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2 Mother's Day DIY | Printed Photo Mug (3 Ways)

A few weeks ago I came across this sweet photo of my Mom (she's the one in the centre holding the baby) and her sisters and cousins on the family farm and thought I should make something for her using it for this coming Mother's Day.  Since she loves her morning coffee, a mug for her to use each day would be perfect and she'll be so surprised to get it!

So when the folks at Staples contacted us to help launch their new Copy & Print service, we were excited to test the waters with this photo along with a few other project ideas in the week's to come! Their new service makes it super-easy to print a photo like this onto a product like a mug either online or in-store via their eKiosk and we loved that it only took a couple of days from ordering to pick-up (or delivery)!

What's fun too we thought, is that not only can you print traditional images (like family and friends) onto mugs and other products (like tees, canvas, mouse pads, etc.) but by getting creative, one can make something really unique for yourself or someone special by using a favorite photo of a special place or time, or perhaps something like a special holiday too. The projects one could make are really endless and you can really create some rad projects!

We have four projects to share with you each week and our first project is with Mother's Day in mind We grabbed a few photo's from our personal archives and instagram! What's cool too is with Staple's Copy & Print interface you can upload photos not only from your computer but other places you may store your images like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, etc.

Mug No. 1
For the photo of my Mom and her sisters, we first scanned in the image onto the computer and then went to the Copy & Print website, created an account and uploaded it.  The interface is super easy to use, and we chose the full wrap mug with a pink colour instert.  Once you choose your product and the insert colour, you then choose the image you uploaded and voila!  It even shows the product in 3D mode so you can view it from all sides to make sure it looks the way you want it to.  Place the order and you're done!  Check it out!

Mug No. 2 (and iPhone case)
Another idea we had was, we took a photo of a beautiful rose bush (a Mother's favorite) on Instagram last summer and made a mug and matching iPhone case with it. Didn't it turn out well? This one is a favorite for sure!

Mug No. 3
And as another option, we got a bit more fancy, grabbing another image off our instagram that we took on a special trip this spring break to Victoria, added the word love in gold in photoshop (inspired by Cocorinna) and made a really nice gift idea for mom putting them on another mug and iPhone case.

We were really pleased how they all turned out and can't wait to show you our next project idea using canvas prints.

(This post is sponsored by Staples' new Copy & Print service. Turn your favorite photo into a work of art, gift or keepsake with their new photo printing service. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Poppytalk.)

0 Book Tour + Giveaway | The New Bohemians + Driftwood Wall Sconce DIY

Justina Blakeney's new book, "The New Bohemians, Cool & Collected Homes" launched this month and we are pleased to be a stop on the blogging book tour.  The LA-based designer's latest book explores 20 homes and interview's its' owners, all located primarily on the East and West coast of the US. Blakeney also created 12 DIY projects inspired by objects found in the homes, as well as a "Plant-O-Pedia" offering insight into achieving this aesthetic.

In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. 

In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home. Let's take a look!

We're in love with this "crazemazing" Victorian aquarium turned terrarium in the home of Arielle Pytka in Venice Beach, California.

Drift Wood Wall Sconce DIY
And a fun driftwood sconce light DIY project Justina created inspired by all of the driftwood lamps in Emily and Adam's craftsman-style home located in Portland, Oregon.  Check below how to make it.

The patchwork sofa in the Los Angeles home of Adam Pogue is to-die-for if you're a fan of Japanese boro textiles.  After a work trip to Japan, Adam started sewing these scraps directly onto the upholstery on the couch, taking close to a full year to cover.

We also love the home (living room above) of Justina's sister, Faith and her daughter Noa.  An adorable and colourful space filled with a heap of style (you can certainly tell they are sisters)!

There's so much inspiration packed in into this book, and our heads are already spinning with ideas to inject into our own space.  A definite must-have for the free spirit nester!

Plus we're excited to give away a copy of the book on our IG feed today! Click here to enter!

Click here if you'd like to follow the blog tour for Justina's new book.  "The New Bohemians, Cool & Collected Homes" is available at:


1 Happy Friday + The Macchina Mobile Cafe

Such a fun week we've had this week ever since we posted our Cutest Little Camper post.  We've been getting a few emails from readers about links to cute little campers (and food trucks) galore!  And we just couldn't resist posting this little vespacar via Debra Norton of the Paper Parade Co. Imagine this scooting by?

Debra tells us this was a photoshoot she styled with her photographer brother Jim Norton photographed (and art directed by Colleen Nicholson) last fall for Macchina Mobile Cafe, an espresso bar on wheels owned and operated by Ana Diez and her husband Jeff Douglas (of CBC - As It Happens) in Toronto. 

Cuteness overload! Check it out!

Macchina Mobile Cafe

Colleen Nicholson, Art Direction
Jim Norton Photography
Debra Norton, Paper Parade Co. - Prop Styling

1 Weekend Project | 9 DIY Spring Planters + Ideas

Spring always sparks creativity for planting. Whether it's outdoors or bringing spring into the home in a beautiful planter, the annual ritual is here, and we've found some rad planter DIYs and planting ideas to be inspired by.

1. Mudcloth Inspired Planter
Make this African Mudcloth-inspired planter using chalkboard paint and an acrylic paint pen!
by Francois et Moi

2.  Three Tiered Acacia Plant Stand IKEA Hack
We love what Ashley did with the IKEA PS plant stand by super-glueing some wooden plates to it.
By Sugar and Cloth

3. DIY Woven Planter
Weave it round with this simple planter idea using copper wire as the base and super thick wool
by The Lovely Drawer

4. Shy Face Plant Pot
Decoupaging these pretty eyelashes onto a plain pot makes it super-cute!
by The Design Wonder Woman

5. Upcycled Retro Leg Planter
A clever idea to make a one-of-a-kind planter.
by Upstyler

6. DIY Tripod Planter
An excerpt from Justina Blakeney's new book The New Bohemians
Via The House That Lars Built

7. Succulent Propagation
Mini succulents, propegated, planted and potted
by The Jungalow

8. A Vintage Planter Cacti Garden
Be inspired by the colourful cacti and succulents in this gorgeous planter to create your own.
by A Beautiful Mess

9. Tropical Pallet Living Wall
Make this cool living wall for your outdoor space using an old pallet and if interest, a post on the facts on using pallets can be found here.
by A Piece of Rainbow

Happy Thursday!

0 Office Boler Room

Speaking of cute campers, Vancouver ad agency, St. Bernadine has a rather slick Boler trailer parked inside their East Georgia office that's been converted to a boardroom and private—call space.  Fashion-photographer-come-designer, Robert Kenney, converted the vintage gem and now has decided to make a business of converting/restoring trailers. Yes please!  Check it out!