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5 Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 3)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail or cocktails (depending on the nights); it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Black Russian

 

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The black Russian is a simple, easy, and delicious drink that anyone can make with just a couple of things. It is one of the best cocktails to make, especially if you are on a tight budget. All you need to make this simple and delicious drink is vodka and coffee liqueur.

All you need to make this drink is to stir 1 ½ ounce of vodka and ¾ ounce of coffee liqueur in a chilled glass. This is also another delicious drink if you love coffee like me and is a definite must-have, and you can easily make it at home.

2. Gin Rickey

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This is another simple gin cocktail in our list of easy drinks that you can make at home. A gin Rickey is a relatively simple drink with only 3 ingredients. It has 2 ounces of gin. ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice and 4 ounces of club soda. You just have to mix it in a shaker and serve it in a chilled highball glass. 

This is a simple drink that you can make on any weekday and enjoy after a hard day at work. This is also one of the favorite cocktails of many gin lovers out there. You can just change the liquor to make one of the drinks of the famous Collins family, and you can swap the gin with whiskey, vodka, or nearly any other spirits out there. The world is your oyster when it comes to cocktail making. 

3. Royal Tea

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If you are a tea lover, this is the perfect cocktail for you; it mixes alcohol and liquor. Tea is an economical ingredient and is also a versatile ingredient that everyone ought to have in their pantry. A royal-tea cocktail is an incredible drink that mixes Earl Grey, lemon, simple syrup, and gin. 

Tea works with a plethora of liquors, and you can mix vodka with your favorite tea to make a tea tini. To make a Jalisco ice tea, all you have to do is swap the gin for tequila in your mixture. You can make it in a pitcher as if you are making your favorite iced tea, and you can serve it to your guests like that, and it is a refreshing drink that everyone will thank you for.

4. Cafe Caribbean

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As someone who can’t start my day without coffee, this is one of my favorite dessert cocktails out there. If the previous drink is perfect for any tea lover, then this one is the perfect drink for coffee lovers. The cafe Caribbeans are the perfect cocktail that shows you how easy it is to spice up your coffee, and it is the perfect drink to have and unwind after a hard day at work.

All you need to make your own cafe Caribbean at home is espresso, rum, amaretto, whip cream, and shaved almonds. You just have to mix 6 ounces of hot black coffee, one ounce of rum, and ½ ounce of amaretto liqueur and serve in a glass and top it with whipped cream and shaved sliced almonds. This drink is the perfect dessert cocktail and hits the spot, as we mentioned earlier.

5. Highball

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Though this drink might have a really fancy name, it is a rather simple drink that you can make at home. All you need to make this drink is ginger ale and whiskey. You just have to mix 2 ounces of whiskey and 4 to 6 ounces (this is according to taste, of course) of ginger ale or club soda. This is also a rather simple drink to make at home, and depending on the whiskey you use, this drink can cost as cheap as 1 dollar.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but buying the bottle is cheaper than buying individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any of these cocktails, tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your cocktail at home.

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Become A Budding Handyman By Getting The Right Tools

Currently, more and more people are starting to do-it-yourself. It is already a passion for some, but for others, it is rather to save money. It will save you money, but it will also give you something to do. Indeed, you are not always going to call a professional for a floor that comes loose, a broken light switch, or replace the bathroom mirror.

It may also make you want to do some minor work to give your bathroom or garden a makeover. Moreover, don’t forget that when you do an activity, whatever it is, it allows you to change your mind and to de-stress. So, get the right tools and try your hand at DIY. You’ll see how much good it will do you.

What tools should you buy to start DIY?

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DIY is not just about fixing broken things in your home. You can also get into it to make garden furniture or toys for your kids. Moreover, you don’t need to spend money to get the materials. You just have to use old objects, boxes, bottles, etc. This way, you will reduce your ecological footprint and throw away less waste and garbage.

