Posts tagged ‘DIY’

Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…


It’s true. I admit it.

I am addicted to Instagram.

In case you have been living under a very large rock (or you don’t have an Iphone) and you don’t know what I am talking about, Instagram is an Iphone only application that allows you to instantly edit and share photographs that you capture on your phone.

But with all of that time I spend in the world of IG, what is to be done with all of the happy images I have that are filling up my phone?

I wanted to make our Christmas gifts this year, so I decided, what better way to use these pretty little pictures than to turn them into super awesome fridge magnets?!!

These were really fun to make, and although a little finicky, I am really happy with how they have turned out.

So today’s Thrifty Thursday post is all about DIY photo magnets – in case you’d like to make some yourself.

There are already quite a few tutorials online about how to make your own magnets. One that I found to be most helpful in making my magnets is here. She even gives you a free template download for polaroid frames! How handy!

Here’s how I did it:

I used:

– 8 x 12 print with photos taken and edited on my Iphone
– Mulched cardboard (about three millimetres thick), it is actually the back cover of a scrapbook
– Magnet strip
– Photo glue (to mount the photos to the cardboard)
– Clear Decoupage glaze (acid free)
– Thin paint brush (to paint the glaze onto the photos)
– Rotary cutter
– Cutting mat


I collated my iphone photos together in photoshop. I printed 24 images that were 2 x 2 inches each onto each 8 x 12″ print.


I then mounted the 8 x 12 print to the cardboard, and cut each square out with the rotary cutter.


Each square was then coated with 2 separate coats of glaze – on the top and on the sides. I left about 30 minutes between each coat.


Then I cut the magnet strip into square segments, and stuck them to the back of the pictures with glaze (it worked really well as a glue).


Then I hastily swiped ALL of the existing magnets off of our refrigerator, to make room for these lovely new ones. :D

x Jessica


Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…


At the moment, the weather in Adelaide has been just delightful.

I got home from running some errands at about 9.30 this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see Dana sitting in the living room on his computer. You see, days together can be rather difficult to come by – with him at uni during the week, me working now, and juggling with friends and family. But because this term is drawing to a close, Dana has spent some extra time at home to work on assignments.

I decided I would be a good wife for once, and make us a lovely little brunch – and what better place to eat it than our sunny, springy courtyard!

So, I don’t know about you, but I really like baked beans… and I have been really craving to make my own for a while now.

It ended up so yummy and super easy to make, I thought I’d share it here (even though, they actually aren’t baked at all).

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I used:
2 cans of beans (1 red kidney bean, 1 butter bean)
1 can of peeled, diced tomatoes
whole cumin seeds
ground paprika
black peppercorns
sea salt flakes
1 onion
4 cloves of fresh garlic – crushed
olive oil
homegrown european parsley
organic sourdough rye bread – toasted and buttery

1. Dry fry the cumin seeds, until they start to brown and turn fragrant, then turn out onto a dry chopping board and crush/chop them up with your knife – to make a course powder.

2. Heat oil in your pan, then add crushed garlic and finely sliced onion – and saute. Add a couple of pinches of salt.

3. When the onions begin to turn transparent, drain and wash both cans of beans, and add to your pan. Fry and mix together with your cumin, then add paprika and a smidge more olive oil if you need.

4. Once it has been frying for a couple of minutes, add your diced tomatoes, about 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, and a good dose of ground black peppercorns. Then stir.

5. I then added about 150ml of water – so I could leave the beans to simmer while I set the table, picked some little flowers and made the toast!

6. Garnish with torn parsley leaves.

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x Jessica


Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…


Welcome, dear friends, to this weeks’ Thrifty Thursday post! I thought I’d have a little ‘show and tell’ of some of the cool things I have acquired lately – either thrifting, or during my neighbourhood’s most recent council kerbside collections.

I’ll start with something little…

this little pussycat picture was hidden in a pretty gross dusty box on the side of the road:

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This ceiling light fitting glistened by the flash of our headlights (what better, seedy-er way to collect hard rubbish, than when it is dark out, and everyone can watch you scavenge from the comfort of their loungeroom window). I adore amber coloured glassware… so we brought it home with us. It looks really cool with a small candle underneath it:


This kitchen cupboard segment… we don’t actually have a pantry in our house – so we use recycled countertop storage instead. (Yes, the kitchen is pretty effing filthy at the moment.)

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And my favourite find of all…

These retro kitchen chairs. I just love the patterns in the vinyl, not to mention the colours.


They look great out in our courtyard – for sunny breakfasts:

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The following things I have picked up from various thrift stores and op shops around the place:

Pretty dresses:



Amber coloured ash tray – somewhere I can keep some of my clip on earrings:

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Have any of you had any good discoveries lately??

x Jessica



We’ve been having some pretty neat weather here in Adelaide lately.

To celebrate, my friends Nicola and Lauren hosted a little sunny Saturday afternoon picnic in their yard last week.

As a pre-requisite, everybody had to bring a plate to share, and wear a pretty dress. So I decided to bake some berry friands, and make some cucumber sandwiches, with the crusts cut off, of course!

I had a lazy snoozy sleep in with Dana, and then had a smoothie for breakfast after which I rode my bike to the grocery store to get ingredients to bake up a storm.

The sandwiches are pretty self explanatory, but, as for the friands, I followed this recipe that I blogged about a few weeks ago – except instead of using sugared edible flowers, I used raspberries and blackberries instead. THEY WERE SO YUM! Zomg…

Picked some flowers on my way home from the shops:

Getting my sandwich on:

Our organic waste gutz disposal:

My contributions:
basket of flowers and friands
sandwiches all wrapped up




basket of flowers


nudie tree

mmm… ginger ale, vodka, and strawberry drinks, fresh sweet fruits, and Nicola’s awesome dress:

It was a beautiful afternoon! We sat under the tree, and stuffed our faces whilst giggling and talking about nothing much at all. And then a plumber turned up, who was then accosted with stupid questions and offerings of muffins. He was a little bashful… but who wouldn’t be? I’d definitely be scared of a bunch of giggly women if I didn’t know them!


In other news, Dana is away in Cairns at the moment – two of our dear friends are getting married! And, it turns out it ended up being half price for only one of us to go : O Who would’ve thought it?? So, being the benevolent lover that I am, I decided I would stay at home.

But it’s actually because I am starting a new job tomorrow! Wow, after a nine month break from working, I am feeling a happy mixture of nervesomgiamgonnapuke and excitement.

But, rest assured, the position is not full-time, so I will still have time to keep updating the happy haps here.

So, with Dana gone, I plan to sleep diagonally, catch up on lots of photo editing, and probably spend too much time on instagram. My. Goodness. I am addicted to that app! (my username is othersuchthings if you wanted to have a look!)

Anyway, I must be off, I have to paint my fingernails, wax the eyebrows, pack a lunch and pick out an outfit. All in lieu of tomorrow! Wish me luck!

x Jessica

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