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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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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 coworking space called inspire9 in the suburb of richmond.  their office is an old warehouse/industrial space that’s been upgraded and designed to perfection.

amongst all the coolness, was this DIY plant stand pictured below. i adore it… so much in fact that when i get home to adelaide, i’m planning to incorporate the idea into our house. i happen to have a spare hanging clothes rack laying around that i use to make my own DIY photobooths for various celebrations/events (note: hanging clothes racks are a great backdrop stand for a sitting booth).

to make your own plant stand, all you need is a cheap hanging clothes rack, buckets/pots, chains, hooks, a drill, paint, and a few plants (or herbs – make your own indoor garden!). a unique way to bring some plant-life and design into your home.

plantstand2

plantstand1

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 shop – but yet i’ve never stumbled upon that exact vision. during a recent visit to (my favorite shop that has it all) rock n rustic, i finally picked up a few teal soda crates. my plan was to repurpose them into some living room wall shelving.

fc-grubb-soda-crate

after two hours of styling and restyling the crates, i finally decided on the motif below. a little old and a little new. visual elements and practical storage.

– the new(ish): dreamcatcher, milk bottle, magnifying glass, skeleton keys, travel books
– the old: french spools, letterpress blocks, folding ruler (my grandparents), bird in a frame, pocket dictionary and bookmark (my grandmother’s)… and of course the F.C. Grubb crates which must be at least 48 years old (the web tells me that the company changed their name in 1965).

i’m pretty thrilled with the finished product.

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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.

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