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4 8 Cacti-Inspired DIYs

Feeling the love for the prickly variety these days? Seems you're not alone, and what a great way to welcome this warmer weather than with a cacti-inspired weekend project. From planters to free printables, cacti and succulents for everyone! Happy Friday!

1. Rotary Phone Succulent Planter
by I Spy DIY

2. DIY Neon Cactus
by Shrimp Salad Circus

3. Something for Your Screen
by The Lovely Drawer

4. Mucloth Planter + Cacti
by Francois et Moi

5. Cactus Tote
by Lovely Indeed

6. Free Printable Art (or Stamp)
by freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.ca

7. Hand Stamped Pillow
by Patchwork Cactus

8. Vintage Planter Garden
by A Beautiful Mess


2 3 Floral Home Decor DIYs from Ideas Magazine.

DIYs are getting more and more technical these days aren't they? It's amazing how far we've come and continue to grow as the demand to customize one's own surroundings becomes the norm.  From making your own fabrics and wallpapers, to even tossing ceramics into a kiln, if you can't find what you want, it is possible to make things yourself;  here's a few brilliant ideas from the May issue of Ideas Magazine.  Above, wallpaper —by combining free vector images of vintage roses with a favorite coloured background, one can make their own custom wallpaper.  Online sites like Spoonflower have it all set up for you, just supply them or a printer who can print onto wallpaper material with high resolution images (150 dpi recommended) that won't distort or pixelate.

And if you want to make real dishes that you can really use, Ideas Magazine has found a method that worked well for them to create your own dishes too.  Here's an excerpt from the magazine article we had permission to print.  Written by Lizel Cloete:

"There are two parts to the process.  Printing your design on waterslide paper and then firing onto the plate. For both processes, you will need a specialist (unless you have a kiln), but it's worth it once you have your plates!  To start you'll need to create the design. You can paint or illustrate or use photographs, as long as you scan images in high resolution, into digital format. Take your final design in TIFF format or as a layered PSD file to a screen printer who specializes in ceramic transfers.  The printer will recommend whether your digital design is suitable for CMYK halftones or spot colours and will create a silkscreen positive for the printing. A special screen is made for each colour and the design is then printed with ink, colour on colour, onto a type of waterslide paper.  It takes a few days because each layer of ink must dry properly before then next one can be printed.  The ink used is specially made for ceramic and glass screen printing and can withstand high kiln temperatures. After the last layer of colour, the pages are treated with a special cover coat and are then ready to be transferred onto your plates. The transfer process works like the type used in ordinary craft projects. Cut it out, soak it for a few seconds in water until the printed layer starts to come away, then slide it over a glazed plate. Discard the back layer and position the design on the plate. Press lightly with a sponge to remove excess water or air bubbles, then leave to dry for four to 24 hours.  The firing. Take the plate to someone with a potter's kiln and have it fired at the correct temperature —780°C is recommended, but first do a trial run."

Wouldn't making a custom set be a great wedding keepsake?

Copying vintage rose prints onto paper from an old book and frame is another pretty idea.  And so easy to make too.  Create a gallery wall of your own curated display.

To learn more and to see other projects in this series, such as the pillows (above), visit the May issue of Ideas Magazine.  It can be downloaded through Zinio.com here

Ideas Magazine article credits: By Timna Russell (Platformcreativeagency.com). Stylist and decor Carin Smith | Assistant Annalize Streicher | Photos Ed O'Riley for Ideas Magazine.


1 10 Awesome IKEA Hacks by IKEA

1. DIY Built-In Shelf
Transform a doorway ino a built-in shelf with the help of RIBBA picture ledges. More info here.

2. Customize a Terracotta Planter
An easy summer DIY that dries quickly in the sun. Shown here INGEFARA. Click here to see more.

3. DIY Marbling
With just a few strokes, givethe KNUFF magazine file a marbling look. Get the instructions here.

4. Macrame Hanging Planters
A nice macrame hanger DIY using ASKER storage jars.  Click here for more info.

5. Art for Your Walls
Make your own personal message posters framed in RIBBA frames; letters become decorative shapes when enlarged. More info here.

6. DIY Pillow With Tassels
Inspired by the fashion of spring where the fringes hanging from long jackets and bags , IKEA makes a simple DIY with colorful tassels on pillows made from their textile department . Click here for instructions.

7. Faux Marble Top Desk
Another example of marble-style contact paper, this time to decorate a desk! Click here for more.

8. DIY Wood Burned Utensils
Wood burning with style. Love these wood burned kitchen utensils. Click here for more info.

9. A Wardrobe Hack
The BIRKELAND wardrobe gets customized with a little colour! Click here for more.

10. A Forest Dinner
Not really a hack but quite the set up! Love this forest dinner setting. Click here for more info.


3 Sneak Peek | Inside Out Magazine - June

Photography by Morten Holtum

We're excited to share a sneak peek of the latest issue of Inside Out Magazine out this Thursday.  Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam explains some of the highlights of June's magazine"

"One of my favourite homes in our new issue is unlike anything else I've come across in the many years of working on the mag (above and below). It's a Paris apartment belonging to architect Gregoire de Laforrest and wife Stephanie, an interior architect. The living area actually has a tree (!) sprouting from it. Even though it looks incredibly real, it's made by a friend of theirs who creates artificial trees for public spaces, such as airports. There's also a greenhouse that contains the kitchen, rooms that have been built to look like individual houses and an entryway that resembles a street setting. It's like a town that's been unfolded inside an apartment. Incredible! Photography by Morten Holtum."

Photography by Morten Holtum
 "Another home to envy belongs to photographer Harold David. He actually first had his heart set on it 10 years ago. "No-one ever seemed to be there, and I would literally sneak up, look in the windows and say to myself, 'I want this house.'" Luckily, he came across it again by chance while browsing real estate websites online and – even though he had no plans to move at that point – this Blue Mountains cabin had a strong claim on his heart that he eventually moved his family there. Styling by Lara Hutton. Photography by Harold David."

Styling by Lara Hutton. Photography by Harold David

Styling by Lara Hutton. Photography by Harold David
"So getting sorted may seem like a dull "no, thanks!" chore, but our stylist Jessica Hanson also shows us the bright side of ensuring your office is in order. Photography by Craig Wall."

"We also offer an alternative to tripping over those growing stacks of things around your house – with a 'Best Buys' on magazine storage and a big feature on arranging your belongings at home (using everything from copper piping to leather ladders to organise your space). Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall."

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall
 Thank you Lee Tran! The June issue of Inside Out Magazine is out this Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.

0 New Cards from Anemone Letterpress

Another stationery brand we missed in our National Stationery Show posts last week is Anemone Letterpress!  Their cards are always so colourful and fun!  We love the inspiration behind their wild monster cards (as explained in one of their instagram posts last week). Casa del Terror!  See more below:

And also going foil check out these in silver!

Visit Anemone Letterpress at anemoneletterpress.com.