How To Store Jewellery

Jewellery is something that I tend to reorganise every couple of months. At the moment I’ve found a storage solution that I really like as it doesn’t take up much space, it cost under $10 and it hold all kinds of jewellery not just small of big things.

My finished shelves:

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It’s made of 2 pink storage trays and a glitter Christmas tree from Daiso.

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I took apart the glitter Christmas tree using a very strong pair of pliers. It was quite difficult to remove the pieces cleanly without getting glitter everywhere.

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In the end I gave up trying to be neat and just did a big clean up afterwards.

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I tend bent the tree with the pliers to make the bottom totally flat and slid it onto the top of the tray.

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Then I used the heart cut outs to hold all of my earrings 😀

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Around the bottom of the tree I keep my rings and the lower levels have space for big items like necklaces and  bracelets.

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Nice and easy! Hope you enjoyed!

 

How To Make A Cute Doorstop – Home Sweet Home

And we’re back after weekend with a mini Home Sweet Home post 😀 Other than the crochet items, most of the things I’ve got left to show are on the small side which makes them great for doing one night after work or while watching TV. Of course, last night I went nuts and completely reorganised my craft area again so I’m sure there will be more projects to come soon that are bigger.

This is a very quick easy way to make a doorstop with absolutely no skill required.

The end result:

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You need:

  • A plastic take away box. Mine came stuffed with extremely expensive candy corn
  • Rice or something heavy to put in it
  • A large piece of fabric

I’m using some green cherry fabric which was a gift from an extremely lovely friend. Perfectly matches my new apartment colour scheme.

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So fill the container with rice and remove the carry handle.

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You can use whatever you like to go inside but it needs to be reasonable heavy so it will actually hold the door.

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Lay out a large square of fabric which is enough to wrap around the box with lots to spare.

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Place the box in the middle diagonally.

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Fold two corners over and into the middle like this:

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Hold them in place and carefully fold the other two corners up to the middle and tie them into a double knot.

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If it looks a bit messy you can just untie and refold until you’re happy. Ideally you want it to be the exact shape of the box just covered with fabric. If you want you can stitch it in place but it’s not really necessary.

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It looks like a cute little picnic box!

 

DIY Kitchen Splashback for Renters

We’re back to Home Sweet Home again, well kind of. I promised I would go back through all of the things I hadn’t posted about so today I’ll show you how I did the biggest change to the kitchen: the splashback.

The after:

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Again, we rent so I wasn’t allowed to do anything permanent but I really hated the colour of the glass splashback. This make over cost under $10 and all it needed was some pretty wrapping paper and clear book covering contact.

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This was the kitchen before:

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Before I decided to do this I did several test to make sure it would be waterproof and the heat of the stove top wouldn’t effect it either. Mine was fine because we never use the back burners but I would suggest you test VERY thoroughly as you wouldn’t want it to be a fire hazard. You can also find contact which was made specifically for the kitchen but none of the shops I visited had it. I have since decided I don’t like the pattern of this because there isn’t enough green in it and I found some shops online which sell patterned kitchen contact by the meter  so I’m going to buy some and I’ll let you know how that goes!

Anyway back to it!

I removed everything from the benches and cleaned the glass very well.

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I chose this wrapping paper because it was full of the colours I was theming the house on, when it was a small area rolled up I really liked it but on the huge area of the wall it was a bit busy.

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I cut the wrapping paper so it fit exactly the size of the space. I then cut another 1cm off around it so there was a gap for the edges of the contact to stick to. I attached the wrapping paper to the wall using strips of thin double sided tape all over it.

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The contact was much thinner so I used several vertical stripes instead of horizontal ones. I carefully applied strip by strip making sure it stuck to the thin area of glass around the paper, overlapped each previous one slightly and had no air bubbles. This took quite a long time but the results were worth it.

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And that was it! Done and dusted. It took quite a while but it was certainly better than the blue. I’m looking forward to seeing the green version once I’ve order it!

