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Snow is falling

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time. I had deadlines, and then I was partying to celebrate the end of deadlines, and then I was sleeping to recover from all the partying. But now I am back to my everyday routine. Well, everyday apart from the fact that it’s been so snowy! Here’s a picture of me in the snow wearing some trousers I made.

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And, in case you were wondering, here’s how to make them.

You will need: Some jeans, a bottle of household bleach, two packs of clothes dye, a bucket, some salt, rubber gloves, rubber bands and bin bags.

This is great to do with old jeans that you’re bored of, or if you don’t really like the shade of the jeans. The jeans that I dyed started off really baggy, but I made them skinnier. Maybe I’ll do a tutorial about that sometime.

Step 1: Tie elastic bands around the jeans in a tie-dye pattern. To get tips on how to do this, see this previous post. Put your jeans on some bin bags, and wear the rubber gloves. Be careful not to get bleach on anything, otherwise bad things happen! Squeeze a light layer of bleach over the jeans. This is what my jeans looked like all tied up:

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Step 2: Leave the jeans in the bleach for a couple of hours. You can see when they’re ready because they’re lighter. When they’re finished, carefully take the rubber bands off, put your jeans through the wash and dry them. They should end up looking something like this:

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Step 3: Wrap elastic bands around the top half of your jeans, and get your dye ready in a bucket. put the top half of the jeans into the dye. For more tips on dying clothes, look here. When they’re finished, wash and dry them.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 with the bottom half of your jeans and the second colour of dye.

Enjoy your new jeans! And if it’s snowing where you are, make sure you wrap up warm 🙂

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Homemade Massage Oil

This week has been pretty hectic for me, I have so many deadlines, and I’m spending a lot of time in the library. If you’re facing a busy January too, massages are the most relaxing thing ever. Enlist help from a close friend or a more-than-friend. Massage oil is so easy to make. If you’re feeling generous, this also makes a great present.

Massage Oil 1You will need: A carrier oil. This can be any sort of vegetable oil, from olive oil to almond oil. I used almond oil because it has good skin care qualities. You will also need some essentail oils. You can use them in any combination you like! Different oils have different properties, so you might want to take a look at these. I got all my supplies from Holland and Barrett.

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Step One: Mix the essential oils and the carrier oil together. Look on the essential oil bottle for the ratio.

Step Two: Label your bottles with a little illustration.

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Enjoy!