But for this, you need to have some DIY tools. They require a small budget but will be very useful for many years. Moreover, if you opt for good-quality tools like those you can find at a professional, they will not break easily. Anyway, you will need:

    • A tape measure will be essential whatever the work you are going to do. Choose one with a length of 3 or 5 meters.
    • A cutter that is very practical for sewing, gardening, etc. There are different models: electric, rotary, classic or circular.
    • A spirit level is a measuring instrument very much used in masonry work. However, you can use it when you install shelves.
    • A hammer, which also comes in different models. However, opt for the nail puller since you will only need it for DIY work.
    • A saw that you could use to cut wood or metal.
    • Wrenches: open-end wrench, pipe wrench, Allen wrench, etc. There is a whole range of them.
    • A screwdriver.
    • To avoid dragging your tools around and losing them, it is best to store them in a box, preferably metal. Large boxes with several compartments are very practical for storing your tools.

The electric screwdriver

It is invaluable if you need to screw repeatedly and tediously, for example, when assembling a piece of kit furniture. An electric screwdriver is equipped with a speed sensor to adapt the force of the screw to the task at hand, and with interchangeable heads, it is cordless for easy handling. It’s best to choose one with a dual battery, so you don’t have to wait for a recharge if you’re doing a long job. You will also find more basic models called “cordless screwdrivers”, less powerful and very practical.

Is there any training to become a handyman?

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Not everyone is born with a talent for DIY. If you get used to doing small repairs and odds and ends at home, you can become a good handyman over time. In addition, there are currently DIY courses that allow you to become a real pro at handiwork. However, just because you’re too clumsy doesn’t mean you can’t do DIY.

The training includes basic techniques for carpentry work, mechanics, etc. But you can also learn for free on the internet or by watching artisans’ work. The latter requires a lot of patience and perseverance, but all your efforts will be rewarded. Some DIY stores also offer free DIY classes when they launch new products. They will teach you how to handle them and for which jobs.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about tools to have as a handyman.

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5 More Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 2)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail; it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first part of this blog series, we learnt how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Cape codder

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This used to be my go-to drink when I went clubbing or bar hopping when I was younger. You might have never heard the name cape codder, but you’ve definitely tasted it before. It’s your simple Vodka cranberry (yes, Cape codder is its true name). It’s a simple and refreshing drink that anyone can make at home, and you should definitely give it a try.

To make a cape codder, all you need is vodka and cranberry juice, and it’s as simple as mixing it in a glass and serve on ice. You can have fun with it and replace the cranberry juice with juice that you like or have on hand. Add pineapple juice, and you have a bay breeze; if you add grapefruit, then it transforms the drink into a sea breeze, but my favorite is a madras where you swap the cranberry juice with OJ.

2. Daiquiri

In the first part of this blog series, we confess our love for Margarita, and in this one, we will gush about the versatile daiquiri. All you need to make a daiquiri is 2 ounces of light rum, 1 ounce of lime juice, ¾ once of simple syrup, and a lime twist for garnish because aesthetics matters. You need to shake it in a cup of ice, double strain it, and serve it in a chilled martini or specialty cocktail glass.

You can have a lot of fun with a daiquiri, and it is an extremely customizable drink. You can add your twist to it and make it your own according to your liking. Strawberry daiquiris are one of many peoples’ favorites, and you have to add frozen strawberries in a blender alongside the drink, and voila, you have the perfect frozen drink.

3. Shandy

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This is one of the simplest and most straightforward cocktails on our list, and it is also the perfect summer drink. This is the perfect cocktail to sip in front of the pools during a hot summer day. This drink requires only 2 ingredients, and though it is not that famous, it is beloved by a niche fan base.

All you need to make a Shandy is lemonade and your favorite beer. Add your beer to your glass first and top it off with ice-cold lemonade (you can make it yourself or buy it in a store). Give this drink a try, you won’t regret it, and you will thank us later for this. Give the Shandy the love it deserves.

