Hip Hip Hooray! I’m continuing on from the DIY Kiosk anniversary celebrations with a fun party craft project. This little party hat gift box is also extra special as it recently appeared in a book! The very talented designer, author and friend Michelle Mackintosh has written and designed the most beautiful book called Care Packages. It’s filled with lots of unique, fun and creative ideas for sending petite parcels through the mail to friends and loved ones. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to contribute and have my work featured alongside so many creatives and snail mail friends from all over the world.
As part of the #PO Box project we were all given the same mission – to send a unique parcel through the mail, the theme and it’s contents was up to us. Michelle knows that I quite enjoy making mini paper treasures so I was really excited to get started. As you can see by some of my past DIY Kiosk projects I really like my party craft – as well as childhood nostalgia. So for my submission I decided to make a Party-in-a-box, a gift box that was in the shape of a party hat with a pom-pom on top off course! For the contents I handmade paper party themed items from nostalgic childhood party memories. Some of the things included a lolly loot bag (more on this coming soon!), mini fairy bread card, musical chair, candle to make a wish, mini pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey. There were a few more things included, but I’m saving those surprises for future DIY’s and creative projects! (Hope that’s OK with you?). Continue reading →
Happy 1st Birthday to the DIY Kiosk!! Today I’m celebrating one year of sharing crafty projects with you. I’m so thankful for your support and words of encouragement in the comments and via Instagram – it means the world. After blogging over here for five years, I wanted to focus more on all the fun things I enjoyed making on a daily basis and share them with you. This new adventure started with a Fairy Bread piñata (this little Aussie childhood party food seems to be getting more interest on the web since!). So I thought it was fitting to celebrate with the return of one of my handmade products – Fairy Bread Cards, available now in the KIOSK.
Happy Easter! Hope you all have an eggstatic day! For us Aussie peeps the Easter break includes a long weekend. I like to use this weekend to get some baking done – the upcoming cool weather makes me want to get cosy and bake treats to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. My husband and I are also still busy with the house reno too.
At Easter it is tradition for our family to get together and have a little afternoon tea. I always enjoy watching mum style the table each year placing little surprises and chocolate eggs around it for guests. One year my sister and I got quite a surprise waking up to find a giant toy bunny in a cooking pot on the oven! Dad said we would be eating ‘rabbit stew’ for the day – clearly he was joking and don’t worry we were old enough to know he would never harm a rabbit or the Easter bunny. Given that this day always seemed to come with some interesting surprises in the day I thought it was fitting to include a big surprise in my Easter craft project. Continue reading →
Last month my hubby and I started working on our biggest project to date – buying our first home! Since picking up the keys we have been non-stop painting every wall, nook and cranny. At the same time we are doing a big bathroom renovation too. I can’t wait until I can start styling every room from the decor to handmade DIY touches. After renting for 5 years, I can’t tell you how excited I am of the possibility of being able to personalise every room and the walls. The first thing we will be doing is decorating the walls with artwork (a privilege not always possible with rented walls!). So I thought it was fitting for my first home themed DIY to share a artwork project.
I’ve been going cray-cray over all things foil. My pinterest feed is constantly flooded with all those lovely gold foil quote prints. We are also seeing lots of palm leaves making appearances on home soft furnishings and fashion too. So I have combined these two fad things I’m loving in the form of a foil palm leaf artwork – ready to pretty up a blank wall space. Continue reading →
Welcome 2016! Kicking of the new year by spreading a little crafty love in the form of conversation heart treat boxes – perhaps to also gift a loved one with on Valentine’s Day.
I loved popping in to my local milk-bar as a kid and picking up a $1 mix bag of lollies. It was always a special day indeed when I would discover some pretty pastel conversation hearts were included in the mix. Not only were they sweet little pastel bits of happy, but they also contained some feel good words in red font on top – Kiss me, you rock, I love you, be mine – the essential sweet nothings.
