a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:09:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 DIY HANGING COPPER HAT RACK http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-hanging-hat-rack.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-hanging-hat-rack.html#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:09:31 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14165 Ok I have a bit of a confession to make. I collect hats like some women collect shoes. And up until recently I would simple stack them here and there all over the house, where they would inevitably get squashed and collect dust. After wanting to do this project for a little while, I recently created this simple hat rail/rack, a very easy thing to craft which will save my hats from their demise on my bedroom floor! You can add as many hats to this rack as you can fit, layering them as you go using pegs. The best thing is it cal also be used to hang or display your clothes. Winning!

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You need:

  • Copper Pipe
  • Scissors
  • Pegs
  • Rope

DIY Copper and Rope Hat Rail

How to:

1. Cut your rope to size and thread it through the pipe.

DIY Copper Hat Rail

2. Cut a few matching pieces of rope, and then tie it onto the pipe, with matching intervals.

DIY Copper Hat Rail

3. Once you’re done, hang your rack on the wall either from hooks in the ceiling or in the wall. Then use your pegs to attach on your hats.

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Voila! All done. You can also use it to hang a few other items of clothing on.

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TRAVEL: A WEEKEND IN PARIS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/paris-travel-guide.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/paris-travel-guide.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:21:22 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14171 Or to be more precise, a long weekend in Paris. Late last year I was lucky enough to travel to the city of lights to work with Paris Airport – more on that to come! Not being one to waste an opportunity, Ben and I decided to make a long weekend of it, taking time out to visit our favourite Paris places, and discovering some new ones along the way.  And in case you’re pondering your next visit, recent heartbreaking events in this gorgeous city hasn’t dimmed my urge to immerse myself in Paris, rather made me want to go more in order to support the people and place itself.

I visited Paris a handful of times when I was living in London, so on this particular trip we were all immersing ourselves in gorgeous neighbourhoods, trying to eat, drink and shop like locals. You all gave such great recommendations it was hard to decide where to start!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, for this trip we stayed behind the Champs- Elysees, which was centrally located, however to be honest not my favourite area. To be honest, accommodation in Paris is so incredibly expensive and (unless you spend a mountain) not usually all that nice, so if I was you I would either book a nice hotel early (like, a year in advance) so you can get a good rate, or (my choice) go for something like an Airbnb. I prefer the Marais district if you’re trying to decide where to stay!

Guide to Paris

Day 1 – Tuileries & Le Marais

On our first day, we did some series walking! We started our hotel near the Champs-Elysees and walked down through the Tuileries (check out the Lourve if you haven’t already). After wandering the gardens and the start of the Autumn and the turning of the leaves, we wandered over to Claus for our second breakfast. You’re in paris! Live a little! Next we checked out the gorgeous arcade called Galerie Vero Dodat, which is pretty much across the street from Claus. We then started the trek walking over to the Marais area (it turned out to be quite a long walk, but we needed it). We stropped off at Pompidou on the way and checked out a few of the exhibits, although there wasn’t a whole lot on.  We then finally arrived at the Marais! You could get the Metro for this trek but walking was just what we wanted. Traditionally the gothic or Jewish quarter, the Marais area (3rd and 4th arrondissements) has so much character and life in the streets it’s hard not to fall utterly in love as soon as you see it. The old buildings make you really want to have an eat pray love moment and just move there! We pretty much walked ever lovely street, popping into Merci and then went to warm and cosy Glou for lunch. Delicious!  After a very large bottle of wine we wandered over to the Place Des Vosges, taking a moment on the lovely bench seats to digest. I then did a little shopping in the streets around the Place, namely Delphine and a few of the vintage stores around like  Free ‘P’ Star and Coiffeur Vintage. The area also has lots of other gorgeous boutiques and shops and is perfect if you love to pick up some pretty things. We then headed back to the hotel (via taxi, feet were killing!) and got ready for an amazing dinner at La Bossonnerie (highly recommended). What a day!

