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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.



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.


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.


my anchor.

today i’m feeling quite reflective on life and the things that matter most. so, i thought i’d share a little story with you. here it goes…

i have a tattoo. just one. it wasn’t something that i got on a whim when i was 19 years old (and now regret), rather it was well planned out and i was 29 years old (8 months too early to abide by the rules in this advice book). i think i shocked a lot of people when i got it and i’m pretty sure several people in my life still don’t understand why i’d ink myself. but i did it, i’d do it over, and i might just do it again. i love my tattoo. it has a lot of meaning and significance in relation to my life and the people in it.

my tattoo is an anchor – and my sister has the same one. no, it’s not an ode to the nautical trend nor homage to popeye. instead – it’s a reminder of who i am, where i come from, and the people who have been there along the way.


me and my sister on my wedding day.

when i was growing up, we were a boating family. our house was situated on the banks of the illinois river. the large wall of windows in our living room looked out onto the water which was 2 miles wide. i spent much of my life growing up on that water.


our backyard and the river.

in the summer we would swim, boat, ski and tube. we had an late 1960s/early 1970s boat which my dad had restored. it had a little cabin, two deck chairs and a bow which my sister and i adored (we’d sit on top for hours – we even had special songs we’d sing up there). i can’t remember a summer saturday where we didn’t spend the entire day on the water. i still remember the blue cooler with the white top that we’d pack with homemade sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

we also had a row boat, canoe and later a jet ski.

in the winter, the fun didn’t stop – my dad would sweep the snow off the frozen water and make an ice skating rink for us. he’d plop down a few bails of hay in the middle and before you knew it, the whole neighborhood had joined in for a sunday skate.

to be honest, i probably didn’t appreciate all these things as much as i should have as a kid. looking back though… they put a huge smile on my face and remind me of what a wonderful childhood i had. all these memories (and many more), i was lucky enough to share with both my parents and my sister.

my sister, abby, and i are 2 years apart in age (me being the older one). when we were young kids, she was the bully and i was the bitch. she’d hit and i’d retaliate by calling her a mean name, but we were always close friends. growing up we loved to have little adventures, mostly making tents in the house and clubhouses on the beach. when i was 13, i convinced her to let me cut her hair because “i was good at it”. mind you i’d never tried cutting any hair other than my barbies, but she let me and it was disastrous and lopsided (she’s actually now the real hairstylist). when i turned 16, we’d cruise around in our mom’s convertible with our favorite songs playing on the discman through the car speakers. i’d try to be the hip older sister and drive her by her friends houses so they’d be jealous. we thought we were very cool. when i went off to college, she would take the train down to come and visit. while there, i’d sneak her into bars with us. she was 17 (eeek. shaking my head as i think about that and how when/if we have girls someday we are going to be in for a lot of fun.). and after 8 years of living at least 2 hours away from each other, we both found ourselves moving to orange county, california as mid-twentysomethings. unfortunately, i only stayed for 15 months  (6+ years later, she’s still there). even though that chapter was short lived, we made so many memories in our time together out there and it brought us closer than ever.

we’ve seen each other through good times and bad, we’ve stood by each other’s side on our wedding days, and even though we live 8000 miles away from one another – we still find time to communicate almost every single day whether through video chat, an IM, email, or some random game we are playing (it’s Ruzzle this week).

my sister is my best friend. we shared many moments together on that river and later by the sea. we’ve always been each other’s support and we anchor each other. i couldn’t imagine life without having her by my side. love you abs.

so there you have it. the story behind the (matching) tattoo(s).


o.p.p. – quarter dye t-shirt

if you are in the northern hemisphere… spring is here! and with spring comes cleaning… most of the time which involves closets and getting rid of old + purchasing some new. shopping!!!

quarter dye t-shirt

quarter dye t-shirt

each spring i’m in need of a few good staple tees. this past year i had an obsession for stripes and the year before that it was solid oversized tees. this year i want to spice it up by adding a bit of my own creativity to the wardrobe. (note: i’ve been in a slump for the past couple years when it comes to my fashion. working from home can do that to you. i call pajama pants, t-shirts, hoodies, and ugg boots – “my work clothes”. it’s sad, esp considering i used to consider myself a bit of a trendsetter among my peers.)

i love these DIY tees found over at the sweet paul blog. it’s kind of a take on tie dye without being too hippie. the partial dye job is actually pretty stylish.

places i recommend good cotton tees for dyeing: target, gap, levi’s, h&m (as used for the shirt in the original post), american eagle, and even forever 21.

found @ sweet paul
what: quarter dye t-shirt
where: http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/07/c.html

DIY projects from the heart

happy valentine’s day! whether you are celebrating with a partner, friend, family or your favorite bottle of wine – i hope it’s been one hell of a day!

here are a few crafty heart shaped projects suited to february 14 OR any day of the year!

DIY Heart Garland (via Missus D)
Heart Nails (via the Crafty Ninja)
Heart Shaped Paper Clips (via How About Orange)
Heart Cut-Out Chocolate Cupcakes (via Amy Atlas)

DIY Heart Projects

o.p.p. heart projects

and… don’t forgot my book page paper hearts project which adds a great vintage look to any event, occasion or simply for home decor!


book page paper hearts


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