Showing posts with label Creative Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creative Ideas. Show all posts

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

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Simple Bead and Leather Necklace

Creative Ideas:

October is almost over, Christmas is only 9 weeks away and for the first time in years I haven’t even started my Christmas list!!!

So I thought I'd better get started this week with something nice and simple.  A great little bead necklace. You only need two 2 things to make this necklace and will take about 10 minutes.

You will need:
·      1.5m thin leather
·      8 beads

First cut the leather thread into 2 equal lengths

Next thread 3 beads onto one length of leather and 5 beads onto the other length.

Hold the two lengths together and tie a knot on each end just next to the beads. You might find it a little easier to tape one end together while you do the other end.

Repeat on the other side.

Tie small knot at the end of each length of leather and you are finished.

Hope  you enjoy this simple project.

Enjoy your weekend!

Caity x

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts

Creative Ideas:

Firstly, I just wanted to say hi - I've missed being here - it's been a bit up and down lately in my world, but hopefully now I'm back to stay! 

I've got a couple of great ideas to post and I can't wait to show them to you over coming weeks.

But for this week, it's a great little recipe to make your own relaxing bath salts.

1 cup Epsom salts (in the bath aisle of your local supermarket)
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup almond oil
6 drops essential lavender oil

1. Mix the almond oil and lavender oil together

2. Mix the Epsom salts and dried lavender together

3. Combine all ingredients, mix well and bottle

You could use any combination of oils and dried herbs of flowers. Some suggestions I'd like to try are: 
  • lemon zest with lemon oil for a refreshing scrub
  • rose petals and geranium and rose oil
  • dried rosemary and lavender and rosemary oil (avoid rosemary oil during pregnancy).
Hope you enjoy this quick and simple little project!

Happy creating

Caity x

Monday, 20 May 2013

Corflute Garden Decorations for Children (and Grown Ups!)

Creative Ideas:

I was very happy with my project from last week using corflute! So I thought I’d try a few more ideas for using this material outside and around my garden.

This week’s project is more for the IDEAS, rather than the finished product, if you know what I mean. I just quickly did a few things up to look at, and unfortunately didn't have time to do more examples!

I thought a nice idea would be to decorate an outdoor children’s play area with shapes and designs cut out of the corflute.

I used exactly the same cutting method as I did for my Funky Outdoor Mobile, and then I simply hammered the shapes into the trees using nails that I had leftover from one of my Christmas Projects. All very simple of course!

You could use these corflute shapes for all sorts of things:
A lovely little fairy house at the bottom of a tree – imagine how exciting it would be for your child to discover it!

Or you could make a large shape out of one piece of corflute and secure it to a wooden block for a stand. Put it somewhere in your garden – the same as you would for a sculpture. 

My rabbit is fairly small, but again, it’s just for the idea. I don’t think I need any more rabbits in my garden as I have enough live ones! A large mushroom would look great, or a bird, or a tree, a boat… anything really! You could also put several bird shapes into a tree or make a kite mobile.

Shapes would be perfect to help decorate an unsightly tree stump – I’ve got a few of these around my garden! A perfect place for fairies to live!

Just try to keep your shapes relatively simple so that they’re easy to cut out.

And then when you or your children get sick of the shapes, you can throw them out!!

If you decide to try this project, have fun! 


PS I forgot to say that it is very easy to decorate your shapes if you wanted to – a permanent marker is perfect for use on the corflute.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Simple Stretch Knit Scarf for Mother's Day

Creative Ideas:

The weather is finally getting a little cooler here in sunny Queensland. Time for the scarves to come out!

I picked up a gorgeous navy and white stretch knit scarf from Country Road a few weeks back…. but it was a little pricey for what it was.

So I thought surely I can make one myself! How hard can it be??

Seriously this is the simplest sewing project you will ever make! It will take you 30 seconds - requires no cutting or sewing.

So if you would like to try one, it's as simple as this:

Find great super fine stretch knit fabric at your local fabric store..... mine was reduced to $8m at my local Spotlight!

Depending how big you want your scarf to be will depend how much you buy - I bought 1.2m and the fabric was 1.4m wide.

Bring home the fabric in your hot little hand and simply give it a light stretch along each edge. This will just allow the cut edges to roll slightly so that the raw edge is hidden.

Wrap around your neck and out you go!

If you want to make a present for your mum for Mother's Day this weekend but aren't really into sewing this idea couldn't be easier!

Happy Mother's Day for Sunday to all the mums out there including my amazing mum. 

Happy creating.

Caity x

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Electrical Wire Ring and Bangle II Red

Creative Ideas:

Two projects from me this week! Caity has been unexpectedly loaded with extra work over the next few days, so she unfortunately did not get time to finish her project for this week.

