Friday, February 26, 2010

Votive Candle Place Settings

Votive candles are a beautiful way to decorate your home, but what to do with the holders when the candle is all used up? Project Wedding has come up with a cute and simple  way to reuse your votives - turn them into mini-vases! And, by adding a name label, the votives can be used as place setting and favours/bomboniere for events such as weddings, showers or even dinner parties. 
The "how-to" from Project Wedding is simple:

You will need:
Votive holders
6-8 stems per vase
1. To remove wax from votive holders, leave them in the freezer for several days.
2. Be sure and wash the vases completely to remove any excess wax and dry thoroughly. 
3. Write the name of each guest on a label and affix it to the vase.
4. Fill each vase about half-way full of water.
5. Cut the stems short so the blossoms rest against the side of the vase but be sure the stems are long enough to drink water. We cut ours straight from the plant and let them sit in lukewarm water for a few hours before arranging.
6. Arrange the flowers the night before the event and keep them in a fridge, away from fruit if possible.
7. If you are traveling with the vases, be sure and pack them tightly!

Visit Project Wedding for the tips tricks and pictures to help you create your own votive place-settings. 

Flower Decorations for Gift or Favour Boxes

Looking for a way to personalise a gift? Or maybe you want to create favour/bomboniere boxes to suit your decorating theme? These flower decorations look simply sensational and best of all are very easy to make! You can coordinate with any theme or style by choosing matching papers. These flowers would also be a beautiful addition to invitations, menus, thank you cards or any other stationery item you can dream of!

To make these you will need:

Gift Boxes
Various Round Paper Punches
Scrapbooking paper in the color of your choice
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
Exacto blade and tweezers

View the tutorial at Simply Fun Stuff

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Birthday Board

A Birthday Board is a great way to celebrate your childrens' birthdays. You can decorate it with balloons, photos or anything that ties in with the theme of your child's birthday party! Every year you can update the decorations to suit your child; a birthday board is a great way to create a birthday tradition that can grow with your child. 

How Does She? has created a great tutorial outlining how to make your very own Birthday Board. There are also many fantastic suggestions for decorating your birthday board.

Visit for full instructions.

DIY Swaddle Blanket Pattern

A swaddle blanket is a must have for a baby. While there are a huge range of swaddle blankets available for purchase, why not hand-make an extra special blanket for your baby to cuddle up in. This is also a great  way to personalise a practical gift for a baby shower and celebrate the arrival of a new addition! 
Prudent Baby has created a fantastic tutorial with a pattern, step-by-step instructions and lot of photos (great for DIY beginners!)

Visit  Prudent Baby for full instructions

Make Your Own Recycled Table

This fabulous tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens will show you how to make a great table out of recycled furniture… Furniture made from recycled pieces of plywood doesn’t have to look cheap. With a little bit of creative flair you can build pieces that will be quite at home in any designer warehouse, or better still, at your place.

This hall or side table is made of dozens of individual plywood offcuts glued together to form large chunky slabs. If you haven’t accumulated a collection of offcuts, check local timber yards for bits and pieces. If you’re in a hurry, you only need a couple of sheets of CD plywood – damaged or marked sheets are fine.

Offcuts of 19mm-thick plywood; PVA adhesive; 30mm nails; 4 x 100mm screws; filler; sanding block; sealer undercoat; high gloss enamel

STEP 1 Assemble your collection of plywood. You can also use other materials, such as MDF, but to make life easy for yourself use blocks of all the same thickness (say 19mm) and dimensions in multiples of 100mm. For example, 100 x 100mm, 100 x 200mm, 100 x 300mm, 200 x 300mm and so on. Cut them to size. Given the size of the project, you actually need the equivalent of 1.5 sheets of plywood. In all, about 80-100 pieces of various sizes. If you have a lot of smaller plywood pieces, you will need a greater number. Gather about 25 to 30 pieces to make a leg. On a flat surface, lay out pieces of various sizes to form a 900 x 300mm rectangle.

STEP 2 Keep adding layers of wood, without glue at this stage. Stagger the joints wherever possible to give the unit more strength. A mixture of small and large pieces looks best. If you have an occasional small void in the centre it doesn’t really matter that much. Build up the stack until you have 5 layers.

