DIY || Sunburst Wall Decor from Straws!

*This post is sponsored by Jumia

 


I throughly loved creating this project. Not only is also extremely easy to do, but it is such a gorgeous statement piece to add to your home and all you need to create this Sunburst beauty are

  • A pack of straws
  • Some gold spray paint – Available on Jumia
  • A glue gun – Available on Jumia
  • Some glue sticks – Available on Jumia
  • An old carton – I used my Jumia delivery boxes ^_^

Here’s how you make it


Step 1

Cut out a circle from your old carton and then cut a circle out from the circle to form a ring about 1-inch thick

Step 2

Cut your straws into different lengths ensuring you have enough of any single length. You’ll need about 100 straws in total

Step 3

Heat up your glue gun and begin sticking the longest lengths all around your cardboard ring.

Once you’re done sticking on the long lengths, stick on the mid lengths and then the shortest length.

 


Step 4

Once you’re done sticking on the straws, all you have to do now is spray paint the straws on the front and back side to ensure complete coverage. Leave to dry completely (I recommend 24 hours) and once it’s completely dry, it’s ready to grace your wall!

 

What do you think?



MORE INSPO!

You can either use this sunburst decor as is or add a mirror to it’s centre to give it an even more amazing look. You could also add an inspirational quote if you want to or whatever else you’re inspired to add!

Watch the Video Tutorial Here!



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DIY || 3 Extremely Easy Home Decor DIYs

*This post is sponsored by Jumia

Home decor is one thing I secretly love A LOT! However, I have quickly come to realise that it can be a bit pricy trying to get your house to look a certain way especially here in Nigeria.

One thing we lack the most is home decor – you know, those cute little bits you can use to quickly spice up the look of your living space; but trust, there’s always a DIY way to go about it.

So in today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you 3 simple ways to add gold accents to your living space using mainly spray paint and a few other bits and bobs you can easily access



#1 – Gold Flower Vase

What you’ll need

  • An empty wine bottle
  • Masking Tape
  • Gold Spray Paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

To achieve this, all you need to do is use your masking tape to cover the areas you don’t want to be painted in gold. Easy variations include straight lines around the bottle like the one I did, or diagonal lines across the bottle.


Once you’ve done that, Spray paint your bottle and leave to dry for 24 hours. Once it’s completely dry, take off your masking tape and your new Flower vase is ready to be used!


Top Tip! – Do not focus on one area as you spray so as to avoid the paint being too thick on a particular spot. Instead, spray paint your branches in layers until you get full coverage. Also, to achieve a clean finish, make sure your bottle is COMPLETELY clean and without an water, oil or glue stain.


#2 – Gold Himmeli Hanging Flower holder

What you’ll need

  • Some thin straws
  • Fish Line Rope
  • Gold spray paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

To start off this ornament, you need 4 long straw cuts and 8 short straw cuts. How to make this is best described through a video to be honest – So just scroll down and see below! ^_^


#3 – Gold Fruit Bowl

What you’ll need

  • A fruit bowl – Bought from Jumia
  • Gold spray paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

Probably the easiest and most straightforward of the bunch. All you have to do it literally just spray paint the entire bowl and viola! Golden fruit bowl

Which of the 3 above is your favourite? 1, 2 or 3?



Watch the Video Tutorial here!



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Quick Thoughts || Why’s it so hard to say NO?

 

 


I envy toddlers… So brave… So fearless… So confident in themselves… Why can’t we be like toddlers?

They know exactly what they want and they go for it. They know exactly what they don’t want and stay away from it. The shout out the word NO when they don’t want something or when a person does something they don’t like…

How innocent they are and if only I could find a way to tell them that a few years down the line, this word which they say with so much emphasis and conviction, will become one of the hardest words to say… and I wonder why?

Many times we know a person isn’t good for us, we know the job isn’t right; We know this collaboration will not be beneficial in anyway, we know one thing or the other has no benefit what so ever to us or towards achieving our life goals and yet, we fail to say the simple word that can save us SOOOOOOOO much stress – We fail to just say, NO.

You know what’s even more amazing? Most times we can actually see the situation going down hill even before it begins; But there’s always this little tiny part of our brains that says to us, maybe… just maybe it won’t be as bad as you think it would be; and while that’s true, sometimes your inner gut is right. That same gut you had as a toddler that made you so brave and decisive in doing what was best for you, we now somehow find a way to suppress it… and you know why? It’s because we’re so bothered about not offending people. We don’t want to offend people or be in conflict with anyone. We don’t want to disappoint anyone and so because of this, we say yes when we know, we should say NO.

