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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.

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

make your own… christmas crackers (aka bon-bons)

christmas crackers aka bon-bons. these little holiday treats are something that i didn’t learn about until the age of 29, when i celebrated my first christmas in australia. americans do silly santa hats and reindeer ears on christmas, australians do crackers.

(at the risk of sounding stupid, i had indeed seen them in america before, but i always took the name “cracker” very literal – thinking that these were something you’d find in the walgreen’s christmas aisle when you were hard pressed for a random christmas gift. yes, i thought christmas crackers were actually a packaged snack.)

when i did finally learn about the joy of a christmas cracker, i loved the idea and tried to spread it to my loved ones in the usa (in recent years i’ve seen them popping up in shops across the country). i mean it’s like the turkey bone at thanksgiving – two people tug on either end and instead of a wish, the winner gets a paper crown and often a little treat. (read here for the wikipedia backstory on these commonwealth traditions.)

diy christmas crackers

my handmade christmas crackers

this year while back in the usa, i decided to make my own christmas crackers. it was a pretty easy process, plus fun to custom make them to my liking (i may be biased, but mine were much cuter than any i’d seen in the stores).

whether you’re in the us, mexico, or somewhere else in this big world… you can bring this commonwealth tradition to your holiday celebration. all you need are a few staple supplies (which are likely already around the house) and you’re set.

what you’ll need:

  • cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • tape
  • tissue paper
  • wrapping paper
  • ribbon or string
  • scissors
  • a piece of chocolate (or some other little treat)

another optional item on list is a pack of bon-bon snaps (they make a little noise + spark as the cracker splits into 2). these aren’t a necessity, but they will make the cracker tugging experience a bit more fun (they might be hard to find in places where crackers aren’t traditional).

making your crackers are pretty easy… you’ll first create a paper crown with tissue paper, tape and scissors. next you’ll stuff your toilet paper roll with the crown, a little treat (ghirardelli’s were my choice) and the snap (should you choice to use one). next cut some wrapping paper, line up the toilet paper roll in the middle, then wrap – cut – and tie. and… there you go, handmade christmas crackers.

 

 

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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