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!
Nothing says Summer like popsicles (or ice blocks if you’re an Aussie!). If you’re having a pool party/backyard barbie/blank wall blues, then this fun popsicle garland is sure to brighten up your space. The secret? Pool noodles!
If you’re as big a commitment phobe as I am, you’ll love Tattly tattoos. And if you’re as big a fan of sales as I am, you’ll be excited about their 50% off sale! Get yourself over there and pick a new (temporary) tattoo, from cute animals to star signs and everything in between. I bought myself the ones above, ‘Air Quotes’ and the ‘Floral’ set designed by Rifle Paper Company. Then make sure you enter TATTLY3 at the checkout to get your new (temporary) skin art half price!
I would never have thought to use iron on transfers on a pair of Vans - but they look amazing! The perfect ‘Summer shoes’ to slip on and get going in. As soon as I saw these I had the perfect floral images in mind to make my own pair, but all you need to do is either google image search ‘floral pattern’ or have a search on Pinterest.
Ok, first up: drink responsibly! There’s no point having an awesome night if you can’t remember it right?! OK, PSA over. Now, even if you don’t drink alcohol (me!) you can still have lots of fun with drinking games! The cubes are so easy to whip up (make sure to download the free printables!), and the game is simple to play - you roll the dice, then the if you get say ‘Band Names’, you have to say one starting with A, the next person one starting with B, etc. If someone can’t think of one in 30 seconds, they have to roll the other dice - and accept the consequences! As I said, you don’t have to play this with alcohol. You could make people do physical challenges or eat marshmallows instead (though that could be even messier than alcohol…)
Before I found etsy, and before the internet, I had to make do with pictures torn from magazines as art on my walls. So sad. These days, there are so many amazing (free!) pieces available online that you can print off at the click of a button - how lucky are we?! This modern hexagon piece has gorgeous colours and will work with so many different interiors. Print it off and frame it, and be thankful for beautiful art and the internet.
A lot of 80’s style crafts are making a comeback right now - including woven wall hangings - but in updated styles. But if you’re craft-challenged or just don’t have the time to macrame, this gorgeous piece is the perfect answer! Instead of knotting, this piece knots the yarn with thread and then ties the bunches onto a plastic canvas. You should be able to knock this out in an afternoon and enjoy your new retro, hand made and entirely one-of-a-kind piece of art!
SUPER POP WEDNESDAY EDITION!
I was talking about my new favourite bands the other day and someone said ‘Oh Emma, you only listen to these bizarre bands I’ve never heard of!’. Not true! In fact, my current play list is a mix of The Best of Queen, Lana Del Rey’s new album, and what I call my ‘Super Pop’ playlist. I can guarantee you would have heard of at least ONE of these artists! My new favourites are the infectious ear worm ‘Shower’ by Becky G, the kick ass stompin ‘Somethin’ Bad’ by Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood, and the all Australian Dami Im and her super fun, super addictive song ‘Super Love’. Enjoy!
Do your kicks need a makeover? Is your outfit never complete without a bit of animal print? Well head on over to Studs & Pearls for this easy and fun DIY to create your own pair of leopard laces (and also find out about those awesome BANGS sneakers and the great cause behind them!)