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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’

Yellow makes the world go around

Yellow really is my most favourite colour… growing up we had a yellow front door, we even had a yellow car so I could blame my love for yellow totally on my dad.. The yellow front door was cool, the yellow car… not so… (especially when they picked me up at my private school!) Still, I’m happy now that I can totally love yellow, moving on here are some totally lovely yellow things to make or use when making…..

Ok, I only have this image, and no ‘how to’, but it was too pretty not to share… I think it’s yellow chocolate, hmmm, a pretzel dipped in white chocolate with yellow food colouring perhaps…

Yummy sorbet in lemon baskets with yellow washi flags!

 

Make your own necklace as pretty as this..

 

Yellow yellow yellow washi tape, available locally from Eye Candi

Pretty card from Lime Doodle, perfect for any occasion

Yippee for Yellow huh :) (Image from the beautiful Dassie)

 

Washi Tape your Easter

You know how I feel about Washi Tape, and so you can imagine my excitement when one of our most recent Jamtin Listers sells rolls and rolls of the stuff, both online and locally at the Wonder Market (Durban). Washi Tape Heaven.

Eye Candi is a home based business that started with a love for pretty things.  Amanda ordered herself some Washi Tape online and soon people asked where I got it from and I saw the need for a supplier in Durban.

Amanda has  tried to make things as simple as possible with an online ordering system at www.eyecandipop.co.za (where you can also see her delicious range of washi tape…)

Orders can be collected from me in Durban North or can be couriered or posted at an extra cost.

Easter ideas

Sales Success: Taking good product photographs

I’m a firm believer that the quality of your product photos will have a really big, yes, let’s call it… massive impact on your online sales, and let’s face it, that is what we are striving for. It’s really a no-brainer. Anyone buying online cannot touch, pick up and turn around, or feel the product (you get where I’m going with this) and so the photographs IS largely what sells your products.

A good photo SELLS and makes you stand out… end of story, and we can all live happily ever after.

The guys from ETSY, although not Jamtin ;) probably know what they are talking about… here’s a great video giving some fantastic, practical tips for beginners – no fancy pants camera needed, just your average digital camera, and most of us have these on our phones, so no excuses!

I’d love to hear any further photography hints and tips – please share in the comments below.

Yours in handmade xxx

Washi Tape – The good, the bad and the ugly

Well… let’s just clear that up, there is NOTHING bad and nothing ugly about Washi Tape, well – apart from it having the potential to take over every drawer and free space in my house… Ok, I exaggerate…If the truth be told,  I am yet to get even my first roll of Washi Tape, but that will change very very shortly – especially seeing this post from one of my favourite Mommy Bloggers, via some Twitter banter this afternoon.

For those of you who don’t know what Washi Tape is, well, pop over here to feast your eyes out, and at the same time, you’ll be able to order your own rolls from these local (South African) online stores with rolls and rolls of beautiful Washi Tape for sale – http://www.doolallydaisy.co.za and http://washitape.co.za/

Guaranteed I know your next question will be… ‘what does one do with this pretty Washi Tape’… well, you can either pop over to Pinterest where they have heaps of links, or visit this post I saw this afternoon with 56 things to do with Washi Tape – I’ve selected 3 of my favourite to include below…

1) Transform your keyboard

 2. Decorate some wooden spoons

3. Decorate a boring table

All images taken from this post, which links to the original posts.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for making you need about 100 rolls of washi tape after reading this :)

DIY Christmas Trees

We’re putting up our Christmas tree today and I’m super excited! I do wish that I had thought a little more in advance though and actually done some of the ideas below….

 

Luckily – it’s not too late to do this one, all I need is some glue and wrapping paper… and a few other things, but sure I’ll have them in my trusty craft cupboard…

 

If I was going to my imaginary seaside holiday house this Christmas… I would so be putting a tree like this up… the wood of course would have been gathered from the many walks along the beach..aaagh, I can only dream!

I have a few friends (not me of course) who would have more than enough supplies to make a couple of these trees

And how about something like this

Anyone got enough books to do this?

And lastly – I love

Buy Handmade…

That. Is. All.

