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Looking for a way to make grocery shopping with the kids fun? Dress them as a kangaroo of course! Today we headed to our local Woolworths store to do some shopping and check out their new Aussie Animals collector cards. In partnership with the Taronga Conservation Society, Woolworths has launched an exclusive collection of educational cards to help kids learn about Australian Wildlife and have fun at the same time. Continue reading →
I’m a big fan of my local library, Emma and I visit about once a week to stock up on movies, books and magazines. Of course I hover around the craft section and immediately take home anything that catches my eye. Last week I was delighted to find Abigail Glassenberg’s new book Stuffed Animals – From Concept to Construction*. Abby and I are twitter friends, and I’d been meaning to get hold of a copy to take a look. I was so impressed that I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Continue reading →
The weather is warming up here in Melbourne, so it was time to update my every day handbag to something a little lighter and brighter. Problem is leather bags cost a pretty penny and I was having a hard time finding something to suit my needs, style and budget. Of course I saw that as a challenge and was inspired to flex my creative muscles to make a bag of my own.
You will never believe what I made this tote bag from. I’ll give you a hint, it was an 80′s fashion disaster!
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They asked me to get the ball rolling and create something special with an old case of my own. I didn’t have to be asked twice because you all know how much I love up-cycling!
I’ve been looking for an old dollhouse for Emma without any luck, so turning an old case into her own mini doll mansion was the perfect project.
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Does the ‘Tooth Fairy’ struggle to find those tiny little teeth tucked securely under you child’s pillow? This cute tooth softie is here to save the day.
Designed with a little pocket in the back for the tooth and of course, money! Quite easy to make only requiring some basic hand stitching. I think older kids would enjoy making this little guy.
This softie was the first PDF pattern I ever designed and was previously for sale, but because I’m awesome, I’ve shared the instructions and you can now download the template for free!
Emma keeps this guy next to her bed in hopes of tricking the tooth fairy into leaving a little treat.
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This project is almost too simple to be a DIY so I’m calling it a makeover. I picked up this house shaped shadow box shelf at a thrift store for $2 quite a while ago and it’s been sitting in my laundry collecting dust for over a year. The shelf is hand made but finished quite shabbily, so it was never going to display anything fancy.
I’m quite a late convert to chalkboard paint, but it’s matte finish was perfect to hide the shelves many imperfections and rough surfaces.
My sewing room is quite small and needs a massive tidy up, so using the limited wall space to store my mess of threads gets one thing off the much needed surface space. Now I can see all the threads at a glance, which is not only pretty, but practical too. Continue reading →
I’m really trying to inject more colour into my home. I went through a very long brown/wood/teak phase which took over my lounge room making everything look a little drab. Because I can’t really afford to redecorate fully I’m slowly making brightly coloured accessories to lift the mood of the room. (That wallpaper behind the chair is just photoshop magic).
So I present the very colourful Flower Pillow inspired by my big pile of felt scraps and a lovely piece of red wool cloth thrifted a long time ago. It has quite a scandi folksy vibe which makes me happy. It’s fairly easy to make and I’ve created a template for the applique. You can construct the cover whichever way you like, I’ve inserted a zip and have linked to a detailed tutorial showing you how.
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