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

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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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

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.

Fiji Craft Adventures

Hi Deerest friends,

When some people go on holiday they relax by the pool, when some people go on holidays they do activities such as hiking, fishing or surfing and when some people go on holiday they may even go shopping… but when Dorothy Deerest goes travelling, She Gets Crafty!

In my last post I mentioned I’ve just spent a week on Denarau Island in Fiji. I had the best time there (including a bit of shopping, kayaking, swimming and relaxing by the pool) but I also took part in some crafty activities.

Fiji has an amazing culture and crafts/DIY-ing are an important part of this. Whether its cooking their amazing meals from scratch, weaving baskets from dried leaves, wood carving, using shells and pearls for jewellery or creating cosmetics from natural produce, such as cane sugar and coconut oils, Fiji has a proud DIY heritage. Many of these skills are passed down from ancient times and shared through families.

During my trip I tried my hand at bracelet weaving. Using strips of dried leaves and being led by a very helpful Fijian; “Tiger”, I weaved the strands together creating a really intricate “checkerboard” pattern. It looks complicated but it was easy and a lot of fun.

Tiger Cutting Strips of Dried Leaves

Weaving The Bracelet

Our Finished Bracelets

Hand-Woven Bracelets From Fiji

If you ever visit another country I really recommend doing a native craft class, if you can. It’s really interesting, gives you a greater insight into their cultural practices, allows you to meet some new people and you get to keep a great souvenir that you made yourself!

Love Dorothy XOXO

Dorothy Takes Fiji!

Hi Deerest Friends,

So just a casual statement here… I’m off to Fiji today! I am currently sitting in the airport and I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Where I'm Staying In Fiji!

Usually I post my new DIY Tutorials every Monday and Friday, but due to the fact that I will not be taking my computer and I was far too disorganised to create some new tutorials and schedule them, my next DIY will be on the 18th of January.

But during that gap I have scheduled some new pages; such as a conversion chart for my projects if your in a country that doesn’t use the Metric system, a bit more information about myself (not Dorothy), all the ways you can stay in touch with this blog if you so desire and updating my “About Me” page.

So that’s it from me until the 18th, stay safe and if you’ve ever been to Fiji before comment below and let me know what you thought of it, where you went, what you did and any other tips you may have for me.

Thanks guys!

Love Dorothy XOXO

Award Nomination! Yay!!

The Versatile Blogger Award

Earlier today, I was flattered to be nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Craft It. Bake It.. If you haven’t seen her blog yet definitely check it out… she posts heaps of great recipe ideas and some really cute crafts. Thanks Meg!

The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself


So, I am honoured to nominate these fellow bloggers:
1. Pepperbox Couture
2. Frugal Feeding
3. JunkyardCandy
4. Lipstick & Stilletos
5. Inky and Bright
6. Paper + Lace
7. Whim & Wanderlust
8. Illustrious Peacock
9. Very Vintage
10. For Those Who Love Dresses
11. Veggiezest
12. Hellkat Designs
13. Over My Styled Body
14. Ashley.Waves.Hello
15. Polaroids & Postcards

I haven’t been blogging long but the 15 blogs above (16 including Craft It. Bake It.) have instantly became my favourites and have provided me with endless hours of inspiration and enjoyment. Thanks guys and keep up the amazing work!

And Finally; Seven Interesting Things About Me:
1. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 12 years… and I’ll never go back!
2. I’m an unashamed bookworm with a HUGE book collection.
3. I refuse to cry in front of anyone.
4. I’m secretly terrified of jellyfish (and I’m kinda scared of babies too!)
5. My middle name is Grace (which is ironic… as I don’t have any)
6. I’m really bad at maths, staying mad at someone and painting my fingernails!
7. I don’t believe in God (but I believe in chocolate, karma and Harry Potter!)

So thanks again to Meg from Craft It. Bake It. for the nomination and I hope you all enjoyed this (slightly random) post!

Love Dorothy XOXO

The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

Earlier this month I presented a four-part DIY series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas.

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

This series featured 12 different DIY homewares, gifts, food and decorations for Christmas time. So it’s the night before Christmas here and I thought I would show you just a few of the ways I put these DIY tutorials into practice throughout the month of December.

-I used my Hand-Stamped Wrapping Paper & Patty Pan Gift Tags for my family’s presents.

-My boyfriend received a Pop-Out Tree Christmas Card.

-My Countdown Calendar provided me with chocolate for 25 days straight and will again for years to come.

-All the food (Rumballs, Chocolate Ripple Cake and the Cookie Christmas Tree) made a special appearance at every Christmas party I went to and the Chocolate Fudge made great gifts.

-Beautiful hand-made ornaments (Easy Paper Ornaments, Glittery Glass Jars and Doily Christmas Lights) were featured throughout my house.

-And my mum used her new Card Clothesline to…um…hang cards

I hope you enjoyed ‘The 12 DIY’s of Christmas’ series, that it inspired you to be creative this Christmas and if you haven’t seen the series yet you can click on the following links to find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Merry Christmas Deerest Friends!

Love Dorothy XOXO