Saturday, May 7, 2011

Etsy shop: Finally


There I did it.. After always wanting to.. With the encouragement of my husband & my sister. I opened an etsy shop .

The name of the shop is "The Real Islander".

Check it out please. :)

For those in Sri Lanka, if you like anything in the shop. Just drop me a mail.

See you later.

BB Out.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Flower mobile - how to

Isn't a flower mobile the most wonderful, perfect gift for a newborn? Doesn't it become even more special if you make it with your hands rather than buying a plastic one at the store? Yes it does. :) For those newest additions in your life, or the lives of your friends, go on, make some flowers, whip  up some butterflies & viola, a flower mobile!

It's simple to make & beautiful to look at. Here's what you need & how to make it. Go on, find some yarn & a crochet needle..


A few crochet flowers

A few crochet butterflies

A wooden circle. i.e something like an embroidery hoop (I used a Sri Lankan hot pad, made of Palmyra leaves)
A few yards of ribbon
Needle & matching thread
A pair of scissors
Fabric glue

How to

Secure one end of the ribbon to the underside of the hoop with by making a stitch with the thread.

Cover the hoop fully with the ribbon using a bit of glue as you cover it.

Decide the lengths of the strings that you want the flowers hung from the hoop.
Using pieces of threads of desired lengths, hang the flowers & butterflies on the outer edge of the hoop by making stitches on both ends. i.e by making a stitch on the flower & then making another on the other end of the string on the hoop.

Once all the flowers & butterflies are attached to the hoop to your please, attach a loop made of wire to the top. Make sure that the hoop is not lopsided when hung & is balanced.

There you go.. A very pretty crochet flower mobile. They don't necessarily need to be crocheted flowers. In any case, I will put up how-tos on crochet flowers & crochet butterflies later.

And anyway, only babies like flower mobiles. This one, I hung in my room. :D 

See you later..

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Everything Home made: Strawberry Lip Gloss


This is the easiest ever! A pinch of this & a pinch of that & viola!

What you need (for one small pot of lip gloss)

1 tsp petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
1 tsp of coconut oil
a few drops of olive oil
1 tsp of corn starch
1 tsp of strawberry or any other preferred fruit jam
1 tsp pf honey or golden syrup
a drop of food colouring to match. (Pink or red to match the kind of fruit jam used)
an old lip gloss pot

Black dots are strawberry seeds.

How to make it

Boil the empty old lip gloss pot in hot water so that it will not be contaminated.
In a small microwave safe dish add the first three ingredients & mix well with a very clean spoon.
Microwave for about 30 seconds until the mixture becomes a clear liquid.
Add the corn starch & mix well.
Add the strawberry jam, honey & the food colouring & mix well.
Microwave again for about 30 seconds.
Take out of the microwave & stir until the whole mixture comes together or else the Vaseline will separate.
Pour into the prepared pot & cool for about quarter of an hour.

There you have it. Home made lip gloss with real fruit.

No more wasting money on expensive lip gloss. Any colour with any taste can be made at home. Just use the fruit or candy you like & matching food colours.

yum yum..