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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.

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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 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.

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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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memories of a printer’s drawer

when i was growing up, my mom had an old printer’s drawer hanging on the wall in our living room. the compartments were filled with little trinkets and momentos from my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond. i remember that every-so-often my mom would let me and my sister pull a few things off the drawer. we would sit at the front of the fireplace and play with our favorites (usually with a bit of make believe). my go-to was always a tiny metal toy gun that was my father’s (which luckily did not impact my feelings on real guns) and my sister’s was a mini corked glass jar filled with ph test strips.

to this day, that printer’s drawer remains to be one of my most cherished memories of childhood and in recent years i’ve been thinking about that drawer quite a bit. each item in it had a story and it connected me to those stories and the people with whom each item came from. at nearly 33, naturally life is a lot different than it was when i was the child that admired each of those little things – my parents divorced when i was in my 20s, my grandparents have all passed away, and i live 10,000 miles from that house i grew up in. holding on to these types of small memories (like the printer’s drawer) reminds me of all the amazing times i had growing up and how truly lucky i am to be connected to a group of such wonderful people.

sometime last year i mentioned to my mom that i wanted to get a printer’s drawer of my own and curate a meaningful collection of items from years past. to help start this, i have a few small things that i’ve held onto over the years – items that i hope someday will make it into the hands of my family’s younger generations. then even better… last month when i was home, my mom surprised me with a contribution to the drawer + a box full of those very items that once hung on the wall when i was a child. i was elated.

this past weekend i stopped in my favorite shop (rock n rustic) here in adelaide. the owners had recently spent a month in the u.s. sourcing antiques and “picking” as the pros call it. just last month they unpacked their shipment which contained several printer’s drawers. during my visit, i inspected all the drawers to find one with the perfect compartment sizes. after about 15 minutes, i found exactly what i was looking for. yesterday i attached a chain to the back, mounted it to the wall, and started filling it with all my mementos. i couldn’t be happier with it. i look forward to adding (+ sharing) more memories as the years go by.

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my new printer’s drawer filled with old mementos

handmade find friday! (the yard ink d.i.y. reindeers)

last weekend i shared tales of my afternoon at the bowerbird bazaar here in adelaide. today i’ll bring you one of my favorite finds of the day…

the find: after i’d done a few laps of the retail floor, i stumbled upon a booth filled with some of the cutest christmas decor – reindeer & christmas trees galore. amongst all the colorful designs, i noticed plain cardboard peeking through. the booth: the yard ink, an offshoot of mitousa – a creative agency based here in adelaide. the product: cardboard christmas designs, some of their own signature designs and also plain diy decor.

the yard ink booth at bowerbird bazaar

i had a chat with one of the designers at the booth. she mentioned that this was their first market and the introduction of their product line. i was pretty excited to be one of the first people to pick up their kitschy creations – so much, that i decided to pick up two at $25 a pop. one for me and one to send to a faithful howd.i.y. reader and my favorite crafting buddy back in the usa.

last saturday night i stayed in and crafted with my cardboard creation. here is the the transformation from cut-outs to reindeer – glue-on eyes, a pom-pon nose, a handkerchief, a little old english to give the deer a warm winter glow and some button covered white snow. i love this little guy!

the process of creating my reindeer

my d.i.y. reindeer

if you’d like to pick up your very own cardboard reindeer or christmas tree, you can contact the gang at the yard ink by visiting their website for contact information OR email them at hello@theyardink.com.au.

book page paper hearts


paper hearts made from pages of a used book

well, my friends, i realize that it’s been nearly 3 months since i tied the knot and i’ve yet to share any real projects or photos with you all. my apologies!

let’s kick it off with this one… paper hearts made from the pages of a used book.

our wedding combined elements of vintage + rustic – and among other random things, travel + library decor. to play up the library theme we incorporated a lot of books, accessories + diy. i experimented a bit with various paper projects, but finally settled on this little gem. it’s super easy and they look pretty cute. my mom and i made around 100 of these one evening (over wine + tv).  while you can easily string the hearts to make garland, we opted to scatter them around in some wire baskets. (see below for a photo of the hearts in use at our wedding!)

what you’ll need: an old book, scissors, a stapler

how to create your hearts:
1) rip the pages from the book
2) cut each page into 1 inch strips
3) take 4 strips of the paper, stack them on top of each other and staple them together at one end
4) take the other ends, holding 2 with one hand and 2 with the other
5) bend them backwards to form a heart shape touching the loose ends to the stapled end
6) pull the inside strips down a bit to create a smaller heart inside the bigger one
7) cut off any excess paper
8) staple the loose ends to the already stapled end
9) … and the hearts are ready for display!


the paper hearts on display at our wedding in august!

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