It’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.
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…
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…….
Take your old fridge magnets to the next level with this modern makeover!
Most people have a bunch of old fridge magnets lying around the house, usually found stuck all over the fridge. Left to their own devises these fridge magnets become a wild mish mash of inspirational quotes, save the date reminders for weddings long past and companies advertising whatever it is they are hoping you will buy. Although they can look like the magnet queen just threw up all over your fridge, I do love a good magnet, they are definitely handy and up until now the handiness of these little things has totally out weighed how they look. But the truth be told, lately I have been dreaming of getting some good looking magnets! However, I’m not so keen on buying any, I think buying fridge magnets goes against the laws of nature somehow, there is so many given away it would seem sort of wrong to spend money on them. So it go me thinking, how could I update/upcycle the ones I already have? I came up with the idea of painting them all with chalk paint, this way I can change up the patterns as I feel! This post shows you how I did it…..p.s. it’s super quick!