Pistachio flowers

After enjoying some pistachio nuts, have you ever wondered what to do with those shells? Well here is a nice idea that can be combined with other mediums or used on their own!

Try and gather as many shells as possible, then you can make some pretty pistachio flowers. The more shells you use, the bigger the flower.

Pistachio shell flower

Pistachio shell flower

Starting with 4 shells, take your glue gun and glue them together. They will overlap each other a little, this is fine. Then working in circles, glue more of the shells onto each other until you have a flower that you are happy with. You can make different sizes.

Pistachio shell flowers combined with quilling on small canvas

Pistachio shell flowers combined with quilling on small canvas

I glued the flowers onto a square canvas, and then added some quilled leaves and swirls for colour and variation. The flowers can be dyed if you want to, and you can add moss or bark or anything you want to for the background.

 

There you have some pretty flowers after enjoying some tasty nuts!

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Hessian door stops

If you have some pieces of hessian and batting or pillow stuffing laying around, and maybe some small pieces of material, then this is a nice project that can be given as gifts or to add some personality to your doors!

Hessian door stoppers

Hessian door stoppers

 

I started off by decorating the front pieces of the bags with some buttons and birds cut out from left over material. I then hand-embroided the edges. 

 

 

 

 

 

Next you sow the two sides together, outsides facing each other. You can add the rope as well, just make sure the loop is on the inside of the two pieces of hessian. Leave the one side open so that you can place the filling bag inside.

Leave one side open to place the filling bag inside.

Leave one side open to place the filling bag inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the filling, I just took a normal plastic bag, added some stones as well as some left over batting to add some softness and puffiness to the doorstop.

Use a plastic bag and put stones and left over batting inside.

Use a plastic bag and put stones and left over batting inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now simply insert this bag into your hessian bag, and sow the side closed.

Plastic bag with stones and batting to fill door stop.

Plastic bag with stones and batting to fill door stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final size was about 17cm x 10cm. A really inexpensive doorstop that is unique and will work nicely as a gift!

Heart of the home

I find that fairy lights adds a bit of magic to any room or area where they are hanged. There was a spot in our kitchen that needed just a bit extra light, and I decided to make use of an unused string of fairy lights to brighten it up a bit!

By taking some wire and shaping it into the form of a heart, I twirled the string of lights around the wire heart. To hide the green wire, I used some leftover ribbon and wrapped it all around the exposed string. But something was still missing…it needed some colour.

So I made some small flowers out of leftover felt, using a small shiny bead at the centre of each flower, and then glued these onto the fairy light heart. This made quite the difference, and this is what the final product looks like:

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Pretty little pictures

I would just like to share an idea of a way to display many small pictures, paintings or artwork together, without having to hammer a number of nails into the wall!

If you have an empty bookcase or display case, this is great for this purpose. The small items can be displayed for everyone to enjoy and look at, without all the holes in the wall!

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Light it up

I was looking for a lamp a while ago, but not just another ordinary lamp. While browsing in an antique store, I stumbled upon this piece, and bought it for R150. I instantly saw its potential:

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The lamp stands approximately 40cm high, a nice height to fill a space. I bought some nice stripe material to spruce it up a bit, as well as rope and polestyrine balls. The idea was to change the lamp base as well so that the top and bottom balanced better.

For the lamp shade, I cut and then glued the material onto the existing shade. For the base, I cut the polestyrine balls in half, hollowed them out a bit, and then place the two halves around the base. There is no need to glue them together again, as the rope will hold everything together.

I started at the bottom of the base and glued the rope onto the base, working my way up. When reaching the balls, I used hot glue to make sure the rope will stay in place. As you can see, the rope covered the base and the balls nicely.

Lamp new

Lamp shade base

Hanging pretty little things

Do you maybe have a coat hanger in the house that you are not using? A nice idea is to use it for displaying pretty little things that are too small to hang alone on the wall. Ideas include hearts on strings, old-fashion hand-fans, strings of beads, scarves, ribbons, necklaces…basically anything that can be hung!

Here is what I did with our unused coat hanger:

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Have fun!