Loving… A new home {plus free prints}

Things have been a bit quiet here again lately, but that’s mostly due to us being preoccupied with buying our first home!  We’ve lived in a little duplex since we got married 5 years ago, but the time has come to move on to greener (and bigger) pastures!  Over the last year I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the limited space in our little place, so I really can’t wait to have the freedom to complete some of the projects that I’ve dreamt about.  My poor little Pinterest profile has been working overtime!

One of the first things that I’d like to do is to create a gallery wall/shelf, similar to the ones below.  I love that this system can be changed on a whim, without the hassle of drilling and filling holes.

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Image via Dream Book Design.

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Image via Future and Found.

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I’ve also re-discovered a great resource for images to populate your picture gallery, called Vintage Printable.  The site used to be a bit of a nightmare to navigate, but it’s improved a lot over the last little while.  Here you can find a huge range of out-of-copyright prints, illustrations and photos, which are available for personal use.  Here are some of my favourites (direct links available from my Pinterest board), but I suggest that you visit the site to find some treasures for your own home.

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Images via Vintage Printable.

Loving…Summer with Poetry {delightful dresses}

I’d like to think that we still have another month or two left of Summer, and recently I’ve been eyeing these beautiful dresses from Poetry.  They’re available in a range of feminine styles, with exquisite details. Even as the weather cools down, these will team up perfectly with boots and a cardigan or jacket.  The pictures don’t do them justice, so pop into your nearest Poetry store to see for yourself, or purchase your favourite one online.

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Images via Poetry.

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Loving… DIY rope basket

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that I have a mild obsession with making baskets, since this is the third basket DIY I’ve posted in about a year (you can find my crocheted baskets here and my t-shirt yarn baskets here).  The truth is that I love finding pretty ways to store things, which is particularly useful when you live in a small house like ours.

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I’ve spotted this type of rope basket in some shops recently, and thought that it would be an easy project to reproduce.  You don’t need a lot of supplies, and the outcome is pretty rewarding, so here are the instructions!

Supplies:

  • rope (the type will depend on your personal taste, and the length will depend on the size of basket you want to make. I suggest that you get at least 5 metres).
  • wool or thread in colours of your choice
  • scissors
  • needle (large enough to thread the wool)

Instructions:

  • Cut a long length of wool.  Bend the end of the rope over itself, and tie in place with the end of the wool.

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  • Start wrapping the rope around itself (in a “swirl”).  Thread the wool over the outside of the rope, and into the centre of the swirl.

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  • Keep wrapping the rope, and threading the wool around the rope and into the centre, until you have completed a full turn.

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  • Once you start with the second turn, thread the rope over the outside, but then into the space between the two layers of rope.  You’re essentially wrapping the wool around the two outer layers of rope in the swirl (I hope this is making sense!).  You’ll soon start to see the shape of the base of your basket.

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  • Keep wrapping and threading.  Don’t worry about making the thread wrapping too even.  When your length of wool comes to the end, just tie on another length.

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  • When your base is the desired size, start wrapping the rope “onto” rather than “next to” the previous layer of rope, and wrap in the same way.

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  • At some point you may want to change colours of the wool, by tying on a new length.
  • When the sides are high enough, cut the rope and thread the wool around a few times (to prevent fraying).  Tie off to finish.

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You can use the same method to make coasters, pot stands, or place mats, simply by making a base of the correct sizes.

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Loving… hydroponic decor {pretty plants}

It’s pretty cool that house plants have seen a bit of a revival over the last couple of years.  Plants are a great way to bring a new element into a room, and they are now widely considered to be an essential decor item.  I love this new trend of rooting and growing plant in water rather than soil.  It isn’t an old concept, but now the idea of rooting plants is more than functional.  Here are some great ways to use “hydroponic decor” around your home.  You can check out this article by Domaine for tips and tricks to make your own water plants.

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Loving…Chart Farm roses

Hi everyone!  It’s so good to be back. I hope you all had a wonderful festive season, and that you’re rearing to go!  I really can’t believe that we’re almost half way through January already, time really does fly when you’re having fun.

We had a wonderful time over the last month spending quality time in our beautiful city with our close family.  It’s so easy to overlook the incredible part of the world that we live in, but doing touristy things with friends and family always makes me have a new appreciation for Cape Town.

I’m ashamed to admit that even after living in Cape Town for 10 years (almost to the day!), I’ve never visited Chart Farm.  I have no idea why, since I’ve driven past it hundreds of times.  Last week we visited Chart Farm with some friends and family, and we had a wonderful time wondering through the rows and rows of exquisite roses.  It was also a fun opportunity to dust off my macro filters and take some pretty pictures.

