FAVE SMALL STORAGE FINDS

fave small storage finds

 

I’m completely crushing on these tiny storage ideas for your jewellery and trinkets. No point hiding your pretty favourites away – get some jewellery for your jewellery and celebrate them in style with pieces worthy of prime position on your dresser.

I think a DIY trinket dish might need to be on the cards shortly, but, until then, I’ll drool over these stunners:

  1. Norsu Interiors have just launched these amazing trays in store. I’m definitely a sucker for a gold and pastel combo with a Scandi vibe.

  2. Uashmama are the folks who started the big trend of these rustled paper storage bags, and sometimes you just can’t beat an original. Especially love this metallic gold. These would be perfect for holding your chunky bangles or daily beauty products.

  3. Hayden Youlley makes these beautiful geometric bowls by hand in Sydney. I’ve been coveting one or two for some time now. One day.. one day.

  4. Never again will your rings look so adorable. This popsicle ring dish from Urban Cave has me all over it.

  5. This Pentacle Deco Box from Amalfi would make for a gorgeous way to store your bibs and bobs. Could even hang a couple from the ceiling above it to make a real feature out of it.

  6. Absolutely LOVE  this painterly patterned jewellery box from West Elm. My jewellery would have some hefty competition in the love department.

Have an amazing weekend all. I’m off to Melbourne and can’t wait to do a bit of exploring!

Fiona x

DRIED FLOWER GIFT TOPPERS BY HELARIOUS

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

Hi Friends,

This year is the start of a few changes over ‘ere at Craft Hunter. One of my top ‘resolutions’ for the year was to find ways to share more original content with you all, so one morning a few weeks ago, cup of tea in hand, I bit the bullet and put the feelers out on social media for some clever crafters to contribute some ideas on the blog.  I still cannot believe the incredible response I received from some gorgeously talented ladies who I’ve followed for a while. Very humbling and empowering to know that they wish to give up a slice of their valuable time and creativity to share a story with me.

I’m SO excited to now not only share more DIY ideas on the blog, but also to have the opportunity to introduce you to more of the creative minds out there in blog land.

So, without further ado, I welcome the first of my lovely contributors, Helen Hung from Helarious. A Sydney-based floral stylist and diy + design blogger. Helarious is full of stunning tutorials and inspiration based on botanical-inspired living. She also receives 10 gold stars from me for the great blog name. This clever lass is also the owner of Lime Tree Bower, a creative studio specialising in floral styling for events and spaces. Do yourself a favour and follow Helen on Instagram over here for a face full of floral delights.

Really excited to share this gorgeous gift topper tutorial Helen has whipped up. It’s so simple but it’s something I would’ve never thought of  - I didn’t know flowers could still be so vibrant when dried!

Fiona x

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

Hey there!

It’s Helen here Helarious – I’m a huge fan of flowers, they’re so beautiful and fragile… Have you ever tried to dry or press flowers to preserve them? I’ve been air drying a lot of flowers recently and my favourite to keep is statice!

They’re available all year round, are very hardy and also luckily for us, they come in a beautiful range of vibrant colours. The added bonus? They keep their colour when dry – this makes them THE perfect flower to dry and use creatively.

I’m excited to show you how simple and effective flowers can be when it comes to dressing up a gift. You can always use fresh flowers but dried flowers ensures they won’t wilt by the time you give your gift!
SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Dried statice – I bought fresh statice and hung them upside down in a shaded area for a week to air dry.
  • Ribbon
  • Brown paper
  • A gift to wrap
  • Tape
  • Scissors

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON
First, you’ll need to wrap up your gift in plain brown paper.

Take a few different colours of your dried statice and place them in a bunch to create a small bouquet.

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

Using your ribbon, tie a knot to secure the statice together and make sure the knot is in the centre of the length of your ribbon. You’ll be using the same ribbon to wrap around the gift. Tidy up the stems by snipping across with scissors so they are all one length.

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

Place your mini bouquet on the front of your gift so the statice lies flat against the surface. Take both ribbon ends to the back of the gift and cross one over the other. Pull to tighten (making sure the front still looks good) and take both ribbon ends back over to the front of the gift.

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft HunterDIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

Again, making sure everything is tight and the way you want it positioned, tie a knot in the ribbon that sits just over the top of the statice. Tie a bow and you’re done!

