CRAFT WORKSHOPS AT THE SYDNEY FINDERS KEEPERS!

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Hi friends!

Exciting news – I’m going to be hosting some crafty workshops on the 8, 9 & 10th of May at the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets thanks to the guys at Daily Like. SO excited to be able to meet some of you in person and get crafty together!

If you haven’t visited the Finders Keepers markets yet I firstly recommend you definitely get that sorted stat as it’s unlike any market you’ve been to. More of a mini festival with cool things for sale really. Here’s the details:

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In my 1 hour workshops I’ll be showing you how to make a rad fabric wall hanging like the above. You’ll have free reign on all of the super cute Daily Like products and, better yet, there is no sewing involved so you can purely just focus on your design skills to make this wall flag life-changing-good! The workshop or the finished product are such a cute gift idea for Mother’s Day too as it conveniently falls on Mother’s Day weekend.

As well as my wall hangings there are workshops to make a selfie softie (aka an adorable cushion with your crafted self portrait on it like the below – urmm cute!!) with Sarah from Daily Like and also a surprise paper garland with paper craft queen Rin Dawson of Papered Thoughts

Booking are essential so don’t miss out, lovelies!  Head over here to book.

Timetable:

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015

6.30pm – 7.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

8.30pm – 9.30pm Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

Hope to see you there!

Fiona x

Selfie-Softie

 

DIY GOLD TERRARIUM HANGERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and that means another excuse to craft up a gift! Hoorah! Sometimes there might not be enough time for a big craft project, but don’t let that stop you from making something special for Mum this year. You can always up-cycle a plain item and personalise it your own way.

Planters are always a good option for gift giving. They’re easy to transform with a bit of paint and you can never have too many really. I was pretty happy to find these cool glass hanging terrariums in different sizes from The Reject Shop for a bargain from only $6 each.  They’re faux plants too so mess free and no need to water – winning!

I gave mine a makeover with some gold spray paint and a gold pen, plus added some white rope and a big wood bead. Loving the end result and think I need to make another set for my bedroom now! Definitely recommend checking out your local discount stores like The Reject Shop for some affordable goodies to add a personal touch to – you’ll be surprised what DIY ideas you might come up with!

 

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  • 3 Glass Terrarium Hangers from The Reject Shop
  • White rope (got mine from Bunnings)
  • Large wooden beads from Light&Co
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold marker
  • Painters tape
  • Scrap paper or cling wrap
  • Craft glue (or superglue or a hot glue gun)
  • Cardboard box for spraying into (or a big outdoor space!)

 

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I went with a different design for each planter. One with a “dipped” paint look, one with a scalloped edge, and one with a dot and crosses pattern. For the dipped-look one, tape off your section then tape a piece of paper or cling wrap on top so that the rest of the planter is protected. I used just Scotch washi tape which actually worked fine, but if you have painters tape I would recommend this first.

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This is the gold paint I use. White Night Super Gold. Picked it up from Bunnings and I totally recommend it for a nice, chrome-y gold finish.

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For the scalloped edge, I used large round stickers then covered the rest with cling wrap. Make sure your stickers are pressed down properly, and that you fill your hole with cling wrap so that no paint gets in there either.

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I definitely recommend spraying inside a big cardboard box so that you don’t accidentally end up with a gold house. I placed my planters on a cup to make it easier but you can just hold too.

Tip – when you spray your scalloped one, hold with the point facing up so that the paint doesn’t accidentally get underneath the stickers. As these stickers aren’t meant for protecting against paint the edges can easily bleed. Spray with a downwards motion and you should be fine.

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Leave to dry well and remove the tape and paper. Any little spilled areas, just clean up with a tissue and methylated spirits (or even nail polish remover if you don’t have the proper stuff!)

The patterened planter is easy, just draw away with a gold marker! This is the one I used but any metallic gold marker will work fine.

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Feed your rope through your bead, through the top of your planter and then back into the bead. Fasten with a dob of glue inside the bead to secure.

Tip – if your rope starts to fray when you’re trying to feed it through, cut it fresh and apply some clear nail polish (or glue) to the end and let it dry.

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Ready to gift wrap ready for Mum (or to hang!)

Fiona x

 

Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by The Reject Shop. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

 

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FLOWER ART BY SISTER GOLDEN

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I could kiss Instagram, because lately it’s helped me discover so many awesome creatives that have opened my eyes to new, beautiful craft techniques. My latest discovery is the incredible flower art by Sister Golden – an online shop based in the US by Mother and Daughter duo Vicki and Brooke.  The detail and the personality that comes through in these faces blows my mind!

Vicki is the clever cookie who creates these flower art pieces, as well as all the other handmade items in their store. Originally being inspired by the hashtag #facethefoilage by Justina Blakeney, Vicki being a gardening addict was a natural at creating their own portraits for fun, which quickly excited Sister Golden’s followers and developed into a booming section of their online shop.

