Dreamy moments: PetRox

I’m a bit of a dreamer.

When I was small I loved coming up with interesting ideas for my future jobs or pursuits. My imagination was pretty wild and wooly so I rarely followed through with my hair-brained ideas. To this day I’m often coming up with weird and wonderful ideas for my future self. Thought I’d share some of my quirky little ideas I’ve dreamt up over time and here’s the first… PetRox.

I love craft and was dreaming about how I could put my creative juice into a project that could make some pocket money. My idea was a small business called PetRox. I remember thinking the ‘x’ in ‘Rox’ was really cool. I had a pet rock growing up and thought it was awesome. I now planned to share the awesomeness by creating a collection of pet rock characters that I would sell complete with their own unique ‘houses’ made from small boxes. Each rock character would have a name and backstory and would be lovingly hand-painted and googly-eyed by me. I even created some prototypes (shown below). Unfortunately I don’t remember their names or house concepts. But seriously, just check out that monacle and kilt…

I felt the idea had so much potential and dreamt of my Etsy store and what it would look like. I wondered what custom orders would come in or whether I would share stories of successfully ‘adopted’ pets in a “where are they now?” section of my website. Maybe the pet rocks would travel the world or build an extension on their box house. Maybe I could sell pet rock kits for keen DIYers. The possibilities seemed endless.

And I’ve got to say I still think it was a cute idea. What do you think? Could PetRox take off and form a stony empire? Would you buy a pet rock?

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DIY project: cute & simple terrarium

My friend Sian from over at Flowers for Laura Belle came to my place on the weekend and we made these sweet little terrariums. It worked out well because we each gathered up our little bits and bobs to make the finished product… with our powers combined we made super CUTENESS.

For inspiration, we read a post from The Pleated Poppy and then got to work. We think they turned out really nice. What do you think?

Read on to see how we made them.
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So, here’s what we used to make our terrariums:

River stones and smaller pebbles – we got ours at the local cheap shop

A mixed bunch of succulents – some from the nursery and some from local markets

Moss – Sian bought her own from her floristry supply and I picked up a mossy pot for free at the nursery!

Decorations – I opted for just a simple painted ceramic toadstool

Glass bowls – we chose open bowls so we didn’t have to bother with adding charcoal – that’s what you add to the soil if you have a closed terrarium

Succulent Potting Mix – this was recommended to us but I guess you could use any soil really

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So, let’s get into the making part!

Stones go in first…

We put the large stones in the large glass bowl and the smaller ones in the smaller one (makes sense right?!)
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Add a layer of potting mix…

We kept ours pretty shallow because later we needed to add quite a bit more to secure the plants. I’d suggest keeping that in mind – especially if you’re using a shallow vessel.

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Work out where everything goes…

We turned out plants out of their pots and brushed off the excess soil so we could sit them around the dish. Then, we just shuffled them around till we were happy with the placement. This was really fun – kind of like miniature landscaping!

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Add decorations…

The next step was to place our toadstool in its special little spot. We did this before the moss and pebbles so we could just fill in the gaps at the end.

You could go crazy here – it’s really up to you and your imagination.
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Add pebbles and moss…

We used pebbles and moss alternately to fill in any gaps. You don’t have to do this step but it looks really cute and helps the whole terrarium look like a little wonderland of bright and cosy plant friends!moss in

Enjoy your new little world…

We couldn’t believe how easy this project was and how happy it made us feel. I was expecting this to be a lot more dodgy-looking at the end but was pleasantly surprised.

So there you have it – terrariums are great little DIY projects and something you can do in a spare half hour on the weekend while the sun’s out and friends are over.

Here’s a bunch of pics to show you my finished terrariums. I’m so proud!

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My DIY wedding: bunting

When my Mr and I got engaged, I knew that our wedding would be a really nice opportunity to get creative.

I love making things and coming up with something from scratch so a lot of the DIY projects for the wedding day were just little ideas I had along the way and wanted to experiment with.

One of my ideas was to fill the church with bunting to create a cosy, celebratory atmosphere.

My Mr kindly gave me a brand spanking new sewing machine for my birthday last September, so I made it my mission after that to find material I could use to make bunting.

I kept my eye out for second hand fabric and was rewarded when I popped into a thrift shop in Dungog while I was there for a music festival. I found some old sheets there that were not only super cheap, but had beautiful patterns on them as well! I scooped them up and took them home without much of a plan as to how I was going to make my fabric flags.

My next step was to get some bias binding and I luckily found just the right one on Ebay. It was quite wide and was a nice cream colour.

Now I just had to chop up all my fabric and get to work! I used pinking shears for most of my bunting. This prevented it from fraying and gave it a nice textured edge. I just cut out long triangles and sewed it straight into the binding in one long thread. The key was to just keep sewing. I ended up with more than 50m of bunting and it was more than enough for the little church where we got married.

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I also invested in some beautiful printed craft cotton fabric that I used for my tiny bunting on things like the table numbers, bridal cars and our cake.

The tiny bunting was so small I couldn’t sew it. I decided instead to cut the pieces out in diamonds and fold them back on themselves with iron-on adhesive between the layers to keep it in place. This was a little messy and fiddly but I got there in the end.

I’ll be posting more about my wedding DIY so keep an eye out for that.

As for now, here are some more pics of the finished bunting. Enjoy! (All photos in this post were taken by the beautiful Andrew and Sarah from The Follans)

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