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DIY herb garden markers

I must confess I am not a huge gardener-I don’t have green fingers, and I always forget to water the plants so generally they die!  But my sister is quite keen on it, so fortunately we have a beautiful herb garden growing thanks to her hard work.  But when I move into my own place, I’m thinking of giving a small herb garden a try (perhaps on the window shelf of the kitchen if space is an issue?).  Herb gardens are easy to manage, grow really well, can be kept in doors (with lots of sunlight though) and give you yummy ingredients for meals-just perfect!

This herb garden really gets me excited!  It shows how you can use something as practical as herbs to create a really great look in your kitchen which compliments the other things on display. Source: Pattern stitch

To help you in your gardening adventures, I thought I would give you some ideas I’ve found on how to make herb markers, to help you remember which herb is which (I’ll definitely be needing that I think!)

Above: These herb markers use ice cream sticks and the words are printed on using stamps. Source: Lil Blue Boo

Above: This is another great (and cheap) way to make the markers.  This just requires paint, old pieces of wood and a steady hand.  I’m not sure if I can be so neat though… Source: By Wilma

Above: These are a bit more complicated to make, but if you have the right materials at home, they are a great idea.  Because they are made out of clay, they will be much more hard-wearing. Source: Wit & Whistle

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in DIY, Kitchen

 

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Macaroon anyone?

I’ve been investigating biscuits for a party we’re having soon, and I’ve always loved the idea of having a big glass jar full of colourful macaroons on the table, along with other yummy homemade biscuits and treats.  I found this wonderful shop, Petite Bouchee in Cape Town, which does macaroons amongst other things, and I think I may just have been won over by their delicious looking pictures!  Here are some to whet your appetite, get you inspired and hopefully get you baking this weekend!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Inspiration, Kitchen, Parties

 

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Wall Tattoos perhaps?

These wall tattoos have really caught my eye.  They are easy to apply, give some creative flair to an otherwise dull room and can be swopped easily, once you’re bored with them.  I have one of my own, which is sitting in my cupboard at the moment, waiting for when I move to a new flat at the end of the year…

Above: These wall tattoos are classic, simple yet very striking.  They go really well with the studded chair and the panelling on the wall. Source: I heart your outfit

Above: To create the illusion of furniture, but without having to buy expensive furniture (or if you don’t have the space), use wall stickers like these to create the feel you were going for. Source: Style Hive

Above: The sticker I have is very similar to this one, very clean, simple, small, but cute! Source: Dezign with a Z

Above: You could even try a sticker with colour in it to bring an accent colour through the room. Source: My Designing Life

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Bedroom, DIY, Kitchen, Miscellaneous

 

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DIY Dresser Renovation

I have always been a fan of taking an old, but beautiful piece of furniture and giving it a coat of paint to transform it into a modern piece of furniture you can be proud to put in your home.  Next week I’ll show you one piece of furniture I did this with not so long ago, and which has become my dressing table.  But for today’s DIY Monday post, I’m going to show you what some other creative people have managed to do!

Above: I would love to try this out in my house.  If you don’t want to paint the entire dresser because you like the wood, it might be worth modernising it a bit with just some colour blocks like these semi circles.

Above: The before picture.

Above: What a great colour! Wow!  I love the simplicity of the handles and how the colours compliment each other.  This is truly a modern take on an old dresser.

Above: A pretty design for soft, calm room.  This is a cheap way of bringing in interesting designs into the room.

Picture credits:

Pictures 1 & 4: Mr Kate

Pictures 2 & 3: Wrenarian Troves

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Bedroom, DIY, Living room

 

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A new take on cross stitching

This post comes to you from a fabulous guest blogger, a great friend of mine, Lee Meyers.  Thanks for the inspiration Lee!

At the age of 24, I found the love for a de-stressing activity…cross stitching!  How I came upon it, I am not
too sure! But as I have googled this topic more often, I have found some great ideas.  Have a look, and see for yourself.

To get started, this is the basic stitch. Source: Cross-stitch

Who could resist such attractive moustaches?! Source: Etsy

Above: For a different take on cross stitching for those not so keen to follow a pattern. Source: Etsy

Above:You could even cross stitch table decorations. Source: Martha Stewart

Above: This is a great idea if you’ve got empty walls that need a bit of artwork, but you’re keen to try something different. Source: Ideas Mag

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in DIY, Inspiration

 

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Creative packaging ideas

I suddenly woke up this morning and realised that I hadn’t posted yesterday!  I had done all the research and prep work for it, but when it came to actually doing the post, it had totally slipped my mind.

So here it is: Creative packaging ideas to get you inspired

 

Picture credits:

Pictures 1-4: Design Inc

Picture 5: Winetimes

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Inspiration, Miscellaneous

 

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Friday Inspiration

Today’s inspiration post is a bit different to usual.  As the week comes to an end, often we are tired and grumpy.  So I thought I’d try cheer you up with this:

Thanks to Sweetopia for the great picture (and for showing us how to make lemon cookies that look exactly like the ones in this picture!)

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Kitchen

 
 
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