Guest Post: diy ideas on the web

i’m away from the office today so i asked my beautiful little sis to provide you with todays diy ideas.  have a look at all the great ideas she noticed on the internet… (thank you sis!!)

Hello, Janine here from Black Sheep, my lovely sister asked me to share some of my favourite diy's here with you today, I can't wait to try some of these! There's some clever and creative people out there with brilliant ideas, here's some I plan on trying...


The Pointy Kitty Pattern.  If I could sew at all I would definitively make one of these, it's absolutely adorable! It could make a cute baby gift too...





2 This could make such a lovely decoration in the home and I can't wait to try this out, should be pretty easy, and it looks stunning!

3Absolutely love this rustic pencil holder! I'll have to ask my dad to help me out with this one, but this is so cool and could look amazing in the office/craft area of any home.

Knitted cashmere arm warmers would be perfect for the cold winter coming your way, it looks beautiful and classy.

5I can't wait to make this mini pom-poms, they are to die for! Follow the link for a tutorial on how to.

6I found this on pinterest, but unfortunately I was unable to find the original link, and I would love to know how to make this, it's so cute!

Thanks Stephanie for having me on your blog today!

**{click on the images to see the sources / links}**

books: stephanie plum series

if you follow me on goodreads you would have noticed that i started reading this series in the beginning of this year, i love this series.  i use to read mostly crime & detective books but i got a bit bored with it and a friend recommended this series.  since reading the first book, i quickly realised that i am hooked and devoured the rest in a space of a few months (there is 16 in paperback at this moment). 

the books are written by Janet Evanovich.  the book titles are as much fun as the stories in the books.  the books play off in Trenton, New Jersey and is mainly about Stephanie Plum, her family & friends.  book 1:  one for the money;

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wise guys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prize-fighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.

so what is so great about them? stephanie is hilarious. her family, especially grandma mazur is hilarious.  i laugh out loud constantly when reading these books. i love the murder mysteries which are often at least a step above the formula ones.  i even love the triangle between ranger and morelli and stephanie.  16 books in and i am still captivated by the tension between the three.  all the characters are so outrageous and i still find myself being able to believe it and go along with the book.  do things get repetitive? sure, i mean, she blows up a car in every single book.  but for me, that makes it all the more funny - i can't help it, i laugh every single time.  i love how she is so clumsy and crazy and manages to get things done in spite of herself. i love how she is always battling her weight - that constant struggle between carrots and carrot cake!  i love her family, the situations she gets in, her friends, her grandmother....  really, did I mention I love these books?  i feel that the story just gets better and better as you know the characters more and she doesn't have to spend time introducing them, she can just get on to the chaos. 

here is a few of the covers.  isn’t the titles just clever…you will always know what number you are at.

 {images via:  amazon}

there is also a movie coming out in january 2012 with katherine heighl playing stephanie plum.  i am actually to scared to go and watch that but will have to wait and see what it is like.

currently i am reading the mind games trilogy by carolyn crane.  i’ve just finished the first one and started reading the second one & then i have to wait for the third one to come out later this year. 

have a fun reading thursday!

more on my diy list

i’ve been busy with other projects so didn’t get a chance to make anything this week.  so to get our creative juices flowing for this lovely (rainy) day, here is what i picked up on over the internet these last couple of days.  i’m definitely adding these to my diy list.

Make my own mini album – from Design House Digital

Decorate bottles with yarn – from Style at Home

Make very cute books – from Hello, Friend

Make a mixed paper journal with our holiday photos & tickets – from found paper co

and lastly, i’ve left the cleverest idea for last (already added paper towel holder to my shopping list)

Use a paper towel holder for all my bracelets (hope one will be enough) – from here.

the last few days…

i got spoiled with

a bubble bath & flowers.

wayne played with his remote control tank.

saw this lovely pink flower on our walk around wimbledon.

