Before I found etsy, and before the internet, I had to make do with pictures torn from magazines as art on my walls. So sad. These days, there are so many amazing (free!) pieces available online that you can print off at the click of a button - how lucky are we?! This modern hexagon piece has gorgeous colours and will work with so many different interiors. Print it off and frame it, and be thankful for beautiful art and the internet.
A lot of 80’s style crafts are making a comeback right now - including woven wall hangings - but in updated styles. But if you’re craft-challenged or just don’t have the time to macrame, this gorgeous piece is the perfect answer! Instead of knotting, this piece knots the yarn with thread and then ties the bunches onto a plastic canvas. You should be able to knock this out in an afternoon and enjoy your new retro, hand made and entirely one-of-a-kind piece of art!
SUPER POP WEDNESDAY EDITION!
I was talking about my new favourite bands the other day and someone said ‘Oh Emma, you only listen to these bizarre bands I’ve never heard of!’. Not true! In fact, my current play list is a mix of The Best of Queen, Lana Del Rey’s new album, and what I call my ‘Super Pop’ playlist. I can guarantee you would have heard of at least ONE of these artists! My new favourites are the infectious ear worm ‘Shower’ by Becky G, the kick ass stompin ‘Somethin’ Bad’ by Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood, and the all Australian Dami Im and her super fun, super addictive song ‘Super Love’. Enjoy!
Do your kicks need a makeover? Is your outfit never complete without a bit of animal print? Well head on over to Studs & Pearls for this easy and fun DIY to create your own pair of leopard laces (and also find out about those awesome BANGS sneakers and the great cause behind them!)
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as eyelash conditioning serum! But then again, I’m a bit of a makeup novice. After a bit of research, I discovered two things: eyelash serum is great for reducing breakages and increasing lash length. And two, eyelash serum can be ridiculously expensive (especially if they put ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in the name!). This eyelash serum only has two ingredients in it, and that’s about as simple and natural as you can get. So if you’re looking to increase the length and health of your eye-batters, mix this up and get to using it today!
One thing I love buying from op-shops is hand embroidered table cloths. When you think about how long it must have taken someone to embroider a whole table cloth - wow! So I feel like I’m saving something quite special. This gorgeous collar won’t take you as long to stitch as a table cloth, but it will be just as special. There’s a free template with the pattern to follow for the hand stitching - just make sure you do your stitching before you sew together your collar!
Brit + Co has a great round up of hair chalk styles that is sure to get your creative juices going! Hair chalk is a great alternative to dyeing (and less risk of it all going pear shaped when you wash your hair!) and it means you can change up your style each day. Hair chalk is so easy to find these days - they even have it at Woolworths if you’re in Australia - and some brands are actually really good on dark hair too! I love the bottom pic, it’s very girly and somewhat how I think a mermaid would have her hair. Click through for even more inspiration, including darker hair pics!
Though I’m not planning on getting married anytime soon (yeah, you need a groom for that I’m told!), I still want to make this gorgeous bouquet. I’m all about felt and the amazing colours and creations you can make with it, and this is a great example. This gorgeous bouquet would be so lovely as a decoration in your house or you could make a few singular flowers and attach a pin on the back to make a brooch. But of course, if you’re getting married this would make a gorgeous bouquet, and even better - you get to keep it afterwards! Just FYI, there aren’t any templates for the flowers, but you should be able to eyeball the patterns. Lovely!
Happy #Pride, y’all! Here are 30 ways to rock the rainbow at your Pride party.
Pineapples are everywhere - skirts, shirts, shoes, pillows, wall art, fruit bowls. The spiky fruit is fun, tangy and makes me think of hot Summer days. If you’re into tart treat as much as me, this sparkly pouch will be right up your alley. Perfect for keeping makeup in check, a pretty pencil case or even to store your ipad in!
I love these curtains. They are so fresh, colourful and upbeat - and work so beautifully with that bronze table (want!). I’ve been looking for new curtains in my lounge room - my very faded pink damask pair that I made from some upholstery fabric are on their last legs. What’s great about this tutorial is that you can make your ‘watercolour’ with any colours you want - pick out a few colours in your decor and get to swirling!
I love the smell of coffee. It brings memories of early morning flights at the airport and long chats in little cafes. But… I don’t like drinking it. It makes me shaky, gives me headaches and makes me feel generally sick. So I was excited about a coffee mask - all the smell and benefits of the coffee grounds (exfolation for one!) without the sickening feeling! And the benefits of mud masks are many too, such as skin tightening and reduction of inflamation. Plus making it in small batches means you’ll always have a fresh batch and you won’t waste any product.
Sizzling Summer Hair | SoapQueen
I know I have been notably absent recently - I’ve been busy researching for my new stall at the end of the year - going back to my first love of soaping! I have read through basically the whole of the SoapQueen blog, which is run by the founder of Bramble Berry, my favourite soap & beauty product supplier. I thought y’all would love these projects for lovely hair - shampoo & conditioner with nourishing argan oil and sea salt spray to give you nice beachy waves. You will need to (probably) buy some supplies to make these, but SoapQueen has a great feature on each post to add all the ingredients to a cart on the Bramble Berry website.
There’s nothing I like more than browsing $2 shops. My favourite things are the ‘cheap’ versions of crafty items like washi tape, cabochons, etc. On a trip to find motor oil I came across bundles of rope for $2 (bargain) and purchased a few bundles - and then came across this project! Serendipitous! I’ve been looking for some cool coasters for my coffee table but haven’t been able to find anything I loved, but these are perfect. I plan on making these with yellow neon string to match my pillows - if you’re going to make them, you could even make larger versions for placemats!
One of the things I love about my house is the fireplace in the lounge room. Though I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose (mainly because a) I hate cleaning fireplaces and b) I hate chopping wood) it’s a nice feature. Well, it is now I’ve painted the ugly orange bricks white! But it feels a bit empty without anything in it, and in Winter it brings a horrible cold wind. Stacking wood in there is one option but it also brings bugs and dust. I am absolutely in love with this ‘faux stacked log’ design - and it’s so easy to make! It will block out those cold winds and add a special touch to my favourite part of the room.