DIY Dried Flower Gift Toppers by Helarious for Craft Hunter

You can totally substitute statice for other varieties of dried flowers, use a single colour or mix it up – whatever you like! Don’t they just add the loveliest touch?

x Helen

EASY DIY GARLAND WITH STRAWS

EASY DIY GARLAND WITH STRAWEasy DIY garland from straws

Party garlands are probably one of my favourite things to make. They’re so easy and make such a fun impact to a room immediately. I always have at least one hanging on my wall in my study – awesome way to add a bit of happy colour. If I had kids they would definitely be drowning in cute garlands for their bedrooms!! (somebody lend me their kids please?)

My latest one has to be the easiest and cheapest garland I’ve done yet. 1 packet of Sommarfint straws from Ikea for $1.99 and you’re good to go. Love this cute colour combo too – gosh Ikea just get me!

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

So you just want to section your straw into 3 pieces, leaving one side about 2cm bigger than the rest. Make two corners like this…

Easy DIY garland from straws

With your longest section now left over, squish the tip a little so that you can smoosh it into the other end….

Easy DIY garland from straws

Then just push it in the whole way so it’s nice and snug…

Easy DIY garland from straws

With your next triangle, just hoop it through the first before closing it up! The straws stay in place pretty well but if you’re hanging it outside in the wind or just want extra strength for long term, put a bit of glue in each piece before closing it up.

1 packet of these straws should make you around 4 metres of garland. Plenty of length to dangle it across a room from the ceiling or a few layers on a wall. You could even get a bit fancy and hang a cluster of them from some helium balloons! (…damn it why didn’t I think of that earlier!)

Have a great week ahead, friends.

Fiona x

Easy DIY garland from strawsEASY DIY GARLAND WITH STRAW

FAVE 5 // CUTE OFFICE FINDS

Fave 5 cute office finds

Hi gang,

I’m still in office-decorating mode (and hope to ride this train for months so get comfy!) and am finding myself in a consistent swing between loving all things cute and colourful, then all things minimal and Country Road-esque. The good thing about decorating offices though is that anything goes really so hoorah – bring it all on! There is such a huge range of quirky office items around these days and lightening the mood mid-work day can only ever be a good thing, so you really should get on board too I say. Here’s a few of my latest faves:

1. Getting foxy with these adorbs pen cups from Shop Dululu

2. Yes you’re seeing correctly, it’s a truck for your washi! Available from a very cute store on Etsy called Minkislove which you need to check out immediately.

3. Calendars are such a fun way to add some happy art to your office walls. This little guy is from Earth Greetings

4. Post-its in the shape of little mushrooms are kind of vital for office productivity. Available from Kikki.k

5. Clearly I’m enjoying foxes lately! New to the Daily Like collection here in Aus, you can now store your files in super cute style.

Have you found any fun new stores for craft or stationery things lately?? I want more!

Fiona x

DIY CORK AND GOLD PEN CUPS

DIY-cork-and-gold-pen-cups-by-craft-hunterDIY-cork-and-gold-pen-cups-by-craft-hunter

This month I’m all about making my home office my sanctuary, ready for crafty activities of epic proportions. You know that feeling when you clean your bedroom to perfection and all you want to do is hang out there and lay in the luxury? That’s how I’m feeling about my spare room at the moment – it’s amazing! I moved into a new place last month with a big, lovely spare bedroom so first step this year was buying my pretty new iMac (eeep!) and now it’s all about accessorising, the DIY way… naturally. So expect to see a few posts about office styling in the upcoming months.

I’ve always wanted to doll up some pen cups. It’s one of those simple items that most people have, and also ignore. They’re so easy to give a makeover though so there’s no excuse to keep them plain and boring! I picked up a few sheets of cork from Spotlight a few months ago and it’s finally their time to shine. Cork is really creeping up in popularity lately from cool notebook covers to cork-print cushions and I’m on board, I love it. That and a spray of gold paint and these came up a treat I say. Check below for instructions to make your own, and come back soon as there’s more office ideas in the making!

 

Products featured in these shots: Gold Eiffel Tower Scissors from Typo, Large Gold Embroidery Scissors from Lincraft, Metal Tea Tin from Victoria’s Basement

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Pen cups or cylinder containers
  • Craft glue
  • Cork sheets (got mine in a small roll from Spotlight)
  • Gold spray paint (mine is White Knight Super Gold)
  • Tape (masking tape or washi tape will do fine)
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber bands
  • Pegs

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

First things first, you’ll need to pick up some pen cups. I bought a plastic one from Officeworks, and used an old pencil cylinder lid too so the sizes varied. Any cylinder container with a bottom would work well – even a Pringles container cut in half!

