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De-clutter, Refashion and Up-cycle your wardrobe.

This is a guest post by Cintia, from My Poppet It’s incredible how quickly kids grow out of clothes, fashion goes out of style or your needs just change, so it’s a good idea to regularly review the contents of your wardrobes. It’s great to donate unwanted items to charity, but what do you do […]

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  • Jacqui

    Love these upcycling ideas! So inspired right now! Thanks for the post!!

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    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks, hope it inspired you to try some upcycling :)
      cheers CintiReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Your braided rug is ab fab. Well done :-) ReplyCancel

    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks Merryl, glad you liked it.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Stevert

    The post really inspired me for reuse of old garments. From now I would also be able to add some life to kids clothes. Thanks a Lot!!

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    • I love the rug idea and your idea with kids clothes, could be really cute!ReplyCancel

Mothers Day Craft Ideas, plus a FREE My Mummy Printable

My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

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  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx
    NadineReplyCancel

17 Amazing Craft Room Storage & Organising Ideas

Here is a collection of amazing craft room storage & organising ideas. Isn’t this one below gorgeous! image credit – Bubble and Sweet image credit – unknown image credit – Mommy By Day Crafter by Night image credit – Nicole Samuels Scrapbooking, dresser transformed image credit – unknown image credit – unknown image credit – […]

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  • Thanks so much for including me in your round up of beautiful spaces. I really like some of those ribbon ideas – I totally need a pretty ribbon detangle solution :) ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    I miss having my own craft room. Maybe I will again one day. In the meantime it’s a foldup sewing table and a 2×2 Expedit on opposite sides of the family room. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • We never intended on having a craft room in the house, but we converted what is meant to be a formal dining room into half man cave and half craft room. I find I’m more inclined to do crafts when there is a space already to go. Hope you find something her to inspire you to create a room one day :) ReplyCancel

    • Olivia

      I would like that mix, I find I prefer crocheting to other crafts because I can sit on the couch and watch a movie with the hubby while I’m crocheting. My sewing machine/craft desk is tucked ‘far away’ in the laundry room.ReplyCancel

      • I used to cross stitch Olivia, I agree it’s relaxing doing it while watching TV, crafts like that doing really need a dedicated space. It wasn’t until I started scrapbooking that I realised I needed a permanent desk.ReplyCancel

      • Norma

        Mine is in the laundry room too.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine_Mands

    I don’t have a craft room but would love to do my study like the top one, though I would need a bigger desk LOLReplyCancel

    • I love the top one too, it is gorgeous! Your right, it would be perfect as a study desk.ReplyCancel

My Craft Room Overhaul

Over the school holidays I had the crazy idea of giving my craft room an overhaul, I say crazy because it took longer than expected.  I had been procrastinating about it for some time.  For a few reasons: I inherited some of mums quilting and craft supplies which didn’t fit into my already full cupboards […]

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  • Julia

    Fantastic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those craft carousels recently on eBay ReplyCancel

    • Quite possibly Julia, I tried to find a link to somebody that sold them here in Australia, but couldn’t find any.ReplyCancel

  • love it! thanks so much for the before and after pics. love the carousel and it is the only thing no longer available! I love ikea, i have a few items in my craft area.ReplyCancel

    • Have to keep it real Richelle, reality is this is how the room became. The carousel is great, holds so much. It was suggested by another reader that you could possibly pick some up on ebay.ReplyCancel

  • stacey.hobbins

    love the besta, have never considered it before. I have expedits but agree they go from looking fab to looking so messy if you don’t completely put everything back tidy – and don’t always have the time!!ReplyCancel

