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Back from sick leave…

Hi All,

I’m sorry for my absence, I’ve been laid up with a horrible cold! I’m sorry I couldn’t finish off my Father’s Day round up, but I’ll post the rest of the DIYs I found today for those of you who would still like to see them!

I will be ‘back to normal’ soon, when I feel like I can handle sitting at a computer for more than five minutes!

I hope y’all are feeling well and happy, or at least on the way there

emma xxoo

STYLISH DADS

Whether your dad is all about the hair products or fun ties, each dad is stylish in his own special way! I’ve collected some of my favourite DIYs for all those stylish Dad’s for their special day. The most intriguing for me is the Whiskey Flavoured Toothpicks, which are inspired by these very expensive ones! If you’re dad likes whiskey they would be a fun gift to give along with a bottle of his favourite brand. I’ve also included a DIY for a honey body wash - not too ‘girly’, but warm and sweet - and perfect for Dads who like all natural things. I’m thinking of making my dad some Beard Balm - a project I’ve shared before but is perfect to include here!

Honey Body Wash | Henry Happened

Father’s Day Tie | Purl Bee

Beard Balm | Transient Expression

Summertime Wallet | Purl Bee

Whiskey Flavoured Tooth Picks | Man Made DIY

Leather Sunglasses Case | Clad & Cloth

All Natural Hair Pomade | Momtastic

BIG SALE!

Hi everyone! I’m selling all my handmade jewelry to make way for my next crafting adventure! Please head over to my Facebook page to take a look at what I have. If you see something you like, Please let me know the names of the items. I will then let you know the total cost and postage will be only for the actual cost of the items. Please note that I only have one of each piece.

Thank you everyone - if you have any questions about any of the items let me know (i.e. length, size, etc).

This is open for everyone! Please note also that the prices are in Australian dollars.

Click here to see all the pieces on offer

Thank you everyone xxoo

Emma

If you find it hard to find something for your Dad on Father’s Day, then hopefully you will be able to find a great craft to create for him in the S+T Father’s Day round up - we’ve got round ups for Foodie, Sporty, Stylish and Techy dads - from easy to create to a little more in depth. If you’re not sure when Father’s Day is in your country, you can check here!

FOODIE DADS
Does your dad not function without a morning cup of tea or coffee? Does your dad love cooking with sauces and spices? Does your dad have his own craft brewery in his shed? Or maybe your dad just has a sweet tooth? Well then we’ve got a fantastic round up for you!

Father’s Day Printables | Oh So Glam

BBQ Spice Rub | Delia Creates

Printable Chalk Board Labels | LIa Griffith

Printable Coffee Labels | Saturday Crafternoon

Printable Sauce & Spice Labels | Fairgoods

Chocolate Bark Recipes | Martha Stewart

Two Tea Cup Teabags | Little Button Diaries

Learn To Batik | Brit + Co
I remember in high school we had a lady come in and show us how to batik. It’s a little intimidating at first, but the finished product was so amazing - it felt like a real piece of art! If you’re interested in trying batik there is a few things you need to purchase like a Tjanting tool (or a thin paintbrush if you can’t find one in your town!), the special wax and soda ash but you should be able to get most of these things on eBay or etsy. What’s lovely about Batik art is that there’s so much potential - you can create art, pillow covers, table cloths, even sarongs or bags!

Learn To Batik | Brit + Co

I remember in high school we had a lady come in and show us how to batik. It’s a little intimidating at first, but the finished product was so amazing - it felt like a real piece of art! If you’re interested in trying batik there is a few things you need to purchase like a Tjanting tool (or a thin paintbrush if you can’t find one in your town!), the special wax and soda ash but you should be able to get most of these things on eBay or etsy. What’s lovely about Batik art is that there’s so much potential - you can create art, pillow covers, table cloths, even sarongs or bags!

Get The Look: Cate Blanchett’s Braided Chignon | Brit + Co
I love those tutorials where they show you how to recreate a hair style that only takes  four different pomades, 300 bobby pins and 7 arms. For some reason, my hair never looks the same as the picture, fancy that! If you can French braid (or braid if you’re like me!) and create a back comb, you can create this hairstyle. I like that it’s an updo but doesn’t feel too ‘done’, meaning if you get up earlier than me in the mornings, you could probably create this style (or something close to it!)

Get The Look: Cate Blanchett’s Braided Chignon | Brit + Co

I love those tutorials where they show you how to recreate a hair style that only takes  four different pomades, 300 bobby pins and 7 arms. For some reason, my hair never looks the same as the picture, fancy that! If you can French braid (or braid if you’re like me!) and create a back comb, you can create this hairstyle. I like that it’s an updo but doesn’t feel too ‘done’, meaning if you get up earlier than me in the mornings, you could probably create this style (or something close to it!)

