{Creative Spaces} My Craft Studio and exciting news!

 

interior moodboard for craft studio

My Creative Space Mood Board – created on Style Source Book

The sound of building has been ringing in the air, as construction on my new craft studio has begun. I feel¬†like the luckiest crafter in the world to have a dedicated creative space that is all my own. In fact, i have been feeling a little guilty about have something that is just for me. Lots of exciting things have happened in my life and this ranks pretty high on the list – after marriage and children of course. And there’s something else pretty exciting ahead for me that makes the timing of my creative space just perfect. Can you guess what it is? I will reveal it soon….keep reading. ūüėČ

I have been planning my creative space for such a long time that i know exactly what it will look like when it is finished. Crisp clean white walls and ceilings, a medium toned wooden floor and accents of grey and wood throughout. Colour will be injected with YARN (of course!), crochet cushions and blankets. I will also be including pieces from other Instagrammers, crafters and artists i admire. I already have my little Curlie from Tiny Curl and wonderful paintings from artists Kyah Wilson and Jacinta Haycock.

Okay, enough about the Craft Studio, scroll down for the big NEWS!! :)

creative space

Here are a couple of shots of my shed that is being transformed into the creative space of my dreams!

awesome craft studio

The timing of my craft studio just could not be better as i begin work on my first book!! Hooray!! I have partnered up with the greatest publisher MeteoorBooks to create a book about crocheting all year round and it is going to be fantastic! I am pouring all of my creative heart and soul into this book and i am certain you will LOVE it! Check out #12monthsofcrochetwithredagape for updates and sneak peaks on Instagram.

Mandy xx

RedAgape Book

 

 

 

Creative and comforting interiors

Floral bedroomThis year so far has been a whirlwind of new challenges, some exciting and others a little scary. I cannot believe that August has arrived already….not just arrived, but almost gone. Over the last month the pace has slowed down giving me a chance to stop and gather myself up. Mum’s birthday, early August, is always a time for me to reflect and address the grief I still feel. I passed a lady on the street recently who looked like Mum, not the physically fit and trim mum I remember, but the Mum that was fighting brain cancer, overweight from the drugs and losing her sense of dignity. I recognised the same look in this stranger and I felt sad for her. ¬†A lot has changed since Mum passed almost 3 years ago and sometimes the shock of this rises up and hits me unexpectedly, hard and sharp.

When I feel this way I try to spend more time at home. Home for me is my sanctuary, a safe place for me to refuel. I like to spend time moving things around, styling and planning mini makeovers. On the surface it seems superficial, but it’s not just about making things look pretty. A home should be a reflection of those who live there, a gallery of memories and a place where you can decorate however you like! So this month I restocked my yarn storage, started planning a bedroom makeover and finished off a granny square cushion for the office. And with my spare time, I channeled my grandmother and started learning a new skill – knitting. Here’s a snapshot –

Amazing yarn storage

Modern country interiors

Beginning knitter shawlGranny square cushionEnvelope granny square cushion

 

How to Style a Pegboard – Easy Tutorial

pegboard inspo

I am a little obsessed with styling the pegboard in my office and my Instagram followers have become familiar with my habit of giving it a makeover. I like to fill it with essential items, pretty things and inspirational quotes. It helps to make my office a happy place to work. My pegboard recieves lots of ‘oohs and ahhs’ when i post pics of it on social media, which is why i have put together this easy peasy tutorial today. It looks impressive, but it is so easy to do and a great way to keep all of your bits and bobs sorted‚Ķ..perfect for crafters in particular. Okay, here’s what you’ll need –

  • sheet of pegboard (available at hardware stores and it’s cheap!)
  • some baskets for storing bigger items (i found mine at bunnings)
  • some pegboard hooks (these should be available where you buy your pegboard)
  • sturdy rope and wall hooks (although you may prefer a different method of attachment)
  • bits and bobspegboard ideas pegboard inspo pegboard inspo pegboard ideas pegboard ideas

 

{Creatives’ Spaces} Belinda Satterthwaite of Tomolly

Tomolly Millthorpe

I’d like to introduce you to Belinda Satterthwaite, the creative and clever owner of Tomolly, a beautiful homewares and gift shop in the heart of historic Millthorpe. Belinda was kind enough to let me into her home and shop to take a few pictures, so i can share with you her unique sense of style. I don’t know about you, but i get tired of seeing the same old, same old ‘on trend’ pieces in every store. It all gets so boring and repetitive. Belinda has a fresh approach when looking for stock to fill her store. She doesn’t like to fill her shelves with the same thing as everybody else and is constantly on the lookout for something a bit different. She has an eclectic mix of functional, stylish, upcycled and handmade items in Tomolly. It really is a treasure trove!

