Talk Soon… Real Soon :D

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I’m back at university for my last year (yay!) but things have been completely hectic and as a result, I have had no choice but to neglect this blog. I love Dorothy Deerest and I love DIY but unfortunately I’m going to have to put this blog on the back burner for now and focus on getting my academic shit together.

Don’t fret though. Whenever I do a DIY project I’ll be posting it up so hopefully you’ll be hearing from me every month or so. So stay tuned for some DIY-loving coming up in the next few months!

DIY-Lovin'

P.S. All my friends are having themed 21st this year so look out for some truly crazy costume ideas (Think a 101 Dalmatians costume party… yeah that’s happening)

Talk to you soon,

Megan XOXO

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Happy Easter!

Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s that time of the year again when any food you eat that isn’t chocolate is just a waste of precious calories. Forget the diets, chuck on your fat pants and if you do it right you’ll only be waking up from a diabetic coma in May.

So I hope you all have a great easter, eat heaps of chocolate and enjoy your days off. Keep an eye out over the next few days as I’ll be sending out some more DIY-lovin… Easter style!

Dorothy xoxo

DIY Paper Flowers

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I have not done a DIY in forever and ever! Homework and school has been out of control and turned me into somewhat of a nerdy hermit… but I love this blog and I really want to keep bring you some more DIY love! Anyway I though I’d get back into the swing of things with a really nice and simple tutorial, which is creating some paper flowers that are perfect to pretty up almost anything.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need:
-Thin Patterned Paper
-Thicker Card stock (This is to stick the flower to but disregard this if you have something else)
-A Heart Holepunch (If not available use scissors and a heart template)
-A Button
-Glue (Any kind will do but make sure it won’t stain the paper or seep through)

Firstly, use your holepunch to cut hearts out of your thinner patterned paper. There is no exact number you will need as it depends on how large and layered you want your flower to be.
NOTE: The larger the hearts the bigger the flower.

Step 1

Step 2

Now glue the pointy/bottom end of your heart. Don’t put the glue all over.

Step 3

Place all the glued ends of the hearts on your paper (or other object), overlapping in a circular motion each time until you have a full circle of hearts.

Step 4

Repeat the above step with another circular layer over the top.

Step 5

Now slightly bend the top layers up to resemble the form of a flower

Step 6

Finally, glue a button in the middle.

Step 7

And You’re Done!

DIY Paper Flowers

So as you can see above you can apply these paper flowers to just about anything and it’s a really simple way to make anything look pretty. You can make these smaller and larger just by altering the size of your hearts and you can add more layers to make a more intricate flower. I think these would be really beautiful to add to cards or invitations.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know!

 

Me So Sorry!

Hi Deerest Friends,

It has been ages since my last blog post or DIY and I Am So Sorry!!!

Due to An Unfortunate Series of Events (hey… that sounds like it would make a great title for a series of books and a subsequent Hollywood film!) such as having the worst internet connection known to man, starting at university again and work commitments, this poor blog has been as neglected as the ugly pieces of bread at each end of the loaf that no one likes.

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Even though things are a bit hectic at the moment I love doing this blog and there will be more DIY fun coming to your computer screen real soon!

So sorry again and stay tuned next week for a new DIY Tutorial!

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DIY Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls

Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s a beautiful summer day here and it’s the sort of weather where you want to eat fresh, healthy food but its hot so you don’t always want to eat huge amounts of food and feel full and sluggish. That’s where today’s tutorial comes in. I really wanted to do a DIY today but I couldn’t figure out what to write about. So I started to make lunch and I realised this is a great recipe and one I should share. Now I obviously didn’t invent rice paper rolls (I’m not that good) but this is my way of making them by hand rather than buying them already made.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Carrot
-Cucumber
-Baby Spinach Leaves
-Bean Shoots
-Avocado
-Sweet Chilli Sauce
-A pack of Dried Rice Paper Sheets
-A Container filled with Lukewarm Water
-A Clean Tea-Towel

NOTE: There are no amounts given as you estimate how much you’ll need depending on how many rice paper rolls you want.

Begin by chopping your carrot, cucumber and baby spinach leaves into strips

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1

Now mash your avocado using a fork

Step 2

Place each rice paper sheet into the container filled with lukewarm water and wait for about 30 seconds or until they become soft and pliable. Only do this with one sheet at a time or they will all stick together

Step 3

Place each sheet on a clean tea-towel and pat dry

Step 4

Place your rice paper sheet on a plate and start by smearing mashed avocado down the centre

Step 5

Now add some carrot on top of the avocado,

Step 6

Then add the cucumber,

Step 7

And add the spinach leaves and been shoots.

