Archive | October, 2011

etsy has entered the building…

last week i got an email from etsy.  however, it wasn’t one updating me with the latest features nor was it a payment invoice – but rather a warm and welcome ‘hello’ from a new addition to the etsy family. australia a small country (in pop.) that embraces a HUGE amount of handmade has been representative-less on the etsy staffer front – until now… enter kirsteene phelen, etsy’s 1st aussie employee! kirsteene has taken on the task of curating a community of etsy sellers and shoppers around the land of oz.  just a couple months into the job – she’s hit the road and is doing a bit of a whistlestop tour meeting australia’s etsians.

last night – in town for adelaide’s own bowerbird bazaar, kirsteene got a group of etsy sellers (+ some) from around town together for a meet & greet and some drinks.  as still somewhat of a newbie here, this was a great opportunity to meet other like-minded peeps + discover a few gems out there.

the attendees included the likes of the below…

collect magazine (a perfect pint-sized print mag that spotlights interesting products, people, places & things around adelaide + the globe – i’ve been a reader for a few months now – love it)

presence (a unique shop in adelaide stocking an assortment of products ranging from handmade pieces to vintage polaroid cameras + you can even rent a vintage typewriter for the week…. curation to the peak)

fede textiles & designs (handcrafted toys including soft cushion hammers, utensils and more… the stuff is seriously too cute)

…and a few others which i hope to share with you in the future.  i’ve raised my hand to being down for a more regular meet-up.

etsians unite.

 

o.p.p. – chalkboard wine bottles / hair combs

my sister is a crafty girl.  much like me, she loves a good project.  it’s no doubt that we get this gene from our mother.  our mom has always been the type to strike up a passion project on a whim.  i remember sitting around the house after dinner on a weeknight and my mom would say ‘let’s rearrange the living room’… and she would (always with some ‘help’ from me & my sister – or so we thought). our mom also worked with our crafty aunt (dad’s side) assisting at her workshop (our aunt is a legit crafter whom over the years has made a business out of it).

i digress… like i always do – so, back to my sister, abby…

last week when we had one of our lengthy overseas chats – we swapped stories of our latest endeavors.  she was prepping for a bachelorette party, halloween & just some side fun… she had a trip to michael’s (the american craft superstore) on the docket for the following day.

when i spoke with her 24 hours later… she had already turned around a halloween costume, chalkboard wine bottle, hair combs + a special surprise that I can’t talk about because the recipient could be reading.
*for the original chalk wine bottle how-to from ‘the next bird’, check the link.

as for the hair combs, here is a sneak peek at ab’s little creation.  they are a perfect mix & match for today’s current latin/south american fashion favorites… all you need is a couple plain small hair combs (available at any discount store, pharmacy, hair supply spot) and some thick embroidery thread.

voila, it’s easy fashion.

until next time…

 

 

 

embroidery hoop doily spider webs

stumbling upon grand ideas like this is why i adore pinterest.

all you need is an embroidery hoop, a few spider rings, a doily and something to hang it all with…

below are my 3 interpretations using some vintage doilies passed down from my great grandmother.

for the full how-to, have a look here at the betz white blog.

 

 

 

 

‘ppp’ (pretty as a picture punkin)

one of my mom’s favorite sayings is ‘ppp’ or as the title reads ‘pretty as a picture punkin’.  much like most of my mom’s quirky wordings – i have no idea where this one came from… (like mother like daughter though, as i’ve got a few of my own doozies!) anyways, those words have been hanging around my head tonight.

as I plan for our big halloween bash next weekend – i’m making due with the pumpkin selection here in australia.  i’ve already spent nearly $100 on 7 for carving. australians don’t typically grow the standard round orange ‘american style’ pumpkins – so to find them at halloween is something pretty special + quite expensive (approx $1.50 a pound).  to date: i’ve found 4 of the american sort + a japanese pumpkin & 2 butternut squash… (read all about aussie pumpkins)

i just finished my first creation for the year – thx to martha for this inspiration…

it’s a handmade halloween

halloween – i’m a sucker for it.

my costumes for the past 5 years have consisted of peg bundy, snl’s ‘it’s pat’ (see pic), punky brewster & most recently… snooki. in 2009, i moved to australia on halloween weekend – so while i had a costume purchased & planned (jonathan of ‘i like turtles‘ fame) i was too jetlagged to get up & out… i know, disgraceful.

this year i plan to keep the costume tradition of iconic characters alive… what? you ask – it’s to be revealed on october 29 at our halloween party (and to follow here).

since the holiday is celebrated sub-par at best in australia (no trick or treating, pumpkin carvings or haunted houses), i fully prepared myself and my suitcases for pre-prep planning while back in the US. my mother and i did a big shop at the dollar tree where i managed to score 38 items for $38. this consisted of candy, cobwebs, spider rings, paper lanterns & more. in addition, pumpkin scented candles o’ plenty smelled up my bags and have now turned the house into a full-on harvesty home (though we just started spring -and- not fall).

so this year – i’m bringing the party to our new home (while my 3rd au halloween, it’s my first living in adelaide). the shindig will be stocked with traditional festive decor, games & food.

to inspire myself i’ve taken to the creative genius’ over at martha stewart living headquarters + the old trusty stand-by of better homes and gardens. each have put out a dedicated magazine to the halloween holiday filled with ideas for decor, party, costume, food & more. i’ve got approx 100 favs from each… oh, what’s a girl to do! if you don’t have access to a newsstand – check out zinio.com for digital versions.

a couple other places for great festive finds… pinterest (search ‘halloween’) & etsy (category ‘holiday > halloween > decor’).

halloween party pics to follow + if you’d like to share your halloween ideas, email howdiyblog@gmail.com for us to post.

happy halloween!

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