    • The great thing with the Besta is there is so many different design options and you can choose doors, drawers, no doors. Options are all up to you.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you Kat! I am an interior designer & so it’s a little embarrasing that my study/craft room gives me the exact same feeling :( It used to be my home office too and I have never fully dealt with it after I moved that part of my life into new premises. I should send you a photo – it would make you feel better about yours. Everyone comments on how my house is like a display home but – it is the one and only room of my house that is out of control! An overhaul is required (but in the mean time I just shut the door – because I can :D). I definitely think you should ditch the green wall because your storage/shelving units are not the same height and the colour behind highlights this. Love the extension table!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Jefferson

    your room looks great. i have to invest in a few pieces of storage to set up the study, and really like the look of the ikea units. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

    • they would work really well in a study for extra storage, you can change the unit around, even have a few open shelves, no doors.ReplyCancel

  • I love your overhaul! We are building a new house, and I have been looking for ideas for my craft room that will make it look pretty, but also be workable! I think I’ve just found what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for sharing! :) ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome Tanya, have a look into the Pax system as well, I would of like this but just didn’t have the ceiling height to install it. I liked the Pax because of the different alternatives to drawers you can have, wooden, wire and deeper plastic drawers. Have fun planning!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I love the green wall, it looks really nice against the crisp white cupboards!!ReplyCancel

    • A friend was telling me the same Danielle, to leave the wall green. For the time being it will stay, one day I’d like to make it a fresher colour, but would have to be something that would suit the other half of the room which is hubby’s man cave.ReplyCancel

  • Nice job and thanks for sharing the pics and ideas! I just did a craft room overhaul as well and feel so much better for it, now everything has a space I am so much more likely to put it back and keep everything clean.ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Linda, when you have a dedicated space for everything, its easier to not be lazy and to put it all away. I love looking into this room now and seeing it tidy and fresh white. Have you blogged your overhaul, would love to see it :) ReplyCancel

      • Hi Katrina, you were actually already kind enough to share it on your craft room round up on the 25th, it’s the white room with pastel folders from Bubble and Sweet, although my before pictures are waaaaay more embarrassing than yours :) There is also a write up in the latest issue of Tickle the Imagination with some different pictures and I’ll be posting my new kitchen pictures plus a wrapping paper solution soon as well. Although my craft space was mostly custom built I used lots of Ikea stuff as well, In particular I loved the spice racks for my sprinkle draw and the plate rack for display: http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/a-pretty-white-light-filled-organised.htmlReplyCancel

        • Ooh yes, sorry I thought you meant there was more than what I had already seen. I love how you are displaying some gorgeous ornaments behind the glass doors, it’s such a beautiful space. Look forward to reading about your kitchen!!!ReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    It looks sensational! Great effort, I love it…….im a sucker for aqua, i have an expedit that i love but the rest of my furniture in my craft room is wood, so im not quite sure where im going with my room, however i want the aqua to pop from behind the expedit:)ReplyCancel

    • Aqua and white are a great fresh colour combination, I think that’s what I don’t like about the green. it’s just not a lively fresh colour. Worked really well when I first painted our wall, but it just feels a bit dull now.ReplyCancel

  • Olga

    Love it! It looks great – I can but dream of such a lovely room. And I have recently discovered the WE R MEMORY KEEPERS albums, they are so lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Olga

      And can’t wait for IKEA to come to New Zealand. Visited the Brisbane one and loved it!ReplyCancel

      • I’m surprised there isn’t one in New Zealand, are there any plans for one. I hope you get one there too, the range and price is brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • they really are aren’t they Olga, and great quality too, I love the strength of the plastic pages. No matter how many times they are turned they will always stay looking good ;) ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic Kat!! All crafts need loads of storage unfortunately, but you’ve managed to make it look good, and still remain functional.
    btw – when are you coming to a scrapbook retreat with me??ReplyCancel

    • I’m loving it Lisa, I’m about to go in and do a little sewing! I haven’t scrapbooked for so long, but your retreats look like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • sorry…you are just tooooo neat and organized…where are your working projects? don’t tell me that you have finished them? lol!ReplyCancel

    • I’m not currently working on anything as the room was such a mess, but hopefully soon I can start something. Usually it does stay on the table until I am finished.ReplyCancel