 


Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t be considerate about people’s feelings. I’m not saying don’t compromise when possible, but never ever, EVER! do it at the expense of yourself.

Don’t go into a situation that you already know will be bad just because you can’t say NO and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. It is no news that we all want to feel accepted but ask yourself, at what cost? Think about it…

 


All that said, I’m actually a culprit of this same crime… I find it extremely difficult to say the word NO too but you know what? It’s time to think about Demi first… It’s time for you to think about you first!

Sometimes be selfish; Do what’s best for you because you can’t give what you don’t have to the ones you love. So if you’re not happy, you can’t make people happy. Energy begets Energy (The engineer in me talking ^_^).

… and before I go, I leave you with this quote by Tony Blair…

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

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Lifestyle || The truth about reuniting after a long distance relationship! #RealExperiences

Hey there!

I hope you’re having a nice day. So on Sunday the 17th of June 2018, my boyfriend and I celebrated 4 years of our relationship! whoop whoop. However, the most part of that relationship was spent as a long distance relationship. By most part I mean 3 years #lol.

There are many things we discovered over the last year during what I like to describe as our reuniting period and trust me it’s been one heck of a journey! So to celebrate, we decided to do another video for you guys talking about some of the things no one tells you about reuniting after a long distance relationship. Honestly, once the excitement of finally being together wears off, it turns into something else and it’s almost like you’re learning to be in a relationship all over again (at some point you might wish you were dating long distance again #haha)… but anyways, enough rambling; here’s the video and we hope you learn a thing or two!

Demi xoxo

 

DIY || Fixing bad Tailoring! – Easy DIY Ankara Shorts

Before we go on… this is a classic case of what I asked for versus what I got…

 

First of all, the cut of the culottes I wanted is much bigger and looser than what I got and before you ask, the tailor was given enough fabric to make this item but still someone managed to mess it up…

Secondly, what’s the deal with the bell ends at the bottom of the pants?

Sigh

Anyways, for all those out there who’ve had to deal with situations like this, you know it’s always disheartening when you can’t think of a way to fix the situation; But don’t worry! I got you!

RELATED : DIY Ankara Accessories

Over the next few months, I’m going to be figuring out ways to fix badly tailored outfits and today we start with fixing culottes/trousers and converting them into stylish shorts!

What you’ll need

A pair of scissors

Heat bond web ( Nigerian street name : Hemming gum)

An Iron

Your trousers


Step 1

Lay your trousers on a flat surface. Fold it into two sideways so both legs perfectly overlap on each-other.

Step 2

Take your scissors and cut your trousers about 2 inches longer than the actual length you want your shorts to be.


 


Step 3

Fold the hem of your shorts outwards twice. Make sure the fold is no longer than 1 inches – 1.5 inches wide.

RELATED : DIY Ankara Off shoulder Top!

Step 4

Place your heat bond web in-between your fold and iron it into place like shown in the picture below.

Do this for both legs and you’ll have yourself some brand new shorts


 


Here’s how I styled my final outcome!

What do you think? Better than before right? lol

I have a badly tailored dress lying somewhere in my closet… I’m still trying to figure out how I’ll remedy the situation (It’s really really bad). Anyways, be sure that once I do, I’ll share it with you my turn final results.

Until next time!

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DIY || Makeup Wall Art Using Real Makeup!

It seems to me that wall art is increasingly becoming a must have in every room. When it comes to female bedrooms especially, Beauty related, Motivational and Sassy quotes seem to be a fave!

So in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make some cute wall art using supplies from your makeup bag and a few other things you’ll easily find around the house! Here’s a full list of what you need…


Some Picture frames

Plain White Paper

Craft Glue – I used UHU

A Marker

Some Lipsticks

A pair of Synthetic Eyelashes


First Wall Art Using Lipstick!

I’m sure you’ll figure it out at first glance, but just incase, here’s how I made it…


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Step 1

Lay your plain paper on a flat surface

Step 2

Apply some lipstick on your lips and Create lip prints all over the paper. You can as many different colours of lipstick as you wish to make it look pretty!



Step 3

Once you’re done, place the sheet of paper into your picture frame and viola!




Second Wall Art Using lashes

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Step 1

Print out or use your marker to write up a Sassy Quote on a sheet of paper.

Step 2

Once that’s done, use your craft glue to stick your lashes appropriately onto your sheet of paper.



Step 3

(Optional) – Use a black marker to trace out the top of the lashes to create a faux eyeliner effect.

Step 4

Take your picture frame and place your sheet of paper into the frame WITHOUT the glass (This is to prevent the lash from being squashed)

Step 5

Once that’s done, hang up your wall art.


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Extremely easy right?

