Plastic Free July.

Plastic Free July Ain’t Over Yet

Nicole Zero Waste Journey

So you took the pledge and vowed to go plastic free for July… With July coming to an end like the speed of light.  You look back at the highs and lows of your journey. You chuckle as you remember what you went through to find cheese without plastic packaging. LOL  😀 The dedication! Then you remember: The look on the waiter’s face when you said “NO straw please” as you ordered your green smoothie. – Oh yes, I’m going to be that customer today. The willpower it took for you NOT to order your morning coffee to go. Because …

Netted Orange Bags upcycle project.

Winter Is Coming! Need More Oranges!

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

08:45 on a Monday morning I find myself stuck under the armpit of a man in a business suit on my train into Melbourne CBD. Lucky for me he’s wearing cologne and not coughing on me 🙂 Because this morning EVERYONE is sniffling. Has a snotty nose or couching their lungs out! 🙁 I count my blessings but bury my head deeper into my scarf. And wish I had walked into the city instead. The germaphobe in me is screaming don’t touch anything and try not to share the same air as everyone… LOL! Impossible I know. But it’s a …

Star Wars Day 2017.

Happy Star Wars Day 2017

Nicole Inspiring Things

Happy Star Wars Day 2017! May the 4th Be With You! 😀 This year I crocheted a Stormtrooper to celebrate one of my favourite days of the year! Unfortunately, I don’t have a crochet pattern to share this year. But if you missed it you can still grab your Yoda pattern over here. As always no amigurumi project is ever complete without a little video so enjoy this bad boy right here.   May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars Day ???????????? . Sorry no crochet pattern this year but I hope you like my Stormtrooper ???? . …

Fashion Revolution Week 2017.

Fashion Revolution Week 2017

Nicole Inspiring Things

 Today’s the first day of Fashion Revolution week 2017. And marks the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Which killed 1138 people and injured much more on 24th April 2013.   So today I picked up a delish cake from Adriano Zumbo here in Melbourne. Brewed a cup of coffee and sat down to read Fashion Revolutions first fanzine back to back.   Money Fashion Power is filled with awesome art work. Informative facts and stories about the people who make our clothes. And it shines a light on the environmental impact the fashion industry has on our planet.   …

How To Sew Reusable Cotton Pads.

Sew Up Some Reusable Cotton Pads

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Last week I shared a crochet pattern to make reusable cotton pads. And while I was making them I thought of all of you who can’t crochet (yet 😉 ) And came up with another way to make them. If you can sew you can make these too! How To Sew Reusable Cotton Pads from Fabric Scraps: You’ll need: I’ve made my cotton pads 8 x 8 cm. But you can make them as big as ya want Step 1: Cut you fabric double the size of your final square. In my case 16 x 16cm Step 2: Fold in half. And …

How To Crochet Reusable Cotton Pads.

Get Rid of Scrap Yarn Like a Hamster Eating Noodles

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Today I found this scrap vintage cotton yarn in my stash. And decided to make some reusable cotton pads to replace cotton balls I use to remove my make up. This was such a quick project I felt like this hamster eating noodles Here’s the pattern if you wanna make some too. Crochet Reusable Cotton Pads: NOTE: Pattern is written in American English Terminology. Materials: Hook = 4mm | Yarn = DK weight Abbreviations: ch – Chain sc – Single Crochet sl st – Slip Stitch st(s) – Stitch(es) R – Row This pattern makes 8 x 8cm square. It’s …

Practice Productive Procrastination

Nicole Inspiring Things

We’ve officially moved to Melbourne but the journey to getting settled has just begun… With most of my crochet tools still packed away it’ll be a month since I picked up a hook 😮 .   However this has given me more time to answer comments on Instagram and read my starred emails from you 😀  #winning.   The one question that’s been asked a lot is: “Why do you work on more than one project at the same time?”   The answer:   I’ve been practicing Productive Procrastination – A term I learnt reading Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon. This book is jam packed …

I’ve ditched Facebook. But this is where you can find me.