So in ode to these sweet treats and the one that captures your heart, your valentine, lets spread some handmade love with these conversation heart treat boxes.
Farewell 2015! Let’s welcome the new year with this fun party craft project to help you celebrate New Year’s Eve! How do you like to spend your evening? I must admit I have never been able to pull those all nighters, instead I often go out to dinner and stay in with Ryan (lovely hubby) having a movie marathon. Our celebrations normally occur on the 1st of January when we dedicate a day to fun, relaxation and doing something we love to do (but don’t do often) – perhaps a day trip to the beach.
Not one to miss the opportunity for a good craft session…a party one at that! I just had to make a New Year’s party hat to wear as I cheer into the new year.
I’m loving everything gold foil at the moment so this inspired the look of the hat. A past memorable New Year’s was spent in New York (Christmas too). It was such a magical place to experience during the holidays. I loved how they still kept the festive celebrations going after Christmas up until New Year’s Eve. Street vendors would go from selling Christmas trees to New Years crowns and top hats. To keep the ‘cheer’ alive I just had to include some tinsel on this NYE party hat – I have been hoarding this rainbow one for a year now, so yay, to finally using my stash!
Ho! Ho! Ho! I’ve finished most of my Christmas shopping and now I’m on to one of my favourite parts of Christmas preparations – the gift wrapping.
Every year I like to come up with a new festive colour scheme and fun + fresh gift wrapping ideas to personalise and add that extra crafty touch of handmade to my presents. Sometimes I will design the gift wrap or make special gift toppers and gift tags.
This year I’m loving bright red, Tiffany blue and pastel greens with hints of gold. I’m also making use of all the wonderful colouring in sheets I have and experimenting with different ways to use my colouring in books – which are perfect to use for wrapping.
I’ve illustrated this little festive colouring in sheet for you to download and to make into a Christmas Paper Gift Topper to adorn your presents. You can choose to colour it in yourself or leave for your recipient to colour in. You can choose the adventure!
Yay! The most wonderful time of year is upon us – Christmas! As soon as it hits October I’m already thinking of all the Christmas themed things I want to make from gift wrapping, decorations, festive stationery to table settings. Once December arrives all my afternoons turn into long sessions of Christmas crafting while I watch the latest Christmas Hallmark Movies as well as a few classics like Home Alone and The Rankin Bass Collection.
You can see from my previous Party Jumper DIY that I’m quite a fan of the ‘ugly sweaters’ so I thought I would combine my love for these and gift wrapping and make Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Tags to adorn Xmas gifts or for hanging on the chrissie tree!
Boo! Happy Halloween! I’ve been watching lots of spooky 90s TV shows and movies such as Are you Afraid of the Dark and Hocus Pocus while I crafted this Mexican inspired Day of the Dead skull trick-or-treat ornament. I did go trick-or-treating once when I was a teen, but since Halloween is not a often celebrated event in Australia, you wouldn’t have much luck when door knocking for sweets – I did get lots of apples and super-duper ice blocks though! However looking at all the decorations on offer this year it seems we are starting to take on more spooky-festivities. Yay!
This Day of the Dead Halloween Ornament is made to hang on the front of a bedroom door to surprise your kids’, a loved one or even hang on the front door to surprise guests and trick-or-treaters.
Happy almost weekend! What are you up to? This Saturday, October 24th in Australia the Garage Sale Trail is on. Which means that there are heaps of Garage Sales on at the same time around the country. I love a good garage sale as you never know what treasures and pre-loved goods you could find. On this day I’m always tied between either hosting a garage sale myself or to do a garage sale crawl. This year I’m hunting and going on the trail and I’ve also made a little something for you to use on the day – a interactive Garage Sale: Hunt, Find, Record zine.
This zine is FREE to download HERE and can be used for any day you decide to go on a garage sale crawl. I always love to note down places to visit be it a op shop or particular cafe on holidays as well as record my findings so I thought this would be helpful to record your day with. Continue reading →