Measure the circumference of your pen cups and cut your cork to length. Measure it well because you’ll need to cut it to the exact millimetre. Give yourself an extra inch height so that you can just see cork when they’re finished.

cork and gold pen cup how to

Now to lay out your tape ready for painting. I just used some washi tape I had lying around which worked well and also taped a sheet of paper to protect the rest of the cork. Just be careful not to use a tape that is too tacky as it may damage the cork when you peel it off. Leave some tape over the sides to stick it flat to your surface for painting.

cork and gold pen cup how to

I spray paint I used was White Knight Super Gold and it’s AMAZING. Totally recommend it for spraying literally anything a nice shiny gold.

white knight super gold spray paint

I also definitely recommend placing your cork into a box for spraying to protect your house from over spray (unless gold sparkles on the wall are your thing!)

cork and gold pen cup how to

Give it a few quick coats back and forth and leave to dry for a few minutes before peeling the tape off.

Once the paint is completely dry, apply some of the craft glue to your cup and place on your cork. I just used ordinary white craft glue which worked well but does take a while to dry. Any craft glue work fine if you want to use a quick dry glue. Play with it for a little bit so it’s all nice and lined up then secure it with rubber bands. I recommend putting your cut size to the bottom so the edge on the top is nice and neat.

cork and gold pen cup how to

Also place some glue along the edges of your join where the cork is above your tubes and hold this in place with a peg.

And you’re done.

Don’t you just want to cover everything in cork now? I do!

Fiona x

Products featured in these shots: Gold Eiffel Tower Scissors from Typo, Large Gold Embroidery Scissors from Lincraft, Metal Tea Tin from Victoria’s Basement
 

 

MEET THE DESSERT QUEEN, NECTAR & STONE

Nectar and Stone
Nectar and Stone

 

Is your mouth watering yet? These beauties are created by the very talented Caroline Khoo of Nectar & Stone - a Melbourne-based dessert designer with a flair for creating utterly gorgeous treats which are usually too pretty to eat. With a whopping 130k+ following on Instagram you might say she’s a bit of a star. She’s on a mission to open the most beautiful cakery in Melbourne and I can only imagine how breathtaking it will be. Really hoping she’ll bring these creations to Sydney next!

I spent a couple of minutes with this clever lady to hear about her journey so far, her plans for the future plus what some of her fave party styling items are of the moment. Thanks for your time, Caroline! What an inspiration.

Fiona x

Tell us a bit about you and your business – how did Nectar and Stone get started and where did you learn to make such beautiful desserts?!

n & s started with a vision of creating edible pieces of art. Its an amalgamation of fashion meets sweets. It started as something small, not intentionally meaning to become a business as such, more a means for me to have some time out and creativity after having two kids. It soon became evident to family and friends that what I was making and in many ways designing should be made for others to enjoy as well. There is no training as such, everything I make is self taught. I have a real passion for food in general. 

Nectar and StoneNectar and Stone

 

What are your plans for Nectar & Stone in 2015?

2015 will see a cakery for n & s – based in Richmond / Melbourne

Which dessert designers and bakers do you admire?

I love Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander, both these ladies demonstrate a love for food and the land. I have learnt so much about growing and planting fruits and vegetables from these two ladies. 

Nectar and Stone
 

Any advice for budding creatives wanting to start their own business adventure?

My best advice for anyone interested in starting their own business, is first being true to who you are / in your style and in your passion. You also need to be willing to work hard and spend time being a master in your trade. 

What are your fave 5 party items at the moment?

1. Cake Toppers from Glistening Occasions - They are custom made and you can design what you like.

2. Straws from Lark –  I love the colours and designs. They are great to add colour to the table.

3. Party bags and balloons from Poppies for Grace – The balloons are perfect for adding to mini cakes and then large ones to feature on tables. The party bags are colourful and pretty as well.

4. Phantom Chairs from Little Big Company –  I’ve used these a few times before for my tables and also for fashion VIP nights where my chocolates and macarons were featured.

5. Invitations from Wedding Paper Chic - Beautiful custom work designed and perfect for table setups.