DIY PROJECT | Succulent Bowl

July 21, 2016

DIY PROJECT | Succulent Bowl

This succulent bowl is a super easy DIY project and is something I actually made by accident. I have so many gorgeous succulents in my garden and wanted to bring some inside, I potted a spiky little fella in an old kitchen dish I picked up at a secondhand store and left it on the coffee table. Since then, all the pretty stones I bring back from my walks (yes I’m just one of those stone collecting types) keep getting put in there for some reason along with other random objects. I think I absentmindedly chucked what ever was on the coffee table in there so I could have a clear run wiping it down but I do have a sneaking suspicion Mr Practical could shed some light on a few of the more random of objects. Once I removed the random things, the stones ending up looking quite cool and so they stayed. As times gone by, my spiky little fella has grown, the stones have nestled in and my succulent bowl looks better than ever. So there you have it, my accidental succulent bowl, perfect for coffee tables, as gifts and storing random objects.

DIY PROJECT | Succulent Bowl

DIY PROJECT | Succulent Bowl

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How To Make A Cushion Cover With No Zip & From An Old Leather Jacket

June 29, 2016

How to make a cushion cover out of a leather jacket

How to make a cushion cover out of a leather jacket

How to make a cushion cover out of a leather jacket

Today I’m trying my hand at making some beautifully soft and slouchy leather cushions with no zip! I’m in love with leather it always feels so luxurious. I especially love it when its used for home furnishings but I’m not such a fan of the price tag that is usually attached. I’m also not a fan of sewing in zips, so my leather cushions are completely zipless!

To make mine I’ve used old leather jackets, which I picked up from a secondhand store. Using old unwanted leather jackets is a sneaky way of getting quality leather for a fraction of the price and my way of upcycling/recycling but you could always buy it new if you wanted. I’ve made a few things out of old jackets so far, like these cute leather purses; Leather Pouch and Two Tone Leather Purse and I can report it’s really easy to work with as long as the leather isn’t too thick and stiff.

If your wanting to make a cushion cover the easy way, with no zip and made from an old leather jacket, then this is the tutorial you need to read.

p.s. you don’t have to use leather if it’s not your thing, this cushion cover will work for any fabric.

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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!

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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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