DIY Tutorial: Handmade Tissue Cover

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Hi everyone!

Here’s a super easy DIY project that you can try at home, palingan cuma butuh waktu 20 menit untuk membuatnya. BTW, I am making a series of sewing tutorial to decorate your living room buat persiapan lebaran nanti nih, siapa tau ada yang mau make-over ruang tamu keluarga, hehe 😀

Follow the tutorial series on my youtube channel , and for this Tissue Cover Tutorial Video, click here.

Selamat mencoba, keep calm and sew on 😀

Pom-Pom Wall Hanging Decoration

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This is my first DIY tutorial on my youtube channel!

For a beginning, this DIY project is very basic, simple and fun-to-make. Wall-hanging decoration never seems to be out of trend, it’s cute and no sewing needed. It’s also relaxing to make if you have partners to do the project with. If you have kids, this is an easy art project to teach them creativity.

Watch the tutorial on youtube by clicking here.

Productivity Tips: Personal Logbook

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Have you ever felt, in the year end, like you haven’t done nor achieved anything that year? “Crap! It’s December already? Where did it go?”

I’ve been in that situation several times, one of my weaknesses before was that I didn’t appreciate the meaning and importance of a process. Like most millenials, I like instant things that doesn’t take long and a lot of stuffs to do. However, I’ve learned the only shortcut to success, for whatever your goals are, is consistency and commitment to what you have to do to achieve the goals. Big goals are achieved by doing the little daily goals. I’ve come to the point when I realized that all the successful people I know in my life are NOT talented people, but those who are hardworking, patiently and consistently do what they ought to do. I used to believe in talent, now I don’t believe there’s such thing anymore.

You can’t suddenly finish a writing and publish a book in one day. You can’t build your muscles in a week. A clear, smooth skin over night. Lose/ gain weight healthily in a week. That’s impossible things to achieve unless you opt plastic surgeries. And all instant things are dangerous; instant fame, noodles, beauty, etc.

Hence I need to form habits and keep a track of it to keep my focus. I make a logbook of my daily goals. Of course I can’t do all the things in one day, but I have to do it regularly as often as possible. Making personal logbook is also advised by Austen Kleon in Steal Like an Artist that we should not underestimate writing one page each day, because in a year, that’s enough to make a 365 page-book.

I use bullet points system to create the journal. Not only it helps me to stay in track and productive, it’s also a relaxing creative outlet. First, I started with listing all the habits I want to form. Make columns like below, check each daily goal with colorful markers.

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I also make tracks of little achievements in a month, it doesn’t have to be a big thing like winning a Grammy or a Nobel Prize. Little things like finishing reading books, watching good movies, etc are good way to start.

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You can make your own templates, or you can also use logbook templates from Pinterest. But remember, honesty is needed to fill the journals. Don’t color if you didn’t do that in a day, week or month. You don’t need to lie, you’re not in a competition.

Granny’s Furniture Turns New

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the after photo of my granny’s old showcase closet

My real best friends since childhood are not real persons, they’re my books; comics, novels, biographies, anthologies, etc. Where ever I moved, I’ve always been with my books, not all, only some. Books are better than real persons because they never change their words unlike humans.

So, I feel my besties deserve good shelter and I could not take my bookshelves in Lampung when I moved to West Sumatra. Hence I need more space for my new books and old comic books and saving some space for more upcoming books.

My mother took me to furniture stores in this little town of Payakumbuh (yeah, some of you might have never heard of it or cant find it in the map) to buy bookshelf that can store all of my books. But I didn’t like the idea to always buys things whenever we need something, because that can’t make me proud of my self. And of course, you can’t really expect to find a modern, minimalist-yet-vintage looking furnitures in a town that doesn’t even have a real supermarket.

I remembered that we have so many old furnitures from my Grandma combined with my mother’s old furnitures–she buys furnitures like I buy books. So I chose my granny’s old showcase cupboard to be remodelled and repurposed.

It was used as a showcase for my grandma’s dining ceramics, it’s clearly older than me. It had two sliding glass doors and two big shelves, one was only half side. It’s two meter long, that’s more than enough for my books now (in the photos, it’s only 65% of my books in total). I don’t have photos of the original brown cupboard as I’ve used and decorated it before for my bags.

The good thing about old furnitures is that the wood is better and stronger. It doesn’t mildew hence why it’s good for books. The only minus is that it’s so heavy unlike my previous bookshelves (as they’re cheap China-made goods), so I have to decide where it’s gonna be put and not move it again when decorating the room. I took off the sliding doors, add more shelves and re-painted it. Still thinking what I can make with the doors. I only spent 300,000 to buy wood paint, wood shelves and fee for the workman (I’m not good with hammer and saws, don’t wanna kill my self!)

If you’re gonna decorate your granny’s furnitures, you need to be thinking out of the box, don’t just be stuck with one function. Just because it was meant to be a dining table doesn’t mean you can make a hanging cupboard out of it. Just be creative 🙂

If 300,000 IDR can give you a fresh-look furniture, why spend 2 million?