Day 2 – Flea Markets and Canal Saint-Martin

Being addicts of vintage furniture markets, the Marché aux Puces has always been high up on my list of things to do. So we dedicated a large chunk of day two to this experience – one of the BEST markets I have ever seen or been to. I lived in Paris my whole house would be full to the brim with gorgeous wares. As it was we bought a few small pieces, and got a few bigger ones shipped (we’re still waiting haha!). I’ll definitely do a longer post with tips and tricks for doing thee markets so stay tuned, but needless to say we needed a bottle of wine and steak frites for lunch to get through it all. After that, we jumped on the metro and headed over to the Canal Saint Martin area, wandering the gorgeous canal which you might recognise from Amelie, and ending up at this utterly amazing warehouse bar/cafe called Le Comptoir Général, you MUST go if you are ever there. If you’re hungry when you’re in this area I would also recommend Hotel Du Nord which is on the canal and we ate at last time we were there.

Day 3 – Long Sunday Brunches and the odd Gallery

We started at the markets Marche des Enfants Rouges for breakfast, checking out all the yummy fresh produce first and then eating across the road at lovely Cafe Charlot – a lovely Parisian cafe. We then got the Metro down to the amazing Gallery of Palentologie which is in the Jardin Des Plantes, AMAZING! Honestly, one the best things I have ever seen. We wandered the gardens a little before heading back over the Seine (what a beautiful river!) over the two islands, stopping for a very lunch lunch at Saint Regis. We then headed over to Saint Germain to spend the afternoon in their produce market (although it was pretty much closed up by the time we got there), so we just wandered the streets. Finally, we walked back towards our hotel, and snapped a pretty view of the Eiffel Tower. We topped it all off with dinner at Andy Wahloo, the Moroccan part of the restaurant for a little bit of a change from steak frites.

Guide to Paris

Autumn in the Tuileries

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Cafe Camille in the Marais

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Galerie Vero Dodat

Place Des Tresors

Nothing like a day in the gardens of the Palais Royal

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A little souvenir…

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Walks along the Seine

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Cafe life in Paris

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Brunch at Claus

Place Des Tresors

Let’s imagine, for a minute, that we live here. *sigh*

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Step off the south west corner of the Place Des Vosages and you’ll find this beauty.

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It was a bit too chilly for sitting out, but I remember how nice it was in Summer!

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Casual travel outfits – comfort is key in Paris because you’re going to be doing a lot of walking…

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Always on that metro :)

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Marché aux Puces, my favourite place in Paris. More on this soon!

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The changing of the leaves.

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Book lined walkways at Merci

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Place des Vosges

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Merci!

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The gorgeous passage around Place Des Vosges

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A quiet corner of Le Comptoir Général

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The Gallery of Palaeontology

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Place des Vosges

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guides to Sardinia, Hanoi, New Zealand, and my travel board on Pinterest here!

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DIY LEATHER MAGAZINE HANGER http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-leather-magazine-hanger.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-leather-magazine-hanger.html#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:34:14 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12772 I’m all about displaying magazines and books in a way that utilises their full value, and looked around for a long time for a strap to have them as art, but was sad to see that most wall straps meant you had to roll your precious mag – sooo not going to happen! Recently I used our DIY Leather Kit to come up with this idea about a way to display them so that they keep their shape and last a long time. Read on to see how!

DIY Magazine HangerDIY Magazine Hanger

You need:

Or pick yourself up a leather kit (now in 4 colours) to for the above materials and much more!

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How to:

1. Measure your leather straps out – mine were 1.5 cm (0.4 inches).

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2. Cut them out.

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3. To make one strap you’ll need to pieces of leather.

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4. Press them together at one end and punch a hole in both sides. I do that at the same time so the hole is in the same place.

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5. For the top section, you’re going to add the screw from the underside and then the ring in between the layers, and then sccrew down the top part of the stud.

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6. It should look like this.

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7. Measure the length of the magazine you want to use – I used a Harper’s Bazaar originally to measure and then added a few cm so I knew everything would fit. Punch a hole about 2.5 cm (i inch) up from the end and then cut a nice tail.

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8. Add your button stud to that hole and place your magazine inside by slotting the underneath piece of leather into the magazine/book.

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Then place some hooks on the wall and add your hangers!

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Make sure to check out our DIY Leather Kit if you’re keen to recreate this!