Button Bookmarks

So simple, but so cute… Pop over to I heart nap time for the tutorial on how to make these sweet button bookmarks. Easy enough to make with your kiddies even!

Local handmade wedding inspiration

It’s been a while since we’ve been to a wedding, so you can imagine our excitement this last weekend as we celebrated a friends special day together… You know how wedding fever is just contagious and you can’t help feeling loved up and extra happy when celebrating a couple’s union… anyway… I’m getting distracted – what I’m trying to get at is that being at the wedding made me think what I would do again (hmmm, nothing really) BUT it’s still fun thinking of new ideas!

Here are some ideas for both decor items, wedding favours and gifts from our South African Handmade community that I think would be lovely for any wedding…

Decor is something that any bride can spend hours and hours planning for and dreaming of. (And if you’re a regular reader of Jamtin, you might very well be interested in doing a lot of the decor yourself, aka DIY style. I can only imagine what it’s like having Pinterest available to a bride now – the endless supplies of ideas and inspiration would keep me busy for days/weeks/months :) . I see so many weddings using glass containers for their decor, either for lights, or for gifts or to put their flower arrangements in. If you’re thinking along these lines, don’t forgot to pop into the Consol shop for their amazing product range.

For beautiful handmade decor you should also check out Little Mud Hut

And then there is the Bride and Groom to think of – I just love these custom made cufflinks by

And this stunning bespoke bouquet made with what must have been loads of love and time, by Cupcake Couture

Also from Cupcake Couture is this stunning corsage

Next up we look at wedding favours – I remember trawling the internet looking for the perfect gifts for our wedding guests a few years ago. I think that either these pegs from Little Mud Hut Designs would be so lovely,

as well as the variety of wedding favours that the ladies at Heartfelt offer.

Food is always right up there with weddings, especially the cake! I see more and more couples moving from a traditional wedding cake to using cupcakes to build their cake – I do love this idea! Get in touch with Cupcake Heaven in Joburg to see how they can help.

That’s our wedding round up for now… we hope we leave with you some exciting inspiration and of course contacts to get in touch with if you are planning a wedding, or know of a bride to be. If however, you’re still looking for more –  pop over to Everything Etsy where they have 101 handmade wedding ideas, plus the tutorials which should keep you more than busy…

Father’s Day Gifts

It’s Father’s Day on the 17th June – a whole 10 days away (For me that’s forward planning like never before!) . The Daddy in our family really needs some spoiling this year, he’s just such an awesome Dad. I know what I’m like though and don’t want to spend the Saturday before racing around the shops getting something that doesn’t mean anything to him, hence my having a look at Jamtin and the web for some ideas that I think would be great.

This idea wouldn’t work for us, cause our little girl monkey wouldn’t look good in a tie (neither would the dad wear one) but I do know so many Dad’s that would love these Personalized Baby and Dad White T-shirt and Vest from Say It Creative

 

And if cute baby grows aren’t quite what you’re looking for, how about some Manly Body Thrills (body and bath products). The uber cool Body Thrills has an awesome range for men, ranging from shower gels, to after shave balms, muscle soak, among others, and all in ridiculously awesome flavours (and while you’re at it, no one will notice if you throw in one of their lip balms for yourself…. perhaps their cupcake frosting flavour will tempt you, or chocolate pudding lips.. and if you’re not looking for something sweet – I’m sure you wouldn’t go wrong with the citrus explosion flavour)

 

 

 

Another great gift for Dad could be some personalized photo magnets from La Cüsh. Simply email through 5 of your best photos of the kiddies with Dad, and they get converted into magnets – perfect for the fridge… I reckon this would be a great Granddaddy gift…

Ok, and now I’m holding thumbs that our Dad isn’t reading this blog post (just this once) and finds out what he might be getting! You see, the thing is, our Dad does a MEAN T-Rex impersonation… I mean the real deal, like many people used to think his name was ‘Rex’ cause that’s what everyone called him… so, when I came across these knitted beanies from Hello Nunu, I couldn’t resist – one for him and one in pink for our little monkey and together they can T-Rex around and take over the world…

So many gorgeous designs for babies and kiddies from Hello Nuno and most accommodating for custom orders as well :)

Let me know if you have any other handmade gift suggestions for the special Dad’s in your families…