cardboardcities crush – amy sia

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amy sia is an australian fashion designer based in london, who also works in textile design.

something about her patterns really speaks to me. i don’t know if it’s the colour combinations or the patterns themselves, but i love her work.

her patterns are colourful and painterly, with a touch of dreaminess and a hint of psychedelia. her work, to me, anyway, is instantly recognisable as hers. you may have infact seen her work around the internet in various places such as oh joy and refinery29. she also has some fantastic boards and a large following over on pinterest – a veritable print and colour wonderland!

colourful, painterly patterns from amy sia

top // rain, water dream
bottom// marbled darkness, opalescent marble

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DIY – how to make pom poms the easy way!

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laura redburn with pink and lilac pom poms in hair, 50's style, vintage hair accessoriesif you’re a regular reader of this blog you may know i’ve been quite taken by wearing pom poms in my hair lately. this tutorial isn’t hair pom pom specific..but ..they look cute, no?

you can make them as big or small as you want, with as many colours as you want, and put them anywhere you want. they would also be good for putting on top of a present (like on my how to make a cute paper bow post) or you could make smaller ones for a necklace. fun for kids and adults too!

fluffy little versatile balls of fun! let’s go!

balls of wool in pink, lilac and grey on a turquoise blanket

all you need is some wool and your hands! oh, and a pair of scissors to cut the wool. simple, huh?

pink wool in shape of heart on green blanket

firstly cut off a small length of wool to tie around after, about 6 inches if you’re making hand size pom poms.

hand with pink wool wrapped around

then start wrapping it around your four fingers. try not to do it too tight or it’ll be hard to get off after. ideally you need to wrap it at least 60 times, but do more if you want it fuller. that might sound like a lot but it really takes no time at all.

pink wool tied in bow shape

take the length you cut off earlier and slide it in the middle between your fingers. if you can’t get it through, just loosen the wool from your fingers a bit by gently moving it up your hand. you just need to wrap it round once in the middle and tie a knot. then you can slide it fully off your fingers, turn it round and tie a knot on the other side too. you can repeat again if you want to be extra secure.

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slide your scissors carefully in the loops either side of where you tied the knot in the middle. it will naturally curve round a little, so don’t worry. then chop bit by bit until you get to the top. repeat on the other side. then…

ta-da! you’re done! so quick and fun. do you have any creative uses for pom poms?

pink, lillac and grey pom poms, pink things for girls, present wrapping


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northlight – scandinavian style home decor

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scandinavian style homes, who loves them? i do!

often with crisp white walls, a mix of midcentury and modern furniture and lovely accessories sprinkled around, all with a minimal colour scheme. though i’ve noticed that, as well as the usual monochrome of course, red, blues/teal, and yellows seem to dominate when it comes to colour.

i discovered northlight a couple weeks ago & wanted to share their goods with you! as an added bonus if you’re a fan of the moomins, they have a whole section of moomin goodies. did you watch the moomins when you were little? i kind of want everything.

i had a good look through the site and wanted to share some of my favourite items with you.

items from northlight home store - scandinavian style living - cups, bags, blankets, candlesticks

top// amanda latte cup, littlephant messenger bag, mizu pink fleece blanket
bottom// running moomin tray, cosmos turquoise candlestick, black waves cushion

let me know your favourites too!

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cardboardcities colour love – coral

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coral is one of my favourite colours. i like how it hovers between pink and orange. you can see previous colours here: red, orange, yellow, green, blue/indigo, purple, black, white, silver and finally, gold! what’s been your favourite so far?

cardboardcities colour love - coral, pink things, 50's style dress, floral crown, chevron wallpaper, die cut mobile

1// bianca green 2// crown & glory 3// asos pencil dress 4// baby mobile

» i have to admit, i’m a bit ‘over’ chevron patterns, but i love this one by bianca green because it’s a little different, and of course because it’s floral too.
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