Friday faves | 24.06.16

June 24, 2016

Desk messes and life lately

It’s funny how we can so easily take life’s blessings for granted sometimes, until suddenly the things that we depend on are no longer there. I’ve been feeling this on a small scale this week, and even though it’s over something quite minor, it’s bummed me out a lot.

The thing that I’ve been taking for granted lately is my health. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t look after myself the way I should; I eat all sorts of junk, I don’t exercise much and I guess just hope for the best where my body is concerned. But over the past few weeks I’ve been battling a skin condition that’s now become severe enough that it’s challenging to leave the house and face the outside world without doing a whole lot of covering up first. I don’t know whether to blame the onset of winter, a poor diet or something else entirely, but the raw, painful discomfort and feeling like a freak has been enough to get me quite down lately.

And I totally realise that this isn’t anywhere in the realm of the health problems that others deal with like chronic pain, disability or mental illness. But that makes my reaction to it even more surprising; for something so small (and hopefully temporary), it’s sure had an effect on how I feel and function day to day.

Have you experienced something similar lately (or ever)? I’d really love to hear your stories of the things that make you feel blue or a time when you realise you’ve been taking something for granted. And sorry to be such a Debbie Downer this Friday, I’ll hopefully be back to my usual self very soon!

  • ART – I’ve seen a lot of crocheted wonders lately, but spaghetti marinara? Incredible.
  • WANTThis golden beauty. I want it like crazy.
  • MAKEBowls made out of confetti? Yes please!
  • WEAR – I’ve always been a fan of batwing sleeves and they don’t get much prettier than this.
  • EAT – As if I didn’t love sushi enough already, it’s even better when it comes in pink
  • RECAP – Let’s get our snail mail on! Grab a pen, download this rainbow letter paper and send your bffs a little love. 🙂

xx Steph

Write on | Printable rainbow letter paper

June 23, 2016

Printable rainbow lined letter paper - click through for the free download

When I was a kid, I used to hoard any stationery that came my way like there was a worldwide shortage of the stuff. To this day I don’t quite know why pretty paper, stickers and the like were so precious to me because I almost never ended up using them. Instead, I squirrelled away the good stuff and wrote my letters on mum’s plain notepaper. Go figure!

Printable rainbow lined letter paper - click through for the free download

While I almost never touched my special stationery stash, I nevertheless did write a lot of letters as a kid. And I drew, and scrapbooked, and kept a diary. All of which now makes me feel nostalgic and slightly sad because as I sit here typing this post, I can’t actually recall when I last picked up a pen and wrote to a friend. How times have changed.

Printable rainbow lined letter paper - click through for the free download

And that, my friends, is my very long-winded way of saying I’m starting a new segment to bring snail mail back! I’m calling it ‘write on’ (because nothing is complete without a pun) and each month I’ll be sharing a free printable that you can use to write letters to your friends. Or dress up your planner. Or decorate your envelopes. Anything that requires putting pen to paper really.

Printable rainbow lined letter paper - click through for the free download

Printable rainbow lined letter paper - click through for the free download

I really hope you’ll join in on the fun, download the printable and brighten up somebody’s letterbox with your lovely correspondence. I’ll be doing the same and I’ll share some of my finished letters and envelopes (sans personal details obvs) with you over the coming months.

If you have instagram, take a photo of yours and use the hashtag #makeandtell so I can see your beautiful work!

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Rainbow lined letter paper printable

xx Steph

Life in colour | Indigo and emerald

June 21, 2016

emerald and indigo mood board

porcelain | planter + stool cover | art | invitation | napkin

Is this a fresh combo or what? I’m not usually a big fan of blue, but with all the shibori love that’s been going around lately, I’ve become a bit smitten with how crisp this colour looks. Especially when set against white and paired with a vibrant green!

These are some of my favourite indigo finds; if you aren’t already hooked on this shade, they’ll definitely help to introduce it into your projects. Trust me, once you start using indigo and green together, you’ll find it hard to stop!

xx Steph

Friday fail | Clay crafting gone wrong!

June 17, 2016

DIY fail - clay crafting

Happy Friday folks! I thought it might be fun to share a little DIY fail this week in lieu of my usual favourites post. After all, who doesn’t like having a bit of a sticky-beak when things go wrong? 😉

This broken ‘work of art’ was made a few weeks ago, at the same time that I was going through a string of other failed projects so I was short on time, trying to play catch-up and more than a little stressed out (when it rains it pours!).

I’d had the genius idea of making a basket out of woven strands of clay, which sounds great in theory, but as you can probably tell my execution left a lot to be desired. Mostly because the strands were too thin, plus I was trying to be clever and made them flat, which just added to their fragility.

I was also very stupidly working with clay in the sun; it’s winter over here so I was keeping myself warm, but let me tell you clay does much better when it’s not drying out from the harsh rays! The end result was a cracked, crumbling, ugly bowl that no amount of glazing or painting could save. Back to the drawing board!

Have you had any projects go belly-up lately? If you have, leave me a note in the comments below; I’d love to hear your story! 😉

xx Steph

Make it | Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers

June 16, 2016

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

I feel like balloon animals have been moving up in the world of late. They used to be sort of ‘standard fair’ at parties, but suddenly they’re all kinds of super cute and before we know it, they’ll be as popular as their unicorn, flamingo and pineapple cousins. Which is a-okay with me; I love a good balloon animal. Actually, if I’m being honest, it’s more of a love-terror relationship; I adore how they look, but I’m afraid to try making them myself because I can’t stand it when balloons burst!