Her home decorating is very unique too. Belinda’s floors, walls and skirts are all white, providing a crisp¬†blank canvas on which to decorate. Most of the items in her home are found, collected and often upcycled. The house is perfectly curated and completely original. I love it! Thanks Belinda for letting me into your creative space!

You can find Belinda and Tomolly online here –¬†Facebook¬†¬† Website¬†Instagram

country style cushions crochet booties gift store in Millthorpe handmade cabinet recycled interiors tomolly millthorpe sign

{Creative Makers} Indri from Inkibabinki

inkibabinki cushions

Image Credit @inkibabinki

I’m excited to announce a great new segment to the blog called “Creative Makers”. I come across an almost endless amount of inspirational and clever makers on Instagram and i thought it was about time i shared them with you. First up i have the super sewer Indri from Inkibabinki. Indri lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children, 4 and 1. After the birth of her first child she decided she would work from home. With a background in Interior Architecture, it just made sense for her to combine her love of sewing with childrens’ interiors. According to Indri, Inkibabinki is all about being fun, fresh and comfortable, while focusing on minimalistic design.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @_myminime_

Indri began her business slowly in 2013. She was intitially focusing on childrens’ fashion but she eventually moved back to her roots as an interior architect¬†and began to¬†explore the world of kids’ interiors. Her monochrome cushions are bang on trend and bring an element of fun into kids spaces. Geometric grids and lines keep her designs minimal, which leaves plenty of room for imaginative play for the kids.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @inkibabinki

Inkibabinki’s etsy store is bursting with fun and fantasic cushions, clothing and even the custest little temporary tattoos for kids – all in contemporary black and white. And there’s no reason these fabulous monochrome cushions can’t be incorporated into grown up interiors too.

inkibabinki jumpsuit

Image Credit @bhranti1

Pictured above is a jumpsuit from Inkibabinki childrens’ clothing range. Indri also creates pants, t-shirts and onsies.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @jensonandbeau

The contemporary black and white grids, slot in easily into already establised monochrome interiors. Inkibabinki has many happy customers sharing images of their children’s spaces on Instagram. Pop over to Inkibabinki’s IG account to check out more beautiful childrens’ spaces.

ice cream cushion

Image Credit @kidsgiftsandtoys

And seriously, what kid wouldn’t want an ice cream cushion!? Please check out Indri’s gorgeous etsy store here and support small business.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @pamdosal

You can find Inkibabinki –

Inkibabinki on Instagram

Inkibabinki Etsy Store

Inkibabinki Facebook

{Creative Makers} Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon

Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon

Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon – image by @brownpaperlemon

Meet Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon, a talented illustrator living on the Gold Coast, bringing her creations to life on beautiful pillowcases. I first came across Nikki playing #7vignettes on Instagram. Have you played before? It’s a fun Instagram game, hosted by the Jen Bishop from the Interiors Addict, where you are challenged to create little vignettes based on 7 themes or prompts.

brown paper lemon

Image @brownpaperlemon

Nikki’s vignettes always stand out in the feed. I found myself immediately drawn to her unique images and talent for drawing. Her crisp images often feature an illustration or two, making her vignettes completely original, impossible to replicate. You can check out Nikki’s Instagram feed here. Seriously, this girl has talent! Just check out his gorgeous costume, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, that she created for her son.

Where the wild things are costume

Max – Where the Wild Things Are
Image by @brownpaperlemon

And this fabulous Kmart hack – Nikki added her Brown Paper Lemon stamp to this one and doesn’t it look great!

whale clock

Nikki added a gorgeous Humpback Whale to this Kmart clock. Image by @brownpaperlemon

Instagram is a gold mine for locating fellow creatives and handmade artisans and Nikki is no exception. I get so excited when i see fellow creatives stepping up and developing their own businesses based on their passion. And this is exactly what Nikki has done!

printed whale pillowcases

Pillowcases from Brown Paper Lemon Image by @brownpaperlemon

Nikki¬†has started printing her¬†beautiful¬†illustrations onto pillowcases. There are two illustrated pillowcases currently available through Brown Paper Lemon, Humpback Whale and Sperm Whale, but Nikki promises that there are more to come. I can’t wait!

