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Scissors + Thread turned 4 today!

If Tumblr hadn’t sent me a reminder, I never would have remembered! I can’t believe my little blog is 4 years old. Thank you to everyone who has followed me from the very beginning through to everyone who just started following yesterday! I have truly amazing followers who are kind and lovely. I have over 50 amazingly beautiful inbox messages to prove it! Here’s to another four years of DIY goodness!

Emma xxoo

p.s. please make sure you have a slice if cake and make something crafty in lieu of gifts ;-)

Scissors + Thread turned 4 today!

If Tumblr hadn’t sent me a reminder, I never would have remembered! I can’t believe my little blog is 4 years old. Thank you to everyone who has followed me from the very beginning through to everyone who just started following yesterday! I have truly amazing followers who are kind and lovely. I have over 50 amazingly beautiful inbox messages to prove it! Here’s to another four years of DIY goodness!

Emma xxoo

p.s. please make sure you have a slice if cake and make something crafty in lieu of gifts ;-)

Personalised Iron On Tshirt | The Pink Samurai
Plain tshirts are so cheap these days that I can’t resist buying a few with the plan to decorate them. But inspiration hadn’t hit until I saw this post by the Pink Samurai. There aren’t any Summer Camps where I live so I never got one of those cool tshirts, but that doesn’t mean I can’t re-create one myself! And iron on letters are so easy to use, this is a great project for even the most novice DIYer!

Personalised Iron On Tshirt | The Pink Samurai

Plain tshirts are so cheap these days that I can’t resist buying a few with the plan to decorate them. But inspiration hadn’t hit until I saw this post by the Pink Samurai. There aren’t any Summer Camps where I live so I never got one of those cool tshirts, but that doesn’t mean I can’t re-create one myself! And iron on letters are so easy to use, this is a great project for even the most novice DIYer!

Leather Bow Bracelet | A Pair & A Spare
Isn’t it funny how tastes change and yet stay the same?! When i was younger, i would have loved everything about this bracelet except for the fact that it had a gold bow. I related gold to old ladies! Now I prefer gold to silver. But regardless of whether you like gold or silver, this pretty bracelet is still a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your outfit. If you’re not in to using leather, faux leather will give you the exact same look. Even better, this bracelet will go with so many outfits!

Leather Bow Bracelet | A Pair & A Spare

Isn’t it funny how tastes change and yet stay the same?! When i was younger, i would have loved everything about this bracelet except for the fact that it had a gold bow. I related gold to old ladies! Now I prefer gold to silver. But regardless of whether you like gold or silver, this pretty bracelet is still a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your outfit. If you’re not in to using leather, faux leather will give you the exact same look. Even better, this bracelet will go with so many outfits!

Pom Pom Table Runner | Haberdashery Fun
If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo

Pom Pom Table Runner | Haberdashery Fun

If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo

Brass Hanging Planter | Nalle’s House
2014 will be for me the year of the hanging planter! I bought myself some rope and tried one of the DIY’s I’ve featured before. It……did not end well. RIP plant. Note to self, make sure your knots are even! But I still like the look of hanging planters and I think this one would be more stable. Plus I am all about bronze right now so this is right up my alley. Perfect with modern interiors, and you can hang it inside or outside. This time I might give it a test before I hang it first though…

Brass Hanging Planter | Nalle’s House

2014 will be for me the year of the hanging planter! I bought myself some rope and tried one of the DIY’s I’ve featured before. It……did not end well. RIP plant. Note to self, make sure your knots are even! But I still like the look of hanging planters and I think this one would be more stable. Plus I am all about bronze right now so this is right up my alley. Perfect with modern interiors, and you can hang it inside or outside. This time I might give it a test before I hang it first though…

Easy Summer Flip Flops | One O
I know that Summer is coming to an end up top, but it’s starting to get warmer down here so Summer is on my mind! This really is the easiest makeover for those old flip flops you have stuffed in your closet! Even better, because there’s no stitching or gluing involved, you can remove the fabric when you want them back or swap the fabric for a different look!

