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Weekend DIY: Polka dots

I have a polka dotty DIY project planned for the weekend!

So I thought I’d share a bunch of inspiration that’s out there for a range of projects, should you find yourselves with a few spare minutes and polka dots on the brain this weekend. I’m doing my take on one of these projects – can you guess which one?!


Clockwise from left, take your pick:

Revamp an old tee, let loose on your walls, put spots on your curtains, DIY some easy art, dotty pot your plants.

Or just go out for coffee…


A washi skyline


Did anyone guess? A washi project on the horizon… a skyline is a horizon of sorts yes?

I started with a very. blank. wall. For the only room in the house that I consider almost done, this view is as undone as you can get. If this scares you like it does me, go take some comfort with a scroll through this.

I did give this wall a wipe down yesterday. But that was it for preparation.


I had my washi tape. Let’s be honest – I had a choice of washi tape. These four were my narrowed down choice.0614_7179

I put some pieces on the wall to help me make a decision. Being the boy corner of the bedroom blue was the colour of the day. The boy has pink and flowers on his quilt (although I’ve made him a manned up duvet cover for when it gets cooold), so I’m doing my best to even things out for him! I quickly ruled out #1 and #2… just because I have never liked them a lot. #4 is my favourite but I wondered if it might be too pale to make an impact, and so #3 it was. I also like the twinkly lights thing going on with #3… a twinkly night skyline? Oooh yes!0614_7180

Tools of the trade: washi tape of choice, scissors (tidy cuts make the corner joins a little tidier), and a picture on my phone for inspiration0614_7181

And then I got sidetracked. No more photos until we’re done…

One sweet washi taped skyline for Master W to gaze at until the twinkly lights lull him off to sleep. (After 3 1/2 years I still kid myself he’s that perfect, well-behaved child who won’t protest madly all the way to bed and then demand more kisses and water and toilet visits at the top of his voice before suddenly crashing to sleep and silence reigns once more…)0614_7182 0614_7184

If it doesn’t charm him at bedtime then perhaps it’ll give him another little corner to play during the day! Who doesn’t need a city skyline for fire engines to roar by or tow trucks to rescue broken cars alongside? 0614_7187

Or cuddly friends to have chats with? 0614_7188

I know already that this will be one of those little projects that take so little time and effort, but are so rewarding. Every time I walk in that door (a million times a day!) I will turn my head and smile at the little twinkling city in the corner.

And me being me, my next thought will be what else I can fill the blank space above with!

0614_7189In a life of so many projects that take weeks and months to finish, it helps to have these kind of 15 minute ones that make you feel like you’ve done something. You’ve started something, and you’ve finished something. All in one day! I won’t tell you what I’m avoiding so I could complete and share this with you. But I promised (next time I won’t be so foolish – and then my house might get vacuumed… oops I gave it away!) so I hope you love it!


A washi project on the horizon

Oooh if that title isn’t quite the clue… I have a washi project planned. It’s just a little one, and I was hoping to share it today but kids and their schedules and demands have put paid to that. Maybe I’ll get to it later and can share it tomorrow.

So, with washi tape wrapping around my mind I’ve just had a little lookee over on Pinterest and found a few things to inspire. I do wonder what people did before washi tape? And I do wonder what will be the next washi tape… But I digress.

Brace yourselves for yet another washi tape diy round up (search anywhere for washi craft and I promise you won’t make it to the bottom…):

0613_Washi tape DIY craftShall we start with the frames? Key here (all my opinion of course) is to keep things a little classy by sticking with a small colour palette and some awesome images. Less than awesome and you’ll end up with a crafty little mess that just screams DIY. (The best kind of DIY merely whispers.)

Neon and washi tape. Love this now, will hate it later – like all good trends it will go bad real fast. For now though – think white vessels with neon and gold tape, and I think you might have to go fake on those neon blooms, unless someone knows something I’m missing?

Hmmm washi tape crosses. Simple, pleasant, easy. Best with solid colour tape – you’re making a pattern here, you don’t need to start with one.

More neon, and while I don’t like this personally, I did want to add it in, just because of the contradiction between the traditional and the downright not. Some things just have to clash to look good.

Party supplies. No self-respecting washi tape crafts round up is complete without some party element. Make your friends think you’re amazing by taking 10 seconds to wrap some tape around disposable cutlery. You could even get away with this at a small dinner party so you can forget the washing up.

All pictures over on my Crafts Pinterest board.

