Had a really fun walk through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens today. This is my favourite part - these amazing trees that have formed a canopy. They are HUGE!
I’m totally in love with this necklace. A little bit arty, a little bit vintage, and very, very unique. You can guarantee no one will have one exactly like yours! Plus you can make yours even more unique by what you add to it - beads, string, leather. A very on-trend piece that’s perfect to add a bit of boho to any outfit!
Just finished the first sample set of smelly jellies for my stall. Very happy with how they turned out! (By the way, in case you are wondering, smelly jelly is like potpourri but in jelly form!)
Some expensive designer pieces are just perfect for creating yourself - and this scarf dress is a prime example! Made using just three scarves and some leather thonging, if you’re skilled with your sewing machine you should be able to whip this up quickly. Though the directions aren’t detailed, you should be able to work out where you need to attach your scarves. It might be handy to get a friend to help you pin your scarves or use a dress form in your measurements to work out where you need to stitch and place your straps.
I was so excited about this project - I love the chalk paint look and I love mason jars, so perfect match! But before I share DIYs I always like to look in to the cost of the materials involved. I don’t see the point in DIYins something if it’s going to cost you much, much more than buying it already made. Hoo boy, chalk paint is expensive! I was shocked. But I still love the look so I did some research on chalk paint recipes, and found this great piece by Salvaged Inspirations. Now I’m going to purchase myself some calcium carbonate and make up my own chalk paint to make some of these pretty jars (and I have a couple of chairs I’m thinking of painting too!). These jars are not only pretty, but think of all the uses you can use them for - not just decoration on their own, but perfect for holding a posy of flowers, giving as gifts or storing your pens and pencils in!
Back in the day, the only way you could decorate the walls of your rented space was with blu tac and posters. If you were lucky, your landlord might let you put a couple of hooks in the walls for framed prints. These days, there are so many options to decorate your space with temporarily that the possibilities are endless! 3M removable hooks, vinyl wall stickers, removable wall paper and yes - washi tape! With a bit of creativity you can create amazing patterns on your walls that you can pull down when you’re bored (or moving) and try again. Click through for Brit + Co’s DiY and get inspired!
Though I was/am born and bred in SA, Australia, I have traveled more in the US of A than Australia! The only time I’ve been to Sydney or Melbourne is to visit their airports. But in America… I’ve lived in upstate New York, and just outside of Philadelphia. I’ve been to Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC,..and a few more I can’t remember right now! As soon as I saw this map i knew I would make it straight away - what a gorgeous way to remember all those places you’ve been! Of course, if you haven’t been to America, you can always draw a map of your country (or even the world if you’re a well heeled traveller!) Cheryl has some alternative banners too. Go download yours and get to tracking your travels!
Part of a prestigious group 😁
I love the look of earthy, handmade jewelry. When I save up some money I plan on getting this ring. Sigh. But as you can see, it’s quite expensive! Though these rings don’t have a big ol’ jewel on the top, I still love this DIY because it’s so simple and cheap to make but still has the look.
I know it’s only July but I’m already thinking about Christmas presents! I’m keen to DIY more gifts this year - last year fell in a big heap - and this beaded necklace would be absolutely perfect for my sister. She saw some very similar ones at some markets that were around $80, but I think i could make her about six for that much (though I might have to keep one for myself)
Love my hometown ❤️
Summer Sandals 2 Ways
If your favourite sandals are looking a little worse for wear, then get out your craft box and get to decorating! These two options are high impact but easy to create. My So Called Crafty Life uses fabric flowers and Live It Love It Make It made some bright neon tassels. Click on the links below for more info!
I’ve posted soy candle DIYs before but they are so fun and easy to do that I like sharing them again! Soy wax is lovely for candles because they don’t give off that horrible black smoke you get with the cheap candles. You can get soy wax, candle wicks and fragrance oil from most craft stores or of course you can get them from eBay, amazon or etsy. I love making my candles in vintage tea cups but you can make yours in any heat-safe container that has a wide rim.
If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!
Ana White is my DIY hero! She designs and builds the most amazing projects and shares them for all on the internet (for free) - and wrote an awesome book too! She’s now designed some exclusive projects for Ryobi (you just have to sign up) and I’m all over this gorgeous modern bookshelf. There’s also a fantastic outdoor couch and pergola I would be keen to have in my house… time to buy some lumber!