Card Making, Part 1

With my sister’s birthday coming up shortly, I thought it was time to have a go at making her a card. I have purchased packs of plain cards in the past, ready to do just this, but haven’t done anything about it! They are quite cheap to buy from the discount stores or department stores (like KMart) and make such a difference to a hand-made card.

Card making with blank cards

Continue reading

DIY Tulle Fairy Lights

Recently I was given a set of alphabet fairy lights (thanks Phil and Em!) You may have seen them, they come with clear plastic letters which you attach to each light and spell out a word or two. Very cool!

But then I thought I could do something more with them…so off I went to Pinterest to look for some inspiration. I pinned a couple of ideas to my Craft board, then I sort of worked it out myself 🙂 Mind you, I’m sure I am not the first person to do it this way!

DIY tulle fairy lights.

They were actually quite easy to make, the only obstacle was a certain kitty who insisted on ‘helping’!

Cue gratuitous cat photos…

So, I had to shut him outside for a bit so I could continue…

What you need: Tulle or other fine, soft fabric in colour/s of your choice, scissors, ruler, small rubber bands (I used loom bands), fairy lights.

I had some fine tulle, and some thin pink fabric (curtains I picked up at the Op Shop ages ago) that I have previously used to make some pretty fabric flowers. I tried a couple of variations using just the white tulle, but decided to add the pink in as well.

I cut some (very rough) shapes about 10cm square, allowing four squares per bulb, two pink and two white. I wasn’t too particular about making them perfect.

Can you see who is back ‘helping’??

DIY tulle fairy lights 1

I layered the four squares in alternate colours. I really don’t think it would make any difference if you carefully lined up the squares, or mismatched them as I have done.

DIY tulle fairy lights 2

I placed the bulb in the middle of the square

DIY tulle fairy lights 4

Then folded it up around the bulb

DIY tulle fairy lights 5

and gathered up the sides to make a flower shape.

DIY tulle fairy lights 7

Next, simply slip a small rubber band over the top to hold it secure. I discovered the stash of loom bands sitting forgotten on our son’s bookcase, and used some of those. You’ve got some of those, too, haven’t you??

DIY tulle fairy lights 6

Adjust the ‘petals’ attractively around the bulb. Then repeat for each of the remaining bulbs.

DIY tulle fairy lights, so pretty!

These bulbs are very low wattage, and don’t get very hot at all. So I don’t feel worried about them overheating. In fact, I’ve had them on for several hours tonight, and they are not even warm. But best to be safe, check yours regularly and you may choose not to leave them unattended.

And best of all, the decoration can be removed very easily if required.

DIY tulle fairy lights 8

DIY tulle fairy lights.

I love the soft light they give out. Don’t you?

Linking up with:

A Tray of Bliss – Five Star Frou Frou, Love Bakes Good Cakes – Freedom Fridays, The Pin Junkie, Life With Lorelei – Home Matters, Shoestring Elegance – What to do Weekends, Tatertots and Jello – Link Party Palooza, Raising Fairies and Knights – Bloggers Spotlight, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Friday Features, Strawberry Butterscotch – Saturday Shuffle, The Interior Frugalista – DIY Sunday Showcase, My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies – Snickerdoodle Sunday, The Pinterested Parent – Sunday’s BestLove of Home – Sundays at Home, That Recipe – Happiness is Homemade, Nifty Thrifty Things, Plucky’s Second Thought – Cooking and Crafting With J&J, My Pinterventures – Merry Monday, Claire Justine – Creative Mondays, Create With Joy – Inspire Me Monday, I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Inspiration Monday, Yesterday on Tuesday – Project Inspired, Lou Lou Girls, Kathe With an E – You’re Gonna Love it, Our Home Away From Home – Tuesdays at our Home, Cozy Little House – Tweak it Tuesday, Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess – Turn it Up Tuesdays, The Dedicated House – Make it Pretty, Cedar Hill Farmhouse – The Scoop, The DIY Dreamer – From Dream to Reality, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Wonderful Wednesday, Savvy Southern Style – Wow us Wednesdays, Simply Made Fun – The Wednesday Roundup, Average But Inspired – The DIY Collective, Milk and Cuddles – The Mommy Club, 21 Rosemary Lane – Share Your Style, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson – Share Your Cup, Domesblissity – Thriving on Thursdays, Wondermom Wannabe – This is How We Roll, The Life of Jennifer Dawn – A Little Bird Told Me, Too Much Time on my Hands – The Handmade Hangout, Sincerely, Paula – No Rules Weekend Blog Party. Coombe Mill – Trash to Treasure.

