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Pinterest Picks : Getting lost in a map

Maps.  They allow your mind to wander to far off places, to dream of exotic holidays, to track past travel experiences or to remember loved ones abroad.

There's something enchanting about maps.  And we love that they have become such an interior trend.



 


GET THE LOOK : LOST IN A MAP


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Let's Make It : Lemonade Stand

Imaginative play is one of the most fun things for both children and their parents.  And this not only combines the imaginative, but the creative too!  Hours of entertainment ahead.

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't have your own indoor lemonade stand (or shop).  You children will absolutely love this... and we do too.

Thank you to the beautiful Jordan at Oh Happy Day for sharing this tutorial.




Materials: Giant Cardboard Box, Pencil, Ruler, X-Acto Knife, Butcher Paper, White Tape, Scissors, Red Paint, Paint Brush

Step 1: Design the structure of your lemonade stand, draw it onto the cardboard box, and then cut it out with a stanley knife. We cut a window into the front of the box and doors into the side. We used the extra cardboard from the window to make a shelf that would hold the lemonade. We also cut off the top of the box in a diagonal so that a paper awning would sit on a slope.
Step 2: Cover the box in butcher paper. We attached it with white tape so the seams wouldn’t be as noticeable.
Step 3: Inside the box, brace the shelf that sits in the front window with extra strips of cardboard. We taped them diagonally and horizontally so they wouldn’t budge.
Step 4: To make the striped awning, first measure the sides of the box top. Draw these dimensions onto a piece of butcher paper, making sure to leave a few extra inches for the scalloped edge that will hang over the top of the box. Measure and draw the stripes so they’re all of equal length, then paint every other one with red paint.
Step 5: Add any other decorations (painted stripes, price sign, etc.)
Step 6: PLAY!

You could totally make this into any little shop you liked - ice-cream parlour, cafe, supermarket - the options are endless!

For the love of eating : Chilli Hot Chocolate

This week Guy from Bondi Harvest brings you a sensational Chilli Hot Chocolate.  The perfect treat for these cold, cold nights.

I'm know what I'm about to go and make!!


Stills : A Weekly Collection







: one can hardly turn the little fella down on his request for scooter park when the vision upon arrival is such..
: parklife.. AGAIN.. truly I love it really
: purple is becoming a pattern, I don't think it will take over my hot pinks, khaki or pastels but there is a phase happening for sure
: take me away in one...actually I would just like one in the back garden
: our weekly charity shop trip $3 spend and mother and son leave as happy campers
: ubervisiting... I love that gal

The Round Up


We want to share with you some of our favourite posts that have crossed our paths this week.  Posts with images that made our hearts sing, or words that rang true to us.  Posts that inspired.

We hope they inspire you too.

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The beautiful Rachel from In Spaces Between shared her stunning Italian Holiday Snaps... Oh take me there now!


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The team at Mr Printables have the most gorgeous Rain & Rainbows Board Game printable.  Perfect for this dreary winter weather.


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After the fanfare over the birth of Prince George, our dear friend Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim wrote a beautiful post that touched on what it's like to be a new mother.


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The incredibly talented Celeste Vlok shares her amazing recipe for Lemon Curd.  I'm salivating!


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Lisa from the Red Thread talks about creative copying vs coincidence.  She has an important story to tell, and it's one that also needs to be shared.


Top Hits

People watching is such an interesting sport, but here at DTLL we get to do Product watching. Ok so its not quite as funny but we can see which item is your favourite from which stores so every once in a while we share because you never know... someone may just have ordered just what you had been looking for :)

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Add a touch of subtle glamour to your walls with this amazing Jessica Brennan piece.


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The perfect print for an entry hallway, all thanks to Ant Design.


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There is so much we love about these beautiful necklaces from Danidot Designs.


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Clocks just got a whole lot cooler thanks to DougsWordClock.


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Every family needs a canvas just like this - it's a piece to treasure forever.  All thanks to Quint Design.


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Bright and beautiful tea towels from Supertrooper Studio


For the love of eating VIDEO : Wagyu Beef and Beer Pot Pie

There's nothing quite like a nice hot pie on a cold winter's day.  Pies may just be the ultimate comfort food... Pastry and meat, and in the case of this recipe - beer!  What's not to love?!

We'll hand it over again to Guy from Bondi Harvest.

You're going to love this one!


Pinterest Picks : Make it!

There's nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction that you get from completing a creative project.  And what better place to be inspired to get a little crafty than good old Pinterest.  There are just so many ideas of things to make at home.

Fun things for the kids to make, little ways to spruce up your garden, or special ideas to make your home unique.

We love to get creative!






GET THE LOOK : MAKE IT!

We have so many wonderful sellers at DTLL that take the hassle out of creative projects.  Whether it's in the garden, something with the children or even making your own home brew - our sellers have you covered!  They give you the kit with all you need, and all you need to do is get your craft on!



