I was so lucky to receive this succulent frame for my birthday last December, handmade by Ryan… I think he got my Pinterest hints. The plants didn’t fair so well over the heat of Summer, so during our Easter gardening week I completely replanted (with super cheap succulents from the local markets), drilled a stack of holes into the top of the frame to let water filter through and added some new succulent soil to the mix. You can see a scary before shot here. A bit of Winter rain helped the succulents establish their roots and become nice and strong. I think that having plants on the exterior walls (like climbers, creepers and frames like this) really joins the house to the garden, making it all look a bit more lush and cohesive.
Here are a few DIY projects if you want to give it a go yourself, and you should because they’re gorgeous.
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I can’t help it… I like a good picture wall. I love having so many memories and beautiful pieces of art in one spot and it lets me collect (coughhoardcough) work from artists I admire. I also think it’s a good way of filling up a wall proportionally if you don’t have a large piece of art to put there instead.
This time, I tried the method of cutting out paper the size of the frames and taping them to the wall to see how it’ll look. My cutting left a lot to be desired, so I had to use my imagination. Ryan drilled in the biggest piece first (which I had a little off-centre to give it some balance) and we worked from there. I was trying to keep the space between each frame the same, but that can get pretty tricky!
Jack was pretty excited about the whole thing but Milly couldn’t care less. Here’s Ryan working his magic. Oh and yes, I’m pretty mortified seeing Ryan standing on our newly recovered, vintage chairs. I think it’s time we invested in a small ladder.
One of my favourite frames is the one below. I used Prinstagram to have my Instagram pictures from our honeymoon printed then arranged them into a simple square frame from Country Road.
I purchased this Jessica Hische letterpressed print at the start of the year for a Valentines gift to Ryan. It’s so nice to see it finally hanging on the walls. I’m not the only one who buys a print and keeps it in the packaging it arrived in for months and months, right? You can see more of her beautiful pieces for sale here.
How great are old-school photobooths? These are all taken at the photobooth on Chapel St in Melbourne. The middle one is from a million years ago when we first started dating and the one on the right was when we got engaged.
Looking at the frames from the outside looking in makes them all look like they’re all on a slight angle. Hmm… I think our little old house might be a bit wonky afterall.
My friend Helen’s repeat pattern looking awesome.
A little while ago I attended a two-day screenprinting workshop held by Harvest Textiles in Fremantle. I had a basic understanding of screen printing, but I was really excited about learning how to do repeat patterns (not just putting down the screen and hoping for the best).
On the first day we did a basic three layer design. I had brought a box of clippings from my garden which helped me shape my design. I’m pretty happy with how mine turned out. I don’t think you can go past a bit of neon.
Clippings and some of my sketches.
Letting the first colour dry.
My final piece.
The studio we were lucky enough to print in.
On the second day I managed to do my first repeat pattern. I love the look of cityscapes and houses in artwork, so I decided to do my own version. I’m thinking of making a little lamp shade cover with the fabric.
The cutting of the shapes was so time consuming. Looks cute though.
My final repeat pattern. Not one mistake.
I think that it’s such a nice feeling to print from hand (rather than on a printer) because you achieve a more textural quality to the final product that doesn’t feel so mass produced. I now want to screenprint everything and anything I can get my hands on so I’ve purchased a screen to practice at home with.