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hanging plant stand

i’m in melbourne this week getting together with fellow automatticians and gearing up for wordcamp melbourne happening this weekend here in town. yesterday we set up shop at a gorgeous ...

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soda crate shelves

for months now, i’ve been on the search for some colorful vintage soda crates in good condition. i’ve searched auctions, ebay, gumtree (like craigslist), thrift stores, and every local vintage ...

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my anchor.

today i’m feeling quite reflective on life and the things that matter most. so, i thought i’d share a little story with you. here it goes… i have a tattoo. ...

Blasts From The Past

pillow

o.p.p. – stencil text on fabric

while i still love myself a little browse on threadless, i’m more ...
bracelet

o.p.p. – braided bead bracelet

i’m in the need of a little fashion revive. with my obsession ...
lamp

o.p.p. – hanging doily lamp

i have no doubt that this vintage inspired lamp would rack up ...

Latest News

That Gypsy Soul… and the future of Howd.i.y.

hi friends! i know it’s been a bit quiet here on Howd.i.y. over the past few months (my apologies!). i’ve been working hard to launch a new blog + Etsy Shop specializing in vintage US souvenirs (+ some worldwide) and other rustic, kitschy items, as well as some handmade. i encourage you to check out That Gypsy Soul!

thanks so much for all your support over the past few years… i soooo appreciate it! because my readers are so awesome and you’ve helped make this blog something special. i’m happy to offer 10% off items in the Etsy shop – just use code HOWDIY10.

ps, I want to keep Howd.i.y. alive in some shape, just figuring out the best plan of attack for that! the new blog will also have a bit of DIY here and there.

Check out the shop and/or read the blog at www.thatgypsysoul.com
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pretty little packages

this gorgeous little package just arrived in my mailbox today. i love packages from the usa – and even better, pretty little packages like this one. when i first saw pie ‘n the sky’s arrowhead necklaces, i knew i had to make one mine. i love jewelry that takes the old and mixes it with the new. unexpected items turned into accessories or decor – this is a common theme in both my home and wardrobe. i can’t wait to wear this little gem.

check out pie ‘n the sky’s shop on etsy - and for more handcrafted goodness, she’s got a pretty awesome blog full of diy, fashion and decor.

arrowhead-necklaces

i love lamp. (+ a couple project ideas)

first off – a little movie trivia… “i love lamp!” – go… (scroll to the bottom if you are stumped.)

my favorite lamp we have is a brass one that sits on the table next to my side of the bed. i purchased it last year at a flea market for $10. it was one of my best flea market scores to date. it’s probably 40 years old and brass with a pretty looking natural colored woven shade.

i’ve made a couple (+ super simple) DIY lamps for our house by taking an old mason jar and sticking a string of white christmas lights down in them (or fairy lights as they call them here in Australia). it makes for a pretty glow with a rustic feel.

when i was a kid my dad would make his own lamps out of mason jars. he’d buy a lamp kit and drill it into the jar’s lid. he’d then stick a shade on top and fill the jar with something like marbles, dried flowers, spools of thread, etc… i really want to make one of those lamps. i just need to find the right kind of kit here in Australia since the US kind would require a converter.

my husband is not a fan of my lamps. actually, i take that back – instead i should say that he’s not a fan of my dark lamp shades (which we have a few of). he’s practical and doesn’t understand why i’d intentionally try to block the light from escaping. to be honest, i don’t really have a good answer – other than, i like the look (especially our tall bedroom lamp with the brown velvet shade). plus, when we have overhead lights… lamps are more about mood than practicality, right?

a few of our lamps

song lyric lamp

song lyrics lamp

today i found this super cute (or TCFW – which is my latest acronym i’ve been using repeatedly – meaning “too cute for words”) DIY lamp tutorial. all you need is a solid wood lamp with some paint on it (or even paint it yourself), a sharpie, tape, and a creative saying. you can then fill the base of the lamp with lyrics from your favorite song, words from an inspirational quote or whatever other creative scribble you might like. check out the full project over at prettyhandygirl.com.

found @ pretty handy girl
what: 10 minute song lyrics lamp makeover
where: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2013/03/10-minute-song-lyrics-lamp-makeover.html

oh… and if you couldn’t name the movie above. here you can watch the masterpiece scene i was referencing. i. love. lamp.

happy easter.

from australia to america or wherever else in this big round world that you might be – happy easter!
whether it’s a religious occasion, a day to gather with friends and family, or simply spent on the couch – i hope it’s fantastic.

our 2013 easter eggs. bringing a bit of an american tradition to australia.

our 2013 easter eggs.
(thanks to an imported paas kit, rubber bands + some heart stickers.)
bringing a bit of an american tradition to australia.

 

o.p.p. – quarter dye t-shirt

if you are in the northern hemisphere… spring is here! and with spring comes cleaning… most of the time which involves closets and getting rid of old + purchasing some new. shopping!!!

quarter dye t-shirt

quarter dye t-shirt

each spring i’m in need of a few good staple tees. this past year i had an obsession for stripes and the year before that it was solid oversized tees. this year i want to spice it up by adding a bit of my own creativity to the wardrobe. (note: i’ve been in a slump for the past couple years when it comes to my fashion. working from home can do that to you. i call pajama pants, t-shirts, hoodies, and ugg boots – “my work clothes”. it’s sad, esp considering i used to consider myself a bit of a trendsetter among my peers.)

i love these DIY tees found over at the sweet paul blog. it’s kind of a take on tie dye without being too hippie. the partial dye job is actually pretty stylish.

places i recommend good cotton tees for dyeing: target, gap, levi’s, h&m (as used for the shirt in the original post), american eagle, and even forever 21.

found @ sweet paul
what: quarter dye t-shirt
where: http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/07/c.html