4. Kir

If you love wine, you might want to give this drink a try next. This cocktail is the perfect way to spruce up a cheap bottle of white wine, and the end result is nothing less than divine. All you need to make Kir at home is a bottle of crème de cassis (a dark red liqueur made with blackcurrants) and dry white wine. This is a simple 2 ingredient wine cocktail and is a party favorite of all my wine lovers out there. 

If you feel a bit adventurous, then add sparkling wine instead of your dry wine, and this will give the drink a lively twist. If you swap the white wine for red wine, you have the perfect cardinal cocktail, and we recommend you to try both and find your favorite. You just have to mix equal parts of both and serve in a wine glass.

5. Moscow mule

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This is another refreshing drink on our list and is also pretty straightforward to make. Some people are afraid of beer cocktails, but the Moscow mule and the Shandy are a sure way to change your mind. Beer is an excellent mixer and has a lot of potential, and makes fabulous cocktails. 

To make a Moscow mule, all you have to do is add vodka, lime juice, and beer to your glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Trust us; this drink hits the spot, especially on those hot summer days. It will leave you asking for more, and you can’t blame yourself for that. 

The Moscow mule is super drinkable, and it is also very easy to make. So, make this for your friends next time you hand it out, and they will be impressed by your mixology abilities. You can also mix things up by adding ginger beer for a Christmas mule or add cider and enjoy an apple-cinnamon mule.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but it is cheaper to buy the bottle than to buy individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any one of these cocktails, be sure to tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your own cocktail at home.

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Top 3 Crafts To Consider For Your Well-being

Crafts are super fun and something that more of us should get into. We all live stressful lives, whether you are a student, a parent, or are working. Life is stressful, and after the rough past 2 years, I think all of us should start a craft or leisure activity that allows us to forget our problems, no matter how mundane they are.

You should take time for yourself to do something creative, and this is a pleasant way to de-stress after a hard day of work or at school. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn more about some of the crafts you might want to consider starting for your well-being.

1. Knitting

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Okay, I can guess what you are going to say, and no, knitting isn’t just for grandmas. I learned it from my late grandma, and it is a way for me to remember her and also a way to relax, especially when I have a hard day at work. It allows you to use your fingers and is especially useful for people who are jittery like me; it gives me something to do with my hands when I am stressed.

For me, it is a coll way to create homemade gifts for your loved ones, and you can create a plethora of things with this, from jumpers to scarves to room decorations. It is also relatively cheap; all you need to start out is 2 knitting needles and some yarn; knitting primarily uses two long needles, but you can also do it with machines to with a loom.

However, if you want to get into macramé, you need something to tie onto, and there is no needle required for crochet. You need a singular crochet hook. Knitting for me is a fantastic way to relax, and on top of that, I can have clothes to wear. It is a win-win situation if you ask me.

2. Drawing

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Let your imagination go wild here and draw whatever you want on your preferred medium (paper or digital). Okay, if I can be honest for a minute, this is one of those skills I wish I had, but I can’t draw to save my life, and this bums me out.

Drawing is an excellent way to express yourself, and you can draw the scenery, an object, a person, or something that is entirely fictional or from your imagination. The world is your oyster when it comes to drawing. Do whatever makes you happy, and don’t stifle your artistic expression just to fit in a box; it is a way to relax and go ahead and draw, no matter how talented you are.

If you don’t want to start this alone, then you might want to challenge a friend to a 30-day drawing challenge, you can divide the days and decide on a prompt for each day. It is a perfect way to spend time with your friends and have fun at the same time. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and enjoy yourself.

3. Embroidery

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Upcycling old clothes and how to make embroidery become your craft

This is also a leisure and a fantastic way to up-cycle old clothes as it allows you to give them a new life thanks to your artistic vision. Is their a hole in your favorite shirt, then you can revitalize it with embroidery, and it can decorate any article of clothing that you have in your closet and make them look more stylish and cooler.

