Workspace update with Kmart pegboards

Kmart Pegboards

Who isn’t loving Kmart’s Homewares range right now! From lamps and rugs to pots, vases  and storage, they’re got some really cool products for really low prices! Last week I gave my workspace a little update with the Kmart pegboards. An absolute bargain for just $29 each and super versatile and stylish. I tried my pegboards in about four different spaces before finally deciding to keep them in my workspace. They looked great next to the boys desk,  in the boys rooms and also in the playroom too.

I placed my pegboards side by side and played around with the shelving heights depending on the object size I wanted to add. Here I’ve just styled them with bits and pieces I already had plus a new print from Hark Home.

Kmart pegboards

Kmart Pegboards

kmart pegboards

Make a Rosemary and Yarn Christmas Wreath

DIY Simple Christmas Wreath

We’re into our second week of the summer holidays here and life has really started to slow down. Yay for no more school lunches,  homework or racing to and from extra curricular activities. We spent the morning at the local pool and when we returned home the boys relaxed in the aircon whilst I found some time for a little crafting on the front deck.

I was inspired to make this wreath by the lovely blog The Merry Thought. I just loved it’s simplicity. To make it my own I’ve substituted the evergreen tree cuttings with rosemary sprigs and used just one colour of yarn.

To make a rosemary and yarn christmas wreath you will need:

A metal hoop, yarn, Rosemary sprigs and scissors.

Make a Rosemary and Yarn Wreath

Start by cutting your yarn into lengths, and then looping each length of yarn around the hoop as shown here. I used 42 lengths of yarn and each length was about 80cm long.

Make a Rosemary and Yarn Wreath

Make a Rosemary and Yarn Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

Once you’ve finished attaching the yarn to your hoop create two little bunches of Rosemary (I used four cuttings in each bunch). Tie each bunch together with yarn and leave a bit of a tail so that you can then tie it to your wreath.

Rosemary Christmas Wreath

DIY Simple rosemary and Yarn Christmas Wreath

DIY Simple Christmas Wreath

To finish off add a little piece of yarn to the top of the hoop to make it easy to hang, then trim the bottom of your yarn into whatever shape you so desire. I went with an asymmetrical look like the wreath shown here on pinterest but you could keep the yarn straight if you prefer.

This has to be the easiest piece of DIY decor I’ve ever made, I just love it. Happy crafting.

Make a Simple Christmas Wreath

Make a Rosemary and Yarn Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

With school finishing next week I thought I’d better get a wriggle on and start preparing for christmas. The first craft on my list was a new advent calendar. My boys love counting down the days till christmas so it’s become a tradition in our house to make a DIY christmas advent calendar each year.

If you’re a regular to my blog you’ll know I love a neutral colour palette so I went with black and white on plywood for our advent calendar. It complements my homes interior decor and works well with my other christmas decorations.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

To make an advent calendar like mine you’ll need a piece of plywood (mine is 600mm x 900mm and 9mm thick), velcro sticky dots, wrapping paper, sticky tape, scissors, twine, printed numbers or tags and whatever little treats you would like to pop inside. I used these printables from The Painted Hive. I originally planned to use them as they were intended – cute little pockets, but unfortunately three treats wouldn’t quite fit so I used them as labels instead. But, if you just have one child or want to make individual advent calendars, these would look lovely made up as pockets and attached to the ply.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Start by wrapping up you treats, creating 24 little parcels of similar size. I chose a variety of christmas inspired chocolates, from magic elves with popping candy to lindt chocolate santas and chocolate puddings. You can add whatever you fancy but just make sure it will last the full twenty four days without going off.

DIY Christmas Advent CalendarMake a Black and White Christmas Advent Calendar

After wrapping all of your parcels arrange them on your ply and once your happy with their positioning apply a velcro dot to the underside of the parcel and one directly to the plywood. Then just adhere each parcel to the plywod backing. If you find your dots are not sticking very well or if your parcels are not very flat on the back, just add a little craft glue to the velcro dot which attaches to the parcel, this should ensure they don’t fall off.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Once all your parcels are attached decorate with printed numbers or tags to count down the days till christmas. We start our calendar on the first of December and count down the days starting with 24 but you could start at one if you prefer.

DIY Scandinavian inspired christmas advent calendar

Feel free to customise your Christmas advent calendar however you like, from the backing board to the wrapping there’s so many possibilities. I hope you have lots of fun and I’m sure your kids will love it!

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

My vintage caravan makeover Part 1: The Big Clear Out

My Vintage Caravan Makeover Part 1

A few days after buying my vintage caravan I began the first stage of her makeover, the big clear out! Like any renovation it always looks worse before it gets better so don’t expect any glam photos in this post.

From the outside the only noticeable difference is that the old window decals have gone. But if you step inside you can see quite a few changes. I removed everything that wasn’t attached to the frame, from the mattress, to the soft furnishings, curtain rails, screens, light fixtures and two layers of lino floor covering. I was tempted to keep the original lino as a template for when I cut out the new flooring but it was so sticky and putrid it had to go!

Lurking beneath all that stuff I found holes in the veneer walls, more rotten wood, more cracked glass windows, perished window seals, a hole in the floor and a huge pile of dirt and dust, so much dust!

Now that she’s been cleared out and all her interior flaws have been revealed it’s time to start planning her repairs and begin work on the exterior to get her water tight and secure.

I have so much to learn and at times the amount of work to be done is a bit overwhelming but I’m sure I’ll get there,  I just have to be patient. Have you ever done a caravan renovation or makeover? I’d love to hear about your journey and any tips you might have.

My Vintage Caravan Makeover Part 1

My Vintage Caravan Makeover Part 1: the big clean out

Vintage Caravan Renovation

Makeover a vintage caravan

Vintage Caravan MakeoverVintage caravan Makeover

I bought a vintage caravan!

Vintage caravan makeover - before

I have a new project and I am so excited to tell you about it! A couple of weekends ago I bought a vintage caravan! According to the lovely lady whom I bought her from she’s a 1969 Regal, just 10ft long and packed full of charm and character. Isn’t she cute!

As you’ll see from the photos below she needs a full makeover. Unfortunately she hasn’t hasn’t been graced with the nicest of facelifts over the years. She’s had many cringe worthy interior changes such as black shag pile carpet (which her previous owner removed and replaced with black and white lino tiles), walls decorated with washy tape (most of which had also been removed before I bought her) window decals, decoupaged cabinets and very poorly painted veneer walls. Add to that the cracked windows, missing or broken stays, wood rot, hole in the floor and dented panelling. She’s quite the project. On a positive note she tows really well, her electrics are in good working order, she’s recently had her roof resealed and she still has a number of original features.

I have big plans for my little caravan so I hope you’ll follow along as I fall down the rabbit hole of vintage caravan renovations and restorations and turn her into something really special.

Makeover a vintage caravan

Makeover a vintage caravan

My Vintage Caravan - Before

vintage caravan makeover before pictures

Vintage caravan makeover - before

Vintage Caravan

Vintage caravan makeover before

Vintage caravan makeover before photos

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