A Photo Lover’s “Headboard”

Lets start this blog post with a confession: I haven’t been a huge fan of headboards – I don’t see the purpose of having one and it takes up space in my small bedroom. So, I’ve never gotten one of my own.

I have this wall space above the head of my bed (where a headboard would sit if I had one) where I used to put up photographs, papers with things I’m supposed to memorise, things I made at school (mostly from math class – I was more mathsy than artsy) and just things I found along the years. So I guess you could say it was my “thinking board”.

I took everything off of my wall down when I moved to Melbourne for university. I came back earlier this year and thought of doing something with that bare wall. So, this is what I decided to do:

My Photo Wall

My Photo Wall

Since I’ve been doing a lot of photography in the past few years or so, I put together a few photographs that I am proud of or that held special memories and thought of just sticking them on the wall like what I did in my college room. But then I thought, you know what, I’m going to try something different.

I’d seen people do this all over the internet so this is hardly my own idea. I promise you it’s super simple, but this is how I did it:

Mini Pegs

Mini Pegs

 

 

MATERIALS:

  1. Photographs of roughly the same size (doesn’t have to be the same size but I wanted mine to look somewhat uniform)
  2. Tiny Pegs (I got the mini pegs from Riot on a 50% discount)
  3. Twine
  4. Small Wall Safe Hooks (I used ones intended for fairylights from officeworks)

 

 

 

Slip knot on the hook

Slip knot on the hook

METHOD:

  1. Measure the width of the space on the wall and decide how wide you want each line of photographs to be
  2. Measure the height that you’ve got to work with and decide on approximately how tall you want your photo wall to be as well as the intervals (the spaces in between the lines)
    Hint: make it a nice number for you to divide! For example, I wanted 3 lines and I had just over 1m to work with so I decided with 30cm intervals which gives me about a 1m tall photo wall
  3. Put the hooks on each end (or wherever needed) according to the packaging (mine said to clean the wall with alcohol, apply the hook and leave it for about 12 hours before use)
  4. Cut the twine
    I cut three 1m pieces for each line – so nine 1m pieces in total
  5. Knot each ends – I used a slip knot (self tightening knot)
    How to knot: http://paracordcentral.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/self-tightening-knot.jpg
  6. Decide on the arrangement of the photographs
  7. When your hooks are ready, put the string up, then use the pegs to hold the photographs on the string.
Plain Photo Wall

Plain Photo Wall

You’re Done! Easy right? Show me if you did this or something similar to your wall! 🙂

Oh and if you want to see something pretty, check out my photography blog Precious.S2 Photography in about 11.5 hours!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita Carolina

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DIY: My Neighbour Totoro Shoes

Hello hello so this was my Sunday Arvo / Rainy Day project yesterday – TOTORO SHOES!

I’d seen a few pictures on Pinterest on grey shoes decorated with the Totoro theme. Being an anime & totoro fan myself, I decided to give it a go on these AUD$3.50 K-Mart shoes. Really you can’t go wrong with a $3.50 pair of shoes. Worst case, it looks ugly and you throw away $3.50 with some experience on DIY-ing a shoe.

Here’s how I did it:

Face Inspiration

Face Inspiration From Pinterest

Materials:

  1. A pair of grey shoes,
  2. White paint (I used acrylic paint since that’s what I have at home)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Black ballpoint
  5. Toothpick
  6. Paper
Spirits Inspiration

Spirits Inspiration From Pinterest

Method:

TOTORO:

  1. Prepare the picture of Totoro you want to add to the shoe i.e. I used this image. You can either print or do what I did: trace this straight from my screen on to paper. It turned out to be the perfect size for where I want to put the drawing.
  2. Cut out the totoro outline
  3. Trace the outline onto your shoe. You can be as detailed or as simplistic as you want.
  4. Mark dots on the shoe of where the eye, nose, mouth are supposed to be. I did this by placing the template on to the shoe and then folding where I have to mark. I marked the top of the eyes, a dash for the nose, and a dot at the top, bottom, left and right of the mouth.
  5. Finish the outlines with ballpoint – this means draw 2 circles for the eyes and connect the dots on the mouth and I added the teeth lines here
  6. Paint the whites and wait to dry (time of drying depends on paint type) – eyes & mouth
  7. Outline everything with sharpie!

SPIRITS:

  1. Draw hairy black blobs – I drew them like how I would draw daisies since the sharpie bleeds a little.
  2. Draw eyes on the blobs using a toothpick (or you can use anything with a point) dipped in a little bit of your white paint.
  3. Wait for it to dry and you’re done!

Here’s the results:

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

This probably took me half an hour to do not including the wait time. Outlining the drawing takes literally 1 minute.

This was a very easy, quick & cheap DIY. You can also use this method not only to do Totoro shoes but for any design!

What do you guys think?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion update + Galaxy Pot!

Hello everyone!

I am back here today with an update on the 6 garlics and Mr. Ronion that I planted about a month ago (view first post here). They’ve all grown really well!

6 Garlics

6 Garlics

I just water them every couple/few days now and I also put in a sprinkle of Epsom Salt. Just cause, I feel like it. Now I am not a plant expert in ANY way. In fact these are probably my first real pots. If anyone have any tips related to any of this please do let me know!