Nicole Behind the Scenes

So a few of you have emailed in to say you can’t find me on Facebook. And the reason is I’ve decided to pull down my One.By Me For You Facebook Page. The truth is for months it’s been a thorn in my side. And I’ve just not been active there, and instead of stressing about it I decided to take it down. With that said I’d like to invite you to follow me on Instagram (if that’s where you hang out too!) I’m posting lots of behind the scenes snaps and work in progress shots. So if you like that kinda …

I heart Victoria.

Oh Victoria. How I ❤ You!

Nicole Travel

Over the last 3 years of living in Australia. We’ve noticed a little pattern emerging 🙂 Every holiday we plan (or didn’t plan…) had us gravitating towards Melbourne. On our road trips, we’d explore the smaller towns around Victoria. After a couple of trips, we can officially say we LOVE this region of Australia. Now don’t get me wrong Australia is a big continent. And yes there are loads of places we’ve yet to see. But there is something about this part of the world that excites us. Our last trip took us through Bright. It’s a stunning little town with awesome …

Shop closed till 30 April 2017.

The Shop is Closed Till 30 April 2017

Nicole Behind the Scenes

The boxes are packed. And almost all the goodbyes said 🙂   Canberra it’s been great but the time has come to say goodbye. Melbourne watch out we’re coming for you 🙂   No matter how many moves we’ve done I always seem to underestimate the logistics that goes into moving.   So I’ve decided to close the shop till we’ve fully settled in Melbourne.   As always I want to give you my undivided attention. And with a big move to a new city. Plus a holiday between. I’d be lying to myself and you if I said I could …

2017 Year of the Fire Rooster.

2017 The Year of the Fire Rooster

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Ok so I had all the intentions to release a free crochet pattern for Chinese New Year again this year. But it kinda snuck up on me! Embarrassingly I thought I still had buckets of time. I was expecting New Year’s in mid – late Feb. Like it usually is.   But as the Chinese Year follows the cycle of the moon it landed on the 28th of Jan instead! Doh!   So you can imagine how surprised I was when I woke up to New Years messages from my family in South Africa.   Even though I’ve totally missed …

One Crochet Pattern. And A Whole Lotta Possibilities.

One Pattern = Whole Lotta Possibilities.

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

For ages I’ve been wanting to crochet cute fur babies. But I’ve had other projects keeping me busy. I kept pushing the doggies to the bottom of the make list. Then a few weeks ago I heard our friends who had returned from a stint in Japan found themselves new digs. I figured this would be my chance to make my dogs. They’d make the cutest housewarming gift. They were moving into an apartment so a real dog was out of the question 😉 I’ve had my eye on the crochet patterns in Ami Ami Dogs by Mitsuki Hoshi and …

1SE 2016: My Year in 6 Minutes 12 Seconds

Nicole Inspiring Things

Yup it’s that time again… Another year done and dusted 🙂 If I had to describe my year in one word it would be transform. Lots changed for me this year. In both my personal life and in my business. And it’s been a fun ride. I managed to fill 2016 with all the things I love and make me happy. And I capture some of the highlights too 🙂 I’m so grateful for all the awesome memories! And a cool app that helped me do that. It`s called 1SE (1 Second Everyday). One of my other obsessions is geeking …

2017 The Year of YOU-niqueness.

What I’m doing (& not doing) in 2017

Nicole Behind the Scenes

Just before we wrap up the year. I wanted to write a final post for 2016. To fill you in on my plans for the New Year 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but one thing I know for sure? I’m hopelessly devoted to serve you! I’ve been listening closely, all year long. And the #1 thing you’re after more than anything else. Is finding unusual gifts for the person that has everything! That’s why I’m declaring 2017 to be the Year of YOU-niqueness. That’s right. I’m on a one-woman mission to deliver tailored experiences. That’ll make …

How To Fix The Innersoles of Your Shoes.

How to fix the Innersoles of your Shoes

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

A couple of weeks ago my favourite shoes in the whole widest world fell apart!!! 🙁 The innersoles came out and one of them has a massive hole in it! To be fair I have had these bad boys for about 3 years now and almost wear them everyday. Yes they get a little stinky. Determined to fix them I pulled my studio apart to see if I had everything I needed. And lucky the Universe had my back 🙂 This is what I found. And what you’ll need if you wanna do this at home: Nice piece of thick board …

Why I LOVE my period panties. And why you might like ‘em too!

