I know I’ve been overdosing on the beauty posts, but I’ve found so many good ones I just had to share! I honestly would never have thought to use coconut oil as a cleanser but apparently it has lots of great qualities - check out this article. I’m keen to try it out now! But of course I want it to look pretty… thank you Lia Griffith for your amazing as usual free printables! I will be your guinea pig and have a go at the coconut oil cleanser and let you know how I go… if you’re already using it I’d love to hear what you think!
Pretty proud of my attempt at a princess birthday cake for my niece Mia’s 7th birthday!
I immediately bookmarked this body butter because I truly adore the scent of lavender - not that horrible, synthetic scent, but the true natural scent! I’m lucky that there is a beautiful lavender farm in SA that I can source pure lavender oil from, but I’m sure there’s some great online stores that also sell it. Lavender has so many fantastic properties, but for me the main reason is that it’s soothing and relaxing, perfect for those of us who find it hard to get to sleep. Keep it by your bed and apply liberally before bed!
One of the reasons I love ‘plain’ pieces of jewelry is because they are so versatile - they add something nice to a ‘busy’ outfit, simplicity to a plain outfit and you can easily mix them with other pieces of jewelry. This beautiful copper cuff ticks all the boxes and is so easy to make - just make sure you sand the ends so you don’t hurt your skin!
MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT IDEAS
I’ve had a couple of people ask about craft ideas for Mother’s Day so I’m going to share a few that will hopefully appeal to all the mothers out there!
If your mum always complains that she doesn’t have any nice photos of you, here’s the perfect craft! Gather all your favorite pics and turn them into tiny magnets - pretty and practical! Mix it up with some photos from your childhood, their wedding, birthday, their mum, etc to make them really special.
Henry Happened is quickly becoming my go-to site for natural beauty! There are lots of great tips and DIYs, but this is one of my favorites because I have the darkest patches under my eyes. There’s a great mix of tips and remedies listed, with most of the items needed already in your kitchen!
Have you recently become engaged? Congratulations! Now before you go spending lots of dosh on save the date cards, check out these gorgeous free save the dates that MM’s has rounded up! My favourite has to be the finger with the string - I don’t think anyone is going to forget the date after they receive that!
At the moment I’m making this gorgeous wreath by Lia Griffith, but honestly I just want to make every single paper craft on her website! She has so many amazing, gorgeous and well designed paper crafts on her site. And they’re all free! This beautiful Easter flower would be a really lovely gift for those who can’t/don’t eat chocolate, or to top a present. I printed my flowers on my home computer but if your printer isn’t the best you could take the file to your local print store.
I really wish we had a subscription box service like For The Makers in Australia, but alas, we don’t! But luckily they kindly share the DIYs from the box for free. This project is easy to create and you should be able to get the supplies from your local craft store. A really pretty way to get an expensive looking notebook for the fraction of the cost!
I’ve been wanting to learn calligraphy for ages (and just won a set on eBay for $4!) but there’s no classes near me and the only online class I could find is $95! Then like some kind of kismet I find this awesome free online calligraphy course! If you’re like me and want to learn, go and start your first lesson!
Sick of the sandwich for lunch? Here are 45, that’s right, 45 recipes to perk up your lunch box (and not just for kids!). There’s lots of delicious options here, including some sweet treats for those of us who need dessert with their lunch too!
What I love about this little lady is that she has so many uses! I know my niece would love her on a necklace (and is so much sweeter than the plastic junk I see in the shops). But I can see her hanging from a pair of keys, or even attached to a zipper on a bag! You could even paint little doll versions of your friends and attach them to gifts!
There are lots of reasons you might have dirty hair in the morning (at my house it’s from repeated alarm clock hitting!). But just because your hair is dirty, doesn’t mean you have to settle for the usual pony - these four hairstyles are pretty and fairly easy to create. I particularly love the top right hand style - I’ll have to practice it so I can do it even when I’m half asleep!
I just love this simple hand dish! It’s the perfect size for all those little bits and pieces you find in your pockets/bag at the end of the day or even on your bedside table for your jewelry at the end of the night. Easy to make and even more fun to decorate - go for the gold as pictured or you could do a henna design or even decoupage with some pretty tissue paper!
If you’re trying to save money on a wedding, one of the best areas to look at is flowers. ‘Traditional’ flowers can be incredibly expensive and at the end of the day, you will have to throw them out! One of the nice things about the bouquets featured in this list is that lots of them are handmade, cheaper to create and you can keep them at the end. I’ve picked a few of my favourites from the list:
Top Left: This gorgeous bouquet is made out of handmade paper flowers. I’m currently creating these roses to create a wreath, so I can tell you right now that if you’re thinking of making this, give yourself plenty of time to make each flower! But I can also tell you that the flowers look amazing when completed, and are really easy to put together. Don’t like pink? You can also download the roses in white and red!
Top right: A big bouquet of beautiful butterflies! Check out craft stores for a paper butterflies to match your colour scheme
Middle, Left: Having a Winter wedding? How about carrying a giant, sparkling snowflake? When you purchase this amazing ‘bouquet’ you also receive a complementary boutonniere!
Middle, Right: This quirky bouquet would be right at home at a fairground themed wedding (plus if you get hungry during the ceremony you can eat it!)
Bottom left: For all those crafty gals who are obsessed with knitting and crocheting, this bouquet is perfect - a combo of yarn balls and earthy plants - in gorgeous fall colours.
Bottom Right: Who says you have to carry flowers, when there are so many gorgeous coloured vegetables?!