Many of you will already be familiar with my Electrical Wire Ring, which I posted about some time ago. Well, I happened to be hanging out in Bunnings (again!) on Tuesday this week and came across this lovely red electrical cable building wire for $0.65 per metre. So I thought I’d add to my jewellery collection and make a new ring and bangle for myself! 

It certainly was a cheap purchase and it looks fantastic!

Maybe even your Mum would like a new jewellery set for Mother’s Day? !!

Happy creating!


PS You may also like to check out my Funky Red Bead Necklace for some more CHEAP and SIMPLE jewellery ideas!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Comic Book Art for a Boy's Room

Creative Ideas/Artwork:

I was recently browsing through my favourite Life Line shop and came across a pile of comics. Now if you remember Thom is totally loving super heroes at the moment - so when I saw these I just had to buy them. 

I got them for $2 each!!! Which almost made me buy more - but I managed to control myself somewhat!

I simply framed them in some white frames I already had from Ikea and have hung them above Thom's bookshelf.

Needless to say he is thrilled with them and the best thing is I can easily change them around with more comics or other images as he gets older!

Happy creating.

Caity x

Friday, 12 April 2013

Button Magnets

Creative Ideas:

I've had this project sitting around for a while now. I finally got around to getting some magnets this week so I could get it finished.

To make these magnets you will need:
  • Large flat buttons
  • Super glue
  • Flat magnets

Simply glue the magnets to the back of the buttons. Leave to dry and use!

It couldn't be easier.... could it!

Happy creating

Caity x

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Easy-to-make Magnet Clipboard

Creative Ideas:

Just a quick little project from me this week. My organisational skills are pretty poor and anything that might encourage me to be more organised is a welcome project in my home!

My fridge is a great place to start. This is what it was looking like (and if I'm really honest I actually took a few things down for the photo!!!)

This is a super simple project and is a great way to clean up the mess on your fridge (if it's anything like mine anyway!).

You will need the following:
  • Strong, flat backed magnets 
  • Small clipboard 
  • paint in colour of choice
  • super glue

Simply paint the front of the clipboard ( I just used leftover paint in Dulux Spritzig half strength). You might need a couple coats of paint to get a really good cover. 

Then simply glue the magnets to the back and leave to dry. Depending on the strength of the magnets you might need a couple of magnets to hold it up. I used 3 for each board.

Then simply put up on the fridge and add all your bills, lists and inspirational images!

Happy creating!

Caity x 

Monday, 31 December 2012

A Practical Idea To Help You Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions

Creative Ideas:

After seeing Caity's lovely New Year’s Eve-themed post this week, I thought… what a great idea! So I thought I’d do something NY related too!

I started thinking about New Year’s resolutions, as many of us do around this time of year.  We all have no trouble MAKING the resolutions…. but sometimes it’s the FULFILLING of the resolutions that causes the problems! Many of our good intentions fall by the wayside once the New Year gets into its usual swing and we all get busy again.

So I tried to think of a practical way to help fulfill my own resolutions… and I came up with this week’s project – the personal messages in a jar.

For me to keep my resolutions, I need to be constantly pushed (either by myself, or someone else!) I need to keep reminding myself WHY I made the commitment to the New Year’s resolution in the first place, and I need to keep checking that I have actually DONE something towards achieving something.

I've written little ‘push along’ notes to myself on each piece of paper, and then folded them up and put them in a jar. I've made all the notes relevant to MY resolutions as I know exactly what I need to be doing about achieving each resolution and, more importantly, I know EXACTLY where I usually waste time.

(Blogger has decided again that this photo should go THIS way, instead of the RIGHT way - so sorry about that!)

I’m going to pull out a piece of paper every time I feel I need a bit of motivation. The most exciting thing would be to pull out a note about something that I have already done!!! That bit of paper will go straight into the bin! (and then I’ll sit down and have a cup of coffee because I’ll DESERVE IT!)

And of course, I can ignore my jar of messages whenever I choose to. I do find that my enthusiasm for achieving stuff comes and goes, depending on what else I’ve got on - just like everyone else.

But hopefully, this little jar will help me get a few more things achieved in 2013.

Good luck!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Make a Book of your Child’s Favourite Toys for Christmas

Creative Ideas:

This is a REALLY cheap, quick and easy Christmas present to make for your little ones. Children love to see their own toys doing all the things that they imagine they would do!

I have posted before with a  similar idea (see my Favourite-Toy Children's Book), but THIS project is more about lots of toys, not just the one.

This project didn’t take me long at all. I gathered up some of my son James’s toys before he went to sleep, and crept out into the garden and took some photos. He didn't sleep for long so I had to be really quick!

Then I simply made up a cover page, printed them out on my home printer and put them altogether into a little photo album. Done! Now I have a present ready for Christmas!

Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what I did.

I’m sure James is going to love his little book for Christmas.

Happy creating!


