(Ikea) Hack Attack!

With 4 (yes four!) Ikeas in Berlin we can’t help but poke through the As-is section(s) on a regular basis and pick-up a bargain or three. *even if the As-is turns up nothing we always manage to find a deal in another area, especially since discovering the awesomeness that is Ikea Hackers – that wondrous collection of creativity inspired us to hack these beauties:

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Get your upcycling on!

Here’s a couple fabulicious trash to treasure tutes I discovered while out foraging the interwebs:

First up an adorkable neck-tie wristlet from Pillows-a-la-Mode – how awesomely hipstery cool is that?! Made from Grandpa’s funky vintage tie? Love it to bits!

Ultimate Upcycling Divas Stacy & Jacqui from Re-Creations Project created this wicked lantern using…well…garbage actually. Why not rummage through your bin & make your own?

2 Tutes for the price of one…

Yes that’s right folks! I’m offering 2 groovy tutorials for the price of one! Which basically means that I created something then realized there was an easier way to make it so I ended up with 2 different sets of how-to pix. Not wanting to waste anything (even bloomin’ digital pix) I’ve decided to post both methods of how we made our own canvas frames & art – and I use that term very loosely.

What is the price you must pay for this fantastic 2 for 1 offer? Subjecting your eyes to my family portrait painting:

No art classes? Really? How shocking… - read with heavy sarcasm

and then there’s this beauty:

Know what it started life as?

Here’s how to create your own living room canvas art:

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Suicide Blonde…again…

Raise your hand if you’re a suicide blonde…or redhead…or brunette…or any other notfoundnaturallyonyourhead colour. For over 20 years since the 80’s longer than video tapes have been extinct an undisclosed amount of time my hair colour has changed at least 3 times a year – usually from blonde to red to auburn and eventually back to blonde.

Anyone who has ever attempted to go from dyed dark hair to bombshell blonde has experienced the dreaded orange *with yellow accents* clown hair.  I have had RonaldMcDonaldHead more times than I care to admit but a few years ago I came up with a plan that takes my dark hair to honey blonde without suffering with elastic ends or straw dryness!

And so I present my hair journey for the past 2 days:

With a few products & a bit of patience you too can be a gorgeous suicide blonde in a mere 48 hours!

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Luvly Jubbly…

Remember when I got that freaking awesome Kreative Blogger Award from the absolutely groovilicious Stacy of the wonderful Re-Creations Project? Well, I was so in awe of the fantastically creative work she and her fab’ sidekick Jacqui do with folks with learning disabilities that I designed and created a couple of Mensch T’s just for them…

The shirts survived the trek from Berlin to Cambridgeshire and look Fanfreakintastic on the lovely lasses!

…and check-out all the sunshine I got blown up my bottom! What a brilliant start to the day!

nifty thrifty bijou

Even though I have treasure chests full of cool adornments I always forget to accessorize, out of sight really does mean out of mind when it comes to dressing with a toddler in tow. I needed a in-sight-in-mind place to keep my bijou baubles & bangles at the ready but out of reach from tiny grasping fingers:

Success! I guarantee you can make your own in mere minutes with bits skulking about the house!

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the mini memento buffet

We’ve been slowly but surely re-decorating our bedroom…slowly because we must stalk the classifieds searching for the best deals to pop up and then strike immediately before someone else gets that 1950’s vanity table for €20…and surely because we always seize our prey – and sometimes get a bonus for free!

Can you guess what this adorable lil’ memory shelf was before I got my paws on it?

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baby weight be gone: the reviews

I’ve been on my bottomtighteningquest for a tiring yet toning 4 months and I’m over the moon to report that I can now comfortably fit into my pre-preggie jeans!

and I’m only 1 belt hole away from having my flat tummy back!

I thought I’d share my thoughts about each of the work-out dvds I’ve been using to lose my flab & tighten my tushy…

All from Davina McCall (& her trainers Jackie & Mark Wren) these four dvds are whipping me back into shape. Here’s the why’s & how’s:

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