Mr. Ronion

Mr. Ronion

Just about a week ago, my mum decided she wanted me to plant more stuff. I planted more garlics (2 different kinds) and another red onion. We decided to put it all in one pot this time though and I got my little sister to name the whole pot. She named it Galaxy Pot.

Galaxy Pot's plastic knife sign

Galaxy Pot’s plastic knife sign

Internet, meet Galaxy Pot:

Galaxy Pot

Galaxy Pot

Grow plants grow~! That’s all I’m hoping. Maybe we’ll be able to eat these at the end of the year!

Anyway, wishing you a very good week and I’ll post again soon!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Hello again smiley faces!

I hope you are all well.

Today I would like to talk about Rubbing Alcohol. I have recently learnt that this not-so-expensive product is actually very versatile and useful.

Before that though, I want to say that there are cheaper rubbing alcohols around rather than the Isocol brand (the one with the dinosaur on it) they sell at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Though that one is probably the most convenient one to get. However, I don’t know about you but I refuse to pay AUD$10 for one bottle of this stuff.

I actually wanted to get some rubbing alcohol since a while ago but I thought that I still had some at home. Being quite unfamiliar with the stuff, I had no idea that they have an expiry date nor did I know much use of them other than cleaning cuts (which I never do) and to clean walls before you stick things (like hooks) on it. So, long story short, my supply at home was “expired” and I had to throw it out (I searched online whether they can still be used for general cleaning around the house but they all said that the chemicals have somehow changed or something – sorry not a chemist). But again, I didn’t want to spend another $10 to get the bottle which most of its contents will probably end up in the bin again like the last one.

Luckily enough, I held out buying it long enough to come across this particular brand at the asian grocery store at Canning Valle (Perth) which costed me around $5 a bottle. The bottle looks pretty similar if you ask me. Green, same size. Just different brand/sticker and a different lid (click here to see what the Isocol rubbing alcohol looks like).

So what “other uses” did I manage to find for rubbing alcohol?

Personally, I used it to fix my broken blush like one of the many tutorials around on YouTube. The easiest (and laziest, but in a good way) is probably Kandee Johnson’s tutorial. But you can search many others on the internet or if you prefer, a video version on YouTube.

But I also found all these other ways to use it which I have yet to try (but I’d imagine it’d be useful). Here are some of them:

  • Clean your phone (wipe down)
  • Erase permanent markers
  • Clean white boards
  • Make shape-able ice-packs
  • Clean bathroom fixtures (chromes)
  • Clean hairspray off mirrors (although I don’t even own a hairspray right now)

So I hope this post will benefit at least ONE person out there and I’ll post another post soon!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Meet 6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion

Hello hello! I hope you are having an awesome weekend so far. I’m just here to quickly introduce you to my 6 garlic and Mr. ROnion!

6 Garlic is a pot of 6 garlic (obviously) and Mr. ROnion is a red onion in a separate pot. I saw so many posts about planting garlic on Pinterest and so I wanted to give it a try.

I’m not much of a green thumb but I thought I’d give planting garlic and onions a go. I’m in to try lots of things at the moment! #YOLO. I’ve just been following a few instructions from the internet. I put them on my patio (with a roof) and water them about twice a week since it is autumn here in the lower half of Australia. I also sprinkled a little tiny bit of Epsom salt on top of it the other day as fertiliser. If anyone has any tips, do let me know!

IMG_2191 IMG_2192

Yes, I am so creative I write details on some extra plastic spoons we had laying around the house from takeaways and such. *sarcasm*

Anyway I will probably write update blogs on these two pots every now and then!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

 

Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina

 

Glad I have you: Leather Puncher

Hello lovely smiles,

Leather puncher in its packaging

Leather puncher in its packaging

About a month ago, as some of you might remember, I bought an AUD$1 belt at a sale about a month ago and they were way too big for me. I talked about getting a leather puncher so I can customise the belt to my size. Well, I’m telling you today I’m glad I decided to buy this little gadget! Now, I can surf the sales all I want and since my size is normally the one that is gone first (XS/S) and therefore found it hard to buy belts on crazy sales in the past. Now, I can buy larger belt sizes and will still be able to wear them!

If you are petite in build like me, then I definitely recommend this investment. I suggest buying the revolving one with multiple sized “punchers” (for lack of a better word – I don’t know what you’d call them) since different belts will require different sizes. Especially those fastened with a push button.

I researched DIY alternatives and they are very tedious, uncertain and the results are not satisfying at all! (messy, rough, etc) Trust me, $10 will be paid back in a flash! (e.g. I recently bought a supposedly $14 belt for $1 which was too big and I had to punch a few extra holes with my leather puncher at home. Now, I think by having the leather puncher, I saved $13 — BAM! Leather puncher paid back.)

Revolving leather puncher - multi-sized puncher

Revolving leather puncher – multi-sized puncher

A great tip if you are in AustraliaDO NOT buy this from Spotlight. I tried finding something like this there and it costs AUD$25+. I luckily went to Bunnings (a home-improvement/hardware store) shortly after and found this one that I bought for a little less than AUD$10.