Easy Summer Flip Flops | One O

I know that Summer is coming to an end up top, but it’s starting to get warmer down here so Summer is on my mind! This really is the easiest makeover for those old flip flops you have stuffed in your closet! Even better, because there’s no stitching or gluing involved, you can remove the fabric when you want them back or swap the fabric for a different look!

Aluminum Chair Makeover | A Beautiful Mess
Some of you who read the British Mollie Makes mag (there’s also a German and American version I believe…) would have seen a project similar to this recently. I saw it, I loved it, I could not for the life of me understand what the directions were saying. I personally think that the directions in this makeover are a bit easier to follow. But regardless, it’s a super cool makeover for something that normally gets chucked when it breaks, so being able to upcycle it in such a bright and colourful way is a huge positive in my mind!

Aluminum Chair Makeover | A Beautiful Mess

Some of you who read the British Mollie Makes mag (there’s also a German and American version I believe…) would have seen a project similar to this recently. I saw it, I loved it, I could not for the life of me understand what the directions were saying. I personally think that the directions in this makeover are a bit easier to follow. But regardless, it’s a super cool makeover for something that normally gets chucked when it breaks, so being able to upcycle it in such a bright and colourful way is a huge positive in my mind!

Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal
Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)
This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.
Ingredients:
400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
1 tsp activated charcoal
Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)

Equipment:
Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
Clean knife and chopping board
Small jug
Spoon
Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre

1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug
2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!
3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.
4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.
5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.
5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.
6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.
7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.
8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.

Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!
I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).
I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.

Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal

Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)

This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.

Ingredients:

  • 400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
  • 3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
  • 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)

Equipment:

  • Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
  • Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean knife and chopping board
  • Small jug
  • Spoon
  • Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
  • Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre

1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug

2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!

3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.

4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.

5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.

5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.

6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.

7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.

8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.

Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!

I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).

I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.

Starting to wrap my soaps! I’ve made two more batches - Lettuce which is a super clean, greeny scent and Sweet Pea which is spot on for the B&BW scent of the same name. Can’t wait to show you my White Tea & Ginger and Honey Wildflower bars later today (and don’t forget the tutorial coming tomorrow!) #soap #brambleberry #aussiesoapsupplies #meltandpour #crafty #lovelybathandbody

Starting to wrap my soaps! I’ve made two more batches - Lettuce which is a super clean, greeny scent and Sweet Pea which is spot on for the B&BW scent of the same name. Can’t wait to show you my White Tea & Ginger and Honey Wildflower bars later today (and don’t forget the tutorial coming tomorrow!) #soap #brambleberry #aussiesoapsupplies #meltandpour #crafty #lovelybathandbody

Thank you everyone for your lovely feedback and compliments on my soap! I’m having a bit of a rough patch at the moment (hence the lack of posts) and soaping is my therapy. So hearing nice things about my first batch means a lot to me! A few people have asked about the recipe. I actually made it from scratch, but this weekend I’m going to get my dad to help me take some photos and I will post my ‘recipe’ on Sunday! I use melt and pour soap which is quite possibly the most fun and easiest thing to soap with in the world.

As most of you know, I suffer from depression, anxiety and OCD. At the moment I’m going through a ‘down’ patch, but with a bit of R&R and a new medication, I’m getting better. It was really sad to hear about Robin Williams losing his battle with depression. I know how easy it is to get to that place where it feels like there isn’t any other option available. If you ever feel this way I hope you know that there are many people out there that care about you and that there is help available. Make sure you have a helpline number in your phone or written down. Look after yourself, there are so many people out there who love you and want to help you!

Thanks again everyone and keep watch this Sunday! I am starting to feel better so I will be getting back to blogging soon.

Emma xxoo

My first batch of soap, Black Tea scented with activated charcoal and dusted with bronze mica. Smells so good, so happy with how they turned out! 😍

My first batch of soap, Black Tea scented with activated charcoal and dusted with bronze mica. Smells so good, so happy with how they turned out! 😍