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Stills : A Weekly Collection








: eating has been simple this week simple salads or healthy and fresh ordered in
: he comes with me wherever I go but it makes him so much happier of I sit near a sun spot
: park life after school
: baths are not always my thing but I indulged and I liked it..
: my work is always with me but I love my work and am happy to have it by my side
: my office, a place where I surround myself with inspiration, the room that will some day soon have no wall space as I just can't stop!

Humbling Behaviour...


I find true loyalty so emotional. Be it from my friends in the way they care for me and my welfare, my relationships I have formed through work that support me and even tell me they find what I have done inspiring (the funny thing is the exact ones that do that are the ones I draw MY inspiration from) or just the simple loyalty that my husband offers where he has my back even when he thinks I have sort of been an arse.

These past few weeks I have been watching The Tour De France.

I come from a strong sporting background, I love a challenge, I thrive on competition and I adore kicking the crap out of personal goals but the Tour has really made me think about how truly amazing those men are. Someone I don't think I could ever be.. and not for the physical incapability but the psychological side.

These teams are made up of elite sportsmen, sportsmen fitter than a HUGE portion of the population could ever dream of being.

They are individuals that all start a race where only one person can take the final glory yet along the road they travel these sportsmen spend hours every day turning themselves inside out, clawing at every last ounce of energy and managing to push themselves through what must be the biggest battle of all, the battle of the mind that just tells them to stop pedalling and roll on back down that frigging hill!

The thing that moves me the most is the ones that do all that the best are never the ones that win, they are the ones that pull their team leader up the mountains every day. Give up their bike in a heartbeat if he gets a flat, wait for the team car to give them another then race up the road to start pacing him to the finish again. The ones that sprint flat out at the end until their heart is in their mouth and they are ready to throw up only to move out the way just before the line and let their team mate take the glory.

I like to think of myself as eternally giving to those I can, loyal to those I love and someone who pays it forward but I don't think, scrap that, I KNOW there is no way I could be that way in competitive sport.

It humbles me to watch their ability to do something I know I can't.. it makes me emotional..






The Round Up

We want to share with you some of our favourite posts that have crossed our paths this week.  Posts with images that made our hearts sing, or words that rang true to us.  Posts that inspired.

We hope they inspire you too.

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These beautiful cake toppers from Design Love Fest are simple, sweet and oh so effective... as well as looking like so much fun to make!


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This post from Naomi at Love Taza just makes me want to pack up and move to New York.  Actually, most of her posts make me want to pack up and move to New York!  It's New York City dreaming at it's best.


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Our good friend Beth from BabyMac shares with us her recipe for good old fashioned Chicken Cacciatore.  Perfect for these cool evenings.


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The team at My Design Chic take us on an incredible tour of Singita Lodge in the Serengeti, Africa.  Oh, we can dream...


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And finally, this one is an older post - but one that needs to be shared.  Amy over at The Misadventurous Maker had an ice-cream party a while back...  And she shows you exactly how you can have a sweet party like this too!


Top Hits...

People watching is such an interesting sport, but here at DTLL we get to do Product watching. Ok so its not quite as funny but we can see which item is your favourite from which stores so every once in a while we share because you never know... someone may just have ordered just what you had been looking for :)

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Conilab prints do everything right, but this one is something really special.  


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Crashmats... Once you're in, you won't want to get out.  And their range of colours will suit every home.  Bright and beautiful!


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The dance of a dandelion.  This whimsical cushion from DesignAtelierArticle reminds me of childhood summers.  I'm in love. 


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I'll be honest, I'm not a big coffee drinker... BUT I would totally start if it meant I could buy one of these seriously cool coffee pod holders from Hologrammer.  I know what my coffee drinking family will be getting for Christmas!


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It's boho meets urban cool - it's an on trend Buddha!  Completely in love with these neon Buddhas from Milly + Eugene.


Let's make a tassel garland!

We love a garland here at DTLL HQ.  But the tassel one just may be our favourite!


Thanks to the lovely team at The Sweetest Occasion, we though we'd share with you this tutorial on how you can make one for yourself.

You will need: 
Various colours of tissue paper (including metallic cellophane if you wanted).
Scissors
Glue (ideally a glue gun or craft glue)
Cord or string

What you need to do:
Firstly, fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over twice length-wise.  With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4" wide along the unfolded short edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2" of uncut tissue at the folded edge.


Then unfold your two length-wise folds, and cut the tissue in the centre, creating two folded halves.  Set one aside.

Next, open your remaining half and lay it out.  You should have a sheet of tissue with fridge on either side and a solid section down the centre.  Using the solid centre section, being to roll the tissue paper up, being careful to keep the fridge untangled.

After the entire section is rolled, twist the centre tightly, then curl it in on itself to create a loop, and secure it with a small dot of glue.


Finally, trim the ends if you need to and string your tassel onto the cord.  Repeat until you have as many tassel's in as many colours as you like!

I had a go, and this is my final result.  It now sits proudly above my desk - I love it!



Top image from Confetti System.  
All middle images via The Sweetest Occasion
Final image via Amelia Williams.