STEP 3 Dismantle the stack and lay them down in reverse order. As you dismantle the pieces, sand the exposed edges and corners to remove any splinters.

STEP 4 Lay down the first layer again with the best side face down. Start gluing and nailing on the next layer. Glue makes the surfaces slippery. So start the nails in the piece you’re adding so the points just project through the bottom – to stop them moving around too much, then nail in place. Use 4-6 nails per piece. You don’t need to be too accurate as it’s supposed to be a conglomeration of various small pieces. If the pieces are out by a few millimetres at the edges it will just give some texture to the sides.

STEP 5 Keep adding pieces until you have 1 leg complete. Then build a second leg in the same way. If the ends of the legs are a little ragged, cut or plane them so that most of the bottoms and tops of the legs are flush and the legs are the same length.

STEP 6 Making the top is very similar, with one or three differences. At 1300mm, it’s longer and there are 2 housings for the legs. Lay out the stack for the tabletop, but leave a 95-100mm housing 300mm from each end in the bottom 2 layers. Dismantle as before and sand the corners and edges. Set the top layer aside as it is added last, after the table is assembled. Lay down the next layer and glue and nail the third layer to it. Then glue and nail the 2 end pieces to the assembly at one end. Use a spare offcut of plywood to check that the shoulder of the housing will be square and in line.

STEP 7 Stand a leg in place and bring in the first of the centre pieces. Check the leg will be square, then nail the first centre piece in place. Fit the rest of centre pieces, but make sure the shoulders of the next housing are square as well. Mark and remove the leg.

STEP 8 Hold second leg in place as a spacer, then glue and nail on the last of the table pieces to fit tightly against the face of the leg. Remove this leg as well and mark its position.

STEP 9 Stand the legs on the floor with the best end facing up. Test fit the top, tapping home using an offcut of plywood and a hammer if necessary. Ease slightly if the fit is too tight. Once everything fits, remove the top and apply a generous amount of glue to the bottom and shoulders of the housing and refit over the legs. Check that the legs are square to the top and parallel to each other. Predrill 4mm holes through the top to the legs and drive a pair of 100mm screws into each leg.

STEP 10 Glue and nail on the top layer of the tabletop. Finish the nails with a nail punch so that you do not end up with divots in the surface. Let the glue dry. Punch all the remaining nails with a nail punch, then fill the holes before sanding smooth.

STEP 11 Paint with an all-purpose primer-sealer undercoat such as Prepcoat, working it well into the joints and gaps. When dry, check for any remaining gaps, and fill with a flexible gap filler. Touch up the undercoat as necessary. When dry, give the table a light sand with fine sandpaper, then paint with 2 top coats of Dulux Super Enamel in Lime White, sanding lightly between coats. The beauty of using a hard-wearing oil-based gloss enamel is that you can achieve a much higher level of gloss than with acrylic, and leave fewer brush marks. Get the paint on fast, then lay off evenly with a brush.

Head over to Better Homes and Gardens now and you can watch a video of this project…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No-Sew Applique Curtains from Martha Steweart

A border of pale-green appliques dresses up sheer linen curtains without blocking the sunshine. The botanical motif evokes the foliage inside and out, and the cutouts' positioning can be adjusted to suit any panel size. This fabulous tutorial is from Martha Stewart

Step 1 Cut 3 squares of lightweight fabric (ours were 26 inches square) and 3 same-size squares of fusible webbing with paper backing, for each of 2 curtain panels.
Step 2 Lay 1 square of webbing, paper side up, on each fabric square. Iron to fuse, following webbing manufacturer's directions.
Step 3 Fold each fused square, following our preparing appliques how-to, using the ginger-flower template.

Step 4 Cut out motifs as directed. Unfold them. Cut 2 motifs in half along diagonal.

 Step 5 Cut the third motif in quarters along diagonals. Lay 1 panel flat. Peel off paper backing from motifs, and arrange them, fabric side up, on panel using the photograph as a guide.


Step 6 Iron motifs to fuse. Repeat on second panel.

