Kimono Inspired Cape Jacket

I’m a sucker for pretty patterns, so when I found this gorgeous chiffon material in my craft room, I just had to use it!

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I decided to make a kimono/cape style jacket with it.  Once I measured the material, I realised it would be just enough for the piece.

First, I folded the material , leaving the back slightly longer than the front.

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I then cut out what would be the arms of the jacket.  I did this by placing one of my existing cardigans on top of the material to get a rough idea, I then just about tripled the size because the jacket would be a loose fit.

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Next, I cut out the neck line and down the centre to make the opening.

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Finally, I pinned and then sewed the arm and side seams and hemmed all the edges.  This was the first time I had ever made a garment!  I must say, I like it 🙂

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Wine Glass to Dessert Cup

Would you like glamorous dessert glasses without breaking your budget? This is your answer!

Let’s transform this:

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To this:

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You will need:
* Drinking glasses
* Mod Podge (I think PVA glue will work just as well)
* Glitter
* Masking tape
* Brush

I taped the top of the glasses with masking tape, and then applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the un-taped area.

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I then sprinkled glitter and allowed to dry. Once dry, I applied Mod Podge over the top of the glitter to seal it and protect the glitter coming off during washing.

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If you want a clean line from where the glitter begins, you will need to remove the tape while the glue is still wet in step 1.

That’s pretty much it! These glasses received some big “wows” at the party, and even more when they heard it was a DIY!

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Keep smiling 🙂

Spring Party Favor

Last year, I threw a Spring themed party for the kiddies together with my dear friend Eda of Plaited Heart. I was in charge of styling & decor and Eda made all the delicious and mostly healthy party food.  I will soon write up another post dedicated to the party that will showcase the delightful talents of Eda!

Being a Spring theme, I wanted the children to take home something to do with flowers.  Then it hit me, what better gift than for the children to plant their own seeds! 

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Here’s the how to.  I used:

* Flower Seeds

* Potting Mix

* Tea Light Candle Votives (I found them in packs of 6 at a discount store)

* Small glass capsules (to store the seeds) – I found these at a discount store, most craft stores also stock them.

* Twine (to wrap around the votive as decoration)

* Small fake flowers

* Craft paper to make the name tags

* Thread to tie the name tags to the votives

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I was lucky to find tiny shovels, forks and buckets at the hardware store to decorate and I think, complete the look 🙂

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The children loved them and as many of them were under 5 years of age, it was a fantastic way to teach them how plants grow and learn about Spring 🙂

Make Your Own Bracelet Stand

One day, I realised I needed somewhere to store my bracelets.  At the time, they lived in my drawer, on my dresser or in the bathroom.  I didn’t want anything complicated or bulky, just something functional.  Then it came to me…why not use a paper towel holder?

You can pick up a chrome plated holder like this one between $2 to $6 from most discount stores.

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Now, I could have used it as is, but I had another idea. Why not wrap thin pieces of scrap material around the metal? I grabbed some material, scissors, PVA glue and a brush. I cut long pieces of the scrap material at about 3cm in width. I brushed the material with some PVA then began wrapping it around the metal, applying glue as I go. It gets a little messy – expect to have glue all over your fingers – but it’s done in about 15 minutes and the glue washed right off.

One completely covered in material, I gave it another even brush with PVA and left it to dry overnight. The next day I had a pretty good looking bracelet stand!

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Collect & Decorate

The streets of Melbourne are truly beautiful.  Each with it’s own unique character, their lovely stores, divine cafes and friendly faces.  I absolutely love that our streets are also lines with wonderful, huge trees.  Adding luscious colour and life to the otherwise grey pavement.  In summer, these majestic trees are full and vibrant.  In Autumn, they fill the streets with their golden leaves.  When out with my daughters, they love collecting the fallen leaves to later use in a craft activity or game. 

One particular Sunday afternoon, my best friend and I were out shopping in Smith St , Collingwood.  The large Sweet Gum Trees had dropped their seed pods all over the pavement.  They were too pretty for me to ignore!  In a crowded street, my best friend and I started collecting a pile of them.

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I had plans to display the seed pods in a bowl/vase or jar, but first wanted to add some colour to them.  I used a paintbrush and some acylic paint.  I left the stems on which made perfect handles while I was paining them.

 

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I painted most of them, but also left some unpainted.  Once dry, I removed the stems and filled a clear glass vase with my new colourful seed pods.
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A simple and virtually free DIY project that you can complete in under 30 minutes!  Your kids will also enjoy this 🙂