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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.

halloween is (nearly) here!

october. november. december.
these months are parents to my 3 favorite holidays + the prime time to purchase (in my opinion) the best smelling candle scents – pumpkin and apple cinnamon. with october here and halloween just 9 days away… i’ve been getting in a real harvesty mood lately, despite the fact the leaves here are turning green instead of crisp and multi-colorful. while halloween isn’t nearly as grand an occasion in australia as it is back home in america, that won’t stop me from celebrating the one day where kids young and old break free from conventional attire and attitudes.

last year we had a pretty elaborate gala at our home – with apple bobbing, a pumpkin carving station, costume contest and a haunted entrance to the event. i also decorated the outside of our house up in cobwebs, cardboard bats and mummy (streamer) wrapped pumpkins.

halloween house
halloween 2011

this year i’m thinking up a new, but similar plan. since our house screamed “american house with lollies (candy)” we had a few visitors – and though this year we are in a new house in a new neighborhood, i fully plan to uphold that reputation.

to get things started, we got a pumpkin this past week. it’s currently sitting on the front porch waiting to be carved. (fun fact: “american pumpkins” are very rare in australia – a standard sized one costs anywhere from $15-25).

as i plan a strategy for the exterior, here are a few festive ideas to help you (& me) get inspired! (btw, i adore the repurposed milk jugs…)

pumpkin spider tealight candles
mini pumpkin spider votives (good housekeeping)

spooky halloween terrarium
spooky halloween terrariums (country living)

ghost milk jug lanterns
ghost milk jug lanterns (suzanneprochaska.com)

o.p.p. – holiday card displays

i’ve been holding out on posting these two o.p.p.s for a while now – as the american in me says you are not supposed to decorate or buy for christmas pre-thanksgiving, but after the australian in me was shopping all weekend for our new home – i realized christmas is already  in full force in other parts of the world with giant santas & christmas carols galore!

with that, these are 2 of my favorite finds re: what to do with the holiday cards you receive this year and how to recycle the ones that you received last year.

let the festive season begin!

christmas card tree display
found @ homelife (+ published in notebook magazine)
where: http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/decorating/how+to+make+a+christmas+card+display,3551

christmas card bunting
found @ homelife (+ published in notebook magazine)
where: http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/decorating/christmas+card+bunting,5220

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