All posts tagged: gardening

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 …

Concrete planters with copper foil by Amelayna Designs

Interview: Maree Petrousis | Amelayna Designs

Melbourne-based Maree Petrousis has achieved what many dream of: turning a hobby into a business. And it all started, as so often happens, after making concrete planters for herself and then for friends and family. What’s more, she’s hit on a trend that doesn’t seem to be waning. Concrete is still a popular choice for kitchen bench tops, table tops and accessories. Here, Maree talks a little about her creative life … Tell us a bit about yourself. When and why did you begin exploring with the concrete? My name is Maree. I’m a wife and mum of two little girls. My background is in retail, makeup artistry and now I’m working full-time in the banking industry. I started experimenting with concrete four years ago, which was a little after I had my first child. It was as a hobby and a means to delve back into my creative side. Since then, I have worked hard to create a brand [Amelayna Designs] that is unique, high in quality and affordable and appealing to people who …

4 DIY Projects to Try

Images from top left to right: Indoor plants have made such a comeback that you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into the 70s. But just how many different planters can one own or buy? Instead, why not make your own with wool, cord and tassels like these cute mini hanging planters by Oh Lovely Bows? The only thing extra you need is a glue gun. Find out how here. Having said to myself, ‘I must cut down on my chocolate consumption’ – so far with limited success – I couldn’t resist the eye candy of chocolate baking. Broma Bakery succeeds in taking mouth-watering photography as much as making mouth-watering food. These Salted Caramel Nutella Chocolate Cups ooze decadence and are in no way about reducing your chocolate intake! Learn how to make them at Broma Bakery. I’d never heard of flower incense bundles before but I’m liking the sound of them. You make charcoal sticks and need an assortment of dried flowers for an aromatic floral smell. Looks intriguing. Anyone game to make them? Find out how …

Kickstarter and Sprout Pencils

Kickstarter would have be one of the greatest online ideas to happen in a while, wouldn’t you agree? Run by 46 people out of a tenement building in New York City’s Lower East Side, Kickstarter was started in 2009 as a funding platform for any sort of creative project and now, according to their website [in 2012], more than $US 450 million has been pledged by more than 3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects! One of their more recent successful enterprises is from the three guys at Democratech who launched their Sprout Pencils on the site towards the end of 2012. Conceived during their studies, the Sprout pencil has a water-activated seed capsule inside its tip and can be planted when you’ve finished using it. The pencil is made from cedar and the seed comes in a variety of different herbs. It is the ultimate in re-use and an ingenious eco-friendly idea. The Boston-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained engineers wanted to create a high quality sustainable product and asked themselves, what if pencils could …