Weekend special | Valentines Day | Get crafty with love

Here is a special weekend post as Valentine’s Day is couple days from today, so if you’re thinking about making some Valentine crafts for family, friends or the love of your life, here are some fun and easy DIY projects to show your love in a creative way! Get creative this weekend. . .

Check out more ideas on my pinterest Love board and for decor ideas check out my blog Love tag.

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Kraft paper boxes

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DIY Heart Mason Jar

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Love Frame

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Love letter wrap

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Sharpie Love Mug

Photography | GIVEAWAY

PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS- YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! We’re excited to be ending this winter with a SUPER Photography Workshop Giveaway!

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME:

If you remember a while ago I attended a Places, Landscapes and Your Travels Workshop with  Remember Forever Photography which you can check out here; and now we have teamed up with Remember Forever Photography for you to WIN! Remember Forever Photography provides you with a hands-on, fun, interactive experience to take the mystery out of using your camera and ensure that you take amazing photographs every time.

We’ve got 2 amazing workshop prizes to give away. All you need to do is share a little love on your social network to win your free pass! There is also a sneaky FB discount code for anyone who wants to book a workshop for themselves or a friend (you could even use it for this Sunday for Father’s Day present). Just head to http://www.rememberforever.com.au and enter the code on the booking screen!

GIVEAWAY ENTRY GUIDELINES:

1.  You must ‘LIKE’ both REMEMBER FOREVER PHOTOGRAPHY and ARHITEKTURA+ FACEBOOK PAGES.

2. Please go to our page and share the competition photo and leave a comment below stating yo liked and shared.

3. Entry deadline Saturday, September 22nd, 6pm.

4. T&Cs http://www.rememberforever.com.au/rfp/index.php/about/terms-and-conditions

GIVEAWAY IS LIMITED TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. SPREAD THE WORD!!

THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN FROM A RANDOM DRAW AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE ON MY BLOG AND FACEBOOK PAGE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST!!

Remember Forever Photography is giving you a SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT to their workshops!!! Please enter code FBLOVE20 upon checkout to redeem your discount. Code expires October 1st 2012

( If you have a great product and are interested in a giveaway collaboration, please contact me at  a.plus.design@live.com )

Good Luck & we would love to do a post on your workshop so keep us updated!

DIY | Picture Frame an Easier Way

Decide what you want to showcase and where.  Photos, art, unique frames, eclectic object…or a mix?  The key is focusing on a purpose, a specific ”highlight” in the collage; for example, this may be one large piece, a grouping of like items, or the simple fact of pairing balanced, symmetric pieces. Above is my own Gallery photo wall at my place which me and my husband did one weekend using black & white IKEA Ribba series frames. We also added our favorite quote got it printed and stuck it on the wall.

Hanging multiple framed pictures so that they look orderly can be a challenge. The secret is to divide and conquer: Mark a horizontal midline on the wall, and hang all pictures above or below it.

The line can be delineated with a strip of painters’ tape and then removed once the pictures are in place. To unify the group, choose a single color for all frames and, if displaying photographs, stick with either all black-and-white or all color shots.

Picture Hanging How-To: 

◆Unfurl a length of painters’ tape horizontally across a wall, making sure tape is level.

◆Determine nail placement for frames above the mid line by measuring from the bottom of a frame to its bracket.

◆For frames below the midline, measure from the top of the frame to the bracket. Use additional strips of tape, positioned vertically, to create even spaces between pictures arranged next to each other.

◆When all frames are in place, remove tape from wall.

Picture composition ideas below:

Check back today on another post for more ideas on Home Wall galleries

DIY | Color Blocked Dipped Spoons

A little something to spice up your kitchen, use for your next dinner party and/or gift!

You will need:
Wooden Spoons (available in IKEA)
Paint. Colors of your choice.
Tape
Brush
Jar, for display

1.Wrap pieces of tape around the handles of your spoons. Leave at least 2 inches from where the handle meets the spoon.

2. Select your paint palette (we mixed pink and white to create an ombré effect then punched one spoon up with a shot of neon) and paint above tape.

3. Let dry and peel back tape.

Via| Sophie Monet

DIY | Chalkboard Mug

I have been seeing these everywhere with a big pricetag! So I have found a link on how to do these Chalkboard Mugs yourself. Check out my previous post Chalkboard serving platter DIY

you’ll need:
– A porcelain mug
– Painter’s tape
– Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at
– a soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)

DIY Chalkboard Mug instructions here.

DIY | Tray tables

Table Trio How-To

1. Choose trays in a color and material that suit your decor. Easy-to-wipe pieces make cleanup a snap.

2. If desired, prime wooden stools, then paint them with semigloss latex to match trays.

3. Evenly space adhesive Velcro squares on the bottoms of the trays and corresponding spots on the stool tops; set trays on stools.

Via | Martha Stewart

DIY | Painting abstract artwork

Another amazing idea from Wit & Whistle. I always say I will do my own canvas artwork and never find the time. But I love this idea and I actually might try it on the weekend. This is how they did it at Wit & Whistle and you can easily make your own with a canvas, a paint brush, 1/2″ masking tape, and three colors + white acrylic paint. Just tape up your canvas every which way, paint a gradient of each color in the taped segments, remove the tape, and enjoy!

DIY | Stencil Pillow

If you prefer to have a quote of your own on a pillow that that you will be seeing everyday then try this yourself.  I also think $100+ is a bit too much to give for a pillow? If you are like me you would change them all the time depending on your colour mood. If you are on the same boat as me then making your own was the perfect solution.

Supplies:
1. A blank pillow cover (You can get some nice linen covers from here.)
2. Some cardboard
3. A pencil
4. Letter stencil a fabric marker (Black Sharpie fabric marker works great!)

After choosing your quote, stuff your pillow cover with some cardboard to keep the marker from bleeding through and to keep the fabric stretched out smooth.

Use a pencil to stencil your quote onto the pillow cover. If you mess up the spacing you can erase the pencil lines and redo them. You can’t fix mistakes when you’re using the fabric marker, so don’t skip the pencil step. (At least I was able to erase on the linen, I don’t know if that would work on other fabrics.)

Once you’ve penciled everything in, go at it with your fabric marker! I found it easiest to use the stencil for the outline of each letter, and then remove the stencil to fill the letters in.

The Sharpie fabric marker packaging didn’t say anything about heat setting the ink, but I will probably press my pillow cover before I wash it, just to be safe.

Via | Wit & Whistle