industrial framing and furniture – I’m there!

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Perhaps it’s stating the obvious to admit that I’m a bit in love with rustic and industrial furniture. But to know that it’s crafted by a local family who’ve spent the past 20 years building it from its humble beginnings in a backyard shed into something spectacular, is altogether more warm and fuzzy! This is the story of Mulbury; an Aussie homewares and furniture business that not only makes breathtaking pieces, but does it with heart. I sat down with manager Ryan Melder to find out more about this rustic treasure trove.

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I’m all over the new opus design website

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Fabulous news just in, Creatives! The masterminds behind one of my fave brands, Opus Design, are launching a brand new e-commerce website today. What does that mean for you? Online Shopping! I had the pleasure of touring the Opus Design Co store in Paddington back in April and not only will goodies from this store feature on the website, but the other two stores (Opus Paddington and Octopus) will also be showing off their wares!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | It was Mumma Creatives 60th birthday on Saturday, so I pulled my craft box out (yes, I am a 31 year old man with a craft box!) and made some personalised gift tags using paint card samples from Bunnings. I love using these cards because the range of colours is just amazing. With the help of a balloon-shaped hole punch I got from Lincraft, I made my own little gift tags that are very one-of-a-kind. What do you think?

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how to make your own scented candles

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I was going to start this post with a “If it’s one thing I love about winter” vibe, but truth be told – I love everything about winter! Candles, though, are distinctly winter if you ask me, so I’m rather fond of making my own scented varieties when Mother Nature lowers the temperature.

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crushing on kikki k’s new crafting collection

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The ethos of the new Kikki K Crafting Collection is I just want to make beautiful things – and with the range of items on offer that allow you to completely customise your own projects, you can see why I’m so inspired to shop ’til I drop and get making my own personalised keepsakes! If you’re anything like me and get heart palpitations over stationery and pops of colour, prepare yourself; this new collection has it all. Cue the romantic music!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | The world is intent on feeding my desire to turn into a crazy cat lady with 45 felines running around. And who am I to put up a fight? This week I had the pleasure of stumbling across the amazing Cloudy Apple website, where I laid eyes on this amazing Amelie gift pack. These easy-to-assemble decorative boxes – in all their kitty cuteness – are the best way to display a gift, if you can part with them yourself!

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why you’re going to love *bespoke* magazine

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This week I got the opportunity to fall in love with a new magazine; one that blends arts, crafts, creative people, places and more. Sounds a little bit like The Life Creative, don’t you think? Perhaps this is why I’m so smitten with *bespoke*. For its ninth issue, new editors Robyn and Elle redirected the mag’s focus slightly to include only Australian and NZ creatives and their handmade products. Supporting local creatives – what could be better? This issue is full of inspiration and a few gorgeous surprises. On with the preview!

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market picks for a glorious mother’s day

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1 | You know what I always say; the presentation is just as important as the present itself. Thankfully Kikki K has you covered when it comes to their range of Mother’s Day cards, wrapping and ribbon – in beautiful pink, white and pale green hues. It’s all very floral and feminine and is sure to have Mumma smiling on the big day!

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simplicity and sophistication at country road

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It takes quite a store to lure me away from using bright colours in my home. But only moments into my snap-filled store tour of Country Road in Bondi Junction, I felt compelled to call my partner, tell him the skip was pulling up outside at any given moment and prepare him for yet another complete home overhaul. You know, a  leave nothing behind scenario. This is what I call the CRE (Country Road effect) – and boy had I been struck down with it.

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giftware nirvana at follow store surry hills

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I know I say this every time I do a store tour, but Follow Store in Surry Hills really is my favourite one so far – for real! I wanted to have a movie moment just minutes into the experience and yell “charge it to my card and have it delivered”. I very well would have if I wasn’t concerned the transaction would decline. But really, there’s something special about Follow and it truly struck a chord with me. It’s a giftware paradise and I must now alert my friends; all future gifts will be coming from Follow.

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