I am always losing hairpins. Both from my hair and in the ether of my handbags. Honestly my custom alone could keep hairpin manufacturers in business year round I go through them so quickly! Sick of constantly scrounging around in the pockets and bottom of my bag for pins I decided to make a fail safe little container to keep them in and easy to find in my bag.
A friend of mine uses an empty Altoids tin for this purpose, which is great (and efficient recycling) but knowing me I’ll wrench the lid open and bobby pins will fly everywhere. I used an empty eclipse mints tin for a while too but I must really throw my bag around because the lid kept popping, or getting pulled open and i was back where I started. Finally, the perfect solution: empty tic-tac container. Perfect, safe in the bag, and you can control the amount of pins you take out at a time. In fact I saw the tic-tacs at the counter when buying the newspaper and had a light bulb moment and snapped them up. I’ve never eaten so many tic-tacs so fast, but I couldn’t just throw them out for the container – so wasteful! Now I have neatly pinned hair AND super minty fresh breath.
This is honestly the best potato salad ever. It’s my mama’s recipe and it never fails. Make a batch and take it to the next BBQ or picnic and it’ll be the first thing that disappears. It’s easy to make and soooo tasty it’ll become a staple in your recipe repertoire. Continue reading
Spray paint. I just love it. To be honest I’ve just rediscovered it recently and can’t believe I went so many years without using it for, well, everything. If you’re new to painting things with spray paint this little project is an easy and satisfying way of gaining an introduction: making old/used jars into pretty containers/vases/moneyboxes/gifts.
My apartment can be amazingly drafty, especially in winter when we realise just how many gaps and cracks and lack of insulation this old lady has. That said it’s fantastic at holding every smell made in it (mostly from the kitchen, or my crafts) for days. Since I live with two vegans the smell of meat is quite unwelcome when it lingers (especially bacon) and as I’ve been gluing and painting a lot lately that chemically smell can really linger too. So my solution was to fill the house with a pleasant to all (I personally love the smell of bacon) smell that would cleanse all these other odors away. It turned out remarkably well, in fact my little homemade recipe worked so well I had to share it so you too can freshen your house (without artificial fresheners) of any lingering smells.
Owls. They’re everywhere at the moment, jewellery, fabric prints, bags, homewares, tattoos and toys. And why not? Owls are full of character and can be interpreted in so many ways. I’m a fan I have to admit and when I was clearing out my craft drawers the other day and found these bright fabric scraps I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make some little owl soft toys – or plushies – of my very own. It’s actually quite a simple sewing/craft project so I thought I’d post it in case you too want your own owl posse! Continue reading
Rather than getting those plug in deodorizers (I don’t like them at all) which can be costly and are not very environmentally friendly – or good for your health – use this simple trick to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.
When you replace the roll of toilet paper, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the cardboard tube of the toilet paper. This will release the scent of the oil each time the paper is used. Lavender is always nice, and subtle, but some of the fresher ones – such as peppermint or eucalyptus are also great for the bathroom.
At the moment I am in serious dissertation mode – which of course is why I’m blogging. Anyway I am all about snacking, particularly easy snacks that can be consumed at my desk and without making me feel like my arteries are about mutiny under the stress I’m causing them (see Sweet Potato Chips for another snack post). Therefore when I saw this nifty, healthy idea on Jillee’s blog I had to try it. Frozen yogurt dots: tasty, healthy treat. Continue reading
Our bathroom mat gets soaked, which I suppose is a good thing because it means the rest f the bathroom floor stay pretty dry. However hanging it over the bath rim (or the screen) doesn’t really dry it out properly, especially on the underside.
Easy solution, in fact when I thought of this it was a classic facepalm moment – how had I not thought of this earlier? Get a clothes hanger for pants (the ones with the clips) from the cupboard and hang the mat from tha – either off the shower rail or the back door. Perfect! Non-musty, no damp, easy and out of the way bathmat!
You may have already been brilliant enough to have figured this, or something like this, out for yourself but in the off chance you hadn’t (like me) I had to share. Also I’m quite proud of my practical genius. Usually my genius is so impractical.