Category Archives: DIY

Commando M

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Hello friends! Today I’m sharing a DIY with these Commando M shoes! Commando M was a big hit in the 80’s and is now back 30 something years later. I am so excited to be one of the kiwi bloggers they picked to send a pair to and customise in my own special way! So here is what I did…

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Firstly I penciled on my poppy drawings. Using fabric paint, I painted the red onto the shoes and left to dry. Some spots were definitely more difficult than others! I wanted the overall style to look hand drawn so left little areas of white. I then used a black permanent marker to outline the poppies and give them some form by shading.

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Voila! All done. I also had fun with the laces and working out different ways they could be laced. Make sure you check out the Commando M Facebook page for other style ideas and to grab your own pair!

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DIY: Beaded buzzy bee necklace

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Heyhey! Today I’m sharing a DIY on how to make this little beaded buzzy bee necklace. I had a sudden flashback of making these bee’s as a kid and wanted to see if I could remember how to make them. Turns out they were easier to make now than when I was 10!! You could possibly make them bigger than I have if you used bigger beads.
For this DIY you will need: thin wire, 2 different coloured beads (for the body and wings), pliers and chain.

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1. Put 3 beads onto a piece of wire and pull both ends of the wire through 2 of the beads. 2. You should have a little triangle of beads as shown. 3. Add 3 more beads onto the wire and repeat the process. 4. Add 2 beads and repeat, then 1 bead and repeat. By this stage you should have a perfect body shape for the bee. I had to really tighten the wire to get it sitting like this. 5. Curl the tops of the wire to make the antennae. 6. Use another piece of wire for wings. I simply twisted the ends together and attached them to the body.

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Next, attach the bees to the chain. I made 2 of them and attached them at different lengths on the necklace. Super cute huh? I am really enjoying sharing some beaded DIY’s! You can check out how to make an amethyst necklace here.
Have fun!xobec


DIY: Amethyst & bead necklace

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Today Im sharing how to make this pretty amethyst and glass bead necklace. When I was younger I made tonnes of beaded jewellery and loved it. I found my old box of beading gear and got re-inspired to create something.
Supplies needed: Chain, clasp, silver wire, pliers, glass and amethyst beads.

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Firstly, cut the chain to the length wanted and secure a clasp to the end. Next, find the center of the chain at the bottom and cut it. This will be where you attach the beads. For each link I simply curled a small piece of wire, slipped on the bead and curled the other end. You can see this in the top right image above. Repeat this and secure all the links together. Attach to the chains ends.

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You’re all done! Easy huh? xobec


DIY: Valentines Day Jewellery Box

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Today I’m sharing a simple idea for Valentines Day. If you’re giving someone something small like jewellery this would be perfect! Supplies needed: patterned paper, scissors, a small box and modpodge.

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Using some patterned paper I cut out small and large hearts then used modpodge to stick them randomly over the box. Leave to dry before finishing with some pretty bakers twine!

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A perfect little handmade touch for your loved one…xobec


DIY: Floral bird iPhone case

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Good morning! Today Im sharing how to make your own iPhone case! I really love this DIY and have been using my case ever since I made it. You know how much Im addicted to birds and floral so this is perfect!
Firstly you will need to source a clear iPhone case that is the same size as your model. I found mine on Etsy. Other supplies: Paper, black pens, a pencil and scissors.

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Using a pencil, stencil your iPhone case onto the paper. Sketch your design inside this stencil and go over it with the black pen. I coloured in the negative space so that my bird was floral.

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Cut out your design, then using a craft knife cut out where your camera lens is. Insert into the clear case and you’re ready to roll. Time to go thrifting…! xo Bec

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