Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Handbag Organiser: Latest Purchase!

Hi all,

Today I wanted to share with you one of the best purchases I have made. It is a Handbag Organiser. It is double sided, 4 medium pockets on one side and 3 larger pockets on the other side.

I purchased the item from Target, although they are also available at Howards Storage World and BIG W. I am very excited to add this item to my closet... now to fill it up with NEW bags is another goal to aspire to!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Ideas and Tips

From around the web and Pinterest!

 The perfect solution for storing boots

Use CD racks to store lids in the cupboard

Cable storage!

Cable storage for the unused ones!

Fluff your carpet with a fork.

DIY charging station

Use paper clips to hold cables up.

Use an old wipes case to carry crayons

A laundry bag with little pieces for the dishwasher.

A file rack to store chopping boards.

A cereal container as a bin in the car!

Cupboard storage

A magnetic make-up board

Perfect storage for the pantry

Store sheet sets in one of the pillow cases to keep the set together.

Paint the bottom of metal containers with clear nail polish to avoid rust spots

Tissues plus a make-shift bin!

Get an old brick, cover in paper - TA DA! Book end!

Use a hotel shower cap to store shoes in while travelling

There you have it! Some of the best ideas I have come across so far and have used. I hope you enjoy them and are able to implement these into your life.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

TIPS: Decorating a Rental Pt 1

"I can't make my rental have a wow factor." WRONG! 

So as many of you may have experienced, decorating a rental property inside and out can be quite frustrating due to the never ending rules within your lease. You want to paint something, you want to hang pictures, you want to change their disgusting curtains or even rip up their awful carpet. Don't worry, you're not alone!

I can't change the rules and regulations, but I can certainly give you some ideas to get around them! Here I'll show you a few simple ways to decorate a rental without 'breaking' the property, or your budget!

Balcony Pots for the Railing!
Perfect for an apartment. Available at http://www.greenbo.com.au/

Hanging Vegetable Garden
Use guttering to create the perfect vegetable garden. Make them higher if you need to keep them away from little hands or paws

Extra Storage Space
Perfect for those smaller areas that are just wasted space.

DIY Hoop Chandelier
Create this centrepiece chandelier by wrapping fairy lights or even christmas lights around a hoop!

Fabric Wall Coverings
Using fabric to create a feature wall without any need to paint is simply genius. Here are some examples that I really love. You coulkd hang fabric on curtain rods, using 3M removable hooks. Or if it is light even using drawing pins could work. Sky is the limit!

Area Rugs
Area rugs do wonders for unsightly carpets and can make the room appear larger. Always make sure the rug is large enough to go under the front feet of your lounge to create the desired effect.

One of my Own
Here is my favourite wall in my own home. This was a plain white wall in a very large room. The room felt draining with all that white so I dressed it with fringe curtains with a nice centre picture to balance it out. The fringe curtains are on curtain rods held up by 3M removable hooks.

Fake Plants
These add colour and ambiance to any home. No watering required. Just occasionally dust the leaves! No need for dirt to go all over the place, no stains on the floor when you move... they really are a simple but effective way to brighten any home. If you believe in Feng Shui they are also great for good Chi.

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you to create a space in your home that reflects your style, makes you comfortable and most importantly does not damage your rental in the process! Stay tuned for the next installment!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mothers Day

This was just too funny not to share. This is my life! How about you?

Boys Toy Box: Boat Theme

So as I mentioned a while back on my Facebook page, there have been some big projects being completed in our household. The biggest one of these was the amazing toy box built for my little boy as his 1st birthday present.

It took us a while to decide what theme we were going for, originally we threw ideas around such as a robot theme! But eventually we committed to a boat theme. Originally I wanted a toy box/bookcase although when researched on Google we opted against this idea. So became the standalone toy box. By the end of the year, we hope to add a matching bookcase.

My husband has many qualified trades, one being Carpentry, so I am very lucky that many of our ideas get transformed into amazing and functional pieces for our home. He designed and built the toy box from scratch without any assistance. So clever!

The inside has 2 sections. The front section is designed to hold soft squishy toys. The back larger section will hold the bulk of toys. The lid will have a rope attached to the top for easy opening and has gas struts to hold the lid up (avoiding any nasty finger jamming!). The life buoys were created out of foam wreaths, paint and rope. My husband cut the anchors himself using MDF and did all the paintwork. It is named HMAS Phoenix as our son's name is Phoenix.

We were so happy with the outcome and I am very excited to share this project with you! I hope this inspires you to create something you never expected!

Friday, 11 May 2012

How to Make Bunting Tutorial

Hello! Welcome to my first tutorial. I have been working hard to make 'baby bunting' for my little boys room. It was really quite easy and I was able to do it in his nap times. Here is a quick look at the finished product before we get started, in case you are unsure what bunting is.


  • Minimum 3 different types of material  NOTE: Size depends how many you want to make. I used 120cm x 25cm for each different type of material which created 12 finished triangles in total
  • Fabric pencil
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Pins
  • Bias binding (Min. 3 metres long and 18mm wide)
  • Card stock/scrap cardboard (to make triangle)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine


Draw a triangle on the cardstock/cardboard and cut it out. To get a perfect triangle I used the PAINT program on the computer and printed it out on A4. I transferred this to the cardboard and cut it out.

My triangle measured 20cm bottom x 26cm sides - but you can make them any size, just remember to adjust your bias binding and material lengths accordingly.


Use the fabric pencil to trace out your triangles. To get the most out of your fabric join them together and do it right side, then upside down, right side, upside down etc. You will need 2 pieces per triangle as you will sew them together. Cut the triangles out. (eg. my finished product had 12 triangles so I required 24 pieces so they were double sided)


Pin 2 pieces together, right sides facing each other. Sew the long sides of the triangles together. Do not sew the bottom. Remove pins.


Cut away any excess fabric, particularly at the point as it will look better once turned. Once you have sewn all the pieces turn them right side out, using your fabric pencil to push the point out as much as it will go.


Iron the triangles. I inserted the cardboard inside the triangles to shape them as I ironed.


Cut the excess parts of the tops to make a nice straight line.


Lay out the bias binding, place a triangle, fold half the binding over and pin it. I used pins to measure the difference between each triangle to ensure even spacing. Leave around 15cm of binding hanging at the end to create a loop for hanging later on.

 STEP 8:

Using your coordinated thread, sew along the whole length of binding ensuring all the triangles are firmly inside with the top parts hidden.


Fold the ends of the binding over and sew to create a loop for hanging.

Congratulations! You should now have your very own bunting. If you complete this project, please share a photo with us!

Happy sewing!

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