{DIY} Valetines’s Day Gifts

Here are a few ideas for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts!

Origami Hearts (template here)

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Make a Jar of Love Notes

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Soaps

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Love Coupons (Printable here)

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Send a heart attack. (write one thing you love about them on each heart)

VDAY05High Five Valentine

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{Recycle} such a cute way to reuse plastic bottles

I came across this post on Pinterest, and is was just too cute not to share! I think this will work for 2 liter soda bottles or the new 330ml Coke bottles.

image source: Pinterest

image source: Pinterest

Let me know what you think!

Make your own Phone Sleeve!

Re-use your favourite pair of old (clean!) socks!

I have a super cute pair of socks which I had for quite a few years now. I can’t wear them anymore because they are quite tattered already, but I like them so much, they just stay in my drawer. So how can I re-invent my favourite pair of socks? Make a phone sock! I have quite a few already, but it seems to me that they are like hair elastics…you have about 50, but can never find one when you need it!

Below is what I did. You just need to make sure the measurements are correct to suit your phone. Turn the sock inside out, sew and then cut. Easy as that!

Phone Sleeve

Anyone have socks in mind that they want to revamp? How does your favourite pair look?

Repurpose cans!

If you want some fresh ideas for old cans, here are a few I found on the web!

 

What is your favourite?

Jewellery organiser…everyone have this in their kitchen!

Most of us have a rusty old cheese grater in the cupboard, but we feel too bad to throw it away. Here is an excellent idea to repurpose it!

 

grater

Image source:  http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/2011/08/earring-organizer.html

 

 

Solutions for Small Gardens

It seems a garden can never be big enough, especially if you have green fingers! Your plant collection grows by the week and the space gets smaller and smaller. I was on the lookout for a greenhouse that will fit smaller gardens and only found large ones (3m, 6m, and 9m). Then I came across the perfect solution (at a great price too!)

4 Tier Mini Greenhouse

4 Tier Mini Greenhouse

They are available from Makro for only R299. Most greenhouses cost thousands of rands and most people don’t need a massive one. This one is easy to assemble yourself, it speeds up plant growth and protects you plants and seedlings.  The size is 68cm x 47cm x 130cm. Currently I use only one, but I’m planning on getting a few more!

Here are a few more ideas for people with smaller gardens. Make the most of your small space!

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Poke a few holes on the bottom of each pouch and fill with good soil, then a small rooted herb plant. If you water from the top, it trickles down to the lower 'pocket', like a waterfall, so don't over water!

Poke a few holes on the bottom of each pouch and fill with good soil, then a small rooted herb plant. If you water from the top, it trickles down to the lower ‘pocket’, like a waterfall, so don’t over water!

Have fun with your small garden! ♥

 

 

DIY Tuesday – making the perfect bow

I always struggle to make a perfect bow, so I was quite impressed with this tutorial I found on Pinterest.

Perfect Bow

Instead of throwing small pieces of ribbon away, why not make pretty bows and use them on cards or bookmark. It’s a great way to re-use!

In My Garden…Rosemary

I recently started a fruit and herb garden, so each week, one of these plants will be featured on the blog with interesting info and recipes. This week it’s Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).

The first encounter I had with rosemary was on a school outing (almost 20 years ago!) when we went to the “Die Kasteel” in Cape Town. We walked past a rosemary bush and the teacher said “Rosemary is very good for you hair”… and that was all I needed to get hooked!

Rosemary…

…blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Petitgrain, and Basil

…odour intensity is high

…part of the plant which is used are the flowering tops and the leaves.

…extracted by means of distillation

–        Infuse the fresh leaves in boiling water to make a mouthwash for sweet smelling breath. This also helps reduce flatulence when taken in small amounts.

–        Its anti-bacterial properties makes it a good addition to bathwater for healthy skin. Add about one cup of leaves.

–        I add dried rosemary to a basic body scrub I make:

  • ½ cup sea salt (I use magnesium sulphate, or “Epsom salts”for a very gentle scrub with health benefits)
  • 60ml base oil (I like sweet almond or olive)
  • You can add lemon juice for improvement on blemishes.
  • To this I add dried Rosemary and it smells beautiful!

And of course, the main reason I have Rosemary in my garden, it adds shine to dark hair! I steep a few sprigs in hot water, let it cool and use it as a final rinse when washing my hair.

And for those who didn’t know, it’s also useful for alopecia.

It stimulates the mind, promoting clear thought and inner vision. So I like burning Rosemary oil when I am studying or working, it helps me to focus and not get distracted by Twitter! ;)

Rosemary is a companion plant to beans, cabbages, and carrots. But mine is planted next to my strawberries.

Do you have Rosemary in your garden, and what do you use it for?

Sources:

‘A Guide to Green Housekeeping” by Christina Strutt

‘Secrets of youth & beauty’ by Daniéle Rymans

‘The Complete Aromatherapt Tutor’ by Joanne Hoare

Attention fashion-lovers! You have to see this!

It’s not often that I blog about fashion (it’s a subject I don’t know a lot of), but a while back I stumbled upon this website (psimadethis.com) and I just had to share it!

The user-friendly “Designer DIY” projects range from lucite necklaces and faux-fur vests, to embellished heels and chic handbags. Each project is featured alongside inspirational, vivid fashion mood boards and clear, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Domesek’s collection of unique projects will tempt any style-maven who’s ready to dive into DIY.

Here are a sneak peak at few of the projects:

 

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For more, you can go here: http://psimadethis.com/archive

 

Erica Domesek founder, creator, and author of P.S.- I made this… is a distinguished DIY design and style expert living and creating in New York City. P.S.- I made this… inspires and encourages everyone to embrace Erica’s creative motto: “I see it. I like it. I make it.“ In Fall of 2010, Erica’s first book was released. Part designer DIY, part fashion and lifestyle inspiration guide, P.S.- I made this… features more than 25 projects inspired by iconic fashion looks, runway trends, and celebrated style mavens for readers to create themselves. 

 

So why do I have this on my blog, if I don’t write about fashion? Well, it’s because I LOVE the idea of reusing and reinventing! Just a warning, this website might get a little addictive…!

Erica Domesek’s motto

Website: http://psimadethis.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/psimadethis

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/psimadethis

 

{Recycle} Toilet rolls…like you’ve never seen them before!

We all use toilet paper, and it seems that there is a constant supply of empty toilet rolls in our home. We do recycle, but I wanted to make something out of it, and set my creativity to good use. So after a bit of Pinterest.com magic, this is what I came across. I cannot believe some peoples’ innovation, and can’t wait to get started on these projects!

 

I love this idea. My partner is a botanist, and our garden is FULL of baby plants (no wonder they call it a “nursery”! ;) )So this idea solves the problem of running out of small containers!

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Who would’ve thought you could make party favours out of old toilet rolls? And no one would even know! You can go here for the tutorial I found on a blog. So awesome!

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Make beautiful wall art. See how here

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Simple storage ideas. I can definitely do with these!

 

Have you ever made something out of old toilet rolls? Let me know, would love some new ideas! Who said recycling is boring?

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