 Visit Martha Stewart for more excellent tutorials like this

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DIY Concealer

Concealer is meant to conceal redness, dark circles and blemishes, but it is often difficult to find a concealer that does just that. More often then not, your concealer will be a lighter shade then your foundation and it can end up drawing more attention to the problem areas that your were trying to hide.

So, the below tutorial will teach you how to create your own concealer so you will no longer have to worry about your concealer doing anything but concealing your blemishes…

What you’ll need
• A small container (an empty lip-balm container will do, or if you are anything like me, you stock up on MAC samples and save their adorable sample containers for other purposes)
• Your favorite foundation

Pour a small amount of tried-and-true foundation into your container. Let it stand open, lid off and covered with cheesecloth to keep out dust and other airborne pests, for approximately 2-3 days (depending on oil or water content of the product) in your refrigerator.

Now not only do you have a virtually free concealer, but a virtually free concealer in the exact shade of your foundation and the piece of mind that you will not experience any reactions.

Visit Pink of Perfection for more fabulous DIY make-up ideas

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Ultimate Edible Gift

We found this fabulous tutorial from Sugar EdProductions on YouTube and it will show you how to turn your homemade cake into a professional masterpiece. In this project you will learn to make 4 gift box style cakes, and the bows that will finish off your creation. So watch this tutorial now, and then head over to SugarEd Productions for details on how to order the full DVD.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Update Your Back Porch or Courtyard

With the hot Australian sun beating down on your porch, your plants and furniture will often suffer. We found this great DIY project on YouTube that will teach you how to beautify your backyard area, whilst also protecting it from the sun. 

You can work with materials that you already have, or give your back area a complete overhaul! This project even includes a new corral for the pet bunny, so make sure you take the needs of any pets you may have into consideration when planning your own project. Also, the materials and decor used in this project is just a guide, think about how you could theme your project - a beachside haven, or a tropical hideaway are just a few ideas that come to mind, so let your imagination run wild!

So watch this video below, and then head to YouTube for more great video tutorials like this one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Scrap-Paper Notebook from Martha Stewart

Tired of writing notes on thousands of loose slips of paper that are easily lost? Well, this great DIY tutorial from Martha Stewart will teach you a simple way to create your own notebook from scrap paper.

1. Cut scrap paper and a piece of decorative paper about 1/2 inch larger on all sides for the cover. Stack with cover on bottom. Fold in half, crease, and open flat.
2. From inside, push a needle threaded with waxed twine through the center of the crease. Bring back through the crease about 1/2 inch from one end. Pass through the center hole again, and bring up about 1/2 inch from other end of crease. Pass the needle through the center hole to complete a figure 8 of thread.
3. Knot ends together.

Visit Martha Stewart for more fabulous tutorials like this

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Card to Meet Many Needs...

Purchasing blank "note cards" that are generic can create flexibility to allow them to serve several functions. The note cards featured here are from Weddingstar.

Smaller stationery can serve as a Save the Date card, or a Place Card and even a Thank You Card. This "all in one" approach can allow you to purchase a larger "bulk" quantity of one item at a better price. It can also create consistency between all items. 

To visually change the card to add personality and flair, try punching a hole through the top or side edge and tie it with a decorative ribbon. Add hand calligraphy to your seating card or a seal to your Thank You note. The fun is in the possibilities.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Say 'I Love You' 5 Times…

This Valentine's Day, really go all out and spoil your loved one buy making 5 Romanitc Valentine's Day Desserts over the Valentine's weekend! Below are 5 super romantic dessert treats to delight your special someone from Real Simple.

Romantic Brownie Sundae



  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing foil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • strawberry ice cream, for serving
  • Raspberry Sauce, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 325°f. Line an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil, leaving some extra foil along the sides of the pan to aid in lifting out the brownies. Grease the foil with soft butter.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa. Set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate pieces and butter in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water. When the chocolate has just melted, remove from heat. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk in the reserved flour mixture until just combined.
  4. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the pan comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool on a rack at least 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Using a 3 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out two heart shapes. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to assemble sundaes.
  6. Spoon a few tablespoons of Raspberry Sauce onto each dessert plate. Place a brownie heart next to a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Serve.
 Chocolate Panini


