20th August 2014
Recently I’ve felt an urge to deck myself out in a few gold bows, maybe it’s a nod to the final golden hours of summer, or the fact that I’m off to Japan this weekend where bows are practically a uniform, but I can’t get enough of them. Recently I created this leather bow bracelet and couldn’t wait to share! Read on to see how.
When I made this I experimented with different techniques, the first time sewing and the second time gluing like you see below. I found that the finished product was much better with the glued version, but of course if you have a few leather skills you should definitely stitch this using a dart awl to puncture the leather.
Or grab yourself this fun bow kit here, with lots of different bow jewellery to make.
1. Cut two pieces of leather around 1.5 cm (half inch) thick. The largest piece should fit around your wrist with some overlap, and the smaller one should be roughly half the size of the other piece.
2. Make holes for the stud beads (which will secure the leather on) at both ends.
2. Add the stud bead to one end.
3. Now, add glue to the ends of the shorter piece of leather on the right side of both ends.
4. Press the ends together onto the middle of the base piece of leather.
5. Add some glue to the middle of the loop of leather and then add the bow on top.
6. Put a piece of twine or string underneath the bows.
7. Carefully pull tight so the leather loop creates a bow and the metal bow is sitting in place. Let dry overnight and when dry remove the piece of twine.
Love DIYing with leather? Grab yourself a leather kit to experiment with here.
19th August 2014
Moving into the new studio meant getting organised… Or did it? Interestingly in the hustle and bustle of moving into the new space I realised that I managed to transplant much of the chaos of my home office into the gorgeous new space – NOT ideal. And so in the last few weeks, finally back from travelling and other adventures, I decided it was time to master my workspace, reduce the chaos and build something inspiring that would get my ideas flowing, essential particularly at the end of the financial year. First it was all about equipping myself with the basics – the perfect notebook, the right filing system and the holy grail of ‘things organised neatly’ – a label maker. Next on my list is a new office chair, because to be honest my posture has been suffering a bit what with all that sitting hunched at a desk writing emails.
Another thing my corner was missing was somewhere I could map out ideas, create to do lists and visualise my strategy for the rest of the year (can you tell I’m getting all ‘business-y?). So when Officeworks asked me to create something inspiring for my new space, my mind immediately turned to this challenge, and the idea of this rolling note board was formed. I saw a hanging roll of paper in a cafe in New Zealand and knew it would work perfectly in an office space. Read on for the how to.
- Note paper roll – either white or brown paper would look really cool
- Rope or cotton twine
- 2 pieces of copper pipe slightly longer than your paper roll
- A piece of plywood or board around 2m x 1m (mine was an old table top)
1. Cut two separate pieces of rope 2 x the length of the copper pipe.
2. Insert one of the pieces of copper pipe into the paper roll.
3. Thread one of the pieces of rope through the copper pipe in the paper roll.
4. Thread the other piece of rope through the second piece of pipe.
5. Attach the note roll to the top of the plywood by tying and nailing the rope to the back.
6. Do the same for the second piece of pipe and rope around 1.5 m below the paper tool to hold down the paper and stop it from unspooling.
The copper pipe is the perfect method for holding down the paper and tearing it when you’re done. If this doesn’t help me get organised nothing will. For more ideas on how to master your workspace, check out the hashtag #mastermyworkspace!
Once I finished my note roll board, I decided to put my label maker to good use, spending a good few hours sorting my craft supplies. Feel so good for everything to have a place – let’s just hope it lasts!
This post was created in collaboration with Officeworks, all opinions are my own.
15th August 2014
I’ve been wanting to make a round hanging shelf for the last few months, I love the way they’re almost like art when you fill it with pretty possessions. However, I’ve struggled to find a way to create a perfect circular frame for it. Walking down the street in Hong Kong recently I stumbled upon the answer, a large dim sum steamer. Who would have thought that they could produce something more than a delicious lunch? Read on to see how. Spoiler: it’s shockingly easy.
- A dim sum steamer basket (mine was 38 cm / 15 inches across)
- A piece of plywood a fraction longer than the widest part of the inside of the steamer, with a depth that matches.
- Scissors/stanley knife
1. Start by removing the base of the basket by cutting away all the woven parts connecting to the frame.
2. Once you remove the weaving it should be a simple task of pulling out the bamboo base. If yours is glued in You may have to pry it out.
3. Your frame should look like this.
4. Wedge your plywood into the steamer. Mine had some wrapped bamboo which provided a natural ledge for the shelf, but if your doesn’t I would also add some glue to keep the shelf in place.
5. Cut the rope to the size you want in terms of how much you want the basket to hang down.
6. The steamer basked will have holes in the side through which the weaving you cut out went, so I simply wrapped the wire through that to secure the rope.
Voila. This has taken pride of place above my desk!