Top 10 of 2013

January 19, 2014 | Guides

Hello dearest friends! Remember me? ;)

Oh my it’s been a little quiet around here lately.. I’m so sorry! The new year has started wonderfully, and if I’m honest – a little chaotically, and I haven’t had much of a chance to even look at this little blog in a while. But I’m hoping to change that starting now :) More posts stat!

So as the first official post of 2014, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look back at what you guys liked the most in 2013. I enjoyed doing all these posts, so it was really interesting for me to see what you all responded to! SO here we go, the Top 10 most popular posts from last year…

FF Top 10 post of 2013!

1. DIY Stamp Village   2. DIY Washi Tape Stool   3. DIY Spotty Jars and Jewellery Dishes   4. DIY Berry Boxes   5. DIY Fine Line Drawing   6. DIY Faux Leather Pouches   7. DIY Cement Ornaments   8. DIY Geometric Stamp Town   9. Freebie Christmas Gift Tags   10. Freebie Printable Blog Planner.

No surprises that it was the DIYs and Freebies that had your hearts last year! ;)

And just for fun, there’s one post that continuously kicks all the other post’s butts… it’s the most viewed of all time (and not surprisingly one of the earliest DIYs I ever posted)…

Most viewed of All Time

Isn’t that cool?!

Thank you so much for all your support through 2013, it was a phenomenal year and I couldn’t have done it without you :) Here’s to loads more greatness in 2014!! xo

DIY All-Natural Lip Balm

December 5, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Militza from Little Green Dot and I have teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for it’s spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Tbs Shea Butter
- 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
- 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
- 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
- Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
- Small jug
- Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip BalmStep 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip BalmStep 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use to decorate your lip balms. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or LETTER) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

Lip Balm LabelsA4 or LETTER

Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package the Lip Balms in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.

Here’s how we decorated our two pots of Lip Balm – feel free to get creative though, we’ve included lots of different labels so you can have fun with it!

DIY Lip Balm

You’ll need:
- Finished and cooled Lip Balms, sealed
- Plain Muslin Bag
- Ribbon
- Tape
- A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
- A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.

JAR 1:
We decided to use one of the full-jar stickers, so start by peeling off the backing, then position the circle part over the jar lid and stick down. The wrap the two arms around the jar and secure on the bottom.

DIY Lip BalmJAR 2:
For jar 2 we wanted to use some ribbon. Start by measuring out and cutting some ribbon, wrap it around the jar and secure the ends on the bottom of the jar with tape. Cut out one of the round stickers and peel off the backing. Stick it on top of the lid, over the ribbon.

DIY Lip BalmThat’s it!

DIY Lip Balm

To make a gift bag to package your new lip balms in, cut out the labels you want from the ones you printed on the Iron-On Transfer Paper. Iron them onto the muslin bag according to the packet instructions.

DIY Lip Balm DIY Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look great?! I’m sure it’d be well-received if you were to make these for someone special :)

Thank you again to Militza for teaming up with me on these lovely DIYs! Be sure you check out her blog for loads more all-natural and eco-friendly tips, workshops, and tutorials :)

DIY Twine Twig

December 3, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hi friends!  :)

I’ve got another DIY for you today! Last week I showed you a tutorial on how to make some cute little Cement Christmas ornaments, and this week I’ll be showing you how to make something to hang them on :)

I’ve been seeing decorative twine twigs and trees around a bit this season, but because I don’t have the cash to spend on them right now, I thought I’d attempt to make my own. And actually – I surprised myself with how well it turned out! Sometimes I go into these DIYs with no idea whether the vision in my head is actually going to work with the materials I have, so was thrilled to get to the end of this one and find myself with exactly what I’d been trying for! :)

Twine Twig DIYThis is a really simplistic and creative alternative to a Christmas Tree – albeit a smaller, less green, and less tree-like version haha. But still really cute! And, I don’t think it has to be limited to Christmas time either – I can totally see this on it’s own in a vase all year round (Or hang some eggs on it for Easter, hearts for Valentines Day?…)

So, let’s do this!

Twine Twig DIYYou’ll need:
- 4 lengths of thick wire (approx. 1 metre each) – They should be as thick as you’d like your branches to be. Mine were still bendable, but pretty solid.
- A roll of twine
- Tape
- Super Glue
- Pliers
- Wire cutters

*There were no hard and fast rules about how to shape your branch. You might want to use more or less wire, or have shorter lengths. Play around with it, and do whatever works for you. Also if you have a specific bottle you want to put the finished branch in, keep it in mind as you work. This will determine how long the stem should be to fit nicely. Keep the bottle nearby so you can keep measuring the branch against it.*

Step 1.
Take the 4 lengths of wire and hold them together in a bundle. You can tape them together lower down to stop them separating, or just hold them firmly. Start to move and bend the individual pieces of wire to form the branches. Make some shorter and some longer. If you want another branch, you can even bend one of the lengths of wire in half and bring the bottom half up to form a branch.

