Thursday, March 31, 2011

Even More Chalkboard Stuff

I know you are probably chalkboarded out but I couldn't let these ideas go passed without sharing them

Chalkboard Speech Bubble - have your child hold up the sign each year on their birthday - Image from The Macs Blog - you should check out the whole post - great party styling and most of it DIY

Another Great Chalkboard Use - from Aubrey & Lindsay's Blog

My Creative Space - Part 2

So this week I actually found a moment to work on a new gift swing tag design - still needs a little bit of work - but here is where it is at. Each tag is machine sewed and then the to and from are hand stamped. And all topped off with a matching piece of twine.

Hope to get these in my etsy and made it store in the next week or so (PS wholesale orders are always welcome!)

My Creative Space - Creative Collective - Green or Green Project

This month I have been working on my project for the Creative Collective Green or Green Project. You may have seen my little teaser last week in my Creative Space post. Well I have finally finished them and here is the finished product - chalkboard place mats!

I have needed some new placemats for a while now (I have been borrowing my mums for about a year now whenever we had a dinner party!) but I was hesitent to splurge on them because they are really quite expensive. I picked up this set of 6 placements from my local Vinnies for $4 (I think they had touristy photos of London on them but I forgot to take a photo before I painted them), then I simply applied one coat of basecoat and two coats on chalkboard paint which I had already had at home for my chalkboard gift tags (did you like that subtle plug there!)

I am really happy with how they turned out (if I say so myself!) and I have another 6 round ones all lined up ready to be painted to complete my set of 12.

For more creative spaves - head over to Kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Etsy Find - Fabric Books by Pilosale

I just had to share these beautiful books by Pilosale on Etsy. As describe by Pilosale "the cover is 100% linen lined with organic fleece and is embroidered in chocolate brown numbers. the pages are made with cream eco felt pages made from recycled pop bottles and are printed with hand drawn images to count from 1 to 12 . hand washable"

These books would make a perfect special present for baby showers, christenings, first birthdays, or just because you love them

Fabric Alphabet Book (images by Pilosale)

Fabric Number Book (images by Pilosale)

Pilosale has many other beautiful products in her store including cushions, garlands, capes, crowns and banners. Take a moment to have a look at her store here

Wordless Wednesday - but muuuuuuuuum........

For some more great wordless wednesday's - head over to Faith Hope and a whole lotta love.

Friday, March 25, 2011


I was never a scrabble player - neither as a child or an adult - but I do love the tiles, racks, and general nature of it. There is a timeless quality to it. Here are some scrabble inspirations for you:

Racks used to Display books and cards - Twitpic by Presentcorrect

Bedroom wall display via posh tots  via say yes to hoboken

Scrabble cushions by shopdirstsa on etsy

Pinterest - my week in review

Some of my highlights from Pinterest this week (to see all my pins you can go here):
Home Inspiration: Painted Globe via Booshelf Porn - first pinned by Kate Woodrow

Quotes: (couldn't resist this one as i always feel a bit ackward eating bananas in public!) via Piccsy via french by design first pinned by Suzy Marchetti

Wedding Inspiration: I Spy - instructions for wedding guests via Wedding Bee - first pinned by Krista Ozarowski

What are your favourite finds this week on pinterest or on the web? travel envy pictures? a beautiful pair of shoes? Join in the fun and link your blog post below - and why not check out some of the others while you are there. (PS you don't have to be on pinterest to join in - all non-pinterest addicts are welcome!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easter is a coming

With Easter Sunday one month away exactly - here are some easter ideas to get you in the mood

Paper Napkin Decoupage Eggs - by Martha Stewart

Bunny Fold Napkins by Martha Stewart

Subtle Easter Egg Colouring - Image by Mallory Beth

My Creative Space - Green or Green Challenge

My Creative Space this week is my project for the Creative Collection Green or Green March Challenge.
I am going down the re-purpose path. Keep an eye on my blog next week for the final product and the how to.
For more creative spaces head over to Kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Endless Summer

Image from here

It's raining, it's pouring, it is sunny and 30 degrees! I don't know what is going on with the weather- but i am enjoying this last little burst of summer we are currently experiencing in Sydney. I have been going swimming at lunchtimes a couple of times a week - and on days like this - it is hard to drag myself out of the water and back to work.

