18 July 2018

❥ A New Planter & Orchid...❥

A found the sweetest aqua blue ceramic planter at Mitre 10.
It was only $9.99 with the saucer.
And the best thing about it is the pot actually has a hole for drainage.
I don't know how many cute little pots I have fallen in love with to find there is no drainage hole in them.
So I was very happy with this cutie.  And did I mention its Aqua?
Oh that's right I did.    
:)
And then just as fate would have it...
on my last visit to New World Supermarket, in the plant section there was the most BEAUTIFUL Pink lavender toned phalaenopsis Orchid.

Orchid
Phalaenopsis orchids are my FAVOURITE.
Especially the larger flowered variety. 
But these do come in a variety of mini forms and colours.
They are now a favourite because I worked out how 'not to' kill them.
My white orchid bowl has three plants in it, and with no would of a lie, it has one month of the year when NOT flowering.
Find out all about the phalaenopsis HERE
and how to plant a bigger bowl.

A phalaenopsis Orchid is also called a Moth orchid because the flowers resemble moths.
And this one is going to live in my new pretty aqua blue pot.

I used a quality orchid potting mix and added some more slow release fertilizer.

Orchid
Beautiful!
Now it's been potted , it will be moved to the indoors.

#growingorchids #phalaenopsis #flowers #potplants

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12 July 2018

❥ Why Not Add Lace?


I seem to be adding embellishments to all sorts of things in my home decor at the moment.
And when I saw this cute little pot for $2 at The Warehouse,
I thought I could make it a little bit more me by adding some lace.
If you have not used modpodge friends then DO try it.
It is so good for gluing and sealing and just has a myriad of craft and diy uses.

For this quick DIY embellishment project
all I needed was: A ceramic container, lace, scissors and some Modpodge.

 The best lace to use is a cotton type.

 If the lace you use has a raw edge, 
use an iron to press it under.

 I'm gluing the lace around the grey edge as this container has a flaw on the white edge.

Glue the lace trim on to the container using the Modpodge.

 Set aside to dry.

Paint a thick layer of Modpodge over the lace. 
 This seals and starches it.

Lace Craft
Now it's a pretty hold all for jewellery in my guest bedroom.


Green bead necklace and earrings from Jewelz By Jodie
https://www.jewelsbyjodie.co.nz/


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#diy #lace #embellishments #style



8 July 2018

Cute Heart Winter Handwarmers...❥

Felt Heart
These wee gems are great for keeping the hands warm in Winter.
I made these for my Grandchildren and their mum to help keep their fingers toasty while watching soccer games from the sideline.

All you need is:
Some white beans
Felt
Pencil
Cotton
A heart template  
Scissors 
 Sewing machine


Cut out the heart template.
 Use this one or a any heart template from the web.

Place on the felt and draw around the outline with the pencil onto the felt.

Cut 2 hearts per hand warmer.


 Stitch in an overlock type stitch with a sewing machine around the heart leaving an opening.

You'll need a bag of white beans to fill the hearts.

Place beans in a small plastic bag and snip corner.

Place snipped corner into the heart and 3/4 fill will beans.

Stitch up the opening using the sewing machine.

To heat:

Place a small cup of water in microwave.
Place heart beside it on the turntable.
Heart for 23 seconds.
(my microwave is 1100w power)
Place into your pocket.

Felt Heart

#felt #craft #handwarmers #diy #sewing

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3 July 2018

Cherry Berry Crumble...❥

What is it about cherries...
Fresh or bottled they are such a delight.
For this warming winter crumble,
I mixed bottled cherries with canned boysenberries.
With the sweet brown sugar cinnamon crumble I have to say it was a perfect flavour match!
And a new dessert favourite.

You will need:
Butter
Quick cook oats,
cinnamon
Brown sugar
Cherries
Boysenberries

cherry
Place your drained cherries and boysenberries into a baking dish.
Mix the crumble ingredients and place on top of the fruit.
Bake and serve warm with runny cream and icecream.

I'm also all about pudding for breakfast,
and this crumble hits the mark perfectly.
After all - it has fruit and oats.
Fabulous fuel to start the winter day!

Recipe is HERE.

#cherry #blackberry #pudding #crumble #dessert #winter

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26 June 2018

DIY Secret Book Storage....❥


secret storage
How cool is this?
Old books turned into secret storage.
It's actually quite easy to make - here's how...

You will need:
A strong cardboard box with or without a lid. (mine has a lid)
6 old books (or as many books to hide front and sides of the box)
A strong glue or a glue gun (I ended up using the glue gun)
Scissors

Step One:  Dismantle enough books to cover the front of the box with the spines.


Step Two:  Use a cover page to cut to the shape of the row of books for the front of the box.


Glue the spines onto this.
Try to maintain the curvature of the book spine.


Step Three: Glue this front piece to the box.



Step Four: Glue the last two books to each side of the box.

Book craft
Place it high up on a shelf.
You now have a very funky 'set of old books' that actually has secret storage behind it.


#DIY #oldbooks #secretstorage


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