Once you’ve got the branches in the positions you like, tape them together. If you have any longer lengths of wire coming out the bottom, fold them up so they’re all around the same length. Tape them all together. It doesn’t matter too much if it looks a bit messy at this stage, it’ll all get covered.

Twine Twig DIYTwine Twig DIYStep 2.
When winding on the twine, it’s best to start from the ends and work to the middle. Keeping the twine attached to the ball – begin at the top branch tip, glue the start of the twin over the end of the wire with superglue (be careful not to glue your fingers!). Once it’s secure, begin to wrap the twine around the wire tightly, adding a dob of superglue every now and then to stop it unravelling.

Keep wrapping until you reach a junction. At the junction (where another branch comes in), glue the end of the twine to the wire and once it’s secure, cut it off from the main ball.

Twine Twig DIY

 

Step 3.
Do this same process with the remaining branches, always starting from the end and working to the middle.

Twine Twig DIY

Step 4.
Once all the branches are done (or you can do it in stages like I did in the photo above) wrap the main middle stem tightly from top to bottom. Work all the way down until you reach the base of your branch. Glue the end of the twine down and cut off the excess.

Ta daaaaa! One twine-wrapped branch, ready for decorating.

Twine Twig DIY Twine Twig DIY Twine Twig DIY

The Cement Trees looked really pretty with the twine, don’t you think? And I added a touch of neon ribbon and wrapping to make it bright and cheerful :)

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Christmas DIY Roundup

December 2, 2013 | Christmas

Morning all! How was your weekend?

Thought we could start the week off with some Christmas DIY inspiration from around the web :)

Xmas DIY Roundup1. Modern Wooden Christmas Tree DIY from Curbly
2. Magazine Snowflakes from Michele Made Me
3. DIY Paper Gems from MiniEco
4. Origami Trees from Nurin-Kurin
5. Fringed Ornament Garland from ConfettiPop
6. DIY Ombre Glass Ornaments from Ambrosia Creative

DIY Cement Ornaments

November 26, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

DIY Cement Ornaments

I really enjoyed working with cement for this votive DIY I did a while ago, and have been trying to think of a way to use it again in a new way.. and then these decorations popped into my head! Perfect! Don’t you think they’d look great hanging on a Christmas tree? They’re super cute, and so so easy – you could make them in any shape you like (as long as you can find the mould!).

DIY Cement Ornaments

Here’s what you’ll need:
- Disposable cup
- Stirring stick (disposable)
- Vaseline
- Candle mould
- Drinking straw
- Cement Powder (from the local hardware store – just the base material, there are no rocks or sand added)

Step 1.
Use a brush (or fingers) to apply a thin coat of vaseline inside of each moulds.

DIY Cement OrnamentsStep 2.
Put some of the dry cement powder into the disposable cup (fill about 1/3 of the cup). Gradually add water to the powder, stirring as you go (with the disposable stick), until you reach the consistency of melted ice cream.

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 3.
Transfer some of the cement mixture into the moulds, and gently tap the mould against a table to spread the cement. Add more cement until it’s full, and keep tapping the mould to release any air bubbles.

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 4.
Leave the mould to dry. Once it’s been drying for 1/2 an hour – an hour, cut the straw into pieces (longer than the depth of the cement you just poured). Carefully push a length of straw into the top of each ornament until it’s touching the bottom – this will become the hole for the ribbon. Now you’ll want to leave the ornaments to dry over night.

DIY Cement OrnamentsStep 5.
After the ornaments have dried overnight, carefully pull them out of the mould. Twist the straw out, and don’t worry if it’s not a clear hole the whole way through. Now leave them to dry for another day. Sorry, I know it’s long, but it’s necessary!

DIY Cement Ornaments

Step 6.
Now that your ornaments are fully dry, use some sandpaper to sand both sides and smooth off the edges. If the hole isn’t quite open, use a drill to carefully drill through the cement and open it up.

Tie some ribbon through the hole, and hang your brand new ornament on the tree! :)

DIY Cement Ornaments

DIY Cement Ornaments

Although I really love the beautiful simplicity of the ornaments above, I also thought some gold could be nice too! So I bought a gilding kit, and got to work :) I’ve never gilded anything before, but with the right tools it was quite easy! And very effective – just follow the instructions that come with the kit you buy. This kit is the one I bought.

DIY Cement Ornaments DIY Cement Ornaments

Soooo pretty don’t you think?! And easy too. Next week I’ll show you how to make something to hang them on if you don’t have a tree, so keep an eye out for that one! :)

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