Friday, January 31, 2014

A little bit of Summer DIY

I thought I would share with you a little bit of DIY that we did last year.  You might remember my happy door that I painted a while ago, well this is sort of a follow on from that.

Our little cottage was built in the late 1890's so it has some pretty odd little quirks and random spaces.  When you open the front door there is this little room, just big enough to walk a couple of steps before you open the door to our lounge.  I guess you could call it an entrance hall, but it is so tiny that feels a bit of a grand name - we have always called it the waiting room, no idea why!   It sort of became a dumping ground for shoes and coats and mostly just stuff.  We always felt it had not a very nice feeling, definitely not a welcome home type vibe.  So finally this summer we got around to doing something about it - yay!

Because it is such a little space, and you really don't spend much time in there - I wanted to go a bit crazy with some bright colours and pattern.  I have seen some different versions of triangle wallpaper and tried to find some to buy but they would either not ship to NZ or it was SUPER expensive.  So I thought I'd just paint it - easy right!  Yeah, not so much....

While Mr Odd One Out got to work with all the prepping and painting the base colour, I spent what felt an eternity trying to figure out how the design would fit - way too much maths for me!  The fun part was choosing all the colours - I went a bit crazy and picked 12 in the end but I did make it easy for myself by buying little test pots of each colour.  I ruled up all the triangles lightly in pencil and then started masking them up.  It was actually really hard to figure out the best order to paint the colours, because each one needed two coats and you couldn't paint two colours that were next to each other.  Obviously each set needed plenty of time to dry before masking over the top, so it actually took a couple of weeks to paint the wall!  To finish it off, I added a cool vintage shelf that we painted white and the vintage picnic basket and the gold Uashmama bag holds all our junk.  Finally my hanging plant has a new home and loves it as much as we do!

Now it is finished I absolutely LOVE it.  It is such a happy little space and puts a smile on my face every time I open the door.  And that's what a home should feel like I think.   

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I'm so in love with.... the work of Leonid Tishkov

Long time no blog, I know :(  I really must make some more time to do that and about a million other things!

I just wanted to share the work of photographer Leonid Tishkov - I have just discovered his magical moon images.  I'm a little late I know, but how AMAZING are they!  Leonid takes this moon on his travels around the world and photographs it. Simple, Beautiful, Haunting... the stuff of dreams.

More to be found here

And he even came to New Zealand - whoop!  Beautiful Auckland with Rangitoto in the background :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wow has it been that long!!! A Giveaway for you :)

I can't believe it has really been so long since I posted on my Blog - oops!

Right now I have a wee giveaway happening on my Facebook page!  To celebrate achieving the 2000 liker milestone I have a prize package of 3 plates....

One of my first ever designs and one of the best selling ones! CAKE knuckles

One of my most recent designs - a lovely wee mermaid.  She has actually been sitting in my sketchbook for nearly a year!!  I painted up two of these plates at Christmas for a custom order so this will be only the third ever painted

Lastly - the winner will get to choose any of my plate designs to complete the set!  I always think the plates look good hung in odd numbers so three is a perfect start (or addition) to your Odd One Out collection!!

I also have a couple of gift vouchers to give away as 2nd and 3rd prizes - so plenty of opportunities to win :)

So make sure to head over to my page and enter the competition!! I will be drawing a winner next Monday :)  Exciting!  (Only open to NZ residents - sorry)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wow! - Magical Scenes Sculpted with Chicken Wire

Wow! These sculptures are so insanely beautiful, and whimsical, and nostalgic, and just simply gorgeous!  I keep going back over and over again to look at these photos, so I thought I would share them with you.

Made by London based artist Benedetta Ubaldini - they are made from chicken wire of all things!  Who knew that it had the potential to look so stunning!

You can see more of her work here - thanks to My Modern Met for this fab discovery!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

And the winner is.........

Congrats Dianne!  You have won your very own custom painted vintage plate - and your idea was such a lovely one too (if not a bit challenging for me! ;)

"I would want one with a picture of the 8 cell embryo that became my beautiful IVF baby, Monty, and a wee tiny note that says 'miracles do happen' :)"

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Finally another giveaway!

I really can't believe I have got to the point where I can have a 1000 Facebook liker giveaway!  Thank you so much everyone :)

So as requested I am going to be giving away a custom designed, hand-painted vintage plate! Wahoo!

Now this can be anything from adding your name to one of my existing designs like the "love birds banner", a favorite image or character or even something out of your wildest dreams like this fab Bacteria plate below. 

For more ideas check out my custom album on Facebook and get thinking!



I would love to know what you would all like your very own custom plate to look like............. so to go into the draw just email me at or leave a comment below letting me know your idea.  Be as detailed as you would like, you can even specify a style or colour of plate and I will see what I can do!

I will draw a winner randomly on Wednesday 20th June at 7pm-ish and let them - and then you all know!

To be fair of course - as this is celebrating my Facebook fans you must also have liked my page :)

I'm sorry but I will only be able to send this plate within NZ so this draw is open to NZ residents only - or those of you living overseas with a lovely NZ friend that can pass it on :)

So get those thinking caps on - I cant wait to see what you all come up with!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Relax & Unwind - Dominique Falla

There is just something about beautiful words, illustrated in a beautiful font in a beautiful way.  Gets me every time!
Australian typographer Dominique Falla has created this HUGE typographical piece titled "Relax and Unwind" with thousands of pins and hundreds of meters of coloured string.  Lordy - I can't imagine it would be too relaxing - unwinding all of that though!

Isn't it gorgeous! Trying to figure out how I can make one in my house - not sure about all those nails in the wall though :)  Found via Design Taxi