Monday, 1 October 2012

Cute Little Curtain-Rod-End Clown

Creative Ideas:

This is another of my projects that use second-hand curtain fittings to make new decorative items for my home. I’ve previously done two others (See my Curtain Ring Art Piece and Fish Wall Hanging pictures)… and they’ve all been made out of the one bag of old curtain fittings that cost $3 from an Op Shop!

This little clown is just lovely, and he has lots of potential uses! He’s easy to put onto anything as he can be easily screwed in using his current fitting.

Just a few uses for my little clown head that I thought of were:

  • Put four of them into the corners of a child’s cot or a child’s bed – one for each corner
  • Put two of them at the back of a child’s chair – again, one in each corner
  • Use him for his intended purpose – as the end of a curtain rod! It would be lovely in a child’s bedroom or playroom
  • Put him on top of a little wooden box and you’ll have a lovely looking (but not functioning!)  Jack-in-the-Box
He was also very easy to make. Firstly, I worked out which sections I was going to paint and decorate (i.e. which bit was his hat etc), and then I searched the internet for some example ‘retro clown’ faces. I had a really quick go at drawing a few on a piece of paper first.

Then I chose my paint colours. I decided to use softer tones, rather than strong ones, to give the clown a friendlier look. I only used four colours: grey, white, yellow and red. I also decided to do a face on each side of the curtain end.

After painting the clown, I allowed it time to dry before adding
the facial details with a black permanent marker.

Happy making!


Monday, 2 July 2012

A Children’s Cubby House Now… and a Room for Grown-Ups Later!

Home Decorating/Creative Ideas:

We had this little room built recently by our very clever builder – doesn’t it look great? It’s currently being used as my children’s cubby house, or play house as they also call it… and they just love it!

The point of building something that didn’t LOOK like a cubby house is that it can be given another purpose later on. It could be a teenagers’ retreat, a spare room, an office or a craft room – whatever extra space we will need at the time.

The actual room size (i.e. once inside) is approx. 2.95 metres x 2.95 metres and the deck is 1.65 metres x 3.23 across, so it’s a really nice, useable size. I haven’t had the electricity connected at this stage, but that would be very easy to do later if required.

The cubby house is in the garden but still quite close to our house so it’s very easy to access from our verandah. An added bonus is that the cubby house is near my veggie garden so I will use the underneath part to store garden stuff like my wheelbarrow and garden stakes. I have planted a hedge to shield the underneath part from view.

Because of its enclosed design, we can use the cubby house all year round (it does rain a bit here and it gets very cold in winter!). I also had the glass sliding doors put into the front so that I can easily see from inside the house what’s going on outside in the cubby house.

All of the furniture, storage and shelving in the cubby house can be very easily moved around by the children. I wanted them to be able to do this so they could change things around depending on what they were playing (eg. shops or castles etc)

In these photos you can also see my Easter Egg Mobile and Peg Print III Coloured hanging up, and the Children’s Kitchen Cabinet that I made for Poppy a while ago.

… and no play house would be complete without its own mailbox ($13 from Bunnings and mounted onto a timber offcut) and garden gnome!

Poppy and James both love it! James is only just walking but as soon as he’s outside he goes straight for the cubby house door!

I can also see that this little room will be very well used for lots of different purposes for years to come!

Happy decorating!


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Simple Bunting T-Shirt for a Girl


In case you haven't yet noticed, Em and I LOVE bunting........ over the last year or so of us blogging we have made your no sew  bunting, bunting cards, bunting from Christmas paper, bunting from paint samples and so today I happily add to our bunting collection - the bunting t-shirt!

It was really simple to make - just follow these simple steps:

1. Chose fabric (from your scraps is perfect for this!)

2. Iron scraps onto vliesofix and cut out 5 triangles from your scraps.

3. Set your sewing machine to a close zig-zag or satin stitch.

4. To ensure the fabric doesn't stretch on the front when you are sewing iron on a rectangle of interfacing on the inside of the t-shirt to cover the area of your bunting.

5. Layout your bunting pieces across the t-shirt and iron in place.

6. Secure fabric with a zig-zag or satin stitch.

It makes a great present for a little girl...I think I'd even wear one myself.

Caity x

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Vintage Playing Cards Art

Creative Ideas/Artwork:

Don't you find that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best?

On holidays at Brunswick Heads late last year I bought a pack of the coolest vintage playing cards from Fabulous Mrs Fox. It's a lovely little shop filled with the most exciting things. Take a look if you are ever in town. 

I had many an idea on what I could do with these cards and I'm sure you will see them in another post sometime but to start I thought I would just use them as art in their own right!

I framed two of the cards by simply securing them to the back of a piece of white paper with blu-tac and hung it in Thom's room. 

So if you are looking for cheap ways to create some art in your home - take a look around you - the simplest things really can make the greatest ideas.

Caity x