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gills DIY face mask

February 28, 2016

DIY facemask

GILLS BACK + sharing a make your own super organic natural face mask fandango!
It’s a funny old February. A bit of a down time for me work wise which means all the DIY, all the lists and action planning for all the hectic times to come. It does mean we get a little too holiday mode, catching up with pals (ie boozing) & eating far-too-early-bought creme eggs on the sofa resulting in a bit too many blemishes and some dry skin thanks to blasting the heating. Making for a classically hard to treat skin combo. It feels weird wearing loads of makeup this time of year when I’m supposed to be a clean, new me y’know so I’m lusting after that dewy no make up look which needs bright & clear skin.

I had a wee Google and ended up down a face treatments rabbit hole – organic, active ingredients, not tested on animals the hit list of things your product should be to achieve said glowy skin gets pretty intensive. Forgetting that really I have all the finest, organic ingredients in the kitchen and really I can make my own artisanal face mask. Man I can even put it in a fancy jar if I want to.

Having worked in Lush as a teenager and having a strange fancy for George of marvellous medicine namesake I’ve always loved tinkering and home brewing and chucking things in a pot. Something that has in fact fed over to my “use ALL the seasoning” style of cooking which makes all my food taste the same. (Mostly soy sauce & lekka spice) So I concocted a twist on the old favourite honey mask to make my face bonny again.

In a bowl:
/ 1tsp Honey – moisturising, soothing, naturally antibacterial & full of antioxidants
/ 1tsp Virgin Coconut oil – moisturising & also just coconut oil for everything really.
/ Egg yolk – nourishing and helps everything stick to your face
/ Sweet clem (or something orangey) – this is the glowy ingredient – it’s brightening and cleansing naturally so the perfect balance for the moisty oil.

Instructions are:
Put on face, try not to get on your top and all over your sink – try & resist not licking it. (Not sure if I should be encouraging you to eat raw egg) I use warm water & a good face cloth to scrub off, a splash of cold water then plenty moisturiser or serum etc. I like to finish with kiehls midnight recovery oil.

Ps – you can also use the egg whites after to tighten pores and make your face feel all tight – it’s weird but good – G x

// dewy healthy glowy skin – GIMME. c x

[image from the coveteur via pinterest]

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wool and the gang

February 23, 2016

wool and the gangWOOL AND THE GANG have started a knitting revolution and i want to be a part of it.

i’ve been planning to take up knitting for about 10 years now… another of those things on my life to do list that i haven’t really got around to just yet (laid back earth mothers definitely knit right?!) but when i started following these guys last year – learning to knit (again) moved back up the list (again) . . .

wool and the gangpowered by makers all over the world – the WOOL AND THE GANG concept is amazing. designs can either be bought ready to wear or as a kit – including pattern, yarn + needles if needed. everything – everything – on the site can be MADE BY YOU or MADE BY THE GANG. materials are carefully sourced to reduce impact on our environment and nothing is mass produced. each item is handmade by either the original gang at WATG or amazingly by one of the 3000 odd knitters signed up to the network who buy the patterns + yarn on site + make from home – replacing the factory with a movement of makers to create a sustainable fashion brand.

Our knitting revolution is growing — our makers are involved in every step of our process from design and production through to passing on knitting skills at our Parties. Anyone can be a Gangsta — simply purchase a Kit and learn to knit, support a fellow Gangsta by buying their handmade pieces, or pass on your skills to others. Get involved, join the Maker Revolution and make a change!

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WOOL AND THE GANG inspires me massively.  the knits are beautiful – the range is vast (hats, scarfs, bags, jumpers, dresses, baby bits + more) and you can shop the knit kits by level – beginner through to advanced – by season or by yarn too. the blog is packed with how to videos, editorial fashion shoots, knitwear styling ideas and inspiration, behind the scenes, meet the makers, collaborations + a shit ton more. you can spend a long time exploring the website + i can’t tell you how much i appreciate the concept and thought behind this revolution.
i absolutely want to be part of the gang.

join a WATG party and get your knit on at DRYGATE in glasgow – find dates + info here

let’s know who made our clothes.

