I love the smell of coffee. It brings memories of early morning flights at the airport and long chats in little cafes. But… I don’t like drinking it. It makes me shaky, gives me headaches and makes me feel generally sick. So I was excited about a coffee mask - all the smell and benefits of the coffee grounds (exfolation for one!) without the sickening feeling! And the benefits of mud masks are many too, such as skin tightening and reduction of inflamation. Plus making it in small batches means you’ll always have a fresh batch and you won’t waste any product.
Sizzling Summer Hair | SoapQueen
I know I have been notably absent recently - I’ve been busy researching for my new stall at the end of the year - going back to my first love of soaping! I have read through basically the whole of the SoapQueen blog, which is run by the founder of Bramble Berry, my favourite soap & beauty product supplier. I thought y’all would love these projects for lovely hair - shampoo & conditioner with nourishing argan oil and sea salt spray to give you nice beachy waves. You will need to (probably) buy some supplies to make these, but SoapQueen has a great feature on each post to add all the ingredients to a cart on the Bramble Berry website.
There’s nothing I like more than browsing $2 shops. My favourite things are the ‘cheap’ versions of crafty items like washi tape, cabochons, etc. On a trip to find motor oil I came across bundles of rope for $2 (bargain) and purchased a few bundles - and then came across this project! Serendipitous! I’ve been looking for some cool coasters for my coffee table but haven’t been able to find anything I loved, but these are perfect. I plan on making these with yellow neon string to match my pillows - if you’re going to make them, you could even make larger versions for placemats!
One of the things I love about my house is the fireplace in the lounge room. Though I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose (mainly because a) I hate cleaning fireplaces and b) I hate chopping wood) it’s a nice feature. Well, it is now I’ve painted the ugly orange bricks white! But it feels a bit empty without anything in it, and in Winter it brings a horrible cold wind. Stacking wood in there is one option but it also brings bugs and dust. I am absolutely in love with this ‘faux stacked log’ design - and it’s so easy to make! It will block out those cold winds and add a special touch to my favourite part of the room.
One of my all time favourite beauty products is the Rosewater Balancing Mist by SA brand Jurlique. It feels so beautiful on your skin… which is good because it’s really pricey! DLF has a very similar mist which, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients, is still really similar to the Jurlique with a gorgeous blend of rosewater and witch hazel, and I can make quite a few bottles for the same price! There’s also recipes for two other sprays - Cool Down & Sleep Tight. Download the free labels and make your own!
Aren’t these gorgeous?! And seriously, the process is so easy to follow, you’re going to have a stack of these bowls in no time. What to do with all your bowls? Keep them on your bedside table or near your front door for your keys/jewels/watch. Put it in your bathroom with some pretty soaps in it or just use them as decoration anywhere in your house. Plus this would make a really lovely gift - you should be able to get a few bowls from a packet of clay, meaning you’ve got a cheap gift that looks a million bucks!
Where I come from, ice cream floats are called Spiders. I don’t know why. But as a child, Spiders were the height of fun - especially when you got to make one at Pizza Hut! I haven’t had a Spider in years, but these three recipes have got me craving them! I particularly love the idea of strawberry ice cream with lemonade. Perfect for those hot Summer days!
It shocks me how expensive throw pillows can be, even without the insert! Especially when it’s so easy to create the same look with a few different supplies. I really love the third pillow and it’s painterly black spots (also those fans on the wall!). Click through for all the instructions to make all 3.
Sydney is taking shape… #satsumastreet #crossstitch
Mouse pads are one of those things that a lot of people use every day but rarely think about - I mean… it’s a mouse pad. But a beautiful mouse pad can really brighten up your desk (and your day!). And this design is so easy to achieve with only a couple of items.
If your fridge magnets consist of free ones from the local take away or broken flower pots, then maybe it’s time for an upgrade! Make a bunch of these hexagon magnets to decorate your fridge in bright fun colours. Then have fun decorating your fridge - make a pretty mosaic or go random. I can’t wait to get some clay and make these for myself!
I’m currently re-reading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett for the… sixth time?! You can tell I’ve read it a lot because of all the dog ears throughout to keep my place. That’s right, I’m a dog-earer-er. I’m ashamed to admit it. So I’m going to whip up one of these easy fabric bookmarks to keep my place from now on - and give my poor book a break!
Though I don’t like eating marmalade, I love the word. It makes me feel warm and happy! So of course I’m loving this marmalade bracelet - especially as the colours are reminiscent of the preserve. If you’ve attempted to braid on chain before and failed (as have I!) then this tutorial goes in to detail on how to accomplish it easily.
This pillow is so fun - like a bright rainbow for your couch! Even better the triangles are made from soft and warm wool felt. This is a great sewing project for beginners as it’s just sewing straight lines. But it still has a lovely professional look. If you’re not into rainbows, go for tonal colours or neon brights.
I know it’s Summer up there in the North and with Summer comes the bugs. The small, noisy, biting bugs that drive you mad when you’re trying to share their great outdoors! I don’t really like bug spray, but I do think you need something to protect yourself. This natural bug balm is great because the whole family can use it and it’s not going to offend sensitive noses. All of the ingredients should be able to be purchased on eBay or soap suppliers online.