Posts Tagged ‘jewellery’

jewellery box

Well, this turns out not to be much of a ‘before & after’ since the before photo file was corrupted (grr!), but you can see a peek in the corner of this pic.

I took my childhood jewellery box (a sixth birthday gift from my late grandparents) and gave it a few coats of paint and varnish to give it a fresh look. The aqua paint ties into my new throw rug and was already on hand, making it a free project (gotta love that).

Sure, it may still have a ballerina inside, but at least it looks a bit more grown up on the outside.

Have you got any decor items from your childhood that you’ve given new life?


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DIY steampunk lipgloss

The Man: What did you do today?

Me: I made lipgloss and put it in a watch.

The Man: …

See, it all makes sense when you see it! Get the how-to over on Polka Dot Bride today.

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Obsess & Inspire - Paper Boat Press

I discovered Brisbane-based Paper Boat Press at Bowerbird Bazaar recently and I’ve since seen their beautiful ceramics popping up all over the place, such as in my fave magazine Real Living and even at Anthropologie with an exclusive collection. There’s a broad range of products including jewellery,  Christmas decorations, reusable tags, poetry books and prints, but all in Kylie’s Johnson’s signature style.


Young Republic

Have you heard of Young Republic? It’s a hot new marketplace for quirky and innovative fashion, jewellery and homewares. There are several sites worldwide and I’m pleased to say that Akimbo has a shopfront on the Australian version. Go on and check it out!

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The biannual Bowerbird Bazaar handmade market was held on Mother’s Day weekend here in Adelaide.

(Yes, I know Mother’s Day was some time ago so apologies for the ridiculous lateness of this recap but I couldn’t fit it in earlier due to Birthday Month, sorry!)

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As usual, it was packed with all the jewellery, prints, ceramics and decor you can handle from some of the country’s most creative indie businesses.

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The letterpress goodness from Bespoke Press was the highlight of the day for me. I love their vintage-inspired designs and their gorgeous stall display.

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I’ve been a big fan of Messagemark‘s organic desgins and retro colour palette for some time so it was great to have the opportunity to meet Kyrie Kohlhagen, the lovely lady behind it.

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Whimsical handpainted porcelain by Linogirl.

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More beautiful ceramics from Maria Chatzinikolaki

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…and Stephanie James-Manttan.

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Perennial favourites Rebound Books.

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I’ve had the pleasure to have met the multi-talented Ali Rodda several times through mutual friends. I knew she was working on a new jewellery line so I was excited to finally see it. The result? Indigo Fawn, a collection of paper-cut style designs laser cut from acrylic.

(The cuties at the top right may or may not have found their way home with me.)

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Printspace always have the coolest designs. I mean, how would you resist Mr Fox there?

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Gorgeous peacock-like leather headbands by South for the Summer.

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I love Tinker‘s unusual colour choices on their funky screenprinted prints, fabric and teatowels.

Did any of you go? What was your favourite stall?

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Hi, my name is Alicia and I’m addicted to dangly earrings.

When I still lived at home, I stuck a couple of cork tiles (leftover from a reno project of my parents – forgive them, it was the 80s) inside my wardrobe doors and arranged my earrings with pins. In our home now, though, we have a built-in wardrobe so there was no door to utilise, which left my lovely sparkly things in a tangled mess in a drawer, prone to being lost, forgotten or damaged. It is, however, very deep which left loads of unused space on the wall inside.

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I screwed eye-hooks straight into the wall by hand (after making a pilot hole with a metal skewer) and strung picture wire between them, wrapping the end back around itself to secure. Let’s just pretend that the critical part is in focus in the next shot, mkay?

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It’s perfect for light jewellery such as earrings and chains, but I still keep bangles and chunky necklaces in my dresser drawer. The project cost only small change… which means more money to spend on jewellery.

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Obsess & Inspire - Laser cut wood

Typography coasters by Evil Mad Scientist | Bookmarks by Elsita | Jewellery tree by Bird of Play | Owl clock by Decoy Lab | Bird mobile by Petit Collage | Light bulb lamp by Suck UK

I’ve been in love with laser cut timber accessories ever since I bought the clock in our dining area. Here are some more fab examples, including one that you can make yourself (the coasters). The technique lends itself to flat, bold shapes, but 3D shapes (such as the lamp) and incredibly intricate detail of the storybook bookmarks can also be achieved.

Timber is a great way to warm up a room, and a laser cut wood item will add the lovely natural texture without looking too rustic.

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You could stand in the tissue aisle of the supermarket for twenty minutes trying to pick the least tacky box (hmm, dolphins or sunflowers?). You could have a nanna-style tissue box cosy (as a little girl I had one such item shaped like a bed, complete with quilting, lacy valance and even a timber bedhead − jealous?).

Or, you could dig up a rarely worn bangle (a heavy one will work best) and plonk it on top of your pile of no-brand tissues and feed through to make a dispenser. Bonus: since it’s out in the open, you’ll never unkowingly use the last tissue.

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