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Iced Coffee Things 2.0

A  little while ago, I wrote a post about my favourite iced coffees at the time. I have since drank many, more iced lattes and frappuccinos and I’m here to give you the low-down on some worth trying if you love caffeine in its icy form.

Iced latte – Bootlegger Coffee Company

Iced Flat White – Vida e Caffe

Iced Latte – Ou Meul Bakkery

Iced Latte – The Vineyard Hotel

Muggacino Frappuccino – Mugg & Bean

There are many, many more. This could go on for a while. If you like having iced coffee at home too, here is something to try…

1/2 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of coffee

1/2 -1 cup of milk

4-5 ice blocks

Chuck it all in a blender and you’re set – its a goodie. You could replace the ice with ice cream if that’s your vibe.

What are your favourite spots to grab an iced coffee?

Nabeela x

 

DIY (Five Minute) Greeting Cards

As much as I love making stuff, I often find myself pressed for time when it comes to doing so. Its safe to say that I’ve made my fair share of birthday cards whilst rushing around in the last five minutes before leaving home for said birthday event. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds themselves in this little predicament so I thought I would share some of my favourite five-minute cards to make for those emergency (or not-so-emergency) times.

You will need:

  • Cardboard (brown or white)
  • Paper (preferably white)
  • Scrapbook paper / any patterned paper scraps
  • Stamps, stickers and washi
  • Pens (just black is good too)
  • Glue / double-sided tape
  • Extra bits (dried flowers/stickers/etc.)

01. / Girly 

Use two papers that have the same colours in them. Stick them onto the card and stamp/write the appropriate greeting in the spaces. I added a sprig of dried flowers too with washi tape.

 

02. / Ombre

I’ve made this card so many times. I usually use paint chips but any paper with colour steps will work. Simply cut strips of the paper in the same size and stick it on. I used pop-up sticky dots to add some interest, but glue or tape would work just as well.

03. / Washi

For this card, pick a few washi tapes in similar colours. Stick them along one side of the card, and add writing or stamps with the appropriate greeting.

 

I hope you find these helpful. Happy making!

Nabeela x

DIY Paint-Chip Greeting Card

It’s been a while since I’ve done some crafty content over here on the blog, but as the name suggests, I love making stuff and I  have missed sharing my DIYs over here.

I often say that making cards was my first craft-love. As a child, I adored making cards for people and still do. Naturally, over time, my style has changed and I’ve honed my skills a bit since then (or so I’d like to think).

I recently made a really quick and simple card and thought I’d share it with you.

Ever walked into the hardware store and walked out with an armful of colourful paint chips? I know I have, much to the chagrin of the store assistants. Those colourful little chips have so much potential!

On a recent trip to the hardware store, I was running around, desperate to grab what I needed and leave. But something (maybe the fact that its a giant rainbow wall) stopped me in my tracks and made me go up to the paint chip wall, grab two and take them with me.

I decided to use one to make a simple gradient effect card. Its just in time for Fathers’ Day too, so why not give it a go.

You will need: 

  • Paint chip card
  • White cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Stamps/pens
  • Double-sided tape/glue

Method:

  1. First, fold the cardboard to an appropriate size for your card.
  2. Then, cut the different shades from the coloured paint chip into equal squares. I used 9.
  3. Place them in a grid from lightest to darkest (you could do any order though).
  4. Once you’ve planned out your pattern, use glue or double-sided tape to stick them down.
  5. Lastly, add a message above or below the coloured squares. I used my favourite trusty alphabet stamps but you can use a pen, paintbrush or anything else.

That’s it! It’s pretty simple and I love the gradient look. If you give this a go, send me a pic! I’d love to see what you create.

Happy crafting!

Nabeela x

DIY Minimal Wall-hanging

Hello

I have been wanting a more simple wall hanging in my room for a little while now. Previously, a dream catcher was hanging there but it started to bother me and made the wall feel a little too busy for my liking. I wanted something simple, beautiful and functional.

I did some searching on Pinterest and made a simple hanging based off inspiration I found whilst searching. Mine holds my favourite Instax Mini prints, so I can admire them every day.

Its quick and easy, so lets jump right in.

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You will need a bamboo chopstick, a bit of string, a few mini pegs and some mini art prints, photos or Instax prints that you love.

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Cut a piece of string and tie it to each end of your chopstick, leaving the same sized gap on either side. Make it as long or short as you like. It all depends on how low you want it to hang.

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Cut three separate lengths of string. Feed one through each of your little pegs, through the little spring part in the middle.

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Tie a secure knot.Tie each of the strings with the threaded pegs to the chopstick. I tied mine at different lengths, but you can do it however you like. (Also, you can add as many pegs and strings as you like. I just thought three worked well).

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Peg your art prints or photos onto the hanging.

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Find a good space to hang it and admire the minimal beauty of it!

Have a go at making one. They’re easy to make and are simple, but beautiful.

Nabeela x

PS: Summer holidays are here and I have some exciting content to share with you! Stay tuned!

Bedside Table Styling

Hello

I’ve decided I’m going to try writing about something different, because I’ve had a bit of writers/makers block, and so I’ve been feeling uninspired to write about the topics I usually do.

I find myself constantly changing up the style of my bedside table in my room. There are two reasons for this. The first one is, I love so many different styles that I always want to experiment and change things up. The other reason is that I get visually bored really easily, so I feel the need to change the small details in my room if they’ve been a certain way for too long. In this post, I’ll be sharing some ways that you can style your bedside table. They’re all a mix of my favourite styles. I find that I revert to a mix of the ‘the reader’ style and ‘the minimalist’ style.