This is also a relatively cheap hobby as you will use your needle and thread for more than more embroidery projects, and this is why we can’t stop but recommend it. It uses a few different kinds of stitches, and these are often in different colors to create a pattern or picture on the fabric.

To start, you have to stretch the fabric you want and an embroidery hoop over it. After you’ve placed the hoop, you have to trace your pattern one, this will be your guide on what you are stitching on your fabric, and it will help you out in this process. You will find a lot of free patterns online, and there are plenty of tutorials and guides out there.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about doing crafts for your well-being.

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6 Affordable Tools Every Craft Person Should Own

Tools are an important thing that every craft person ought to have. There are times when we need to display our practical skills in order to repair or design something at home. We are often tempted to do the DIY work ourselves before finally calling in the professionals if we run into trouble. Do-it-yourself is indeed quite a practical alternative, as it saves the cost of intervention. It also helps to perfect skills, and thus limit the dependence on external interventions.

Becoming a budding handyman

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Do-it-yourself jobs often look simple at first glance, but it’s good to know that they require a certain amount of practical knowledge. Indeed, the work can range from simple decorating, to large-scale and even dangerous interventions; such as repairing the electrical system.

In addition to having the necessary skills, having the right tools is of great importance. The tools make it easy to perform specific jobs. To avoid the unexpected, it is advisable to have at least one set of DIY tools at home.

Equip yourself well: the basics

Having DIY tools at home allows you to be one step ahead of the little problems of everyday life. It’s not easy to have a whole arsenal of tools at home; nevertheless, it’s better to get some. For this, we will make a small list including the tools that deserve to be present in a given household.

1. The screwdriver

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This is an essential tool to have at home. Even though we tend to forget about it, its absence is very important in case of problems requiring its use. There are two types of screwdrivers, the flathead, and the crosshead. You can get them in any size; there are even boxes containing several models with interchangeable heads.

2. The hammer

This is undoubtedly the tool that generally comes to mind when we talk about DIY. Indeed, the hammer is the tool of the handyman par excellence. It can be used for a variety of purposes: to drive or extract nails, flatten materials, or to adjust structures by percussion. A wide range of models and sizes is available, and each model corresponds to a specific use.

3. Pliers

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Pliers are a tool for gripping an object or a surface. It is also one of the favorite tools of the handyman. Its use varies according to the type and there is also a wide variety. Flat nose pliers and cutting pliers are the two most commonly used types. It is therefore advisable to include them in your toolbox.

4. Tape measure

This is a tool that allows you to take measurements. The use of a tape measure allows you to do precise work.

5. Saw

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The saw allows you to cut efficiently. Its importance is paramount since it would be inconceivable to cut wood or plastic with a kitchen knife. Other models such as the hacksaw can be used to cut metal or other hard materials.

6. Drill

The drill is used to make holes in a surface. Manual or electric, its maneuverability facilitates operations and accentuates precision. These are just a few examples, as there are countless other tools that can make DIY work easier, such as sanders, staplers, etc.

Being a handyman: a practical advantage

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Being able to do DIY work yourself is a great opportunity. It limits the need for professional handymen, which avoids having to spend money for a job you can do yourself. By practicing more often, you end up with a solid foundation and become an expert in the field. And having the right tools can make this happen. Indeed, even an inexperienced person can achieve complex operations with the right tools.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next.

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One Of The Best DIY Hair Growth Potion

Hair growth needs time, patience, and consistent care. Unfortunately, it does not happen overnight, and there are no quick fixes. I’ve seen a lot of enticing goods, such as “grow longer hair in 7 days,” and believe me when I say they don’t work because I have tried them all. It has a normal development cycle, as does the human body; growing longer locks in a matter of days is an unnatural and blatantly unachievable goal.

Although you can’t acquire longer hair overnight apart from wearing a wig or extensions, you can do a few things to help your hair grow faster and longer. Diet and medicine, emotional stress and health difficulties, hair care routines, treatments, and hair styling are all key factors that impact the appearance and health of the hair. This article will concentrate on one particular aspect; treatment.