I’ve previously used washi tape here and to make these. Guess what I’m planning to use some of my tape supply for next?! Tomorrow…


Pin of the day: Literally

It wasn’t until I was writing this post title that I realised about my PIN of the day. It’s a slow Monday.

These push pins/thumb tacks/whatever else you call them remind me so much of the cutest l’il magnets residing on my fridge thanks to my lovely boys! I love how the simplest (and smallest) of everyday objects can make you smile all day long with just a quick diy update. Truly – those magnets are still making my day, and even the kids can’t walk past the fridge without swiping them… I find them again in the strangest places!

These pins have had a makeover with a few blobs of paint and some nail polish – so easy!

Thanks to Hazel Loves Design for the pin (oh here we go again… sorry!)



It’s magnetising

Well, well… it’s my lucky day today! First I get surprised with the sweetest crafty project by my boys (the big one and the little one), and today is also my best day for new blog and Facebook followers.

So, thank you to all those new followers – it’s lovely to have you join in. Don’t be scared to say hi or tell me what you really think!

Now, this little project… because it was a surprise, I have no progress pictures, but it’s pretty straightforward. All you need are some squashed marbles (vase fillers), scraps of fabric, round magnets a bit smaller than the vase fillers, pva glue and/or a hot glue gun.

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Aren’t they awesome? Yes, the magnets… but most especially the people who made them for me!

Ferns for fresh air

I’m already appreciating the warm fuzzies coming from our underfloor and ceiling space, but (it’s a small one… no capitals!) I’ve noticed the lack of fresh air blowing through the gaps in the floorboards!

In the kids bedroom, now that there are two of them sleeping in there together, it’s just felt like the room needs some help in keeping it fresh. With the sunshine still warming our little part of the planet I’ve been throwing the windows open every chance I get, but the cold is coming… I can feel it in toes that need socks in the morning, and the blankets are making way for duvets.

We all know greenery is key to keeping a home healthy, and after a few minutes of browsing around for some ideas I learned that ferns are very efficient at helping to get rid of the toxins that make their way into our homes.

I hinted at this project last Friday – it’s a quick one which involves the kids and costs no more than the little ferns I bought at Palmers.


I had some cans saved from the previous few days of cooking, and some craft paper sitting around from another project that didn’t eventuate. A bit of double-sided tape made short work of fixing the craft paper around the can.


Thinking ahead to watering, I wondered if washi tape might hold up better than craft paper so I tried that for the next ones. I ripped it off after taping each round, rather than trying to wind it continuously around the can… that can lead to creases.


One of the cans took a short walk with the kids out the front gate to fossick for some loose stones on this little access road to the neighbours houses.


There couldn’t be a more perfect project for little ones to help out with!


With a good layer of stones in the bottom of each can for drainage, they were ready for planting. I bought three different ferns by “Wee Cuties” which were the perfect size for these cans. One is a Hare’s Foot, one a Brazil Tree and the other a Wing fern. I was hoping for a Maidenhair, but these were the only kinds available. Nevermind – I’ll probably kill them and need to replant in a short time anyway!


I didn’t worry about potting mix, but instead used the soil from our vege garden, which is pretty healthy and recently composted and fertilised so should help to give these little ferns a good start.


Just a short fifteen minutes later we walked them into the kids bedroom to sit on top of the manrobe, where they are least likely to get mauled by curious children.

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Now, I must go and water them…

Countdown to Christmas

With my almost 3 year old starting to understand the idea of Christmas now I have been wanting to do an advent calendar so he can join me in the countdown… BUT I didn’t want it to be associated with treats of any edible or dinky toy variety. I thought about tree ornaments but I am lacking the sleep motivation to get something like that organised this year.

An email from Baby Bites had some ideas so I took one of them and made it my own…

I had paper, card stock… all I needed was a few minutes and some white sticky dots. Managed to find both this morning!

If you want to print this off for yourself it’s right here. I just cut out santa’s head minus his beard, and the poem block and stuck them both on some silver card, but you could do it a bit different if that’s your thing… I also thought I’d help out Master W with a “beard guide” so he knows where to put the sticky dots, so I just did a pencil transfer of the shape of the beard straight onto the card (it’s very faint and invisible in the photo sorry).

Just waiting for December 1 now to get started on that length of sticky dots!

Anyone else excited for Christmas?!

Inspire Monday: Rug making

I’ve just pinned a new project: a round rag rug!

Hula Hoop Rug

I have searched high and low for such a thing but gave up and bought a regular rectangular rug for the kids room when I decided it would be far too hard to make myself one.

But this tutorial via Colour Me There makes it seem very possible… that is inspiring!