1. Kardemumma Plant Pots from Ikea
2. Sailor Stripe Carry Bag from Baggu
3. Happy Stripe Gift Tags from Rifle Paper Co.
4. Horizontal Stripe Kraft Bags from Bahana Splits Boutique
5. Rainbow Stripe Washi Tape from Urbanic Paper Boutique
Ah, beauty products. Do you have any favourites?
I’ve found that as I’ve grown older, I’ve become more attracted to the natural and organic beauty products, especially when it comes to basic skin care. I think I’d like to branch out and try more natural products for my shower routine too, which leads me to my amazing finds below!
It all came about when I was scouting around Etsy today for something totally unrelated, and I came across this delicious sounding bath soak from Herbivore Botanicals, which then sent me on an hours-long adventure into the world of natural beauty products on Etsy. There are loads of great options, and these are just a few of the ones that stood out to me. Aren’t they just lovely?
Any take your fancy too? :)
1. Coconut Milk Oatmeal Bath Soak from Herbivore Botanicals
2. Vegan Soap Set from Right Soap
3. Gentle Day Moisturizer from Conscious Skincare
4. Balancing Face Oil from Kadria Skincare
5. Lip Balms from Herbivore Botanicals
6. Grapefruit Musk Bath & Body Oil from LucaBello Skincare
7. Flower Power Bath Salts from Spa Goddess
8. Body and Hand Sugar Scrub from Lady Gatsby
I’m a big fan of smoothies. Especially in the Singapore heat, there’s nothing quite like a thick, cold fruit smoothie. So I made this one for myself using up some frozen pineapple, boysenberries, and cranberries. And boy was it sour. Those little red cranberries sure pack more tartness than I was expecting! Next time – more pineapple, or maybe some banana and apple instead.
The colour was pretty though right? :)
Of course, Baggu! Do you own any?
They are so much fun, I completely adore all the bright colours and cute animal patterns! AND, if you needed even more convincing, they’re also super handy dandy.
I’ve always liked the idea of taking reusable bags to the supermarket, but I only seem to remember them once I’m standing in the checkout line. Eco fail. Then a few months ago I bought two Baggu bags (I just couldn’t pass up the coral foxes and gray alpacas) and because they fold up into a tidy little square, I always keep one (or both) in my bag at all times, and I’ve been using them almost every day! Hooray!
Such a fun and light hearted song! The video makes me smile :)
I hope you all have a great weekend! x
So, it turns out I’m not quite ready to be finished with little stamp houses yet, I hope you don’t mind :) I’m so happy with how this little artwork turned out! And it’s even EASIER than the last one, if you can believe it, with no special carving tools needed at all. There are so many things that can be formed from geometric shapes, so by creating a bunch of geometric stamps (squares, rectangles, triangles) in different sizes, we can then get creative constructing all sorts of different buildings! I’m sure this isn’t a new idea, but jee it’s fun :) There are endless possibilities! So lets get down to it shall we? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Stamp block (if you’re in Singapore, I got mine from Daiso, but Jo also sells really nice ones here)
- Paper/card to print on
- Stamp pads/ink (most of mine have been bought at markets, or given to me as gifts, so unfortunately I’m not really sure of the best places to get the exact same ones!)
- Lino tools (optional)
**If you’re interested in creating something exactly the same as mine, here’s a PDF of the shapes I used, and you can find the ink colours I used below**
Step 1. I started by planning my shapes on a piece of scrap paper (you can download them here). Remember that rectangles and triangles can be rotated to create another variation. I also found it useful to create triangles to fit one edge of the squares/rectangles. This way your roof will match the base of your house.
Use your pencil and ruler to mark out squares/rectangles/triangles in various sizes on your stamp block, then use your knife to carefully cut them out. My block was thick enough that I didn’t need to mount the stamp onto anything, but you can if you want to.
Step 2. Take the paper/card you want your artwork on and, using no ink to start with, lay out the first row of houses to get a feel for placement. Play around with the shapes, be creative! Once you’re happy with the placement of the first line, you can start inking and printing. I’d recommend keeping a damp cloth next to you to clean off each stamp between printings. Also – be very careful when handling the inked stamps! I ruined my first artwork attempt by dropping an inked stamp onto my page by accident. Such a bummer!
Step 3. Continue laying out and stamping your little houses until you’re happy with it. Don’t forget the details like doors and windows!
And that’s it! You’re done. Frame it and stand back to admire your work :)
I’m hoping to share some more suggestions of what you can create using these geometric stamps in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! :)
1. Baby BG Print Legging from Seed (via Alecia Zasiebida)
2. The American Flora Notecard Set from Lawrence (via Beth: Local Milk)
3. Stylish Sidekick Wedge from ModCloth (via Satsuki Shibuya)
4. Une Poire Print from Sycamore Street Press (via Sycamore Street Press)
5. Forest Fern Invitation from Fine Day Press (via Vane Broussard)
6. Sense & Sensibility from Anthropologie (via)