  • 4 slices challah or white bread
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Form 2 sandwiches with the bread and chocolate.
  2. Transfer to a hot panini press or waffle iron and cook until the bread is golden and the chocolate has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, cook the sandwiches in a hot grill pan, turning once and pressing down frequently.) 
Chocolate-Cinnamon Pudding With Raspberries


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries, or frozen raspberries, thawed


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the cocoa, cinnamon, cornstarch, and 2/3 cup of brown sugar. Whisk in the milk and 1/2 cup of the cream. Over medium-low heat, bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding is thick and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. Pour into individual ramekins or a large bowl and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming.
  3. Whip the remaining heavy cream with the remaining sugar until soft peaks from. Serve the pudding warm or chilled with the raspberries and whipped cream. 
Chocolate Soufflé



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cream of tartar


  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Use 1 tablespoon of the butter to grease on 16-ounce or two 8-ounce ramekins. Coat the ramekins with the cocoa, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a large bowl, over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and remaining butter. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Whisk in the yolks one at a time until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the sugar, salt, and cream of tartar until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Gently fold the egg-white mixture into the chocolate. Spoon into the ramekins. (The recipe can be made to this point up to 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
  4. Bake until puffed and set, 40 minutes for a 16-ounce soufflé, 20 minutes for two smaller ones. (If baked directly from the refrigerator, add 5 to 10 minutes.) Serve immediately with Custard Sauce.
 Chocolate Bar Fondue


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound milk or dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 store-bought angel food cake, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces dried fruit, such as pineapple slices and figs


  1. In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm the cream and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts. Transfer the fondue to a serving bowl. 
  2. Serve immediately with forks and foods for dipping strawberries, angel food cake, and dried fruit.
Visit Real Simple for more great Valentine's Recipes

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Make Your Own Valentine's Treat - Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart

Spoil you loved one this Valentine's Day with this home-cooked culinary treat that is sure to delight. 

This fabulous recipe for a Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart is from Better Homes and Gardens, so read on, get cooking, and while you are at it, head over to Better Homes and Gardens for more great recipes and DIY ideas for Valentine's Day.



  • 285g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 570ml double cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 170g caster sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • 50g amoretti biscuits, crushed
  • Creme frache, to serve
  • Amaretto liqueur, to serve


1. Preheat oven to 130ºC. Put chocolate in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water and leave for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Whisk yolks and caster sugar in a large bowl until thick, pale and fluffy. Gradually fold chocolate mixture into yolk mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into a well-greased, lined 25cm springform tin. Put tin on a large baking tray.

3. Bake tart for 45 minutes. The tart will wobble slightly and have a fudge-like consistency when cooked. Remove tart from oven and cool for 20 minutes before refrigerating for at least 2 hours.

4. To serve, dust tart with cocoa and sprinkle over crushed biscuits. Slice tart into slivers and put on serving plates. Serve with dollops of creme frache and drizzle with amaretto liqueur. Enjoy tart with a glass of amaretto.

Visit Better Homes and Gardens

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets

We have found a great way for you to utilise limited garden space as an opportunity to grow tomatoes in a hanging basket. Below are the instructions from DIY Network

If garden space is limited, don't rule out growing tomatoes. Instead put them in hanging baskets: 

1. Line a wire basket with sphagnum moss that's been soaked in water.
2. Amend sterilized potting soil with a slow-release fertilizer as well as some polymer pellets to increase the soil's water-holding capacity.
3. Fill the bottom of the moss-lined basket with a 1" layer of amended potting soil.
4. Choose a small-fruiting variety of tomato such as 'Sweet One-Hundred'.
5. Set the plant in the wire basket, and fill in around the root ball with soil.
6. Water the plant and cover the surface of the soil with more moss to help keep the soil moist.

Note: Tomatoes grown in hanging baskets may need water every day in warm weather. Make sure you hang them in an area where watering won't be a problem.

Visit the DIY Network for more details on this project.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

'Cup of Tea' Valentine's Day Card project from Martha Stewart

The Bride's Diary team loves sweet cards and pretty stationery, and we simply had to share this gorgeous card making project that we found on Martha Stewart.

