DIY HOUSE BUILD | House Design Brief

June 14, 2016

DIY HOUSE BUILD | House Design Brief

We have just finished the house design brief for our build and it’s all ready to be taken to the Architect! This is such an exciting moment, it feels like we’ve made so much progress. We can pretty much walk through the entire house in our minds now!

This little montage best shows the style of house we are aiming for, lots of concrete, wood, stone and steel. One things for sure it’s going to be sturdy! The process of narrowing down the ideas from the 100’s or possibly 1000’s of ideas we had was daunting and it took months of mulling it over in the back of our minds to come up with the final concept.

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UPCYCLE | DIY Dog Bowl From An Old Pottery Dish

May 30, 2016

UPCYCLE | DIY Dog Bowl From Old Pottery Dishes

I am in love with stoneware and pottery at the moment. I’ve bought so much of it lately that I’m starting to run out of things to use it for and places to put it! My house is pretty small so I’ve had to come up with some inventive uses for it all, otherwise face the reality of having to get rid of it.

My latest upcycling idea for a couple of these old dishes comes courtesy of a friend of mine, which is to use them as a DIY dog bowl for my pooches food and water. They look so much better than the boring old stainless steel variety I have been using.

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Last Minute DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

May 7, 2016

Last Minute DIY Mothers Day Gift IdeasIt’s been crazy busy around my place lately. We’re in the middle of designing our new house, which has been lots of fun but also been like a full time job and it hasn’t left much time for any DIY projects, let alone fitting in actual work and the rest of life’s chores. So this week I thought I would share some of my fav last minute DIY Mothers Day gift ideas from around the web. Lets face it, if your anything like me you would have left the gift till the last minute, so hopefully these help. Please leave a comment I would love to hear what you think.

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DIY PROJECT | How to Reupholster a Stool – The Easy Way

April 5, 2016

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

I’ve been dabbling in upholstery the last few weeks and I think I’ve found a new DIY love! It’s amazing what you can do with a little fabric and a staple gun, you can turn an otherwise old, shabby, piece of furniture into a beautiful, “brand new”, modern piece, I love it!

In this post I will share with you the steps on how to reupholster a stool (or any chair for that matter) the super easy way!! Honestly, this technique is so simple, anyone with a staple gun could do it! Continue Reading…

DIY HOUSE BUILD | My Kitchen Mood Board

March 11, 2016

Kitchen Style Inspiration

Things are getting exciting around here with the house build starting to pick up a little momentum over the last month. I feel like we are moving out of the ideas, “pie in the sky” phase into the super exciting “shit’s getting real” phase! Mr Practical has been busy getting machinery and equipment ready for the huge task of building it ourselves, while I have been working away like a little squirrel on what is looking to become the bible for this project – the “House Brief”, which includes a detailed document on every aspect of the house, along with many mood boards and images for visual back up, hence the kitchen mood board above.

Honestly, these mood/inspiration boards have been invaluable, they’ve not only helped me get my head around what I want in a house but are also coming in handy when I’m trying to explain my idea people, for example to Mr Practical and very soon the Architect.

As for the brief itself, it started out as a giant mind map that I added to as I thought of things, researched things and people gave me suggestions. From ideas on style, layout and materials, to all the functional and practical aspects and requirements I/we have for the house. I also researched and collected a lot of images to help explain all this! aka a lot of time has still been spent on pinterest! See here, here and here . I was actually going to just leave it as a mind map but it soon got out of control; way to big and way too many branches and way to hard to understand, so it morphed into an orderly, bullet pointed word document. One that is legible, logical and can easily be read by the Architect, Mr Practical and myself.

So with the House Brief complete, we have been able to move onto the next phase – meeting with the Architect!

And he is coming to visit on Sunday!! It’s really getting real now!!

I’ll be back soon to let you know how it goes.

xxx

DIY PROJECT | Recycled Leather and Fabric Zip Pouch Tutorial

February 16, 2016

Recycled Leather & Fabric Zip Pouch Tutorial

Recycled Leather & Fabric Zip Pouch Tutorial

This zip pouch tutorial shows you step by step how to make your very own zip pouch from a combination of fabric and recycled leather. The contrast of these two materials takes this pouch from everyday to the next level, in my humble opinion anyway!

Recycled Leather & Fabric Zip Pouch Tutorial

This style of pouch is a different take on the two purses I have done before here and here. Being flat, this pouch is the perfect shape for a pencil case, make up bag or wallet. I used an old leather jacket and a variety of fabric pieces I had lying around;  an off cut of some Aztec print cotton fabric and an old canvas beach bag I liked the pattern of. This pouch ended up costing me the price of a zip, which was around $1! I’m quite into reusing old things to make new stuff, if you were inclined you could make this zip pouch for $0 just with things you have in your house already, grab some old material, unpick a zip out of an old garment and your away. I’m always eyeing up things in my house I could make into something else, much to Mr Practicals despair!

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VALENTINES DAY | Heart Shaped Pizza

February 4, 2016

Heart Shaped Pizza For Your Love On Valetines Day

Stuck on what to give your partner for Valentines Day? How about showing how much you love them with a yummy handmade heart shaped pizza for dinner?

You could team the pizza with a bottle of wine, a good movie and cuddling up on the couch. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate Valentines Day to me!

This pizza is totally made from scratch. Making a pizza base from scratch does sound like it could be complicated but not this one, it’s more like the cheats pizza base. All it involves is self raising flour, yogurt & a little salt.

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DIY STYLE | DIY Crystal Necklace

January 29, 2016

DIY Crystal Necklace

DIY Crystal Necklace

DIY Crystal Necklace

This DIY crystal necklace is one of my favourite jewellery tricks! Essentially, all it involves is taking a cheap rope necklace and turning it into a more stylish version of itself by swapping out the rope for a chain!

It’s ridiculously simple, costs next to nothing and looks awesome (in my humble opinion anyway!!!).  Read on to see how I did it…….

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