Customisable Perfume Bottle Clutch | Wander & Hunt
Wander & Hunt is the DIY kit & supply shop from A Pair & A Spare, and it’s amazing! Not only can you get some great craft items like rhinestones, studs, fabric and chains, but amazing kits to make some truly stunning fashion pieces. This has to be my favourite kit so far - a ‘perfume bottle’ clutch that you can customise however you want with the included lace, flat pearls and tassels. What an amazing present for a fashionista/crafty/perfume obsessed friend! The kit isn’t cheap, but you get free shipping (awesome!). Make sure you check out the rest of the craft kits such as this gorgeous jewelled belt, rhinestone ear cuff or ombre tassel necklace.

Customisable Perfume Bottle Clutch | Wander & Hunt

Wander & Hunt is the DIY kit & supply shop from A Pair & A Spare, and it’s amazing! Not only can you get some great craft items like rhinestones, studs, fabric and chains, but amazing kits to make some truly stunning fashion pieces. This has to be my favourite kit so far - a ‘perfume bottle’ clutch that you can customise however you want with the included lace, flat pearls and tassels. What an amazing present for a fashionista/crafty/perfume obsessed friend! The kit isn’t cheap, but you get free shipping (awesome!). Make sure you check out the rest of the craft kits such as this gorgeous jewelled belt, rhinestone ear cuff or ombre tassel necklace.

4 Strawberry Beauty Recipes | Henry Happened
Did you know there are other uses for strawberries other than for eating by the punnet?! Henry Happened has four - Whitening Strawberry Teeth Scrub, Zit-Zapping Strawberry Face Peel, Brightening Almond & Strawberry Scrub and Moisturizing Strawberry Honey Face Mask. the pictured strawberry recipe is the zit-zapping strawberry face peel, which mixes aspirin, straberries and lemon juice to create a peel. According to HH, 'the aspirin contains salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid which acts as a chemical peel to reduce acne and lesions. The vitamin C and AHAs in lemons and strawberries exfoliate and reduce the appearance of age spots'. Sounds good to me! In fact, I’ve got a punnet of strawberries in my fridge all ready to make this!

4 Strawberry Beauty Recipes | Henry Happened

Did you know there are other uses for strawberries other than for eating by the punnet?! Henry Happened has four - Whitening Strawberry Teeth Scrub, Zit-Zapping Strawberry Face Peel, Brightening Almond & Strawberry Scrub and Moisturizing Strawberry Honey Face Mask. the pictured strawberry recipe is the zit-zapping strawberry face peel, which mixes aspirin, straberries and lemon juice to create a peel. According to HH, 'the aspirin contains salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid which acts as a chemical peel to reduce acne and lesions. The vitamin C and AHAs in lemons and strawberries exfoliate and reduce the appearance of age spots'. Sounds good to me! In fact, I’ve got a punnet of strawberries in my fridge all ready to make this!

Embellished Sport Sandals | Love Maegan
I know these shoes are not everyone’s style, but chunky sport sandals are everywhere right now - even Prada has a pair! But I really love the spiky embellishment that Maegan has sewn on them, and it would be easy to use on any fabric shoe. And don’t worry - though it looks dangerous, the spikes are plastic so you’re not going to end up with an injury!

Embellished Sport Sandals | Love Maegan

I know these shoes are not everyone’s style, but chunky sport sandals are everywhere right now - even Prada has a pair! But I really love the spiky embellishment that Maegan has sewn on them, and it would be easy to use on any fabric shoe. And don’t worry - though it looks dangerous, the spikes are plastic so you’re not going to end up with an injury!

Sunday Afternoon Playlist | 1st June 2014

It’s a dreary, rainy day in Adelaide today, the perfect weather for staying indoors, crafting and listening to music! I’m looking forward to the new Lana del Ray album, and I’m loving the new single.La Roux also has another album coming out and her new song Uptight Downtown is fantastic. Other favourites this week - Ivy & Gold and Sean O’Neill. Enjoy!