The 'Cup of Tea' Valentine's card is the perfect finishing touch to give to your special someone on Valentine's Day.

Below are the steps for the project, but please pop over to Martha Stewart to view the video tutorial, and for more stunning projects like this one… to view the

Tools and Materials
  • Card stock in a variety of Valentine's Day colors
  • Craft knife and ruler, or paper trimmer
  • Deep decorative edger punch
  • Glue stick and/or adhesive tape roller
  • Decorative Valentine's Day paper
  • Teacup and handle template
  • Large adhesive foam dots
  • Packaged tea bag
  • Plastic spoon
  • Craft punches (recommended: Heart and Circle punches)
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1/16-inch hole punch
  • Bead or charm (heart, key, lock, etc.)
  • 5-by-7-inch folded card
 "Cup of Tea" Valentine How-To

1. Cut a 6 1/4-by-4 1/2-inch rectangle of card stock in one color and a 6 1/4-by-1 1/2-inch strip of card stock in a contrasting color.
2. Punch strip of card stock with an edge punch. Align strip with bottom of card stock rectangle and glue in place.
3. Print template for teacup and handle. Trace and cut teacup and handle shapes from decorative paper.
4. Use large adhesive foam dots to adhere teacup and handle to center of card stock rectangle.
5. Insert a packaged tea bag into teacup. Snap a plastic spoon in half, and insert plastic handle into teacup as well.
6. Punch a heart from glittered paper with a heart craft punch, and adhere to end of spoon with double-sided tape.
7. Cut a 1-by-1-inch square "tea bag tag" from card stock; punch a 1/16-inch hole in top. Thread embroidery floss through hole and decorate tag with more punched shapes and beads or charms. Adhere tag to front of teacup and tuck ends of embroidery floss into teacup.
8. Adhere card stock rectangle with all elements to the front of a 5-by-7-inch card with double-sided tape.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Twig Pendant

We found this fabulous DIY project on the Better Homes and Gardens website… it's very simple, and the result is fantastic! We have provided the beginning of the instructions below, but please pop over to Better Homes and Gardens site for more wonderful projects like this one.

"This sensational pendant shade was created by the TV show’s Tara Dennis for Jason Hodges’ 2009 MIFGS garden. Made with – of all things – garden twigs, it casts beautiful shadows when lit, creating a magical setting in which to entertain or dine. A similar piece from an outdoor or garden specialist will set you back a pretty packet, but you can make this shade for next to nix. You can hang it from your pergola or craft a few of these beauties and feature them throughout your home."

Gather your supplies
Bundle of straight gum-tree twigs of even thickness; short twigs (fillers); garden secateurs; string; tie wire, cut into 15cm lengths; pliers; pendant; 4 small ‘S’ hooks; 1.6mm chain (length to suit); cup hook; bayonet pendant adapter (if necessary)

1. Gum twigs are strong but will flex without breaking easily.
2. As you begin to build the ‘ball’ around the twig base, allow room to insert a suspended pendant fitting, or a standard light socket pendant adapter, and light bulb. You may need to adapt these instructions to suit your fitting…

Visit Better Homes and Gardens for the full tutorial…

Friday, February 5, 2010

Mini Craft Punch

Whether you are just venturing into the world of DIY or are a seasoned arty-crafty type, an essential for your DIY kit is the craft punch. These Mini Craft Punches will add flair to your DIY stationery or scrapbook project. Seven shapes available - heart, oak leaf, kiss, snowflake, butterfly, foot print, and palm tree - providing a motif for every occassion!

Handy Tip: Be sure to keep the cut-out sections - they make great confetti or can be used to glue on to your project as extra decoration.

Bridal Perfect® Fabric Adhesive from DIY Fashion

Calling all DIY brides! Read on to discover the must-have DIY tool…

New from America is the specialised adhesive formula for ultra-delicate fabric... Bridal Perfect.  

For applying beads, pearls, lace and satin on wedding gowns, bridal veils and accessories, bridesmaid's dresses, classical ballet tutus, christening and confirmation gowns and accessories. A must-have for formal gown designers and bridal couturiers. 

