5 DIYs To Try (+4 for the kids!)

July 5, 2015 | 5 DIYs To Try

Hey guys! Are you all having a nice weekend? For everyone in the US – Happy 4th for yesterday! :)

We’re spending most of the weekend (well, while Arlo’s napping anyway) packing up our apartment for the move in a couple of weeks. Let’s be honest, not much packing gets done with an 11 month old around.. so we’re starting early and giving ourselves plenty of time. Still, not a load of fun really.

So instead of packing right now, I’m taking a break to look at some other much more interesting things – like DIYs to try! How great are these?
DIYs to Try

1. Dishwasher Safe Hand Painted Dishes from Delia Creates  2. Spring Garden Mantelpiece from Design Sponge  3. Citronella Candles from Sugar and Charm  4. Flower arrangement from Atilio  5. Copper Candles from The Merry Thought.

And because there are such sweet Kids DIYs around at the moment, I’ve put a few of my favourites together below too :) Kids’ stuff is always so cute!

DIYs to Try for Kids6. Bag of Rhymes and Finger Puppets from Ukkonooa  7. Summer Straw Necklace from Say Yes  8. Make-A-Face Apron from Mer Mag  9. Sky Blocks from Lovely Indeed.

I hope you guys find these as inspiring as I do! Have a happy weekend :)

IKEA Project 1: Bringing the Outdoors In – Terrarium DIY

June 27, 2015 | DIY, Singapore, Sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with IKEA, however all ideas, opinions, and thoughts are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago I put a photo on Instagram eluding to an exciting collaboration with IKEA that was coming up, and I’m finally able to share a bit more about it – and show you my first project! :)

I was pretty thrilled to be asked by IKEA Singapore to take part in their blogger program for the next 4 months – I mean really, anyone who’s been in my house knows I love everything IKEA (our housing agent even described our style recently as ‘IKEA Concept’ haha), so I knew it was going to be right up my alley! Here’s how it works: for the next 4 months, 6 bloggers include myself are given a monthly theme/task by the lovely team at IKEA. We then interpret that task however we like, make it happen in our homes, and then share it with our readers. Simple, and oh so much fun!

At the initial meet-and-greet a few weeks ago (fuuuun!), we were given our first task – “Bringing the Outdoors In”. Okay. I can do that. Teepee? Balcony overhaul? Hanging planters?… so many ideas!

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

I tossed and turned my ideas for ages before settling on making over my dining table with a terrarium DIY – yay! I decided on this idea specifically because it focussed on an area of my home that always drives me crazy and could use some livening up. Also we’re going to be moving house in a couple of weeks and I wanted something that was going to be easily transportable and would look just as good in our new space.

So, here’s the before and after.. Please don’t judge me for my shamefully uninspiring dining table in the before photo – we’re good at sorting things into piles in this house ;) 

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

I’d never made a terrarium before, and have a notoriously brown thumb (poor plants), so I read through this post on Little Green Dot and watched the video she shared before I started, to get the basics. Then I went shopping! I had to make two stops – first to IKEA, and then to the nursery.

If you want to create something similar to mine, here’s what you’ll need from IKEA:Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

1. CYLINDER set of 3 vases
2. FRASERA whiskey glasses
3. INGEFÄRA terracotta pot (I just used the saucer)
4. Various plants, cacti, succulents and ferns (see what’s in store at the time)
5. TOMAT spray bottle
6. BITTERGURKA watering can

Then from the nursery you’ll need:
– Soil appropriate for the plants you’ll use (mine was good for ferns, cacti and succulents)
– Charcoal (to keep everything fresh)
– Small stones (for drainage)
– Larger stones (for decoration – optional)

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

Now to make your terrarium:

Step 1: Take one of your vases, and put down a layer of small stones. These will act as a false drainage, so make it about 1cm deep.

Step 2: On top of the small stones, add a layer charcoal. This keeps the water fresh.

Step 3: Then put a layer of soil on top of the charcoal before adding in your plants. I de-potted the plants first, knocked off a bit of the soil and then planted them in the terrarium, adding soil as I went to really bed them in. Then, once you’re happy with the layout of the plants, add in some larger rocks, little mini statues or fake mushrooms if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Also if you can find some moss, that always looks good too – I just couldn’t find any.

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

For a different look, and some height differentiation on the dining table, I then did a more open terrarium using the saucer from the INGEFÄRA terracotta pot which was quite deep. I really love how it turned out! :)

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

It took a little bit of playing around to get the plants in the right positions and looking cohesive, but I think I got there eventually :)

So there you go, easy as that! I did 3 terrariums and 2 normally potted plants in total to make the arrangement on our table, and it just makes it all look so much more fresh. I love it! You could even try making mini terrariums in drinking glasses, or tea cups..

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

And just because I had a couple of plants left, I tackled another one of my pet-peeve areas of our house. This bookshelf just collects bits and pieces as we go past, so it was nice to clear it off and give it a bit of life :)

Ikea terrarium DIY

Now me and my brown thumb just have to keep all these plants alive :-/ Wish me luck! x

5 DIYs To Try

March 13, 2015 | 5 DIYs To Try

Hello hello! The weekend is nearly upon us (YAY!) so what better time to round up a few of the fab DIYs I’ve been seeing around the place lately. I love that metallic is still king :)

I must admit I haven’t had much time for DIYs lately, (it’s been less crafting and creating, and more pureeing and mopping haha) but these sure do make me want to bust out the craft supplies!

5 DIYs to try1. Mini Hexagon Marble Wall Clock by Sugar & Cloth
2. Gold Leather Four Leaf Clover Garland by Flax & Twine
3. Copper Desk Tidy by Burkatron
4. Hexagon Ring Dishes by Homey Oh My!
5. Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow by Ashley for Design Love Fest

On a more parental note – I think I’ve officially been initiated into Motherhood. Like any other Mother, I’ve been pooped on, drooled on, farted on, kicked, poked, and screamed at. But 2 days ago, Arlo vomitted in my mouth. My MOUTH. Uh. My fault I guess for lifting him above my head while saying “yaaaaay!”… Oh the joys! ;-)

Arlo - nearly 7 months :)

 

Workspace Wednesday 110.

July 16, 2014 | Workspace Wednesday

It’s been quite a while since I did a Workspace Wednesday post!

This project started out strong, with grand plans and a gung-ho attitude, but alas – it’s ended in a stand-off. Me versus a big pile of pretty braid. I kinda messed this DIY up!

Rag Rug braid

This lovely braid is the result of hours of sitting in front of the TV diligently plaiting strips of fabric with the idea of making it into a beautiful big rag rug for the baby’s room (like this one). I haven’t had much luck finding a nice, affordable, grey and white dhurrie rug here yet, so thought – why not make a rug instead?!

Because it’s crazy that’s why.

It was only after I’d spent said hours on this braid and was covered from head to toe in loose threads that my wonderful hubby (and I mean that, if it wasn’t for him, I’d still be going) actually calculated how long my braid would need to be in order to make the desired size rug, which turned out to be about 170 metres. 170 METRES!??!? I thought I was doing pretty well with about 17 metres under my belt, but the idea of having to still do 10x that stopped me in my tracks. Mmmm, yeah probably should have calculated the amount I’d need BEFORE I started. Silly girl!

SO. Now I have 17m of very pretty white and grey braid that will probably become a bath mat in the very near future :) Not a total disaster, but I’m just not willing to dedicate the next 3 months to braiding fabric in the hopes that it *might* make a nice rug (which definitely isn’t guaranteed even after all that braiding!). Oh well! :)

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