Few of my DIY’s………for gifts, home etc…

I love making gifts or things for my house myself! I love looking at other people’s creative DIY Jobs and trying to be as crafty as possible when it comes to DIY furnishings or gifts….here are few of my random DIY jobs or re-using of objects at home…..

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My Plain vase made pretty….

So i had this flower vase…very standard and boring….wanted to jazz it up somehow so found an old hairband with giant flower on it that i never wear or will wear so wrap it around the vase to give it a fresh look…..the flowers seem happy in their too…

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Xmas gifts,,,,

So i found these babies in Michaels Craft Store…they came in a packet….i made them into Xmas tree decorations for my family when i went home at Christmas 2012, i gave my mom and sis specific one’s with little notes attached and they adored them and hung them on the tree…I just wrapped old string i had through them..

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DIY food jar tags…

So me and mikey(boyfriend) have had an on-going battle with how exactly pasta and rice is cooked…its famous in our relationship now 😛 , so i decided to make a truce and create jar tags with exactly how to cook each, with each method being a blend of our two minds….it works quite well…

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Mikey’s niece was christened this Christmas past at home in Ireland and we were fortunate enough to be home for it as mikey was baby Saibh’s(pronounced Sive) godfather. So we bought a small gift and instead of giving a card i drew out her name and bought a frame and some pink lace and DIY’d a frame name/card for her. Cards tend to get thrown out so at least this will be kept from her uncle Mikey and aunty Emma.

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Saibh O’Connell

LOVE DIY projects….gifts….items…

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Glass Jars..What to do with left over….

It has become one of my pet peeves to see glass Jars being thrown out….i genuinely am shocked as to why we would throw them out…..would we buy a set of wine glasses and throw them out after one use….no, so i have  come to this conclusion that i need to use any jar that comes my way…lol, its becoming a bit of an obsession and my boyfriend think i am hilarious keeping all these jars…but i just cant throw them out, recycle them of course but i would rather find a use first….SO…

Some of my idea’s for left over Pasta Sauce Jars or any glass jar….

Drinking Glass…..Only since coming to Vancouver did i see this initiative….its great, can make drinks look cool (bit hipstery i know….but don’t we all act hipstery in some form..?) Use these in work so no-one drinks out of your glass again hehe, at home, or even at kids parties….get each boy or girl to write their name on the heart/circle…what ever shape you want on the front and its their own glass….

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Us these for your house, at work, use smaller one’s for kids party’s and they can all tag their names even…?
  • Food or Yogurt parfait holders.; We had friends over for a brunch one day and as part of it i used jars to but greek yoghurt, berries and granola into them…presto…You’s them to hold your cereal going to work… or store home-made granola in them…i also use them to transport berries to work in…really any food can fit and its better than plastic, i bring my lunch to work in jars some days, i put soup, salad, vegi’s, yogurt, cereal…anything that will fit….
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Yogurt Parfait…from a jar….can be used to transport to work, hiking, picnic, school…so many uses…!
  • Candle Holders; If you are running out of Candle but dont want to spend a fortune on those lovely but expensive Yankee Candle’s…..Use a jar, just buy some cheapish scented candle’s from store and pop inside your jar….presto..you have a safe and scented candle or you can also make it look a little romantic and pop some water stones and a floating candle on top….have a look below.
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    Love these….

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Use as LED Lighting; Oh yeh….this is one the best uses i have seen yet….How cool…here is the process http://www.creativecaincabin.com/2011/06/diy-solar-lamp.html , it looks super easy and they turn out pretty cute….

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Defo trying these some day…
  • Use as a recipe holder if you want to give someone or store away the makings of your fav recipe …i did one for a friend of mine as part of her bday presi..i put together the makings for Gluten free choco cookies and it will keep in that jar for some time….
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  • Grow some small beautiful plants in them…little herbs or use them as a vase for small flowers…
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    Im going to start growing Herbs in my left over jars

Some more uses for jars are: Stationary holders….Loose Change Holder….. Potpourri Holder….Small Jewelry (backs of earnings) holder, Incense Holder, Hair Clips & Bobbins Holder, Use them in kids games as skittles and try knock them over with a ball (on soft surface of course… don’t want smashed glass everywhere), use them in weddings to display crafty little table-tops, there is literally hundreds of different ways you can reuse Glass Jars so try your best to, don’t just chuck em, at least recycle them 😀

Quick Basic Bums and Legs

If you are looking for that pert toned bum and toned legs, i have done a quick demo on how to achieve these even when you are short on time and have no time for the gym or long workouts, fear not, these take 10-15 minutes to do. Done 4 days a week, mixed with the correct diet and if you can some cardio in there for calorie burn you are on your way to a toned bums and legs :).

check out my quick demo here… *NOTE, apologies for not seeing my head in some shots, its a small screen and its more important you see what my legs are doing.

Link here: 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSkcvKjG2ME&feature=youtu.be


Squat



Side Squat

Lunge / Static Lunge

Kickback

3 sets x 20 reps and if you want to advance these exercises try, a one legged squat, ad in weights(handheld/barbell) to the exercises.