4 ways to keep your roses longer .!!

“…If music be the food of love ,then play on “ said a love sick Duke Orsino .

So we are 7 days away from closing “ cuffing season and look , am not the hard type ,one that minds cuddles and not their business so it will be in fair honesty that I let Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night ~a play) voice my thoughts this February.

This year is a lucky one for me , my body’s is grateful for the extra fat ,my mind a bit more in the decluttering lane than the straining one & my heart ,let’s say my heart is still a tiny thing pumping blood through my body .(see what I did there😝😜).

But from Instagram posts to Whatsapp statuses, quite a number of us have been lucky in the receiving section..

I know most us are probably wondering/wandering about what my blubbering has got to do with today so I will simply summarize it to one word ,and only one important word “FLOWERS🌺 “ .

Make that two please , “ROSE FLOWERS

“. And in this case ,dried rose flowers.

Regardless of class,status,age most of us have received a ton of flowers this month and well since it’s officially still the “boo-boo “month I have an idea of how we can .

• Keep these beautiful visuals of messages longer and with us .(Who doesn’t want to cheese over the man /woman /child that got them flowers? I sure as hell know i want to ☺️).

• Give back to our well wishers/sponsors/boo’s by showing them how valued they are in the simplest yet meaningful ways.

• Keep us busy minding our own business.

• Make worth our money .

So these are three ways ;

Make beautiful Rose bookmarks using our wilted flowers .

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

What you need?

• Dry Roses

• Laminating papers

• Glue

•Twine or Ribbon

How to

• Place your dried roses on one sheet of laminating paper

• Then cover with the second one and glue it together

Lastly ,punch a hole in the top center and you can use a ribbon or twine string

Make Rose water

Photography by Lyn Andinda

Uses of Rose water

• It can be used as a toner

• Adds fragrance to homemade cosmetics .

• Add to bath for a soothing aroma

• Use in facial scrubs or masks

• Spray over bed sheets for a lovely scent.

This one can be made in various ways depending on what is available for you to use but I will do the simple one which even you can do without running around the supermarkets. What you need

• Jars with open mouth and their covers

• Dried Roses

• Distilled water /Filtered water .

• Sieve

Process

• In one jar ,put the dried flowers

• Pour hot but not boiling distilled or filtered water on the roses and cover .

• Let it sit to cool for 15-20 mins depending on the temperature of the room.

• Sieve the water into another jar and put in a refrigerator.

Ps: This won’t last as long as one made with witch hazel .

Artifact/Decor in a shadow box

What you need

• Tiny jar ;You can get creative while choosing a jar as it will be decor used around the house .

How ?

• Put dried roses in a jar and depending on where this will be used,add a ribbon if it’s for hanging .

• I left mine to sit on the working table .

Shadow box

Finally , putting the dried roses into a muslin bag and put them in your dresser to give a fresh scent to your wardrobe /dresser.

Dried roses in a muslin bag

So we can actually savor memories from our special rose days whilst getting more out of them .

Well for me , this is how much I enjoyed my roses ☺️

To my beloved .

Let me know how you like these .

@Ndinda

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Back with yet another Diy quick fix!!!

It’s Sunday and am back here for yet another quick Diy fix for you plain/not so cool walls. Feels musty in here, Jeez !! Have I been gone this long ?

Okay,okay (raises hand in surrender)You win..,So how about I tell you my story.

“Not so cool wall” is what’s been going through my head every time I looked in the corner of my bed !! Yep…corner 🙂,It’s room so bedroom is quite overstated 😁.

So the other day I decided I was going to finally do something about it .Omg!! White walls are so plain I feel like they have been made to run me crazy (shakes her head ).Am I the only one ? (Insert a Kevin Hart expression ).

Floating shelves

So basics first ; What do we need ?

•Mdf board/ Wood cut offs

•Twine ; This can also be the type that’s normally used as piping in cushions or upholstery .

•Drill

•Hooks

Board & twine

How’s do we achieve the look/shelf?

