I’m back at last//rainbow cupcakes

I’ve decided to start this blog again…I won’t bore you with the lame excuses about why I’ve been so unmotivated. I’ve been enjoying the beautiful baking New Zealand summer, having a burning of my school books (goodbye correspondence school, you won’t be missed!), and dying my hair blonde, and doodling mandalas. Time to start getting happy and creative again x {I’m a bit obsessed with making rainbow cupcakes at the moment}

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D.I.Y – make a dress out of a SCARF

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I want to share with you another of my strange attempts. I found a scarf reduced to $2.50 at Pagani. It was even buy one get one free, so I got a stripy scarf free as well!

Anyway, the scarf was a lovely sheer lilac, and it was wide. Wide enough to be a long enough skirt. (if you can understand my logic lol!)

SO. I had been planning to make this with an old T-shirt, but in the end I used a sleeveless blouse.

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fold your scarf over, and sew the ends together so you have a loop.

Next, sew a gathering stitch around the top.

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I also had to gather the shirt, because it was so wide.

Measure where your waist is on the shirt, then measure evenly all around in pencil before sewing a gathering stitch on the shirt.

You don’t want an uneven skirt…

gather the shirt to fit the skirt, and make sure that you will be able to get it on. Don’t do it too tight, as this is not made with elastic.

I made this intending it to be baggy, so I could bring it in nicely with a belt.

A big belt, to cover up my slightly messy sewing!!!

If I did this again, I might try doing it with elastic, so it is easier to pull on, but as my sewing machine is acting funny and doesn’t seem to work on stretch stitching at the moment, this way worked for me.

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Also, I didn’t do lining. That was lazy. I knew I could wear a plain, tight skirt under and it would be fine. But if I was making this for someone else, I would definitely do lining.

The great thing about scarfs is: they are already hemmed!! Neatly too.

I plan to look out for as many clearance scarfs as I can in the future. It’s often cheaper than buying fabric, and it is already hemmed nicely.

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Thanks Susie for taking the photos for me. In the rain, too. It was fun!

Versatile Blogger award…

I got nominated for the versatile blogger award! Thank you so so much, Propergorgeforless!

So lovely and unexpected!

Propergorgeforless is a lovely beauty blog, especially for girls on a budget. There are some great natural recipes (sugar scrub, hair masks etc.) and also lots of makeup how to’s.

I haven’t been on here long, and I don’t actually follow many blogs yet. But here are some of my favourites.

MY NOMINATIONS ARE:

Tulle and Trinkets

Hello Aileen

Nuts and Bolts

Style Sprite

A Pretty Penny

Vintage Reflection

Downtown Romantic

Pie with Sparkles

Glitter ‘N’ Glue

ClosetCast

The Coyote Thistle

Thisisgorgeous

Seaside Beauty

Lather Rinse Repeat

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And now 7 facts about me: (sorry these are a bit boring. Cant think of many interesting facts about me lol)

1. I live on a lifestyle block in New Zealand

2. I have 2 older brothers and 2 younger sisters

3. I am home-schooled🙂

4. I lived in the UK when I was age 1-3 years old. We’re going back for a holiday in June.

5. I’m trying to persuade my sisters to help with this blog!

6. I have so many clothes, and my sister gets all the ones I chuck out, so I can still borrow them back if I decide I want them again lol

7. and I loooove drinking tea… 🙂

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If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, 7 things about yourself.

ribbon and pegs picture frame

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How to turn an ugly picture frame into something adorable 🙂

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Paint it. Any colour I suppose, but I love a nice clean white, which goes with everything. But a aqua blue would look lovely too, with white walls. Think what kind of wall it’s going to be on.

I painted mine Fairy White, which is a slightly pinkish white. I used that because I love the name!

Then I left it outside for a few days…I forgot about it!

But it was ok when I rescued it, apart from a couple of muddy paw prints. Cats!

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I got the idea from pinterest, and they had used old fashioned string, the kind you could picture wrapping brown paper parcels. I love that idea, but of course I couldn’t find any string or twine.

So I used ivory ribbon, and I am really pleased with it. I cello-taped it on, and that was all it needed, no messy glue, or staples. It held very well.

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I lay out the photos and ribbon how I pictured it first, to get an idea of how many rows of photos I could fit.

Then I cut the ribbon, and cello taped each end onto the back of the base board.

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I pinned on photos as I went, and the great thing is you can change the photos around whenever you want, because you don’t put any glass over the top. It’s very versatile, and it looks so cute!

