DIY Ribbon Organisers

Before going to the coast last week I made 2 ribbon organiser boxes. One turned out really well, the other not so much.

Thousands of ribbons!
Thousands of ribbons! (I may be exaggerating slightly)

Here is the latter, made from an old tissue box. The reason I don’t like the end result is because the tissue box was too flimsy to begin with, the walls went a bit soggy when I mod podged the brown paper to them, and I made the hole in the lid (black polypropylene) too large, so you can see too much of the inside of the box. The hole had to be this big to fit the larger ribbon spools in, so it was a bad design to begin with. It looks ok from a distance though.

Before
Before
After
After

The second box worked beautifully, though it wasn’t really much to it, just re-purposing an old iPhone box. I mod podged some white paper over the base to cover the price sticker and some other info, then simply placed the ribbons inside, popped on the lid and turned it on it’s side. The ribbons pull out nicely and look great against the pretty white box =)

Before
Before
Covering the base
Covering the base
Ribbons inside
Ribbons inside
Finished Ribbon Organiser box
Finished Ribbon Organiser box

Let me know what you think!

DIY Doggie Beds – Pooch to go

As promised, here are Girds’ and Harley’s new doggie beds! The reason I decided to make these is because their current beds are lumpy, big oofy pillows, with blankets on top. They take up far too much room in our bedroom, aren’t very portable, and are hard to wash. These beds, however, are the opposite of all those things!

The project comes from the January issue of Martha Stewart magazine (I have a subscription that gets shipped to JA’s dad’s US PO Box here in Canberra). It’s a really simple project, and the dogs love them! All you need to do it get two cheap towels (or use old towels, I bought new ones to match their fur colour so the shedding would be less noticeable), some wadding, sew the towels together with the wadding in between and then put some thread though and knot it so the wadding stays in place when you wash them.

Pooch to go

Towel for doggie bed

Wadding for doggie bed

Sewing doggie bed

Tada!

Girds loves his new bed, DIY project = WIN!

Girds on his bed

More Handmade goodies

Yesterday and today were spent putting my house back together, so I haven’t had a chance to complete the DIY projects I wanted to do today to show here. Hopefully I can finish the doggie beds tonight as well as at least start on my ribbon organiser… We’ll see how I go, I still have to unpack a heap of stuff into the living room (floors TA-DA moment will be revealed soon also). Tomorrow I’m going in to work all day to plan a whole unit with the lovely Miriam, hoping it will be a massively productive day, as I don’t want to have to go in first weekend back!

I did get to make a few buttons last night though, with some pretty papers (perhaps for a little girl to pin on her bag strap or hat), and also some more Japanese rice paper buttons.

Handmade Buttons

Handmade Buttons

I’m running out of holidays! I should be happy that I’ve got so much done, but I still wish I had more time!

Sunday DIY projects

Today was a very productive day for DIY projects! Early this morning I went to Bunnings and got a whole bunch of stuff I needed to do things around the house, including cupboard door knobs, brackets, dowel, a plant, rope, plastic containers, plastic shelving, a nail punch, rubber feet, a memory box frame, 2 outdoor tables, organic pest spray, a lamp shade… that’s all I can remember! So as soon as I got home I got stuck into a few different jobs, the first being to re-vamp a little lamp I have. All it needed was a lick of paint and a new lamp shade. The end product is not actually to my liking, not really my style (a bit pink!) but it’s still pretty and I’ll put it in the spare room for when guests come.

Lamp - before and after
Lamp - before and after

The next job to tackle was the pantry. This wasn’t a DIY job, just a sorting and tidying job. I chucked out a bunch of expired jars and tins (out by years!) and realised our pantry is actually really big! There’s lots of space now. The before and after photos convince me that I need to cover up the orange though, it’s hideous. I bought some plastic containers to group food together so it wouldn’t be spilling all over the shelves like in the before photo, and now JA knows where to chuck stuff when he’s unpacking the groceries. I might even make some little tags, just for fun. Stay tuned for anotehr “after” photo, minus the 70’s orange wallpaper on the shelves.

Sorted Pantry
Sorted Pantry

And finally, the turtle tank cupboard! This in an in-build cupboard where we keep all our dvd’s and turtle tank accessories. There were two in the living room when we moved in, recently I got rid of one, and let me tell you, that thing was a bitch to get out. They are really sturdy and heavy, and bolted together (and to the wall) like you wouldn’t believe. So this one is staying, for at least the next 10 years until major renovations are done. But I didn’t like the colour of the wood, and the little alcove had no front to it (it was made for a record player) so it looked messy when there was stuff in there.