If you are in Sydney - are you taking advantage of this last little burst of summer too?

Wordless Wednesday - Rain Rain Go Away

For more Wordless Wednesday's - head over to Faith Hope and a Whole Lotta Love

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DIY Love: Animals, Teeshirts and Carboard Houses

Some DIY ideas for this Tuesday afternoon:


Animal prints download by Cottage Industrialist

Bleach Pen teeshirts how to by Show Tell Share

Cardboard Play House Plans by Make Baby Stuff

What great DIY's have you found this week?

Product Love - Third Drawer Down

I just stumbled upon Third Drawer Down in my internet wandering the other day. Third Drawer Down is a storefront museum in Fitzroy Australia. According to their website the"store functions as both showroom, design studio, museum and retail space with objects either hand picked from various popular cultural contexts or made by Third Drawer Down for leading Museums around the world." All I know is they have a heap of stuff I want! Some of my favourites:
(currently out of stock but i am getting ones as soon as they are back in)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Feature Artist on Georgica Designs: another donkey design

The lovely Deb of Georgica Designs has featured another donkey design in her weekly Unearthing Indie Artists this week. You can read all about it on Deb's blog "Unearthing Indie Artists: Kate from another donkey design" (PS you might just find a discount code for my etsy store over there!)

When she is not blogging, Deb makes fabric greeting cards which she sells through her etsy store. Make sure you check them out.

Friday, March 18, 2011

For Japan with Love

I am behind on my blog reading so only just heard about the proposed Bloggers Day of Silence.
Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged have organized For Japan With Love, a fundraiser for earthquake and tsunami relief. All proceeds go to ShelterBox to provide the victims with emergency shelters and lifesaving supplies. Alternatively you can make donations on line to the australian red cross

So - I am signing off for the rest of the day and weekend. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and i hope you get to spend it doing something you love.

Elly Nelly - Wall Decals

Wall decals are so popular these days (our Christmas tree was even a wall decal last year) - but these ones from Elly Nelly, based in Sydney caught my eye:

Walk this way
Walk in the park

home sweet home
colour selection

Even better - Real Living are offering a discount to their blog readers of 25% discount until 31 March 2011. Head here  for details...

Pinterest - my week in review

My highlights from Pinterest this week (to see all my pins you can go here):

Books and Shelves: Image from The Style File via FFFFound and first pinned by Marcela Escobar

DIY Craft: Receipes for playdough, chalk and flubber. Image from ohdeedoh first pinned by Olga Cahill

Baby and Kid Stuff:  Tegu Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks via Swissmiss, first pinned by Jason Nunes

What are your favourite finds this week on pinterest or on the web? Cute animal picture? Awesome shoes? That tube of toothpaste you thought was no longer available? Join in the fun and link your blog post below - and why not check out some of the others while you are there. (PS you don't have to be on pinterest to join in - all non-pinterest addicts are welcome!)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Draw String Purse by Between the Lines

This DIY tutorial by Between the Lines has been super popular on Pinterest so I thought I would share with all my lovely readers! (I felt this purse deserved a post of its own which is why i am not waiting until tomorrow!)

Check out the whole how to post here

Between the Lines has lots of other great tutorials including this great whimsical pillow (these would make great door stops). Make sure you check out this great blog

My Creative Space & Bright Sea Publishing - Custom Stamp

I was recently asked by some of my very closest friends to make a hand carved stamp of their newest venture, "Bright Sea Publishing" logo. Sarah (of Sarah Allen Consulting) and her husband Chris Allen, started up Bright Sea Publishing, a Sydney based micropublisher, in 2010 when they were looking to publish Chris' first novel, "Defender of the Faith". Sarah, being the savvy social media guru that she is, has been creating a buzz around Chris' first novel through both facebook and twitter - even to the point of crowdsurfing the book cover.
So - here are some photos of my process and the final product.

You can read all about Chris Allen and his first novel "Defender of the Faith" here:
Defender of the Faith Facebook Page here
Bright Sea Publishing Faebook Page here
Sarah Allen Consulting Facebook Page here

For more creative spaces - head over to kootoyoo


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