Step 8

Now fold the bottom of the rice paper sheet up onto the filling and then fold both sides in. Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Step 9

Step 9

And You’re Done!

DIY Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls

These are so delicious and so versatile. I’m a vegetarian so I have mine with just veggies or some tofu but you can really put whatever you want in these and of course this can be done with meat (Crab and Prawn seem to be very popular). This is such a nice thing to make for lunch and if they are kept cold these last very well so you could take it to work or school. This can also make great finger food for cocktail parties or also make great entrees at a dinner party as they are not too filling but full of flavour.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

DIY Heart Garland

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s the week of Valentine’s Day and that means all of a sudden hearts are everywhere.  Now despite being in a relationship I actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not my kind of thing but you don’t need to be in a relationship or even celebrate Valentine’s Day to bring a little love into your house. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really easy heart garland that is so simple to make and can be varied in a number of ways to suit any house or any occasion.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A selection of paint swatches
– A Large shaped hole-punch (You could cut shapes out with scissors if you didn’t want to find/buy a hole punch)
– Thread (I used white as to not compete with the coloured hearts but use whatever colour you’d like)
– Needle (nothing too thick)

Firstly, go to your local hardware store or paint store and grab a heap of paint swatches. These can be in whatever colour/s you like.

Step 1

Using a large heart hole-punch (or scissors), cut hearts out of your swatches. Depending on how big your swatch is you may be able to cut more than one heart out of each swatch (for example, I could cut three hearts out of each swatch)

Step 2

Step 2

Using a needle poke two holes into each heart. You want this to be spaced evenly and consistently, for all the hearts, so you can judge it by eye or you could use a ruler if needed.

Step 3

Measure out how much thread you need. There is no standard amount as it depends on how big you want your garland to be. I wanted to hang my garland along my bookcase so I measured my thread against that and added a few centimetres either side so the garland would hang nicely.

Step 4

Now thread your needle. Using your needle, sew into the first hole and out of the second hole. This way the majority of thread will be behind the heart and only small bit will be visible on the edges of each heart. Repeat this until all your hearts are on the thread. Once you’ve sewn through all your hearts tie a knot a few centimetres in on both ends of the thread, to avoid the paper hearts falling off.

Finally, hang your heart garland wherever you like and move your hearts on the thread until they are spaced evenly.

Step 6

And You’re Done!

DIY Heart Garland This project is so simple and because most of your materials are either lying around the house or free, it may not cost you anything. Because you could recreate this DIY tutorial using whatever colours or shapes you like, this is a very versatile project. As a result, this garland can be used for a multitude of occasions. You could make these for a baby shower (in pink or blue, maybe), these could be created for a wedding or an engagement party or these could be made for a birthday party (using a number shape for your new age). Also, as most hole-punches have no exposed sharp components, this is a great activity for young children on a rainy day!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Dorothy Deerest’s 3-Month Anniversary!

Hi Deerest Friends,

So as of today this blog, Dorothy Deerest, is celebrating it’s 3rd month online!

3-Month Anniversary!

I have had an absolute blast making this blog so far and I can’t wait to keep going and bring more DIY magic to the internet. I cannot believe how many views I’ve had so far, from all over the world and I want to thank every single person who has read my blog, followed it, commented, liked and reblogged my work.

Map of Total Views Stats So Far

 

So to help Dorothy celebrate here’s where you, the readers, come in:

Below is a poll that gives you the option to select which kind of tutorials you like best and want to see more of. Please do me a massive favour and click on whatever you would most like to see in the future and I will aim to make it happen! For example, if you really like fashion tutorials and you want to see more, click the “Fashion” option.

Also, as always, if you have any questions, comments or constructive criticism please comment below as I am always looking for new ways to improve my blog’s writing, design and content.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoy making it!

Love Dorothy XOXO

DIY Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice

Hi Deerest Friends,

You have to give it to the Americans. They have the uncanny ability of taking two yummy foods and creating some sort of crazy-delicious hybrid. Usually making me a cookie or giving me some brownie would be more than enough to make me smile but when I heard about this recipe, I couldn’t resist giving it a try! Part fudgy brownie, part moist choc-chip cookie; today’s tutorial is the completely delicious, Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice. Now making two separate recipes at the same time and having to combine them together may sound a bit tricky, but stick with me it’s easy as… well… cake!

