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30.7.14

2 10+ DIY Ideas from the 2015 iKEA Catalogue


Checking out the new 2015 IKEA catalogue (US version) for cool DIY or decorating tricks from their stylists is always a fun hobby in these parts when it first comes out.  It seems this year they are really offering up a heap of tricks (obvious or not).  Here's a few that caught our eye!

1. Decoupage a Lampshade.
Not a new idea, but we like this idea for a craft room or workspace using newspaper gluing with Mod Podge to the REGOLIT lampshade. Tip: Find newspaper that has colours that you can tie in from in the room.

2. Washi Tape a Table Top
Add some personality to a plain table by taping a favorite washi tape colour to it. Shown: LINNMON table.

3.  Recycled Herb Garden
Make a budget-friendly (and cool-looking) herb garden using recycled plastic pop bottles.


4. Decoupage a Cupboard
Another cute idea tying in with the lampshade, decoupaging newsprint to the back of a cupboard. Shown: IVAR Cabinet.

5.  Sew Storage Pockets
This is a cool idea using tea towels.  As they say in the catalogue: "Just fold in half, sew along the sides and voilà!"


6. Make a Room Divider
An idea for a studio apartment or dorm. String fabric or yarn through a headboard to the ceiling to create an instant room divider. Shown: TARVA bed.

7.  Plywood Pin Board
Great for spaces where you can't attach things to the walls. Lean plywood and hang shelves, knobs and use as a pin board.


8. Make a Faux Wall
A piece of plywood is a perfect way to divide a room or make a faux wall.  Nail it to a desk or dresser.

9. Keep Organized
Taking queue from the polaroid on a shoe box to tell you which shoe is inside, use magnets or clips to hold notes or photo's to tell you what's inside your magazine files.


10. Hide Clutter
A cool idea to hide clutter by using roll-down blinds. Add a little paint to give it a customized look. Shown: TUPPLER block out roller blind.


11. Make a Budget-Friendly Wall Cabinet
A simple and budget friendly idea to create a wall cabinet using

See more from the new 2015 IKEA catalogue by clicking here.

29.7.14

12 DIY | Watercolor Mug

Contributor post by  Caitlin of The Merrythought


Lately, I've felt like someone could come in and splash some watercolor patterns all over everything I own and I wouldn't mind it one bit. Unfortunately, in a few months, I'm sure I would be a bit annoyed with that decision. So I've been trying to come up with a few ways to add some faux watercolor splashes around my house. Last week, I was watching my cousin give herself a "watercolor" manicure and I thought, that would be a great technique to use on a mug! So I tried it… and it works!

What you need:
-White Ceramic Mug
-Old or Disposable Bowl/Container
-Nail Polish


How to make it:
-Fill the bowl with warm water.
-Add a drop of nail polish to the water and let it spread out. You can also use a skewer to swirl the color around a bit to give it the effect you'd like.
-Dip your mug in the water.
-You can use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish on the bottom and inside of the mug or sections that got messed up.
-Carefully pat mug dry with paper towel.
-You can repeat with additional colors if you want.
-Once you've achieved the look you want, let it sit for at least two hours.








I would recommend hand washing these mugs. (Although I haven't tried mine in the dishwasher yet!) Durability will also depend on quality of the nail polish a bit - just as it would on your nails. I let mine sit for about 5 hours then scrubbed them and they were fine. If you run into problems, try coating the outside with a clear coat of nail polish or a non toxic finishing spray.

About the Contributor



Caitlin McGrath lives in a small town in Western New York. When her face isn't hidden behind her camera, she's usually crafting and daydreaming for The Merrythought, where she is a part of the three lady team sharing DIY projects, recipes, fashion, home décor & and bits of daily life.

28.7.14

1 Announcing | Poppytalk Workshops



We are thrilled today to announce the first set of our Poppytalk-hosted workshops!  Continuing with our newest venture, bringing our online world into the real world, we're so excited to bring three workshops to our new space/shop here in Vancouver!  Our plan, when we first started talking about getting a space was to host workshops, learning from super talented folks, (whether it be from around the world or locally) and we couldn't be more thrilled to start out with three talented ladies (Rena Tom from San Francisco, Brittany Jepsen  from Utah and Karla Lim from Vancouver) in our first set of creative workshops at our Poppytalk space at 109 East Broadway in Vancouver, B.C.

As there is limited space for each class, we're thinking these spots might go fast.  We have listed them up on our online shop here. If you do find they have filled up, feel free to shoot us an email asking to be put on a waitlist, if you'd still like to attend. We may add extra classes if there is enough interest.

