Bohemian Hexagon Patchwork Mirror

I have had this wooden mirror for a while and it has had several incarnations.

For a while it was pink, later I had covered it in confetti!

I thought I would just paint it turquoise, but then I opened a drawer in my studio and found my hexagon paper punch. The idea then occurred to me to use up my scraps of pretty boho papers and colouring in pages.

Once I had cut out a basket full of hexagons I start glueing them to the mirror!

Once covered with hexies, a layer of matte mod Podge over the top seals it.

Once all the edges were glued down and the top coat dried, it was ready to hang on the wall!

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African Inspired Planter

Flicking through Pinterest and I’m seeing lots of gorgeous African textiles and patterns, and I decided I wanted to decorate something with a similar style.

This little white ceramic planter was picked up on an op shopping trip a couple of years ago, and has spent the last little while in my studio holding washi tape.

With black permanent texta in hand and African patterns on my laptop, I started drawing!

It’s not even or perfect, but I love the bespoke nature of it!

It makes me want more black and white pieces in amongst all my colours!

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Home Made Lip Balm

All my life, even as a child, I have had very dry lips. So I never go anywhere without several different tubes and pots of lip balm, and for many years now I’ve been making my own.

And today, as I whipped up another batch, I thought I’d share it with you!

I have many recipes for natural skincare, and in fact worked for a while teaching classes in aromatherapy. A lot of my recipes come from this amazing book by Carolyn Stubbin, which is sadly out of print now.

My lip balm recipe is loosely based on her “healing lip balm”, although I’ve made a couple of changes to suit me.


15gm Beeswax

5gm Cocoa Butter

5gm Honey

65ml Jojoba Oil

5ml Carrot Infused Oil

5ml Camellia Oil

10 drops Essential Oil (the choice is yours, but make sure you choose oils that are safe for sensitive skin and are not photo toxic.)

Today I made a batch of Mint (Spearmint & Peppermint combined), a batch of Tangerine and a batch of Lavender and Lime (use distilled lime oil for skincare, as cold-pressed can be photo toxic, meaning in the sun your skin could burn more easily or crack and blister.)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then melt them in a pan of water. You can use an electric frypan for this, or just a frypan filled with water, on the cook top.

Once melted, stir thoroughly to combine, and por into lip balm tubes, jars or tins. (Hint: I buy mine on ebay).

I use a small glass beaker for this job, but if you’re using jars/tins, a normal jug will do.

Once the tubes are filled and cooled, they can be capped and labelled.

I chose to use some pretty watercolours on my labels to make them more interesting, but if I’m in a hurry I sometimes don’t bother to label them at all.

These look great just sitting on my kitchen table, and they also make great gifts. Now I’m stocked up for the next few months!!

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Teal Backed Bookcase

I inherited this gorgeous cedar bookcase from my grandparents when I first moved out of home.

The backboard is not, however cedar. It is Masonite, and was almost certainly nailed onto the bookcase just to make it more functional well after it was originally made. It’s always bothered me but I never knew quite what to do with it. Until I had the brainwave to just paint the damn thing!!!

The shelves slide out, and with a drop cloth and a bit of tape it was ready to paint with zero preparation required.

I chose this deep teal colour (Dulux “Mallard Green”), and a couple of hours and two coats later I was ready to put everything back! Which of course gave me the opportunity for a bit of a re-style!

It looks so much better, I can’t believe I didn’t do this years ago!

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Latest Op Shop Adventures

My last couple of op shopping trips have yielded some great bargains that I haven’t yet shared with you, so here they are. Check this amazing 1960s fondue set! I’m definitely envisioning cheese fondue night when the weather starts to cool down. And the 60s floral sifter was too good to pass up, despite the fact I already have a cute Willow brand one I picked up in a market years ago.

This set of five sherry glasses adds to my ever growing collection of coloured glassware.

This gorgeous wall hanging (Vietnamese I think?) was just $2.99! Boho bargain!

The brass vase and cute little brass hanging rack for my bathroom were just perfect!

These brass pieces were never staying in the shop, especially those geese!!!!

And I can’t quite get over this Pyrex haul! All in good condition (at least for now.)

And finally these cute retro mugs!

I also had a good cupboard clear out over the Christmas break, including the over stuffed linen press, so I donated quite a bit back as well. Just as well, or my cupboards would be overflowing!

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Tie Dye Pillow Slips, PANTONE colour of the year and January Bed Post.

I don’t use purple a lot in my decorating. The only place it tends to appear is in my bedroom and it’s not a colour I feel really comfortable with.

But guess what the PANTONE colour of the year for 2018 is?

An amazing hue of purple designated Ultra Violet .

It’s a nice shade of purple and has inspired me to think differently about all the colours of purple in 2018!

Starting with some old school tie dye. I have a pair of very soft, very comfortable, rather saggy and ancient Egyptian cotton pillow slips. They’re a faded pale blue, they look like crap and I can’t part with them as they’re so cosy.

In order to prolong their lives just a little bit longer, I am again resorting to tie dye, this time in a bright purple hue!

I’ve chosen a traditional circular twist pattern for these. Just pinch the centre of the fabric with fingertips and twist them around clockwise.

Once all twisted, tuck in the sides and wrap with string, all the way around.

Then apply the dye, wait and wash!

With my purple kantha quilt they really look great! Hopefully I get a few more months wear out of them before they disintegrate entirely!

Happy New Year to my beautiful readers, may 2018 bring happiness, health and more purple into your lives!

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Folk Art Wall Hanging

I’ve been slightly obsessed with gypsy folk art and the evil eye recently.

There are so many different versions of the evil eye, said to ward off evil when worn or hung in the home. Many cultures and religions have versions of the eye, from the Ancient Egyptians and Judaism to folk tales from Romania, New Zealand and Turkey.

So I decided to practice my embroidery stitches (I’m relearning what my grandmother taught me as a child, but I’m a bit shaky!) and create a folk art wall hanging with the evil eye!

I began by cutting eye shapes and circles out of felt.

Then I embroidered the circles onto the eye to create an iris. A line of embroidery across the top for lashes and then sewn together and stuffed with some cotton wool.

I’m still using that fabulous stash of threads I picked up in the op shop months ago!

Once I’d created twelve eyes I needed to thread them together with some beads and tassels.

Once I had threaded all three strings I tied them to a wooden coat hanger (minus the hook) that I painted with gold acrylic paint.

No evil can befall me with this beauty in the house!!!! 😆

And here’s wishing you all a lovely Christmas (or Hanukkah, Yule, Winter/Summer Solstice or whatever you might be celebrating at this time of year!!!)

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