25th February 2014
Ever since I was little my mum, brother and I have played a game where on a morning walk we would sneak up and throw a ball of tiny Lantana flowers (it’s a pest that’s pretty much killing all the native plants in Australia so we didn’t feel that bad) over each others heads in a rain of floral confetti. It’s kind of fun to start with, but then you spend 15 minutes removing the flowers from your hair and you’re pretty much like ‘arrrrgh’. In all likelihood flower balling was dreamt up by my mother during a weekend bush walk with two screaming children in toe, but for some reason it’s stuck. I’m flower balling’s biggest fan! With Easter just around the corner, recently resident flower guru Gemma and I took an afternoon out to create a wholly different kind of flower ball. This type of decoration has been used for time eternal at weddings, but what Gemma showed me is that you don’t have to wack them on a stick as a banquet table centrepiece (if you don’t want to that is), in fact there’s hundreds of ways to make them so they integrate into a cute, modern home (sans monogrammed place settings).
- a few bunches of flowers (you’ll need more than you think)
- a round oasis
- floral sheers
- ribbon or twine
- a pin
1. Cut all your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inch) of stalk. Remove any flowers than are looking at bit wilted or sad. We found that if you cut the stalks with a little point it’s a bit easier to get them into the ball.
2. Start working them into the oasis, pushing then down to the beginning of the flower and clustering them together so there’s no gaps. Make sure they’re all at the same height so your ball is nice and round.
3. Work the flowers all the way around. You can add some different coloured ones in if you like, we added a few white ones in so there was a bit of variation (oh and also we ran out of purple ones… doh!).
4. Pin your ribbon or twine into the flower bomb, we ended up needing a few pins for this one because the ball had become quite heavy. If your ball is too heavy to pin the ribbon on, you can loop thread it through close to the base of the oasis and tie it on.
5. Once you have done that, run the ball under the tap to fill the oasis with water. You will need to do this for a few minutes so it fills up with water. This is something you can do before you add the flowers, but Gemma and I found it easier to do it after.
A little but too pretty use for a game of netball, right?
12th February 2014
The best thing about the cards that Jasmine and I put together for your Valentine’s Day is that you can decorate them any way you choose, it’s an easy DIY-way to celebrate. I came up with lots of different ideas for how to decorate them, and wanted to share this one with you particularly. Because a) there’s painting involved b) I haven’t painted since I was 11 and c) it could have been a disaster but *cue dancing* it wasn’t. But don’t put that down to the genius of my brushmanship, it’s more to do with the fact that just about any 4 year old could do what I did successfully.
- water colour paints
- cardboard that can go through your printer
- A ruler
- a pencil
1. Get your paint set up ready and pick the colour you want to use.
2. Work out where you think the printer will print the typography, I printed one first and then placed it underneath the card to roughly work out where to paint.
5. Paint the rectangle on the cardboard, blending the watercolour using a tissue or a sponge. Let it dry for a few hours and then print the typography on it. Cut out the cardboard to envelope size.
6. Fold in half.
7. Optional: add some dried roses… Why is it that the Valentines things I like are much more appropriate for giving to other ladies than to my own boyfriend?
Remember to download the cards Jasmine and I made here!
Card 1: I love you more than…
Card 3: Love you to the moon and back
11th February 2014
I’ve been a big fan of Ouchflower for some time now, ever since I discovered Pippa’s tasseled pieces on pinterest and tracked down her website. I was immediately taken with the bright colours and intricate knots, her dipped rope tassels and spiralled macrame had me immediately dreaming of beach shacks and long laid back days.
For me, designs like these are so much more than simply craft, they’re pieces of artwork. Every DIYers dream – to have craft that belongs in a gallery! A little while ago Pippa offered to show me how she creates her beautiful macrame dreamers, and you know I jumped at the chance to see her at work.
- 40mm ring
- 175 mm ring
1. Using a 40mm ring, I larks head knot the twine onto the ring and then create the spiral knot work using a half knot twist.
2. I spiral out all the way until I am ready to add the next 175mm ring.
3. More twine is then larks headed all the way around the on the the 175 mm ring (making look like a very attractive sea creature), at this point there is a lot of twine to wrangle!
4. The final ring 420mm is attached and now some serious macramé knots can happen.
See, I told you she was a bonafide artist. After seeing these beautiful designs I feel like I need to go to knotting school! Put that on my craft bucket list.
Make sure you check back in with Pippa’s store for her new products.