From the makers of Simply Spray (USA), manufactured as the world-famous brand Decorator's Solution®.
  • Flexible
  • Washable
  • Acid-free
  • Crystal clear
  • Won't yellow
  • Tack time 30 minutes
  • Work time 2-3 minutes 
Visit to order yours today.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Make Your Own Mosiac Mirror

A beautiful mirror hung in the bedroom, or adorning the wall in the living room, or even the entrance hall of your house is a simple, yet effective way to enhance your home's charm.

We found this charming Do-It-Yourself tutorial at DIY Ideas for your Home and Garden and just had to share it with you…

With six simple steps, detailed instructions and great pictures to help you through the tutorial, you will have a magnificent mirror in no time at all.

So head on over to DIY Ideas for your Home and Garden, and get started on this great project!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

DIY Supplies

Got your DIY project all planned out? Now it's time to shop for supplies. Rather than treking across Australia to get everything you need, try shopping online...
DIY Fashion, an online store with a vast range of DIY supplies to cater for any fashion project you could dream up.
Blank Clothing sell a range of plain t-shirts, hoodies, aprons bags and more that you can embellish till your hearts content. They are Australian owned and also offer a certified organic range.
Weddingstar has a great range of stationery and decorating items perfect for DIY, particularly if you are planning a wedding or celebration.
For all your DIY around the house you can't go past Bunnings. As well as having a wide range of DIY products in store, they also run great DIY workshops to help you conquer the world of DIY.

DIY Pedicure

We all love to be pampered, but sometimes its just not possible to fit a pedicure into the budget. With the summer sun still in full force, now is a great time to learn the art of DIY pedicures! Show off your fab feet in stunning sandals!

The perfect at home pedicure involves setting the mood (try scented candles from Dusk, the Aromatherapy range is great for setting a relaxing pedicure mood), then soaking, exfoliating, cleaning and trimming nails, moisturising and polishing (we love Zoya Nail Polishes). We found a great breakdown of how to DIY pedicure at The Vine, which will take you step by step through the prefect DIY pedicure!

Unique Wedding Cake Idea

For a fabulous unique wedding cake idea, we found this great tutorial at YouTube

This video showcases a beautiful and unique wedding cake! While it may fall beyond the realm of DIY for all but the most crafty of us, it is well worth a look for the insight it provides into how a stunning wedding cake is created.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Decorating a Rose Wedding Cake

This great video tutorial from YouTube will show you how you can create your own beautiful cake decorations.

Decorating your own wedding cake is a great way to create a truly personal centre point to your reception. This great tutorial shows step by step how to create a simple yet spectacular wedding cake.

For those who would like to leave the wedding cake to the professionals, this tutorial can be applied to making your engagement cake or other special occasion cake!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Gorgeous Flower Invitations...

A unique stationery idea is to sew invitations from fabric. This superb video how-to from YouTube  shows step-by-step how to make gorgeous floral invitations - and best of all you don't need to be a sewing wizz for these invites to look stunning! 

Tie the fabric invitations in with your wedding theme by using the same colour fabric as your bridesmaids gowns. If you are having the bridesmaids gowns made, order a little extra fabric to use for the invites or ask your dressmaker to save you the offcuts. 

Don't feel tied down by the floral look of the invitations in this tutorial - if you are having a beach wedding, you could source some beautiful seaside themed fabric featuring shells or marine life. The choices are endless!

A good tip is to give yourself plenty of time to practice - especially if you are not familiar with sewing. Don't expect your first go to be exact - after all, practice makes perfect!

Handmade Fabric Flowers

Fabric flowers can have a mulitude of uses in your wedding... 

They add a beautiful embellishment to stationery, such as invitations or the menus and  seating plans at your reception. They also make a beautiful item to decorate the guest and bridal tables with. 

You could use a fabric flower to jazz up your bridesmaids gowns or use as a corsage - which many brides are now having in place of bridesmaids bouquets. They also make gorgeous boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen and serve as a great way to coordinate the groomsmen and bridesmaids - simply match the fabric of the bridemaids gowns to create the boutonnieres. Or if you are having the bridemaids gowns made you can ask the dressmaker for the offcuts.

Watch this wonderful tutorial below, then pop over to YouTube for more videos like this.