  • Sooo pretty! love tons of space! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] My craft room is still a work in progress (I need to organise the drawers and cupboards better), plus need to overhaul the other half of the room (the boys man cave).  Bit by bit I am organising particular areas.  I’ve just finished putting together my gift wrapping station.  This will be a permanent set up on a shelf in my craft room, once Christmas has finished I will replace it all with general gift wrapping supplies. […]ReplyCancel

  • sylvia

    i think i am more an organised chaos lover when it comes to craft rooms but so many of these ideas are fantasticReplyCancel

    • as long as you know where everything is Sylvia and enjoy your space, then it’s good enough xReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    Wow that was a big job, it looks brilliant. We are in the process of doing our whole house room by room. After having new carpets put in everything was moved out of each room. It is a big job. My craft/scrapbooking room is the last one. Like you I am putting it off. I will definately be doing it next week. Great job it gives me hope…lolReplyCancel

Easter Craft Idea – Easter bunny Silhouette, with Pom Pom Tail

The weather has been so wet most weekends here on the coast, so my girls and I made an early start on some easter craft activities. During a late night pinterest marathon (as I do) I saw a cute image of a bunny with a pom pom tail, but I can’t seem to find the […]

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  • Kerri

    These are very cute Katrina – thanks for the idea. Can I ask where you got those beautiful pastel eggs from?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kerri, the eggs were from Bed Bath and Table last year, I have not seen them this year, however they have been adding to their stock over the past few days.ReplyCancel

  • [...] BUT they also look super classy on display and usable once Easter has been and gone. Check out her Easter Craft [...]ReplyCancel

Easy Pom Pom Tutorial

I’ve just realised I have been making pom poms the wrong way and have found a new and super easy way to make them.  I thought I’ll post this tutorial to help with easter project I will be sharing with you soon. How to make a pom pom Wrap wool around 3 fingers, depending on […]

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  • Dennise

    I think I have been doing it the wrong way too, this is fantastic, and no need for any little gadgets. You always amaze me Kat, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I always did it wrapped around that awkward cardboard circle. This is so much easier, thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • I tried the plastic pom pom makers, but still couldn’t get them right and it was confusing for the young kids too.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    If you find it hard to tie the wool around your fingers, try using a forkReplyCancel

  • You can also use a rectangular piece of cardboard (just like your fingers).ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Johnston-Börs

    I´ve always used a cardboard circle but this way easier. Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

  • This is a brilliant way to make pom poms!! We are hoping to make lots to add to a yarn bombing project at my daughter’s primary school and this will be a super easy way for those who can’t knit/crochet to still be involved! Thank you.

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  • [...] If you can’t knit or crochet, how about making some pom poms instead? Go HERE for a link to a super simple tutorial that anyone could [...]ReplyCancel

{Inspiring} Mothers Day Ideas

I love the idea of being pampered and having a lovely restful day on Mothers day.  What do you enjoy most about Mothers Day?   Below are some really lovely quotes plus creative acitivities you can do with your kids over the coming week. Mothers Day  Clever hint to hubby | Putting on a party Breakfast […]

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  • Dani

    Wonderful … I love the poems!
    I would appreciate if you could share some ideas for donations for school run Mother’s Day Stalls …. we sell the donated gifts for $5 and under.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such super fun ideas Katrina , thank you for sharing ….got to show my husband now what he can do with the kids.
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  • Renee Simpson

    I will be flying back from Sydney on Mothers Day after seeing Strictly Ballroom the musical. Having some mummy time that weekend and then spend some time with my husband and 2 girls.ReplyCancel

Gorgeous wall art on a budget

If you were following on facebook recently you would have read that our family has been a little sick, so much so we were by doctors orders house bound for 5 days with suspected whooping-cough. Long story short, we stayed indoors for 5 days, missed easter with family to then find out late afternoon on […]

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  • Great idea….but I actually love your other wall with your baby fotos….youve just inspired me…:)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    That’ looks great. It is a great use of space….cleaver idea using the fabric squares.ReplyCancel

