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0 9 Cool DIYs of the Week to Bookmark!

It's a long weekend here in B.C. and we'll be taking a bit of break - being back here on the blog Tuesday with a pretty cool DIY from Rachel of The Crafted Life. In the meantime, you can follow us on Instagram, and here's a few links of DIYs that caught our eye this week that are definitely worth bookmarking.  From a beautiful hammock to some happy umbrellas. Happy Friday, Happy August and Happy B.C. Day!

1.  Balloon Arch Tutorial | The House That Lars Built
2.  DIY Hammock | The Merrythought
3.  Mid-Century Modern Side Table | A Beautiful Mess
4.  Summer In A Jar | Invisibly
5.  How To Press Flowers | The Crafted Life
6.  DIY Industrial Garment Rack | e-How
7.  DIY Copper Edged Mirror | Makers Society
8.  Fruit Slice Umbrellas | Studio DIY
9.  Wooden Planter Stand | Home Coming


0 Loving | Little Dandelion

Jacqui Fink (of Little Dandelion) creates these amazing oversized scale blankets, throws and installation works all by hand using massive kniting needles (made from PVC pipe) and unspun merino wool and other natural fibres from her homeland of Australia (and neighboring New Zealand). 

Check out her interview over on Trend Tablet (her story is equally inspiring as her work). Photo: Styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Sharyn Cairns. Sea Art- An Aesthetic Convergence. Exhibition by Lara Hutton in collaboration with Jacqui Fink. November 2013

1 Greetings from Canada | New Letterpress Postcards

Greetings From Canada from Tom Froese on Vimeo.

We're flipping over these 'Greetings From Canada' limited edition run of letterpress postcards we just found out about this week.  Featuring the work of 10 Canadian artists, illustrators and designers, this inaugural volume offers the artists' vision of Canada's perennially elusive national identity. The set is both quirky and beautiful, featuring an eclectic mix of images drawing from the obvious and obscure.

The complete edition was printed on 2 mid-century presses at Everlovin' Press in Kingston, Ontario. Each 2-colour card is made with thick, archival quality, 100% cotton board. We see the cards are popping up in some of our favorite shops in the country from Kid Icarus in Toronto to Walrus and Old Faithful here in Vancouver.  More info at greetingsfrom.ca.

0 Haydenshapes Surfboards + Alexander Wang

How cool are these marble print surfboards on display right now at the flagship Alexander Wang store in New York. An exclusive installation co-developed by Haydenshapes Surfboards and Alexander Wang currently stemmed from the idea of developing a high-end surfboard as a visual art piece for the Cage, while maintaining a superior level of innovation, performance and authenticity. The installation features five marble print surfboards, exclusively co-developed by Wang and Haydenshapes for this limited series. Haydenshapes founder, Hayden Cox, personally crafted each limited edition surfboard by hand for the installation in the award winning 'Hypto Krypto' model that was recently announced 2014's 'Surfboard of the Year' by the Australian Surf and Board Sports Association. Check them out!

More information can be found at www.haydenshapes.com and alexanderwang.com.

0 2nd Paper Wreath Workshop Added

The Paper Wreath Workshop with Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built for August 20th that we just announced this week has already sold out, so for those of you interested, we've added a second workshop the next day, August 21st (from 5 - 7pm).  This one's going to be fun! Click here for more information or to register.

And for those interested in the Calligraphy Workshop with Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy; we're loving the calligraphy kit she has put together that everyone gets to take home from the class (pictures below). This class will cover both upper and lowercase letters (hence the 3 hour course).  There's still a few seats left for this one. Click here for more information.