1990 posts tagged crafts
Plain tshirts are so cheap these days that I can’t resist buying a few with the plan to decorate them. But inspiration hadn’t hit until I saw this post by the Pink Samurai. There aren’t any Summer Camps where I live so I never got one of those cool tshirts, but that doesn’t mean I can’t re-create one myself! And iron on letters are so easy to use, this is a great project for even the most novice DIYer!
Isn’t it funny how tastes change and yet stay the same?! When i was younger, i would have loved everything about this bracelet except for the fact that it had a gold bow. I related gold to old ladies! Now I prefer gold to silver. But regardless of whether you like gold or silver, this pretty bracelet is still a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your outfit. If you’re not in to using leather, faux leather will give you the exact same look. Even better, this bracelet will go with so many outfits!
If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo
2014 will be for me the year of the hanging planter! I bought myself some rope and tried one of the DIY’s I’ve featured before. It……did not end well. RIP plant. Note to self, make sure your knots are even! But I still like the look of hanging planters and I think this one would be more stable. Plus I am all about bronze right now so this is right up my alley. Perfect with modern interiors, and you can hang it inside or outside. This time I might give it a test before I hang it first though…
Mark my words fellow DIYers, you will be seeing more and more marbled fashion & home accessories very soon! So jump on the bandwagon now and make yourself a very simple but sweet little locket with marble paper. Plain lockets are quite cheap and easy to find at craft stores, or you can purchase the craft kit from For The Makers.
I like harness accessories, but unfortunately most of them are either dainty chains (which I would snap in a second) or a bit too…S&M for me! Haha! That’s why I love this harness. The colours are easy to combine with anything from plain tshirts to floral dresses, is easy to make and you can make it to fit you perfectly.
I know that Summer is coming to an end up top, but it’s starting to get warmer down here so Summer is on my mind! This really is the easiest makeover for those old flip flops you have stuffed in your closet! Even better, because there’s no stitching or gluing involved, you can remove the fabric when you want them back or swap the fabric for a different look!
Some of you who read the British Mollie Makes mag (there’s also a German and American version I believe…) would have seen a project similar to this recently. I saw it, I loved it, I could not for the life of me understand what the directions were saying. I personally think that the directions in this makeover are a bit easier to follow. But regardless, it’s a super cool makeover for something that normally gets chucked when it breaks, so being able to upcycle it in such a bright and colourful way is a huge positive in my mind!
If you lose your bookmark all the time, then these super bright bookmarks are going to be right up your alley! Print them on heavy paper or even better, laminate them for extra strength.
Black Tea Glycerine Soap with Activated Charcoal
Hi everyone! Well here is the tutorial as promised. Unfortunately my photos will not load to my computer, and when I tried doing them again they crashed my laptop completely. So today’s post is going to be text right now but I will try and upload the photos tomorrow when I have calmed down :-)
This recipe is based on four 100gm (around 3.5 ounce) bars as that is the mould I have! If you want to make it bigger/smaller you just need to adjust the measurements. I will provide both sets of measurements where neccessary.
- 400gms (14 ounces) clear glycerine soap
- 3 tsp Black Tea fragance oil
- 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- Gold/Bronze mica (only need a tiny bit)
- Heatproof glass jug (like Pyrex)
- Spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
- Clean knife and chopping board
- Small jug
- Mould for your soap - this is based on 4 100gm bars, but you could use any flexible mould and alter the measurements to fit
- Optional: Plastic dropper, thermometre
1. Chop up your glycerine soap in to small cubes and pop in your heatproof glass jug
2 In your small jug, mix your 1/2 tsp isopropyl alcohol and 1 tsp activated charcoal. The alcohol is strong smelling but will ‘burn off’ when it sets. If you chuck your activated charcoal straight in to your melted soap you’re very likely to get big lumps!
3. In your mould, sprinkle a little bit of your mica. I sprinkled a bit in an ‘artistic’ way! Try to keep it even and make sure there aren’t huge lumps. Keep in mind that mica is like eyeshadow, so when you use the soap you will probably get a bit of shimmer on you! I like this but if you’d prefer, you can omit the mica.
4. Place your jug in your microwave and heat on 30 second bursts. Keep stirring until it’s all melted. Stir well, until there are no lumps left and it’s nice and smooth.
5. Measure your fragrance oil with your dropper or just use your measuring spoon. 3 tsps will give a ‘medium’ scent, if you want it lighter or stronger, you can use this brilliant fragrance calculator via Bramble Berry. Pour into your melted glycerine soap and mix well.
5. Tip your activated charcoal/alcohol mix in to your melted soap and mix well.
6. Let your soap cool a bit. You want your soap to be at about 55C or 130F. If you have a thermometer this will help but if not just leave it for a minute.
7. Pour your soap in to your mould. Spray with your isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles on the top of your soap.
8. Once your soap is set, unmould and wrap or store in an air tight container as glycerine soap will get a bit ‘dewy’ if left out due to it’s high glycerine content.
Other notes: If you use a melt and pour soap base that is ‘white’ (i.e. white, cocoa butter, shea, etc), your soap will come out as a grey colour, which is why I used clear M&P so I would get that nice black colour!
I get all my supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies, which is the only Australian supplier for Bramble Berry fragrances. Black Tea is a strong, unisex scent which is almost a bit like sarsparilla. You can use whatever scent you want really as the activated charcoal doesn’t have a scent. Make sure you use cosmetic grade charcoal (not artist charcoal).
I hope this has been helpful and that you will have a go! As I said, I will try and post photos tomorrow. If you need any help with using Melt & Pour soap, click here.
Midcentury modern is my favourite style of furniture. It fits in perfectly with my little house, and it looks great to boot. I like the idea of making my own as I find that side tables are usually too short for my sofas - I have very high arms, which makes grabbing for coffee a risky action! I think this would look fab with ‘dipped’ legs - maybe white or hot pink?!
You might think this is a little strange but I am totally in love with these paper mache cacti! There’s something a bit quirky and fun about them. And paper mache is super fun to do - it’s messy, creative and completely customisable. So if you want the look of a cactus without the pain of thorns, then click through for the project!
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of Winter! And with the end of Winter comes that weird in-between weather where it’s too hot for a jumper and too cold for a tshirt. Wraps are the best thing to keep in your bag - and these fringed kimonos are super pretty, easy to make and no sewing is involved! You can go and buy your fabric and coordinating fringe from the craft store, or you can head on over to Wander & Hunt and buy yourself a kit.
Does anyone else love collecting vintage china? I have picked up this dangerous habit from my mother, who has an amazing collection of chintz Winton & other pieces she has collected. She also has a knack of finding gorgeous embroidered tablecloths. I might have knicked a couple of them! Though I have some plates that I adore and would not alter in any way, there are a few that could do with a bit of an update. I love these pieces inspired by Melody Rose. They’re still vintage and pretty but with a bit of a modern edge. Keep in mind that most waterslide paper is not to be washed or eaten off of (though there are some types of paper that you bake in the oven that you can then eat off of and wash, but check before you do!). Check out Free Pretty Things For You for free vintage pics to decorate your china!
These might be the most stylish, pretty gym shorts I’ve ever seen! That might have something to do with the fabrics - lovely chambray in indigo and gorgeous Liberty of London cotton in Tana Lawn. Sigh, to have the funds to buy as much Liberty of London fabric that I want! This is probably a sewing project for those of you who have had some experience - but if you’re up for a challenge, you’ll learn some great skills on the way!