Wednesday, 25 February 2015

DIY DIARY: Personalised Mugs

 
We've always been creative creatures. From the friendship bracelets of our childhood to the card-making we've featured here before. Over the Christmas break we decided to make our own monogram mugs. We've seen the Anthropologie initial mugs circulating on Pinterest, but seeing as we can't get our hands on them here in Australia, we thought why not make a DIY project of it?!
 

 
 
We loved the way our mugs turned out so much, that we have decided to show you how you can personalise your mugs, with another one of our designs.
 
 
 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
 
  • Permanent Marker
In this post we have used ordinary permanent markers, but some people suggest that oil-based markers adhere to the mugs more effectively. As long as you stick to gentle handwashing, we have found that your basic permanent marker works just fine. Also, note that we started our design a little way down the cup. While the markers may be "non-toxic" we thought that it would be best to minimise the risk of ingesting it, just in case!
  • Pencil
  • White Vinegar
  • Cotton Bud
 



READY, SET, DIY!

  1. Clean your mug with vinegar. This will get rid of any oil so that the marker will adhere to the mug more effectively.
  2. Shade in the back of your design with a lead pencil.
  3. Position your design onto your mug and trace over your design (use sticky tape to keep it in place so that it doesn't budge when you're working).
  4. Remove the design print out. You will notice that the lead pencil would have transferred and left an outline of your design on your mug.
  5. Go over the lead pencil with a permanent marker and leave for 12-24 hours for the ink to dry.
  6. Fill your mug up about 1/3 of the way with tap water, and microwave for 3 minutes, and then another 2 minutes.

Warning: Once microwaving is complete, leave the microwave door open a little to allow the cup to gradually cool. This will prevent the cup from cracking and also your fingers from burning!


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♥ M + K

Sunday, 22 February 2015

THE WEDGE.

 
Unless you're a celebrity who only needs to make it down the red carpet, chances are that when you're heading out, you'll be doing a lot of standing or walking, so do your feet a favour and leave those heels at home.
 
 SHOES: Sandler
 
These wedges have become our go to shoe when want a little extra height. We have to say that these are one of our most comfortable pair of shoes. We can walk in them for days! These make the perfect partner for date night dresses, and will lift the style factor of your most comfortable jeans.



 
What are your most comfortable shoes?



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♥ M + K



Thursday, 19 February 2015

THE STUD


While we like to indulge in trends of the moment, we always love going back to basics, and it doesn't get more classic than the stud earring. Studs are the LBDs of the earring world, you can never have too many! When it comes to jewellery they're perhaps the most reliable and versatile piece. These closet workhorses are perfectly suited for just about any occasion. Our basic diamond and pearl studs are definitely staples for a solid jewellery collection, but if you're tired of these, put a twist on the timeless stud with a pair like these. Simple and dainty, these pyramid earrings are the perfect accessory for any outfit. Wearing silver jewellery, especially earrings and necklaces, is also a smart way to brighten up your face.

 
 
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♥ M + K