Nicole Inspiring Things, Zero Waste Journey

First up if you’re not a fan of talking about bodily fluids you might want to click away now. Because I’m going to explain why I LOVE my period panties. The next thing on my list to reduce waste in my life was looking at my feminine hygiene products. From the age of 15 I’ve been using sanitary pads and tampons. Again sitting down and doing the maths on the amount of waste I’ve created over the years. I wanted to find an alternative to these products. So as always I booked a coffee date with my best friend Google. …

Eco overwhelm? Start with Food.

Eco Overwhelm? Start with Food.

Nicole Yummy Things

You’ve embarked on your eco journey… And holy crap there’s a lot of information to take in! You feel paralysed. You wanna to make changes in your life. You wanna help the environment. Fight climate change, and make the world a better place. But there’s so much to fix you don’t know where to start! Everyday you discover a new piece of information that leads you down a rabbit hole of how we’ve fucked the planet 🙁 And you start to loose hope… I call this eco overwhelm. I’ve been there, fricking hell, I still go there! The good news is …

Crowdfunding - Get behind the stuff you care about!

Crowdfunding – Get Behind The Stuff You Care About

Nicole Inspiring Things

If you’ve never heard of crowdfunding before it’s a cool way to raise money. So if you need startup capital for new projects, causes, or entrepreneurial ventures. This could be an alternative way to raise the dosh! In all honesty it’s not to different to the old ways of fundraising. But with the internet it makes it possible to reach people on a global scale. Lots of people around the world can contribute small amounts to your project. So that you can reach that big money goal quicker. Most campaigns have awesome rewards for their backers too. Here are 3 Crowdfunding sites …

A Quick Fix for your Craft Addiction - Craft for Charity.

Quick Fix For Your Craft Addiction

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Do your friends and family sometimes look at you like you have a craft addiction? Are they starting to get suspicious when you suggest meeting for a coffee near your favourite craft store? So you’re addicted to making stuff. Yes I understand! Because I have this addiction too. I bet you’re the type of person who: Spends more money on craft supplies to make a gift. Refuses to buy something if you can make it yourself. Can’t relax without your crochet hook in hand. Your craft addiction has you hands trembling with withdrawals. And you’re desperate for your next fix. But here …

Homemade toothpaste. Zero waste toothpaste.

Homemade Toothepaste – The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Nicole Zero Waste Journey

Have you been thinking of trying homemade toothpaste? Here’s a bit of insight to what you might expect. For the last 9 months I’ve been making my own toothpaste. Because the amount of empty toothpaste tubes I was throwing away annoyed me. I did collect them for a while and have still kept them for a creative project.  But the sheer amount of empties was getting out of control! And I was running out of space to store them. So I decided to make my own toothpaste. How to make your own toothpaste: There are a few recipes out on the …

Documentry on Climate Change.

Documentary on Climate Change: Before the Flood

Nicole Inspiring Things

I’ve been waiting for this documentary on climate change like a 15 year old girl standing in line at a Justin Bieber concert! I was interested to hear what the science had to say. And I wanted it to come out so I could share it with everyone. Because I think Leo delivers the message much better than me 🙂 Over the years my respect for Leonardo DiCaprio has grown as he continues shine the light on the effects on climate change. This is an eye opening documentary and probably the scariest movie I’ll watch this Halloween. To be honest …

My Top 10 Scary Movies of all time.

Top 10 Scary Movies Of All Time

Nicole Inspiring Things

Gone are the days of trick or treating. Because we don’t have little ones around. Mike and I figure it would be awkward to go trick or treating on Halloween 😉 Also there’re so many snacks around that contain uncertified palm oil these days. I prefer to choose and buy my candy myself. So instead of dressing up and ringing doorbells for candy. We’re gonna stay in. We’ll cosy up under the covers (cause it’s still fricking cold here in Canberra!). Switch off all the lights to make it super spooky. Fingers crossed the new moon will help set the …

Why I'm Offering free repairs on my creations.

