Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Max & Me 1st Birthday Giveaway - Week 1

To celebrate Max & Me's 1st birthday there will be a HUGE giveaway with over $1500 worth of prizes up for grabs. The giveaway will run for 5 weeks, with a new prize pack every Sunday.

Entries for Week 1 open at 6pm on Sunday April 28th & close at 7:30pm AEST on Sunday 5th May. 

One lucky person will be selected at random each week to win a fabulous prize pack which will consist of up to 10 prizes from some very generous businesses!  The winner will be posted on this blog and contacted via email.

Week 1's prize pack is valued at over $350 PLUS a bonus prize is up for grabs for Melbourne entrants!

Please take the time to browse what our very generous sponsors have to offer.

Entry to the giveaway is via Rafflecopter (at the bottom of this post, after the lovely prizes). 

You must click "Like" for EVERY page as well as the "I'm a fan" button to qualify. There will be bonus entries available once you have unlocked all the mandatory entries. Please ensure you enter correctly or your entry will be invalid.

Entry is open to Australian residents only, 18 years and over.

Thank you all of our lovely sponsors for donating such amazing prizes for this giveaway.

I wish you all the best of luck!    
Stacey xo

Donated by Cheese & Pickles Online Boutique
Metallic Cowboy Nursery Set - Girls skulls design
Includes Cot Quilt, Matching sheet set and 3 baby wraps RRP $140 
Postage: FREE within Australia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheeseandpicklesonlineboutique
Website: http://cheeseandpickles.com.au/

Donated by Retro Bimbi
Long Pants & Top set - Little Man RRP $50
100% cotton lightweight denim long pants with funky retro car pockets (linen) to match a cotton grey marle long sleeved top with denim applique design. Winner can choose any size to be custom made (sizes 1-5)
FREE postage within Australia.

Donated by Letter It
$25 Gift Voucher... to spend at Letter It (Name Decorative Art) 

Donated by BB & Bub
Purple party dress with matching headband set
RRP: dress $18, headband $7.50 
FREE postage within Australia

Donated by Feathered
Small size beige voille peonie print scarf, perfect for adding some ooomph to any Autumn outfit! Includes postage AU only, total retail value over $20.

Donated by My Design
30x30 Canvas Art with wooden letter name RRP $25+
Winner can select either the Girl or Boy option
Names will be placed where I feel it suits (depends on length of name)
Winner can also select Name Colour
Postage - $10 at winner's cost (Australia wide)

Donated by Leviolets Lovelies
Leviolets Lovelies is proud to offer this beautiful Happy Hills set in a size 3 RRP $28
FREE shipping within Australia

Donated by Paper Blossom Creations
Personalised digital birth announcement, Christening invitation or birthday party invitation RRP $15
The winner may choose a design from any of the current designs listed in my Facebook albums (or onwww.paperblossomcreations.com.au). After personalisation, the high resolution digital file will be emailed to the winner to print out as many copies as they like at home or at a printer of their choice. PLEASE NOTE - printing costs will be at the winners expense.

Donated by Little Birdie
$25 gift voucher for Little Birdie
Valid to be spent on anything in store by the 1/7/2013, including custom orders

BONUS prize for Melbourne Residents!

There will be a special prize up for grabs for Melbourne entrants. Beauty Delphine has kindly donated a mini facial (45 min) valued $55. 

Enjoy a deeply relaxing and nuturing treatment to unwind the body, calm the mind and soothe the soul.Enjoy a Mini Facial and Scalp Massage at Beauty Delphine. Feel better immediately in a relaxing & nurturing environment in Eltham.
Conditions: Must be fully redeemed in one visit. Expires after 3 months of purchase/winning Minimum 12 hours notice required for cancellations to avoid gift redemption.

This prize is transferable to another person. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 22 April 2013

Max & Me Designs 1st Birthday Giveaway!

Max & Me is turning 1 in May and to celebrate we will be having a BIG giveaway! 

There will be 5 amazing prize packs up for grabs with a total prize pool of over $1500!!

Entries open on Sunday April 28th

More details coming soon on our Facebook page....

Monday, 15 April 2013

Tutorial/DIY - How to upcycle a tshirt into a braided infinity scarf

If you're anything like me your wardrobe is probably filled with old t-shirts and tops!  With the cooler weather on it's way why not turn those old tops into a gorgeous scarf. 

I am always on the lookout for things to upcycle and when I came across some t-shirt scarves and necklaces on Pintrest lately I figured I may as well try and make one of my own!  

Here was my inspiration for the project.  I search high and low but the link to this particular image doesn't seem to exist anymore...

I found a lot of tutorials online but they all seemed to do it differently so here is my take on the braided t-shirt scarf.  Enjoy :)

First of all this is a super cheap project that takes less than an hour to finish.  Now that's my kind of DIY!

You will need an old t-shirt (the bigger the shirt the longer and thicker your scarf will be), a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun.   When you select your shirt check how stretchy the material is, you want to choose one that still has some give in it.  I found fabric with a tighter weave and some elastine in it worked best.  

Shirts without seams will give you more flexibility in your design but I couldn't find one.  Not to worry though as we'll be covering up the seams later. 

Step 1. Line up the bottom of your shirt so the hem is even, then cut off the hem in a straight line.  

Step 2.  Cut a straight line just below the armpits to create a large rectangle of fabric.  Put the top of the t-shirt to the side, we'll be using some of it later. 

Step 3. Now cut the rectangle of fabric into 1 to 1 1/2 inch strips (about 3cm).  Don't worry if your strips are perfectly straight or even, this is a very forgiving project!

Step 4. Now for some exercise!  Stretch the strips of fabric as far as you can.  I ended up putting them under the arch of my foot and pulling them up towards my chin, kind of like a pilates class!  The longer the strips, the longer your scarf will be.  Try and make them all similar in length.

Step 5. Once you have stretched them out gather all the seams together.  Tightly tie them together just below the seams using a small strip of fabric you have cut out of the top part of the t-shirt. You will need 3 of these ties. 

Step 6. Cut the fabric strands between the knot and the seams.  Don't cut so close to the knot that the strands fall out though. 

Step 7. Straighten out and untangle the strands as much as you can and use the other small strip to tie them together slightly above the seams.  

Step 8. Divide the strips into equal thirds and start braiding them together.  Make sure you pull the strands all the way through so they don't become tangled. And don't make the braid too tight either. 

Step 9. Every now and then test it around your neck by holding the two ends together. Stop braiding when you have reached the length you want.  Either use another small strip of fabric from the top of the tshirt or wind one of the longer strands from the braid around the base of the braid and create a tight knot.  Once it is secure cut off the rest of the strands. 

Step 10. Now it's time for the hot glue gun (or needle and thread if you prefer). Pop a dab of glue on one end and join it together with the other end.  Don't worry, we'll pretty it up soon :)   If you want to make it super secure you could also knot the two little ties together. 

Your scarf should now look something like this:

Step 11. Cut two small rectangles from the top part of your shirt.  You could use ribbon or a contrasting material if you prefer.  These strips are about 10cm wide by 15cm long. Give them a little stretch so the raw edges roll in. 

Step 12. Pop a bit of glue over each join and wrap the fabric around it. Tuck the end underneath one of the layers and secure it in place with a bit of glue. 

You're all done :)

I'd love to see any creations you come up with so feel free to leave a comment with a link to your pics :)