DIY Pet Feeder

When we visited my sister for Christmas, we planned to be away for two nights. We knew our bunny would be ok – he had plenty of food, two water bottles, a large cage, and he was in a shady spot even though the weather wasn’t predicted to get too hot. But it would be the first time we had left our kitty.

He is arguably the most perfect cat ever. I may be biased… He is very affectionate, playful, and well behaved. He is allowed outside, but he is always inside at night, and whenever we are out. We knew he would be ok shut inside for that time. But not sure how he would go if someone came in to feed him. Pretty sure he would race to escape outside for a play in the sun, which would be hard work trying to coerce him back inside.

In the end we were only away one night. Of course, if we were expecting to be away longer we would have arranged for a friend or neighbour to drop in. We are lucky to have helpful people around us!

So I looked for options for a DIY cat feeder.

I found two that looked easy enough to make: one from This Big Happy, and one from The Owner Builder Network (pin doesn’t take you to a link/instructions unfortunately, but it seems easy enough to follow the photos).

I went with the first one because it looked a bit more stable.

DIY pet feeder sawitdidit.wordpress.com

I collected my supplies:

DIY pet feeder 4

One empty, clean plastic bottle.

One plastic tray or flat container.

Knife or scissors.

Hot glue gun (not shown)

Cut the bottom off the bottle, then cut out a wedge. This is where the pet food will trickle out. I find it easier to cut around plastic using a serrated knife, however I used scissors to cut the wedge.

DIY pet feeder 3

Glue the bottle to your tray using a hot glue gun. Be careful! It’s hot! It’s a bit hard to see the opening in this photo, but it’s there!

DIY pet feeder 2

DIY Pet feeder 1

And you’re done! I used a funnel to get the cat food in the top of the bottle. I put more than enough food to cover the two days we expected to be away. Most of it was eaten by the time we got home.

DIY pet feeder

He seemed to be a bit frustrated getting to the food still in the bottle. But it worked perfectly well, and I’m glad we gave it a go. Thanks Meg and family for sharing how you made your cat feeder!

What ingenious methods have you used to keep your pets fed and watered while you are away?

And, just because I can, here’s a photo of our beautiful kitty the day we brought him home from the Animal Welfare League in June 2015 xx

New kitty

Linking up with:

Coombe Mill – Trash 2 Treasure, To Simply Inspire – The Mommy Club, 21 Rosemary Lane – Share Your Style, Posed Perfection – Creative Ways, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olsen – Share Your Cup, The Crafty Wife – Wednesday Roundup, Lamberts Lately – Create it Thursday, Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday, Domesblissity – Thriving on Thursdays, Wondermom Wannabe – This is How we Roll, Average But Inspired – The DIY Collective, Too Much Time on My Hands – The Handmade Hangout, Love Bakes Good Cakes – Freedom Fridays, The Pin Junkie, Life With Lorelei – Home Matters, Shoestring Elegance – What to do Weekends, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Friday Feature, Tatertots and Jello – Link Party Palooza, Domestic Superhero – Pinworthy Projects, Strawberry Butterscotch – Saturday Shuffle, 24 Cottonwood Lane – Best of the Weekend, The Interior Frugalista – DIY Sunday Showcase, The Pinterested Parent – Sunday’s Best, Thoughts From Alice – Sundays at Home, My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies – Snickerdoodle Sunday, Plucky’s Second Thought – Cooking and Crafting With J&J, My Pinterventures – Merry Monday, Claire Justine – Creative Mondays, Create With Joy – Inspire Me Monday, I Should be Mopping the Floor – Inspiration Monday, The Foley Fam – Sunday Funday, Pastels and Macarons – The Creative Corner, Yesterday on Tuesday – Project Inspired, Lou Lou Girls, Merry About Town – Monday Funday, Kathe With an E – You’re Gonna Love it, Our Home Away From Home – Tuesdays at Our Home, Cozy Little House – Tweak it Tuesday, Tip Junkie, A Peek Into My Paradise – Turn it up Tuesdays, The Dedicated House – Make it Pretty Monday, Cedar Hill Farmhouse – The Scoop, The DIY Dreamer – From Dream to Reality, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Wonderful Wednesday, The Crafty Wife – Wednesday Roundup, Savvy Southern Style – Wow us Wednesdays, To Simply Inspire – The Mommy Club, 21 Rosemary Lane – Share Your Style, Posed Perfection – Creative Ways, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olsen – Share Your Cup, Lamberts Lately – Create it Thursday, Domesblissity – Thriving on Thursdays, Wondermom Wannabe – This is How We Roll, A Tray of Bliss – Five Star Frou Frou, Table and Hearth – DIY Like a Boss, Average But Inspired – The DIY Collective,