Whenever I think of length, I automatically think about protein and vitamins, but this will not work on its own. Think about using my hair potion, and I bet you will adopt it.

DIY Hair Growth Potion
DIY Hair Growth Potion

Ingredients

For this potion, you will need a few oils;

  • Castor oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Vitamin E capsules

Steps:

Combine 60 ml castor oil and 150 ml coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Add 4–6 drops of lavender essential oil. Finally, split four vitamin E capsules and pour the serum into the mixture. Mix well and pour into a jar, bottle, or other containers with a cover. Keep it sealed in a cool area until you’re ready to use it.

You may produce less by adjusting the proportions, but don’t make too much because this treatment will go bad after a while. 

How To Use On Hair?

Apply to dry hair and massage it into your scalp and ends. Ensure that all strands are covered. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes before shampooing and rinsing. Ensure that you rinse properly to remove all of the oils. Your hair will become silky and brilliant right away, and after a few sessions, it will begin to thicken.

This therapy should be done once or twice a week. If you apply the mixture consistently, you’ll be able to see results in a month or two! You may also apply it to your brows, eyelashes, and any other hair-loss regions.

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Why Are These Oils Good For The Hair? 

These ingredients are fantastic for promoting hair length, thickness, and strength.

Hair loss is commonly treated with castor oil. Its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral characteristics treat scalp infections, dandruff, and folliculitis. Ricinoleic acid’s high level can assist regulate scalp PH and replace the scalp’s natural oils. This Omega 9 fatty acid benefits hair follicles by feeding them, protecting them from injury, and increasing thickness.

Coconut oil is high in lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids and has antimicrobial properties. These nutrients assist in the deep condition of the scalp, promoting hair development, strengthening your hair, and giving moisture and brilliance.

Lavender oil is antibacterial and beneficial to the cardiovascular system. It may enhance blood circulation, balance sebum production, give gloss and moisture to the hair, reduce dandruff, and encourage hair growth when rubbed into the scalp.

When massaged into the scalp, vitamin E protects tissue, repairs damaged hair follicles and improves blood circulation, all of which assist in accelerating hair growth.

If you want to develop long hair, consider other factors (diet and hair care routine). You can find out everything you need to know about them right here! Do not use this if you are allergic to any of the above ingredients. Let us know in the comments if you are willing to try this magical potion… 

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DIY: Adding Patches to Your Jeans

Patches have gained in popularity again, and since 2016, there has been a surge of patches in the fashion industry. However, you don’t have to buy jeans with patches on them. You can buy a cheap pair of jeans and embellish them with your own patches that you can get at your local craft store or on Etsy. This is an excellent DIY to do in your free time and will also be a way for you to show your personality through your clothes. So without further ado, let’s learn how to put patches on your own jeans at home.

Patches and Fashion

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It is common for designers to look back in time and be inspired by the past to reinvent fashion and implement it in their clothes. Fashion, like anything, is circular, and this is why patches are in style again after being seen as retro. Patches are a relic of most of our childhood, and it makes sense that it is back in fashion again because it brings about a sense of nostalgia, and this is how patches have made their way back on the runway and on the streets. Iron on patches is the way to go if you want to make your own patched jeans at home. Buy jeans with pre-embroidered patches on them are more accessible, but this will mean that there will be other people in the world with the same jean as you; by DIYing your own pair of jeans, then you will have a pair of original jeans that no one else will have. DIY is the only way to go when it comes to jeans with patches.

Choice of Patches

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The patches should say something about you, and this should be a way for you to express yourself and this is why you need to choose your patches carefully, and thankfully, Etsy is here to provide us with a plethora of patches to choose from. You can get anything from Michelangelo’s famous hands-touching painting like in the Sistine Chapel or even the Achillean flag that is my personal favorite. The patches are a way for you to show your interest and are an excellent ice breaker, and are a way for you to find people with similar interests as you. So, be as choosy or as crazy as you want with your patches because, at the end of the day, you are the one who is going to wear the jean.