whale pillowcase

Humpback Whale Pillowcase by Brown Paper Lemon

whale printed pillowcases

Sperm Whale Pillowcase by Brown Paper Lemon

Brown Paper Lemon pillowcase are available through Nikki’s store –¬†www.brownpaperlemon.bigcartel.com¬†and you can keep up to date with her new releases on Facebook.

black and white kids room

Image by @brownpaperlemon

{My Houzz Articles} Multi-Functional Furniture

I like to choose pieces of furniture for my home that can work in a variety of ways. For example – a stool can be used for seating or as a small stand for a plant. In my lastest artice on Houzz i look at 5 furniture pieces that i call magical multi-taskers! They are furniture pieces that i love to have around my home, because they get used so often and in so many ways. Click the image below to get the full story –

multi functional furniture

Click on the image to read the full article on Houzz Australia

{Creatives’ Spaces} Janelle from @awhitestyle

round mirrors

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Today we are taking a look into the creative space of @awhitestyle. This feed is one of my current favourites on Instagram – Janelle from @awhitestyle. I have been following Janelle for a while and i must say that i really LOVE her style. She shares pictures of her daily life everyday on Instagram. Her interiors are beautiful mix of classic, real and warm.

shelf styling

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I love Janelle’s style simply because it feels so effortless. There’s no overstyling or obsessing about perfectly placed cups – well, at least it doesn’t appear that way. All of her images feel like real, unedited snapshots of her life‚Ķ..and it’s a beautiful life!

home front door mat

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

She recently shared 20 facts about herself on IG which confirmed why i love her feed so much. She’s a real person! yay! You gotta love authenticity. She loves to knit, crochet, DIY, bake and craft. She’s a cat lover, coffee lover and WINE lover.

crocheters of instagram

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Janelle shares the most divine images of her cooking creations on IG and shares her recipies happily on her blog – www.awhitefarm.blogspot.com.au And while i kinda hate cooking, i do love eating and her bakes looking particularly inticing. I’m almost inspired to take up baking.

pink iced cupcakes

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Baxter and Lolly the cats star pretty heavily in her Janelle’s feed. They are seriously living the dream! Lolly in particular is Janelle’s little furry shadow. So adorable.

cute cameo kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I highly recommend a visit to Janelle’s blog and her IG feed. If you love real, white and clean interiors, you’ll lobe Janelle’s feed.

Cute fluffy kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

window bench seat

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

 

{My Houzz Articles} 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts

I seriously cannot get enought of Kantha quilts! Click on the image below to read my article on Houzz – 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts. It’s a great read for anyone with a few blankets or for those looking for reasons to justify purchasing a few more. :) Enjoy!

Houzz - Kantha Quilts

Click the Image to Read the Article

Bedroom Room Reveal: One Day Makeover

tufted headboardI love a good room makeover, especially one that doesn’t cost the earth and has maximum impact. The Block room reveals have sadly been postponed until tomorrow night, due to the cricket, so i thought i’d try and fill the void with my own room reveal. When we moved into our new home in January of last year, we couldn’t afford a proper headboard for our room. I was happy to hang our New York City print from IKEA over our bed as a temporary option as it looked fab. I was so pleased with it in fact, that I haven’t really looked for anything to replace it, until now.diy wall pennantWhile the NYC print looked great, it was pretty impractical as it provided no support while reading or crocheting in bed. Still, I didn’t feel moved to replace it until I saw the perfect headboard at one of my local furniture and homewares shops. SOLD! Hubby and I strapped it to the top of our prado and carefully drove it home. We only had to stop three times to adjust the ropes – clearly we aren’t brilliant at tying knots!! :)¬†Tufted headboardI bought a few bits and pieces to help tie the room together, but most of the items I already had on hand. Shopping at home is the best!! Overall, I’m pretty stoked with how the room has evolved. Hubby said it’s not the manliest bedroom, but I did I include a couple of skulls to keep him happy. :)bedroom ideas and decor

Bed styling

Love Show Cushion by Kezz Brett from Jumbled

Tufted beadhead

Gold Mirror from Freedom Furniture

Bedroom ideas

Marble cross – Freedom Furniture

Bedroom stylig ideas

Pillow styling in bedrooms

Striped rectangular cushion from Big W

Side table styling

Framed card by Ali McNabney-Stevens

Bedroom ideas

Bedroom cushion styling

Gold Heart Cushion – hand stencilled and sewn by me.

So, what do you think? I love it. :)