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make | fall for diy woven planters

March 31, 2015


i love these wall weaving inspired planters by francesca at fall for diy. 2 of my favourite home trends crafted together. super clever + creative.

the full tutorial can be found here.

there are L O A D S of cool+cute diys to try over there ..  fabric bucket plant holders (who needs tkmaxx)  + tea infused scented candles are both on my HUGE (+ quite possibly unachievable) home to do list. thanks francesca!

bloggers are brilliant.

– c x


make | time for banging

February 5, 2015

oh happy day diy
valentines day gifts aren’t a big deal in our house. but  t h i s  diy by ohhappyday made me laugh. out loud. make time for saying ‘bang me’ this year.

– c x

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make | almost makes perfect DIY

January 21, 2015

almost make perfect diy
i love this diy idea.  s o  m u c h . a marble moon phase wall hanging by the super molly* of almost makes perfect – one of my long time favourite blogs & inspirations.
you’ll find full instructions & pictures over there ….

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D O O Z I  E .

cool blog huh? super style & funny too. i feel like the blogs pal. we’ve got stuff in common – music taste, home style –  i’m honestly pretty sure we’d laugh a lot over margaritas & our mutual love of toast**. except molly is a way better DIY-er than me, comes up with some crazy-brilliant ideas & has totally nailed her blog aesthetic.  sharing stories, mix tapes & wish lists too – she’s an all round good blogegg.

check out some more of her DIY posts –
like this DIY wood ring box or DIY GUESS WHO. yes, guess who, that  a m a z i n g  game you played when you were a kiddo but may have forgotten until now?  – almost make perfect show you how to make your own.  WITH YOUR PALS FACES ON.  great. i. dea.

we should all make stuff cook stuff share stuff.  lets. – c x

* molly also co-owns blogzilla – who designed this very blog theme – more on them laters

** blogs give you this crazy notion that you know a person and are somehow their crony. i find this strange and fun all at once. lets all be pals.

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eats | party cheese

January 13, 2015

everything akin | cheeseboard

over the festive, we ate a  t o n  of cheese.  partly because i became a grown up & finally began to love cheese & wine – partly because it is the perfect party food – versatile, handheld & lovely looking when styled.

a cheese board is just party decor you can eat i say.

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here are our tips :

use a chunky wooden chopping board – ours is from Ikea. jamie oliver would totally approve.

pick a range of good quality cheeses – hard, strong, creamy, fruit-filled, soft – they don’t have to be huge chunks, i.e. super expensive – buy 100g of this & 150g of that – one of each ‘type’ ..

a brie, a blue, a goats, a dutch, & a few cheddar-styles – mild, mature, smoked.

if like me you are no cheese connoisseur – use the above as a guide, and pick some by colour, texture & name. as i’m sure all sophisticated cheese people do.  who doesn’t want to try a snow-white wedge from Norway named Snofrisk*?!

build up your board using meats, crackers & fruit …

the husband likes to slice german & polish sausages, alongside pastramis, salamis & proscuittos – anything in different colours (don’t judge me)
grapes in red & green, apples**, pomegranate seeds scattered (from a height Jamie always says..) & figs thinly sliced (which will also make you seem rich & fancy i’m sure)
crackers & crunchy things – oatcakes & melba toast add some variety to your standard cheese biscuits & we are completely in love with Peters Yard artisan swedish crisp breads – d e l i c i o u s  (try the spelt & fig!)

pile on some rocket or watercress, drizzle & dot honey on your brie & finely chop stem ginger for on top of a goats cheese or vice versa – y u m –  pick little thyme leaves for throwing & wedge some rosemary branches in & around.  lay your table with some greenery, candles & colourful napkins or linen – & boom.  there’s your cheese board.

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have a party. make it all about the cheese.
(and wine, of course, the wine)

– c x

*snofrisk is now my absolute favourite cheese. and that means i am a connoisseur i think.
** my husband is very upset with me over the brownness of my sliced apples in these shots. i apologise if it has disturbed any of you as it has him. i will never allow this to happen to my apples again…… um, promise.  i should have lemon juiced them & i am sorry – feel free to learn from my mistakes.