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DIY WRAPPED FLOWERS (PERFECT FOR HANGING) http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-wrapped-flowers-perfect-for-hanging.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-wrapped-flowers-perfect-for-hanging.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:10:53 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13903 Valentines day is just around the corner, and as you might know from a few posts (here and here), it’s my opinion that February 14 is best celebrated with flowers – whether you get them from your one and only or you buy them for yourself (nothing better than a trip to the flowers markets to brighten up your day!). But what does one do with the ever present conundrum of your flowers dying over time? Oh the sadness of having to throw your wilted blooms away!

Bearing that in mind, and also the mountains of bouquets you will no doubt receive from your myriad of lovers this V day, I’ve come up with a little flower DIY which you can do just as your flowers start to wilt, perfect for prolonging their use and creating a lovely decoration. The rope wrapped style I’ve used here is inspired by sage smudge sticks I’ve been seeing around, and can either be hung up or placed on a table. These are also the perfect gift for your Galantine!

DIY Wrapped Flowers

You need:

  • Flowers (types like roses dry really nicely).
  • Herbs like sage, rosemary and anything else you love the smell of.
  • String
  • Scissors

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How to:

1. Place your flowers, leaves and herbs together, layering them together in a long bundle and making sure there are flowers all the way from the top to the bottom.

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2. Starting from the bottom, take your string and wrap it around your bundle.

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3. Criss cross your string around your bundle.

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4. Tie it off around the back when you reach the top.

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Simple, fragrant and beautiful. I love them because they can either be used as a centre piece or hung up as decoration, and are lovely given to someone as a gift.

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WARDROBE REHAB: BEST CLOSET ADDITIONS OF 2014 http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/wardrobe-rehab-best-closet-additions-of-2014.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/wardrobe-rehab-best-closet-additions-of-2014.html#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:06:35 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14091 If wardrobe rehab is about anything it’s about having a smaller, wardrobe filled with better quality pieces that are able to be worn over and over. The beginning of a new year is a great time to review your closet additions from the year before, understand what pieces become instant staples, and what pieces didn’t. Doing this usually helps me refine my closet (and style) decisions in the coming year.

Looking at the pieces in this outfit, shot during a little coffee break at FOLK  in Byron Bay, I realised that over the course of 2014 my style has evolved, with certain closet additions becoming the backbone for most of my outfits, and in that way coming to help shape the outfits/looks I put together. Below is a quick list of my best additions in 2014, they’re killing it in the cost per wear category!

  • The Tan Tote & Flats – If 2014 proved anything it was that, for me, tan is the most versatile colour for accessories (ok, after black that is). In the past I had always shied away from tan but on a whim picked up a tote and a pair of flats, and promptly found that they went with everything!
  • The Man’s Watch – A sleek black leather watch became a permanent companion for my wrist after I got it in February, a step away from the chunky gold ones I had been wearing the year before. Although just a watch, its minimalism came to reflect the direction my wardrobe took as a whole. Or so I like to think!
  • The Panama – Hats in general have come to dominate my closet, they seem to have the ability to perfectly dress up and outfit.
  • A Crisp White Shirt – I have to admit to being a white shirt hoarder, I bought a few this year and wore them all the time – a staple you’ll never get sick of. Until you run out of bleach!
  • Lace – For times when I wanted to up the ante a little or add some detail, I found myself usually reaching for the lace items in my wardrobe, a white lace playsuit, a lace skirt, or a pair of lace shorts like these ones below.

What were your best additions in 2014?

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Wearing: Spell Designs Lace Shorts, Witchery Top, J Crew Sandals, J Crew Bag, Daniel Wellington Watch

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Photos of me by Mel Carrero, beach photos by me.

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OUR MACRAME PLANT HANGERS AT LIMEWOOD http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/limewood-hong-kong-plant-hangers.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/limewood-hong-kong-plant-hangers.html#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:39:19 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13913 As many of you probably know already, I’m lucky enough share our new studio with my boyfriend who runs Charlie & Rose, an interiors company that focuses on restaurants and other hospitality projects. The best part about working in such close quarters (apart from his knack at fixing our technical problems and making tea) is that sometimes we get to contribute to one or other of his designs (you may remember these mason jar lights?). Not so much in a structural sense, but in an icing on the cake sense. Recently, we had a great time creating a dozen macrame plant hangers for a new restaurant in Hong Kong called Limewood – the planters are quite difficult to make and therefore not easy to put in a tutorial, but we’re excited to be offering them as a workshop, so will keep you posted on dates! As you’ll see in the pics it’s such a cool space, and trust me, the menu is just as yummy as the mint walls!

