Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - BY

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia day everyone! Have a picnic, bake some lamingtons, spend time with family and friends, make new friends! enjoy the outdoors, dip your feet in the water, relax…. What ever you do, make sure you have a good one!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - BY

Tabitha Shanfran, freelance artist featured in Yen Magazine

Tabitha Shanfran has created some beautiful illustrations for this months issue of Yen Magazine! Tabitha, a freelance artist has created some artwork for our Summer and Hi Summer 12 ranges – coming soon! Check out pictures of her work in this months yen magazine, and be sure to check out more of her work HERE! 





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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - BY

Ladyhawkes new album artwork by Sarah Larnach

Our advocate Sarah Larnach has worked on the artwork for Ladyhawke’s new single ‘ Black White and Blue’ and album ‘Anxiety’.  We love Sarah Larnach’s work and her ability to transcend beyond expectations, she always surprises us with her edgy dimensions! We love the artwork for this single cover and album cover Sarah!

Ladyhawke’s singe cover for ‘Black White and Blue’

 

Ladyhawke’s album cover ‘ Anxiety’

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - BY

Attention Instagramers!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - BY

Make your own tea bags!

I was reading one of my favourite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, when i came across this awesome D.I.Y tutorial on making your own tea bags with loose leaf tea!

I think it is such a lovely idea, I think i might give it a go this weekend! I think they will make great gifts!


What you will need: Coffee filters, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Loose tea leaves, Stapler, Embroidery thread, Paper for tags.


Cut two coffee filters into a rectangle.


Stitch the filters together on three sides, leaving one of the smaller sides open


Fill the teabag with your loose tea leaves – about 1 -2 teaspoons depending on the size of the tea bag and how strong you like your tea!


Stitch the top of the tea bag closed – all four sides of the tea bag should be stitched now!

Fold down the corners, placing a 8 cm piece embroidery thread under on of the flaps

Fold the tip of the tea bag down and use a stapler, or stitch it down to hold it shut.

Cut paper tags into a cute shape and glue, stitch,  or staple to the ends of your embroidery thread.

There we go! Now to make your tea, steep in hot water for 3-5 minutes.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - BY

Bec Winnel’s instagram pics!

I love following our Advocate Bec Winnel on instagram because she posts the cutest pics! Here are a few of our favourite!

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Monday, January 16, 2012 - BY

Yen Art Award Finalist

We are really excited that our wonderful Advocate, Kareena Zerefos has just been announced as a finalist in the Yen Young Australian Art Award with her piece ‘ The Siren Girl’. Congratulations Kareena, we love your work!


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Friday, January 13, 2012 - BY

Have a lovely weekend!

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - BY

Weekend D.I.Y Projects!

Happy Friday! It is time to start planning fun activities for the weekend! If you are looking for D.I.Y projects, here are a couple simple projects which you could try!

We love these Nepali ceiling hangings by Oh Happy Day!   We love how they remind us of bright and happy kites!


Firstly you will need to gather the following materials:

Tissue paper scissors, glue gun or double-sided tape, ruler, string, cardboard, stanley knife

Step 1. Cut cardboard in equilateral triangles (same length on each side). The ones shown here are 16cm on each side.

Step 2: Glue the triangle to the tissue paper leaving about 3 1/2″ of extra tissue for the fringe.

Step 3: Do the same to the other side of the cardboard.

Step 4: Cut around the triangle leaving 3 1/2″ all the way around. For the corners cut a wedge so that the paper will fall down flat on each side.

Step 5: Create a crease in the tissue so the fringe lays flat.

Step 6: With the stanley knife, cut a whole in the triangle in one corner.

Step 7: From the corner draw an imaginary line to the center of the opposite side and create another hole.

Step 8: Cut two strings of equal length. Give yourself enough room depending on where you want to place it.

Step 9: Create a knot large enough so the end won’t slip through the holes then slide them through.

Step 10: Now, measure the length of the string according to where you want to place the next triangle. I measured the spacing at 15cm, slightly smaller than the size of the triangle. Double knot it.

Step 11: Slide the next triangle onto the string but make sure you alternate stringing from the corner and flat edge of the cut holes.

Step 12: String all the triangles on until you’ve reached your desired height.

And there you have it! A beautiful decoration to hang inside your home, or use for a special event!

Or why not try this beautiful idea of dip dying biodegradable paper cups like this project we found on the Design Spounge blog?

Materials you need:
Coloured dye in your favourite colours, biodegradable paper cups in different shapes and sizes ( you can buy these from your local health food shop)

Step 1. Set up a dipping station with your different coloured dyes, line up the bowls of dye and start playing!

Here are a couple dipping technique tips: the dry creep and the wet grade. For the dry creep, dip a cup deep into the bowl of dye and let it sit a few minutes. Wait until it has achieved it’s nice first colour,then take it out and let most of the excess liquid drip off. Then set it on a tarp on the opposite side as you dipped it (if you dipped the bottom of the cup into the bowl, flip it so the opening is face down of the table or vice versa). Let it dry completely. You should get an uneven line that is slightly darker on the edge and that looks like a little landscape. Then re-dip the cup into another color, not as deep into the bowl as the first. Repeat the drying process until you have the layers you like. For the wet grade, the process is similar, just don’t let the layers dry between dipping. The wetter the cup is when you re-dip, the more fluid the color gradation will be. Once the cups are dry, they need to be sealed so the dye doesn’t run. Coat the inside and outside of our cups with a clear hairspray.

Once dry you are ready to start filling your beautiful cups with flowers!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - BY

Summer holiday pictures of Liss from Daydream Lily blog

Our favourite blogger, Liss from Daydream Lily posted some fun Summer holiday pics on her blog! The lucky lady is taking a 6 week break to travel around, visit family and explore treasures from op shops! Jealous!

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