Sunday, June 30, 2013

DIY Up-cycled Pallet Coffee Table

Week 2 back at uni and I had three assessments due yesterday!!!

So the last week has consisted of late nights, text books and computer screens - in between entertaining a very active and all attention seeking 15 month old who has very short naps.

I woke this morning with a weight lifted and hot in the mood for a little DIY!

I have been loving the pallet trend for ages now and am very happy with the results, except my monster thinks this exists for her to be pushed around on, not for my pretty tea cups and Frankie mags :)



Step 1:

Start with a good quality hardwood pallet. This one was small and the top planks were close together. I bought it for $5 from my local tip shop. I sanded it to remove any splinters and roughness and to make the edges softer. It won't come up super smooth but I'm not going for a polished look.

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Step 2:

To paint or not to paint? I wasn't sure whether to varnish, stain, or paint each plank a different colour but ended up going with white. You could do whatever suits your place. I went for more of a whitewashed look by brushing white interior wall paint on a bit haphazardly so that some of the timber still came through. You could also paint and sand back for that shabby look.





 Step 3:

Screw some castor wheels onto the bottom (these cost about $4.50 each from bunnings and lock in place) and voila! Simple as that and set me back $23.


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diy white whitewashed pallet coffee table castors



diy white whitewashed pallet coffee table castors








Monday, June 24, 2013

What is Bloglovin'?

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Love keeping up with your favourite blogs but find it hard with the numerous options on offer to follow with? Email, facebook, google reader, blah, blah blah....

I have only recently started using BlogLovin' and I love the ease of use including super quick and basic signup, daily delivery into my inbox and the ability to get inspiration from my faves and keep up with what everyone is posting in one single place. It saves me time so that I don't have to visit blogs that may not have been updated and so I don't miss any great new content. And If I don't have time in the day to blogsurf I just go back to them at a later time.

If you do currently use Google reader, heads up that they will no longer be operational from July 1st, 2013 to it may be a good idea to swap your faves over to BlogLovin'.

Oh, and If you do sign-up, don't forget to follow Chamomile & Peppermint! :)    (you can click on the image on the right)

(Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Northern NSW Local Find: HOUSE OF ZEBRA @ Kingscliff



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The recently opened HOUSE OF ZEBRA in the Northern NSW coastal town of Kingscliff is not just a clothing boutique, nor a homewares store, nor an espresso bar, it’s a combination of all three. Oh and did I mention you can get a massage there as well? 

This collaborative venture is the brainchild of Erin and Trent who used to run the vintage clothing boutique Gasoline Alley in Kingscliff. They saw the opportunity to take on the old two-story building and expand it into somewhere people could relax while they shop. The old bookshop is a rabbit warren of rooms, each which has been beautifully done up and presented with something different so that you really get to explore this place, upstairs and down. 

Erin's inspiration for homewares and gifts is gained from her extensive travels and she wanted to be able to offer wares that are affordable, yet different. They stock some amazing industrial vintage look furniture, quirky knick-knacks and there is even a room full of goodies for the kids. Clothing labels include Free People and there is something to suit all ages and sexes. 

Barista Sam makes the most incredible coffee from the old copper piped, handmade sculptural coffee machine from the 1930's that is not only a work of art but functional to boot and to top it off you can sit outside in the sun to enjoy your hard earned reprise and ready to go for more shopping or a stroll on the beach.

Find them at 4 Seaview St, Kingscliff, NSW (just off marine parade at the fig tree roundabout) or contact Erin or Trent on 02 6674 8538. They are open 7 days a week. 




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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blog Love + DIY - Tamara Maynes and her DIY cardboard quilt pendant light shade

Another late night session of scouring google images for DIY ideas came across this creative lady and her template for her Quilt Light - a geometric pendant light shade that can be made out of cardboard and individualised by the maker to suit your own style. Not only do I think this is super cool, but Tamara's blog is a hub of great design ideas, DIY, modern craft and inspiration and definitely one to follow.

















All pictures have been used with permission of Tamara Maynes

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Friday, June 7, 2013

DIY Refurbished Shabby Wooden Mirror - Before & After

I found this old wooden mirror at the tip shop for $5. It was a hideous shade of pink but had a beautiful shape, solid wooden frame and that romantic patina on the mirror you only get with age. As my mum says "it had good bones" and so it came home with me for a chance at a second life.









Several coats of paint later and with the help of my trusty little electric sander it looks like this - 










What do you think?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Yummy Healthy Maca Cinnamon and Cacao Hot Chocolate Drink

Here’s a little creation of mine that has been perfect for the colder weather when your energy lags a little or if you, like me, have a child that does not like to sleep at night and you want an alternative to coffee for a warm pick me up.

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is the ground root of an Andean plant that acts as an adaptagen on the body – that is, it adapts your body to stress, increases your energy, oh, and did I mention its been known as the Andean Viagra? It increases libido and improves sperm quality and therefore is great for fertility. Maca powder has a nutty, slightly bitter taste, which is quite pleasant.

Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is what they make chocolate from, in its least processed form and without the sugar. Another South American goody, it also increases energy as it is packed full of zinc, iron, protein and calcium. Cacao is quite bitter and more palatable when sweetened with a little honey, agave syrup or stevia.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) warms the body, regulates blood sugar levels and has stong antioxidant properties. Besides that it is just damn yummy.

Raw cacao and maca powders can be bought at health foods stores and are quite cheap if you have one nearby that does bulk, help yourself products. The cocoa you buy from the supermarket is usually of quite a low quality so best to get a good cacao.

So, I heat up my milk (I use cows milk but try almond, soy or goats if you prefer), add about 2 tsps of maca, 2 tsp cacao, 1 tsp cinnamon and honey to taste. Warm, delicious, energising and good for you! Truly!



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Monday, June 3, 2013

Chamomile & Peppermint Folded Book Sculpture Giveaway!

We are giving away a handmade folded book sculpture to one lucky reader!

These old books have been given new life in the form of art - each lovingly folded to make a beautiful statement in your space. This book sculpture resembles a diamond and is crafted out of a 288 page hardcover titled "Loves Apprentice" by Tom Hopkinson, published in 1953. The pages have that delightful hue and smell of old paper.

Open, this sculpture measures 28cm x 20cm x 12cm high.

You can find more of my folded book sculptures here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChamomilePeppermint.

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment below
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3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page

You must complete all three above to be in the running.

Giveaway starts Monday 3rd June 2013 and ends midnight (EST) Monday 17th June 2013.
The winner will be drawn on  Wednesday 19th of June 2013 and notified by email.

Sorry, giveaway is open to Australian residents only.