Monday, 11 November 2013

A little message from Caity and Emma!

The time has come for us to say goodbye to you for now. Boo hoo! We are very sad about it. However, we have absolutely LOVED doing our projects and writing about them on our little blog. Thank you to ALL OF YOU for liking our projects, for the comments and emails, and for telling us that our projects have helped inspire you into creative action in your home.

Caity still plans to post a project or two from time to time… and I (Emma!) plan to get involved with volunteering at our lovely local craft shop, and also to make lots of nice things to sell in there!

The other good thing is that there are HEAPS of projects already here on the blog – plenty to get you started when you next get bitten by the creative bug! If you are ever wanting a ‘quick flick’ through our projects, then check out our flickr link for a good overview of them all.

So it’s bye bye from us for the moment, thank you again, and good luck with your future projects!  XX Caity and Emma

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sparkly Space Glitter Play Dough

Creative Ideas:

Thom has been learning about space at preschool lately and wanted to try and make some more space games for home. 

So we decided to make some space play dough based on the really easy glitter play dough we made last year

I've included the recipe here again for you. The only changes I've made this time was to add 3 tablespoons of glitter and 

What you need:
  • 1/2 cup of salt (the basic supermarket kind)
  • 1 cup plain white flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (find this in the cooking aisle)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon oil (sunflower or vegetable is fine)
  • black food colouring 
  • fine glitter 
  • Air-tight containers for storage 
1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a pot.

2. Add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients including food colour to your desired colour (1-2 drops is usually plenty).

3. Cook on a medium heat on the stove for 3-5 mins, stirring constantly. Mixture might look a bit lumpy for a while and then suddenly come together to a thick (almost) play dough consistency.

4. Remove the pot from the stove and add your glitter (use however much you like). I used 3 tablespoons for a single batch of play dough. Mix well.

5. Once glitter is combined you can scrape the play dough into a container. The container needs to be air-tight. 

Hope you enjoy this cool take on my glitter play dough!

Happy creating!

Caity x

Monday, 4 November 2013

Budget Red and Blue Kitchen Makeover

Home Decorating:

This is the little kitchen in our guest cottage. This makeover was definitely budget - basically as cheap as they come!

These before photos show just how LOVELY the kitchen was before I started fixing it up.

This is a basic list of what I did to this room to make it look heaps better!
  • Huge amounts of cleaning
  • Huge amounts of no-gapping
  • Painted all the walls and ceiling
  • I painted the floor the same way that I did for the other rooms in this house
  • Our builder very kindly gave us some leftover tiles he had to do the splashback and we also did the top of the bench with leftover floor tiles. I also added a ‘H’ and a ‘C’ above the appropriate taps
  • I took off all the doors of the top cupboards, to open the room up a bit
  • I took out the ill-fitting drawers and instead sewed a curtain to go in the middle of the bottom cupboards

  • I changed the handles of all the cupboards
  • I added a shelf above the stove to break up that wall a bit
  • I added a little cabinet that I’d bought from the Salvos for $15 at the end of the benches.
  • And then I decorated the room with lots of things that I already had! I was especially pleased to be able to use all my lovely blue and white things in this room. They look so good next to the red

It’s a very functional little kitchen and is certainly a MAJOR improvement on what it originally looked like!

Hope you are enjoying any makeovers that you’re doing at your place!