Archive | February, 2011

4 things i made.

one thing about me… i like to keep busy.

i’m one of those people that can’t sit still – and when you’ve just moved into a new home… well, the craftiness craze is on high speed.

so, i thought i’d share with you a couple of crafty creations that i’ve whipped up over the past week.

1) lamp with ribbon shade
a $19 crystal ball lamp w/ a white shade from kmart revamped by weaving two rolls of ribbon around it

2) fabric art
a frame I had laying around the house, a small bit of fabric, a stencil + a marker = this little wall piece

3) record album bowls
check out this previous post for the how-to… a couple old worn out records paired w/ a bowl, an oven & a molding hand

4) jute rope + clothespin photo display
just your run-of-the-mill jute rope, 2 nails and a couple of clothespins

o.p.p. – custom chalkboard

gone may be the days of school bells and lockers, but the timeless post-it notes that are chalkboards are a lingering sign of nostalgia whether at school, home or in the office.

for christmas, i found the cutest little chalkboard hanging from a string of jute for my mother… and ever since i’ve been looking for something similar to hang in our home, but now the discovery of this article may just be my design solution!

a few simple ingredients and you can turn anything into a home blackboard!

found @ homelife
what: chalkboard paint

o.p.p. – fabric heart wreath

today we’ve got a special o.p.p. submitted by melissa, one of our readers! just in time for valentine’s day, melissa has whipped up this super cute wreath that is sure to add a little love to any room. check out her blog for the step by step on this easy-to-make little project w/ lots of heart.

all you need is: a wire hanger, fabric scraps, ribbon scraps, felt, a clothespin, ribbon + a thumbtack

thx melissa for your post!

found @ mommynuggle
what: valentine wreath

home sweet home: crafty communications

i’ve mentioned it a few times… that 3 months ago – after a year of living in Australia, i moved from Sydney to the country’s smallest of the big cities – Adelaide. Radelaide (as the locals call it) is a coastal town in South Australia w/ an approx 1.3 million pop, sits in the midst of Australia’s vast wine region, boasts more than 400 festivals each year + it’s the sister city of Austin, TX (one of my fav facts – as i really heart Austin).

prior to moving to Adelaide, i’d visited approx 14 times as my bf & i were doing long distance since the time we moved from the U.S. to the two different AU cities… but alas, we are back together and moved into our new little home.

in the 3 months since relocating – i’ve spent 2 work weeks in Sydney, a long weekend in Melbourne & 2.5 weeks back at home in the U.S. for the holidays — with that, getting our house in gear has taken a bit of a backseat. alas – i’ve got 30 days without travel, the majority of the boxes unpacked & we are finally ready for our housewarming party!

when thinking about invitations i debated evite, but then decided to keep it old school w/ real life mail. i went to my fav of favs site, etsy – to see who & what i could find.  i stumbled upon ‘Practically Perfect Design’ by Gabrielle Kearney… she offers cute & creative personalized designed for a cheap rate.  you tell her what you what, she creates & sends you the file – and you print it!  within a couple days, i got my design – printed on some peach a2 postcards (a pack of 24 for $4.50 from Chicago boutique Paper & Print) – and addressed & sent to the party-goers… all that for just $26 (which included postage)!

check out Gabrielle’s etsy shop here: — also stay tuned, as you may just see her pop up as a spotlight & giveaway over the next couple of months!

o.p.p. – vinyl record bowl

turn. turn. turn. your old records into modern table top art.

now, while i don’t recommend destroying those old classic albums – scratches & cracks happen… and what better way to recycle an album that you once loved  – than by making it a centerpiece in your home (+ you can always find great deals at thrift shops on old unwanted vinyl).

a cool / creative project that takes just minutes (it takes less than 30 mins total!) to turn someones old art into your new… and it just takes a couple household supplies.

found @ sonya style
what: record bowl

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