DIY Emoji Balloons

22nd September 2014

Here’s a happy start to Monday morning. DIY Emoji Balloons. Aren’t they amazing?

Check out the cutest tutorial ever on Studio DIY on how to make your own.

I love that Kelly (the founder of Studio DIY) is so obsessed about these little guys that they’re now living in her car because her better half Jeff won’t let them back in the house! Awww!

(via StudioDIY)


Wooden Wall Hook

1st November 2013

Another DIY to add to my list. These would be simple to make with the right pieces.

Wooden Wall Hooks by MyDeco.

Pumpkin Love

31st October 2013

I feel a little bit cheated every October because buying pumpkins to decorate at Halloween just doesn’t work in Cape Town. Wrong hemisphere, wrong season, I get it.

This year I didn’t even try to find one so I’ve been admiring other people’s instead. Here are some of my favourites…

Studded Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkins

Ombre Pumpkin

Pantone Pumpkin

Chalk Pumpkins

This was the last pumpkin we made. Doraemon – Hong Kong stylee.

Happy Halloween

31st October 2013

In the spirit of Halloween I thought I’d share this 2000 year old skeleton mosaic discovered in the doomed city of Pompeii.

It’s thought to have once been the emblema (which is an ornate floor centrepiece) of a dining room and a reminder that one day we will all be dead and so we should eat, drink and be merry while we can, or ‘memento mori’ – meaning literally ‘remember that you will die’ in Latin.

Skeleton images were found all over Pompeii, in frescos, mosaics, sculptures and tableware, as a reminder to ‘seize the day’ and live life to the full, since death could be just around the corner.


(Thanks Cellandia)

Weekend DIY / Hanging Airplants

18th October 2013

If I get some time in between more unpacking this weekend, I want to try to make some of these awesome hanging airplants for our kitchen.

What a pretty way of displaying our little Tillandsias … which are looped over racks on the wall and looking a bit sad at the moment!

Check out the DIY project on Design Sponge.

O Table

15th October 2013

Lot Modern’s upcycled surfboard O Table is pretty awesome.

I know Si would love one.

Cable Lights

15th October 2013

These Cable Lights by designer Patrick Hartog are beautiful, plus the design is quite clever as you can adjust their height to suit.

If you feel like getting your hands dirty though there’s a great tutorial on Brit&Co on how to make something similar yourself. I suspect if you used the right bottle as a mould they would work out great. Concrete Pendant Lights tutorial here.

** Did you notice the awesome coloured cord on the Cable Lights? Love it!

Pantone Eggs

19th August 2013

I know we’re not even close to Easter but these Pantone Eggs are so pretty you could make them at any time of the year.

My DIY list is getting longer every day!

(via HowAboutOrange)

Dip-dyed Neon

2nd July 2013

Neon + dip-dying + kitchen utensils = a fun DIY craft project + sweet gift idea.

Here’s how you can make your own.

(Thanks Miche)

You Are My Happy

21st June 2013

Happy Friday clouds by Southern Sky Art on Etsy.


Pop Plant

4th June 2013

I love these Pop Plant succulents.

I bought a similar one (moulded from the base of a coke bottle) when we were in Yzerfontein a couple of months ago.

DIY concrete planters are actually quite simple to make – so if you feel like getting crafty check out this great DIY Ceramic Tutorial over on DesignSponge. Then you can get painting, dip-dying, stencilling, spraying to your hearts content.

Craft Design Technology

31st May 2013

How pretty are these CDT Scissors by Craft Design Technology?

DIY Screen Printing Kit

30th April 2013

My über-talented designer friend Justin just sent me the link to this awesome DIY screen printing kit.

It’s not just a pretty box either – packed with everything you could possibly need to set up your own screen printing empire, it looks perfect for anyone who wanted to start screen printing (me/him). Think we’re going to split it.

Chalkboard Charm

17th April 2013

I discovered The Elli Blog a few days ago, and fell in love with their beautiful customisable invites, announcements and stationery.

