I have been thinking a lot about this blog lately and where I want it to go. I see so many of you on Instagram, adding me daily from Australia and I desperately want to bring the same joy and hype about DIY to this city as I did to Dubai.

After being featured in theAAA section of the West Australian, I was approached by the PR Team of Studio Bomba to present a workshop at one of my favourite spaces, Many 6160.

In addition, participants in this workshop get to be the first in the WORLD to work with my new DIY kit (more on that soon, I don’t want to spoil the surprise). The course will take place on Sunday September 28th at 1:30pm at Many 6160.

I would  LOVE to see as many loyal DIY-ers there as possible and new ones too. You can register now at the Studio Bomba website. For the course fee, you get a kit with enough materials to make not only this super cool neutral-coloured tassel and rhinestone necklace I designed but also a bracelet, using the techniques I will demonstrate in class.

I can’t wait to see you there. The class needs a minimum of 6 to go ahead so sign up now!

I am just astonished at how many great creatives are roaming around Dubai, Singapore and Perth. I met Sangeeta from Paper Couture online when she started following me on Twitter. Later, at one of my DIY workshops, she introduced herself and gave me a whole bunch of free printables which she had designed. I was so impressed that I am still using some of these today.

Sangeeta is a graphic designer/art director by profession, and a self claimed writer! She’s also a busy wife and mother who loves creative print design, interior design, DIY, contemporary dance, fashion, and Dubai.

After having her little girl she realised there was a niche in the market for classy, stylish and fun designs for wedding invites, birthday parties and more.

Like many talented DIY-ers, Sangeeta had been designing all of the above for friends for the past 12 years, so she finally decided to go ahead and offer her services to a wider audience? And voila! Paper Couture was born.
Her work was so gorgeous that when I needed to get tags and stickers for DIYnamicstyle.com, I knew exactly where to go. I finally met Sangeeta on my last trip to Dubai and there she was, heavily pregnant and still dishing out her beloved printables. I love when I see that passion in people.
You can see her tag on my latest bag which is on sale at Neon Pony.
If you want some amazing work for your next party or wedding you can contact Sangeeta below. Even if you are not in Dubai, she can do the design work for you from overseas.

Sangeeta Kumar D’souza

It was a dream of mine when I started this blog to be able to collaborate with cool brands like GAP to come up with cool projects for their events. Their “Made to Love” event in Dubai was exactly what I dreamed of. Noughties RnB played while grown men crafted their own bow ties, I would love to do events like this for the rest of my life.

I devised 3 different quick projects, a 5 minute no-sew bow tie, denim bangle and denim detachable collar. All of these were made from old GAP stock, so it was right inline with this blog also.

Take a look at the video and images:


So I recently hosted a DIY workshop at Pantry Cafe. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. On a Thursday, young girls from all different backgrounds came together to make Missoni-inspired vases by upcycling Voss water bottles from the cafe.

Here are the pictures of the workshop. These girls were amazing and we hope to do it again soon!

Thankyou to my fabulous intern George for the pictures and Pantry Cafe and Toh PR for the collaboration.

So on the 25th of April I turned 29. There was something weird about being almost 30 and still in love with doing craft. I have had quite a tough time lately, for someone who has such a rich passion for life and productivity, nothing felt more right than to have my closest handful of friends over for a quiet night in. The project was DIY Deluxe Party hats. The full step-by-steps to come here soon:

Thankyou to The Rug Company for the shoot location, Alex Callueng for photography and Velsvoir for the tshirt. Here are the party pictures are here:

Thankyou to all my amazing girlfriends who have stood by me. Thankyou to my intern Poroma for helping to set up and thankyou to Kelly Brbich at www.thehouseofphotography.com for these party images.

 

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