The Maker

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For this style, I’ve used an interesting art print and the plant to add interest. The paintbrushes make for a cute display, as well as the magazines and books, which relate to crafting and creativity.

The Minimalist

I’ve used a basic art print, a studio-style lamp and plants to make this style cohesive. The monochromatic books and ceramic ornament also tie in with the plainer colour scheme.

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 The Explorer

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Whilst still sticking with the studio lamp, I replaced the art print with some Instax photos. Also, I placed a travel journal and Instax Camera on the bedside table to add interest. The plant just ties together with the plant-life in the photos above it.

The Reader

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The final style is for the person that loves reading and just wants reading material at their bedside. Piles of magazines and books can look cluttered, so try styling them with plants in a neat pile for a more cohesive look.

I feel like all of these styles are very achievable and easy to pull together. I hope you are inspired to spend a few minutes styling your bedside table into a way that makes you happy!

Also, Happy Spring! (South Hemisphere people x)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{PS: If you want to know where any of the photographed items are from, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! I didn’t include it in the post, because it can be a bit of a drag to read through.}

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

Hello

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. I’ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. It’s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and I’m visiting it over this weekend. It’s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. I’ve taken some shots of a few of the latest pages in my journal. I hope you enjoy flipping through the pictures.

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Uh, yes, my cactus obsession is real. 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts. 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left. 

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This is probably my favourite page in my current journal. The quote on the left I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I L.O.V.E it! The page on the right was inspired by a rainy day, as you’ve probably sussed out. 
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I love the right page. I did it by using the straw technique. Just make your watercolours quite wet and drop it on. Then, whilst its still wet, blow it with a straw and watch the colours take over your page! 
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Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot. 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too. 
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As you can see, my journal is getting really full!

Have a fabulous weekend! Good luck to everyone writing exams at the moment! Keep warm, Southern Hemisphere peeps.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

How I’ve Been Crafting Lately

Hello

A little while ago, I wrote a post about my midori journal and it was quite popular, so I decided to go into a bit more depth as to how I journal. Lately, my favourite method of crafting has been, well, journaling. I’ve been experimenting with different forms of art journaling, collaging and midori-style journaling.

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This is the Midori I’ve been using. It’s A5 size and was custom-made for me. I love it!

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This is the notebook I’ve been using. I kinda love the cover.

 

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I’ve also been playing around and trying to make my own inserts for my midori. This one turned out pretty cute I think.

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I keep a box of scraps of card and paper to use for layering up my journal. I use normal notebooks from the grocery store so the paper isn’t very thick, that’s why I prefer to layer. 

Here’s some step-by-step shots of how a spread come about in my journal.

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I started off by layering with the paper I wanted.
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Next, I added washi tape and some stamping for my heading.
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Then I added some more stamping, as bullet-points and a decorative border at the bottom. I love that hexagonal stamp! Its an acrylic stamp from the Docrafts Papermania Geometric Mono range. LOVE.
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Lastly I added some writing… 
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This is how it turned out. I really like doing these kinds of things. They make me think and reflect a bit, you know? But believe me, some of my journaling pages are VERY impulsive.
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I’ve also been painting, L.O.T.S. Watercolours are my absolute favourite medium at the moment. So easy to use, fast-drying, no smell and quick clean-up. Its a joy!
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Lastly, I thought I’d share a shot of my desk. I don’t usually share pictures of my workspace because I do most of the shoots for these posts in our patio room because of the divine natural light. But I thought it was about time.

Some great journaling accounts to follow on Instagram:

I could go on, but those are the ones that came to mind.

Lastly, I visited Decorex Cape Town last week and it was amazing. I came back feeling inspired and so in love with home decor. Don’t forget to spoil your mums for Mothers Day on Sunday! And if you are a mum, I’m sure you’ll get spoilt x.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Choc-Coffee Loaf Cake with Pistachios

Hello

Over this weekend, I was really feeling for chocolate cake. So out came the Kenwood mixer and on went the oven, but I decided that I wanted to try something different. And so, I decided to make this cake!

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2/3 cup of self raising flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/4 cup boiling water (with a teaspoon of coffee)
  • A handful of pistachios for the top

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180º/C
  • Beat the eggs and sugar
  • In a different bowl, sift the dry ingredients
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar
  • Add the oil and mix well
  • Add the coffee
  • Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until baked through
  • Top with icing and pistachios

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This cake is so yummy and it’s perfect for a weekend treat as its just enough to eat before the week starts again. Lately, I’ve been so inspired, but not in a way that I just want to make stuff. I want to explore! There’s SO much creativity here in Cape Town and its so exciting to discover! The Design Indaba is coming up soon and I’m really hoping to pop in there.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Fuss-Free Pancakes

In my family, my dad is known for the amazing steak he cooks, my mom I known for her to-die-for cheesecake and I am known for my pancakes (if I may say so myself). I love everything about pancakes from making them right until eating them up.  Today I’ll be sharing my pancake recipe with you.

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Lauren Child's illustration in Astrid Lindgren's book, Pippi Longstocking
Lauren Child’s illustration in Astrid Lindgren’s book, Pippi Longstocking

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup of cake flour (I’ve used self-raising flour too, and it still tastes great!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (You could also use vanilla essence but extract smells way better and has a richer flavour.

Method:

  1. Add egg and sugar in a bowl and whisk well.
  2. Add in milk, water and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  3. Add in flour and salt and mix until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Add butter to a hot pan and pour in mixture.
  5. Fry until golden brown on each side and cooked all the way through.
  6. Enjoy!

One of my favourite books of all time is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I fell in love with Pippi and the beautiful illustrations by Lauren Child when I first read the book. (Pippi loves baking too…)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

  • Banana and Ice-Cream
  • Blueberries and Ice-Cream
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