The Friday Five – Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY’s

The Friday Five - Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Gold dipped concrete earrings by Fall For DIY / Concrete Votives by Monsters Circus / Cement coasters by A Daily Something / White concrete pots by Zana / Ombre concrete candleholders by Homey oh my!


There’s something about the roughness of concrete mixed with the glam of metallics that I just can’t get enough of, and these DIY’s have me absolutely swooning. I haven’t worked with concrete yet (aside from laying down flooring in the basement) but I’m anxious to try some of these DIY’s out. I’m thinking they’ll make great Christmas presents don’t you? No time like the present to get started!

      

Home | Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Welcome!
You’ve seen bits and pieces of my home studio/office on here and instagram, but I’m excited to finally do a full reveal of the entire space! Get ready for an image heavy post guys, cause I have a lot to show you here in the Squirrelly Minds Studio.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As I pieced the studio together, I featured various projects such as the gold curtains. But I really took my time completing the room because there was so much I wanted and not enough funds. Hey man, working part time and renovating a house sucks the ‘pretty-studio-things’ budget dry. So I entered the Stapes Office Makeover contest, fully not anticipating actually winning.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I was floored when I got the e-mail saying my design was selected. Woohoo! Winning this makeover really kicked the studio renovation into full gear and has made it exactly what I wanted. It’s so funny to look back on what this space used to look like. The changes made a huge difference, especially the chair.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I got my IKEA desk last March. I knew it would be a multipurpose space for typing, crafting, painting, and more – so it needed to be big. This really is the command centre of the room, which is why I took so long putting together the gallery wall above and around the desk.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I cut out kraft paper to match the size of each frame, then spent over a month taping them up, rearranging them, and looking at them from different angles to decide on an orientation I liked. Insane I know, but if I didn’t get it right the first time I knew I’d drive myself bonkers.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds

Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As you can probably tell from the rest of the photos, I like having walls full of bright happy colours, so this blank wall is a bit of a tough contrast for me. But I purposely chose to have a blank wall so I can use it to photograph against, such as for the colour game printable. When it’s not in use, I have this garland (cheers Lexi!) hanging up with washi tape so it can be quickly taken down for set up and pictures.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I often get asked about my dresser, which is my ultimate craft storage (alongside my frighteningly messy closet). I salivated over this Nood dresser every time I walked by the shop window. I mean, it has a perfectly sized washi tape drawer! But sadly it was far out my price range. I continued the one sided love affair until the shop announced it’s store closing sale – 50% off! I was sure sad to see such a great shop go, but so glad this dresser was finally mine!

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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
But out of all the winnings and scored deals, my favourite item in the room is the rug.
Similar to a rag rug, this manta (Portuguese, traditionally a bedspread) was woven by my grandmother in her tiny rural Azorean town. But not only woven. This is what makes the manta so incredible; my mom’s mom grew flax seed, stripped the seed to make linen, made clothes for her herself, her husband and 9 children from that linen, then when those clothes were far from repair after hours of farm work, the fabric was deconstructed and woven into a manta.
Talk about up-cycling.

Well you’ve seen the dining room and now the studio. Next on the docket is the kitchen! Hopefully we won’t take months to finish that one as well.
Thanks for joining in on the tour!

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Want to get the studio look?

Accessories
Rug / Gold Vase / Milk Vase / Notebook


Art
“Do More of What Makes You Happy” / Hello / Balloon / Abstract


Electronics
Printer


Furniture & Fixtures
Office Chair / Desk Top / Desk Leg / Desk Drawers / School Chairs / Drawers / Floating Shelf / Desk Lamp / Ceiling Light / Curtains

      

Blog | Graphic Designer Camille Moir-Smith

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Pot & Pan

All pictures from Camille Moir-Smith’s website

I don’t know how I first came across Camille Moir-Smith, but I fell in love with her work as soon as I did. The simplicity and clean lines behind her design work makes it modern and somehow soothing. Plus, these fantastic looking cafe’s and restaurants make me want to hop on a plane to Australia right now.

      

Blog/Life | Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds

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Hey there! We’re going to do something a little bit different today.
Last week, the inspiring Carrie of Dream Green DIY tagged me in a little Blog Hop where you get to know the blogger a little more. I just recently became acquainted with Carrie and my gosh am I ever glad we did. Managing her own creative ventures while creating adorable DIY’s, I can’t help but be impressed and inspired.
Thanks for tagging me!

Ready to see what it’s like to be inside my squirrelly little mind?

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Why do you write?

I’ve never considered myself a writer, but I have always written. I was that emotional (re: annoying) teenager writing bad poetry, and at 15 wrote a “novel” about a teenager who travelled back in time to the Salem Witch Hunt. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I actually daydreamed about appearing on Oprah as the youngest, most accomplished novelist of the times.
….yeah….embarrassing.
I guess the answer is – I don’t know why I write, I just know that I do. It’s not always grammatically correct and it may not be the most eloquent, but it’s just one of the ways I choose to communicate.

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What are you working on?

Squirrelly Minds Print Shop!!!!
I’m in the process of finding a good printer and selecting the right papers. It’s a bit of a daunting task as I want it to be perfect from the get go, but I can’t wait to see the first prints/cards and to be able to open shop!

How does your blog differ from other blogs in the genre?

This is an impossible question only because there is simply only one answer for everyone – my blog differs from other blogs in the genre because it comes from my voice, my ideas, and my creations. No one can match that, just like I can’t match anyone else, as much as I would love to some days.

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What is your writing process?

Like Carrie, I procrastinate when writing and most other things. Having a clear deadline looming ahead motivates and pushes me to work harder and better.

Example:
My 16 page university essay on Japan’s post war economy was tough so I started immediately. I struggled to arrange my words into a cohesive mess, until the unthinkable happened on page 14. The night before the due date my computer crashed and destroyed the file, dissipating into nothingness. I huddled under my desk, rocked myself back and forth, and ugly cried for what must have been at least an hour. Yep. Total breakdown.
Once I started again, not only did I finish it, but I wrote an even better essay than the first. That overwhelming pressure to finish at a specific time got me there, because good for my health or not, pressure is my best motivator.

Lesson:
Always leave things to the last minute, because if it all gets destroyed, at least you only worked on it for a few hours instead of weeks.

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Well I hope you enjoyed that candid look at my life. Any surprises? Can you relate at all?

Next in the blog roll list, I’m tagging Joy of Frock Files! I simply adore Joy. We met last January at Alt and instantly clicked. She’s incredibly sweet, a bundle of fun (dare I say joy?) and her blog is so reflective, open, and honest. Definitely go check it out, and make sure to visit her next Monday for her rendition of the behind the scenes blog hop!

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