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Paint dipping and making things extra pretty

So paint dipping seems to be quite the trend at the moment, if Pinterest  and my clever friend, Vee, are anything to go on :) Thought I’d share some of the projects that I’ve seen – we’re moving house soon, so no new projects on my horizon unless you call it packing. I can’t wait though to get stuck into a few of these though for my new home! (Follow the links from each image for the tutorials…)


(Image from Copy Cat Chic)

So much of pretty from Dash recipes

With Autumn fast on it’s way… this made me smile and remind myself that we shall get spring again… :) Tutorial and free printables from I heart naptime

Love the colours here from Designtejen

Great use of baby food jars from Oh Happy Day


My kind of tea set :)

(Image and tutorial over at Shop Sweet Things)

And why stop at the tea set, when you can do your wooden spoons as well...

Or your furniture

Sorry, image overload, but can’t help but sharing so much of prettyness

(Image from Joys Hope and the post is appropriately named ‘Ode to Spray Paint’

Bottled Sunshine

I linked to this product recently on Facebook and had quite a bit of interest shown, so thought I’d blog on it and give you all a little more information on these amazing jars of ‘bottled sunshine’.

The official product description is goes along the lines of  “A Solar-powered light, a safe energy alternative, which is safely housed in a Consol Classic jar, which provides a practical and attractive  casing for the functional product”.

I prefer bottled sunshine, as that really is what it is… I just love these jars and the different ways you can use them. I took two of these jars with us on a recent, rather disastrous,  camping trip (you can read all about it on my other blog), and have to admit it might have been the one thing that I actually got right (we forgot the tent pegs, a few essential items like cutlery etc etc and it rained and poured for most of the weekend!), but needless to say…. we had light, and sometimes when you have light in a darkish situation, things tend to get a little better! They really were a bit of light, I mean life saver on the trip for me! Anyway, enough of our camping trip… it’s certainly not the only time we use the lights. In fact there’s nothing nicer at the end of a day, the little monkey asleep in her cot, and we can settle down to a drink outside with prettyness sparking out of our solar light jars – hanging from the verandah.

They’re available  at the Consol retail outlets in Woodmead (Gauteng) and  Stellenbosch; or for more information you can visit the Consol Website, or their Facebook page.

ps – they also make a great gift in my books and for R120 each you really can’t go wrong!

Herb Gardens


One day… seriously, one day soon I’m going to get my herb garden growing nicely… At the moment there is one lone lettuce that I’m not even sure is a lettuce… I do love these ideas..

Using a cork to mark the herbs growing – this would be perfect for a beginning like me who might need some help in this area… (Idea from Shine Your Light Blog)

How good would it be to have this hanging in the kitchen!

(Image from Pinterest)

(From Casa Sugar)

Fabric covered pots

I say it every year…. but seriously THIS year I am going to make a lot more of my Christmas presents for family. There I said it… Christmas.. I know, it’s only September, but I know how it works, before we know it, it’s like the 22nd December and we’re frantically scrambling for last minute presents. This year… I’m going to be organized… and going to make gorgeous, loved filled gifts (only for those family members of course who will appreciate handmade goodies!)

So…. for those of you with gardeners in the family – don’t you love this idea – fabric covered pots that you could fill with seeds, gardening gloves etc. The tutorial says not to use them outside, but I reckon perhaps on a verandah might be a happy compromise to grow some herbs in? (Says me who can’t keep a weed alive, ha ha, it just sounded nice believe that I could grow a herb garden on my verandah in such pretty pots though)

The tuturial can be found over at Christine Chitnis

Pop over to to view a selection of stunning handmade South African wares, or to become a lister yourself

It’s ‘Choose Glass Week’

Did you know that it’s “Choose Glass Week” this week, and so in honour of this I thought I’d put one or two posts up on using glass.

First off – here’s 5 reasons to choose glass

  • Glass is infinitely recyclable
  • Glass is versatile
  • Glass adds style to any occasion
  • Glass is the healthy choice
  • Things taste better in glass
  • (And my 6th thing is that you can make some really beautiful DIY projects using glass!!)

Follow this link from Chez Beeper Bebe for a tutorial on how to make these Mason Jar Lanterns.

Love this idea from Completely Coastal to display photos from a summer holiday, either for your holiday home or as a reminder of a special holiday when life returns back to normal.

Here’s some more examples from Design Sponge where they’ve used glass jars to display photos.

How simple is this idea for using glass bottles for vases. I’m a sucker for this kind of decor!

(Image seen on Tiny White Daisies Tumblr)

Moss Graffiti

I seem to be drawn to loads of gardening DIY posts at the moment – now if you know me, you will know how that really doesn’t make much sense, but anyway, I’m going with it… maybe it’s because Spring is just around the corner, or maybe my fingers are turning green…

How stunning is this idea that I saw on   Design Mom – Moss Graffiti. The good news is that it also looks quite easy to do! The options where you could use this are endless – on your patio, an entrance area for a restuarant or shop, at a special event… wedding?? Not sure how long it would take to grow, maybe I’ll give it a go and report back when / if I get it right…

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