Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Neon String Wrapped Light

 I have seen lots of wrapped cord light fittings and thought I would give it a try with this lovely
 neon string.  I simply used double sided tape to hold the string in place.

 Works great...now where to hang it?
I just made this for a bit of fun, so I don't want to make it a permanent fixture.  I think hanging it over the corner of this mirror in my dressing room will work well for now.

Neon string .....
double sided tape....
endless possibilities.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Swing.... and Colour it Fun!

Every morning our family is in a rush to get out the door.
Half of the time I am the only one ready, 
and the other half the kids are the only ones ready.

I thought...
wouldn't it be great if I had a fun swing or something out the front
 to keep them occupied for just a few minutes,
 while I do all the last checks before leaving the house.

My little DIY shed had some pieces of wood I cut to size,
and I found a sturdy Cobalt blue wrapped wire I salvaged from one of our recent renovations.
At the time I really had no idea what I would do with it,
but it came in handy for making this little swing for the kids.

I taped up the wood to leave the edges exposed,
then spray painted it with a fluro pink/orange like colour.

They Love It!!
 I get a few extra minutes in the morning
to double check I haven't forgotten anything.

The funny thing is, as I was making this I thought the colours were a bit odd for a swing, but somehow still worked together and felt modern.

It only took a minute to look around the house
 and see why I was so attracted
 to this beautiful colour combination of bright neons and blues,
 old and new.



An old gift from the

 My work shop

even these real vintage tags on my old suitcases...
have my favourite current colours!!
Go Qantas!!!

And without a doubt....
My favourite magazine's new cover even has this colour combo.
Love it!


I just met Pop and Scott today who run a workshop up in Northcote.

Pop & Scott make the most amazing swings that they sell through their website at Pop and Scott!!


I am pretty sure I saw one of their swings somewhere and that is where I got the idea to make one for the kids.

Their workshop is so cool and casual and worth checking out it you love to make things!

They are also planning on doing classes to make their lovely swings here in Melbourne.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Jewelry Box Makeover

Sterling Silver,
crystal and wooden beads
 on a neon pink string.

 I am pretty sure most of us have a jewelry box somewhere that needs a major make over.  Some of the items in my jewelry box are very precious and some are just costume, but all of it goes unworn on a daily bases.

I sorted through the items that were special and the ones that I could pull apart.  I also looked for real silver that needed a polish...like the one in this photo.

 After a bit of tarnish remover,
 I thought this silver and pearl pendant
 would look nice on another necklace
 I just stung together with bits and pieces I found.

or add some yellow...
Randomness was my objective of the day, 
which worked well since I only had a few of anything to play with.
I even raided the kids bead collection and found some neon yellow and pink wooden beads.

I also found a black pearl I never where
which didn't look that bad either...

I took all the best precious pieces I could find,
 like this round jade bead I was given years ago by my best friend.
 I made it into a special pendant for this necklace I made with other
random beads I found.

These ivory beads were once my Grandmother's!
 Back in the 90's I made this choker style necklace with
them.  Yes...I loved it then, but would never where it now!

Time to restring these with some other special finds......

Can't wait to wear this tomorrow. :-)


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