18 August 2014

DIY tin can washi tape container tutorial





So, during my recent trip to Japan I stocked up on some washi tape. They were 100 yen (around $1) each from Daiso. At that price how could I not stock up, right?! Ok, so here is my first attempt at washi tape crafting. A DIY tin can container which took me less than 5 minutes.

You will need:
- Washi tape of your choice
- Tin can (washed and dried)

Directions:
1. Just stick your favourite washi tape around and around the tin cans. Voila!

So easy! What are some of your favourite washi tape crafts?

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16 August 2014

My top 10 baking soda uses




Baking Soda has been a natural and affordable way to clean and freshen all around our homes for ever! It's pure, safe, and effective, which makes it a great alternative to using harsh chemicals. The best part is that it's eco, cheap and safe around kids and pets!

Here are my top top 10 baking soda uses

1. Exfoliate skin: Wash your face, then apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently avoiding the eye area. Rinse clean.

2. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will absorb nasty odours.

3. Unclog a drain: Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it. Let sit for five minutes. Follow with a litre of boiling water.

4. Toilet cleaner/deodorizer: Add a cup of baking soda into the toilet, leave it for 30 minutes, then flush. It will clean the toilet squeaky clean and absorb the odour.

5. Scrub pans: Sprinkle baking soda on crusted pans and let sit for five minutes. Lightly scrub and rinse.

6. Relieve diaper rash: Put two Tbsp of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

7. Cleanse hair: Sprinkle 1Tbsp baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. Baking soda helps remove nasty residue that styling products leave behind.

8. Remove odour from carpets: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible. Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest.

9. Feet soak: Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 Tbsp baking soda.

10. Fruit and vege scrub: A safe way to clean dirt and pesticides off fruit and veges. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse. 

- A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and absorbs odours from the air.

What are your favourite baking soda uses? I'd love to know!

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Live without pretending... quote. Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao




I am currently oh so inspired by this quote. "Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending". 

This is part my 365 days of type mission. Check out my other hand lettered work here!

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14 August 2014

DIY Washi tape wall decal




I recently stocked up on some washi tape from my trip to Japan and have been researching some cool DIY washi tape ideas! I came across this super cute wall decal via Everything Emily. I love that she only used 2 rolls of washi tape but for those that don't have any, black duct tape or electric tape would do. I've DIYed a few wall decals with duct tape and it's worked a treat! It's stayed on for over 6 months now, no sweat!

Just cut 2" strips, and stick them on the wall at 5" apart. You can also heat them with a hairdryer for that extra durability. All of this for under $10! Make sure you check out full tutorial here.

Enjoy!

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9 August 2014

Free wallpaper - Shine bright like a diamond. Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao



Rihanna said it! Always shine bright like a diamond! I hope these wallpapers will inspire you in some way! x

This is part my 365 days of type mission. Check out my other hand lettered work here!









I will have plenty more wallpapers coming so stay tuned!

How to install wallpaper on your phone
The easiest way would be to actually download it directly onto your iPhone.
1. On your iPhone, open up your browser and navigate to this page. 
2. Choose the wallpaper you wish to download by clicking on the link. Once the image displays on your screen, press down firmly on the image until a menu pops up and then click 'Save Image".
3. Open the "Photos" app and go into "Camera Roll". Select the wallpaper that you would like to use. Press the arrow button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen and a menu should appear. Select "Use as Wallpaper". The rest should be self-explanatory.

*Please note these wallpapers are for personal use only and not to be distributed or resold.



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13 July 2014

Hand lettered prints by Maiko Nagao


Always be yourself unless you can be spiderman, then always be spiderman.
Available from www.collected.co.nz   

Cus all of me, loves all of you. Available from www.collected.co.nz


Be YOU tiful. Available from www.collected.co.nz 


Shine bright like a diamond. Available from www.collected.co.nz 


We are all a little weird. Available from www.collected.co.nz


Aroha = Love in Maori. Available from www.collected.co.nz 



Do epic sh*t. Available from www.collected.co.nz

I have super exciting news! My prints are now available exclusively by the amazing LeeAnn Yare from Collected! LeeAnn is an interior stylist, magazine writer, and TV presenter from Auckland, NZ. Her store Collected is a treasure trove of all LeeAnn's favourite interior finds. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's a MUST! Available in store and online at www.collected.co.nz/collections/decorate

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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28 June 2014

Free printable wrapping paper - hand lettering by Maiko Nagao




Need last minute gift wrap? I designed some spunky FREE printable gift wraps for you all. They are A4 in size but they can be easily A3 if you print two out and tape together! Make sure you set the page 'to fit' when printing! Download yours below.





