Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My favourite DIYs for summer!

DIY Leather Plant Hanger as seen on Design*Sponge. 
So easy and I've been wanting a plant hanger that's not daggy!

Say hello to some crafty projects that will fill your summer with homemade goodness! I love a good DIY idea and my favourite blogs are filled with little gems. I started to stockpile more ideas than my pencils and I could handle! And I just wanted to share this beautiful bunch with you.

They are all so creative yet simple and best of all you can tailor them to suit your individual style. You can get the look of a designer item and all it will cost you is a small amount of dollars and perhaps a new manicure.

I think it's perfect timing with Christmas approaching to get your craft on and gift your loved ones some homemade loveliness. So have your sticky tape at the ready and read on! I have a link for each project that you can click through for further how-to know-how, and while you're there check out all the other inspirational ideas on these blogs!

I hope you enjoy these. I will be sure to post any attempts I make at these projects!

DIY Ideas as featured on Design*Sponge, RealLiving Magazine, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Oh Hello Friend, Style Safai and A Beautiful Mess. Make sure you click around while you're visiting these amazing sites!

DIY Block-printed Chevron Fabric as seen on Design*Sponge.
I love the imperfections of the print - it looks so organic and natural. You could play with different shapes and colours too.

DIY Tape Stencil Stationery as seen on Design*Sponge. 
You could make a great collection of Christmas cards and gift tags with this idea.

DIY Tape Sponge Lamp as seen on Design*Sponge.
Very clever idea! I would be inclined to ditch the lamp though, I like it as an ornament of it's own.

DIY Plaster Coaster and Paint-Dipped Servers as seen in RealLiving Magazine.
I have already started this project! I am making my own plaster coasters... The plaster has set I just need to sand and paint them - I'm thinking different shades of pastel colours though the stark white is nice.

DIY Wooden Candle Holders as seen in RealLiving Magazine.
Might get Nick to help me with this one - I'm a bit hopeless with a saw!

DIY Hammered Spoon Placecards as seen on Elizabeth Anne Designs.
How fancy does this look - and so easy! Might save this idea for a special dinner party.

DIY Summer in a Bag as seen on Oh Hello Friend.
What a cute Christmas gift idea! You could do any themed bag... perhaps some homemade cookies and tea for a friend?

DIY Simple Polka Dots as seen on Oh Hello Friend.
More gift bags! I love this simple polka-dot DIY - I could imagine putting spots all over my brown wrapping paper as well!

DIY Summer Succulent Garden as seen on Oh Hello Friend.
This is so fun! I am doing this!!! 

DIY Frame Tray as seen on Style Safari.
This is something you could probably whip up with items already in your house! You could frame a piece of your favourite fabric, some dried leaves or anything pretty in your home.

DIY Canvas Print at home as seen on A Beautiful Mess.
I can't believe this is the first I've heard of this? You can transfer a photo to canvas (or fabric) at home. I love the distressed look it creates.

DIY Foam Stamp as seen on A Beautiful Mess.
So simple and cute! This would be a great project that kids could get involved in too.

Friday, 23 November 2012

curator of lovely things: christmas in colour

I love a good Aussie Christmas! There is nothing better than gathering with family and friends over a chaotic smorgasbord of eclectic and delicious homemade dishes. A day that generally consists of going from the airconditioning to the pool then back again to finish off the festivities with a piece of pavlova and a nap.

In a toast to our summery southern-hemisphere Christmas I have gathered some colourful styling goodies that aren't covered in snowflakes and Santas - items that are fun and would look great all year round. Pops of red, green, yellow and turquoise can be dressed up with metallic pieces.

I have also included some cute DIY printable cards which you can download and print for free, (No8!) scroll down for the link!

Hope you enjoy, Kimmy

PS If you make the cards please email me a pic!

1. I love a fresh new outfit for Christmas Day. Lots of lovely options here Country Road

2. A yellow table runner will brighten any spread - by Say it with Pillows via etsy

3. Gorgeous soft christmas tree ornament by Marimekko. Also a cute DIY idea?

4. My latest white with three art print! Drawing of peaches on a leafy branch with customisable colour background. Available in A4, A3 & A2 instore now or any custom size upon request! white with three via etsy

5. Scalloped white plate 'Arv' from IKEA I like these a lot... I'm getting these!

6. Gorgeous screenprinted napkins on organic cotton by ohlittlerabbit via etsy. You must check out all the other beautiful things in this store!

7. In love with the yellow cane chair from Freedom

8. white with three cute diy printable-cards - yours free! in celebration of our summer Christmas the design features palm fronds and curlews! Click here to download the PDF.

9. Turquoise bead necklace by Stellar&Dot

10. Christmas isn't Christmas without some new Peter Alexander PJs :)

11. Set of four cloth napkins by GnomeClothes via etsy

12. Splurge on this beautiful Georg Jensen cutlery set

13. Loving these multi-colour bowls from Country Road

14. Silver decorations dress up a colourful palate IKEA

15. Fresh white round table from IKEA would work great as a smorgasbord with colourful dishes and table runners

16. These cute cups come as a pack of four in a lovely box from Country Road

17. Moroccan-style wrapping paper from Domayne

18. 14x14inch decorative green cushion by Say it with Pillows via etsy

19. This beautiful silver candle holder would look great as a centre piece from Freedom

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

shop love: scout house

Welcome to Scout House - the beautiful little store that calls me inside every time I'm strolling around St Kilda. At first glance you may assume it is a quirky antique store but look closer and you'll see a heavenly mix of old and new items that are full of whimsy and character.

This beautifully curated store is the work of owner Orlando Mesiti who opened Scout House two years ago. He expressed his inspiration for authentic everyday objects, Australian design, reclaiming and reusing, handmade and craft. "Home is so important to me."

Scout House is a treasure trove of new and antique furniture, ornaments, cushions, textiles and art. When sourcing items for Scout House, Orlando explains there are no rules. "I like authentic makers, original products, timber and ceramic. Beautiful authentic textiles. Quality. Anti mass production." In three words Orlando describes Scout House as rustic, eclectic and original. This passion for authenticity and originality means there is something special about every item.

So whether you are strolling around St Kilda or have to tram it from the north side - Scout House is definitely worth a visit. You can find them at 125 Grey Street, St Kilda. If you don't live in Melbourne don't despair, you can forage through all their lovely pieces and buy online at

I hope you enjoy this store as much as I do