Cut the board to dimensions, this is totally according to how big you want the shelf to be .

Sand to smoother the edges

Paint or maintain natural color (I maintained mine )

Drill a hole 2cm from the edge in all the 4 corners .

Put the string /twine or even rope through the holes to make a triangle and tie one knot in the center to keep the strings together .

Lastly , hook to wherever you have marked the shelves to be.

Add a plant ,anything crafty depending on your imagination..

Since am going all natural and it’s my bed corner , I went with the plant and the candles + candle holder .

Phew!! Now it’s less musty here 😃!!

Let me know how this goes ..feel free to take a pic and tag me on Instagram ~@lyn_bahati or @houseofndinda.

And guys , It feels good seeing you again😊 <wink wink >.

Ndinda24

The Big ,single house move on a budget!!

Tables have turned!! Single rooms have a say in the “ looking all gorge “ topic . This is what they had to say 😅.

Moving houses is literally the most frustrating thing ever and save for the big costs and transportation ,with me it leaves me empty and broken to pieces so I loathe it so damn much like some of you I’m sure .

And to be fair ,it’s not the best gifts out of Santa’s 🎅 bag and this time when I found it under my birthday tree ,it came with a note “Single and on a budget .” Santa came early for me ….wink ,wink .

Months ago when I envisioned my next house move, what I would do and blah !blah!you know the rest , I wasn’t looking forward to what it it involved but plot twist !! checking colour pallets and couch designs on Pinterest became the mainest man in my life .

I was going to make the place feel like me ,it was going to be a single this time and most interestingly I was going to do it on a budget …Yaasss people!! “single room,interesting and on a budget in the same zip code !!

Wanna know how ? keep reading 😉

This is how I did it ;

Pallet Bed

Lets us be honest , the biggest number of carpenters have the same old boring but expensive designs for beds (no offense to carpenters whilst I insult myself ) which btw is not going to happen ,atleast not when it’s just a day after my birthday -;

My low dimensional pallet bed

So I took measurements of my mattress (very important ) then went on a hunt for pallets .

I prefer low beds to higher ones so this was my chance to get it to dimension.

Usually pallets are bigger even as big as 7ft which means you need to cut them to size .

I have a 5x6ft so definitely that was cue to hold a saw and sand paper .

What you need

Tape measure

Hand saw

Sanding paper

Pallets (4)

Screws

The sanding paper to smoothen the edges where you cut and the screws to joint the pallets together .

The couch :

The space in single rooms is usually limited so smaller couch is the go to option.

Still take measurements for this or you will end up with a giant mess .

I went with an L shape because it’s less bulky plus accommodates 4 people more than a regular 2 seater can fit.

Pallet Bookshelf/storage shelf

Sooo …am a bookie and writing junkie, This entirely means I have more papers,scrap books ,journals and books than anything else and since I was working on a budget and wanted my place to look retro ,pallets were still my best option. I needed more storage and less bulk in this tiny winy place .

(Image of both angles)

This was ultimate because it’s a 2 in one .It can be a coffee table and double up as a storage shelf.

Requirements

Pallet – 2

Screws

Finally to put this place into one knit,I created a small space of my own separate from my bedroom and living room, a creative area where all the energy channeled .

Home office /Desks are supposed to as much differ from work offices .Take away the tension but still be a place you have your mind together:

Remember the key goal here is to keep on a budget and not dig nails in the ground .

So in the space am left with ,just a handful can take anything else especially a home desk .But here is the trick ,

Get a floating sizeable piece of wood /table top .

Mine is 90cmx52cm and all you need is ;

L steel brackets

Screws

Bar stool/chair depending on the size of your house .

A stool for me was less space consuming so I went to paper ,sketched added a touch to the stool (they don’t have to be boring )gave it dimensions and that was a bake .

And lastly ,all I had to do was to put up the stuff where it belonged. That’s what single houses had to say and for me ,this was a game changer .

