Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Summer Time Arm Candy

I'm counting down the days to summer but it's being such a drag so I'm looking for ways to fill my time till it gets here! And what better way to do that than prepare for summer. No, I'm not talking about bikini bodies. Heaven knows that I love food too much. I'm talking accessories! Lots and lots of summer accessories. My favourite summer time bling? Bracelets and bangles, of course. Perfect for some fun in the sun, if you ask me.

Here's a favorite that never gets old - friendship bracelets! There are heaps of tutorials to choose from out there but I love these ol' school stripes and chevrons the best. 

Tutorial by Erica

If strings and knots are not your thing, then I love this DIY wire bracelet that can be adjusted to fit any wrist size...or arm!
Tutorial by PandaHall

This simple wish bracelet can be made in any colour. Perfect for a summer outfit. I'm thinking yellow, pink and blue. What do you think?

Tutorial by YesMissy

So many to choose from! Do you think I could pull all of it off at once? These bangles are sliding into what I like to call jingly-noise-makers. More so if you add some bell charms in there.

Tutorial by Erica

While I'm hopping for summer, I'll still be sad to say goodbye to spring. So, I'm gonna preserve some of it till next time! Spring flowers for a summer bracelet..works for me!

Resin bangle by Sumner Smith

Do you have any summer favourites? Share them in the comments!

How To Reduce Phlegm With Indian Borage Leaves

The Indian Borage leaves, also known as Spanish thyme, are often mistaken for a type of mint due to it's heart-shaped leaves. Unlike mint, these leaves are, however, covered in short fine hairs.

For something that looks so furry, this hidden gem is laden with benefits. So much so, some doctors recommend it over more conventional medicines. Better yet, it is a wonderful addition to a herb garden (think substitute for oregano). What more could one ask for? A leaf that has both, medicinal and culinary, uses.

This plant is known to help with coughs, sore throats, blocked noses, dandruff, burns, sores, insect bites, skin conditions, bronchitis, asthma, indigestion, insomnia, and even pain such as headaches and cramps. Woo, that's a long list! Makes you wonder what else it is used for, doesn't it?

When in the kitchen, it is used to flavour curries and meat dishes as it aids in masking the strong smell of the meats. You could even eat it raw with bread and butter!

As enticing as the last one sounded, we prefer to have it as a tea. Because, before you say anything, there's always time for tea! Try this recipe out and let us know how it goes.

Indian borage leaves
Mint leaves
Lemon balm leaves
Small slice of ginger
1 cup water

1. Wash and pluck the leaves and place them in the TM bowl.  Pulse on speed 4 for 5 seconds.
2. Pour in one cup of water. Veroma/reverse blade/10 minutes/speed 1. At the end, the water will be reduced to half of it's original quantity.
3. Strain mixture and drink hot/warm. Add some honey according to taste.

*Drink this twice a day for best results (less coughing and reduced phlegm) 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Catch Your Dreams

It was once said:

"If you can dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney

"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities" - J.R.R. Tolkien

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt

"You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream" - C.S. Lewis

..and there are many more quotes like them. Just ask Google. All of these people have/had one thing in common - they believe(d) in dreams.

The Native Americans believed that a dream catcher protected a sleeping person by catching the bad dreams passing through while letting the good dreams slip through the hole in the middle down to the person sleeping below.

But why confine dreams to sleep? Many of us dream while awake as well (guilty as charged!). Instead of the inconvenience of hanging a dream catcher above our heads all the time, why not catch your dreams on-the-go by using these awesome dream catcher accessories.

I find that most dream catchers look best on long chains but you never know, I might find a dream catcher choker that steals my heart. For now, these close-to-traditional-dreamcatcher necklaces help give an outfit a boho look while being charmingly rustic.

If that look is not for you then this modern dreamcatcher might be up your alley with a dreamy quartz crystal in place of the traditional feather.

Don't confine yourself to necklaces, though. This next one can be used a both, a necklace as well as a bracelet. Personally, I like the look of it as a bracelet. What do you think?

Another elegant dream catcher bracelet-ring combo.

Dream catcher rings lend their own special touch to an outfit, complementing it with their charm like this one:

And of course, how could I not mention dream catcher earrings? They're my go-to accessory for any outfit. Call me weird but I like going for a slight Native American look at times. And the feathers on a dream catcher shout Native American to everyone.

So, what do you think? Is dream catcher jewelry up your alley? 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Save Mother Earth: Upcycled Jewelry

Looking for a unique piece of jewelry? Then upcycled jewelry is the way to go! You'll have everyone green with envy, begging to know where you got your amazing piece from.

But, guess what? They will never find one exactly the same as yours! That's the beauty of upcycling - every piece will be different.

So, what can you upcycle into jewelry? Well, broken jewelry, for one thing. Even if its not broken, you're just plain bored of it - upcycle it! Just like this piece of agate from a vintage necklace.

Don't just stick to broken or boring old jewelry, though. Look around you. Anything could be upcycled into something shiny and new - just like these household items: 

Knitting Needle Bracelet by SewNewThings

Recycled inner tube choker by Marlen Wolff

Lightbulb earrings by LaVieilleLune

Amazing aren't they? I would never have though of using old knitting needles like that. Or even burnt out lightbulbs and inner tubes for that matter! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. You could even go for more intricate and finer materials such as the mechanism of an old watch. These are pretty cool as they have a vintage vibe to them.

Steampunk pendant by CosmicFirefly

If fun and light-hearted (or even nerdy) is your style, then make use of your old (errrr...vintage?) toys and show them to the world! They would definitely make you stand out from a sea of regular jewelry.

Look around you. What else could you upcycle into jewelry?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Inspiration: Cracked Glass Marbles

If you're a Pinterest user then you would have seen quite a few pins about cracked marble jewellery going around lately. This DIY jewellery is not a new things, though. It's been around for quite awhile - I've heard of people saying that their grandmums and mums used to crack marbles to entertain them. Go figure.

I remember collecting marbles and playing with them in school (no, I am not admitting my age here) but I would never have thought about cracking them!

They're simple enough to make AND they're amazing gifts (note to self for Christmas presents). Start off by looking for the marbles you need. If you're just into cracking marbles or if you want to test it out, then regular large marbles should do. Don't stick to those round marbles, though. The sky's the limit!

Tutorial by CreativeThriftiness

All you'll need for this are marbles (duh), a baking tray (any one will do), an oven, and a bowl of ice water. Check out the tutorial below. I chose it 'cos of all the pretty colours in the picture ;)

Tutorial by Shaunte

Once you've got the hang of this art, then there really is no reason to not show them off. How can you not? Just look at them, all sparkly and pretty - just waiting to be flaunted.

People tend to make necklaces out of them as they can be too heavy for the ears but I think that you could still make earrings with the right size (or if you don't have a problem with the weight).

By Dionce

But you know what's the best way to show off your bling? Somewhere you can flash it (in a good way - stay clean, people!) at everyone. On your hands, of course! Check out some of these sparklers:

By Marcy

I think that this one was meant to be a bracelet but it would look gorgeous as a ring as well. Bling for the win!

By Lori

Okay, so I just realised that there is a 'Frozen' theme going on. Just let it go, alright? Happy Cracking!