Mrs Tiff creatively

Monday, March 26, 2012

~ Thrifty Wooden Drawer Makeover ~

A few weeks ago when I found an old
picture frame at a charity store I also
discovered a set of old drawers...

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I paid a mere $15 for the drawers
and gave them a Porters Paint
makeover......and they now make a
convenient side table in the lounge.....

I am slowly finishing off the decorating
in the house, despite being here for
nearly twelve months, I just can't seem
to maintain momentum...
especially when I get so busy with
working full time and organising the kids.
The end of term is in sight though,
just four more sleeps until
the school holidays! I am beyond exhausted
so I am really looking forward to them!

Happy week!

PS   I am joining The Haby Goddess for:


Monday, March 12, 2012

~ Vintage Style Soy Candles ~

I had been wanting to make
my own candles for such a long time....

I finally ordered some supplies online from
Aussie Candle Supplies....

I ordered some vanilla and some
coconut & lime oils, as well as
some wicks and soy wax flakes.

I gathered some vintage glass containers
& I stuck the wicks down
with some hot glue before I started.

I put newspaper down and got some old
saucepans to make my own double boiler.
The soy wax melted easily
and I added the essential oil essences
while it was hot. I didn't worry too
much about the temperatures,
I just added it and took the wax
off the heat as soon as it melted.

I used chopsticks to hold
the wicks steady as the wax set.

I let them set for 48 hours and I
trimmed the wicks.

These candles smell amazing and
they burn really well.

I can't wait to make more candles in the new
stash of vintage containers that I have found!

Happy week dear friends!


PS I am sharing today at:

with the Haby Goddess!

Monday, March 5, 2012

~ Grey Destination Chalkboard ~

I am sooo excited with how
this project turned out!

I found this old picture at a
charity shop on Saturday.....

I bundled it with a few other items (American
Pickers style, don't you love their finds?!)
and got a good deal.... I paid $15
which I thought was great value....
considering how big it is (approx 1.5m x 80cm).

I got it home and set to work....
I popped the board from the frame,
gave it all a light sand and started painting.
I undercoated the frame and painted it in
Porters Oyster white before sanding the edges back.
I painted the board with three coats of my
custom mixed grey chalkboard paint.

I was so excited when it dried
and I could finally bring it inside!

I used white chalk to write some of 
the places where Mr Tiff & I have
lived or travelled to in the last
nineteen years! In some cases I just
had to write countries rather than name all
the cities, but it still looks great.
I have been wanting a vintage
destination roll for so long and I am so
delighted with this cheats version!!!!

I LOVE the grey,
it is perfect in my living room!

My son made this little bird
in art class and I adore it,
it looks so sweet in front of the grey....

So do my gorgeous pale blue glass bottles.....
(sorry if you are getting sick of them
I keep taking pictures of them
because I love their colour!!!)

The really great thing is that I can
wipe off my words anytime and write
something else up instead!
(Very easy to correct my spelling too,
can you see which place I spelt incorrectly?)

You will be happy to know that
Kathmandu is now corrected although I
haven't taken more pictures!

I have happy thoughts each time I
look over at my Destination Chalkboard
because of all the wonderful times
Mr Tiff and I have had all around the
globe, it is also neat for the kids as they look
for the places they have been up there too!

Hope your week it happy!


PS:   I am sharing my thrifty project at

with Jodie the Haby Goddess!