Posts by Jessica


DIY Christmas Tags


Posted By on Dec 4, 2017 | 0 comments

As we are having an early family Christmas this coming Saturday, I had to get all the wrapping done this past weekend. Thinking ahead, like I do, I had been wondering how I could tag all the gifts in a new and creative way. I stumbled across a similar idea a few weeks ago giving me enough time to collect enough used toilet rolls for the project.

They were really easy to do! And I think they’ve added a nice touch to the finished Christmas pressies. (Only a few were pictured as there were too many to add in one shot.)

I think these would also be a lovely handmade gift for family or friends for their Christmas trees!

If you want to try these, then follow the steps below.

Collect some used toilet paper rolls. (TP rolls for short.)

Get some red paper/cardboard, a black marker, a red marker, white paper, ribbon/twine/string, cotton wool or fluffy balls, sellotape, thin double-sided tape, a glue stick, and liquid glue.

  1. First cut a strip of double-sided tape and attach this to one side of the TP roll.
  2. Line up the TP roll’s double-sided tape to the red paper/cardboard and stick down. (The sides of the TP roll will remain uncovered.)
  3. Roll the TP roll along the paper/cardboard to measure out how much will be needed to cover the roll completely. Cut off the excess amount.
  4. Attach another piece of double-sided tape to the edge of the paper and roll out the TP roll again and secure the paper/cardboard. Cut off any excess amounts from the sides so that the red paper/cardboard is the same length as the TP roll. (If you use cardboard then you may need to sellotape the edge to stop it from unsticking.)
  5. Stand up the TP roll and keep the paper line on the back as this will be the back of the tag. From the top, press down the middle of the front and back pieces to create the arch. (These will become the legs.)
  6. Then turn the TP roll to the side so that the paper line is on the side. Then press down the middle of both top sides not yet done to create the hat. It will look like an upside down “Y”.
  7. Cut triangular pieces from the white paper. Using the black marker, create the face shape as per the pictures, and add in a mouth. Then use the red marker to create his nose.
  8. Use the glue stick to stick this face on the front of the toilet paper. (Using the paper line as the back and two leg pieces at the front bottom to make sure you’re positioning in the right place.)
  9. Then use the black marker to draw out the belt.
  10. Cut a length of ribbon.
  11. Open up the hat part of the TP roll. Use some liquid glue on the inside front of the TP roll and stick down the two edges of the length of ribbon.
  12. Once this has dried, close the two edges or flaps to create the hat again.
  13. Using the liquid glue once again, stick some cotton wool or a fluffy ball on the tip of the hat.

For an easier version, I also created flat tags…

Cut out a rectangular piece from the red paper/cardboard. Then fold in two opposite corners and cut these off. Then follow from step 7.

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Thirty Three


Posted By on Nov 2, 2017 | 0 comments

To celebrate the big THREE THREE I wanted to do something different. Something out-of-town but not too far out of town. Something a little adventurous. Enter Pretville. A 1950’s inspired film set based in Hartebeesport…

The day started off in a bit of a rush trying to get my homemade birthday cake finished, packing paper plates and disposable forks, as well as getting ready and trying out my new make-up application “skills”. We headed off a little later than hoped and I didn’t want to have to think about navigating as well! Luckily Pretville is a known location on Google Maps so it was easy to get to.

The day was slightly gloomy and overcast but don’t let the cloudy skies fool you as it was so humid. We were all quite thankful for the cloud cover as I can only imagine how hot it would have been if there were blue cloudless skies overhead.

The town was a film set and has now been “changed” into a local attraction. There is a hair salon equipped with all the 1950’s essentials including blue hood dryers and pink basins. There is a bank, a chemist, a mechanic’s workshop, a bedroom, among others. Like other museums you can view these rooms but you can’t walk further than through the door. There is a small cinema that screens films shot onsite and your entrance fee to Pretville includes viewings of the films at certain times.

Once we’d had our fill of taking pics, posing in the wooden cut-outs of James Dean or Marilyn Monroe, and generally just strolling through the town and taking it all in, we headed to the diner. You aren’t able to bring in any food or drinks because of the diner and the revenue that is created there. We took a seat inside where it was a little cooler and ordered some burgers and shakes.

After that we wandered around a bit more and took a few more pics before calling it a day and heading home in the early afternoon.

This was an awesome outing! My niece and nephew had a marvelous time running around and seeing all there was to see and getting into every car that they could get in to and pretend to drive. I would recommend getting there mid-morning to stroll around, take pics and enjoy a shake. I would however recommend going somewhere else for a bite to eat as the burgers weren’t really great.

So… Another year older. A whole bunch of adventures under the belt. And a million new memories created. Here’s to THREE THREE and everything the year ahead brings.