Paper Flower Wreath | Aug. 20 (5 to 7 pm)
with Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built



Come learn the art of paper flower making! In this class, you will learn the basics of paper flower making, discover some great resources, learn how to work with crepe paper, and apply them to a self-made wreath. Materials are included. This class is taught by Brittany Watson Jepsen, blogger and designer of The House That Lars Built, a DIY/lifestyle blog with a focus on paper flowers. Click HERE for more information and how to register.


Beginner Calligraphy | Aug. 27 (5 to 7 pm)
with Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy + Design




Kickstart your love for calligraphy with this starter class with Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy and Design. This beginner's workshop in modern pointed-pen calligraphy will teach you how to use the tools of calligraphy, the various strokes and techniques, and also the alphabet from A-Z (both small and capitals!).  Click HERE for more information and how to register.


Retail Readiness | Sept. 27/14 (10 am to 12 pm)
with Rena Tom of renatom.net and Makeshift Society


Do you make and sell products to a loyal following online or at craft shows but want to see your work on the shelves of your favorite boutique? It takes more than having great products to earn a retailer's interest, trust and money. Learn how to approach stores and make it easy for them to buy from you from Rena Tom, founder of Makeshift Society, a coworking space and clubhouse for creative freelancers in San Francisco and Brooklyn and former owner of Rare Device, a boutique and art gallery in New York and San Francisco, which was featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lucky, Real Simple, Food and Wine and Martha Stewart Weddings. Click HERE for more information and how to register.

Stay tuned for more workshops planned, including weaving, photography, social media workshops and more! If you are a master in your field and would like to teach a workshop in our new space, please email us here, we are happy to discuss possibilities with you.

25.7.14

6 Blackberry Coconut Popsicles With Greek Yogurt

Contributor post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land


Tough to beat freshly picked summer berries, ripe and bursting with flavour, a reward for sweating it out in the sun plucking the delicate sweet gems. I always like to consider a singular berry very carefully - they disappear into a mouth so quickly, but their tininess still took a long time to grow. Magic. 



Another summer fave? Popsicles of course! With the proliferation of ice pop molds in dollar stores and fancy online shops, there's no need to go without making your own! Literally the easiest dessert you'll ever make. It's such a treat to have a collection of frozen popsicles at the ready on a blazing hot day. A little mixing, a little freezing and then instant creamy blackberry coconut refreshment!


Blackberry Coconut Milk Popsicles with Greek Yogurt
Yields 10 Popsicles


Ingredients: 

1 cup of fresh blackberries
1/8 cup granulated sugar
11/4 cups full fat coconut milk
1 cup of honey greek yogurt
10 teaspoons of blackberry preserves

Make it:

1. Roughly chop your blackberries.
2. In a small bowl, coat the blackberries in the sugar and let sit for 20 minutes to macerate.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the berries, coconut milk and yogurt.
4. Pour the mixture 3/4 full into your popsicle molds.
5. Using a teaspoon, add 1/2 teaspoon of blackberry preserves into each mold, swirling slightly.
6. Freeze popsicles for 6 hours and bite into summery frozen bliss!






Meet The Contributor
Lyn­d­say Sung is a baker and blog­ger at Coco Cake Land. She loves super cute cakes, sweet design and snacks. She lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada with her hus­band and tod­dler son.

24.7.14

10 DIYs of the Week



A few cool projects we've come across this week:

1. DIY FRUIT MACARONS


How cute are these fruit macarons made with food markers. Get the how-to from Sugar and Cloth.

2. MONOGRAMMED CHEESE BOARD



A cool project to make for someone special. Instructions at Baked By Joanna.

3.  DIY GOLD DIPPED CERAMIC SPOONS



Make some ceramic spoons extra special using metallic paint.  From Sarah Hearts.

4. ICE CREAM DONUT SANDWICH


Make these adorable ice cream sandwich donuts. By StudioDIY.

5.  MAKE A PATTERNED FLOOR WITH LINOLEUM


Make a cool patterned floor using vinyl floor tiles. Instructions at A Beautiful Mess.

6. HANGING PAPER LANTERNS


A simple idea that looks lazer cut. Get the how-to at The House That Lars Built.

7. DIY WOODEN SPOON


Carve a spoon with the help of this how-to from The Merrythought.

8. DIY LEATHER NOTEBOOK


A cool Cricut Explore project by Vintage Revivals. Get the info here.