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a special christmas giveaway (from the yard ink)!

last month i shared a diy project with a nifty little cardboard reindeer (as seen here). considering i’m all about my home decor having some sort of personal touch, i loved the purchase + the finished product. my deer is currently hanging about in the living room next to our tree.

as i mentioned in my last post, the deer was from a new collection that the yard ink had just released. they currently have reindeer + christmas trees available in both super cute designs and plain diy (kraft + white).

the yard ink

i was pretty pumped when katherine from the yard ink reached out to me this week about my last post. and even better… she thought that a few of howd.i.y.s crafty readers might like to have one of their creations as well. so today i stopped by their offices and picked up 2 diy christmas trees + 1 diy reindeer.

the yard ink logoif you’re an aussie + you’d like the chance to have one of these guys in your home (complimentary shipping too), here’s what you can do – it’s as easy as 1.2.3.

1. like the yard ink facebook page

2. like the howd.i.y. facebook page (though i’m hoping that you’ve already done that by now)

3. on the howd.i.y. facebook page, share a few thoughts on how you might decorate your cardboard creation (25 words or less -and- either as a comment or a stand alone post… bonus points if you tag the yard ink!)

i’ll pick 3 unique responses to receive a yard ink cardboard tree or reindeer. you must complete the task at hand by end of day monday, december 17. i’ll then pick 3 responses, reach out to you for your address, and then post these out on tuesday, december 18 so you have them in time for the holidays.

so what’s the catch? nothing really… the only thing i ask is that you send me a photo once you’ve done the diy. i’ll post the transformation from cardboard to creation here on howd.i.y. (due to the proximity to christmas, this is unfortunately only open to those with an aussie address.those in the rest of the world… we’ll try to do some fun giveaway for you soon!)

big thanks to the yard ink for their donation + their super cute holiday creations!


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.

handmade find friday! (bowerbird bazaar)

back for another installment of handmade find friday! well… i must confess, it’s saturday here – but considering over 50% of you readers reside in the US – it’s still friday for most of you.  i conciously held this week’s post off a bit because i wanted to highlight this amazing handmade fair that only happens a few times a year here in sunny ol’ Adelaide.

the bowerbird bazaar brings in fashion, jewelry and all different types of craft designers from around Australia for 3 days of indulgence in the the name of handmade. the event has gotten so big over the past couple of years that the local au etsy team makes the trek down for the event (where they even offer etsy shop consultations). though only about a 1/3 of the size, it’s very reminiscent of Chicago’s renegade craft fair (now a worldwide affair) – great shopping, great food, great fun.


bowerbird bazaar – november 2012 – adelaide, sa

here you’ll find my purchases for the day… actually, this is not ALL my purchases, but i don’t want to give away any surprise gifts that i purchased for a couple of my faithful readers.


my market purchases (minus a few secret christmas gifts)

if you are wondering what’s in the cardboard boxes… stay tuned this week for special DIY post revealing that fun find.

have a great weekend!

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.


good finds – a top 10 list.

i like to look at my life like a constant exploration. my mind is on 24/7 overload of ideas + the words ‘sit’ and ‘still’ are not in my vocabulary. i’m always looking for new adventures, new places & new additions for us to in some shape or form partake it.

i recently put together an etsy treasury, so i thought why not also curate a list of finds from around the web, australia & our house — things that i’ve discovered, explored & created.

i invite you to read below and continue the journey with me…

the top 10 (in no particular order of importance)
*photos either personally taken or from individual websites listed below

1. chalkboard labels –  i’m currently obsessed with all things chalkboard.  these sticker labels are a great accessory for a jar, set of glasses or something completely out of the box. be creative and create some decor. i recently ordered 3 sets of various shapes & sizes from bradens grace on etsy. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/bradensgracewallart)

2. the deli – we stumbled across this low-key gem (here in adelaide) a few months ago and i’ve been raving to practically everyone i meet ever since.  part restaurant / part lounge, the vibe is a throwback to the 1970s with funk music (if live music isn’t on tap), old blanket throws draped as tenting, disco balls & more – plus they boast amazing pizzas and food – and not too mention jugs of sangria. love love love it. (http://www.thedeli.com.au/)

3. kogan – after downgrading to a 32 inch samsung from our 46 inch samsung that we had in chicago, we heard about kogan from a friend. the D2C offering is unique – offering a shopping experience without the supply chain. with this, we are now the proud owners of a 55 inch (yes MASSIVE) LCD-LED tv. (http://www.kogan.com.au)

4. katie two-tone sunglasses – these glasses from witchery were an impulse buy at the sydney airport a month ago when i had a bit of time to kill.  i’ve had plenty of expensive pairs of sunnies in my day, but bad habits of not putting things back in their case – i now opt for more affordable eyewear.  these frames are seriously too cute and better yet, they are now on sale for just $29.95! (http://www.witchery.com.au)

5. homemade salsa verde – it is no secret that i love mexican food. that obsession has probably been one of the biggest adjustments since moving to australia. i miss living steps away from authentic south of the border foods. so, i took matters into my own hand… some tomatillos, chilies from the garden, garlic, lime & onion – and i whipped up this yummy dish.

6. one small room – this adelaide (croydon) shop is part vintage & part new furnishings, decor, apparel & more. nestled in the midst of the inviting queen st., this shop is one of those go-to places no matter your mood. (http://www.onesmallroom.com.au/)

7. zinio – until a few months ago i really missed my US magazines, but fret no more – and enter zinio.  zinio digitalizes some of the world’s finest magazines for individual purchase or a yearly subscription.  viewable on pc, mac or ipad – my saturday mornings are now often spent on the couch reading the latest us weekly gossip or being domesticated with my good housekeeping subscription. (http://www.zinio.com)

8. living in the midst of amazing wine countries – our house is 20 minutes from the adelaide hills (try bird in hand sparkling pinot noir) / 30 minutes from mclaren vale (alpha box & dice offers nurtured boutique wine and a vintage designed atmosphere) / 60 minutes from the barossa (maggie beer’s farm shop is a staple not to be missed – try the seasonal cheese & dukkah hampers) / 90 minutes from clare valley… 60 minutes to langhorne creek…3 1/2 hours from the coonawarra… and more… enough said!

9. the flowerpot sessions – this live compilation of tracks recorded at a british pub features some of the best in folk & indie rock. i could listen to kill it kid’s ‘send me an angel down’ on repeat for hours. (www.getmusic.com)

10. mouse trap – the mission of this game: to get the mouse out of the box. i highly recommend this free android app, but warning – it’s addictive! (https://market.android.com/)

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