Spring DIY Project List

Spring is the perfect time to get creative, make project lists (and actually do them), it's also a time to get organised before year-end madness arrives. I'm really fortunate that Daniel helps me with my DIY ideas, both with inspiration and useful insight. He is a keen Gumtree shopper and at first I was hesitant and I wondered how the cool and lovely items I spot on Pinterest could possibly live on Gumtree! I have, however been proven wrong time and time again. I must admit my interest was piqued and I started exploring for myself... finally! Thank goodness I did. I've had three creative projects in mind... a camera lamp, crafty locker storage and I've also had my eye on an old or vintage bicycle. I found this lovely inspiration as well as the creative 'ingredients' to get going on my spring DIY projects. Do you shop for second hand items or via Gumtree? Have you found any treasures while out shopping?

Project One... Re-purpose a Locker
Perfect for storage and a lovely conversation piece.
My Inspiration One, Two & Three

My Gumtree choices for lockers to use: One & Two
My 'how to' DIY inspiration via My Passion for Decor.

Project Two... Make a Camera Lamp
This will look so lovely in either my office or our lounge. A few years ago we upcycled an old photography spotlight for our home - this will compliment it nicely.

My Inspiration One & Two

My Gumtree Choice for Cameras to use: OneTwo & Three
My 'how to' DIY inspiration via Instructables - I aim to do the wiring via the lens (or shall I say Daniel will be doing the wiring - I'll project manage... he he).

Project Three... Restore a Bicycle
Daniel's just finished restoring and creating a vintage style cafe racer motorbike. Helping with an easier project should be so much simpler. I would love a bike of my own, but it needs to be pretty!

My Inspiration OneTwo & Three

My Gumtree Choice for Bikes to use: One & Two
My 'how to' DIY inspiration via Sweet by Chan.

Now... to get started! Are your working on any home DIY projects? I would love to hear more!
*Also be sure to take a look at Nicola's post on Ask Ashe where she showed some of her DIY project ideas.

Meet Free Monday #36

29 September: A Day at HQ

*I'm sorry this post is so late, but I had trouble publishing it - a bit of fiddling and finally here it is.
Its been absolute ages since I've written a traditional MFM post, so I hope you'll enjoy this catch up and outlook on my week.

The past weekend was a quiet one spent at home. We relaxed and worked and headed out on Sunday for a late lunch and some frozen yogurt. In the morning I joined a few friends for breakfast. We shared delicious food and sat chatting until past lunchtime. (You can see some snaps on my personal Instagram.)

Let's dive straight into the new week... I browsed the Coloursnme blog to get inspired and organised. The beautiful photos and pretty pages in Malini's planner did the trick.

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
Last week was a really good work week. I'm not sure why, but it felt as if I got my 'groove back', corny as that may sound. It was great to get back to blogging too. Have you spotted a few changes around here? Claire and I are still working on a one or two updates, but watch this space!

The Working Week Ahead:
This week is fully booked as far as consulting sessions go. I have several in person and a few online ones too. The sessions are one of my favourite aspects of my work. I'm also catching up with Sabrina from Fashion Nanny, who is back from London and Rome. I can't wait to hear what she saw and experienced. We'll be planning a few updates for her business and chatting through next week's Fashion Camp, where I will be speaking about blogging and social media.

Things I'm excited about this week:
I'm excited to add the finishing touches to the blog. There are also loads of social things on the go, after work I'll be heading out for good meals and catch-ups. I'm looking forward to dinner at Lupa Osteria and Lauren from Glossary's birthday party on Saturday. 

What will challenge me this week?
Staying focused! I've been steadily setting into a new and improved routine and I would like to keep up the momentum.

Personal Thoughts or Goals:
I currently feel as if I'm consolidating life, both work wise and on a personal note. I want to get things done and find balance as always. I'm feeling positive and happy - ready to face the last few months  of the year. Yikes... it's a bit scary how fast we are heading towards Christmas! 

Wishing you luck for your week! Let me know what you're up to or looking forward to this week?

Be sure to check in for other posts this week as well as next week's MFM planning edition post.

Brand Spotlight: ZANA

I'm sure Zana needs no introduction. This awesome brand first caught my eye in 2012 when I bought one of their beautiful cushions via We Heart This (read post here). While I was in Cape Town I popped past their amazing office and shop space - it was pretty damn inspiring! I snapped a few little details while there and loved seeing their products in person. Think... cheerful, happy, colourful and on trend!
When inspecting branding, blogging and business done right - Zana are A+ students who make building a successful brand look easy. Their clever DIY features, beautifully photographed images and all round coolness are just a few of the things that make them stand out. Building a successful creative business is a labour of love and it takes exceptional dedication. The Zana team have applied said dedication to build an impressive brand - I can't wait to see what they do next!

Be sure to visit Zana online to see their work and great social media updates. I hope you're inspired by Zana to work harder at building your own business and brand! 

Find Zana Online / Site / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

CNA Giveaway & Craft Competition

CNA recently spoiled me with a box full of crafty goodies and supplies. I was so excited to dive in and discover the delightful array of colourful and useful items within. The box design was beautiful and the selection was just perfect and particularly well thought out. 

In celebration of CNA's newly launched social media profiles (Facebook & Instagram) they are hosting a fun competition with a focus on 'Rhinose Day'. I love the fact that a good cause is getting support in a new and interesting way.

You're invited to submit a rhino-inspired craft to stand a chance of winning more than R20 000 in prizes. The prizes include a R5000 gift voucher and a Samsung Tablet (amongst other things). WOW! The deadline is the 15th October so be sure to get crafty soon. You can share your lovely creations via Facebook and on Instagram using the hash tag #CNACraftComp. But... don't forget to upload your entry here too. I need to do some brainstorming on my submission... I wonder what I can create?

To get you inspired and to stock up your craft kit - CNA have very kindly offered a R500 voucher to one lucky reader. Hooray! Wishing you the best of luck and happy crafting!
(This is a local - South African giveaway)

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