Category Archives: DIY

DIY Anthro-Inspired Hip Cinched Blouse

I saw this:

And I made this:

All you need is: a shirt(t-shirt would even work), a piece of fabric, a ribbon, and a sewing machine.

1. find a shirt and turn it inside out.

2. lay your ribbon down, then cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover your ribbon.

3. pin the piece of fabric over the ribbon.

4. sew on the fabric, making three long stitches, between the ribbon and on each side.

5. cinch and tie and your all done!

DIY Paint Chip Cake Bunting

To stick with the theme I figured I would try a little Cake Bunting. I always thought they looked cute on cakes and my girls birthday is coming up so I made this Cake Bunting to see if I would like it and guess what I really do!

What you need:

Paint Chips

Hot Glue


2 Skewers

1. Fold your paint chips in half.

2. Cut connecting triangles out of each section, depending on how many you want.

3. Glue the triangle sections together, leaving a space at the top for the string to go through.

4. String through each color. Tie the string to the skewers and stick in cake.

Pretend this is in a cake! I will post photos of it being used soon.

DIY Paint Chip Garland

I was at the store last week and buying paint for my Toilet Paper Roll Painting job and I had the idea to take some paint chips to make some pretty garland and bunting. There are NOT a lot of choices here in Mozambique for fun party decorations without paying an arm and a leg for some ugly plastic garland. So this is what I came up with.

What you need:


~Paint Chips

~Circle Paper Punch

~Hot Glue Gun

1. Punch out your circles.

2. Hot glue two circles together with the string in the middle.

3.Hang and enjoy!


Toilet Paper Roll Painting – Finished Project

Painting little circles with toilet paper rolls really is an easy way to accessorize any room in your house. I love how this looks. I used a black gloss and than used a grey to add some interesting effects. It kind of blurs when you look at it. Its very strange how using the grey on the outside causes it to do that. I would do this again. All you do is dip the toilet paper roll into the paint and press against the wall. Super simple!

Forgive me – the quality of the photos is not good due to the fact that my wide angle lens is in the states being fixed,

so I am using my point and shoot.


Toilet Paper Roll Painting

I saw this;

courtesy of House Tweaking

And I was totally inspired to do this in my bedroom.Can you believe it was done with toilet paper rolls?

My room has circles and dots all over it, and the wall is so boring that adding a nice sweep of circles will make my room complete.

Now all I need is to buy some paint.


Check back in the next couple of days to see the my new bedroom wall.

Easy DIY Pinecones (or Pineapples)

I saw these on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with them. I think these would look great in a basket on the table, but I was thinking I would make mine more like a pineapple since we live in Mozambique and the pineapple would go better with the surrounding decor in my house and the warm weather that is coming.

Knitty Gritty Thoughts has an easy, no glue, no sew tutorial. Click here to see the tutorial.



My Next Project

I absolutely love this pillow. I saw this in White River in South Africa and wanted to buy it but kept looking at it and thinking that it couldn’t be that difficult to make. So this is what I am working on. Hopefully it wont take me long to finish it.

Excuse the photo, it was taken with my Ipod.

Picture Frame Turned Jewelry Organizer

Remember this frame?

When my friend was getting her stuff packed to move to the states she had a lot of things she was getting rid of, lucky for me this gold frame was one of them.

I need a jewelry organizer and when I saw a similar one on a website I decided to give it a try. Its not so easy to find the things you want here, one day you will find what you want and when you go back a couple weeks later for the same thing, they don’t have them anymore. The African way of life is sometimes overwhelming when it comes to finding what you need, so crafting here is usually done with what you have. Thankfully my friend was getting rid of the hooks that I added to the frame to hang the jewelry on.

I would like to paint this white but do not have white paint at the moment, the gold will do for now.

Knotted Capalana Necklace Tutorial

Finally I have the tutorial for the knotted capalana necklace. Sorry it took so long, its been busy here with trying to get my house in order and helping my friend tear apart hers and get her packed to leave for the states. Capalana’s come in a wide range of designs and colors, but you dont have to use a capalana, you can use any material you would like.

What you need:

1 yd of Capalana(or fabric of choice)

Sewing machine

Marbles, seeds or beads



1. Cut the yard of fabric in a strip 2 inches wide.

2. Sew the right sides together into a tube.

3. Turn the fabric right side out.

4. Make a knot in the middle of the tube.

5. Take a marble and put inside the tube and push it tightly against the knot and knot on the other side of the marble. Continue knotting and adding marbles until you get the desired length of necklace.

6. Finish off the edges by folding them inside and sewing over the ends. If you want to add a little more flare, try hand sewing on a flower.


DIY Mod Podge with Lace

I saw this on another site where they used lace and decoupaged it to a number of different glass bowls and plates. I loved the way it looked so I tried it on a plain clear large mug. It was super easy. Check on Urban Comfort for all the details on how its done.

All you need is some Mod Podge, Lace and a glass bowl that you would like to spruce up.

And Mod Podge the lace to the bowl.

I used mine as a candle.

Above are examples from Urban Comforts.