Tank Cupboard - before
Tank Cupboard - before

3 coats of paint later, a front to the drawer and new handles, and ta-da! I like it now =)

Tank Cupboard - after
Tank Cupboard - after

Tomorrow’s jobs:

  • Paint black bookshelf and put in Study (clear of study cupboards)
  • Paint wooden bookshelf
  • Rip up hallway carpets and start counter-sinking nails

Wish me luck!

DIY Work Desk

Over Christmas I decided I needed a work desk in the study to make all my handmade goodies so I could stop using the dining table and having nowhere to eat dinner (if we so chose to use the table instead of the couch in front of the tv). So of I trotted to bunnings, bought some wood and brackets, and knocked up this little beauty:

Before – Study is very messy and unorganised albeit nice and colourful
DIY Study work desk

After – Study actually doesn’t look very much different, though I can assure you this time it is very organised, a place for everything and everything in it’s place
DIY Study work desk

I’ve also been meaning to give this tired old thing a lick of paint:

So I did, an popped some felt in the shelving, and now I have convenient little hidey holes for all my camera bits.

Goose & Gander Fabric Swatch!

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a fabric swatch from Spoonflower (I believe I talked about it in this post about my other handmade items), and it arrived today! The image I sent in was only a quick mockup of the actual design, but I’m pretty impresed by the quality, it’s very close to what I’m after.

I’m still going to get a sample printed from a company in India and compare the quality, as it will be half the price…

Then when I decide which printing house to go with, I’ll be getting about 10 different designs printed up, ready to sell at the markets! Better put this on my to-do list =)

DIY drawer organiser

As promised, photos of DIY projects completed over the weekend!

In a previous post I talked about the cool drawer organiser that I was going to try my hand at. Originally it was going to be an organiser for ribbon spools (as the inspiration was), but I have 3 drawers to work with and I decided the first was going to be a rack / organiser for all my Madly Deeply Jewellery (now re-branded as JUNO, read about it here), which can now also double as a pretty earring stand when I eventually get a stall at the Kingston & Handmade markets.

This is how it turned out:

3 drawer bedside table I picked up from Aussie Junk in Mitchell for $10 (top drawer is the one I used)
3 drawer bedside table I picked up from Aussie Junk in Mitchell for $10 (top drawer is the one I used)
Before shot, kinda ugly
Before shot, kinda ugly
Painted white, papered on the side, hooks made from an old wire coat hanger, handle painted, and everything mod podged!
Painted white, papered on the side, hooks made from an old wire coat hanger, handle painted, and everything mod podged!
Pretty earrings on hooks
Pretty earrings on hooks
My new set up on the shelf in my study, much more organised than before!
My new set up on the shelf in my study, much more organised than before!

You can find the whole set of images from start to finish in my DIY Drawer Organiser Flickr Set.

I also made a bunch of cute button magnets from some bright buttons I found at Lincraft in Civic (I thought there would be more cool buttons there, the range seems a bit limited…?) to sell at the markets also, but I’m going to keep a set for myself because I really like them =)

Button Magnets
Button Magnets
Button Magnets
Cute!

Other than that, the majority of my weekend was taken up coding a static html site for Just Details into a wordpress theme. I’m pretty excited about launching the site now! It’s going to go live before December =D

Goose & Gander Creations

While on holiday at the South Coast this weekend, I was away from the computer long enough to get started on my Goose & Gander project. The first things I am making are mini canvases with the Goose & Gander characters on them. I only took 4 canvases with me, otherwise I probably would have painted more. These are painted with Chromacryl Acrylics.

Henry the Hippopotamus
Henry the Hippopotamus
Lulu the Panda
Lulu the Panda
Squirt the Octopus
Squirt the Octopus
Mini Canvases for Goose & Gander
Mini Canvases for Goose & Gander

The other characters of the group are Charlie the Penguin, Penelope the Cat, Ralph the Crab, Barney the Bear, Oliver the Pig, Daisy the Cow and Oscar the Dog. I will post again once I’ve finished them.

Other handmade goodies that will be in the Goose & Gander range will be buttons, magnets, kids t-shirts and hand printed fabrics. I’m hoping to have a stall at the Kingston Markets to sell these, along with other handmade goods (cards, buttons etc) and earrings from Madly Deeply. My aim is to have a stall within 6 months. We’ll see how I go! More trips to the beach are in order so I can make everything I think =)

What do you think of Henry, Lulu and Squirt?