Note :

•Put things that are of sentiment to you and not what you think will look good in the place and it will totally feel like home

•You need to measure the house before planning for it ,visualize the space so you can plan accordingly.

Let me know if you try this and how it goes for you .

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Ndinda.

Bedroom wall art

This is one of the most difficult parts of the house to decorate,or it just requires quite a lot to pull off and because it does ,most of us ignore it or push it to when we are able to have the energy or even be in the position to do so .

I personally kept pushing it off because renting among other pains sort of controls how you decorate your area ,mine in this case as much as I have managed to lessen the struggle ,it’s still a hustle in the bedroom ,mainly because the lighting in my bedroom is whack , and not as big ,then there’s the whole fact that I would rather have it my way ,my positioning than what the landlord offers . So you see bedroom decor is such a pain .

Today morning, I didn’t know what to offer on the blog and I try to give something every Sunday,but as luck would have it ,as I cleaned my bedroom, wardrobe specifically, I ran into a number of socks that weren’t with their other and thought to throw them away .

Before I could ,I thought of ways they can be reusable and that’s how I came up with the idea ,well with the help of Pinterest .

This is me announcing to you that I got a simple way to decor your bedroom wall without having to lose your mind on the nit bits.

“Ladies and gentlemen, The department of missing socks 😁

Bedroom wall art.

What you need;

•Missing sock — get as colorful as you want .

•Pegs/Nogs

•Twine /Thread

This can be put in a couple of places too ,especially for new mothers ,it could be a fun project for you ,add a little touch of fun and adorable with baby socks in the nursery.

Let me know how you lube it and when you try it .

Best ,

Ndinda .

Tassel lampshades

Today is the day we go for gold , tassel details on a couple of items .This was a thing in the past or atleast in my childhood .

Those cool curtains holders ,you can also call them tie backs with tassels were a thing ,mainly because our parents were watching lots of ki-nigeria* movies and also because a certain old lady ,an interior designer then had come back from Kampala and told my parents those were the coolest thing in the game then . So anywho’s it became old fashioned till recently when we had it storm again in lots of stuff including jewelry etc.

Well, I prefer using these tassels to make the house look differently unique ,plus it’s relaxing ,so I decided to use them make a lampshade.

I suspect you want to know what we need ,

•Woven basket

•Thread/ Twine

•Scissors

•Square piece of anything – can be wood like you will see in the pic below

With these we are ready to make our tassel lampshade .

Wrap or roll the thread a number of times,the bigger the number ,the bigger the tassel .

Remove it off the square pallet you are using .

Cut another small enough thread and use it as your hook .

Cut the one side of the thread to make it a tassel .

Cut another small piece and roll on the upper part of the tassel to create a round neck.

And your tassels are done and ready to hook to the lampshade .

Put the tassels on the lampshade .

Hooray!!!

Did a short video just for a better insight on the making of the lampshades.

Go watch it on my instagram story -@ lyn_bahati is my insta handle same for the online shop @houseofndinda.

Cheers

Ndinda.

Roofing with Ndinda, a memoir.

Conflict echoing in the albyss of her mind , Jessie’s “say you love me ” , all a in small grid of modern day corporates ,laughter, competing with the demons in her head .

How is it so easy to be strong and exhausted ? And as if that’s not ludacris enough end up a failure..

Four years of hardwork, morning positive lies as mantras ,pushing through ,hurting the soul,wounding the flesh to end up a failure .

No one understands what it is ,it’s the same answer “ you can’t do it all”, you have tried …the urge to hold my hair up and let it out because of the heat is burning , yet I still can’t tell them because that’s yet another one of my responsibilities, fear of spelling “failure” right out of my gut to my face .I can’t silence the annoying buzz of those statements.

I want to let go of what many think has been the best decision of my life .

Stripping myself of all dignity, happiness, squeezing the blood out of my beaten body is all I seem to get comfort from …

Introduction.

Yeah , I know . “Who does an introduction after the biggest confession ,literally a 3rd of their life story summed up ?’!

