It’s been a while…

…but sometimes, life happens.

I went to this year’s WGT and had a wonderful time there although I did not finish many DIY projects I actually wanted to wear there. However, this is a bracelet I finished on time (and wore everyday in Leipzig):

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DIY Cocoa and Shea Body Butter

My Dad uses The Body Shop’s Body Butters for dry skin a lot. As it is hard to find a Christmas gift for him, I have improvised an all natural, fragrance-free body butter recipe for him. Maybe, he even likes it.

Ingredients for 200ml:

20g berry wax

75g cocoa butter

85g shea butter

15ml sweet almond oil

10ml vitamin E

Melt together the wax and the butters in a water bath, let cool for five minutes outside the water bath, then add the oil and the vitamin E while the mixture is still liquid. Pour into an airtight container, close the lid and let harden.

Enjoy!

The Soap Bubble

I needed a new soap dish for my bathroom and wanted something more sustainable than a cheap plastic item. The most obvious solution might have been to buy a wooden or luffa soap dish, but that would have been too easy. Why not knit one?

My first idea was to knit a sphere from stainless steel wire, which turned out to be a bad idea due to a complete lack of elasticity. Furthermore, the wire I had chosen proved to be too thick. My next attempt was to exchange the wire by grey ITO Tetsu, a silk and stainless steel laceweight yarn. It was knittable, but still not elastic. Sadly, it did not want to keep its spherical shape, so I reinforced it with the stainless steel wire from my first try. Well, here it is, a knitted soap dish:

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An Industrial Lampshade for my Studio

I am not very proud that the realisation of this rather simple lampshade took me 18 months. I found my inspiration on Pinterest, bought the material and did not work on it for quite a while. However, it is finished now and looks really good.

I followed the instructions pretty roughly and did not add any colour or sheet metal. It was really easy to form the steel hanger strap by hand, so the main work consisted of screwing it all together. Nonetheless, it was finished within about two hours. It only lacks a beautiful light bulb. I will fix that next time I need something bigger from the hardware store.

Funfact: I took the picture in front of the few white walls in this room. The other ones are painted deep purple as I cannot find inspiration in bright, friendly spaces.

Workbench inspired sideboard

When my boyfriend and me moved into our new apartment, we decided to get rid of most of our old furniture. This was a blend of teen bedroom furniture, cheap provisional solutions and huge closets we could not find a wall for. In the end we sold more than half of the furniture we owned.

As we now live in a quite rustic, yet bright apartment, we decided to give it an industrial touch. To make it look authentically and with the intention to buy the least amount of new furniture possible, we knew from the start we had to accept a lot of boxes in our living room until we had found or built the perfect interior. We ended up with a bed and a bookshelf made of pipes, a second hand solid wood cupboard, table and chairs, a second hand steel drawer cabinet, a DIY TV cabinet on huge wheels, a DIY solid wood closet and a more or less DIY kitchen based on Ikea’s Metod. The only thing missing was a sideboard for our living room.

For aesthetic reasons, the sideboard actually should be an old workbench that had been used visibly for many a decade. Sadly, after months of not finding anything suitable at a reasonable price, we gave up on that idea. We obviously were not the only people looking for old workshop equipment. We then collected the main features, a possible DIY version should have. These were a thick solid wood worktop, some aged steel front surface and an overall heavy-duty design.

As we already had built our Metod based kitchen, we knew that using the Ikea steel legs, its design was quite durable. A thick solid wood countertop from a nearby home improvement store would make a perfect worktop. The most challenging feature was the aged steel front. In the end we bought new tailored carbon steel sheet metal, artificially aged its surface with salt and vinegar, stopped the process after a while with linseed oil and glued it to the doors with adhesive bond. To emphasize the industrial design, we bought three heavily used steel storage boxes on eBay and put them into the centre shelf. I’m pretty pleased with the result.

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Homemade Hand and Nail Balm

I needed a christmas present for a close friend who has been looking for a rich, vegan hand balm that is rapidly absorbed. As actually I had planned to try the Hand & Nail Balm from “The Glow” somewhat earlier, I thought this was the right time.

It came out green because for whatever reason I had bought green avocado oil, but let’s say it was a special feature. Differently from the original recipe, I fragranced the balm with mandarin, mint and cinnamon oil, which gives it quite a festive touch. My first impression is, it came out well and I hope it still works fine in the long run.

I am currently experimenting on homemade toothpaste. Sadly, the first try does not meet my expectations, yet. Do you make cosmetics yourself as well? If so, which ones? Tell me about your favourites and occurring problems!

My favourite facial cleanser

…used to be Lush’s “Let the good times roll”.  I loved it and bought it regularly until they took it off their range as it first was part of the christmas series only. Sadly, it was the first facial cleanser without any side effects on my skin, so I had to find a solution. I studied the ingredients and went shopping. After some experiments, I found the ideal recipe for me:

40 g   corn flour

40 g   talkum powder

40 g   cane sugar

25 ml almond oil

25 ml glycerine

Just mix it together (it should be a bit crumbly) and put it into a cream jar (or an original Lush pot). The ingredients slightly differ from the original product as I prefer sugar from polenta as exfoliating ingredient, almond oil for its natural scent and I do not add any fragrance.

Use it just the way you would use “Let the good times roll”. Take a small amount, mix it with a bit of water in your hands, rub it over your face and rinse with clear water. Enjoy!

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