Category Archives: Gen DIY-er

The best cookbook I’ll ever own

Who doesn’t love a good cookbook? Big and bold with page after page of beautifully plated food, they’re a feast for the eyes of the food-obsessed. Last time I checked, however, ‘oohing and aahing’ over a photograph of Gelato Messina’s … Continue reading

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Localism’s the new black: Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener

Gardening books are either aspirational or educational. With its brightly coloured pages and photos, Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener comes across as aspirational but unlike other aspirational gardening books, striking architectural plants and stunning aspects do not feature. Instead, The Thrifty Gardener’s aesthetics lean … Continue reading

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Upcycling framed pictures

Instead of chucking out an old water-damaged print, I’ve upcycled it into one of these: Yep, a DIY blackboard. They’re really easy to make. Just wipe the glass clean, protect the frame with some masking tape and some newspaper and … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful wedding favours

Favours, also known as bonbonniere, are another ‘wedding tradition’ foisted upon couples by the bridal industry. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of trawling through the interwebs looking for favours, you’ll know that there some pretty ugly and expensive … Continue reading

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DIY = not always thrifty

The other week, an Offbeat Bride reader asked ‘Does wedding DIY save you money or cost more?’ (via Offbeat Bride) I’m all for DIY. It’s creative, personal, and (hopefully) rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, however, it does not always save … Continue reading

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Ahead of its time: The DIY Wedding

There’s something contradictory about a generic instruction manual espousing ‘celebrat[ing]…your day your way’. Nevertheless, props must be given to a DIY wedding how-to that was published ahead of its time in 2007, before the global financial meltdown turned thrifster DIY … Continue reading

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Lifehacked earrings

At the Colette sale, I found some ‘classy crystal earrings’ for $3, which was 75% off the regular retail price: They’re a bit OTT for my little ears but they make the perfect kind of bridal bling for my ballroom heels.

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