Christmas DIY – How to print your own wrapping paper

Pretty blog Wrapping paper DIY by Melissa Louise

This year has been very exceptionally exciting year for me. So many ups and downs (lets be realistic) but over all I have accomplished so much and I’m feeling pretty proud. Thank you to each and every one of you that make my life richer, more special and help create memories I can forever cherish.

Happy holidays and a very merry Christmas to all my family, friends and blog followers.

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Product Crush: Pantone

Product crush: Pantone by Melissa Louise

I am completely obsessed with Pantone. I love that each colour can stand on its own, is named and when paired can create magic. Their products are iconic and the PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for colour communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Pantone produces a wide range of products but a few of my favourites can be purchased locally with a lovely online store called Elephantshoe.

Product crush: Pantone by Melissa Louise

“Established in 2010 by us (Sam & James), Elephantshoe is a custom boutique Paperie, Branding and Styling Design Studio. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, we don’t believe that a little latitude and longitude should get in the way of working with clients near and far, so drop us a mail and we’ll get straight back to you (minus that time difference thing).” – Elephantshoe

Here are a few of my Pantone favourites purchasable on their store- see them here.

Product crush: Pantone by Melissa Louise

xxx

Photographs curtesy of Elephantshoe

What a lovely day for the market

What a lovley day for the market by Melissa louise

Reminiscing about Sunday the 29th. What a beautiful day. Summer is on its way and I couldn’t be happier. I’m preparing for a few exciting DIYs and my first go to place is the Milnerton market.

I have recently started working at Zana products, this week has been wonderful. Together we have so many new and exciting things coming up, to keep up to date follow us on:

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What a lovley day for the market by Melissa louise

I’m always taken aback by the beautiful crockery and china. I tend to piece mix match items together from stall to stall. I find myself creating beautiful table settings, an eclectic mix of items needing a second chance.

While on the hunt for copper/brass pots Nikita pointed out this treasure (see below). I didn’t at first see its potential, actually I bought it then proceeded to try and sell it back to other marketers. <how silly> Anyway, that didn’t work… I took it home and gave it a good scrub and now I’m in absolute LOVE! How beautiful is it?

What a lovley day for the market by Melissa louise

I bought a few other bits and bobs which I’ll reveal as the DIYs unfold.

Milnerton market is really one of my favourite treasure hunting spots, you never know what will be there and I always leave with something big or small.  such a true example of “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”- Unknown.

Have a happy weekend friends, and if the weather allows, visit the market!

xxx

 Images: All by Melissa Louise

 

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

Peach lamp(R40.00 / $4.06) , Woven basket (R2.50 / $0.25) both are Milnerton Market finds, see my sunday thrifting adventure at Milnerton Market I blogged about a while back. The ‘M’ mug was a birthday gift from my darling sister from Typo, and the washi tape I purchased at Pink Coffee Boutique for R25.00 / $2.54 a roll.

Long weekends are my best. That extra day makes all the difference and allows for me to get.things.done. In South Africa we have just celebrated woman’s day, hence the public holiday on Friday… hi5 to being a woman and getting things done!

On Sunday I attempted my very first washi tape gallery wall… It’s an inexpensive and quick way to personalise your space and its great if you are renting. We live in an old Victorian semi detached house, the high ceilings allow for lots of room to play.James and I share a desk at home, the right two thirds being his space and the left one third being my space. James uses the desk more often but every now and again Ill pull up a chair and set my laptop up on my side which is now pretty.

Below are the before and after shots.

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

Two struggles I had were, ONE, getting the pictures straight. I’m useless at that, I would recommend marking it out with a ruler and a pencil. TWO, the washi tape wasn’t very sticky and kept peeling off the wall…. I wiped the wall down first, so dust couldn’t have been the issue, I also used a hair dryer to heat the tape hoping to make it sticky, but nope. I’m yet to resolve that one, any suggestions?

xxx

Images: All by Melissa Louise

This Weekends Bargain buys

This week was pay day, so like every other person in Cape Town I went to Canal Walk (a local shopping mall) … Not the best idea I’ve ever had. But I went, braved the ques, screaming children and lack of parking within a 1km radius.

These are a few of my bargain buys.

Bargain Buys by Melissa Louise

1. Ice Cream bowl – R9.99 from Mr Price Home. (Iv written about Mr Price Home before here.)

2. Glass Vase – R149.00 from Entrepo.

3. White Henna Inspired Scatter- R179.00 from Mr Price Home.

xxx

Images: All by Melissa Louise