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christmas vacation reading.

i thought i’d share a couple of my most recent book acquisitions: junk genius by juliette goggin and stacy sirk + homemade gifts vintage style by sarah moore. (i also had to include in the photo this really cute little felt owl pin cushion which was handcrafted here in adelaide by fleecidesigns).

i plan to curl up on the couch this afternoon with these reads and start bookmarking some fun projects for the house, gift-giving and to share here on the blog. anyone read or completed projects from these books?!

crafty-christmas-gifts

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!

 

a holiday crafts infographic

i love this infographic that overstock.com put together. who would have ever thought they were so crafty?!

some great handmade holiday creations here… get inspired.

overstock.com

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.

happy holidays y’all!

 merry christmas, happy hanukkah + all other holiday greetings
to our dear howd.i.y. readers.
2011 has been a great year and i can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us.
thx to everyone for their follow, friend & support – you rock!
happy holidays & i hope you have an amazing festive season.
-rebecca

ps- despite the lack of posts over the past few weeks, we are still alive & kicking (i’m sure everyone is feeling the holiday craze!) – we’ve got  plenty of awesome projects/posts planned for the upcoming weeks!

pps – i must share this out of this world egg nog recipe with you all… and I know many say “i don’t do egg nog”, but believe me – give this a try… oh and garnish it with cinnamon!  *courtesy of the food network & alton brown

as seen below: quite possibly the most rockin’ holiday decor in australia (via my old neighborhood of erskineville – sydney, nsw).
these people know d.i.y.

 

 

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