Decide on a strategy.

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There is no right or wrong way on where to place your patches, chaos is the name of the game when it comes to placing patches on your jean, but as long as it makes you happy, that is what matters the most. Express your creativity through your denim, which will be your way to express your personality. Personally, I have my jean decorated with books, queer stuff, and movie posters. Also, you need to remember the patch will look different when the jean is on your body as it will fit your curves, but this is what makes it fun.

Preheat the area

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You are recommended to preheat the area where you are going to place your patch. Place a piece of fabric over the patch to avoid it from melting from the heat of your iron, and this won’t make any accidental burnt in case the patch overheats. Make sure that you don’t use any steam but rather use dry and hot heat and iron it on a hard surface like an ironing board or if you don’t have one, then do it on the floor like me. Ironing is an art, and you need to move the iron over the entire patch and heat it evenly for it to adhere to your jean. If you find that the patches are still a bit loose or are coming off, then put the cloth back again and heat it up for another minute to adhere completely to your jean so that it doesn’t come out. Ta-dah, and voila, you have your own patch pair of denim pants or jacket.

Show your work, flaunt your artwork, and hit the streets. Let people gawk and be fascinated by your own jewel that no one else will have. If anyone asks you about it, then simply answer by saying, “Oh this? Well I made it myself!”. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to read more about patches!

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9 Perfect Tips To DIY Invitations

An invitation is the first impression you will ever give of your wedding; it will set the tone and even expectations. So, you will want to give your best, as no one wants a trashy invitation for a wedding, birthday, or any other event. Hand-written, the fancy envelope, all of that cost will eventually add up, and I guess you haven’t planned to pay your invitation thousands of dollars.

Do not worry; you can save a lot on invitations by doing them yourself, and before you start to ask yourself these questions, no, it won’t look as if a kindergarten child did it. It will be classy, beautiful, and yet not-so-expensive.

The Advantages Of An DIY Invitation

Many skilled stationers and graphic designers are working hard to provide you with digital files that you can alter and print at home. You may receive a semi-custom invitation that will fit your wedding for a fraction of the cost of a bespoke invitation suite and printing services.

Printing your invites from a downloaded template is a terrific way to choose a design that suits your style, alter it to reflect your personal wedding information, and then swiftly print and ship them out. In this guide, we have gathered the best tips and tricks to help you DIY your invitations…

The Perfect Guide For Your DIY Invitation
The Perfect Guide For Your DIY Invitation

Cost Of DIY Invitation

Even if you print at home, the cost of ink and paper will add up quickly, especially if you go for high-quality paper or inks with a lot of saturation. Consider the size of your invites, the type of paper you’ll use, whether your invitations will be flat or folded, and any other embellishments, such as a belly band or wrap. Not to mention postage and envelopes. All of these factors will help you assess whether the cost reductions exceed the benefits of ordering from a professional.

Style Of DIY Invitation

Consider the style you want for your invitation before you go too far and spend hours browsing online. Are you looking for something elegant and simple? Are you looking for something bold and colorful? What about a watercolor effect? Before going through the designer profiles, take some time to look at the styles.

Pro tip: Designs with white space and lighter color backgrounds will print better at home, saving you money on ink.

Schedule Your DIY Invitation

It is not always the case that printing is faster. When printing at home, be sure to give yourself plenty of time, grace, and patience, since things can get complicated quickly. Remember that wedding invites should be sent out eight weeks before the wedding date.

 Pro tip: Make sure you have enough resources, if not some extras, just in case you make a mistake and have to start over.

Customization Of Your DIY Invitation

Once you have chosen your template, you will want to customize it. You can choose whether you will do it yourself or pay a designer to do it. Some fonts and colours may not be available in the software that you decide to customize, but if you are content with the result, go ahead.

