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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)

Loving Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint could possibly be one of the most underrated product for some DIY fun I reckon!

So… to start off with, I found this ‘recipe’ from The CSI Project to make your own chalk board paint – the great thing is that by doing so you can create chalk board paint in any colour…. (I haven’t tried this yet but am hoping it works as well as it looks!)

And once you’ve made your paint (or brought some of the standard stuff from the store), you could do something like this at your entrance hall…. imagine being able to create a personalised  welcome to your family or visitors when ever you wanted to create one! This inspiration comes from The Four McGarveys

And here’s some more inspiration from Chic Cheap Nursery


Have you seen those cool glass jars with the chalk board labels on them where you can write on what ever is in the jar (like the one in the picture above).. uber trendy at the moment I think…. I’ve even labelled the pasta in my kitchen with them… you know… it’s important to label such things in case you get confused :)

But… don’t you think this idea is such a great one to make your own chalk board labels – all you need is some plain white label stickers, chalk board paint and there you go -your very own labels…

You can see how it’s done at A Little Learning for Two

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

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Scrabble Fridge Magnets

When ever there is a fridge with alphabet magnets on it I find it difficult not to try and quickly put a word together… not sure if that’s just me!! I’m thinking these scrabble magnets (tutorial available here from Oh Crafts)  might be a great project for the top half of our fridge and keeping the bright plastic alphabet magnets for the bottom half :)

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Cupcakes to go!

Such a cute idea… perhaps for a market day for kids, or just a sweet idea for something different for cupcakes… love the added touch of wrapping a spoon around the cups… You can see the full tutorial over at  Nothing But Country

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)

Add some colour to your cutlery

I’m always a fan of colours, and just love these revamped pieces of cutlery from  More Design Please. There’s a tutorial on their website if you’re up for trawling some second hand shops for some cutlery sets that need some colour added to them to give them a new life :)

Learn how to crochet

So if you’re reading this blog, then you probably don’t need much convincing about how trendy and popular crocheting and knitting have become again. Anyway, for anyone wanting to give crocheting a try (and if you’re anything like me, a crafter can hardly say no to starting a new project when it involves different wools, in difference colours).  Here’s an amazing blog, Attic24, that you really should visit for stunning colour combinations, as well as a great tutorials that are really easy to follow.

My favourite tutorial from the Attic24 blog is for these granny squares… check it out here….

Handmade Lanterns – Paper and Glass

With summer just around the corner, we’re looking forward to spending plenty of warm evenings outside. I love these lanterns you can make – perfect for those evening you entertain, or even just for some family evenings at home.

First up are these paper lanterns from Design Sponge

In the ‘how to’ on their website, they even suggest making this into a handmade gift for someone… love that idea! Here’s what it looks like as a gift!

Here’s another idea for lanterns – this time using glass jars. This simple tutorial can be found here

Tutorial – CD Cookies

Thanks to Debbie at who put this tutorial together for us (a while ago and I’ve just realized it’s been in my draft folder! I blame pregnancy and new baby for my lack of brain recently)

CD cookies are a fun and inexpensive way to create crafty party or wedding favours, kid’s birthday treats, baker’s day treats and valentine gifts!

Step 1

1) I have purchased plain white CD wallets from a stationery store and cut coloured scrap paper to fit inside. If you want to leave the wallet plain, add some wax paper so that the biscuit does not leave any grease marks.

2) I have cheated and filled my CD wallets with Woolworth’s large “Snaps” which are R19.95 for 12 cookies. Leave plain, drizzle melted chocolate over and scatter with 100 000’s or bake your own chocolate chip or shaped cookies. Seal the wallet at the back with double sided scrap tape, or a sticker.

Step 2 - Chocolate drizzle and flower labels

Download all the templates (the flower labels, wedding thank you and “enjoy”) from (go to FUN).

Print out on glossy photo paper. Remember to change your printing settings: Go to printing properties and change the paper to glossy or pro photo paper and put the print quality on to HIGH. This will ensure your labels come out beautifully bold and bright. Cut them out with a cutting blade and ruler or on a guillotine.

There is no need to print out the entire sheet of labels. Open the template, click on the snap shot tool (it’s a camera), outline the label you would like to use, and paste it to a word document. You can then re-size as well.

Attach the labels with double sided scrap tape, tie with ribbons and gift!

Check out these beautiful examples -

handmade thank you gift

Wedding favours