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With all details of the art collected from nature, Vicki simply styles these on piece of white foam core board and leave it all free-standing without glue and snaps photos of them. The end result is this incredible 3D effect that is jumping off the page. She offers commissioned portraits if you would like to see a loved ones face painted with flowers (such an amazing idea for a special gift!) or a range of gorgeous prints are available for sale here.  I’m dying to get my hands on one for my studio, such a happy and free feel to the prints.

I’m left totally inspired!

Check out the full Sister Golden shop here - www.sistergolden.com and follow the girls on Instagram to keep up to date with the newest prints they craft up.

Fiona x

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FAVE FINDS // GIFT TAGS

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With the recent launch of my new shop The Chaos Club I’m finding myself completely obsessed with cool gift tags. I can’t believe I haven’t stocked up sooner. Such an easy way to add some instant love to your gift wrap and it’s the best feeling giving someone a gift that looks just as fun as what’s inside! It’s also a nice little keepsake – I have a few cute gift tags hanging in my home office that were given from loved ones.

I’m a big fan of crafting up my own tags too (of course) but I’m a bigger sucker for store-bought paper goods.

Here’s my fave 10 of the moment. Do you know of some other treasure trove sites for buying gift tags?? Let me know below!

Fiona x

  1.  A simple and stylish option available from Lark. Love a bit of gold foil.

  2.  These tags from Sweet William are actually available in a pack with this gorgeous gift wrap via Hardtofind – winning!

  3. Simple graph prints are sometimes all it takes. Would look so cool wrapped with bright twine! These are from Spin Spin in Melbourne.

  4. Knot&Bow are one of the biggest pioneers for bright, simple gift tags. Buy them alone or in a pack like this one here.

  5. Yes I have shamelessly plugged some from my own store The Chaos Club! I think if you’re not your own biggest fan, you’re doing it wrong! haha These are our Licorice Allsorts tags which can be found here.

  6. It would be criminal to not include Rifle Paper Co in this round up – only one of my fave paper goods brands ever. Available via Notemaker here.

  7. This wooden gift tag from the lovely ladies at Light&co is such a cool alternative to the usual paper tags! Leave as is or paint up a fun pattern.

  8. Bespoke Letterpress are leading the game with cool letter-pressed paper goods and I’m especially digging this happy dude.

  9.  What’s not to love about watermelons?! I hope this trend never dies. These are from The Chaos Club too.

  10. Can’t go wrong with a watercolour geometric print from Lauren Merrick.

 

MY NEW ONLINE STORE – THE CHAOS CLUB

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Sooo.. I have some BIG news. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen it… I have opened an online paper party goods store with my long-time friend Anita, and it’s up and running! Meet, The Chaos Club It’s full of happy colourful goodness and is my favourite design style all wrapped up in a perfect little package.

We’re really excited to be filling a big gap in the market for stylish, quirky paper party goods. We love novelty shapes and fun colour so I think this will definitely be a big theme in our collections. I’m so in love with our first ranges and can’t WAIT to start showing you all the other designs we are working on behind the scenes. If you enjoy novelty shapes, crazy bright colour and clean lines as much as we do, you are probably going to self-combust! 

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I met Anita over 10 years ago when we both worked for a small wholesale business in Adelaide before I split to Sydney and she ended up in Melbourne. She’s a hilarious lass with the most colourful and fun wardrobe and house you’ll ever see. I dare you to show me someone with more fruit-themed decorative items squished into one bedroom! When I decided one spontaneous day last year that I wanted to finally launch my own shop I knew she was the one to partner with me, and one text message later, that was that – we both latched onto this plan like it was made of gold and haven’t stopped being crazy excited since. With her background in design and my obsession with paper goods + background in PR, it was a perfect match and I’m really excited to see where this takes us!

Come follow us over on Instagram to keep updated with our latest and greatest, and you an check out all the items in our shop here: thechaosclub.etsy.com

I would really love to hear what you think, please drop a comment below! Also if you can think of some fun designs you think we should do, let me know! 

Fiona x

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WIN $50 WORTH OF MT TAPES!

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Who doesn’t love washi tape, really?  I can never have enough rolls of it. So easy to jazz up stationery, cards, gift wrapping, table legs, household items, make wall stickers… the list goes on. This week I’ve teamed up with the awesome guys at Notemaker who have a brand new range of gorgeous MT Tapes in store. MT Japanese Tapes are the original washi tape brand that started the washi craze, and so naturally, they have some of the best designs around.

Notemaker are kindly giving away a $50 voucher for 2 lucky people to spend on MT Tapes of your choice!

To enter to win 1 of 2 x $50 vouchers:

Step 1: Follow @crafthunter and @notemaker on Instagram.

Step 2: Look for Craft Hunter’s recent Instagram post about this giveaway and simply tag a friend in the post’s comments. Each individual tag counts as an entry, so go for gold!

All entrants will be put into a list and the two winners will be picked at random on April 15th 2015 at midday Sydney time and announced on Instagram.

Open to my overseas readers too!

Good luck all. Fiona x