Pro-tip: Make sure that once you are happy with the result, several people check it for errors that could have gone unnoticed. So that you do not waste money on printing.

The Fit Of Your DIY Invitation

DIY or not, you will want to have a professional-looking invitation. First of all, you should center your design on a large piece of paper, allowing room for you to trim nicely. You will want to have a bleed effect, which is a design that goes up to the edge for a professional look.

Paper Of DIY Invitation

The paper is an important part of the process; I would even say that it is the main part of the process. Normally, the thick paper will feel more luxurious but consider that not all printers can print on thick papers, so you will want to make sure that yours does, or else you can contact a printing company.

Go to a stationery store and get someone to advise you. You may even want to go for textured paper as well. You can sample different models, try them first before buying more. As printing can have different results on different papers, it is better to run a test.

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Invitation

At-Home Printing Invitation

If you’re printing at home, double-check that all of your equipment is in working order. Your computer screen may not accurately portray how the design will appear when printed.

Home printers are normally a shade or two darker, whereas web or local printers are usually a shade or two lighter.

 Spend time printing tests and modifying your printer settings to achieve the colors you want, and if you have your print shop do the heavy lifting, invest in a sample or two so you can get the color balance to come through precisely. It’s time to press the print button once you’ve completed your preparations.

Choice Of Envelopes For Invitation

Of course, once all of that printing is done, you’ll need envelopes to place those lovely invitations in. Find envelopes that are the right size and color. 

Get envelopes that aren’t the same size as your invitation to give it some breathing room, and don’t forget about RSVP card envelopes.

Distribution Of Invitation

You may want to personally drop them, or if you have families that live far from you, it is better to head to the post office. You may want to put it in another envelope to avoid any kind of tearing and damage to your initial envelope.

DIYing is not a simple task, even though it seems like it. But, you can make it fun; let us know in the comments if you are willing to make your own, or you will turn to someone else…

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DIY your own Bath bomb

Coming home after a hard day’s work and running a bath is my ideal way to relax. Not only is this very relaxing, but it also gives you a new bath bomb to use on of those eventful days at work. Add a bath bomb, a book, a candle and a good glass of wine to the mix, and you have the makings of the perfect evening. So, next time you are free and are in need of a new craft, then making your own bath bomb is the way to go. But, some of us are wary of making our own bath bombs because it looks like a scary process but trust me on this one, this is a relatively easy and relaxing process. Without further ado, let’s learn how to make your own bath bomb.

What is a bath bomb?

bath bomb

It is a compact mixture of wet and dry ingredients mixed together then molded into different shapes (this can be a circle or may even come in more intricate design like a skull or even shark head), which is left to dry. Bath bombs make the surface of the water effervesces and makes it look like your own waterworks, and you can enjoy a show. Because of the ingredient used to make the bath bomb, it will have a good odor because of the essential oil used in it. They gained popularity in the last few years, and you can find them at any store and may even get them if you are subscribed to a book subscription box. Now, let’s learn how to create your own bath bomb at home.

What you’ll need for this craft

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You’ll have to visit your local grocery store to get a couple of items for this specific craft. Most of these can be easily found in your pantry or if you are a candle lover. You will need:

  • 2 tablespoon oil (coconut, olive or sunflower oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon essential oil (Chamomile, lavender or orange)
  • 25g cornflour
  • 25g Epsom salt (this is optional)
  • 50g citric acid
  • 100g bicarbonate of soda
  • few drops of liquid food coloring
  • lavender or rose petals, orange peel (this is also optional and is for decoration)

What you’ll need to mix:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Plastic mold
  • whisk

How to make the bath bomb?

