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February 2012

{go make me} scented soy candles / diy project


Can you believe that soy candles are super easy and inexpensive to make? I like to make my own as I'm choosy about fragrance strength and quality. This way I have full control and more money in my pocket

How to make Soy Candles
Purchase from your local craft shop or candle supplier soy wax flakes, a tempered wick with base and essential oils for fragrance. Special colour for candles can be added too but add a little at a time and be aware that it will change colour slightly when set, but that's half the fun

Simply melt wax in a double boiler over stove. Add desired essential oil. Pour wax into a heat-resistant cup, ramekin or other china that can withstand heat. Leave to congeal for about 10 minutes and insert wick with base. Leave to fully set. Trim wick > Light > Sniff > Enjoy....That's it!

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valentine's at our favourite restaurant





Our little family headed off to Bathers' Pavilion restaurant for a belated sweet Valentine's treat. Oh, how I love treats!

What's on the plate? Top: Rhubarb and apple trifle, rhubarb jelly, apple custard and almond sponge. Middle: Coconut cake, dark chocolate mousse, cherry compote, cherry ripple ice cream. Bottom: Mixed berry summer pudding, strawberry sauce and chantilly cream. Mmmm, it tasted as good as it looked

Now off for a walk to loose my love handles

{go make me} rolled fabric flowers / diy project



1} Grab some fabric, felt and fabric glue (and a brooch pin if required)
2} Cut a felt circle and a length of fabric. My flower circle is 85mm wide and the length of fabric was 1m long, 60mm wide and tapered to 20mm wide at the other end. Experiment, I liked my flower to have bulk and bloom out but you can use the same width strip for the whole flower
3} Tie a knot in the thinner end and glue in position
4 – 5} Roll fabric strip, making tighter and looser rolls as you create your flower. Use fabric glue to adhere to felt as you go
6} Tuck end under previous roll
7} Trim back felt if required. Sew clip or brooch pin to back


{go make me} a pretty Valentine's Day paper bouquet

I'm so excited to announce a new diy e-Magazine, Romantic Printable Gift Packaging and Sewing Ideas featuring a stylish printable 'heart' box that can be personalised, a pillow box, a personlised card, even Champagne labels, tags and more that would be perfect for Valentine's Day or wedding or those who love diy. I think you'll really enjoy the simple how-tos to make paper and fabric projects. A sneak peak of some of what's included is below:


To celebrate the release of my e-Magazine, here's a special treat for all my Go Make Me blog readers.... Below is an excerpt from the magazine demonstrating how to make a paper bouquet, an easy diy project to add style to any gift. Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day to everyone





How to make a pretty paper bouquet
Create a delightful bouquet from paper cupcake wrappers as a finishing touch to your gift. Use just one or tie bunched together with complementary ribbons and bows. Add a stylish sparkling buckle threaded with colourful ribbon on a simple box for an elegant and sophisticated look

Fold 8 cupcake wrappers in half retaining curved shape

Use decorated toothpicks (available at Supermarkets) or decorations with wire attached (ie Christmas ‘Cherries’ to decorate the tree or discarded decorations off bon-bon crackers). Hole punch a flower or shape to finish underneath flower

Thread wrappers onto wire or toothpick, ending with hole punched shape

Arrange papers to overlap layers. Glue underneath to hold in place

Fan out papers to simulate petals. Use the bloom singularly or create a posie by wrapping wires together or gather in a ribbon. Attach to gift

Bleeding Heart cocktail for Valentine's Day


Here's another Champagne or Sparkling Wine cocktail that'll spark up your V.D. (Valentine's Day). To make the Bleeding Heart add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a small saucepan. Dissolve over a medium heat stirring occassionally. Make sure the sugar completely dissolves and boils for a few minutes. Take off heat and cool. Blend a punnet of raspberries until liquified and strain. Add to cooled syrup and mix well. Pour into heart shaped moulds and freeze. Then add to Champagne or Sparkling Wine and watch your heart fall and dissolve into red, but delicious, mush. Drink in immoderation