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Needle Felting Lottie’s Pet Bed

Miss Lottie’s fanclub totally spoils her rotten. Kim, who is her #1 fan bought Lottie an adorable strawberry house!

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She absolutely loved it so I decided to customise it to match the lovely card Kim painted too!

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I decided the easiest way to do it was needle felting.

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I laid out the letters in pink wool.

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And pinned them in so I could see the placement well.

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One by one I added thicker white wool to the top of each letter then thicker pink to the bottom. I blended them together so they looked like the watercolour that Kim did.

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Here’s a closer view.

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And after the finishing touches…

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You can see the colours more clearly here when it’s a bit darker:

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The verdict from Lottie was pretty clear!

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So perfect for her!

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I’m sure she doesn’t know the difference but I smile every time I look at it! Thank you Kim!!!

My Photo Wall and Notice Board – Home Sweet Home

One of the things I wanted to make in the Home Sweet Home project was a notice board. I made one when we lived in Brisbane but it was too big to bring with us so I have been making do since moving here.

We have a massive glass door which leads to our bedroom so I figured that was the perfect place to put one! This is the result:

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Now it’s up, I really like it but I’m debating whether I would rather just cover the glass with some nice paper and put the board and polaroids/business cards somewhere else. That’s for another day though so today I’ll just show how I made all of this!

You need:

  • Cardboard
  • Foam/corkboard/something to stick pins into (I’m using the rest of that old yoga mat)
  • Fabric to cover it all
  • Decorations: popsicle sticks, paint, lace etc
  • Hot glue
I was reusing old supplies for most of this.

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Cover the cardboard in foam and hot glue it down. I used that same old yoga mat and because there wasn’t much left I made a bit of a patchwork XD

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Next cover it all with fabric. Again I was using scraps so I did it in two sections.

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Tadaa 😀

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The finish was a bit rough so I glued thick elastic around the edges and middle. This made it look more like a window. You could easily use ribbon or something else similar.

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So far:

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Now I wanted to make a little white picket fence to go around it too so I used popsicle sticks.

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I snipped off one of the ends…

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Painted them all white…

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And left them to dry while I did the next part.

I decided to hold this on to the glass using some double sided tape.

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Here it is on the wall:

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Then I added the popsicle sticks in a picket fence design over the top. It turned out that having the sticks over the top of the board made it too thick to slide back into the wall. Boo! I ended up removing that section and leaving the rest.

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Decoration time now! I used some green yarn to hang from the top of the boards to the sides of the door.

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I used little pegs to hold photos there.

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I made matching swoops of yarn on the other panels.

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It wasn’t quite fancy enough so I added some little flowers around the fences and drew in some grass with a green whiteboard marker.

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Lastly I made our initials out of pearls and added them to the top.

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All done!

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I love that all my photos and pretty things are on display like this.

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But I’m not sure if this is going to be the room’s final incarnation or if I’ll recover it.

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I think I’m coming to accept a bit more that my house is always going to be a work in progress! 😀

How To Make A Craft Box From A Yoga Mat – Home Sweet Home

This is a really quick way to knock together some craft storage from an old yoga mat.

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  • Old Yoga mat or foam
  • Needle and yarn or stapler
  • Scissors
I wanted to use the basket I keep my lace in for the tv area to hold cables. Good idea but what would I replace it with? I didn’t have any other things to use so I decided to make one.

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First cut a rectangle of foam which is as wide as the bottom of the box plus both sides. You can see I had a helper 😉DIY-Craft-Storage-83

Put the basket in the middle of the foam and trace lightly around it 2cm from the base with the scissors so it scores the foam.

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In each corner cut out a square which meets the corner of the score you made.

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Snip the inner corner 2cm.

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Repeat on each side and you’ll have something like this:

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When you fold the edges together they should match up like this:

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Stitch each side together. I used yarn and a basic whip stitch. You could staple it if you’re in a hurry but this does look a bit nicer.

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Done, easy!

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And all full of stuff. Apparently this was really hard work so my helper decided to have a nap ^_^

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With one yoga matt you could easily make a bunch of these and have a matching storage system.

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