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)

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Suzelle DIY

15th September 2014

I heart Suzelle!

I found one of Suzelle’s DIY videos this afternoon and I haven’t been able to stop watching her.

Her DIY tips are funny, inspiring and (somewhat surprisingly) useful. I’ve been laughing all afternoon!

One of my favourites – How to peel a lot of apples.

Love it.

Hoi P’loy

8th November 2013

Eek I’m too excited!

So here’s the deal. We finally bought some coloured cord and this weekend I’ll be making some pendent lights. Yay!

After fretting because the coloured cord company I found in the States didn’t ship overseas and the one in London had rubbish colours, I eventually discovered an even better company right here in the Mother City.

Hoi P’loy is a small, but awesome studio specialising in vintage light bulbs and fabric covered electrical cable. They have a massive range of amazing colours, lots of fittings and accessories and their lightbulbs are just beautiful.

Oh, and their packaging is letterpressed. Seriously. Letterpressed packaging.

I am so in love with this brand — along with our Emerald, Beetroot and B/W Zigzag cord. Yippee!

Stay tuned for more light updates…

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.

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.

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)

Colour Cord

19th August 2013

Be still my neon heart.

If you read my blog a lot, you’ll know I have a thing for pendant lights. Everyone seems to be jumping on the pendent bandwagon – and why not when these lights are so awesome?

Even Yuppiechef has added Muuto’s pendent lights to their site.

While searching for DIY projects for our new flat (we have no ceiling lights on the mezzanine level) I stumbled upon these coloured electrical cords by Color Cord Company and they are currently at #1 my DIY list. My dream of pendent lights in our bedroom may come true after all. Hooray!

I’m just waiting to hear back if they’ll ship outside the US … (fingers crossed!) … and if they do, the dilemma of choosing colours begins!

Today…

29th July 2013

…thinking about booking tickets to Rocking The Daisies.

…getting excited (but not too much yet) about the possibility of a new flat.

…making a list of some DIY ideas to try out in said flat.

…experiencing blog envy.

…counting down the minutes until dinner here.

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)

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.

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.

Beautiful.

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?

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)

Advent

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!

EASY
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.

MEDIUM
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.

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

Mini Marquee Sign With Lights

21st November 2012

Oh! This Mini Marquee Sign on Oh Happy Day is gorgeous!

There are complete instructions and everything. I think I’m going to make one.

(via OhHappyDay)

Customised Libraries

19th November 2012

I love getting Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop email every couple of weeks, and I love the products she writes about. I usually read them all with a pinch of salt however, because 9/10 times the things on them are so completely out of my price range it’s not even funny!

Last week it was a See version, with a mixture of holiday reading and gifts for all ages. These cute Customised Puffin Classics were on the list and would be great for any kid that loved to read, but with a $165 (£100) price tag, completely unaffordable for the average person.

It just got me thinking about how easy it would be to make this yourself. You could choose a sweet selection of books, buy some coloured paper and just print a little label yourself. Easy as pie (and sweeter and more thoughtful).

Stitched Screen Door

19th November 2012

I was taking my usual Friday afternoon DesignSponge break last week (I love being nosey and checking out other people’s houses in Sneak Peaks!) and look what I found!

This awesome stitched screen door is by Abbey Hendrickson, a blogger and freelance crafter living in upstate New York. Her new book, You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy has just been released and this cool door screen is one of her DIY projects.

She was sweet enough to give the DesignSponge folk directions for making it, so if you have a fly screen door and fancy getting creative, check out the instructions here.

Wouldn’t this be the coolest thing to come home to everyday?

(via DesignSponge)