A few months ago, even before I moved back to Perth, an acquaintance of mine Buffi Jashanmal contacted me about the launch of her new book “Make It, Own It, Rock It.” Buffi is a woman after my own heart, with many passions and a love of TV. She was a contestant on Season 10 of “Project Runway” (crazy to think that show is a decade old)!

I was so happy when Buffi returned to Dubai and was promoting her love of DIY. I love that more and more people in the UAE community, promoting hand making amongst all that crazy consumerism.

I was recently back in Dubai for my Dove endorsement and stopped by Buffi’s book launch to chat and she kindly offered me a copy of this amazing book. It’s complete with patterns and directions for you to make, customise and style up your DIY dresses.

You can purchase a copy of Buffi’s book wherever in the world you are on Amazon here.

Lucky readers in the UAE can win a signed copy by completing the following steps:

1) Follow this blog on Pinterest.

2) Follow this blog on Instagram.

3) Follow this blog on Twitter.

4) Follow this blog on Facebook.

When you’ve done that, simply write your name and email in the comments section below. Competition closes on the 16th of March 2014.

We’ve teamed up here at Cheapnchic.net headquarters with the lovely people from Tejuri.com. Tejuri.com is the biggest online mall in the Gulf region and is the only e-commerce platform endorsed by the Department of Economic Development – Dubai (DED). To celebrate Valentine’s Day they have given me AED 500 to spend at their online curated gift section to give away to YOU.  Just in time for the holiday of love! More on how you can win in a second.

The DIY today is inspired by the amazing Charlotte Olympia pumps that came out in Fall 2012. The DIY sector responded vigorously to these “kissable” designs with lots of copycat posts. I wanted to put an original spin on things and thought they could make amazing slippers. Slippers you can wear on Valentine’s Day when you cosy up with the one you love.

Here are Charlotte’s designer version:

And here is my slippers version:

Here’s what you’ll need:

Fabric glue, sewing scissors, felt (in cream and red), pins, tailors chalk, cheap slippers, red embroidery thread and needle.

Begin my cutting the bows off the slippers or any other embellishments your slippers may come with:

Now grab your felt and fold it in half and draw the shape of half a pair of lips with your tailors chalk, pinning the felt together.

When you pull the felt open you should have a pair of lips like this:

Cut a tiny split in the lips and then you’ll have the gap for the “teeth”. Now pin the lips you’ve made to another pair of lips and trace and cut around for the second shoe.

Cutting a small piece of cream felt, glue this with fabric glue to the back of the lips:

Now glue these lips, back sides down onto the front of the slippers:

Talking the embroidery thread, stitch around the edges of the lips in blanket stitch.

And there you have it!

Now they’re ready to keep your toes kissable!

To win AED 500 to spend on more great gifts from Tejuri.com’s curated gift section, you just need

1) Be a UAE or Gulf resident.

2) Like Tejuri.com on Facebook

3) Share this blog post on your Facebook account with the statement: “OMG check this DIY out, it’s so cool.”

4) Like Cheapnchic.net on Facebook

5) Like Cheapnchic.net on Instagram

When you’ve done all of this, simple write your name and email in the below comments section. The contest closes on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.


It’s been a while since we’ve done a give away and now that I am in Perth, I thought why not celebrate my return to the country with an Australian DIY that can also be made by anyone overseas.

Now some people would glue the flowers to the headband but because it’s Australia and Australian Oz Day festivities get quite boozy, I suggest stitching the flowers on and reinforcing them with glue later. That way, minimising the opportunity for them to be hit off and embarrassingly being thrown around by some crazy guy with a beer gut.

This floral headband is very easy to make. You will need:

Thread in blue, white, green and red, needles, red thin ribbon, plastic headband with holes or lattice work, fake flowers in red, blue and white (I was really lucky to find plastic banksias which are an Australian native flower) and small wire pieces with beads and glue gun and sticks.

Start by removing some foliage from the flowers to cover the base of the headband nicely. I used the needle and thread to fasten these to the headband.

From here thread in the corresponding coloured thread for your first flower. Thread the needle through the plastic base of the flower and wind into the holes in the headband:

From here you continue with your main flowers. Use the wire with beads to rap completely around the headband to reinforce what you’ve attached so far:

Now grab the glue gun and fill with smaller flowers and reinforce the existing sewn on flowers:

That’s all! You’ll have something like this:

If you live in Perth and would like to win this for Australia Day. All you have to do it place the link to this post on the wall of 5 of your Facebook friends with the caption:

“Check out this amazing website with cool DIY projects and free tutorials”

Once you have done that, simply write your email below in the comments section.


Competition closes 24th of January.

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a workshop at Homes R Us in Ibn Battuta Mall and it was so successful my heart runneth over. It feels like DIY and the handmade movement is finally seeping into Dubai life and I feel very happy to have played a part in that. The class demographic hailed from the Arab World to Russia to South Asia.

Here is the video of the day if you weren’t one of the 10 lucky Homes’R'Us customers to win a place:

Here are some pictures from the workshop:

Thankyou so much to Homes R Us for being the brand who had enough foresight to really invest in a big campaign around DIY. For all of us here in the UAE who are involved in the handmade movement, this is a big win.

You can see me wearing my DIY Pom Pom Necklace at the event.

To find out more about our future events and for the chance to win a place, please “like” the Homes R Us Facebook page.

So some of you may know that I am working with Dove as an ambassador for Dove hair:

The lovely people at Dove have decided to team up with me at Cheapnchic.net. To win one of 5 amazing Dove Hair Fall Rescue packs and selected DIY projects from my DIY Archive here is what you have to do:

1) Follow me on Instagram @simoneheng

2) Comment on any of the recent Cheapnchic.net projects which do not have existing comments. Tell me why you love the project.

3) You must be a UAE resident to enter.

4) When you have done the above, please leave your email and name below in the comments section.

Competition closes on December 6th.