Monoshop: DIY Calendar

I have for some time now been a fan of Monoshop, a South Africa based, Scandinavian style online store selling a small but beautiful collection of furniture and homewares. I have raved about them here on the blog before (see here), but this time around, it’s a more personal scenario. Petro at Monoshop recently reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in doing a guest blog post to feature their free printable calendar for the month of April and… Read more »

Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2016

Guys, this post is sooooo late, and I apologise for that – it’s just been a particularly hectic run up to Christmas this year. But without further ado, and after several requests, here they are: The House of Hawkes annual free printable Christmas Gift Tags. Just in time for anyone who, like me, is wrapping at the 11th hour. Since I am working on decorating the table with sprigs and twigs this year, I thought it more than fitting to do a… Read more »

DIY Father's Day snack pack

DIY Father’s Day snack pack

I’m surprisingly well prepared for Father’s Day this year. I’m not entirely sure how that came about, since I’ve been feeling particularly frantic lately, but then who am I to question such a formidable show of diligence (LOL!) – let’s just roll with it. Truth be told, I’ve seen a bunch of cute stuff for Father’s Day on Pinterest in the past few days, and since I do so love a bit of customised stationery, I thought why not try a little something… Read more »

Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2015

Don’t you love a free printable? I sure do. I remember when I first started reading blogs, many of my favourite design blogs were found as a result of searching for free printables. I’m particularly fond of gift tags, so now that I have a blog, for the past two years I have designed a set of Christmas gift tags to offer as a free download for my own readers. It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition around here and I can’t believe it’s already time for the third edition. And just for… Read more »

free printable christmas holiday gift tags

Printable Christmas gift tags 2014

The silly season is fast approaching. Again. Can you believe that? Are you making plans and starting to prepare for the holidays? I’m slowing moving in that direction. Last year I designed some Christmas gift tags which I made available for free download on the blog. Since they were really popular, I thought I’d do the same again this year. This year’s edition is my attempt at holiday humor… I little something we could all do with around the festive season. Right? You… Read more »

DIY reward jar labels free printable

DIY reward jar

I don’t know about your household but there is a fair amount of bribery that goes down in ours. In fact, I like to think of it less as bribery and more as an apropriate reward system. The kind that keeps things running smoothly around here (sound convincing?) And whilst I am quite strict when it comes to my kids’ consumption of sweets, I am a firm believer in incentivising good behavior. The bottom line is, I’m not above the occasional use bribery in those ‘pick… Read more »

Get-the-look-black-and-white

Decorating with black & white

One of the greatest secrets of decorating is that a room doesn’t have to be elaborate to look amazing. It can be as simple as black and white. The high contrast combination adds effortless elegance to any space.

TEAL sea urchin

A touch of teal: Dulux color of the year 2014

Dulux predicted teal as the color of choice for 2014. A stark contrast to Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I have to admit that I find myself firmly rooted in the Dulux camp on this one. Teal is by far a more refreshing color. According to Dulux, it “combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue to symbolize balance”, and I concur. Teal, or ‘Sea Urchin 1’, the precise shade specified by Dulux, combines beautifully with shades… Read more »

baby monthly photo

DIY Printable stickers for baby’s monthly photos

There are few things in this world that will have me sitting at my screen saying ‘aaaaah’ out loud, but images of babies, particularly newborns, will do it every time. I can stare at them for hours on end. I mean, what’s not to love about those pint-sized little beings? I have a serious appreciation for those precious moments being beautifully captured because, as a mom-of-two, I know that they pass all too quickly and before you know it, your… Read more »

DIY this Valentine’s Day

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is only a month away. We only just got through Christmas and New Year and it’s already time to start thinking about the next holiday. In our household, Valentine’s Day was forever postponed by a week when we welcomed our baby boy into the world on 14 February 2009. In an attempt to keep his special day ‘all about him’, my hubby and I agreed that from then onwards, we would keep any possible… Read more »

Halloween printables to DIY for

I can hardly believe its that time of year again. Our neighbourhood is abuzz with Halloween excitement and spooky decor – its such a fun time for the kids…… and ahem, some adults too. That said, we live in a community that is really culturally diverse and alas, Halloween and all it’s tricks is not for everyone. I’ve always thought that a little note or sign at the door is really helpful for parents and kids to know, without hazarding… Read more »

Free printable Christmas gift tags

Printable Christmas gift tags

I’ve been working on some goodies for Christmas and thought that I would share these printable Christmas gift tags with you all. I hope you like them. You will need: Cardstock of at least 180 gsm Single hole punch Ribbon, cord or embroidery cotton I tried both cotton and cord for my examples above, and whilst I think the cord has a nicer feel (less floppy), I love how the red cotton picks up the touches of red in the… Read more »

DIY Kids inspirational poster

I have seen so many of these inspirational posters around and I think they are a great option for wall art in kids rooms and family areas. I decided to make one for my son’s room, which was needing a little something on a blank bit of wall.  Putting the design together was relatively simple but deciding how to display it was a whole separate mission. It’s not often that I grapple with indecision in the realms of decorating but… Read more »