In honour of Australia Day, I’m reposting these cuties (first published in 2014). No matter how you feel about it, Aus Day is a day to spend with friends and family and enjoy some food and fun in the sun (and maybe a little craft as well!).
Ok, confession time – I love cake. All cake, any cake and at all times of day! Breakfast cake is a personal favourite, as is ‘pocket cake’ (that’s birthday cake wrapped in a napkin, stowed in a pocket and eaten on the way home from a party!). I obviously don’t have a specific favourite (it would be like asking me to pick a favourite child!) but I am especially partial to lamingtons! For any non-Australians reading, lamington’s are a piece of sponge dipped in chocolate icing and coated in dessicated coconut. Named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896 – 1901, lamingtons are a delicious morning tea or afternoon snack and best served with a layer of fresh cream and jam in the middle. Too yum! So, in honour of this most delicious Australian delicacy, I decided to create a pair of adorable felt DIY lamington pincushions!
So, you might have noticed I’m something of a craft addict. But unfortunately ‘craft’ is one of those words that can get a bad wrap. It’s somehow become synonmymous with tea cosies, dodgy cross-stitch and Christmas jumpers. Well, I’m here to stand up for craft (and especially the tea cosies) because it has literally changed my life. Well, not so much changed my life as IS my life! I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember and honestly don’t know if there was a time I didn’t have at least one project on the go. Maybe when I was a wee little kiddo? But past the age of 6 I was always working on something.
These days I pick up a piece of crochet, embroidery or paper craft whenever I’m bored, have time to kill, need to wind-down, am sitting in front of the telly, waiting for someone, enjoying some quiet time or in need of a destress. I almost always have a ball of yarn and crochet hook in my handbag and my life is seriously better for it! And here my top 5 reasons why!
Crafting = de-stressing
This is something I bang on about all the time but honestly, it’s true and here’s my theory as to why. Pretty much any kind of craft (be it knitting, embroidery or even just doodling in your notebook) occupies your hands while giving your mind the chance to wander. This can be great if you’ve got something you just need to think out. BUT here’s the clincher. Rather than letting you get into an anxiety-driven thought bubble, crafting takes up just enough of your attention that as soon as you start to focus more on what’s in your head than what’s in your hands, it all starts to fall apart. I can’t count the number of times I’ve started getting stuck in my head only to be pulled out when I start dropping knit stitches or mess up my crochet pattern.
I have a lot of pom poms. I mean a LOT. Bags and bags full. So I’m always thinking of ways to use them up… so I can buy more! Haha! These DIY pom pom coasters are the perfect insulation for a cup of tea and will bring that extra pop of colour to any tea party! So let’s get started!
Calling all Parks and Rec fans! I repeat, calling all Parks and Rec fans!
I’m sure you’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. And that means so is Galentine’s Day! For those of you who aren’t aware, Galentine’s Day is a special holiday on the 13th of February. Invented by Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your lady-friends with brunch, waffles and gift giving. It’s only the best day of the year!
So instead of making some cheesy Valentine’s Day craft (but oh boy, believe me, it’s coming!) today I thought I’d share these DIY Galentine’s Day sweet boxes! Inspired by sweetheart candy (which, weirdly, I’ve only ever seen on American TV. I don’t think we have it in Australia?) and featuring some classic Knopeisms, these boxes are perfect to fill with sugary goodness and gift to your gal-pals. Leslie would be proud! (more…)
I was recently gifted a large supply of wool roving (I know, so exciting!) and the first thing that sprung to mind was felted balls. I just LOVE all the different sized felt balls you can buy at craft shops (Lucello in Melbourne has an exceptional selection) and had always wanted to give making them a go. And then, of course, I had to figure out what to do with them. Enter this DIY felt pom-pom and crochet garland! Crocheting the baker’s twine gives this garland a little something extra, plus it keeps the pom-poms perfectly spaced. And don’t worry, it’s super simple, even for beginners!
– Wool roving
– Baker’s twine
– Film canister or similar small container
– Warm, soapy water
– 3mm crochet hook
– Large doll marking needle (or any needle with a very large eye)
– Scissors (more…)
Can you even believe that Christmas is only 12 weekends away? Is it just me or has 2014 just flown by? Well, with that in mind, I thought this week I’d start getting in the gift-giving spirit with these DIY pinwheel gift tags!
I just LOVE wrapping presents, it’s almost better than receiving them! Really, I love wrapping pretty much anything. In my teens, I worked in a deli and wrapping people’s orders and parcels in butcher’s paper was always my favourite part of the day! There’s just something about neatly folding paper around something that’s oddly meditative. Plus, seeing someone’s face light up when you had them a beautifully wrapped present is just too special. And these these mini pinwheels are a great way to add a little something special to any gift!
Time: Around 15 minutes per gift tag Materials:
– Colourful paper
– Gift tags
– Mini brads
– Glue stick (more…)
If you’re anything like me then you’re probably a sucker for a good notebook filled with LISTS! I have so many lists; ones for work, my blog, craft ideas, films to watch, new years resolutions, mid-year resolutions – the list (ha!) is endless. With so many lists and scrawlings happening at once, it is way too easy to loose track of things and I found myself wanting a way to quickly find my most important and current musings. Enter DIY paperclip flags!
Now, I know those little flag post-its already exist but these DIY paperclip flags are much cuter, quick and easy to make and are a great way to spruce up some paperclips you already have and delve into your washi tape collection (or maybe start one?)! And they look gorgeous peeking out of your notebook!
There are so many amazing craft bloggers out there who churn out such gorgeous content everyday. It’s so wonderfully inspiring but also can be a little overwhelming, especially considering most of these creative people are working out of gorgeous white-walled, well lit studios with a team of helping-hands.
Well, I’m here to tell you that while you wait for that amazing studio/craftroom/study of your dreams, you can still definitely make beautiful things! I’m currently living with my fella in a gorgeous terrace house in the middle of Sydney which we share with four friends, so I’m writing from the front lines here! And while our room is the biggest in the house (and we have a super cute balcony!), it’s still a bit of a squeeze, especially considering we’re both creative people. So here are the top tips I’ve learnt for crafting without much space!
1. Get creative (and cute!) with storage
Moving into a share-house meant that I drastically had to downsize my craft supplies, which was depressing but also made me cut the fat and consider what was most useful. (more…)
Some of my earliest memories are of my mum hot-gluing craft projects. I remember she even had these amazing glitter glue sticks which she’d use to do lettering and embellishments! These days, my hot glue gun is my go to crafting tool, which you can probably tell from all the glue splodges and paint smears on the poor dear. (more…)
With summer just around the corner (although you wouldn’t know it with all this rain!), it’s the perfect time to start bringing a bit of colour back into life and what better way than with this watercolour colour garland DIY! It’s the perfect opportunity to get out your paints and have a bit of fun mixing colours PLUS the final product would look amazing as a cute spring time party decor or even in your bedroom (mine’s hanging over my bed right now!).
Time: 30 minutes Materials:
– Watercolour paints and brushes
– Watercolour paper (or heavy art paper)
– Large circle punch
– Sewing machine + thread (more…)