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A 30x20cm slice pan
-Baking paper
-2 Saucepans (medium saucepan)
-1 Medium-sized bowl
-Sieve

For the Brownie Layer:
-180gm of Salted Butter
-¾ cup Unsweetened Good-quality Cocoa Powder
-1 ½ cups White Sugar
-2 large Eggs
-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-¾ cup All-purpose (Plain) Flour

For the Cookie Layer:
-180gm of Salted Butter
-1 cup, packed Brown Sugar
-1 ½ cups All-purpose (Plain) Flour
-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 cup Milk (Semisweet) Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 170°C and lightly grease a 20×30cm baking pan and cover the inside with baking paper.

Step 1

Now to begin the cookie layer, put butter in a medium saucepan and melt over low/medium heat. Once all the butter is melted, take the pan off the heat and whisk in brown sugar until no lumps remain. Set aside to cool while you proceed to start the brownie layer.

Step 2

To begin the brownie layer, put the butter in medium saucepan and melt over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the butter is melted, take the pan off the heat and sift in cocoa powder. Mix until smooth and then add sugar and whisk until blended.

Step 3

Step 4

Add one egg at a time to the brownie mixture and whisk after each addition. Also add in vanilla. Sift flour over the chocolate mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until blended. Be careful not to over-mix as you may make the mixture too tough.

Step 5

Now back to the cookie mixture. In a small bowl mix together sifted flour and baking soda.

Step 6

Add the egg and vanilla to the cooled butter mixture and whisk until blended. Then pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir until blended. Add chocolate chips to cookie mixture and mix well to distribute them evenly.

Step 7

Pour the brownie mixture into the base of the prepared pan. Use a spatula to spread evenly. Now drop the cookie dough over the brownie batter in large scoopfuls and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Be careful to evenly drop batter across the brownie layer because it gets difficult to spread.

Step 8

Now put in the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, turning your pan every 10 minutes. When a wooden toothpick inserted into the slice comes out with gooey clumps of brownie sticking to it, turn your oven off and take the pan out. Allow time to cool before cutting.

And You’re Done!

DIY Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice

This is so delicious and has automatically become one of my favourites! I will definitely be repeating this recipe again and again. This is a really unique, quirky idea that would be a great contribution to any party and would also make a really great gift.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Peppermint Magazine {Review}

Hi Deerest Friends,

I love DIY (obviously) and so I’m guessing that many of you who follow me or come check this blog out most likely enjoy craft, art, design and DIY as well. I don’t often post reviews on this blog as I try to keep it all DIY, all the time. However, recently I discovered a fantastic magazine and I feel it’s only fair if I spread the word to all my deer friends.

Peppermint Magazine is an Australian quarterly, which focuses on fashion and lifestyle.

Doesn’t sound very different from Cosmo or Instyle?
Well, Just You Wait!

The magazine’s tagline; “Style, Sustainability, Substance” acts as their mantra, defining every aspect of their work. This magazine focuses on living in an environmentally responsible way, from the food you eat, the clothes you buy and to the places you go. Now being totally stylish while remaining passionately committed to the environment is not an easy task… but the team at Peppermint show us how it’s done!

Peppermint's Current Issue

Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine

So here are 7 reasons why is absolutely adore Peppermint;

1. It Showcases the Work of Local Artists and Designers.
When reading most fashion magazines your almost guaranteed that most of the clothing/accessories are made in third-world countries in very shady conditions. Not Peppermint, though. All the fashion featured in Peppermint is lovingly created by Australian artists and designers who use methods and materials that are kind to the Earth. And woah… do these Aussie kids have talent!

2. It’s Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible.
Peppermint Magazine is a 100% Carbon Neutral publication… but that is just the tip of the eco-friendly iceberg. All the fashion, beauty products and food listed are environmentally sustainable and all the writers have the environment firmly in their agenda. Every single thing in this magazine has been crafted/designed/written with Mother Nature in mind.

3. It’s a Breath of Fresh Air.
This magazine is truly unique. I really have never read anything like it and I enjoyed it immensely.

