• Jan
  • 27
  • 2014

laundry > love or loath?

Hello & Happy Monday all!

Its hot here in Melbourne with temperatures soaring up to 35 degrees celcius today so lets do the laundry…yea? I for one absolutely loathe doing the laundry! I dislike anything to do with clothes: washing, scrubbing (especially when you have toddlers), folding, ironing etc…Ironing is probably the most hated chore lol, and I’m sure you ladies agree with me on this one. Anyhow, we recently renovated the laundry…yes after I gave birth! I seem to love renovating during/after birth. When I had my firstborn, we renovated our kitchen. When I had my second, we renovated the bathroom. Now with number 3, we’ve just finished doing the laundry. Reason being: hubby gets a lot of time off-supposedly ‘paternal leave’ to look after his child & I…and since he just stays home, might as well be productive! Although the renovating part is finished, the decorating part is still in progress, so once its all completed I’ll snap photos and share it with you guys.

So hopefully by having a new laundry, I would enjoy doing it more…especially ironing (we bought a second hand wall mount ironing board/centre so it makes ironing a lotttt more convenient) Anyway the reason for this post is to share with you lovely readers a fabulous funny freebie I came across on Facebook. I extracted the quote and designed one to match my laundry decor. Click the link below to download the PDF, print and put it up in your laundry. Happy washing ya’ll!

*Printable is in A4/8×12″

 


  • Nov
  • 17
  • 2013

{collaboration} DIY Candle tutorial & a fabulous FREEBIE!

When my friend Pik from Sakina Design emailed me a month ago to do a free monthly collaboration for our fans, I was so excited to get right in as I was already planning to do DIY soy candles for myself! I told Pik I was giving birth early December so I could only do 1 collaboration (instead of monthly) before I my due date and then perhaps next year, I’ll jump back again on the bandwagon! Pik was excited about my idea of DIY soy candles and we decided that I’d do the tutorial step by step whilst she designs the labels and these labels are very customisable and will be FREE PRINTABLES for all you lovely fans. The download link is at the bottom of this post!

I have always been a soy candle lover! I love the smell, the sight and the whole ambience it creates. I light up my candles mainly at night, after cooking- to neutralise the house from any food smell and just to relax and wind down whilst the kids are in bed. The important thing about candles for me are 1- natural and 2-the smell… and probably cost as well lol!

So after years of buying candles, I thought, hey maybe its time I explore my other creative side and start making my own DIY homemade soy wax candles! I started just by googling ‘natural soy wax candle supplies’ and after a few Youtube videos, here I am to show you how I made mine. All you need is a beginners kit. My kit comes with everything you need to make your own candles, along with 6 glass jars (so they will keep you lighting for a while!) and with 3 choice of fragrance that you can choose from hundreds of scents, so I chose my favourite top 3.

1. Coconut & Lime

2. Sweet Pea & Vanilla

3. Lychee & Black Tea

I do love other scents too, but for now this will suffice. But I know what I want next time, strawberry, watermelon…mmm…basically anything fruity!

 

STEP BY STEP DIY NATURAL SOY WAX CANDLE MAKING TUTORIAL

 

Items you will need (all included in this beginners kit)

*the image above just shows half of the beginners kit.

First, place the wick stickums (these are adhesive double sided) on one end of the wick.

Just before placing them in the glass jar, remove the other end sticker and firmly press it down the middle of the jar.

Place the wick holders (wooden stick) in between the wicks.

And now, peg each wick carefully positioning them in the middle of the glass on top of the wick holders.

In a double boiler, put the 100gram soy wax in and let it melt slowly. You can also do this in a microwave, but I’m not a fan of microwaves, so double boiler it is! Ensure that the wax reaches a temperature of around 80 to 85 degree Celsius – use the thermometer for this.

Once melted, pour the wax into the pouring jug and mix the whole bottle of fragrance in, stirring quickly but carefully with the bamboo stick. Note: You can also add colouring in this stage but since the beginners kit did not come with colouring, I didn’t bother. To me, smell is more important than colour, don’t you think? :)

Once mixed, pour the contents into each glass jar. This mixture will be enough to make 2 medium oxford candle jars. (remember, if you bought the beginners kit from this supplier, you still have 4 more glass candles and enough candle making supplies to fill up the rest of the 4 jars)

Now, leave it in a secure place and let it cool overnight before burning.

Your candles should look like this once cooled. Yay, we’re nearly there, just need to dress up these babies with Pik’s amazing labels!

Now, print off the labels here. But wait, before you do that, Pik has so kindly made these labels customisable just for you. You can write your own short text or quote on them via your PDF reader, how amazing is that? So even if you don’t wish to use them for candles, you can use these labels as gift tags, or gift cards, or anything you want! Simply write your desired text in the textline box and print! *You can only do this through a computer/laptop-not compatible with mobile phones*

And now stick the label on your candle. These labels are really adorable!