Why I’m Offering Free Repairs On My Creations

Nicole Behind the Scenes

Yes the rumours are true. Your eyes don’t deceive you. And there isn’t a glitch on my website. 🙂 So why have I decided to offer free repairs on my creations? Confession time! Over the last 3 years of being in business I’ve felt like a hypocrite. Here’s what I mean: On one hand as a product lead creative business I ask you to buy my creations. And as an environmentalist I ask you to stop consuming. So there you have my internal dilemma. I’ve felt like I was getting pulled apart at the core. It’s not felt right asking you …

The Sad Truth About Take Away Coffee. And What To Do About It.

The Sad Truth About Take Away Coffee. And What To Do About It!

Nicole Zero Waste Journey

Have you noticed an increase in special days to celebrate specific things? Like Earth Day or World Sea Turtle Day or World Elephant Day. I find it kinda interesting that we’ve got to the point in our lives where we need to have these days. Why can’t every day be earth day and world sea turtle day and world elephant day? With that said. I found out that today is International Coffee Day! Lol ???? And it so happen that I’m writing about coffee today… Talk about serendipity ???? FACT: I love coffee. I can’t get my day started without …

Make a scarf with a Giant Crochet Hook.

New Toy – Giant Crochet Hook

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Giant crochet hooks and knitting needles have become the new craze in the last few years. And yes I’m a bit late to the party! But I guess it’s better late than never 🙂 With all the hype of big knitting and crochet I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. So as new leaves start to form on all the bare branches and pretty little pink blossoms emerge. I thought it would be a good time to explore a new crochet technique. What is extreme crochet? Well it’s normal crochet but with giant tools. Think thick, chunky crochet hooks …

How to make a reversible drawstring bag.

How to Make A Reversible Drawstring bag

Nicole Behind the Scenes, Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

A couple of weeks ago I shared a story on Instagram. It was about the making of the packaging for my baby booties. And lots of people messaged me to find out more about it. So I decided to write a blog post 🙂 I can’t begin to tell you how many iterations I’ve gone through. It’s been years of trial and error. And has developed as I’ve learnt more about sustainable design. The packaging started off as an origami box made with tracing paper. Then I decided to use various versions of gift boxes. And paper bags. Not loving these options I went …

How to crack open a young coconut.

How to Crack Open a Young Coconut

Nicole Yummy Things

During our travels through Cambodia and Sri Lanka we drank a lot of young coconut water. And ate it’s delicious flesh. They made a super healthy snack while travelling through both countries. And were easy to get our paws on when the hangries struck! There are loads of nutritional benefits in coconuts. I found some great articles here  and here that’ll give you the low down. And they’re pretty tasty too! When we first arrived in Australia we notices young coconuts stacked on the shelves in the fresh food markets here in Canberra. At first we were a bit sceptical because we thought they were …

Recycled Scarf Project. I turned an old scarf into mittens and a bear snood.

My Recycle Scarf Project : Old Scarf turns into 2 New Winter Accessories

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

On one of my quarterly wardrobe declutters I came across an old crochet scarf that my sister made for me. As I pulled it out I wondered why I haven’t worn it this winter… Then I noticed it’s little injury 🙁 Yes the corner of my handmade scarf got snagged on a nail. It had been sitting in my mending pile for a few months before we moved apartments. The scarf got buried in the back of my wardrobe instead of in my mending pile and I’d forgotten about it. So here I was with two options do I fix the scarf …

Eco Friendly Toilet Paper: Who Gives A Crap.

Eco friendly toilet paper – Who Gives A Crap

Nicole Inspiring Things

Wait what? Eco-friendly toilet paper? When I first came about this term I had no idea that you could get bog roll that wasn’t eco-friendly. Actually I just didn’t stop to give it a second thought. Because it’s one of those robotic things I do on my grocery run. As it turns out using eco-friendly toilet paper makes a big difference! Here are 3 things I learnt about normal toilet paper: The of making toilet paper follows the same process as paper. It’s made from virgin wood pulp. That means we’re flushing our forests down the toilet. It also has to go through a bleaching process which uses …

Homemade Granola Recipe.

