Reusable Produce Bags

Posted by Penny on January 18, 2012
Craft, DIY / 1 Comment

5x Short Handle Bags from EStringBags

Even the best intentioned of us are sometimes caught out without a reusable bag to use for our shopping. I’m determined to make a much better effort to not get use any plastic shopping bags for the next little while! I usually carry my old trusty string bag and a couple of little reusable produce bags around with me, and often a spare calico bag too. For just in cases. Plus a big pile of shopping bags for big shopping days! It’s not-so-fascinating stuff, to be sure, however we all know there are some scary statistics involved.

Save Our Seas Australia estimate Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags per year. Check out the rest of their statistics here, and go get yourself some reusable bags!

String Bags are a great option because they’re cute, they scrunch up really small, and they expand to hold a whole heap of shopping.

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DIY map furniture

Posted by Penny on November 23, 2011
DIY, Home Design / 4 Comments

Mapped Out Table Top - Real Living, via Ninemsn

Vintage world globes, atlases & map-related decor are definitely a trend that’s here to stay. Personally I love maps & globes, but the prices for vintage ones are rapidly increasing out of my range. Not fair. I do love the idea of map furniture though – I think it’s definitely an awesome idea for kids furniture, but I hope you’ll agree that all of these pieces are fabulous enough for adults, too.

50s Plywood Chair on Roddy & Ginger

I still am on the hunt for a lovely set of nesting tables (I’ve been searching for a little too long now, really), but this is a definite contender for how I’d like to decorate them.

Sofa Table by Brooklyn Limestone

I love how this desktop has been painted – the map has been painted by hand, with just an overhead projector for guidance! That’s awesome, and a little bit skilled! Definitely check out the blog post on Brooklyn Limestone for all the details.

DIY Globe Garland – Poppytalk via The Inspired Room

How sweet are these little puffy balloon garlands! They’re origami balloons (but made in the same way I used to make paper water-bombs!)


If you can’t find a vintage map to use, or don’t want to cut into one, you can find awesome wrapping paper printed with vintage maps now! It’ll probably be cheaper, too. Try instore at Magnation for some.




DIY lamp ideas

Posted by Penny on May 09, 2011
DIY / No Comments

Messiest, merriest & whirliest DIY balls tutorial by Wednesday Custom Design

Always as Winter begins and the days get shorter and shorter I naturally spend more time inside, and with lights on. I’ve been wanting to make some kind of lampshade for my loungeroom for SO long – these are some favourite online tutorials.

First up – if I was to get married, I’d definitely want it to look like this. I don’t know why the Duke & Duchess didn’t have something similar. Wednesday Custom Design have a bunch of great ideas on their blog, plus I’m pretty sure if you live in Oklahoma, USA they could help you throw one fantastic party.

Left: Lampara con/sin Pajaritos by Marcelina ::: Right: Ruffled Lamp by Bliss on Urban Scarlet

The Bird Lamp on the left is by Marcelina, who began with two hanging garden baskets. I half think her awesome green wall is what makes the whole thing, but it’s so cute, and I see little birds like that in shops all the time. I kind of wish the birds were real, but that would be more of an ongoing mess, no?

The Ruffled Lamp totally reminds me of a pinata. So bright! I’d love a lamp like this somewhere unexpected like a laundry, and of course it’d be perfect for a kids room. The post was written by Michala of Bliss! – this whole blog pretty much has the same colours & brightness as an online pinata. It’s full of DIY ideas for parties – hooray for parties!

I really do want to try and make the first lamp, I think it’d be perfect for my lounge room – I’ll keep you posted! Have any of you ever tried to make a lamp shade? With any success?

xx Penny

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