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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Valentine DIY- Fruity and Sweet

Have you seen Twig & Thistle’s naturally sweet valentine set? SO  CUTE!

(Via Twig & Thistle)

Fabulous and precious.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a hallmark infested sore – it is these types of precious thoughts that really show how much you care about your family and loved ones. I like to leave little details like sticky notes on the mirrors or altered desktop backgrounds on laptops to remind Hubs how much I adore him.

It helps keep me in the right frame of mind too! Looking at the good in those around us isn’t always very easy but by focusing on the positive traits, those irritating little things stay little and don’t grow into ugly big issues.

But enough about me.  In what ways do you show your lovies your adoration?

PS Visit Twig and Thistle for the free printable for these adorable stickers!

Something Lovely: Whimsical Garlands

(Via Mrs Priss)

Be still by beating heart!It’s no secret that garlands are hip and happening and yet each and every time I see one my heart just cries with joy!

Look at this one from Design*Sponge-

(Via Design*Sponge)

Absolutely lovely! There is nothing like a little whimsy to perk up a room!Not only is it just in time for Valentine’s Day but I think it would be lovely in a nursery too!

In my home office I have a paper garland strung from one side of the ceiling to the other.

It brings me unsurpassed joy to study in such a setting! What I like so much about this trend, is that it is so easily adapted to echo your own personal style.

Here is Lobster and Swann’s take on the handmade garland. It is a completely different style than the above examples but the glamour is extraordinary. I won’t lie. I would be happy to eat at this dining table…

(Via Lobster and Swan)

I am feeling the itch to create some new garlands for around the house. Since the Christmas decorations were taken down, I look around feeling rather uninspired. Perhaps a new garland will light the fire to retouch the corners of my home with love?

Do you have a garland strung around your home? What do you do when stuck in a decorating rut?

 

A cup of encouragement makes the medicine go down

When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this—you haven’t.

*Robert H. Schuller*

I love dandelions. I’ve explained why before– to me they represent wishes- and wishes are really just secret scary dreams. The dreams that we are too afraid to admit. The ones we acknowledge only over birthday candles or shooting stars. The ones that someone might make fun of us for or tease us about. You know the dream you’ve been carrying.

By the time we reach adulthood and marriage, and we get sensible jobs and start doing the responsible thing, we have starved that dream. Maybe we tried once or twice. Perhaps we tried many times and this dream just didn’t come to be… and we gave up.

I had given up the dream of being an artist… having tried twice and failed…but I was recently inspired to try again.

Let’s chat friends. What dreams have you pretty much given up on… that maybe might just spring back into being if you just tried?

 

 

For the love of type

Can I just say that I love that typography is still a huge trend? It is slowing making its way into South African stores too and *sigh* I am in love.

Loads of Living’s summer collection has some beautiful examples of how international trends are filtering through with that distinct South African flavour.

(Via Loads of Living)

(Via Loads of Living)

But at R500 (almost $100) per pillow, it is more of a dream than a reality. I love the vibe of typography around the house and with its international trend appeal it isn’t difficult to find a style to suit your tastes. Here are a few SUPER cute ways that other people around the interwebz have integrated the love of type into their everyday decor.

(Via House*Tweaking)

Here we have an example of large-scale typographic DIY art made by Dana at House*Tweaking. Painted letters on a large canvas? Cute. Don’t be afraid to personalise your art like Dana did. I am certain her little boys feel special knowing that this words come from a song their mommy sings to them.

Here is another example of inexpensive typographic art:

(Via Knack Studios)

This would be simple to replicate… Grab a piece of delicious wood or a fat canvas and paint away!

How about some functional type? Here are some single character coasters. I would LOVE a set of these!

(Via Evil Mad Scientist)

Grab some cork, some wood and a jigsaw if you don’t live around a laser cutting facility. The straight letters would be a breeze while the curvier shapes might better left to the more adept at hand.

Oh and have a look at these adorable pillows too! I would love to have two pillows on a chair like this one with an “X” and one with an “O”… mmmm hugs and kisses on the couch!

(Via Design*Sponge)

Aren’t these just the loveliest examples of typography in the home? They make me squeal on the inside!

 

What do you think of this type trend? Big fan? Or OVER IT?

Finding Light in the Piranha Tank

This post was started as a calm encouraging light in the dark world that creatives face. Artists are too often enchanted by the sexiness of darkness- the ease of negativity that seems to fuel the anger that ‘creates’. But this, my friends, is a sad dark path to travel.

The powers of creativity are much stronger in the lightness of loveliness than in the depths of darkness. Darkness loses power when faced with light. Positivity is more difficult to embrace and yet stronger than the ties of Darkness.

Sometimes, the sex appeal of darkness is very seductive. Sometimes I can barely pry myself away. Sometimes the comfort of gloom is much too enchanting. And I justify it as benefit to my art…

 

But is it really benefiting anything? In the same way piranha’s feast on prey, that darkness consumes the best ideas-the purest forms of delight and leaves nothing but the carcasses for viewing. Is this the art we want to create?

 

I do not want to leave a legacy of death and decay in my wake.

DIY- Glittering Lightscape

When I saw this post on Apartment Therapy I was immediately in love.

(via Apartment Therapy)

Oh! How amazing is the hardware on the credenza, the wallpaper on the walls and the textured tile on the floor!  But it was the lightscape that I adored more than all. The site lacked decent instructions on how to construct a lightscape like this so after a few trial and error attempts, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick tutorial.