They also have some sweet downloadable ideas (like these monogram stickers) that can be customised to match your stationery, and I love that they’re giving them away for free.


Living Wreath

27th March 2013

This gorgeous wreath made me so happy when I saw it. What a beautiful gift it would make.

For instructions on how to make your own, click here.

(via HGTV)

A Thousand Origami Cranes

26th March 2013

I’ve been busy getting into some origami making this week…

…and if you don’t already know the story of A Thousand Origami Cranes, you can read about it out here.

Get Crafty / Easter Eggs

26th March 2013

I’ve been falling in love with DIY Easter egg projects over the last few days…

These are a few of my favourites:

1. Gorgeous intense coloured eggs at Design Mom

2. Tie-dyed coloured eggs at Design Mom

3. Minimal eggs at Pickles

4. Eggs au naturale at Design Sponge

5. Elastic band eggs at Design Mom

6. Bright egg surprises at Not Martha

(click through for tutorials and instructions)

What are you planning this Easter?

Neon Easter

19th March 2013

I came across these dip-dyed neon eggs this morning and man, I love them.

To rock a minimal, neon vibe with your decorating this Easter, check out the tutorial over on Oh Joy.

The Sheffield Kevlar Shear

14th March 2013

Although these Sheffield Kevlar Shear‘s are beautiful, I think it’s wrong on every level to charge an extra $24 for a left-handed pair.

Shame on you Best Made Company.

Pink Cheeks Studios

22nd February 2013

I absolutely love these Personalised Animal Dolls by Pink Cheeks Studios on Etsy.

Nichol Brinkman makes these cute little guys by hand, using photos of your favourite little (or big!) person, along with info like their favourite animal and favourite clothes.

In addition to the toys she also makes the most amazing mobiles … and if you send her photos and a description of your family + dog/cat/pet goldfish she’ll make you an awesome family mobile, customised in the colours of your choice.

What a sweet gift one would make.

(via the awesome KelleHampton)

DIY Vintage Arrows

14th February 2013

I just stumbled across this awesome DIY project to make vintage arrows.

Aren’t they pretty!

…and who says they have to be for Valentine’s Day?

(via DesignSponge)

Lalesso X Pichulik

5th February 2013

On Saturday at Neighbourgoods I discovered Pichulik, a handmade jewellery brand with pieces made from climbing rope.

Not only are Katherine-Mary’s jewellery designs awesome, she’s also done a collaboration with Lalesso to produce a range of bags and purses.

This gorgeous Jaali purse has gone straight onto my birthday wishlist.

Sugru: Update

28th January 2013

Back in November I posted a video by the folks at Sugru.

We were so intrigued by the stuff we bought a bunch at Christmas, gave some away as presents and kept some for ourselves.

This is my first Sugru fix.

My brother and sister-in-law bought me the most amazing ring when they were in Venice on their honeymoon but the back fell off and I could never get another one to glue on properly. I had a couple of quotes from jewellers who said they’d have to remove the lead to set it properly, which meant it was going to be expensive to fix (and I liked the lead).

To be honest I was a little sceptical about how well it would work, so I went all out and actually made the full ring out of Sugru. As you can see it worked. Very well. Almost too well in fact! My next plan is to get rid of what I made, buy a small silver band and use a blob of Sugru to attach it to the glass so it’s a bit more delicate!

I’ll keep you posted.


28th November 2012

Only 3 days left until Advent begins so I’ve been having a look to see what kind of fun DIY calendar’s are knocking around this year.

These ones are by far my favourites, and all of them come with DIY instructions. Rock n roll around the Christmas tree!

The Easy Advent Calendar
This super stylish and (very!) easy going wall calendar would be perfect for any stationery lovers (with lots of wall space) out there.

The IKEA Margareta Tree
My favourite store in the world has gone and screenprinted a Christmas tree onto fabric! Love it! This would also work nicely for anyone looking for an alternative to a real tree.

A Mini forest
Eek! This mini tree advent calendar by Oh Happy Day is too cute for words. Gorgeous!