Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hey Hey

I saw this brilliant video on little fixes to our jean problems and thought that I had to share it here.

7 Clever Jean hacks






Hope that you take the time to post a comment, or share your great idea with us.

Lotsa Love






Monday, 24 July 2017

Knitted Bunnies - Knitting project 1

Hey everyone!!

Thought that I would share a cute knitting idea.  This cost basically nothing to make except for a little bit of free time. Less than a ball of wool, and a little bit of fabric.

Shoe String Bunnies


The first one I decided to tackle was this adorable little bunny that I found on Pinterest.  I wanted to give my children something different for Easter, and when I saw it I just fell in love with it. 


Tiny Knitted Bunny

I personally love giving gifts that have some meaning and that last longer than the occasion; and these last longer than chocolate.


https://za.pinterest.com/pin/361413938833002350/

Click the above link to see this post on Pinterest

The pattern was free and very simple and easy to make.  Please visit www.ravelry.com if you would like to download the pattern for free.


Easter bunny's on a shoe string budget



Please leave your comments below as I would love to hear what you think and if you also if you have done something similar.

Lotsa love



Sunday, 4 June 2017

How to Glam up a Bottle




When I first decided to experiment with my small Mirror Makeover I was happy to find that I had some spray paint left over and so I decided to experiment with things that I had lying around the house.

I found this green bottle and thought that I would see what would happen if I spray painted it.




And this tray that a friend gave me



It worked like a charm and I was excited with the result, only thing that doesn't excite me is the matt finish.  I am a girl that loves bling, so this didn't do anything for me.

I went and bought another tin of silver spray paint that has a metallic finish, called Super Chrome - Spectra Spray


Super Chrome - Spectra Spray Aerosol spray paint

I have used this colour many times and I love the colour and finish


but me being me I decided that the glitter I have bought for another diy project would give the bottle some extra bling if I added glitter on the sides.  I was so disappointed though, because the finish I got was white powder splotches.

I thought that I would mention this so that if you decide to do the same, make sure that the glitter doesn't look too powdery.  This might have looked cute if the bottle was white.

I was sure that if I had used silver glitter it would look so much better.  I went and got some silver and purple glitter, rolled the bottle in it ... and I am not at all excited with the result, I think that to get the look I had in mind I would need to buy the larger cut glitter. My friend is in America on furlough now, think that I need to ask her to bring some glitter back for me and I can compare what we have and what they have.

I result I got was disappointing to say the least.



This is the result that I ended with.  Overall to be honest I think that I prefer the plain silver bottle.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment with your thoughts.

Thanks for being here




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Charity Stores, 2nd Hand shops - South Africa's equivalent of 'Thrift stores'


When I started blogging I said that I would put on investigators  cap and start looking exploring 'thrift stores'.  I have come to realise that in South Africa we have Second hand stores and Charity stores (I will write a blog about these stores).  I must admit that what I am looking for is affordable furniture and now in hind sight I am not totally sure that I am going to find that.

Click here to read my very post Blog beginings

When starting on this quest, I was hoping to find furniture that was in a fairly good condition and well priced.  I have sold second hand furniture before and to be honest I basically gave it away on the pretext that its very hard to sell.  These items were a large wooden desk and wooden cabinet that went with it.

Looking back at the American bloggers, I see that the American thrift stores appear to sell second hand items at a really affordable rate compared to what we are getting here.  One blogger that has inspired me to begin this blog has a page about thrift stores. On this page there are photographs of 2 gorgeous wooden round side tables that were being sold for $15 for the set, at todays exchange rate of 13.28 that is only R199.25!  These are not the cheap chipboard tables or laminate tables that are in our stores today.

Another photograph showed a Bergere chair that looked very similar in design to this one pictured below.


It was a lovely wooden chair with pink fabric, definitely a perfect make over chair.  I so desperately would love one or two of these chairs to put into my home.  The thing that totally blew me away was the fact that this gorgeous little chair was being sold for only $8.  Using todays exchange rate of 13.28 to the dollar that makes an amount of R106.24. (The fabric will possibly cost even more per meter). 

After the few second hand stores that I have been into I would say that finding a chair like this for around R500.00 would be a great find.

I have taken into consideration that it's possible that $8 is a lot of money in a US budget but after looking at the following link you will see that what they earn is in line with what we as South African's are earning.

http://www.payscale.com/index/US/Job

Right now to be honest I am feeling quite discouraged as far as finding decent affordable second hand furniture is concerned, but I will keep on investigating and updating you.  Granted I have only been into about 5 stores.  I purposely started with stores that were in poorer areas as I felt that that would be the place with the cheapest deals, but now in hindsight I am thinking that its not very logical thinking as people in poorer areas will buy and sell according to their budgets.  I will be investigating this theory and venturing out into other areas over the next couple of weeks.

Most second hand stores sell trinkets and ornaments and old framed old pictures. The frames are very plain and nothing to write home about in my humble opinion.  From what I have seen they start at R150.00.  That's even more than the Begere chair!

I have found a really nice second hand store that is not very far from where I live.  They have affordable furniture and bunch of other items.  I picked up these ornaments.


 My intention was to spray paint the elephant silver, but my eldest daughter has protested against that, saying the elephant is hand painted and I need to leave it like that ... so we'll see what I decide to do with it.  Must admit that I do like the way it looks and at this stage I am wanting to change my lounge curtains to a silver so the natural grey colour will fit in with that colour scheme.

I absolutely love elephants and I was so excited when I found this particular is because its truck is raised. My mother would tell me that this brings good luck (no I am not all superstitious), but it nice to have small reminders of my mom and some positive reinforcement around the home.  This belief as also confirmed by an African painter I met in Durban.  He said an elephant with its truck raised is a happy elephant!  When looking this up (on google of course) I see that the elephant is the symbol of strength, power, stability and wisdom and that when the truck is raised it will shower good fortune on all who walk past it.


On this note of good fortune I will end.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and leave me a comment.  I just love interacting with people.

Lets hope that you get showered with blessings.