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    DIY Lavendar Candle

    After a visit to the  Mayfield lavender farm I knew I had to make a candle with all of the sweet-smelling lavender I brought home with me.

    I always say if you are going to learn how to make anything, learn how to make a candle because it is easy and brings sweet smells into your home. Best of all it is ridiculously easy

    CHECK OUT MY OTHER DIY CANDLE HERE

     

    Recipe

    Produces one candle
    • 283.5g soy wax
    • 22.6 Fragrance oil
    • Dye wax block
    • 2 Cups
    • 2 candle wicks
    • 2 stickers

    Are you going to make this?

    DIY, Uncategorized

    DIY Gucci Headband

    The moment I saw Chrissy Teigen wear this Gucci headband in one of her instastories I knew I had to have one.

    The twisted instarsia metallic knitted headband currently retails at $555 and as we all know, your girl is not spending that amount on a headband.

    When I took a critical look at it, I knew it was something I could make easily and so I did!

    What you will need:

    • Sequin fabric
    • Elastic band
    • Pins
    • Measuring tape
    • Needle and thread
    • Pins

    Method

    I truly hope you make one of these for yourself. Are you going to try this?

    DIY, Lifestyle

    How to start a Youtube channel on a budget

    I am so inspired to show you how to start a youtube channel on a budget. There is so much great content out there today and it can feel a little overwhelming starting out on Youtube without all the fancy light and equipment you need.

    In today’s post, I am going to be taking your hand and walking you through the steps you need to take to make a fabulous Youtube video on a budget.

    I am going to be talking about equipment, recording, workflow,

    The last thing you want to do is spend all your savings on starting your channel only to realise that you were not cut out for it.

    3 important things for starting a youtube channel on a budget

    1. Gear does not matter. Yes there are tons of you tubers that create very quality content, but your audience determine ur quality. Sometimes the ability to stretch your resources to the max brings out your creativity.
    2. The story/ value of your content  is more important than the quality of the content
    3. Audio and lighting are more important that camera

    Must have Gear/ Equipment

    • Phone
    • Selfie stick
    • Laptop (optional)
    • Lapel mic
    • Lighting- Light case, selfie light/ natural light

    Step 1

    Hold your phone horizontally, if you shoot vertically, you will end up with black bars on the sides of your video.

    Step 2

    Put your phone on a selfie stick and put the end of the selfie stick

    Step 3

    Use the back camera. The back camera of most phones are of much better quality

    Step 4

    Clean your lens. You will not believe the amount of junk we have on our lens that prevent the video quality from being excellent.

    Step 5

    Looking directly into your lens will help you connect better with your viewers because it is just like looking into someone’s eyes.

    Step 6

    Remember to lock focus and exposure. This is so when you move your head around, your focus point doesn’t move with it.

    Step 7

    Increase the exposure by sliding your finger on the screen. This will help brighten the image even more.

    See my other how-to videos here

    Note

    PEOPLE GET BORED. As much as you can, add visual interest through different angles or camera pov so that you can keep your audience engaged.

    You can also add sounds like “Kaching, pop, oooh sounds”

    Getting your channel to 100 might be the hardest but stay persistent and don’t go in thinking you can make money right off the bat. Because you won’t.

    I hope I have been able to convince you to start your youtube channel on a budget.

    The world wants to hear that unique voice that you have so record that youtube video today.

    DIY

    DIY Shoe Hack

    Today I am showing you three shoe hacks that you can use to transform your shoes into three completely different shoes!
    They are so easy and all you need is a little creativity.

    So if you have an event this weekend and you need that pair of shoes to match your outfit, all you need is scissors and some glue.

    You can make these straps so easily and you don’t have to commit permanently because they are detachable.

    DIY

    How to print Tshirts with your home printer

    Today I am going to show you an easy way to print t-shirts at home.

    There is nothing more satisfying than having an idea and being able to execute it conveniently from the comfort of your own home.

    You’ll need

    Transfer paper

    Printer

    Scissors

    Iron

     

    Follow the instructions on your transfer paper and remember to turn off steam or empty water if using a steam iron.

    Nigeria Supreme style Tshirt

    The easy way around this logo is to use this free resource but if you want to go the DIY route, here are the dimensions and font of the original Supreme Logo.

    Size: 4.87 x 1.75 inches

    Font: Futura Bold Italic

     

    Black Monalisa

    This piece of art was created by an incredible artist called Rodney Somto. I simply made it black and white and printed on my transfer paper.

    Please do not recreate this for sale as it is Intellectual property.

    Red telephone box

    Simply buy an applique of your choosing and iron on!

     

     

    Lifestyle

    How we had a £12,000 destination wedding in Dubai

    Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai

    Having a destination wedding was the best decisions we made for ourselves. During the early days of our relationship, we visited Dubai on our first holiday together. We were so mesmerized that we couldn’t stop talking about the possibility of having a destination wedding there.

    We also knew it had to be on a budget.

    We eventually had our wedding at a beautiful resort called Anantara the Palm, Dubai

    Here is what we learnt along the way in case you are considering having a wedding there as well.

    Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai

    Tip 1

    Please consider the people you are inviting. Some people love you but genuinely cannot afford to travel for your wedding. Flights, visa and accommodation are real costs some people cannot afford.

    Please assess your situation and decide if a destination wedding is for you. Some guests in order to save themselves the embarrassment will keep stringing you along until the last min. If 70 people have signified attendance, mentally slash that list to 50 because you will be shocked at how people will drop like flies a week before the wedding.

    Tip 2

    Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai

    Please note that the term affordable is relative. To some people living in parts of the world like Nigeria this might not be a steal but for anyone living in the UK where average weddings cost £30,000 which is N15,000,000, this is certainly a budget wedding.

    Which leads me to the most asked question: Are destination weddings cheaper?

    My answer? Not really. You will be paying for the same cost as having a large wedding in Nigeria. Only this time you are paying for your sanity and peace of mind because let’s be real, Nigerian weddings are stressful.

    Tip 3

    Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai

    Don’t be naïve about weddings. It is probably the most expensive celebration you will ever have in your life. Before you draw up a budget please be realistic and know the market prices.

    I initially thought I could get a dress for 100-150 thousand Naira or even rent one, boy was I wrong!

    Tip 4

    Decide what is most important to you. Rotimi cared a lot about the actual ceremony experience: venue, DJ and food while I wanted great photography and videography.  In that sense, we really balanced each other out.

    Tip 5

    Here is how you can save money on your destination wedding in Dubai

    No one is going to see your shoes. That is something you can really save on. I wore flat shoes in a beige colour, they were also flat and really cheap from Asos. Also, consider buying wedding shoes in other colours so that when you wear it afterwards they don’t look too bridal.

    Tip 6

    Decide what you want to DIY. I made my own wedding veil, souvenirs, hair and so much more. I have a wedding series below that shows it all.

    SEE 3 INSANELY EASY WEDDING FAVOURS YOUR GUESTS WILL LOVE

    Tip 7

    Save money on invitations and make e-invites. One of our best resources for overall planning and guest management was this website called Wedding Wire

    It is basically a free wedding planner holding you by the hand and organising your entire wedding. My best part was the guest list management, you could create mass invites and save the date emails and also get a free wedding website. We paid to have our own domain name but honestly, I don’t think it was worth it.

    If you do want to make invites, Hire someone on Fiverr or use Canva / Wedding Chicks, so many free templates to choose from

    Please save money and just use all the free features available on these sites.

    SO HERE ARE SOME OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING

    Here is how I had a destination wedding in Dubai

    1. Get the food sorted out with the venue. It will save you a lot of stress and might come out cheaper.
    2. If you have family living in Dubai with a nice compound, consider using the compound space for your ceremony. We initially considered renting a villa and using the garden/beach around it but most Airbnbs said no
    3. Use your network. Our photographer is not an old friend but Rotimi’s family friend as well. This saved us a lot of money because we negotiated and renegotiated on a lot of things. Our photographer also negotiated a videographer for us who ended up giving us a price way lower than what he typically quotes. You can actually get a good videographer and ask that they send you raw footage to edit yourself. Same for photoHow to have a destination wedding on a budget
    4. Our MC was Rotimi’s friend who we only had to pay with hugs and thank yous. He did such an incredible job.
    5. Alcoholic drinks will take your wedding budget way up. You can consider not including alcohol or asking having an open bar where guests can buy their own alcohol. Anyone coming all the way to your wedding isn’t just coming for food or booze but because they genuinely love you.
    6. We chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen because that equals less drama and stress. I had a maid of honour who wore what she wanted and he had a best man who wore what he had as well and we all looked fabulous.
    7. Our friend Sylvie did my makeup for free and that was her wedding gift to me.
    8. Our décor was done by a family member who flew out his entire staff and we paid only 500 USD
    9. We got a family member to officiate as well (even though he sent someone to represent him). We didn’t have to pay flights or officiating fees for the minister.how to have a destination wedding on a budget
    10. Don’t be cliché. You don’t have to have a smoke machine. Why not buy cheap smoke bombs or have everyone hold sparklers or air lanterns or helium balloons. Be unique. Be you.
    11. My husband’s bought his suit on a sample sale and most accessories were borrowed.
    12. Having your wedding on a weekday could potentially slash your cost by half. In Nigeria, our venue literally cost half price because we did it on a Tuesday.
    13. We both stayed in different accommodations as the wedding resort was rather expensive. I even shared a room with one of the vendors and moved to the venue on the day of the wedding.
    14. You can get a titanium ring or sterling silver and upgrade once you settle into the marriage.
    15. If you really don’t want to have to fly a DJ, have a playlist and have someone man the deck.
    16. We didn’t have a pre-wedding dinner or activity because that would have taken the budget way up.
    17. Whatever you do, avoid the W word. “I am having a wedding, how much do you charge for…” Say instead “I am planning a party…”

