spice) nese nuk e gjeni te gatshme:

1 luge gjelle – kanelle
2 luge te volga caji – xhenxhefil i bluar
Gjysem luge te vogel caji – arez muskati e bluar
Gjysem luge e vogel caji -allspice (eshte kombinim i pipernave)
Gjysem luge e vogel caji- karanfil i bluar
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Perpunimi:

Kungulli vendoset ne nje ene dhe nxehet ne temperature mesatare, i shtohet Ereza Kungulli (Pumpkin Spice) dhe pakez biberi i zi i bluar fresket, zihet edhe 2 minuta ose me teper deri sa te konsideroni se i vie era mire. Perzihet vazhdimisht me luge druri.

I shtohet sheqeri, dhe zihet keshtu derisa masa te behet sikurse sirup i trashe ose mase e trashe (varet nga lloji i kungullit qe e keni)

I shtoni qumshtin dhe ekstraktin e vanilles (ose sheqerin e vanilles) dhe e perzieni deri sa qumshti te nxehet.

Perzierjen e nxehte e kaloni ne blender tradicional (ashtu qe siper kapakut te blenderit tradicional e vendosni nje pecet te trash gjate perpunimit qe te mbroheni nga masa e nxehte (ose e perzieni me stick blender), dhe e mbani keshtu deri sa masa te perzihet dhe te trashet paksa.

Kjo mase pastaje hudhet siper espresso-s se pregaditur me pare ose ne mungese te makines expresso te pregaditet kafe filter e forte ose nescafe e forte.

Siper (opcionale) e dekorojme me shkumen e ajkes se bardhe, shkopinje kanelle, dhe e sperkasim me *Erez Kungulli.
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Ju befte mire dhe kenaquni me shijen qe ju ofron kjo pije dimerore.
Besa

Small Room Makeover Progress – One Room Challenge Week Four

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Like in a small puzzle, bit by bit, things are starting coming together in this little room makeover that I decided to challenge myself with in this fall 2016 One Room Challenge Event.

For me, the event has proven to be a reeeal challeng considering the tininess of the budget that I am working with. I know that I keep winning about it but, really, I am in a big trouble as I already run out of the projected amount; so, to make this project come to an end I am using my all DIY skills and I am repurposing some of my unused stuff stored in my attic.

So, these are the updates:

I managed to paint the legs and assemble the console table/working desk, and decided to arrange the hairpin desk legs in a half circle position. I was worried at first about the stability of the desk by arranging the legs this way, but as the desk is placed against the wall it proved to stand quite stable, and it looks quite interesting.
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Making and designing pillows is a thing that I always like to do with a big pleasure so I made a few of them for this project too.

This is one of the pillows that I made using this beautiful green velvet:
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and to add some pattern I found this interesting linen fabric with a beautiful reptile print.
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As far as the sewing projects is concerned I also designed and made this “double deck” pouf. I call it double deck because is twice the height of standard poufs found at stores. It came out really nice and I am loving it.
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Hunting in my attic the other day, I found plenty of frames so I am planning a gallery wall to be displayed above the sofa. Now I have to make a big decision what it should be put into those frames!
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Well, this was all for this week and I am sure that other guest participants and 20 featured designers/bloggers had a busy week too.

Fore those interested to check my second and third week progress, please click here and here.

Thank you so much for visiting and taking time to read this post.

Hope to see you again here.

Besa

Progresi ne Dekorin/Perditesimin i Dhomes – Java e Katert ne eventin “Sfida e Nje Dhome”

Sikurse ne nje puzzle te vogel, pak nga pak, gjerat kan filluar te krijojne nje teresi ne dekorin e kesaje dhomeje te vogel me te cilen une vendosa te mare pjese si mysafire ne eventin Sfida e Nje Dhome- Vjeshta 2016.

Per mua eventi deshmoj te jet shume sprovues, dhe ate per faktin se buxheti i ndare per kete projekt ishte shuuume i vockel. E di se jame duke bere shume zhurme lidhur me buxhetin, por me te vertete jame ne hall te madh pasi qe veqme e kam shpenzuar ate krejte, dhe po me duhet qe ti fus ne pune te gjitha aftesit e mija DIY (beje vet) si dhe t’i perdori disa nga gjesended e mija te paperdorura dhe te strehura ne nenkulm ne menyre qe t’a perfundoj projektin e nisur.

Pra te filloj me raportin e progresit te bere gjate kesaje jave:

Arijta qe ti ngjyrosja kembet e tavolines dhe ta beje montimin e saje, dhe vendosa qe kembet e tavolines t’i veje ne forme gjysem harkore. Fillimisht isha paksa hezituese pasi qe nuk isha e sigurt per stabilitetin e tavolines me kembe te pozicionuara ne kete menyre. Megjithate, pasi qe tavolina do te qendroj e mbeshtetur plotesishte ne mur, u vertetova se ka stabilitet te mjaftueshem andaj edhe vendosa ta le ne ate menyre. Kembet e vendosura ne kete menyre po duken shume bukur dhe po e bejne qe kjo tavoline e thjeshte te duket shume interesante.

Dizajnimi dhe qepja e jastekve eshte nje prej gjerave me te cilat merem me shume entuziazem dhe kenaqesi, ashtu qe per kete projekt i bera disa prej tyre.

Ky eshte njeri nga ata (shih foton me larte) te cilin e dizajnova dhe qepa duke perdore si material kadife te gjelbert shume te bukur dhe shirit te pambukut ngjyre bezh,dhe per te shtuar pak llojllojshmeri, e gjeta kete material (shih foton me larte) te bukur nga lini me nje dizajn te reptilve dhe qe do te duket shume bukur dhe do te kombinohet mire me jastek tjere.

Per sa u perket projekteve te qepjes per kete dhome, gjithashtu e dizajnova dhe qepa kete ulese (a.k.a POUF) te cilin po e quaj “dykateshe” pasi qe eshte e lartesise se dyfisht nga ato standardet qe i gjejme neper shitore. Doli per bukuri, dhe eshte duke me pelqyer shuuume!

Duke gjahtuar ne nenkulmin tim keto dite, gjeta nje mori kornizash te cilat i pastrova nga punimet qe ishin ne to dhe po planifikoj qe t’a krijoj nje galeri mur siper sofes. Tani vie ai momenti i rendesishem dhe i veshtire i vendimit se cfare te vendoset brenda atyre kornizave!!!

Ja pra kjo eshte e tera sa i perket kesaj jave dhe jam e bindur se edhe pjesmaresit tjere mysafir si dhe 20 dizajnerat/blogerat e perzgjedhur kane pasur jave te ngjeshur gjithashtu.

Per te gjith Juve qe jeni te interesuar te shihni progresin e punes gjate javes se dyte dhe trete, ju lutemi klikoni ketu dhe ketu.

Ju falemnderoj shume qe vizituat kete faqe dhe qe gjetet kohe per ta lexuar kete post.

Shpresoj qe te ktheni prap ketu,

Besa