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DIY Love

We haven’t featured DIY for a while so to tempt those DIY fingers, check out these ideas … DIY Backyard Makeover: Fantastic inexpensive ideas to transform a concrete patio using a fake grass rug and chalk stencils on the wall. Read more about Sarah Khandjian, author of DIY blog Sarah Hearts, and her backyard makeover at Popsugar. Handmade Clay Letters: Transform a party or a wall with your own handmade letters using Sculpey or FIMO clay. The Oh Happy Day blog is so colourful and fun, I defy any DIY sceptic not to fall in love with their ideas! Pressing Flowers with Beci Orpin: If these gorgeous pictures don’t inspire flower and foliage pressing, then nothing will. Find out how to make your own pressed flower art at We Are Scout, which also talks about Beci Orpin’s new craft book, Sunshine Spaces. Homemade Lunch/Snack: After all that making a scrumptious snack is needed! Goats cheese toast with walnuts, honey and thyme satisfy our taste buds and are easy-peasy. Bake multi-grain toasts in the oven for five minutes with goats cheese, walnuts …

DIY for Birdlovers

I’m not sure if it’s our New Zealand heritage and national mascot – a flightless and defenceless forager, but Jane and I both adore birds. We fawn over anything feathered that chirps and warbles in spite of our relatively urban upbringings. Nowadays during lunch breaks, we’re delighted when we’re visited by kookaburras in the garden of our WHT workspace, even though it’s not our friendship they are necessarily after. So when they fly away home, start creating some tweety reminders of the good times.Rock, wire and branches complete the materials for this simple wall sculpture. Find DIY instructions on similar pebble art here. Don’t ditch your holey gumboots, they make a perfect birdhouse for nesting tweeters. Warm, waterproof and hence inviting, my Dad’s size 13’s were always at the back door and were occasionally a shelter for large wetas. Instructions for creating a raft of hidden-holes for your friends can be found here. Materials are a few pairs of old gumboots, a sharp knife, scrap wood, screws and some bolts. Too easy.Vintage dictionary pages make a fantastic …

Ceramics Masterclass | Photo Gallery

I did a ceramics masterclass recently with the wonderful Sydney-based ceramicist Alana Wilson via Megan Morton’s The School and it was so much fun! Alana specialises in pieces that look as if they’ve been unearthed from an archaeological dig, particularly because of her special, often experimental, glaze mixes she has perfected over the years. As she says on her website, her primary source of reference and influence are ancient vessels and archaeological artefacts. While it was this ‘look’ that attracted me to her work and the workshop in the first place, I pretty much love all ceramics and have always wanted to give it a go. Using paper-based clay, a few tools and our hands, we started by making a small Japanese teacup. The technique Alana taught us was coiling, which that has been used for thousands of years in places such as Africa, Greece, China and New Mexico. Basically you build a vessel using rolled strips of clay and moulding and forming it with your fingers, starting from the bottom up. With my next piece, I decided to …

4 Things that Caught my Eye

  Images from top left to right: I know cacti are easy plants to look after as they relish a lack of water, but if you want even more low maintenance plants make your own. These DIY painted rock cacti are so cute and would make a wonderful handcrafted gift. Even better, get the kids to make them! Find out how at Salt and Pepper Moms. This photo doesn’t do justice to Sena Runa’s quilled paper art which she sells on Etsy. Turkish-based Sena folds and curls and quills coloured paper in all manner of things from flora and fauna to dancers and hot air balloons. You can follow her on Instagram. Want a new take on sushi? Japanese purists might be horrified but if you find the sushi rolling fiddly, try making these sushi donuts, adding whatever toppings tickle your fancy. Watch the video on Bloglovin’ The Edit. Although embroidery is not a craft I’m drawn to do, I am attracted to the work done by others. This one would have to take the cake as far as …