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

So I guess getting them on my party materials in printed form is the best kind of compromise for someone like me who’s scared of loud noises. I’m such a ‘fraidy cat. 😀

If you happen to have a shindig coming up or you just want to show your favourite peeps some love, print these down and attach them to packets full of sweets – before you know it, you’ll be everyone’s best friend!

Materials

  • Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers (see the end of this post to download)
  • White A4 card
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Cello bags (the file is designed to fit bags that are 12cm/4.75 inches wide)
  • Candy! 🙂

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Step 1

Print the balloon animal treat bag topper file onto white card (see the end of this post to download). With a ruler and bone folder, score across the centre of each treat bag topper where it says ‘fold here’.

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Step 2

Cut out each of the treat bag toppers.

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Step 3

Fold each topper along the line you scored in Step 1.

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Step 4

Fill your cello bag with your favourite treats. 🙂

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Step 5

Place a treat bag topper over the open end of each cello bag and staple in place.

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Printable balloon animal treat bag toppers - click through for the free file!

Not too shabby for 5 minutes work hey? For best results, try eating at least one piece of candy for every bag you fill – after all, you’ll need to keep up your sugar levels for all that hard crafting work you’re doing! 😉

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Balloon animal treat bag topper printable

xx Steph

Print it | Pizza is everything

June 14, 2016

Printable wall art - 'I wish someone would look at me the way I look at a pizza'. Click through to download!

Okay, time to ‘fess up guys… who here looks at a slice of pizza this way? Come on, you know what I mean; eyes full of desire, mouth slightly ajar, dreaming of that first bite of cheesy, pepperoni-filled goodness.

Haha, it’s a good thing I don’t write for Mills and Boon. That was a truly terrible description of longing! 😀

Printable wall art - 'I wish someone would look at me the way I look at a pizza'. Click through to download!

Poor writing skills aside, if you can relate to that scenario at all, then maybe you should consider getting this print on your walls. For one thing, it’ll make you dream of pizza and that’s never a bad thing. It might just make you giggle every now and then too, which is also a-okay in my book.

Enjoy the wall art (and your next slice of pizza!).

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‘I wish’ pizza printable wall art

xx Steph

Friday faves | 10.06.16

June 10, 2016

Frankie magazine and weekend chill time

Well we’ve reached Friday and it’s a long weekend to boot. Yaassss!

I’m going to be doing some serious chilling and also some serious thinking over the next few days. I got news yesterday that’s going to change up my nicely-balanced working week, which makes things interesting and slightly unsettling; it might mean less time spent writing for the blog. Or more perhaps? I’ll soon see.

I know, I know, I owe you guys a LONG overdue update on what’s been happening behind the scenes lately – I promise it’s coming soon!

While I write that one up, I hope you have an awesome weekend. Grab your favourite magazine (mine’s Frankie, can you tell?), plus a blanket and head to a nice shady spot on the grass for some quality down time!

xx Steph

Make it | Faux stone air plant holders

June 9, 2016

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Well you know how it is my friends. Air plants are one of the few plants I manage to keep alive, so of course my collection of these little guys grows monthly, as does my collection of places to house them!

The latest idea I had was to hang some from the wall on little stone shelves but unsurprisingly stone isn’t the easiest thing to craft with. Enter my favourite super cheeky craft material – granite spray paint! Easy to use and cheap to boot, I just love how this stuff lets me completely transform the look of any DIY I use it on. Want to know more? Follow along to make yourself some little air plant shelves of your own!

DIY faux stone air plant holders

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Materials

  • Balsa wood (mine was around 5mm thick)
  • Wood glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Stone spray paint
  • Cotton thread

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Step 1

Measure and mark four identical rectangles onto your balsa wood with a ruler and pencil. You can make them any size you like as long as they’re equal (as a guide, mine measured 10cm long by 5cm wide). When you’re measuring, just make sure each rectangle is large enough to house your air plants once all four are put together – the bigger the plant, the larger your measurements will need to be.

Once you’ve marked your rectangles, cut them out with an x-acto knife (or a razor saw if your balsa wood is very thick).

DIY faux stone air plant holders

DIY faux stone air plant holders

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Give the pieces a light sand to remove any rough edges, then glue two of the rectangles together so they’re at right-angles.

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 with the other two pieces. You should now have two ‘corners’.

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Step 4

Glue the two corners together so they form a square.

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Step 5

Once the glue has dried completely, coat your wood square in granite spray paint.

DIY faux stone air plant holders

DIY faux stone air plant holders

Step 6

When the paint had dried, you can simply stand the finished holder up on your desk and use it as-is, or tie a piece of thread around one corner and hang it up on your wall.

Note: My air plants are very cooperative and sit nicely in the holders without having to tie them down (yay!). If yours are a little more wayward, use a piece of wire or some thread to tie them to the holders.

DIY faux stone air plant holders

DIY faux stone air plant holders

DIY faux stone air plant holders

How’s that for a nice and easy DIY? And also, is stone spray paint awesome or what? If you’ve used it recently in a project, leave me a note below, I’d love to see your fantastic creations!

xx Steph

Make it | Image transfer palm tray for Curbly

June 7, 2016

DIY image transfer wood palm frond tray

Have you ever tried transferring printed images to wood before? I don’t know why it took me so long to give this technique a go – not only is it suuuuper easy, but with very little effort, you can completely transform the look of an otherwise boring piece of timber. Amazing!

DIY image transfer wood palm frond tray

For more on how to make this palm tray (plus a printable palm frond file to help with your crafting) head on over to Curbly. And if you end up transferring an image of your own to wood, let me know how it goes – I’d love to see the end result!

xx Steph