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Chart Farm is situated in Wynberg, and is open 7 days a week.  You can pick your own beautiful roses (which smell amazing) for R5 a stem (or R3 a stem on Sundays).  Secateurs are provided.  You can also stop by The Terrace restaurant for tea or a light meal.  All highly recommended for a fun day out!

For more information visit the Chart Farm website or Facebook page.

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Loving…DIY candles

At this time of year we’re always plagued by many mosquitoes and bugs, particularly in the evening (much to the cats’ delight).  In an effort to relieve us from the constant buzzing, I decided to turn some old candles into citronella candles in jars.  Citronella isn’t for everyone, but I’ve grown quite fond of the smell.  I also used proper citronella oil, which smells much better than the synthetic (and often overpowering) commerical citronella candles.  This is a great way to use up any old and dusty candles lying around the house.

What you’ll need:

  • old candles
  • candle wick and sustainers (available from the Candle Deli)
  • glass jars (old or new)
  • citronella oil (available from the pharmacy)
  • prestick
  • toothpicks or kebab sticks
  • two pots (to form a double boiler)
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Set up your two pots on the stove to form a double boiler.  Add some boiling water to the bottom pot so that it covers the bottom and the sides of the smaller pot, and set it to simmer (not boiling).  Add your first candle, and stir while it melts.

DIY citronella candles-2 In the meantime, cut your wick into lengths to fit into your jars (leave a few centimetres at the top).  Secure the wick into a sustainer with a bit of prestick.  Once you have enough wick cut for all your jars, dip each wick into the melted wax and set aside to dry.

DIY citronella candles-3 Once the wicks are dry, stick each sustainer into the bottom of each jar, and secure the wick above the jar using some kebab sticks.

DIY citronella candles-4 The was can take some time to melt, so be patient.  Once you have enough melted wax (you can melt a few candles at a time), add the citronella oil.  You can use your discretion, depending on how strong you want the scent (I used about 1 teaspoon per cup of melted wax).  Stir, and ladle the melted wax into the jars.  Set aside to cool.  I found that the wax contracted quite a lot once set, so you may want to keep some aside to top up the candles once they are cool.

DIY citronella candles-6  Let the candles to cure for 24 hours, then enjoy!

Important to note:

  • wax is flammable (duh), so be very careful to not put the candles on direct heat. Heat slowly to melt.
  • do not leave children unsupervised.
  • don’t place the wick too close to the edge of the glass jar, which will cause it to crack once lit.

I got a lot of these tips from this great teacup candle tutorial by Zana – thanks ladies!

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Loving… Christmas gift tags {free printables}

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I’ve seen so many beautiful Christmas gift tag designs recently, so I had to share my favourites with you!  Just follow the link, grab some card and get printing.  I’ve tried to cater to everyone’s taste, whether it be sweet and whimsical or stylish monochrome.  Happy printing!

Happy holidays from Best Day Ever. a457e6bcf2bc79d271e9c3f76a48e338

Christmas tags by We lived happily ever after. 2640ea93bdb20235cd3d514ac8a4f9eb

Graphic gift tags via Creature Comforts. 95f9dae2997b46482bf8bf5f7f535e73

Retro type tags by Simple as That. 41c16a988e3e0a8d41970880c0db174b

Colourful tags by Color me Meg. 18ac38d97c38ff32bced72467b9879ba

Chalkboard tags by Lia Griffith. 7a45dbc2d6ca01980181616db0265bae

Whimsical tags by Kelli Murray. 3a4afb74309a41f6fcc77c626e7524d2 Festive fynbos tags by Kerith Pretorius. Festive-tags

Monochrome tags by Pretty darn cute design. fe0d1e409a73eb62363df2ecf90c074b

Kraft tags by Allons-y Kimberley. fcaa4da696c76311ee5e12da087fc83c Winter wonderland tags by Three little monkeys studio. e73f22158a9faaf28c579e3e8912282b

Loving…washi tape heart bunting {Cotton Candi colab part 3}

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It’s time for the third installment of my collaboration with Cotton Candi!  Today I’m sharing how to make washi tape heart bunting.  It makes the perfect accessory for a party or kid’s room.

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What you’ll need:

·         Cardboard hearts (pre-bought, or print your own)

·         Selection of washi tape from Cotton Candi

·         Scissors or craft knife

·         String/twine

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Instructions:

1.       Cover each heart with strips of washi tape (horizontally, vertically or diagonally)

2.       Cut around the edges with a pair of scissors or craft knife

3.       Use a piece of washi tape to stick the hearts to some string or twine, hang up, and enjoy!

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