Heiho! I’m just popping by to share a few bits and pieces of my recent weekend project – mini balcony garden. It has been three months since I moved to Sydney and things are slowly falling into place. Finding an apartment, getting furniture and settling into the new place and generally keeping up with the (different) pace of life. And it was high time to give the place a little bit of facelift.
It was a long weekend a few weekends ago, and I did a lot of cleaning and organizing. I guess we were pretty lucky to have found this apartment with pretty spacious balcony on two sides. It has been empty for a couple of months we’ve been here and I thought wouldn’t it be lovely to have a cozy setting to enjoy a cup of coffee or read or have brunch in.
Getting down to business, I got some furniture from (none other than) Ikea – the perks of having an Ikea a short walk from home. It’s nothing fancy, just a simple outdoor dining table and a couple of chairs. I had only got a few plants and the bookshelf I used for plant stand looked very sparse, so the next day I went to buy more plants to cheer up the place. It’s now full of pretty little colorful flowers, and I’ve been having a lovely time enjoying my new outdoor setting.
This weekend I just felt so out of it – I felt like something was nagging at me the whole weekend, and I even had some work to do. But on the bright side, I finished hacking this IKEA drawer I got a while ago. I wanted to get the biggest size they had, but it was not only bulky but also quite heavy. So I settled on the four-drawer one. But the finish ( or lack thereof ) was always an eyesore to me. This weekend I had the chance to sit down and paint the outside with acrylic paint in yellow pink. It’s such a very pretty shade! For the drawers, I traced and cut up a few Kaisercraft papers that match the pink-and-green theme I had in mind, stuck them on with a craft glue and finished it with a Mod Podge. I left inner part of the drawers as they were, because they are hidden anyways and I don’t want my stuff I keep in the drawers reeking of paint.
The drawers are quite roomy and deep, the height of them are most perfect for nail polish. I use one drawer to hold nail polish ( it fits about 20 polish very nicely, depending on the size of the bottles ), the others to hold extra skincare and makeup stuff and hair accessories. I love it!
I purged my makeup collection a bit in the middle of the year, and had banned myself from buying any more lip products. I was being good for a couple of months, and now.. Just don’t ask me how much lipsticks I’d got since then ( not that many, I promise! ). And my small lippies collection had begun to clutter and called for an organization system. Then came these two round glasses. Who knew such simple and understated everyday item could be so perfect to corral my lip products!
I assigned one glass for lipsticks, and the other for my lip stains, glosses and balms. I placed most lip products upside down so the labels are facing upwards and easily visible ( I especially love the colorful labels! ). Now I could easily locate which color I want to wear on a certain day. I’m loving my new system!
Maybe I should go a little bit further and force myself not to buy any more stuff that wouldn’t fit in these two glasses… but really, when it comes to lippies, I can’t make any promises!