//  Hearts //  Stripes  //  You are awesome  //





*Please note these gift wraps are for personal use only and not to be redistributed or sold. If you would like to share these, please credit and link back to this post for downloading.

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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Win Maiko Nagao hand lettering prints!



Hey you! Wanna win my hand lettering prints? Then hop on over to my Facebook page and tell me which one is your favourite in the comments section. That's it! Competition closes Sunday 29th June so get in quick!

If you like my work, you can also check out my '365 days of type' challenge here.

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24 June 2014

DIY Nautical rope vase




Check out this gorgeous DIY Nautical rope vase by Julie via Coordinately Yours! It would be perfect for a DIY rustic wedding don't you think? The image on the left is from Savvy Sugar and they have a super easy step by step guide for you to follow.

- All you need is some rope, washed can and a hot glue gun. Attach the rope around and around the can using glue until you get to the top. It only takes 5 minutes to make!

You could also turn it into a pen holder for a bit of pretty decor on your office desk...

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22 June 2014

Free wallpaper download - Do epic shit. Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao



I have to remind myself to 'Do epic shit' once in a while. My most recent 'epicness' was a trip to Sri Lanka. What kind of epic shit have you done recently? I hope these wallpapers will inspire you in some way! x

This is part my 365 days of type mission. Check out my other hand lettered work here!








I will have plenty more wallpapers coming so stay tuned!


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23 May 2014

DIY Anti monster spray - FREE printable


My friend's most amazing tip to rid your child’s fear of scary monsters at bed time comes in a spray bottle! That's right, just use a squirt bottle (with water in it) to spray away those uninvited monsters! 

Here's how:
1. Simply print my label out on a piece of A4 paper, trim to the appropriate size
2. Stick to any spray bottle with water inside
3. If you can, add some scent to the water for added magical ghost repelling qualities. Lavendar is a great essential oil for bed time!







Sweet dreams!!

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14 May 2014

Be YOU tiful - hand lettering by Maiko Nagao




Be YOU tiful. So simple yet so powerful. This is part my 365 days of type mission! Check out my other hand lettered work here!

Hope you have a fab day!

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12 May 2014

365 Days of Type - Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao





Currently feeling oh so inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's quote 'There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people". To view my other hand lettering pieces, please click here!

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10 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day! Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao







Happy Mother's Day to all the mum's out there! Here's a blinged up Mother's Day card version I sketched up earlier this week again as part of my 365 days of type.






Hope you have a fab day!

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5 May 2014

DIY Chalkboard paint in any colour


Here's a super easy chalkboard paint tutorial by A Beautiful Mess. Remember you can use this chalkboard paint on anything from walls, dishes and objects!

You will need: 
- 1/2 cup acrylic paint (any colour you like)
- 1 tablespoon unsanded grout
- Mixing cup or bowl, spoon, paint brush and an object or board you plan to paint on.    

1. Measure out your paint and grout. The unsanded grout is a fine powder so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
2. Stir the grout into the paint until no lumps remain.
3. Paint your surface with your new custom chalkboard paint! The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so only mix what you need at one time as it won't store as well as other paints.
4. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.

Voila! Make sure you check out A Beautiful Mess' full tutorial here!

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4 May 2014

Mother's Day card - free download by Maiko Nagao




It's Mother's Day in exactly one week! Do you have anything special planned? Today's creation as part of my 365 days of type is this card. I really mean this. If my mum wasn't my mum I would totes pick her has my bestie!





Make sure you print on a thick A4 card and set it to 'fit to page' when printing. There are two grey lines at the top and bottom as markers for you to cut in half to make two. 

Don't forget to download out my other 'You're so freakin' awesome mum' Mother's Day card here.

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*Please note these cards are for personal use only and not to be sold or redistributed.





2 May 2014

365 Days of Type continues... Hand lettering by Maiko Nagao





Here are a couple more hand lettering pieces to add to my 365 Days of Type mission! The first one "She's a dreamer, a doer. She sees possibilities everywhere" is what keeps me motivated and inspired to do this mission. You can purchase it from my Society6 shop here!

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