Matt Stewart Inspired: Creative Play

Watching young children draw or engage in craft activities is such a wonderful thing to observe. They don’t worry about mistakes, they are not afraid to explore, to try something different and take risks. They have fun with it and then they treasure it momentarily before moving on to the next thing. They certainly don’t get hung up on it. My brand new watercolours and paper in hand this was my mission -don’t get hung up, just have a go. I was adamant that I would not be allowing myself to think ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it doesn’t look right etc.’ and that I would just enjoy experimenting. Releasing expectations and mindset are both powerful things.

My experimenting wasn’t completely random but rather inspired by my fascination with beautiful Indian feather headrests that lately have been emerging in fashion photography and many art collections. One piece in particular that I fell in love with was this silhoueete below of a boy in a feather headrest by Australian artist  Matt Stewart. It’s beautiful. You can read a short interview on the gorgeous website and blog Bec Marks the Spot. We don’t all have a spare few (& a few more) thousands of dollars to splurge on such pieces of art however (or perhaps it’s just that a holiday pips it at the post) but it provided wonderful inspiration for me to play with.

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Made. By Typo

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I can not walk past Typo without taking a peek. I just love the novelty items, stationery and their DIY crafty delights. I also can’t enter a store without thinking that I wish it was my job to style the store and come up with the quirky, exciting and fun visual merchandising displays.

But it gets better, I recently discovered that Typo now have a concept store called MADE by Typo in Market Square, Geelong! A gorgeous space completely decked out for creative individuals! It opened in September, it looks amazing and apparently DIY workshops will be launched soon! I need to organise a visit pronto! Check it out.

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During my latest trip into Typo I made a few purchases – I could have walked out with boxes full, but I settled on the delightful golden apple pen holder and stag head (but in white), shown below amongst some of my other favourites.

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Whilst I didn’t actually purchase the Hexagon box shelf, I love it and was quite excited to see this in Typo, so on trend, and at the incredibly reasonable price of $29.95 for the large and $24.95 for the medium. Check them out here –  (they also sell printed hexagonal paper in a variety of patterns that can be placed in the back). I think I like this idea of shelving because of my love for geometric patterns – anything that tessellates – but also because it provides a point of difference. If you are feeling super patience and are good with measuring angles and a saw you may like to check out this tutorial for Honeycomb Shelves over at the gorgeous blog – A Beautiful Mess.

I shall leave you with some hexagon (more frequently called honeycomb shelving) inspiration for you;

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Cafe Love & Creative Flooring

Hi all in the blogging world. It may only be a matter of weeks but it feels like forever since I have posted. I have been away on holiday and then incredibly busy at work on return – but my mind has been mentally writing posts as I seem to be constantly inspired by surroundings and the beautiful people in my life.  A problem I have is that I like to do so many things, and have so many different interests, but feel there is so little time.  I am making it a priority to take time out to switch off though and lately I have enjoyed relaxing in beautiful cafes with a coffee and magazine the perfect solution.

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Upcycle: Bathroom Vanity

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I’m quite excited to share with you the journey of this upcycling venture. This delightful vanity transformation was a project taken on and completed by my Mum. It was her first DIY upcycle piece ever and a rather big one to take on! I think she has done an incredible job and thought I would share the process, over which we had many discussions and debates!

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New Page: i love [links i heart]

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I have started to collect a list of links I love & now I have a little space to share them on my ‘i love’ page!

Here you will find some of my very favourite little places to hang out with a cup of tea on the web. Of course this list will be constantly growing, I love that the blogging world constantly delivers new delights. So check them out, I hope you discover a new little gem to enjoy & I also look forward to hearing about any blogs you think I should be reading!

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Little Ideas: Revive Snail Mail

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Snail Mail; Letters, cards, notes and brown paper packages tied up with string…undoubtedly some of my favourite things!

I have always loved the excitement of finding something unexpected in the post box. I have a very special friend over in the UK who, on numerous occasions, surprises me with the most delightful and thoughtful packages – each time they completely make my day! I will also never forgot the time a friend made me a birthday card on which she had created the most incredibly detailed multicoloured collage from various types of paper and then spelt out my name in tiny sequins. It looked amazing and I will never forget how it made me feel. I still have it to this day. Continue reading

Repurpose; Old door, New life!

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Thanks to up-cycling and repurposing trending right now a quick Pinterest search will unearth hundreds of ways to repurpose old doors. I love exploring people’s creative thinking, there are some clever people out there and a few of my favourite repurposed projects are shown above. Fortunately old doors are generally in abundance at recycle or recovery yards and you can usually pick them up quite cheaply.

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