Homemade Granola Recipe – Quick and Easy Breakfast Option

Nicole Yummy Things

The one thing that gives me anxiety more than seeing stuff going to landfills. Is preparing my own meals! Trying to think of food to make is like having to wake up and pee in the middle night in winter. You don’t wanna do it but you have to! Lucky for me my husband Mike does all the cooking and I’ll do all the cleaning. And the best part of this deal is Mike loves to cook and I love to clean! But for 2 weeks Mike’s in Spain coaching his football team who are playing in a tournament.  This means I have to feed myself! LOL! I …

FREE Yoda Crochet Pattern

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

As an 80’s kid I’m naturally a huge fan of scrunchies, leg warmers, neon colours and Star Wars! The movies taught me to fight for everything good in the world no matter how cunning the darkness is. I practice my Jedi training every chance I get 😉 But it’s hard without a teacher… So for 4th of May 2016, Star Wars Day. I decided to design a crochet pattern based on a Star Wars character. I looked at my yarn stash and I had all the colours to make Yoda. Perfect! I gathered my reference pictures. Mapped out my designs…   The more technical side of my creation …

How to make shorts more fitted.

Alterations: How to Make Shorts More Fitted

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

The other day my husband Mike walked into my studio wearing his training shorts. He complained that he looked like he was wearing Dad Pants! And yes I did have to agree they were unflattering and looked like he was a 5 year old wearing his dad’s shorts 🙁 . He’s had these shorts for over 8 years and besides the horrible fit they’ve got another 30 wears in them (at least!). Mike didn’t want to throw them out but hated feeling uncomfortable in his training gear. So he asked if I could alter them for him. Thrilled by his …

Open source is about collaboration. It brings people together, who may have never crossed paths. It sparks the imagination and great inventions come to life.

Put These 5 Open Source Projects On Your Radar

Nicole Inspiring Things

I woke up today, stumbled out of bed with my sleep encrusted eyes and started my daily routine. Had my coffee scrolled through my social media feeds. And let my sweet elixir bring me back to life. But today was different. Instead of feeling guilty I got sucked down the rabbit hole that is the internet. Excitement bubbled inside me. With each click I was swept down a different kind of rabbit hole. I had stumbled on many inspiring stories. People from around the world are inventing insanely clever things! And they all have one goal in common: To Make The World a Better …

Precious Metal Clay tools. Workshop with The World Rocks Jewellery.

5 Fun Facts About Precious Metal Clay

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

On my last trip back to South Africa I spent an evening with my uncle. We looked through his collection of semi precious stones. I learnt about the different grades and what makes some stones more valuable than others. I also saw black jade for the first time and learnt about some stones that I didn’t even know existed. At the end of the evening he gave me a peridot which is my birthstone. Coming back to Australia I tried for months to figure out what I could do with my peridot…  Then one day my friend Cindy from The World …

Lonely banana. Homemade frozen yoghurt.

The Lonely Banana – Homemade Frozen Yoghurt

Nicole Yummy Things

In our house, we don’t ever have a problem with left overs or food waste. My husband Mike, does a great job with the grocery shopping and cooking. But over the last month or so I’ve noticed one lonely over ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl… Complaining to my sister on one of our Skype sessions she suggested making frozen yoghurt with our lonely banana! Here’s how… Ingredients 1 ripe banana 2 TBSP coconut sugar 2 TBSP peanut butter 1 Tsp vanilla extract 1 cup full fat plain Greek yoghurt ¼ Cup banana chips broken up into smaller pieces   …

We have a big announcement

Nicole Behind the Scenes

Over the last couple of months there have been a few exciting life changes for Chloe and she’s decided to step back from this creative venture. Although I’m pretty sad that I won’t be working side by side with my sister and best friend anymore. I’m pretty fricking excited (and a little jelly ;-p ) for the next chapter in her life.   As one door closes and another one opens… Let’s do a happy dance to cheer her on 🙂 as she embarks on a new adventure in the USA.   How does this affect you?   Over the next few …

Hearty Vegetable Stew for chilly days.

Hearty Veggie Stew

Nicole Yummy Things

Brrrr… It’s a little cold out there! It feels like winter’s come early here in Canberra… With Mike away again I’m back in the kitchen. With the chilly weather, I’m craving delicious and comforting winter dishes that remind me of my childhood 🙂 There are a few veggies in the fridge that were left over from the chunky vegetable soup I made the other day. Plus a bit of extras from other meals from the week.  Not gonna lie but they’re starting to look a little sad and probably need to be cooked before they get turned into compost!  So I …