Leather puncher packaging

Leather puncher packaging

I also searched online and found nothing worthy of buying less than $8. And that didn’t include shipping either. The wait times for delivery and such were around 1 month. Totally would have costed me more than $10.

hole comparisons

Holes originally on the belt vs holes I made using the Leather Puncher

UPDATED: here is the hole comparisons – original holes vs punched holes. In my opinion the holes are really neat and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you stare at them really well. With my black belt, I had to make the hole bigger since I didn’t want to even attempt to make the slits.

If you would like to use this, then make sure you start from a hole that is a little smaller in size than what you think it might be. If you made a mistake in judging, you can always go bigger, but not smaller.

So that is all smileys, I hope you found this useful!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

DIY Toner for Acne Prone Skin – Dupe for Proactiv Toner?

So I mentioned in my last post that I am using a DIY toner to replace my Proactiv toner. I was inspried by an older video by SecretLifeOfABionerd (a.k.a. K.L.) on Youtube about this easy and extremely cheap DIY toner.

Ingridients: Aspirin + Witch Hazel.

The ingridients are easy to find at my local supermarket – Witch Hazel and Aspirin. Though the prices here in Australia is CRAZY compared to the U.S. prices mentioned by K.L. in her video. I bought a bottle of Witch Hazel for about AUD$6.67 and a box of Aspirin for AUD$4.49. I wasn’t sure if the generic supermarket brand (which only costs AUD$0.95 for the same amount) will dissolve well. Maybe next time I will venture out and try it and I will update you on that.

My bottle of Toner.

My bottle of Toner.

Since the aspirin here looks way different to that shown by K.L. in her video, I had to make an “educated guess” as to how much aspirin/witch hazel to mix to  make my toner. I don’t think exact measurements would matter here, but correct me if I’m wrong.

What I did was I snapped 5 of the aspirin tablets into quarter pieces or smaller and chucked it into the squeezy bottle I had laying around (cleaned in boiling water to sanitise). I then filled it up (slowly, since the aspirin I bought fizzes) with Witch Hazel until the bottle is about 7/8 full.

I have been using this toner for about 3 weeks now and I don’t see much difference with my skin compared to when I was using the Proactiv toner. Yay for me? This DIY version not only costed me only a fraction of what Proactiv costed me but I don’t notice much of a difference in their results.

The only downside was the scent. I intend to add a few drops of Lavender oil into my next batch of Toner and hopefully that will be a successful experiment. Again, I will do another blog post updating you on this.

Here is K.L.’s Video:

Thank you for joining me in this journey of clearer, better skin!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita.

For The Love of Giant Panda [DIY T-Shirt & Mix Apparel Haul]

So about a month ago I saw a post by Crissey from HelloCrissey on Tumblr on how she did a DIY Panda Face Sweater. I’ve always loved the Giant Panda and frankly I’m always drawn to tops that has a panda face on it. Not to mention, the official mascot of the residential college I attended is a Giant Panda. So I decided to take the techniques and templates from Crissey’s tutorial and made my own Panda T-Shirt.

The Haul

Since mum already had the needle and thread, all I needed was the t-shirt.

I went to search for a good, comfortable plain white t-shirt that are super affordable (I never like to spend money on overpriced stuff). I tried looking at many places both online and offline stores. In the end, I unexpectedly found some at Coles by Mix Apparel. I picked up 2 T-Shirts from the clearance section – one more fitting and the other loose fitting. Though the colour is a little more like cream than it is white, I thought this would make the tee looks less “harsh” and give it a “lived in” look which I love.

The bag the Mix Apparel T-Shirts were packaged in at the check out

Fitted V-Neck Mix Apparel T-Shirt in XS
($4)

Loose-fit Round-Neck Mix Apparel T-Shirt in S
($5)

The End Product

My DIY Panda Face T-Shirt

Embroidery Hoop

I pretty much followed exactly how Crissey did it in her blog post (and used her template too – which printed to about half an A4 size) but I thought that I didn’t like how hers looked “bunched up” – like she pulled on the needle too hard while sewing. To solve this problem, I concentrated in stitching with very little “pull” and also used an embroidery hoop I had laying around.

I also used “long and short stitch” to fill in rather than “satin stitch” as suggested by my mother to give it a more “natural” look at the end. Click HERE for a few basic stitches and to see the difference between the two stitches. They ARE quite similar to each other.

I used in total one embroidery floss plus a little bit more (maybe another 30cm), loading the needle with 2 out of the 6 strands of the floss at a time.

Embroidery Floss

In the end, because the T-Shirt material is so soft and stretchy (and super comfortable!) the stitching still looked like they were too tight. Luckily, I have a super-mum and she told me a very awesome trick!

TIP: Iron the embroidery afterwards from the back side (so turn the t-shirt inside out) to lessen the “pulled” look.

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The project took me 2 days to complete – with breaks. I did this while watching TV-Shows/Movies/YouTube clips on my desk.

Though I could have filled in more of the black, I think in the end I pretty much succeded this DIY and I can’t wait to start my next DIY Project!

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Lots of Smiles,

Sita