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I used plain black bulldog office clips ($1.80 for 24)

I got the photos on a 3o free prints special!!! Yay

Ribbon was $2.50 for a roll, and I only used a tiny bit.

Paint was free. My aunty gave us a whole lot of little samples, because she works in a paint shop. It didn’t use much paint at all, either.

I rescued the frame, my mum was going to give it to the op shop.

You can find all sorts of interesting frames at op shops, for a couple of dollars. If they are ugly, paint them!

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I think this would be really nice if you used only black and white photos. It would also be really nice for wedding photos. You could also stencil words onto the frame (Friends, Family, Love, etc.) Or a bible verse, or poem!

It was so much fun to make…I glued and cello taped to the soundtrack of Taylor Swift singing…:) This is already hanging on the wall…now I cant wait till my bedroom gets fixed up and redecorated. This is going to look amazing.

Old Fashioned Peanut (Cashew) Brittle

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1/4 cup,1/2 a stick, 2 oz, or 56 grams of butter

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

2 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup light corn syrup

2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts (or cashews)

Butter a 10 x 15 inch pan. Dissolve baking soda and salt in the vanilla essence. Set aside.

In a large pot on medium heat, melt together the sugar, water, corn syrup, and butter. Increase heat and boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture turns a deep golden brown. (336-340 degrees F)

Remove from heat, and carefully stir in the nuts and vanilla mixture.

Straight away pour into pans. Leave to cool.

You can put these into gorgeous glass jars, with lots of ribbon, and give them all away and not eat anything…or keep them like I did and sneak it into the movies….

I made peanut brittle first, then I liked it so much I tried it again, with Cashews. That was even nicer!

These photos are of the cashew brittle.

Recipe from:

Brittles, barks, & bonbons : delicious recipes for quick and easy candy by Charity Ferreira (http://www.cookiesandlemonade.com/)

It’s such a great recipe, even though some of the ingredients and measurements were quite American (harder to understand/use) it was very easy to make.

Covering Old Ugly Notebooks

BEFORE

Here are my old ugly notebooks. Well one is a bible, that I had covered before. Tea got spilt on it, it slowly got worse and worse, and so I decided it needed to be re-covered.

I wanted a nice big book for creative writing. And I wanted a free one! I found the big blue one in a cupboard, with about 2 pages written on. It was hard covered and big. Perfect.

So I got out all our scrapbooking papers and glue and ribbon and brads and I ended up with these:

AFTER

If you glue the first page of the book to the inside cover, it covered up all the messy edges where you glued and it looks quite professional.

Everyone told me the ribbon on the bible wouldn’t last, but a few months have past and it’s STILL there, (though a bit beaten up…) so just add what you think looks pretty. You can always cover it again if it needs it in a few months. Its pretty fun covering them!

These would make a great gift, I think. I made Journals from scratch once and they looked a bit like these. I gave some away, and filled up a couple of them as diary’s myself.

The only problem is that you will end up with piles of gorgeous journals and diary’s and you cant use them all at once! (or if your like me you will make up a need for starting a new journal…”My ideas journal” or my “Art Journal” because those clean, crisp, pretty new journals just beg you to write in them!)

Old Jars + Paint + Glitter + Ribbon + Lace

I spent an afternoon making these with a friend.

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So much fun.

We used folk art paints, ribbon, and lots of glitter!

I used an old stencil to put the  “love” word on. I’d love to try doing ones that say “pencils” or “pens” or “makeup brushes” “eyeliner” “paintbrushes” etc.

You can try spray painting through lace. It looks amazing! We didn’t do it on these because we didn’t have any spray paint. But we’ve done it other times, and it IS as easy as it sounds. Just put masking tape on each side of the lace, unless you want messy, blurry lines.

Another thing to try is to wrap tape (masking tape is best) up around the jar, in a spiral. Paint over the whole jar, leave it to dry (or use a hairdryer) and then peel off the tape. You get a cute stripy jar!

For all over glitter, paint black paint (or any colour, but black works well for making the glitter stand out) all over the jar. Then just sprinkle glitter all over! Just keep layering on the glitter, and you will get an amazing finish on your jar.

You could try making a set of jars for makeup brushes and pencils, nail files, art supplies….

They would be a great gift for lots of different types of people.

Not that I gave mine away! They’re sitting on my dressing table, full of strange things like combs and eyeliners.