It’s a struggle that I think everyone endures at some point in their life - a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear! Well I’m here to help you get everything organised and bring some order to your daily life.
What You’ll Need:- Garbage Bags- Boxes, storage containers or vacuum bags- Time!
Time is the biggest factor here - make sure you have a couple of hours to get everything sorted - or else you’ll end up chucking everything back in the wardrobe, defeated and worse than when you started!
STEP ONETake everything out of your closet. That’s right, everything! Take all your clothes/shoes/bags and put them into piles. At this point, throw out any broken hangers or other rubbish that may be in your wardrobe. Give it a good dusting/wipe down.
STEP TWOLet’s start with the clothes! We’re going to make three piles:
Pile one: Clothes to throw. If it doesn’t fit, is stained, stretched out of shape… put it in the garbage bag!
Things to consider with your clothes:- Does it fit properly? When you last wore it did it feel constricting, were you constantly adjusting it, did it fall down around your ankles?- Is it missing buttons, is the thread pulling, does it have a huge stain that won’t go away?- When did you last wear it? Does it go with anything else in your wardrobe?- Is it not your style anymore? Is it so old and out of date that even the most discerning fashionista wouldn’t consider it ‘vintage’?!
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then put it in your bag to give away. But if you wouldn’t give it to your best friend in the condition it’s in, but it in the bin - it will save the folks at the charity shop time!
Pile two: clothes that you can’t bear to give away. We all have these pieces. They might be sentimental, or you might just not be ready to throw it out. Put these clothes in your storage bag/boxes.
Pile three: One pile left - clothes to keep. These are your favourite pieces that you wear every day, that fit you and make you feel great! If any of these pieces need to be mended, take a break and do that now. If you’re not keen on mending - consider putting them in your give away pile!
Hang all your clothes back up and hang them in sections - how you do this is up to you. I like to hang my clothes by type, but you may find it easier by colour or mood!
STEP THREEOK, we’re finished with your clothes - now go through the same process with your bags and shoes.
Things to consider for your shoes & bags:- are the shoes scuffed, ripped, dirty, discoloured, or covered in dust (often a sign of not being worn!)- does the bag have holes in it, stains, ripped lining, broken straps or smelling of something that spilt in it?
And you’re done! When you get dressed tomorrow, marvel at how easy it is to put together your outfit and accessorize with ease!
Extra tricks to try:- When you hang your clothes back up, hang them ‘backwards’. When you wear a piece and go to hang it back up, hang it ‘forwards’. At the end of the month, if there are any pieces still hanging ‘backwards’, put them in your storage boxes- I found that after a year - a year! - had passed, I had not once gone to my storage boxes for any of the clothes inside. So I went through them again and gave away the bulk of it to charity. More space for more clothes!- People have a habit of trying to sell their unwanted clothes on eBay. While this is a great idea to bring in a bit of extra cash, personally I find it easier to give away to charity unless it’s practically brand new/never worn - I just don’t think it’s worth the time or money to get $5 for a top that someone could really need.
Image source: Huzzah Vintage

It’s a struggle that I think everyone endures at some point in their life - a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear! Well I’m here to help you get everything organised and bring some order to your daily life.

What You’ll Need:
- Garbage Bags
- Boxes, storage containers or vacuum bags
- Time!

Time is the biggest factor here - make sure you have a couple of hours to get everything sorted - or else you’ll end up chucking everything back in the wardrobe, defeated and worse than when you started!

STEP ONE
Take everything out of your closet. That’s right, everything! Take all your clothes/shoes/bags and put them into piles. At this point, throw out any broken hangers or other rubbish that may be in your wardrobe. Give it a good dusting/wipe down.

STEP TWO
Let’s start with the clothes! We’re going to make three piles:

Pile one: Clothes to throw. If it doesn’t fit, is stained, stretched out of shape… put it in the garbage bag!

Things to consider with your clothes:- Does it fit properly? When you last wore it did it feel constricting, were you constantly adjusting it, did it fall down around your ankles?
- Is it missing buttons, is the thread pulling, does it have a huge stain that won’t go away?
- When did you last wear it? Does it go with anything else in your wardrobe?
- Is it not your style anymore? Is it so old and out of date that even the most discerning fashionista wouldn’t consider it ‘vintage’?!

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then put it in your bag to give away. But if you wouldn’t give it to your best friend in the condition it’s in, but it in the bin - it will save the folks at the charity shop time!

Pile two: clothes that you can’t bear to give away. We all have these pieces. They might be sentimental, or you might just not be ready to throw it out. Put these clothes in your storage bag/boxes.

Pile three: One pile left - clothes to keep. These are your favourite pieces that you wear every day, that fit you and make you feel great! If any of these pieces need to be mended, take a break and do that now. If you’re not keen on mending - consider putting them in your give away pile!

Hang all your clothes back up and hang them in sections - how you do this is up to you. I like to hang my clothes by type, but you may find it easier by colour or mood!

STEP THREE
OK, we’re finished with your clothes - now go through the same process with your bags and shoes.

Things to consider for your shoes & bags:
- are the shoes scuffed, ripped, dirty, discoloured, or covered in dust (often a sign of not being worn!)
- does the bag have holes in it, stains, ripped lining, broken straps or smelling of something that spilt in it?

And you’re done! When you get dressed tomorrow, marvel at how easy it is to put together your outfit and accessorize with ease!

Extra tricks to try:
- When you hang your clothes back up, hang them ‘backwards’. When you wear a piece and go to hang it back up, hang it ‘forwards’. At the end of the month, if there are any pieces still hanging ‘backwards’, put them in your storage boxes
- I found that after a year - a year! - had passed, I had not once gone to my storage boxes for any of the clothes inside. So I went through them again and gave away the bulk of it to charity. More space for more clothes!
- People have a habit of trying to sell their unwanted clothes on eBay. While this is a great idea to bring in a bit of extra cash, personally I find it easier to give away to charity unless it’s practically brand new/never worn - I just don’t think it’s worth the time or money to get $5 for a top that someone could really need.

Image source: Huzzah Vintage