 


  • Oct
  • 11
  • 2013

{Freebie Friday} FREE DIY Eid Gift Tag Printables

{EID AL ADHA}

FREE  DIY Gift Tag Printables in assorted designs & colours!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

This is a freebie Friday, because why not?!  The weekend is coming up, so its the perfect day to launch my FREE DIY PRINTABLES just in time for Eid. I’m sure many of you will be busy this weekend wrapping up gifts for Eid. Consider this my little Eid gift to you, fellow fans :)

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to do printables this Eid, as my FREE EID printables are only an annual thing. But, as I was shopping one day to look for supplies for my personal Eid gifts, I fell in love with these paper strings and washi tapes! So I thought, since I’m doing it for myself, why don’t I share them with you?

Materials needed for this project:

1. This A4 (8×12″) printed template. Print as many as you wish
2. Ruler
3. Scissors and/or cutter
4. String or ribbon
5. Hole puncher

I love gift wrapping. I can unleash my creative side and go wild, there are so many options. Though, I only like to use kraft paper (brown paper) as the base, and then decorate it with different coloured strings, ribbons, washi tapes, flowers, doilies, pom poms etc…ahh your imagination runs wild. A quick search on Pinterest will get you quite excited about gift wrapping.

Once you’ve cut them out, use a hole puncher and punch some holes as shown.

Now you’re ready to wrap, decorate and thread your gift tags. Its superrrrr simple! And go crazy wrapping, you can find lots of ideas on Pinterest if you do a search for ‘Gift Wrapping’ and lots of inspirations will come up. There are so many ways you can wrap a present, so mix and match!

This one is for the males! Don’t be scared to use black wrapping paper, often, black makes a present look outstanding and unique, especially when combined with one of this black and white gift tag ;)

This gift tag was inspired by washi tape! I absolutely love them. This particular one, was inspired by the ‘Coloured airmail’ washi tape. I love the vibrancy of the colours in it!

And of course, teal is my favourite new colour. Inspired by the washi tape (sitting above it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Aug
  • 02
  • 2013

Free Bonus Printable – Eid Money Packets/Envelopes!

Our FREE BONUS DIY Printable is all about MONEY!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

MONEY PACKETS (ENVELOPES) IN ENGLISH & MALAY

 

 

As a child who grew up in Malaysia, I used to look forward to every Raya (Eid) because of the festive money!  My sister and I would collect so many Sampul duit raya (Eid money packets)  from parents, relatives, family friends etc. So basically, if you’re not married, you’ll get it! Its not a common practice back home to give out presents during Eid, though now, living in Australia and being married to a Lebanese, we do both traditions- give out presents and money to the little ones.

 

It is extremely hard, in fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any shops that give them out or sell them here in Melbourne. Every year I’d have to make my own ones or simply reuse old ones. So I thought it would be a great idea to give them out for FREE to all In My Studio Fans as part of my FREE DIY Confetti Collection Party Pack.

They are so easy to make, it only takes about a minute to finish 1. I have made it available in 2 languages, 1 in english (Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid) and another in Malay (Selamat Hari Raya, Salam Aidilfitri).

Materials needed for this project:

1. This printable template
2. A4 | 8×12” White paper (200 gsm | 110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter or scissors
5. Double sided tape/glue

Using a ruler as well as scissors/cutter, carefully cut out each template.

Fold accordingly.

Then apply glue or sticky tape on the side flaps as noted on template.

I prefer using double sided tape as its less messy…so now peel it off…

And bring the back cover over, press it gently to make a finished money envelope.

Repeat the process until you have made your desired amount. There are a couple of designs that include ‘To & From” if you wish to name your money packets.

Now insert your money (notes are preferred over coins, the bigger the number, the better :p )

As for me, I have packaged these in a pack of 6 to give out to my parents and relatives, for free of course :)

 


  • Aug
  • 01
  • 2013

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Table Setting

Our forth and final week FREE DIY Printable is for the Eid Table Setting!
                             *You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Welcome Poster, Eid Gift Tags & Table Buffet Cards

 


This marks our final FREE DIY Printables for Eid Ul Adha. Subhanallah, Ramadan is only less than 10 days. Time really does fly. Are you making the most of it?

Our final printables include

1) A4 Welcome Poster Print (words on poster are: “Eid Mubarak, Welcome!”)

2) Table Buffet Cards

3) Gift/swing tags (for your beloved guests!)

These gift tags are so cute and they finish off a perfect Eid celebration by handing each and every guest a goodie bag, or maybe just the kids? hehe
As you can see, the ideas are limitless. Displayed here, I have made an Eid goodie paper bag and also a cookie gift wrap, both attached with my lovely swing tags as a “Thank You” gift.

Can you see the super delicious soft scones? I promise you they are so soft, and will be sharing the recipe in the next few days inshallah. Need to schedule out all my posts!

The Confetti Collection Party Pack colours are so unisex and suitable for any Eid party you may host, thanks to my Facebook followers who voted their favourite colour for this years Eid theme! I hope you enjoyed my FREE DIY Printables, please make dua for me and also share some pictures of your table decor with me. You may post them on my Facebook page or email me. I would love to see your decorations!

And stay tune, I have another FREE PRINTABLE BONUS coming up!!!

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