[left] saw these old cars on the street.  (i only noticed a few houses down the road that these cars are going to be used on a film set.  i’m not sure what they were filming though.)

[right] were on the new metropolitan line trains.  i actually like them, they look more spacious and there’s no doors between the individual compartments anymore.  now you can see straight through the train.

we also went to see rise of the planet of the apes.  we thought it was excellent! 

{via here}

i loved the fact that this wasn’t a remake of the original movies but kind of like a prequel of the first movie.  andy serkis as caesar was brilliant.  he made caesar by far the best animated character in the history of cinema. his facial expressions tell it all! you feel his rage, his fear, and his child like innocence through his wonderfully animated eyes. not only is the C.G.I. good, but the character is written very well in general.  you will go through all of those emotions yourself as you witness his journey. all I can say is that (if i had a dog or even a pet) i’ll try to walk it without a leash as much as possible. through the film, you will understand what caesar is feeling and why. the invisible character of the film is humanity itself, and at times, feels like a study of human nature.  it is how cruel humans can be on the one side and on the other how kind they can also be.  this movie will have you in tears at one stage and then angry on the other end.  the CGI in this was so good that i had to remind myself that these apes aren’t real.  so go and see the movie – it was fantastic!

hope you all are having a great week so far!!

books: the hunger games trilogy

{book covers via:  wikipedia}

i know i only started reading this series later than after most people, (first one came out in 2009), but i am actually glad i did, because i could read all 3 of them back to back.  i also found out that there is the movie that is coming out in 2012.  i just hope that the movie won’t take away the idea that i pictured in my head of these books. 

the plot of the first book:  In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

I JUST LOVED IT!! it is classified as young adult fantasy books but i think it will be suited for all ages even if it has pretty gruesome descriptions of the deaths and battles that ensued as part of the “Hunger Games”.  i must admit i was truly impressed by the author's imagination and vivid storytelling. she built a world which i could totally imagine in my mind, and she provided sufficient background information so readers wouldn't need to deduce anything on their own. it was even fast-paced and there was not a dull moment in the book.

the major theme of the book was fairly clear from the start - it was about survival. this was not an easy topic to tackle. although I really thought that the book was well-written and would recommend it to others, I would never call it an "easy" or "fun" read.  iIn fact, the "Hunger Games" left me feeling somewhat disturbed, and I had to think about some of the themes that were intertwined throughout the story:

Survival - it was all about what one must do/act/learn in order to survive in the worst of times, to provide for your loved ones, and how survival will change your outlook on life.

Deceit - what one must do to fool others to one's benefit, to achieve hidden agenda.

Love - unconditional love for one's family, as well as the actions that may be driven by romantic love towards another person.

Trust - in a world where survival is the primary driver, is there anyone you can trust besides yourself?

I loved Katniss & Peeta, as the main female and male characters of the book. Katniss, a mere 16-year-old, had learned her survival skills and techniques through suffering and the burden of providing for her young sister and dysfunctional mother. i think she is incredible. She's strong, proud, passionate, clever, yet cold, calculating and soft.  Peeta, although without any special or unique skills other than his strength, had a good heart and his innocence was something that I fell for partway through the book.

The supporting characters are just as rich and interesting. The world itself is three dimensional and when reading you will probably find yourself immersed in the science fiction world that doesn’t seem that distant from our own.

in all honesty, i think these books are way better than twilight!! it’s better written & had more body & passion to it than twilight.

i would recommend you ALL to read it!

  katniss & peeta  {via:  collider} images from the movie coming out in 2012

i made this: colourful coasters

this is the original one’s:
from:  PurlBee
i love the fun and colourful idea of this. and it’s also a fun summer sewing project.
my coasters:
i could have glued the little segments on the felt but decided to hand stich them.  i only realised after i made about 4 of them that there is actually a template of the coasters.  i also decided to use funky foam on the back and not another felt circle – easier to clean.

i would also LOVE to do the following:

this is from designsponge.  and i think this is so clever, re-vamping a dreary old jar & as a bonus you get rid of all your little scraps of paper.

