Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Terrarium Take Two

Since my first Terrarium attempt was a little ah... on the small side, I thought a friends engagement celebration was a good opportunity to create a more adventurous one for a gift. This time round I chose a bigger vessel and a variety of plants with different heights, colours and textures and a few accessories to give it a romantic theme. I also made another for the Baby Beatniks room with a whimsical theme just for fun.
For the first design I crafted a mini chalkboard sign from a rectangle craft wood coaster, a piece of dowel and some chalkboard paint which were all purchased from Bunnings. First I cut the dowel to size, then spray painted the pieces with chalkboard paint and attached the parts together with a hot glue gun. Then I wrote a love related message in line with the romantic theme on the board -'All you need is love'(true and timeless wisdom borrowed from 'The Beatles') These mini chalkboard signs are super easy to make and also ideal for herb and vegie garden plant labels.
Then I followed the same steps to make the Terrarium as in my previous post - using larger stones for good drainage, then added the potting mix and plants along with the addition of Moss and accessories.
The engagement party was held at 'The Social' located in Mornington, a fab venue which has an amazing collection of vintage props and decor, wine and tasty Tapas. A photobooth was also there for the occasion, I just love the fun and nostalic charm depicted in photobooth images!

Completed romantic themed Terrarium

Whimsical themed Terrarium accessorised with toy animals and toadstool purchased from a discount variety shop

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Show and Tell

Time to share a few 'Shabby Vintage Junk' aka 'SVJ' related pics to gaa gaa over. Life is busy at the the moment, it's crazy with creativity and surrounded by people, times are good. Creativity + positive peeps around = good times in my world! The blogging is getting a little neglect however as I've been up to my ears in flowers, family and friends, work, study and vintage finds. So a quick 'Show and Tell' of the NEW 'old' kitchen cabinet from 'SVJ' which Mr.Beatnik is attempting to convince me requires restoration. I on the other hand quite like it's weathered charm. The official opening of the 'SVJ' store rocked the 'Waverley Antiques Bazaar' last week. Lovely trader Tamarah out did herself with the shops amazing contents and beautiful merchandising.

 The new addition to the household

Oozing with weathered charm and complete with antique handles

The SVJ store

Super cool trophies and measuring tapes

Lots of quirky knick knacks

Love a globe or two!

Gorgeous vintage wallpaper lined crates and antique clock collection

Friday, 1 June 2012

Brown Paper Packages

This afternoon I was greeted by a delightful little brown paper package at my door step from 'Violet and Rose' - Beautific hand poured soy wax candles and wax melts in divine scents, housed in recycled vintage jars/tins and wrapped to perfection. Today's little number is 'Autumn Harvest' a divine combination of  Vanilla , Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon as well as Mandarin and Lemon. Yummy!
There are lots of other lovely scents from 'Violet and Rose' and the best part is they are made from a non-toxic natural soybean derived product which comes from a renewable plant source, so along with the use of recycled jars it makes a very enviro friendly candle or wax melt!

Gorgeous 'Violet and Rose' candles inside vintage jars

My beautifully wrapped 'Autumn Harvest' wax melts

Recycled vintage tins are another option and charming choice of soy wax candle vessel by 'Violet and Rose'