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Ps. Check out the recipe for one of Limewood’s signature cocktails here.

Congratulations Maximal Concepts and Charlie & Rose on such an fun and unique space!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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DIY TRAVEL JOURNAL http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-travel-journal.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-travel-journal.html#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:11:38 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=13906 Travel can be exciting, overwhelming, confusing and enlightening – and teaches you things you never knew about yourself. With 2015 a self declared year of travelling to places I’ve never been before, chances are there’ll be lots of sharing of travel ideas and stories here on the blog. At least I’m hoping so! But with so many emotions travelling through us when we, ahem, travel, it’s not surprising that we sometimes have trouble recalling that coffee shop we stumbled upon, or that perfect vintage store. It’s for that reason that I’m a huge fan of recording the things I do and see when I travel, which is where travel journals play the perfect role. And while it’s more ‘essential places to see when I come back’ as opposed to ‘dear diary, today I ate a hotdog’, writing what you did when to took a trip is a great way to pay homage to (and remember) adventure and places. For my trip down under, a little while back I decorated a simple travel journal to inspire some wanderings of the mind.

How I use my Travel Journals:

  • I separate my trip into days (Day 1, Day 2 etc) and give them a page. On those pages I mark down what I did, making sure to include details about restuarants, hotels, transport, and also all the favourite places I visited like neighbourhoods, streets and parks.
  • I include tickets, maps and other flat items that will remind me of my trip, and also jog my memory for when I come back!
  • I include things I didn’t enjoy that much or would do differently (cos that’s travel, isn’t it?).
  • I also use the journal as a place to store creative ideas I have while I’m away. you know what they say don’t you? You have your best ideas when you’re not thinking about it.
  • At the end of the trip I do a little review and make a note if I think I missed anything, because it’s not always possible to do everything is it?

How fun will it be when I have a whole bookcase full of these babies?

DIY Travel Journal

You need:

  • Plain Journal
  • Map
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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How to:

1. Place your journal on the centre of your map and indicate the size of the journal and then add 1″ (2.5cm) to the length on both the top and bottom.

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2. Cut your your piece of map paper.

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3. Add glue to the back of your paper.

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4. Wrap the paper around the edge of the journal.

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5. Use a ruler to smooth down any bumps.

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6.  Cut two slits along the spine of your journal, cut away the tab between the two slits and then fold and glue the two remaining edges inside the book covers.

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7. Allow to dry.

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8. Cut 4 rectangles out of your remaining map paper. Fold two corners down to create a triangle. Stick these triangles onto the cover of your journal to create photo corners. Voila!

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Happy travels!

Ps if you love travel crafts make sure you check out my embroidered map and leather luggage tags!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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DIY LACE SKIRT http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-lace-skirt-2.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-lace-skirt-2.html#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:06:02 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14070 My travelling craft kit is pretty compact – generally just a few different colours of thread, some needles and, if I’m planning a project, my fabric or supply of choice. This holidays it was a lovely few metres of delicate lace I picked up while sourcing for one of our fabric customers. Without the necessary sewing machine required for a more serious project, I set about creating something super easy using just hand sewing, essentially creating a lace overlay for an existing skirt I found at the markets. This process is somewhat similar to what I used to make this mesh skirt, and is really very easy. It’s perfect for the sewing novice or someone without a machine.

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You need:

  • A black skirt
  • 2m of eyelet lace (if you’re on the lookout for some fabric like this the girls in the studio can definitely help you out, check out our sourcing page here).
  • Scissors
  • A needle and black thread
  • Pins

DIY Lace Skirt

How to:

1. Lay your fabric on a flat surface and overlay the skirt over the top.

DIY Lace Skirt

2. Cut the fabric along the top of the skirt, making sure to leave 2.5cm (1 inch) so you can sew it over the edge.

DIY Lace Skirt

3. To cut the right length, you want double the width of your existing skirt.

DIY Lace Skirt

4. Now you’re going to sew the long edges of the lace together so that you have a tube of fabric that fits over the top of your skirt.

DIY Lace Skirt

5. Make sure you sew the seam so that you can turn the fabric the right way out to hide the join.

DIY Lace Skirt

6. Carefully pin your lace tube to your skirt along the top of the waistband. Mine was a gathered waistband so I had to stretch out the gathering to give the right lay of the lace fabric.

