Spa-Valous Marvelous

Winter is not one of my favorite seasons. I HATE being cold!! So here is my dilemma…

You get out of the clothes that keep you warm and freeze until you are totally submersed in a steaming hot bath,   you soak for as long as the water temperature will let you, now you have to get out the bath and freeze again till you are dressed. Now somewhere in between you have to lather yourself with cold body cream, no bloody way!

I then discovered soy body candles, an answer to my prayers. These candles were made for me! You light the candle before going to bath and by time you are out it has melted enough to use as a body cream and guess what, it is warm.

I was given the baby candle for my daughter who had eczema from about 1 month old. After using the candle her eczema cleared up within days.

Get your hands on one of these, you wont be sorry!

Bling it On

If I were a bird, I would have been a Magpy. Bring on the bling!

 

In an attempt to make some extra cash, I made up a few vases encrusted with diamante.

 

Initially I spent a fortune on different types of glue as I wanted the bling to stay on the glass even if it needed to be washed. Well finally the only glue that seemed to work was epoxy. The one where you need to mix the two tubes together to make the yukky, sticky, smelly, stuff.

 

First I would draw the design on the vase with a thin whiteboard marker. Then using a toothpick, I would add a small line of glue and immediately (also using toothpick) add the diamante.

 

The process is slow but rewarding.

 

 

Below a few others I made. These make stunning gifts.

 

James Dean – Nelson Mandela – Marilyn Monroe
Gecko

 

Angel Wings

 

 

 

 

Sew what??

PJ PantsDamn kids are expensive, especially when they grow faster than Great Dane puppies.

 

My son really needed winter pajamas and I thought to myself, “Myself, it can’t be that hard to make them”.  I haven’t sewn since high school but was sure that it must be like riding a bike, Right?

 

So off I go to the local habby and fabric shop. I had already found the patterns online, so no lengthy paging through huge pattern books. Got the fabric, all the bits n bobs and a seamstress was born, well kinda.

 

I had borrowed my Mom’s sewing machine and over locker and was set to go. Copied out the pattern on to pattern paper, remembering to copy all the notches and markings (Mrs Watt would be so proud), cut out my fabric and was ready to go. I then spent the next few hours trying to figure out how to thread the over locker and get the tension right without needles shattering all over the place. My perseverance paid off and I began putting the pieces together.

 

I won’t lie, I was impressed with myself. They were not without fault but they fitted and my son loved his new snuggly pajamas. He said he would not mind if I knitted him some more, LOL. That is just priceless.

 

 

Kitchen revamp

So finally after years of wanting and eventually needing a bigger home. My hubby and I discovered a deceased estate home for sale. We put in a cheeky offer and with in a few months we moved in (10 days after our daughter was born) 

This place was a mess! I could see the bigger picture and the huge potential but alas there was much work to be done. 

Will post about the many things we did to turn this dump into a wonderful home. 

But lets start with the kitchen…

These were the pictures we took when we first had a look at the house.

 

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 Trouble was that we were a little short on the green stuff to have the kitchen remodeled by a pro and there was no way that I could live with it as it was. The cupboards were full of old grease and grime… eeeuw. 

So some serious internet searches and the purchase of a sanding machine, was the beginning of my big adventure…

I looked around and found some stunning handles at a fraction of the price at SDT in Jet Park. Bought some Gripseal – Indonesian Teak stain, a few brushes and convinced my husband I knew exactly what I was doing.

So Friday night we got the kids to bed, got out the screw driver and removed all the kitchen doors and all the hardware. Saturday we sanded down everything and started to do the stain. Sunday we painted the walls and re hung the doors…

Hell it was some serious hard labour but worth every second.

 

 And just for fun, we added in a chalk board wall which has been a hit

Chalk Board Paint

 

So the next mission is to change the counter tops and the flooring….