Which one’s your fave?! I know mine ^_^


DIY || Phone Holder from Toilet Roll

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Hey guys!

So I’ve been on a recycling spree recently and generally trying to find new ways of creating magic from objects around me – hence the inspiration for today’s post using toilet roll! #lol. If this tutorial blows your mind away, then you’ll definitely want to stay up to date with me blog as I have even more ‘toilet roll’ tutorials coming up but today, here’s how to make a phone holder from toilet paper roll!

Things you’ll need

2 Toilet paper rolls

A pair of scissors

Foam sheets ( I got mine from an art shop called Art World in Abuja for N400 for A3 size)

A glue gun

A marker 

A ruler or something with a straight edge

Craft glue – preferably UHU, Evostik, E600 or Top Bond

Let’s get started!


Step 1

Cut a straight line through your two toilet rolls

Step 2

Place the toilet rolls inside each other like shown in the pictures below!

Step 3

Cut a small slice off ONE of the toilet rolls to create the groove for your phone to lie in (See pictures for a clarification).

You have now formed the base for your phone holder!

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Step 4

Lay your foam sheet flat on your work surface. Then place your toilet roll on one edge of your foam sheet and mark the length of the toilet roll.

Using this mark as a guide, take your ruler or straight edge object and your marker and draw a straight line across your foam sheet.

Once this is done, cut along the marked line.

Step 5

Now it’s time to permanently join both toilet rolls together.

Do this by applying some glue using your glue gun at every point where both rolls meet. Make sure you do not alter the shape of your phone holder base while doing so!

Step 6

Take your craft glue and apply it generously all over your toilet roll.

Once you’re done, begin to cover your toiler rolls using your foam sheet. Cut off the excess you may have when you get to the end!

P.S. – I actually prefer using a very sticky glue like UHU for this step rather than the top bond, but I was way too deep in the tutorial before I figured out it would have been a better option #lol

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Step 7

Now it’s time to cover the round edges. Do this by tracing the shape on your left over foam sheet. Cut out the shape and glue it on to your phone holder using your glue gun and voila!

C’est Fini!

What do you think?!

Disclaimer : This tutorial was inspired by something similar I found on pinterest^_^

Lifestyle || What you must know and do before moving back to Nigeria

It’s been two months since I moved back to Nigeria – Seems like longer lol but anyways… While settling in for me has been quite easy and stress free, I must admit that I can understand and relate to why some people find the process of moving back home quite difficult and stressful.

Some people think the biggest challenge for people moving back from the ‘western’ world to Nigeria is the Weather but to be honest the biggest challenge is in fact the culture shock. Yes! Culture shock. Now that might seem weird considering that if you are said to be moving back home, then you should be moving back to your original ancestral land and in most cases the place you grew up. Nevertheless for someone coming from a society that’s quite different to the Nigerian setting, it is indeed a massive change, even if you’ve been there for a few years.

Culture refers to so many different aspects and doesn’t mean the tradition of the people in this context, but refers to the way of life, the way people address each other, something as simple and customer service experience, how banks operate, internet availability, where to hangout and so on. So how do you deal with it or prepare to move back home?

Here’s what I did and a few tips I believe will help anyone planning to move back to their motherland

#1  Visit often

Visiting the place or area you intend to move to, drastically helps make the process less difficult. Not only do you become more familiar with your surroundings but you also become very familiar with the lifestyle of the people in that area. This helps a lot because once you make the final move, you are no longer a stranger to the environment and you’ll blend in, fit it veryyyy well.

#2 Make plans

When moving home or to any foreign land, it is always important to make some sort of plan. What exactly are you going to do when you get there? Look for a job? Which companies do you want to apply to? Do you plan to study? What course and where? Are you starting a business? What’s your business plan? Are you a blogger planning to make it as a full time job? How are you going to do so? Are you moving back for NYSC? How does the application process work?

Plans must be thought through and made. Once you’ve made a plan, then make a plan B,C and D as well because things don’t always go as planned and especially in Nigeria, it tends to be the case.

#3 Be prepared financially

That’s all I’m going to say #lol

#4 Be Mentally Prepared

Before moving, make sure you have begun the process of mental re-orientation. I’m not saying change yourself or your principles, but come with a mindset that’s a lot more open and ready to re-learn a few things. Just the same way you left home and had to learn to do things differently, in the same vein, you will need to learn to do things a bit differently once again.

#5 Enjoy the process

Yes, it can be scary sometimes. Yes, it can be fraustating. Yes it can be a lot of things… but the best way to go through any new phase of life is to ensure you try your best to make the most of it. Always look at the brighter side and the positive aspect (YES! everything has a positive side to it and I hope you find it! ^_^)

Demi x

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