DIY: Embroidered Christmas gift tags

Remember those Master Card priceless adverts where the child enjoys playing with the box more than the toys? I’m the grownup version of that. My favourite part of gift giving is the wrapping.

My gift wrapping project this year is felt embroidered tags. 20131211_160758


  • Felt (thick fabric like denim can also work)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Regular thread
  • Hard cardboard
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons


  • Scissor
  • Embroidery needle
  • Glue gun


  1. Cut the felt into a tag (I like the triangle against a rectangle shape, not sure if there’s an official name for it).20131202_124314
  2. Embroider the name onto the tag with simple stitches. I like the effect one gets by doing it free hand but if you want to make it more precise rather write the name on the felt and embroider over it.20131202_130001
  3. Stitch the button onto the ‘triangle’ part of the felt tag.
  4. Cut the cardboard into a rectangle that is slightly bigger than the felt ‘rectangle’ part. 20131202_135155
  5. Glue the ribbon in a small loop in the middle of the small side of the cardboard rectangle.
  6. Glue the felt tag onto the cardboard with the triangle slightly hanging over. 20131202_135254

Tip: If the tag is very small swap step 1 and 2 around. It’s much easier doing embroidery on a bigger piece of felt.



Wedding DIY: Bachelorette-party-in-a-bottle

Whenever we visited anyone for longer than 10 hours my mother always gifted the hosts with bottles filled with preserves and savoury noodle salads. As much as I loved the bottles I only appreciated their true value when I had my own household and there’s nothing to serve with the braai.

The Bachelorette-party-in a-bottle alongside my mother's bottles

The Bachelorette-party-in a-bottle alongside my mother’s bottles

My kitchen skills are excessively limited to I came up with a different filling for my ‘bottles’.

The Bachelorette-party-in a-bottle is a quirky gift for the bride-to-be if you can’t make her bachelorette party. Alternatively it is a good way to include bridesmaids who live on the other side of the country/world.


You will need:
–          Bottle
–          Fabric or tissue paper square
–          Broad cellotape
–          A personalised label
–          Bubble wrap
–          Ribbon
–          ‘Filling’. Eg. single bottle shots, condoms, novelty lighter, tiny tiara, beauty queen sash, something X-rated, flash drive with a special playlist, inside jokes



  1. Wash the bottle a million times and ensure that it is dry.
  2. Wrap the single shot bottle(s) in a layer of bubble wrap.
  3. Place all the items in the bottle.
  4. Attached the label with the broad cellotape
  5. Cover the lid of the bottle with the fabric or tissue paper square and ribbon. To make it a little easier you can secure the square to the lid with an elastic band before adding the ribbon.

This Bachelorette-party-in a-bottle was Day One of an advent calendar for the week leading up to my lovely sister-in-law’s wedding. For everyday there’s a tiny gift for the bride-to-be. Let’s stop pretending to be adults and just admit that counting down the days like a 5 year old is AWESOME! Sister-in-law paid me the ultimate compliment when she told me that she actually stood up early to check the gift of the day on the public holiday before going back to sleep.

Because this particular bridal advent calendar is still underway I can’t reveal too much of it’s contents at this time.



DIY: Steampunk Tiara

Steampunk is what the past would have looked like if the future happened sooner – Urban Dictionary

Steampunk was a fascination which quickly…ahem…steamrolled into an obsession. I’d like to think of it as a rather productive obsession. The Plus One and I have made a few steampunk jewellery pieces. We like pretend that they’re gifts but tend to grow way too attached to part with them.


Top left is our very first piece, our style has become a little more refined since then. The right at the bottom was a gift to one of my favourite tweeps @The_Lindaleine. It only took the post office 3 months to get it to her.

I realised just how far gone we were when the Plus One suggested we make a steampunk tiara for a “Tiaras and Ties” themed party.  Any excuse to steampunk it up!

Rose coloured glasses

Beautiful rose coloured glasses available at jadedminx on Etsy

I had a few spectacular ideas involving springs and keys which saw me making a solo trip to the hardware store. Seen through rose coloured steampunk glasses the hardware store is a place of great beauty and promise.


The first version of the steampunk tiara. I love the idea of this but it’s not very practical

Practicality (Read The Plus One) made me ditch the spring for a brass light socket extender.  It served as a solid base for the clock dials and the brass nuts.


The clock dials are extremely dainty and light which makes them tricky to work with but hardly added any weight to the structure.  The black side of the dials would have given the tiara a striking gothic look however I opted for the silver side to contrast with my dark hair.


Olivia the Mannequin

The tiara was affixed to a plain hair comb from Dischem (discount pharmacy).  It kept the tiara in place during a very lively rendition of Gangnam Style.



DIY Revamp: Camouflage Shirt

The ever turning wheel that is fashion has stopped on camouflage again this season. A camouflage shirt is the little black dress of over shirts. It pretty much works with everything.


Mr Price camouflage shirt

I found this rather loud camouflage shirt (talk about an oxymoron) at Mr Price which was so close to perfect save for a few minor details. For one the embellishment had to go. The original buttons were actually not that bad, but I had something better


A new perspective on mass production clothing

For the past few months I’ve been collecting buttons with a crown design from the Milnerton Market at R1 a pop. I like that even though they are completely different there’s a level of uniformity.


Buttons from the Milnerton Market

One episode of Justified later and I had a completely new look.


Trinity the Mannequin rocking the camouflage shirt


The golden rose broach is another Milnerton Market find


My favourite button

I saved all the buttons and embellishment for the next turn of the wheel, apparently Dolly Parton chic is all the range next season…