    SO HOW MUCH DID WE SPEND ON OUR DUBAI WEDDING

    The Anantara Dubai Resort package:

    • Reception
    • Beach side ceremony
    • Unlimited soft drinks
    • 3-course buffet
    • Chairs/ Tables/Ceremony arch with fresh flowers
    • Free wedding cake
    • Free Roomstay
    • Free Massage

    Basic Anantara: £10,566

    • Buffet £57/person
    • Drinks £13/person
    • Venue and flowers £669
    • Videography+travel £1109
    • Photography+travel £963
    • Planning+travel £1459
    • DJ £600
    • Flights £850
    • Decor $500

    Total we paid: £12,748

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DIY

    Three insanely easy wedding favours your guests will love

    3 insanely easy wedding favours for your guest - I willl show you how to make three easy wedding favours even if you are a beginner diyer

    Wedding favours are special. Nothing screams to your guest “I appreciate you!” quite like them.

    If they are personalised? Even better!

    Here I will teach you how I made three wedding favours very easily.

    All recipes can be resized for bigger batches of 50, 100 or even 1000.

    All you have to do is resize it to fit the quantity you desire.

    If you are as terrible at math as I am, you will quickly become besties with my favourite resizer site

    Or you can Google “recipe resized online”

    Candle wedding favour

    3 insanely easy wedding favours for your guest - I willl show you how to make three easy wedding favours even if you are a beginner diyer

    Scented candle

    Yields two tins

    Ingredients

    • 283.5 g Soy Wax
    • 22.6 g Fragrance oil
    • Dye Wax block
    • 2 Tins
    • 2 candle wicks
    • 2 stickers

    Instructions

    1. Start by melting your wax over a double boiler. Remember to use a pot or metal container dedicated to candle making

    2. Once the water starts to bubble, measure soywax and add to pan
    3. Leave to melt completely, take it off the heat and add your fragrance oil.
    4. Keep mixing till all the fragrance is completely incorporated
    5. Add the dye block in bits till you get desired colour. You can test on a sheet of white paper.
    6. Glue wick to the center of tin or with a little bit of wax
    7. Cut a straw halfway through and use this to hold the wick in place
    8. Pour the hot wax into the tin and leave to harden
    9. Cut excess wick off
    10. Stick label to tin cover and your candle is ready

    Recipe Notes

    Please note that this recipe makes 2 candles. You can make as many as 100 by converting online with my favourite recipe resizer.

    You may use paraffin wax if soywax is unavailable

     

    Lipbalm wedding favour

    3 insanely easy wedding favours for your guest - I willl show you how to make three easy wedding favours even if you are a beginner diyer

    Lipbalm

    Yields: 3 lip balms

    Ingredients

    • 9.6 g white beeswax
    • 13.5 g coconut oil
    • 6 g sweet almond oil
    • 4.25 Avocado oil
    • 0.9 g lip safe flavour oil

    Instructions

    1. Melt all the oils in a double boiler
    2. Add the flavour oil to it and mix thoroughly. Work quickly here because this mix hardens very quickly.
    3. Pour into lip balm containers or tubes leave to dry.
    4. If you want to present the usual lip balm dimple. Pour the mix almost all the way, leave to dry and put the rest to fill it up.

    Beard oil wedding favour

    3 insanely easy wedding favours for your guest - I willl show you how to make three easy wedding favours even if you are a beginner diyer

    Beard Oil

    Yields: 2 1oz bottles

    Ingredients

    • 56.6 g sweet almond oil
    • 18.7 g Jojoba oil
    • 0.6 g tea tree oil
    • 0.16 g Fragrance oil

    Instructions

    1. Simply mix all the oils together and pour in your favourite containers

    Formulating your own wedding favour recipe

    You don’t have to use every single ingredient I used in mine. These were just down to personal preference and inspiration from my favourite crafter

    Lipbalm

    Lip balm is simply a mixture of 3 parts oil and one part wax. If you choose to use a butter-like Shea butter, for instance, you can make a really great lip balm by mixing one part butter, with one part oil and one part wax.

    Happy formulating!

    Beard oil

    Most beard oil ingredients have a carrier oil and a rich essential oil. Your recipe should have:

    1. A carrier oil like sweet almond oil (gotten from vegetarian sources with neutral smells)
    2. a good moisturising oil like coconut oil (I used Jojoba)
    3. Any oil with exceptional properties (I used tea tree oil)  Tea tree oil is an excellent hair treatment known for unclogging pores. This will be great for men who have razor bumps.

    Candle

    You can create any fragrance and colour of your choice by mixing and matching. For instance, you can make mango candle by mixing soy wax with mango fragrance oil and colour it yellow.

    One of the cheaper ways to colour a candle is to use crayons. Peel off the paper and add as much as you wish.

    I favour soy wax candles over paraffin wax for many reasons; longer burning time and more natural being some of the reasons but soy wax is difficult to find in certain countries.

    Extra tip

    You can easily make label stickers with your home printer by creating an easy design on Canvas and printing on label stickers

    Which of these wedding favours will you be making?