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Reupholstery Rewards


Posted By on Feb 9, 2017 | 0 comments

I inherited two Morris chairs from my maternal grandparents several years ago. They have always needed a little bit of “work” but they have always been further down the to-do list than other items. My grandmother actually wove the cushion covers herself but the cushioning was super uncomfortable. And had a previous pet been a little more well-behaved, the covers could have been deep-cleaned and kept… The actual chair probably needs to be sanded down and either varnished/sealed or painted but that will be for another time as the reupholstery was more important.

This is the before pic.

I used the same contact as with my 6 seater lounge suite that was reupholstered before I moved into my home. He is an amazing guy who is friendly and accommodating, his workmanship is phenomenal, and he is really cost effective! We met towards the end of last year at my home so I could choose fabric using the colouring of the walls, other furniture and decor, etc as a reference. With all the fabric books he came with, it was a FEAT to finalise my decision…

I decided to keep to the neutral shades so they would fit in with decor no matter where they were placed (both in our house now, as well as in any future homes), and allowing pops of colour to be introduced easily with a scatter cushion or throw blanket.

And this is the after pic.

Gorgeous colours hey?! Then throw in a funny emoji pillow and colourful crocheted blanket and the entire look changes!

I really am so please with the chairs. Maybe once I have a garden or garage I will undertake the mission of giving the chair a bit of TLC with a much-needed sanding and varnishing… For now though, I have one less thing off my current to-do list!

If you have any pieces that need a bit of love in the reupholstery department, please let me know and I will gladly pass on Wellington’s details.

To see other posts about my home decorating see here:

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Bathroom Bliss


Posted By on Jan 30, 2017 | 2 comments

For a while now I have had an idea of using decorative boxes to decorate this bland wall in the bathroom. In my opinion the bathroom needed “something” to finish it off (even after adding these portraits) and I figured this idea would work to create depth and allow for extra storage.

We originally had three boxes (2 squares and 1 rectangle) in a greyish pink whitewash. Since I needed more to create “the look” and was planning on painting them a darker grey, I was trying to find out where I could buy extra ones that were raw wood. Luckily I didn’t have to look too far as we ended up inheriting some white ones from a friend that moved to the Cape in December (3 squares and 1 rectangle).

I then took a couple days playing with possible layouts on the floor of our loft. Originally I had wanted something symmetrical but since we had an odd number of boxes this just wouldn’t work. So I played around and we finally decided on the layout that worked best without having to buy any extra boxes.

Once the layout was decided I needed to choose a colour and get to work sanding all the boxes. I wanted a darker grey to create a feature of them but had to make sure the grey was in the same tone family as the current wall colour.

The “fun part” came next when I used an electric sander for the first time! It took a few hours to sand all the boxes down (inside and out) and for days afterwards my hands were tingling. Such a weird feeling! Then I spent the next week or so painting the undercoat, primer, and three coats of colour. It took so long because I had to paint the outside of the boxes and let them dry for the day, then paint the inside of the boxes the next day and let them dry for the day. Luckily once I moved onto the colour coat I could do the inside and outside in one day based on the water-based paint drying quicker.

Once they were dry we then finalised the spacing between all the boxes and started with the three central ones.

From there we measured out the placement of the other four boxes.

I really am so pleased with the bathroom! Even happier that one room in the house is completely finished! Here’s a panoramic of the bathroom to give a full idea of the space.

To see other posts about my home decorating see here:

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Custard Caramel Fridge Tart


Posted By on Dec 19, 2016 | 0 comments


This dessert was so easy to make and a real hit! It does need to be refrigerated overnight so be sure to make it ahead of time.

Ingredients:
Biscuit base:
250g Tennis biscuits, crushed
200g butter, melted
Custard layer:
1,5l milk
200g sugar
3 eggs
100g flour
100g cornflour
2 tsp vanilla extract
50g butter
extra 250ml milk
Caramel pudding layer:
1 box caramel instant pudding
250ml cream
Other:
1 can caramel treat
1 slab milk chocolate, grated

Method:

  1. Mix the biscuits with the melted butter and press it firmly into the bottom of a deep, square 30 cm dish. Let cool until needed.
  2. Heat 1 liter of the milk with the sugar for 10 minutes in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Whisk the eggs and remaining 500 ml milk, flour, cornflour and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until smooth.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the hot milk and microwave for about 4 minutes, stirring every minute until the mixture is thick. Beat in the butter and let cool.
  5. Beat the extra milk and instant pudding together. Whip the cream in a separate bowl until soft peaks form and fold in the instant pudding.
  6. When the custard has cooled, pour over the cooled biscuit layer. Smooth caramel treat over the custard, then add the instant pudding mix. Top with grated chocolate (and crumbs of any leftover biscuits) and refrigerate overnight.

This recipe caters for about 10-12 guests.

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