(But Further)

I wish I’d taken DIY photos of this. Here’s the only one I have:Image
So you’ll just have to let me tell you how dead simple it was.
Stick thinly ripped masking tape crosses on a small canvas, paint over, add glitter and peel off tape.
Yep. I used yellow, blue and red acrylic paints and just mixed them AS I painted, to get the cool multicoloured effect.

That’s all. Oh, plus a piece of newspaper with a quote I love.
One last thing though- do you LOVE the art table it’s sitting on? When I have my own place, I’m convinced my dining room table will be inspired by this.

Thanks for reading!
Amy, xo.



Travel Journal: the flight.

Travel Journal: the flight.

When I was young I would visit my Grandma in the city- and I can remember looking out the bedroom window and watching the airplanes flashing in the night sky. Last night, as I glanced out the window to look down in awe at Japan, I realised that I was one of them.

I am…

I’m the girl who rushes into the library 5 minutes before closing time, racing to find books that teach Spanish.

As I proudly belt out my puny vocabulary to Pablo and the others on the Learn Spanish disc, I can’t fight a sense of pride and unashamed happiness. This pretty much sums up the past 2 months of my life- a crazy, last-minute burst of panic and excitement, ultimately ending with me grinning like whatever small mission I just completed will go down on the pages of history.


I would usually be the last to describe myself as spontaneous. A) Because I’m not, and B) Because, uh, who actually says that? So naturally, when I was catching up with two of my favourite people in the world yesterday and one of them declared me spontaneous, I was stunned (petrified, ecstatic, delirious)!!!

And then I thought about it.

I dropped a university course I loved, without any plans. I booked tickets to London.  I moved into an unknown town and surrounded myself with complete strangers, and began to hunt for work. I fell in love with the place, and the people. I found a job. I lost it. I didn’t care. I found a new one. I loved it. I quit, to catch my first ever international flight alone. I made a friend on the plane. I flew into London without accommodation booked. I found some. I spent time with friends, I travelled alone, I made new friends. I travelled with my new friends. I stayed at some of their houses. I got to see a grand total of 14 new countries. I even made it home in one piece.


And here I am again, back in good ‘ol AUS, dashing between towns, my car filled with luggage, praying for a job and that the half tank of fuel and $50 that I have left will make the distance.

Uhh, maybe I am a little spontaneous these days? And I haven’t been happier.

DIY Photo Frame!

And about time I wrote another DIY post!
I made this for one of my closest friends, ‘just because’. I think those are the best kinds of presents- when you don’t have any particular reason, other than to remind someone you care.

At the time, I was actually in the midst of a big design project, and it became my inspiration:DIY Photo Frame!
Plus I had a few left over materials from it (always a good incentive).
Anyway, here’s how I made it!DIY Photo Frame!
1> You’ll need: a timber photo frame, a whole heap of those little sticks (I have no idea what you call them, but they look kinda like toothpicks, minus the pointy bit), paints and craft glue. 2> I gently sanded my frame a little, to make sure the glue would hold. 3> The fun part! Get your sticks and your paint (and definitely some newspaper!) and go crazy. Just gather up your sticks and randomly jab and streak and brush them to your heart’s content. I used a few colours at once so they would mix and be pretty :) 4> You’ll need, like, a lot. 5> I drew a few quotes and patterns on some of mine, just for a sweet personal touch! 6> And now you glue. I alternated the sticks in the corners, just following the join, and also some of the sticks needed cutting (Stanley knife or scalpel works) down to fit.

And after hours upon hours of tough labour (slightest of exaggerations)… You’re done.DIY Photo Frame!
And you can probably see that I threw some glitter on there too. Cuz she’s that kinda girl. Hope you guys like it, I was quite proud of my efforts and my friend seemed pretty stoked too!
DIY Photo Frame!
Thanks for checking it out!!
Amy, xo

PS: Sorry for the less-than-spectacular-quality pictures: I took these before I got my SLR camera!