As you are probably aware, I love hats. Not only can they be striking accessories, they are incredibly important for sun safety! So for my birthday last year (a picnic mountain hike), I was determined to have a sunhat to protect me from the sun and be a beautiful birthday statement.
Welcome to Part 2 on tips for gift giving. As a reminder, here is out mantra for the perfect present:
a) something they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves
b) looks nice/appealing and makes them say “cool!”
c) practical or usable. This includes being one-size fits all for clothes/accessories
Today, we will be talking about group presents, in which you have the bonus of having a bigger budget (>$50) in order to get something really fantastic for your friend, especially for big milestones such as weddings or 21sts 😀
Painting tee shirts can be a great medium for something creative, but actually usable/wearable. Stencils are great for this, but sometimes it can be finicky to cut out the inside of a stencil using a Stanley knife.
Here is an easy tutorial on how to stencil by simply cutting around the outside, allowing you to avoid difficult cutting techniques. The paint will go around the stencil, leaving an unpainted relief as the main motif. I did this one as a gift for my friend who loves cycling.
Last minute DIY parties are the best. Because I don’t know about you, but I get distracted really easily on my own, leaving behind a disastrously messy path of unfinished projects. Furthermore, the last minuteness forces you to go Iron Chef and do what you can with the key ingredient (or whatever craft stuff you can find) In my case, I brought a gaudy bracelet and a sleek (but sadly plain) clutch. Big thank you to Faith in Fools for hosting!
So it’s the Christmas Eve Eve, and stores are getting pretty hectic. Thus, I present to you (no pun intended) two lst minute DIYS that don’t require specialty supplies/tools. I’ve proven this with the fact that I did some of the night before/on the day for my teachers (not because I didn’t give it enough thought, but because I’m disorganised!)
Today I’m giong to share a really simple dessert with you guys. Believe me, it’s simple, because I’m a bit of a noob when it comes to cooking.
Plus, it’s fairly healthy for a sweet, since it’s dark chocolate without added sugar and with nuts!
Same old story with most of my DIYs. I have an idea of a something I’d like (in this case, a metal detachable collar), I go to the store and can’t find anything thats just right (even the expensive ones aren’t quite right) so I go home and make it.
The metal collar necklaces I found in stores, their curves didn’t quite sit right along my neck and collarbones. Thanks to A Pair and a Spare, I found the perfect material: Aluminium Roof Flashing. I got it for $6.35 a metre at my local hardware store (such friendly staff!) it’s flexible and easy to work with and you can cut it with ordinary scissors. This was my first time using this medium, and it worked amazingly.
Metal Collar Tutorial
Tools and Materials: Aluminium Roof Flashing (You only need the size of an A4 page)
3 Silver Jumprings
Silver Chain (Use large links so that the necklace height is adjustable)
Lobster clasp (or other silver jewellery closures)
Scissors (I used an old blunt pair, so as to not ruin my good set)
Needles/pins of various thicknesses
Before we start: Basically, this necklace is made up of two halves of the collar (think of a shirt collar) joined with a jump ring and fastened with chain around the back.
This Tutorial can be summed up in 6 simple steps:
- Make a pattern of your collar from paper
- Trace said pattern onto your aluminium flashing, leaving 5mm of ‘seam allowance’
- Cut out the two pieces and cut the corners off at 45 degrees and trimming the seam allowance like a fringe
- Fold over the fringing to make a smooth edge
- Use the pins to pierce holes to join the two pieces at the centre with a jump ring
- Pierce holes and use the remaining 2 jump rings to attach a chain and lobster clasp
In case you want better instruction I’ve written out what I did in more detail:
So, I promised this tutorial in my other post, and here it is!
I actually made this a while ago. I have always loved flowers and the child/fairylike quality of floral headresses. Even sports people like Stephanie Gilmore are wearing them for victory. Or perhaps you prefer Florence+The Machine or New Yorker
I looked around in a lot of stores during December last year, but I couldn’t find one I liked in terms of style and price.
Plus, most of them were either hard headbands or the wire wreath (such as Kelli Murray’s or Art in Our Blood’s) These looked fine, but I find that elastic headbands are much more comfortable and stay on your head better. So I decided to make my own.