Thursday, February 27, 2014

DIY Blackboard paint pot plants

You know how I said I was addicted to using blackboard spray paint? yeah, well. I totally am!

It was my Mum's birthday and we grabbed some large cans of tomatoes, froze the contents, spray painted the cans...

Added some words using a chalk paint pen
 Drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage
Added some pretty flowers
And she loved her present

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Spice Jars

We use loads of different herbs and spices in our cooking and I have been searching for the perfect spice jars (to no avail).

I decide instead that baby food jars would do the trick and my kids didn't need to be persuaded to gobble up the contents.

I then soaked off the labels, spray painted the lids with blackboard paint (my new favourite pastime) and wrote on them with a chalk paint pen.

these are the first ones, I am purchasing a few baby foods each shop until we have enough (crikey that stuff is expensive now!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Scrap Bag Swap : Scrappy Rope coasters

I joined in Nins fabulous Scrap Bag swap again this year and received a fabulous bag of scraps from Megan! Thanks Megan

Just before Christmas I got a little bit addicted to making rope baskets from this tutorial. I made a few plain rope baskets and then really wanted some colourful ones so I started wrapping strips of fabric around the rope and these were created.

Today I'm going to show you how I did it so you can make some coasters!


Scrappy Rope coasters
You will need:
Fabric scraps
cotton rope 
sewing machine

I've been collecting scraps in this plastic bucket (classy) for several years and keep it nearby in my sewing room to pop those precious leftovers in.
Take some scraps of fabric and tear them into strips about a centimeter wide.


Wrap your first strip around the cotton rope
Twist it into a little 'snail' and start sewing (with a wide zig zag stitch)
Continue twisting it around itself
Add in new pieces of scrap fabric strips as you need to

Ta da! One scrappy rope coaster!
Be sure to check out the other bloggers joining in the Scrap Bag Blog Hop

Friday 14th                         Mousehouse – Pocket Organiser

Monday 17th                      Catalina's Cottage – Hexie love
Tuesday 18th                      Make. Life. Beautiful.  Scrappy Quilt Part 1
Friday 21st                         One Paisley Apple – Fabric Flowers

Monday 24th                       Kiwi at Heart  -   Scrappy Rope Coaster
Tuesday 25th                       Make. Life. Beautiful.  Scrappy quilt Part 2
Friday 28th                          Works in Progress – Scrappy Pot Mitt and Trivet

Monday 3rd March              NZ Green Buttons – Floral Wreath Tote
Tuesday 4th                         Make. Life. Beautiful.  Childs Bike Seat Pad
Friday 7th                            Catalina's Cottage – Giant Star Quilt

Friday, February 14, 2014

Loving Swaps on Valentines Day

I have been taking part in lots of awesome swaps lately!

I took part in two Valentines swaps organised by Tracy and Tracy!!

For Tracy's Send a little love swap I had Tracy herself as my swap partner!

Look at the amazing goodies she sent me - I was blown away.

and this beautiful PERFECT for me bunting!
Thanks so much Tracy, I love it all and I feel so very spoiled!!

I also received a lovely package of goodies for the Valentines swap organised by my lovely real life friend Tracy.. although I don't know who my swap partner is!!!

 So thank you, whoever you are!! You totally nailed it for me!!

and these are the parcels I sent
a cross stitched heart on canvas, crochet flower bunting and Whittakers
and this one
some little handmade cards, heart bunting, a little dish, some washi tape and some heart lollies in a kete.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Scarf Hanger

A friend of mine was gifted a beautiful scarf hanger from a friend of her's a few years ago and I have also seen them pinned on Pinterest.

When were were in Tucson in December 2012 I found the most gorgeous glass and ceramic knobs at Jo Ann's and World Traders and I wrapped them carefully and bought them home to Australia. And then wrapped them carefully and bought them home to NZ (ha).
My Dad is a furniture maker and collects all sorts of pieces of wood. I raided his wood shed and found a piece of picket fence.
I roughed it up then my trusty sidekick helped me paint it teal.
I roughed it up again with some sandpaper when it was dry.

Then added the beautiful knobs
That was last July!!

Last week I finally hung it up in our room.
Joining in with Show and Tell 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Making Memories : 5th Birthday photo boards

Over the weekend we were cleaning out our garage and we pulled out each of the kids photo boards I made for their 5th birthdays.

They had a great time looking at them again, a lot of laughing and begging me to put them up in their rooms. Although they are starting to show some wear and tear I thought it would a great project to share on here.

For each of their 5th birthdays I made photo boards showing their growth from newborn to 5. They and our birthday guests have always enjoyed looking at these at their 5th birthday party.
(I also have made my Dad one for his 60th and it was also a hit... so they could be for any milestone birthday).

I started with two sheets of foam board. I cut one in half and attached it to either side of the whole sheet to make 'flaps' that held the board open. I just taped these with packaging tape on the back.
Oops.. all those international moves have lost letters along the way!
For each child I made sure I had a recent picture enlarged for the centre of the board. 


I then arranged as many photos as I could from new born in one corner across to five in the other.

I was thinking I would do this for each significant birthday such as 13 and then 21 years.
Or maybe for a certain thirteen year old this year I might do a photo book instead.. with a double layout for each year and room for memories, comments. 

The possibilities are endless!!!!