DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

I was at my sister's on the weekend and this is a little idea worth sharing. You can pick up small retro-like skateboards from places like Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and BIG W from about $15 (like this Avigo one).   They can often be found in second hand stores for cheap too. These skateboards make for cute shelfs for knick knacks in a child's bedroom. Materials Small Plastic Skateboard 2 Angle (or L) Brackets - found in the … [Read more...]

How My Bedroom Colour Scheme Helped

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I've collected a lot of mish-mash of items over the years: new things; hand-me-downs; old things.  My house doesn't look anything like a magazine. I don't mind.  Mostly.  However, sometimes, just sometimes, a seed of discontent grows inside me.  Discontentment is an interesting thing, and I've learned to take a moment to analyse it before it grows. Sometimes, all I need to do in this situation is give myself a … [Read more...]

Sorting and Organising Toys

Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys I sort and reorganise the children's toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I've just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through: 1. Pull Everything Out When I’m in the process going through the toys, I remind myself that it gets (much) worse before it gets better. I’m ruthless and pull … [Read more...]

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

Collection jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children's interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old's jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween...I wonder where they ended up? We have also done other cute little jar projects that add a fun personalised look … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way. Colourful Wrapping Brown paper Felt pens, ballpoint pen, pencils, oil pastels, and crayons all work. Paint also works but there that extra step of … [Read more...]

A Boot Doll House

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How absolutely gorgeous is this Boot Doll House!  Marina (aka Vintage Jane) who lives in England shared this gorgeous project on her blog, and I contacted her because I fell in love with it and wanted to share with you all! This boot house was made for special little boy.   "He wanted a boy’s house.  And so, just before Christmas, Grandma (the Interior Designer) and Grandpa (the Builder) built and decorated a very special … [Read more...]

Funky Tape Floors

tape floors

I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney yesterday with Chelsea from Moments A Day.  My favourite exhibit was Jim Lambie's Zopob Room lined with coloured vinyl tape. I snapped a few pics with my iPhone. How fun would it be for a play room?!  Realistically, I wondered how it would hold up with wear. It appeared the tape was covered in varnish and the finish was gorgeous! This room reminded me of the ways I use … [Read more...]

Decorative Tape: Party Ideas

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Sponsored by 3M (S1 Post) The new Scotch® Expressions Tape is a brilliant addition to the family stationery stash.  It can be used to decorate a variety of household, stationery and recycled items.  I recently wrote a post about 5 ways I’ve been using the decorative tape around the house.   This time, I’m sharing how the tape can help make a birthday party special. 1. Birthday Photo Frame Dress up a simple … [Read more...]

5 Ideas for Using Decorative Tape Around the House

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Sponsored by 3M (s1 post) Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape I love this stuff because I can make regular and recycled items around the house look awesome, colourful and funky. Oh, and there’s the kids too: as my children get older, I need to cater for their own projects (rather than being a facilitator and instigator) and they love the tape too! I’ve been going berserk with the tape around the house, from … [Read more...]

Decorative Oranges

decorative fruit orange

Using fruit as decoration pieces is a simple way to create a feature point in the home, especially around special times such as Christmas. Need Oranges Diamond sticker rows (I found these at a discount shop) Decorative Oranges This is easy and quick.  Lay a strip of diamond stickers from the to of the orange to the base and continue this process around the orange (leaving a space of about 5 cm or so between each row).  This gives … [Read more...]

Table Decoration Stick Christmas Tree

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I love bringing nature into the house so that makes this Stick Christmas Tree one of my favourites. It's easy and cheap to put together and you can mix and match colours to suit any theme. Theme I went for a natural look here using brown and cream with gold and glass-look-a-like highlights. Materials Small decorations Potpourri balls Table runner Vase (I used a cookie jar) Batter operated LED lights Stick Christmas … [Read more...]

Christmas Table: White Christmas in a Jar

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I did a similar thing last year with the kids to decorate the house and they were such a hit!  This year, I used this concept as inspiration for Christmas Table Decorations. It's as easy as a glass jar, salt and a small Christmas tree or pine cone. Christmas Table Inspiration: White Christmas in a Jar Materials Large jar (I used a cookie jar I found at a discount store) Salt (regular table salt or epson salt) Small baubles Table … [Read more...]

Christmas Table: Tumbler Tea Light Candles in a Row

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Materials Glass tumblers Tea light candles LED light Table runner Small baubles An easy way to light up the Christmas table: Line 4-8 glass tumblers along the middle of the table on a runner, add tea lights, a LED light strand and scatter a few baubles. Done. Concept: Simple! 6 to 8 glasses with tea light candles lined up in the middle of the table Colour theme: gold, gold and everything gold with glass highlights Everyday … [Read more...]

Christmas Table: Bright Colours

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Some years, I deviate from traditional Christmas colours and go for something bright (I did this setting a couple of years ago).  Pictured below, I have chosen bright colours with a pink and green focus. Materials Used Garland beads Large Vase Large Bowl Large pillar candle Colourful baubles Christmas Table: Bold and Bright Concept: bring romance, fun and colour to the table Colour theme: pink & green with bright … [Read more...]