4. It’s Stylish. 
Just because it’s sustainable doesn’t mean they skimped on the fashion. Peppermint boasts a mountain of fresh, stylish looks that are lovingly created by small-time designers, artists and artisans. Reading through only one issue I found myself flagging almost every page… Time to save my pennies!

5. It’s Smart.
Sick of hearing which starlet is going to jail now? Tired of hearing which celebrity got married on Tuesday and divorced on Wednesday? Let’s face it, many magazines have about as much substance as an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. However, after reading one issue of Peppermint, I had met an incredible documentarian who volunteered with Indian orphans, learned how to make organic ice-blocks, how to grow my own veggie garden, the buzz on keeping honey bees (pardon the pun) as well as discovering several local artists and learning about their work. Far more interesting than the Kardashians!

6. It’s all about Creativity.
Along with featuring many incredible artists and designers whose work will get you creative juices flowing, Peppermint encourages you to get creative too and maybe even learn some new skills. The section “Sewing School” gives readers a new pattern every month, that can be accessed on their website (click the link above). As a DIY-er, I will definitely be trying these funky designs out for myself.

7. It Focuses on Health and Wellbeing. 
Let’s face it… Fashion magazines don’t have the best reputation for promoting positive self-esteem. Between the highly processed beauty ads, the articles on the latest fad diet (cabbage soup anyone?) and the pictures of itsy-bitsy models who may as well be allergic to food, many women are left feeling that they will never measure up. When reading Peppermint, I never saw an airbrushed face or an article focused on physical beauty. Many of the models appeared to be real, imperfectly perfect women and the focus appeared to be on inner beauty, health and happiness. What’s not to love!

So if you ever get the chance to check Peppermint out, either on their website or their published magazines, I definitely recommend it! I really enjoyed this magazine and I think many of you will too!

Love Dorothy XOXO

*NOTE: Not Sponsored… All the opinions about this amazing magazine are solely mine.

DIY Pedicure

Hi Deerest Friends,

How long has it been? Between overseas holidays and battling the stomach bug to end them all, unfortunately Dorothy Deerest has had a little break. Well, I’m back and ready to go. Today’s tutorial is how to do your own pedicure. Now, I know this isn’t groundbreaking stuff but sometimes when life gets really busy you need to find a way to unwind and relax, and this is one of my favourite ways.

Aside from a DIY pedicure, I also wanted to talk about a range of products that I have fallen in love with. Reniu by Pure Fiji is a popular line of beauty products from Fiji that are comprised of natural ingredients, such as nourishing virgin coconut oil.

Reniu by Pure Fiji

When I was recently in Fiji, I bought a massive amount of these products and they are so beautiful. I’ve been using them on my feet and hands and after they are incredibly soft and smell fantastic for hours.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A large basin or bucket filled with warm water (warm water is necessary as its softens the skin)
-A pumice
-Towels (To help dry your feet and keep your floor dry)
-Nail file
-Nail polish (I used “Pink Pandemonium” by O.P.I)
– A good quality scrub (I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Sugar Rub but you could make one yourself using my tutorial)
-A good quality lotion (I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Body Lotion)
-Socks

Start by lying some towels done and filling your bucket/basin with warm water. Soak your feet for around 10 minutes.

Step 1

Using a good quality store-brought (or homemade) scrub, rub all over the feet. The grains will exfoliate the feet and the oil with nourish and protect the skin. When completed, rinse feet in water to remove all grains and pat dry with a towel. For this step I used the Reniu Watermelon Infused Coconut Sugar Rub.

Step 2

Take your feet out of the water and dry them gently. Using a pumice, start to exfoliate the base of each foot, focusing on the particularly dry/rough areas (such as heels).

Step 3

Now file your nails and then paint them with your chosen colour. Allow plenty of time for your nails to dry.

Step 4

Once your nails are dried, apply a generous coat of a good-quality lotion or moisturiser and put some socks on to allow the moisturiser time to sink in. For this step I used Reniu’s Watermelon Infused Coconut Body Lotion.

Step 5

And You’re Done!

This tutorial is a great way to relax and pamper yourself, particularly if you don’t have lots of money to spend going to a spa or a salon. Get your girlfriends over, have a chick-flick marathon and pamper yourselves. This tutorial can also be repeated as a manicure. As I said any scrub or moisturiser can be used for this tutorial but if you ever visit Fiji or have the opportunity to buy these products online, I definitely recommend them.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Thanks guys!

*NOTE: Not Sponsored… All the opinions about this amazing range are solely mine.