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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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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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DIY help: A small, round coffee table perhaps?

I noticed these oversized plastic cotton reels outside my lecture hall a while back, and wondered what they were for, and why they were just lying on the floor next to the dustbin.  And so with much courage I went on a mission to discover if I could take one-they looked like they could be used to make something fabulous!  I found out that they were used by the ‘cable guys’ but were about to be thrown away.  It didn’t take much for me, after hearing this, to put one under each arm, head home on the bus (which was rather difficult, I won’t lie, as they are quite big!) and start dreaming of what I can do with them.

I have an idea so far, but I’m hoping you will be able to help me.  I was thinking of turning them into little coffee tables.  They are made out of plastic, so by themselves aren’t terribly strong.  But with a good clean/varnish, a piece of solid wood on the top, it could be turned into a great retro table I’m thinking.

Let me know your ideas, and perhaps I could turn them into action!  I have three in total, so the sky’s the limit in terms of what to do with them.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in DIY

 

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DIY decor

Today’s DIY post is simple, yet oh so striking (and cheap, which I love!)

These bottles are jazzed up using a hot glue gun, and some spray paint.  Just find some old bottles from the recycling, scrub them clean and get the glue gun hot.  Make sure to not mess the hot glue on the jar (something I would do!), because it could look quite messy.

I love how striking, yet simple the one word ‘Love’ is on this bottle.  Once a word is written on the bottle and is dry, use spray paint to quickly paint the jar.  I love how this one uses a paint with a pearl finish-very elegant.  By using spray paint, it will go much quicker than applying paint with a brush and will not cause any lumpy bits to form around the word.

You could use these jars just as decor around your home (in groups of different sizes/colours), or as vases or even as table decor.  The opportunities are limitless.

Thanks to Buzzfeed for this great idea.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in DIY

 

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Bunting to decorate your home

Before the Bunting Craze (yes, that’s what I like to call it-the period when bunting was used for all parties, weddings and any other occasion), I had this marvelous idea to make bunting that I could use in my home one day for decorative purposes.  So I got to work with my sewing machine (was the first time in years!) with some cheap scrap material I bought at a material shop and made these:

I decided to go the slower route and sew two pieces of fabric together (rather than the more common method of just cutting out one piece of fabric and attaching it to the rope).  The reason-I want it to look pretty from up close and I want it to last.

I sewed all three sides closed, just leaving two small corners open at the top.  The thin rope was then strung through the holes and voila!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in DIY

 

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More seating needed+want to throw out old magazines=let’s make a stool!

I found this great DIY idea on Buzzfeed awhile back.  I think this idea is great because it uses things you already have in your home that are old and are soon going to be hitting the recycling, but alas now they are getting reused!

They used what seems to be quite a fancy  base for their stool.  It looks a bit too complicated and time-consuming for me, so if I were to make it I think I would give that a miss.  Perhaps just pop a piece of hardboard on the bottom which is the same size as the magazines and that would hopefully do the trick.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in DIY, Living room

 

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