  • Very very clever lady. ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    i actually love the way you have done your family pics with the words, that is so nice and homey. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I agree with Mel, I reallylove the family photos. Where did you get the wording from loke that, to stick on the wall. x Love it. ReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Oh man I stuffed that up…. “really love” and “like” That’s what happens when miss 2 is climbing on me while trying to type. :) ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    They look amazing katrina, job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Perusich

    What a brilliant idea. I have two fabric panels that I made at a silk painting workshop on my honeymoon in Bali 15 years ago – I’ve never known what to do with them. Off to the discount shop now to buy some canvases. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Gorgeous! Love the ideaReplyCancel

  • Hln4paul

    Love this idea! Could also had some glitter to them for a 3d effect.ReplyCancel

  • Copying! I love yr page – keeps me motivated and happy – thank u :) ReplyCancel

  • Luv the idea of using material as wall art. ReplyCancel

  • luv especially the photo’s with the inspriational words as an added bonusReplyCancel

  • I love butterflies too, Katrina, and this arrangement looks fabulous! I love how the background colour matches your lounge chairs perfectly and just adds that punch of colour – perfect for the coming cooler months.

    Are you going to give us a “house tour” anytime soon? I love your classic modern style :)

    MelanieReplyCancel

  • They’re gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    They look great – well done! ReplyCancel

  • What a great use of fabric Katrina! The butterflies look so lovely on your wall, and certainly add that pop of colour you were seeking.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, this looks gorgeous – i’m so inspired to do something. We have so many large, bare walls!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    Wow, they look fantastic! They have really brightened up that space on your wall!ReplyCancel

  • Nchristie

    Looks great, I do that also, bought 1m of fabric from Lincraft for $12, when u get sick of it easily changed. I have to ask though where did you buy the sticks for your vase? ReplyCancel

    • I purchased them just recently from Vast. Vast is at our local Helensvale HomeWorld. They came in a variety of different colours, blue, orange, beige and red. ReplyCancel

  • Emilylucas83

    i do this also but when i buy a bed spread i just buy an extra set of matching cushions and use the cushion covers to glue to the wall canvas, that way you have matching wall art to the doona cover….lovely cheap ideaReplyCancel

  • Narelle Simone

    I have made our own wall art in a similar way, I found a cheap doona cover which I liked and the colours matched our lounge, I cut sections from it and stapled these over a cheap frame from an art supplies shop. The frames all match but are not the same, look great….and can be changed with new fabric if we make any colour changes. I also have the rest of the doona fabric aside to use for other projects (the background colour is white so great to have….am planning to use a small piece inside a photo frame, minus the glass, and stitch our daughters dancing medals onto it….nicely framed and a keepsake)
    Thanks for your posts :) ReplyCancel

  • KC76

    Great idea! Another idea my friend came up with was to buy a lovely piece of wrapping paper and frame it – it looks great on her bedroom wall!ReplyCancel

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{PRINTABLE} Keeping a 4 leaf clover for good luck

When clover season was out earlier this year Mr 9 found so many 4 leaf clovers, he has a real eye for finding them.  I NEVER found any as a child, despite the multiple number of flower chains I made,  so I think he is pretty clever.  We wanted to do something special with the four leaf […]

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  • Katie Woodleigh

    What a great idea! You truly have wonderful ideas, your kids ‘are’ lucky!ReplyCancel

  • Niki

    great idea – my daughter has found heaps of them in our yard too – thanks KatrinaReplyCancel

Project Life Update

I am super excited to be doing the Becky Higgins ‘Project Life’ again in 2012.  I had so much fun taking photo’s through 2011 and need to find some spare moment to put them all into my album (yes I am a little behind).  I have also purchased a few Project Life items which were delivered earlier […]

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Reindeer Food

Last year my youngest receive a bag of Reindeer Food from her best friend.  It was the sweetest little gift.    I’m going to make some with the kids this year and have created a few tags (FREE for your to download, see below) to attach to the bags. What you will need Raw rolled […]

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