One of the most unexpected and lovely bits about becoming part of the blogging world has been stumbling across the many craft blogs out there. My mind is constantly blown by the clever things that people can make, how gorgeous and how thrifty. And generally, along with the craftiness is a green bent that sees them upcycling in the most fantastic ways.

And the great thing about craft blogs is that they're all about sharing the knowledge. And lots of this stuff is truly DIY – anyone can do it.

So a site like Pinterest has seen inspiration for DIY exploding – and all in one handy little space.

Below are a few projects I am hoping to begin (or finish, as the case may be) over the coming holidays. There is nothing quite like completing a crafty project.

 

 

 

So if you  caught my post about a nursery for the Little Lady, you would have noticed an unintentional theme running throughout: chandeliers.

I am ultra-aware that most of the nurseries I featured are interior designed with no expense spared. And that chandeliers are expensive. And that we live in a rental. And I don't know how complicated it would be to fit a chandelier to an existing light socket. Or whatever.

So? I'm gonna make one! The above is gorgeous, don't you think?

 

 

Would you believe I had actually finished making this but then there was a slight issue with glue and slipping clips when someone (okay, me) failed to leave the piece of timber on a flat surface to dry. So it's almost done except for the parts I have to do again. Sigh.

 

Source: hgtv.com via Angie on Pinterest

 

Okay, this is ace! I have the tin cans ready to go and a shitload of kids art bits and pieces currently living in various places so completing this one is going to be particularly satisfying.

 

Source: tipjunkie.com via Angie on Pinterest

 

I have all the necessary stuff for this one – just need the time. Bring on the holidays.  I mean, how cute is this idea? Such a cute idea.

 

Source: gltc.co.uk via Angie on Pinterest

 

I've been wanting some kind of floor furnishings for the kids playroom and maybe also for watching the teev. I was thinking maybe big throw cushions but how good is this idea? Seems simple enough. Except I don't have a sewing machine. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that's easy to use?

 

Source: etsy.com via Angie on Pinterest

 

Almost finished these, too. I even bought a hot glue gun for the occasion! That was a euphoric moment, let me tell you. I derive ridiculous amounts of joy out of these crafty undertakings. And I'm using up all the yarn I bought when knitting was huge about five or so years back. Remember that?

 

 

Cutest pinboard ever! I'm thinking of using it as an inspiration board in my writing space. Love.

 

 

Coolest thing happened when we moved into this new place. In the garage, in a pile of stuff to be junked were some old wire baskets like those above. I took it as a sign and now they're just waiting to be spray-painted white and hung in the Little Lady's room. Squee!

 

And while I'm hard at crafty work, would it be too much to ask Bren to knock me up a little something like this?

  

 

Seriously, this shit thrills me down to my little webbed toes (yes, webbed). There is something quite relaxing and meditative about becoming absorbed in a project like this. Of course, I am putting off doing it all until the holidays so that I might attempt it without the distraction of two small boys who think hot glue guns and balls of yarn that unwind for miles are an AWESOME good time. Yes, when they go to the park with Daddy, Mumma will be making chandeliers. Or napping. Probably napping… Shit!

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I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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7 Comments

  1. Sam

    I love all those ideas …. here’s one for when the cot is no longer needed : get a piece of timber to fit the base and paint with chalkboard paint, remove one side and then you have a desk/craft table etc for the kidlets. Screw in hooks or even use the tin can idea above for storage.
    Can’t wait to see pics of your finished projects.

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  2. MJ

    Webbed toes?

    Love those twine-wrapped letters… may have to ‘borrow’ that idea too. An ace thing about being in the US now is how cheap the craft shops are! Although, I bought myself a too-cheap glue gun from Target, and learned my lesson – glue that dries before you even get to stick the items together. Annoying, and useless.

    Have fun with all this DIY – little princess’s abode is going to look wonderful. We’ll need pics, you realise?

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  3. Galit Breen

    Oh my, I LOVE al of your ideas!

    Will you make me a chandelier, too? *Swoon!*

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  4. Claireyhewitt

    I so want to be crafty, but accepting that I am not, means just buying other peoples stuff. Love all this images!

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  5. Kea

    i’ve been avoiding pinterest because i think if i join i may never get offline again… lol. but these pics are gorgeous… i feel a glimmer of inspiration stirring. oh dear…
    A girlfriend of mine did a painting once of coloured pencils split in half and glued on to a canvas, was VERY cool, colourful and fun, and easy too… something the kidlets could help with? 🙂

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  6. Kea

    OMG i say kidlets all the time… just noticed another comment with it also. too funny!!

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