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  1. In your bowl, put the bicarbonate of soda, cornflour, Epsom salt (again optional) and citric acid. Whisk all your dry ingredients thoroughly.
  2. In a smaller bowl, pour your base oil of choice, essential oil and food coloring. Combine the 3 as well as you can.
  3. After you’ve done this, mix the oil slowly into the dry ingredient a little at a time and whisk every time you add a few droplets of your wet ingredient. When you’ve added all the oil to the bigger bowl, add a few drops of water and whisk it again thoroughly. When you add the water to the mixture, it will fizz, so you’ll need to mix it quickly. To get the right texture, the mixture should be slightly clumpy but shouldn’t be too wet. The mixture should slightly clump together when you press it in your hand, and it should keep its shape.
  4. If you are feeling fancy and are a bit extra like me, then you ought to add orange peel or a few flower petals to decorate your bath bomb. Add them to the bottom of your chosen mold and pack the mixture tightly on top. Press down and smooth out the top of each half mold with a teaspoon.
  5. When you are unmolding the bath bomb, you ought to be careful with it. Leave your bath bomb in the mold and let it dry for at least 2 to 4 hours, then carefully remove it. And voila, your new bath bomb is done, and all that’s left to do is for you to use it.

bath bomb

This is a relatively fast craft, it takes only 30 minutes to get it done, but you’ll have to wait 2 to 4 hours for it to dry out properly. So, this is something to do on those slow days, and you can use your own bath bomb the day after you’ve made it. Put it in your bath and let it fizz away.

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DIY Used Books

If you are like me, then it is an inconceivable idea, and I don’t want to think about getting rid of your books. I am personally attached to all my books, and I’ve annotated all of them, even the ones I hate (Jane Austin’s Emma, I’m talking about you here). Books are hard to get rid of because you might be emotionally attached to them because they took us on a journey, and for me reading is my form of escapism. Most of us bookworms have a big bookshelf with books that we love but haven’t touched for eons. However, if you are moving to college to out of your parents’ home, then you ought to go through your books and decide which books you’d like to keep and which you’ll like or rather books you can get rid of. So, without further ado, let’s get in the way in which you can upcycle your old books.

Wrapping paper

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If you have a lot of comic books, mangas, and graphic novels lying around that you no longer use, then one thing you can do with them transforms them into wrapping paper. The holiday season is right around the corner, and this could be the perfect wrapping paper for your weeb friends. The picture from your graphic novel, comic, or manga is the perfect wrapping paper and is a sign that you’ve gone out of your way to beautifully embellish the gift you are giving to your loved ones. It makes it looks like you’ve made a lot of efforts to wrap your gifts when in reality, you are saving money on wrapping paper, and you are upcycling things you no longer use. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

Book headboard

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Books are really nice for aesthetics, and who doesn’t want a rainbow headboard with fairy light? This is what dreams are made of if you are me. So, if you love books, you might consider them for the décor of your place because as a bookworm, you’ll find that books are very versatile. You can use your old bookshelf or even stack your old books on top of each other and make them look like a headboard. The best thing about crafting your perfect headboard is that you can personalize It yourself, and you can pick and choose which book to display, and this is a great conversation starter. Because how many people do you know that have a headboard which is made of used books.

Secret book hideout

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Do you have a beautiful hardcover that is just lying around? Then you can turn it into a secret book storage. You can hide your most valuable items in them, and it is a simple way to transform an old drab book into the perfect storage box. You simply have to carve out the pages and make them look like containers. Personally, I have several secret book storage that I use to store money, my cigarettes, and even letters and things that matter the most to me in my head; if a thief breaks into my home, they won’t touch or rampage through my books. Thus my personal belonging will be safe. Now, you have to figure which book you will use to create your perfect storage box. If you are a bookworm like me, then you take all the precautions in the world to not crack the spine of your books or crease and distort the papers of your books. For me, gutting a book is almost like gutting a human being because I love books so much, and it is difficult to damage books, except if it is a Jane Austin book because I hate her. This may be because I was forced to read her books at school and college and hate them to the core. But if you don’t know what to do with your books, then you can always donate them or give them to someone else.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you are like me and hate to get rid of books.