Are there any other soapers out there reading my blog?! Hello to you! I used to love making soap but stopped when I got in to jewelry making. Now I’ve decided to pick it back up again (and hopefully sell some at my annual December stall!) and I’ve been searching for fun recipes. The Soap Queen is one of my favourite blogs because she is great at explaining every step and has great tips. Apparently charcoal and rose clay are great for purifying and cleansing, and the fact that this recipe uses melt & pour soap means this is a great beginner recipe. And even better - just click on the link in the recipe and it will add all the ingredients you need on the Bramble Berry website (you lucky Americans!). This would be a beautiful gift soap - I know I would love a bar!
Do you love your state? I have to admit, I have seen a bit of the world and I’ll always love South Australia! Where else can you be hiking through the hills in the morning, shopping in the city at awesome bars at lunch, and enjoying dinner next to the ocean all in one day?! I love my state! If you love your state as much as me, show the world with this multi-coloured embroidery. Just Google your state and follow the directions to make your own stately masterpiece!
There is nothing like an easy, cool, soft & comfy dress that you can chuck on in Summer. This tshirt dress ticks all those boxes! It’s created from a tshirt and elastic, and Melly has some great tips on sewing with elastic (at the waist) if you’ve never attempted before.
If I thought I could make a living off of it, I would have a shop that just sold trim. Pom poms, ribbons, cord, tassels… sigh. How fun would that be!? If you love trim as much as me, you’ll go gaga over this super simple throw. It’s so simple to create - all you need is a throw, trim and fabric glue. Wouldn’t this make an amazing house warming gift? Choose colours that match your giftee’s house and don’t forget to mention you made it yourself!
Sunglasses are one of the easiest things to customise, and for something you wear everyday, you want them to be perfectly suited to you! Using pretty beads and a bit of super glue, you can turn your shades into a one of a kind piece. Work out the pattern you want on a piece of paper or on your computer before you start or check Pinterest for designs to get inspired!
Regardless of whether you’re a casual bike rider or a every day cyclist, if you wear a helmet you’ll know the horror of helmet hair! Well here are 5 gorgeous hairstyles that you can easily create and have confidence that after your ride your hair will still look fab (in fact, these are great to try even if you have never ridden a bike in your life!)
Sometimes it amazes me the free things people share on the internet. The Neighborhood has produced an amazing series of free printables to create your own mini neighborhood - an amazing design, so cute and fun for young and old! Even if you don’t want to make a mini neighborhood to play in, you could make a mini vignette of houses, use the candy store as a gift box or use the park printables as a backdrop for your photos! There are tons of houses, shops and other bits and pieces to download, so head on over and check out the super fun goodies (and drop a thanks for this awesome freebie!)
If you like tassels as much as me, you will be as ga-ga over this bag as me! Funnily enough my mum recently bought a straw bag from an op shop that could use some TLC - perfect for this project! If you’re not keen on making your own tassels (though DIYing them means you can use any colour you can think of!) you can get them in bulk on eBay and etsy.
Some people are obsessed with cheese & other savoury morsels. Though I do enjoy the occasional crisp, I’m a sweet tooth all the way. I love desserts - especially donuts! Oh and really light sponge cake with cream. And chocolate croissants and warm apple pie a la mode… oh man. Anyway, what were we talking about?! Oh that’s right, this amazing free print from A Fabulous Fete by artist Kori Clark. ‘The Sugar Shortlist’ is the perfect piece of art for the kitchen (or you could put it next to your bedside table for a sweet night’s sleep!).
A close up of the amazing fabric which is Briar Rose by Heather Ross. I particularly love the little crickets and bees! 🐝🌿
I’ve finished my first ‘proper’ quilt (with wadding!) for my niece Mia! Thank you to my lovely model Sophie for helping with the photo shoot.
Though I’m always encouraging people to DIY instead of buy, there are some instances where I encourage people to definitely buy! Especially when it comes to anything you put in/on your body. Whilst there are tons of great beauty DIYs out there, sometimes it pays to purchase instead of create - not only will you save money, but time, frustration and a potential health hazard! Brit + Co goes through 6 products - some are great to whip up in your kitchen and some you should check out your local store for (I think I might have to make some Lavender Lava Spray for my hair!)
Does someone in your house have Frozen fever? In my family it’s my niece Mia, who watches clips from it and listens to the songs almost every day. Store bought Frozen items seem to be at a premium right now so crafting seems the best way to go! Spoonful has some great crafts - I’ve featured three here. I also love the paper dolls by Cory - they’re absolutely amazing and free too! Now I’m off to Google a way to get ‘Let It Go’ out of my head…
To celebrate her book launch, Tilly & The Buttons is sharing one of the projects from her book on her blog - the very 60’s Brigitte head scarf! This is a very simple sewing project which is embellished along the edge with one of the decorative stitches in your machine. And if you’re wondering how to style your new scarf, Tilly has created a Pinterest board with lots of inspiration!
I am a huge fan of lipsticks - particularly MAC ones (,y all time favourite is Rebel, which I was recommended by my friend Chelsea!) But the thing with rich, creamy lipstick is that if you put it on dry, chapped lips it completely ruins the look! So I’ve whipped up some of this natural lip balm - you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard already! - and I’m applying it after I’ve brushed my teeth to give my lips a nice smooth base before I pop on my lippy. If you have any left over make a few extra tubs for friends & family!