DIY: Fabulous Fringe

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This fringing is the easiest thing to do but it looks so awesome and can make a plain jumper (Aussie for sweater) look a million dollars. It is good for both summer and winter weight sweaters. This fringing took more than an hour but not much longer. It was relaxing to do and we love the finished product. The jumper is a very inexpensive cotton jumper from Target. You can use the same technique to add a fringe around the bottom hem of a jumper or on a pillow, a cushion, a tablecloth. It is very versatile.

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Materials

1 jumper

Scissors

Cotton or acrylic yarn for the fringe

Large upholstery needle

Method

1. Cut about twenty pieces of yarn to begin with.  Ours are about 20cm long to begin with.
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2. Thread a piece of yarn onto the needle by doubling it over. Do it this way so you can remove the needle easily.

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3. Starting right near the armpit of the jumper, push the needle through from the back to the front, just above the bottom seam of the jumper arm.  Obviously this jumper is easy to do because of the large holes it has.

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4. Once the needle is through, remove it.

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5. Open the thread into a larger loop, then push the ends of the yarn through the it.

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6. Pull the threads down and tight. This secures them onto the jumper.

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7. Repeat these steps along the bottom of both jumper sleeves.

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8. When the yarn has been attached down the both sleeves, you are ready to start knotting, To knot start with the second thread. Tie the second thread and the third thread with a knot, a few centimetres under the sleeve. Continue knotting down the whole sleeve, the threads which are side by side until you reach the end. Repeat this step for the next sleeve.

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9. To complete the second row of knotting take the first piece of yarn and tie it to the second. Continue this until you have done a second line of knots along both arms.

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We hope you like the completed jumper. We love it and are envisaging evenings at the beach wearing it, maybe with a glass of wine, after a swim watching the sun disappear over the Indian Ocean. If you like, Please Pin It and if you like us then Like Us on Facebook and tell your mates. Join us for a few last minute NYE cocktails recipes and fun in the next few days.

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Colour Burst Necklace – More Ideas…

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Our Colour Burst necklaces are now complete, along with embellishments and we love them. If you missed our tutorial to make these necklaces it is here. So excited to give these as Christmas presents. We wanted them to be colourful and happy and gorgeous but also be casual enough to wear to the beach with a pair of bikinis or to the shops to do the groceries. Basically, to fit in with our beach, outdoor lifestyle they had to be perfect for a BBQ. And they are.

We embellished them with crystals, leather tassels, shells, curtain tassels that we pulled apart and altered and these really cute little charms. We just hung them onto the necklace using a large silver split ring.

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How To: Antler Christmas Card (+ Template)

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We made some Christmas cards today and thought of this lovely little Reinder antler idea. This card is quite easy to make. A trick to cutting it out really well is to make sure that your Stanley knife is really sharp, replace the blade if it’s blunt. It is also much safer to work with a sharper knife. When you are working around the image, move the paper as you go and follow one line, don’t start from different points or it will look scrappy.

Materials

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1 Stanley Knife

1 pencil

1 ruler

1 Reindeer Antler Template

Method

1. Save the image below and print it out from your computer.  You may need to increase its size on a photocopier, depending on how big you would like your cards.
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2. Measure and cut the card to the size you desire, using a ruler and a Stanley knife.

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3. Fold the card in half.

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4. Open the card up again. Place the Antler Template onto the mid-line of the card, with the antlers facing upwards. Take a pencil and draw over the top of the template so that the card becomes imprinted with the antler design. You could also print your antlers onto the card, but this way no lines show up and the card remains white).

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5. Using your Stanley knife, cut carefully along the line, moving the card as you go.  Cut slowly.  This part will take about 20 minutes if you want to do it well.

6. Pop the antlers out of the card.  At this stage you may need to carefully use the knife to go over any points which are not completely cut out.

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Fold your card in the middle and you’re finished. Simple, white and beautiful. If you like, you could write on the front cover. We chose not to because we love the minimalist look.

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How To: Chai Cleaning & Room Spray

chaispray6Thinking about the Christmas season, we were trying to figure out how to make a scent that smelled like Christmas.  A candle, mulled wine, a pomander, sachets…. Then we came up with the idea of Chai scented Cleaning & Room Spray.

We love scents of all kinds and particularly the cinnamon chai and Spekulaas scents and don’t use chemicals in our homes, so this is perfect.  It smells so good and has lasted in my home for more than a day now.  And it cleans perfectly well.  When you spray it you will smell a slight vinegar odour (depending on how long you have left it to seep).  This disappears in a minute and you are left with a moreish, sweet, spicy aroma.

The first cleaning spray we made was our Orange Power Cleaner which is amazing for cutting grease.  And be sure to try out this Chai Spray which helps your house to smell like Christmas.

Materials

600ml Cleaning Vinegar

2 Cinnamon scrolls

5 Dried Mandarin Pieces (optional, bought from Asian foodstores)

1 inch Fresh Ginger Root (chopped into pieces)

4 Star Aniseeds

1 tbs Whole Cloves

1 Nutmeg grated

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Method

1. Pour the vinegar into a saucepan.  Add the spices to the vinegar.  Simmer the liquid for 20 minutes.

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2. Take the liquid off the heat and allow to cool.

3. Strain the liquid into a bowl to use straight away or pour the liquid and all the spices into a mason jar and let it seep for a few days.

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4. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle ready to use.

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5. Use a marker to clearly label the liquid to add it to your other natural cleaning and home products.

The spices can be used to make another batch.  Use the spray to clean benches, toilets, walls, kitchen or any surface that it dirty or grimy.  Or use it as a room spray, spray it a few times into the air and wait for the scent to fill the room.

This makes an excellent gift for people who already have everything.  We’ve not seen or heard of it before so it is definitely unique.  If you like this, hover over the image and Pin It.  If you like us, then Like Us on Facebook and tell your mates.

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