Wednesday, February 19

Poladroid Day

I'm house sitting at the moment - beautiful garden and a cupboard full of biscuits!

Saturday, February 8

DIY mixed drink - matte spray-painted neon-macrame light-bulb planter!

Yes, I went off the deep end and mushed together as many Pinterest trends as I could...

Spray painting things matte black
Neon
Macrame
Light Bulb vases
Hanging Plants!



What you'll need...
1. an old lightglobe - if you're planning on spray painting it like me it can be frosted or clear, but just beware that Australian frosted globes don't seem to just "wash clean" like US ones seem to.
2. spray paint - choose something that will match your string
3. fine sandpaper - you can skip this if you're planning on being extra gentle with your globe for the rest of eternity
4. masking tape or painters tape
5. a small plant, or a cutting. or flowers if you're planning on a vase instead.
6. potting mix
7. everything that the other tutorials I'll link to say that you need, like SAFETY GOGGLES. BE SAFE.


And here's what I did...

1. I cleaned my bulb out of all it's bits as this tutorial told me to

2. I got a stick to act as a handle for spray painting, and after lightly sanding my globe by hand, I used the masking tape to tape off the base of the globe. Not taping anything could be cool too, or just half the bulb, or a faux paint-dip look diagonal, or whatever your sweet little head can come up with!

3. I used that spray paint OUTSIDE to lightly and evenly cover the bulb.

4. I made a super-simple macrame (some would say cheats' macrame, but I say it is knotting string, so it's macrame, so there!) hanger from brickies string using this tutorial. My three strings were 70cm long, and had a knot at 6cm (handle), my first "couples tie" 29cm after that, my second "split the couples" 5cm after that, 4cm was my "couples back together" tie, and all my strings were knotted back together after another 5cm.

Experiment with different lengths between knots, a different amount of start strings (I chose the minimal three as I though the mash-up was quite busy enough already), different amounts of knots (just keep splitting up and putting together the couples - pretend you're a writer of Home and Away episodes, HA.) And of course with different string types - twine is a classic, as is yarn, but all manner of builders and boat supplies are being used at the moment on "the pins" so just use what ever takes your fancy! I like the idea of threading wooden beads in-between knots like in 70's style macrame, but perhaps with a simpler vessel.

5. I squished some potting mix into the bulb, be careful of the broken glass edge! You're welcome to just make a hanging vase of course, but I'm lazy when it comes to refreshing vases so I needed something for my succulent to root into. If you're using a plant that has roots already, its better to only half fill the bulb, rinse the dirt off the plant so the roots can fit through the top of the bulb, then fill over the roots with more soil. Give it a good water in, and then slip the bulb into your hanger!

Then of course its a task of finding a place with enough light to hang your plant - research how much sun your new baby likes, and give it to them!

:) Have fun, Lauren.

EDIT: The wonderful postcard print is by local dude Sean Morris www.illsean.com



A long awaited and highly deserved Return to Op-shopping (oh and blogging - hi!)


As part of my reward for not op-shopping for about 3 months, I went to my favourite strip in Belmont and went crazy! Over the five-all-next-door-to-each-other adventure, I managed to get some real gems, including these super kitsch teensy swan vessels. The biggest vases at the back are only about 15cm high, and the rest are just for jewellery and Tchotchke's (daym I love that word). They are all very lucky little things as soon they will be filled with adorable succulents and cacti, and apart from the plastic apricot guy on the right (can't part with him!), will be making their way to Osier customers! I'll post here when they're available on my facebook page, and due to there being plants involved, they'll only be available to my local fans here in Perth - sorry dudes!

p.s. I find it hilarious/awkward that the one on the left is a tourist momento from Cronulla... obviously it's back from before the place became famous for all the wrong reasons...

Monday, August 26

Fathers Day is Delicious

all st


had to quickly snap these toffees and brittle before i took them to my dads for gifties!
made from the recipes in frankie magazine's sold out sweet treats book
(which they have recently released a crapple app for which is in turn
 making me hopeful that they'll release e-versions for the sold out mags too)


Monday, July 1

Keeping Busy

Just a note to say even if I'm not busting a move out in the world of OSIER or Made on the Left at the moment, I am spending my time and busting a very different kind of move with a similarly awesome bunch of strong, wonderful women who leave such a warm feeling in my belly through their strength, personal growth and commitment - sometimes through HUGE adversity that would leave little old me gasping for my last breath on the floor. And just like in the maker-design world, I'm rocking a name that is not the one scrawled in doctor's handwriting on a birth certificate :)

photo by Ishtar Photographics - these guys are  freakin GENIUS (they make me look cool, which is a much harder feat than i'd like to admit) - check out the link for more snaps


I can't wait to get back into the swing of things creatively - I'm due to get cracking for July's Made on the Left market where I'll be making a sneaky pre-return showing, so tomorrow's the day to fire-up the laser cutter (did i mention i have one? no? well, i'll introduce you to Crazy Ivan - not my name! - another time) and give it a new home on top of some very lovely vintage flat files I managed to score from Annie [osmosis designs] when she was cleaning up her AMASING Fremantle studio in preparation for a share-space - she now has the awesome new digs of a old workers cottage near a lake! J-E-A-L-O-U-S. Hopefully this is the year of a functional, awesome, dedicated creative space for me too. And the year of a full-time Architecture job hopefully, but thats also another story, unless you happen to know of one going - give me a bell!

Talk soon, not long now until October when I hope to be back in full force!

xo Lauren/Osier/Rage'n'Claw


Friday, April 19

relaunch for christmas 2013

hi all,

so while my last studio design project is now almost two months behind me (along with my first european travel!) i still have to get a job in my chosen field and re-set-up a working studio for my design work, so although i was hoping to re-launch on my birthday  - the 18th of may - this is being re-scheduled to a soft-relaunch throughout october with a website, new shop, new stock, etc in time for the seasonal markets. the old faves will still be around, but will be re-thought as "basics"  while the designs I have had a larger hand in design and construction wise will be given more of the limelight. in the meanwhile, please let me know of any awesome studio spaces you know going, or any thoughts you have on the ongoing growth of my little baby :)

xxoo lauren