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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! 😍

Midcentury Modern Side Table | A Beautiful Mess
Midcentury modern is my favourite style of furniture. It fits in perfectly with my little house, and it looks great to boot. I like the idea of making my own as I find that side tables are usually too short for my sofas - I have very high arms, which makes grabbing for coffee a risky action! I think this would look fab with ‘dipped’ legs - maybe white or hot pink?!

Midcentury Modern Side Table | A Beautiful Mess

Midcentury modern is my favourite style of furniture. It fits in perfectly with my little house, and it looks great to boot. I like the idea of making my own as I find that side tables are usually too short for my sofas - I have very high arms, which makes grabbing for coffee a risky action! I think this would look fab with ‘dipped’ legs - maybe white or hot pink?!

No Sew Fringed Kimono | A Pair & A Spare
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of Winter! And with the end of Winter comes that weird in-between weather where it’s too hot for a jumper and too cold for a tshirt. Wraps are the best thing to keep in your bag - and these fringed kimonos are super pretty, easy to make and no sewing is involved! You can go and buy your fabric and coordinating fringe from the craft store, or you can head on over to Wander & Hunt and buy yourself a kit.

No Sew Fringed Kimono | A Pair & A Spare

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of Winter! And with the end of Winter comes that weird in-between weather where it’s too hot for a jumper and too cold for a tshirt. Wraps are the best thing to keep in your bag - and these fringed kimonos are super pretty, easy to make and no sewing is involved! You can go and buy your fabric and coordinating fringe from the craft store, or you can head on over to Wander & Hunt and buy yourself a kit.

Upcycled Vintage Plates | Honestly WTF
Does anyone else love collecting vintage china? I have picked up this dangerous habit from my mother, who has an amazing collection of chintz Winton & other pieces she has collected. She also has a knack of finding gorgeous embroidered tablecloths. I might have knicked a couple of them! Though I have some plates that I adore and would not alter in any way, there are a few that could do with a bit of an update. I love these pieces inspired by Melody Rose. They’re still vintage and pretty but with a bit of a modern edge. Keep in mind that most waterslide paper is not to be washed or eaten off of (though there are some types of paper that you bake in the oven that you can then eat off of and wash, but check before you do!). Check out Free Pretty Things For You for free vintage pics to decorate your china!

Upcycled Vintage Plates | Honestly WTF

Does anyone else love collecting vintage china? I have picked up this dangerous habit from my mother, who has an amazing collection of chintz Winton & other pieces she has collected. She also has a knack of finding gorgeous embroidered tablecloths. I might have knicked a couple of them! Though I have some plates that I adore and would not alter in any way, there are a few that could do with a bit of an update. I love these pieces inspired by Melody Rose. They’re still vintage and pretty but with a bit of a modern edge. Keep in mind that most waterslide paper is not to be washed or eaten off of (though there are some types of paper that you bake in the oven that you can then eat off of and wash, but check before you do!). Check out Free Pretty Things For You for free vintage pics to decorate your china!