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“You can tell who the Graphic Designer is”

This is what my neighbour yelled out to me as I was placing stencils on my green bins, branding them as my own. But its a very simple process with a really impactful result.

Bin numbers

You’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Clear contact
  • Scalpel & cutting mat
  • Tape
  • Spray paint
  • Some old newspaper for masking
  1. Choose a font you want to put on your bin. I used Eames.
  2. Make it as big as you want & print as many copies as you intend to do (I made mine A3)
  3. Find a surface you can cut on (I have a cutting mat, however you could also use a couple of layers of cardboard).
  4. Stick your number down first. Then place your contact over the top (leaving a large area around the edge of the number if possible) and affix with tape. Since it’s clear you’ll be able to see the number underneath. Carefully cut out the number using the scalpel, trying not to cut yourself.
  5. Repeat for as many numbers as you need.
  6. Make sure your bin is as clean as possible. Remove the backing from the contact and stick on your bin.
  7. Pull up the outer edges of the contact and pop in a sheet of newspaper, because spray paint can go far!
  8. Spray away!
  9. Pull off your stencil when paint is still tacky. Otherwise your number might come off with your stencil.
  10. Enjoy knowing which bin is yours on bin night!

Quite literally.

Dan got this weird ex-pos stand from work and brought it home for me, thinking i could do something with it.

Mum realised that chinese takeaway containers were the perfect size.

So last week i put holes in the bottom of the containers and painted them with chalkboard paint.

And today I filled them. I’ve got tomatos, basil, lettuce, rocket, coriander and dill. I’m thinking it will be quick to grab herbs while cooking dinner, or salad greens for lunch.

Fingers crossed.

From 100 Layer Cake



Here’s what you need for the project:

Soap base (available at Michaels). We used the goat milk base for ours.
Soap molds (also from Michaels).
Herbs, oats, tea, essential oil, anything you want to use to flavor your soap.

The creative part was rummaging through Kristina’s garden and kitchen cupboards looking for fun combinations for our soaps. We decided to make three flavors:

Lavendar Oatmeal (fresh lavender flowers, lavender essential oil, oats)
Chai Tea (steeped tea for color and scent, plus dry loose tea for a little texture)
Chamomile Calendula (dried chamomile and calendula flowers)

Here’s what you do:

1. Melt soap base (stirring often over medium heat)
2. Add “seasonings”
3. Mix well and long enough for flavors to distribute evenly
4. Pour liquid soap into molds
5. Uncork champagne and enjoy the afternoon waiting for your soaps to set!


Once your soaps have set (overnight, or we found you can refrigerate them for a few hours), you have to package them in maximum cuteness. We wrapped ours in unbleached parchment paper (in the same way you’d wrap a gift), then added a band of vintage wallpaper for decoration. We made tags using a grocery bag and a 1 1/2 inch tag punch, and tied them on with baker’s twine.



D.I.Y. Toothpaste
makes 1/4 cup

6 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons glycerin
20 drops peppermint, spearmint or cinnamon essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth paste. Store in a covered container.

So excited, found instructions for a Home-made Sun Jar.


I know this idea is for weddings – but I think it could be beautiful anytime.

Found at Once Wed

What You’ll Need:
Several Canning Jars (1/2 pint wide mouth with the straight sides)
Several Handkerchiefs (in coordinating colors)
Bailing Wire
Rubber Bands
Wire Cutters
Iron and Ironing Board
Resources: Canning jars are easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores, so are handkerchiefs.    Bailing wire is available at any hardware store.
1.  Press all of your handkerchiefs flat.  (if you’re going to be use these in a humid location, I would suggest using a little spray starch to help keep them crisp)
2. Fold the bottom of your handkerchief up (see figure 1) and the top of the handkerchief down (see figure 2) to create a band of fabric that is the same height as the jar.   Press the folds.
3.  Cut a 2 1/2 foot length of bailing wire.   Wrap it tightly around the grooves in the top of the jar,  then create a hanger.  (see figure 3)
4.  Wrap the folded handkerchief around the vase and secure it with a rubber band.  (see figure 4)
5.   Cut a length of ribbon (about 18 inches or so) and tie it around the vase to conceal the rubber band. Tie the tails in a bow.  (see figure 5)
6.  Add a little water in the bottom of your vase, insert the flowers.  ( see figure 6)
7.  Create a grouping of coordinating vases and hang from a tree, and arbor, or from the ceiling.
What it Cost:
Handkerchiefs $.25 – $3.00 each
Ribbon $.25 a yard
Bailing wire $3 for a 50 foot spool

Jars, if purchased new are about $9 for one dozen (but they are easily found for much less when used)

from hallmark magazine

This is a good idea, one which I was thinking could be useful when I (eventually) work on the Japanese garden.