i can’t wait to try this.

clever idea from oh the lovely things.  she even gives you lovely templates, so all you have to do is print this off and follow her easy instructions and VIOLA you have a very clever birthday present for you family & friends.

hope everyone is having a fabulous ‘hump day’!

movie tuesday: super 8

we went to see this over the weekend

a short summary of the storyline:  In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

this movie makes me think of movies i loved when i was still a kid (ET comes to mind).  it’s not bombarded with CGI & all kinds of special effects BUT filled with friendship and even heart. there is special effects in the movie but it doesn’t take away from the story line it just enhances it.  it also makes you miss the days when you were an adventure-seeking & truth-seeking kid & just loved hanging out with your friends.  the young actors was just spectacular in here.  claudia puig said the following:  “Though there is nostalgia involved — the movie is set in 1979 — the story bears the stamp of contemporary wonderment and the specter of 9/11 paranoia”; i think this captures the idea i got from this movie perfectly.  all in all i would say that i enjoyed this movie a lot & for JJ Abrams first movie – i think he did a wonderful job.

an interesting fact:  when JJ Abrams came up with the idea of the movie it was initially a prequel or sequel to Cloverfield (i thought this movie was not very good) but luckily Stephen Spielberg (who is the producer on super 8) liked Abrams original idea more than the cloverfield idea. 

when we left the movie the first thing we both wanted to know was where the title came from and we google it on the bus and… the name is from the film & camera that the kids use to shoot their own movie.

the weekend


we had THE BEST hamburger EVER over the weekend and it wasn’t from a fancy or famous restaurant AT ALL…it was from a pub…

it was REALLY REALLY good!

after lunch we bought some fabrics.  and then we wondered around in westfield shopping centre.  this is a MASSIVE shopping centre in london.  we found these lovely things in the shopping centre:

the cars from cars 2!!! they were so cute and even had dents and everything…

before we head home – we had starbucks (frappuccino’s)

hope you all had a fantastic weekend! have a wonderful week!

it is a lot quieter now here in london – still police EVERYWHERE but i don’t mind that – makes us all feel safer.

looking for leafy, leafy…

walking to work this week, i noticed that a lot of the trees have started to change their leafs from green to brown, meaning that autumn is around the corner.  i can’t believe it’s that time of the year already.  i seriously think that london picked the short straw for summer this year (it was practically NON existent). 

autumn coloured leafs (can’t really see the one on the right; but it is – i promise)

a few i noticed on the ground

yellow coloured one’s

all the parks are looking like this now, green but full of brown leafs; beautiful white ‘fluffy’ clouds

i’m like a zebra today in my stripy dress; and my office numbers.

yummy frozen yoghurt – i had plain yoghurt with pomegranates. 

oh, and the title of my post today is from Friends, season 4:  The One with all the Haste; where Phoebe invented her game (“Phoebeball, No, it doesn’t have a name”) so that Rachel & Monica can get their flat back from the boys (Chandler & Joey).  no one understood the game so they decided to pick a card from a deck.  i always think of that line she said when i see all the leafs.

i wish you all a fantastic weekend & friday!

i made this: owl doorstop

as you've seen in yesterday's post; i made a very cute owl doorstop as a birthday present for a friend

i think it turned out so pretty & super cute.  BUT with my first attempt i wasn't to happy about it.  here it is.
it is cute but not really what i was looking for.  so i decided to re-make it & change my design completely.  luckily she loved it and her little girl was completely taken with the doorstop, she was even hinting to her mum that she should rather get it by saying that even the little heart on the back of the owl is 'PERFECT'.

for my next diy tasks i would LOVE to do the following:

i just love this crochet pincushion. i really need to find out how to make this.

and also this:

this is so easy to make, and it looks awesome
hope everyone had a fantastic week so far.  things are a lot calmer here in london now, lets hope it stays like this.

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