Supplies

– One large stretched canvas. For this project, I recommend the type that is stretched over the wooden frame. I chose to get the primed canvas too. My theory is that the primer helped keep the edges from fraying excessively.If you wish to paint the background you may do so now- just be sure your paint has dried several days before continuing

– 100-200 Fairy lights or Christmas lights. I worked with two strands of 100. Choose these lights carefully. First I tried the micro bulbs but found that the connection between the lights was terrible and I kept blowing the strand. This is not ideal! Eventually I landed on the long traditional ‘fairy’ bulbs and these worked better (although I preferred the glow of the micro bulbs, the risk of fire and death just didn’t make up for it 🙂 )

– A pencil and a pen or other pointy object with the approximate diameter of the glass part of your bulbs

Method

Keeping note of how many bulbs you want to use, draw out your pattern. I wanted my bursts to look like explosions of joy so I just put dots where I felt it left balance. Don’t forget about under the wooden frame too! That area is very visible from the front but difficult to push bulbs into- practice balance here! It would also help if you ensured there was a feasible way to maneuver the bulbs around the holes.

After drawing my pattern, I started at the top middle of my canvas and poked three holes at a time with my pen. Go slowly to avoid making tears or splits in the canvas. Using the bulb in the middle of your (unplugged) strand, carefully insert the glass portion of the bulb into the hole. It should fit tightly- but if you are concerned, white craft glue smeared around the base will hold that sucker in place. Place all three bulbs in the holes and continue to the next three holes. I found that operating in a zigzag pattern left me with the best maneuverability to get the lights into the holes without stretching the cords or the canvas.Plan the use of the bulbs so that the final bulb would be the last bulb on the strand nearest to the plug. Any leftover bulbs can be strung loosely around the anchored bulbs for additional glow.  If you are having a hard time pocking the holes, I found the best results when I was sitting on the chair without a table. The canvas balanced on my legs and I could poke and insert away without things getting pear-shaped.

Once the glue has dried thoroughly, prop your lightscape up and plug-‘er in!

(Excuse the poor picture from my Blackberry)


What do you think?

Displaying precious momentos

This is the poem I wrote Hubs for our first wedding anniversary.  It’s a dorky little love poem – I’m no Browning or Parker. But it’s cute and was inspired by my darling so I swallowed my pride and displayed it on my TV cabinet. I spraypainted a frame I has laying around the house and filled it with the printed poem. Nice and easy.

And everyday Hubs gets to read about how much I adore him- which I consider a bonus.

Doesn’t it look so cheerful with a Gerber Daisy and sweet crystal shoe?

What small mementos do you frame around your house? It’s these little touchings that really add  a homey feeling to a beautiful space.

Charming Wooden Keyrings

(Via How About Orange)

How adorable and cheerful are these key rings? Jessica Jones has a great eye for kitschy little designs, don’t ya think?

She mentions her process here but really it’s just little doodads she found laying in a craft bin and a couple of permenant markers.These would look so wonderful as a zipper-pull on a sweater or adorable little handbag!

I think it’s these little details that makes life so charming and sweet.

How lovely.

2011 in three words

Plan’s the man. I love a good plan around these parts- and boy, do I need a good one right about now.

This year is packed with many many commitments, some for work, some for university, some for personal and spiritual growth and others for the wellbeing of my little family and homestead. I’m excited for the growth this year will bring- but just a little terrified at the steps we are taking.

If I could boil my plan down to three simple words (thanks to Chris Brogan) they would have to be:

Love. Enjoy. Streamline.

Love:

First and foremost, this new year will be able being with those I love and care about. With so few hours in the day, I believe it is important to invest in those around you right now. Not on Saturday, not after the laundry, but right now. Sometimes that looks like a sister date. Sometimes it sounds like a phone call. But always, it focuses on love and blessings.

Enjoy:

Saying ‘Yes’ to things instead of hunkering on the sofa to ‘relax’. Enjoy purposeful relaxation. Enjoy crafting and making beautiful things. Enjoy making mistakes. Enjoy trying something new and scary. Enjoy daily exercise.

Say yes to life and enjoy more beauty in everyday than in dreamland.

The consequences are fairly high. 🙂 That’s right. I went there.

Streamline:

When it comes down to it- there are a lot of things that happen to run a healthy household- even without children. And there are many things that we do that A. don’t benefit us or B. don’t bless those around us. Those things have got to go! Out with the clutter, in with the homemade bread. Out with the takeout and fast food, in with a clean kitchen ready for gourmet cooking (mac and cheese anyone?). I’ve got a plan to use less chemicals and more hot water. It is all about habits. Time to create some good ones.

I know, I know. These are not goals. They are not going to help me lose 10 pounds or give me a boost in my career. They will, however, give me the direction forward.

And going forward is so much better than staying put (and letting flies lie on my eye).

What words do you envision for life in 2011?

My aversion to duplicate digits makes me fearful of 2011.

Hands up to anyone else who is terrified of 2011…Don’t leave me hanging here-

Zoe the Dog gives a hands up

"Me me me!" - Zoe the Dog

God knows and loves me enough to have given me a strange and unlikely coping mechanism in times of turmoil and distress- like taking odd photos of my darling pup (featured beautifully above).

This is the year I turn 23. The year, according to the life-plan of my 18-year-old self, that I was going to have my things in order.

My things are, of course, not in order and this leaves me feeling terrified. And a bit silly for being so terrified.

I’ve got a date with my planner to, well you know, make a plan. How did you break through the initial panic change (and duplicate digits) bring?