Trust me I feel the awkwardness as well, but I need to give you a little headsup about this ,me ,the memoir.

“Roofing with Ndinda” There’s only two significant words in this title ; Roofing and Ndinda which is basically Andinda save for the “am all up to date to shorten my name stunt “.

Building a house is very costly . In fact if I were to ask most of you what your dream houses were,we would be wowed by the weight of the beauty /class of those houses.Its amazing what we dream.

And if in the same minute I posed a question of how long it would take you to build that house ,85% would say the time to save up enough money for those houses was what was keeping you waiting and that you could get into your early fab 40’s/50’s still trying.

5% would say working to get to my retirement so I can earn the pension and build my dream house . And the 10%?, well the 10% would have to be the humble ones or maybe even uninspired ,let’s just say hubby will worry about that .

Starting to build a house is one ,Roofing it is a whole lot of another.Ever wondered why most unfinished houses never have roofs? It’s not a coincidence babe, its not even just a statistic .Roofing takes patience ,brevity for example the heights;no one enjoys being up there trying to cover up a house at the cost of their own mental health. How about the tiny important details and bits about which angle to join the sheet or brick ?,patience .Talk about constantly failing at fixing the place it leaks ,over and over you go again.! Roofing is costly ,it’s exhausting.

Ndinda -Andinda

(Verb)-She/He waits/ she or he protects.

I wait ,literally all my life I have waited for my turn ,the chance to ,I have given up my opportunity to the other person because I wait,I keep thinking I can wait ,I will wait. I even ask me to wait for me . Honestly just day “Ndinda ” out loud,you will get what am saying .

Hmmm..protects , Normally someone will remind me “I think you are holding on too tight ,it’s beginning to cut and then I will go Oops! I’m bleeding and say just a little longer “. Just before I notice the cut to nurse it , “I have got to run ,Sam needs to report to school,the headmaster might be tough on him”. and am off acting superwoman.

And there goes Andinda ,Ndinda.

Ndinda.

Wall gallery life hack!!

Usually , I know what to say, when to say when I’m in a position like this but this is grammatically the 5th opening paragraph I have had to write because “come backs “are nolonger as exciting. (Rolls eyes ,”nolonger exciting?!”) #adulthood.

I guess what am trying to acknowledge here is that I don’t know how to explain my “no headsup” disappearance and I suggest we get ourselves a cookie jar and pass me a cookie😁 while I get right on to this exciting new hack – Modern wall galleries.

It’s been a roller coaster ride even for me trying to finally settle on what to do with the wall at my place, or even getting to fix time to work on it .

The picture booth was getting boring and it’s the one place that has good lighting ,so i went to Pinterest and checked for my options .I was finally going to head my old lazy arse* to town and put in the work. But first here are some of the options I settled for via Pinterest.

Sauce Source:Pinterest under modern gallery.

Tell a story.

Wall decor or galleries are one way to spice up a plain wall .These show personalities of the owners of a home and can be your own way of putting out a story ,you know like therapy or even marking big or significant events in your life .At least it was a mixture of both for me and the flavor is there .

Framing can be a Madonna ,very expensive and since it takes quite a number of art to make a gallery,it might dig deep into your pockets.So the hack here is getting some of the framing done depending on how much you are willing to spend and having some of the work framed on mounting board .This is way cheaper than the framing and will still give good results.

I opted for mounting board for three of my pieces and one wooden frame for the smaller one.This way I could get more pieces done .

Below are pics of some of the framing done in mounting board .

Mounting board used as a frame .

Monochromatic modern wall.

Pick your focus

This should be something that relates to you or something you will enjoy and not want to pull down in a fortnight .

Add the unexpected,an accent.

I decided to go with one of the place mats in my collection, this purple rubber place mat that I bought from Bookpoint where I first worked and for 3 years groomed me.It gives the wall a sense of character ,uniqueness and an extra touch of personal.

Who thought a place mat would look this good on a wall?,right ! plus I love to eat .

Ndinda.