DIY Lace Skirt

7. Finally, sew the lace casing onto the waistband of your skirt, making sure to fold it over at the top so it has a nice clean finish. To make sure the stitches aren’t too obvious, sew short, invisible ones on the right side, and longer ones at the back of the fabric. If your skirt has a zip you will need to sew it carefully around the zip so the skirt can be opened and closed.

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Voila!

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DIY PRINTABLE TO DO LIST http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-printable-to-do-list.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-printable-to-do-list.html#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:53:29 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14061 The beginning of the year is always an exciting time, it feels like a fresh new start where you can put on paper all your wildest dreams for the year. Like most years I’m spending a bit of time with my family just north of Byron Bay and although the working year has already started (emails are piling up!) I love taking a little bit of time to work out the year’s strategy – things relating to the site like new directions, potential DIY projects, collaboration ideas, as well as life things like travel destinations, organisation things and health and fitness goals. My mum has always loved a good mind map and it turns out I do too!

Now let’s be honest, this brainstorming phase is probably the easiest part of the process – as many of you probably know it’s easy to list something you want to do but it’s the follow through that can be illusive. I mean come on, who hasn’t created a huge scary goal that has remained un-tackled as life gets in the way and the year ticks on? For me, the trick is to work out a way to turn those big goals into little, achievable chunks that you can tackle one at a time, and then spread those out amongst the months/weeks of the year.

With that in mind, Belinda Love Lee and I got together to create this printable to do list. Just as a new notebook can inspire a sense of inspiration and fresh start (in me at least),  this gorgeous to do list is designed to help you recreate that new leaf feeling every week, as both a place to list small tasks and a place to put those important, goal getting milestones.

Download the colour version here.

Download the black and white version here.

Printable to do list DIY PRINTABLE TO DO LIST

Big thanks to Belinda for helping me to create this!

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DIY WANDERLUST INSPIRED LEATHER LUGGAGE TAGS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-wanderlust-inspired-leather-luggage-tags.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/01/diy-wanderlust-inspired-leather-luggage-tags.html#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:16:26 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12982 Sitting down to write my goals for this year, one area that I dedicated a little bit of time to was planning 2015’s potential (hoping, finger’s crossed!) destinations. Although the list is pretty flexible depending on what this year brings, one thing I really want to do is a little road trip around the US – it’s something that’s fascinated me for years and year, and I’m putting it at the top of my priority list! In the event that you’re sitting at your desk dreaming of your next trip, I thought I would share a little DIY we created in the studio using the gorgeous leather stamps – these wanderlust inspired luggage tags. Enjoy!

DIY Leather Luggage Tags

You need: 

  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Leather Stamp Set (buy yours here in the store!)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Multi Hole Punch
  • Mallet
  • Tape
  • 2 x chopping boards (or books)

How to make leather luggage tags

How to:

1. Make a paper template by cutting a 10cm x 4cm rectangle then cut the corners off on one side. Take your template and trace around in on the back of some leather.

How to make leather luggage tags

2. Cut the shape out.

How to make leather luggage tags

3. Along the centre of the tag, make a mark 1cm from the edge.

How to make leather luggage tags

4.  Punch a hole over the point you have marked.

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5. Tape the leather to a table or floor.

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6. Take your chopping board (or book) and line it up to under where you want your first line of letter to be.

How to make leather luggage tags

7. Tape down the board to stop it from moving.

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8. Take a leather letter stamps and line it up above the  first board, then place the second board on the other side of the stamp so that the stamp is sandwiched between. Tape down the second board. This will give you a guideline and keep your letters straight.

How to make leather luggage tags

9.  On a scrap piece of leather, experiment with how many times you need to hit the stamps to make a good impression, this will vary on the type of leather you have.  Once you are ready, decide on what you want your tags to say and stamp away!

How to make leather luggage tags

10. Cut a piece of  string, fold the piece of string in half and thread it through the hole. Tie a knot at the end and tada, your done!

How to make leather luggage tagsHow to make leather luggage tags

Here’s to a year of travel and adventure!

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Ps check out my favourite books to inspire your travel, and a few of 2014’s destinations – Kyoto, Sardinia and New Zealand.

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