Glittery camellias + crafty endeavours

Glittery camellias + crafty endeavours

The creative bug has hit me hard. I wandered over to Typo the other week and after noticing an extra 30% off sale items, I may have purchased a loom weaving kit and a pink shadow box for a future project. I’ve developed a thing for shadow boxes – I found a black Ribba frame at Ikea not so long ago too.Ribba Ikea frame

I have some grand plans to use the loom to make a super cute wall hanging for my wall. I need to nail down the basics though. Trying to practice off what I can find on Google, but it is proving a bit difficult to find. Besides which I’ve ramped up the soft toy making and even enrolled in a pottery class in a few weeks time. Yeah, I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Work is ramping up for the year on top of it all.

I used the shadow box to put together a makeshift homage-to-Chanel. Call me materialistic but I’m in love with it. I love staring at the pretty camellias, and it brings back memories of crisp, cool days walking through the streets of Paris getting lost with a croissant in one gloved hand. One day. I’ll be back.

Chanel Homage

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Ikea paper shop

Ikea paper shop

I saw a preview of the Ikea paper shop on the Decor8 Blog the other day. Needless to say I’m pretty excited and I  hopehopehope HOPE it comes downunder. Surely it has to. Right? So far it is available in the UK + Sweden.

There are some great colour and patterns in the range. I don’t even know where to start with what I want. I’m a bit reluctant with getting non-original washi tape (I’ve had some bad experience with them not sticking nicely in the past), but I’d definitely check out the rest of their stationery. I’ve been told I have enough, but really, when is enough ever enough.

Here are some bits and pieces that I thought were particularly noteworthy. The paper shop spans notebooks, gift wrapping, note paper, ribbons and more!

Ikea paper shop

Please tell me I’m not the only crazy stationery freak out here?

I heart Ikea

I heart Ikea

Yep. I really do love Ikea.

Not just for their generic yet fun-to-assemble furniture. Or even for their $4.95 non-stick frying pans (SUCH GOOD VALUE). I love Ikea for their 50c soft serve cones.

I can never visit Ikea without buying an ice cream from their ultra fancy machines. I’m most likely just a kid at heart but it is just too much fun to pass up a chance to slot in a token and watch it swirl out a perfectly formed ice cream cone. I always make it a point to visit the machine before entering the store as a reward for meandering through that crazy maze of Swedish furniture. I couldn’t resist making a gif.

What do you like about Ikea?

ikea ice cream

PS I am super behind on my blog reading! I hope to get on top of things this week. Hopefully.

PPS I hope everybody had an amazing long weekend! Xx

Brandi Milne Artwork, finally framed.

Brandi Milne Artwork, finally framed.

I finally got around to framing that Brandi Milne drawing I had laying around. It was too cute not to. I do like her work, there is that ethereal, other-worldly feel to it. This was one of my many purchases from Ikea (during my impromptu visit last weekend). It was a bit of an oddly sized image, so I filled in the gaps with some scrap booking paper I had laying around. Pretty happy with my diy framing job!

Brandi Milne Illustration

An impromptu trip to Ikea

An impromptu trip to Ikea

Sydney is on the verge of receiving a very large Ikea store. As it was a long weekend here, I was debating what to do. With nothing really to purchase, H and I decided to roam around the aisles of the old Ikea before the new one opens with no real goal in mind. This was probably a bad thing in retrospect, but wandering around the store provided much exercise and a lot of good bargains along the way. We bought a griddle pan, a cheap-but-expensive looking photo frame for a print of mine and some jars to store loose leaf tea.

It was much less packed in the parking lot than when I last went a few years ago. I guess the hype has died down somewhat. Although I expect it to pick up again once the new store opens in Tempe (which coincidentally is closer to me). I was highly tempted by the textiles section, but pulled myself away. I just don’t have much time to devote to craft projects these days.

Lovely light fixtures in the lobby. These were quite large. And 200 bucks a piece. Still very elegant and pretty.
A giant pile of cheap, wooden hangers. I don't think I'd be able to fit my clothes into my wardrobe with chunky wooden hangers. But they're supposed to be better for your clothes.
I was amused at how much this thing looked like a regal sceptor. I thought it was pretty and just between us, I spent some time pretending I was royalty. Oops.
So many frying pans. The upside was that one of these frying pans cost only four bucks. If I didn't already have a scanpan, I'd be all over this bizz.
Another giant stuffed vegetable. This time in an upside down carrot form. Why is he upside down?
A cute (and giant) stuffed brocolli. I wonder if this makes kids eat their vege.
Small silver and glass jars that I thought were perfect to store some of my loose leaf tea.
Ended the trip with a 50 cent soft serve cone.