Finders Keepers

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If you’ve ever been to a Finders Keepers Market, you’d know they are the crème de la crème of markets.

Jam-packed with the freshest of new and upcoming designers, it’s an absolute feast for the senses.

Finders Keepers showcase anything from food and candles to fashion and art.

It’s a definite must-go if you want to discover new talent or just simply after something a little different for your home.

I arrived quite late to the Sydney venue- roughly an hour before closing. So I was in a frantic rush trying not to miss anything.

I did end up with this GORGEOUS print by Rachel Kennedy Designs, who is an absolute talent and you can buy her designs for an absolute steal.  Check out her work here.

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If you missed Finders Keepers over the weekend there is a little wait till the next one- but a wait well worth it!

Market Dates for 2014

Melbourne held at the Royal Exhibition Building:
Autumn/Winter – Friday 25th (evening) & Saturday 26th July
Spring/Summer – Friday 17th (evening) & Saturday 18th October

Brisbane held at the Old Museum:
Autumn/Winter – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Spring/Summer – Saturday 8th & 9th November

Sydney held at the Australian Technology Park:
Autumn/Winter – Friday 6th (evening) & Saturday 7th June
Spring/Summer – Friday 12th (evening) & Saturday 13th December

C x

DIY Metallic Flowers Tutorial

If you’re after something a little different from the average bunch of flowers, why don’t you try giving them a spray paint makeover.

It’s a great idea for parties or table settings, the possibilities are endless!

In this tutorial I used artificial flowers but if you want to use real flowers there are some great floral spray paints on the market safe enough to use on real blooms without doing any damage.

What you’ll need:

Gloves

Dropsheet

Flowers

Spray Paint.  I used a mix of Design Master and Ironlak.

Foil or Masking Tape

 

ImageTear off a few sheets of aluminum foil and wrap them around the stem and leaves of the flower. Alternatively you could use masking tape but I found foil quick and easy.

ImageMake sure the foil is wrapped tight around the stem to avoid any paint from spraying off onto uncovered areas.

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To prep the flowers for the gold paint I firstly sprayed them white to give them a richer gold result.

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Next- spray on the gold! (or any colour of your choosing) Make sure you’re spraying from all directions to ensure full coverage.

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The next step is optional. I held down the nozzle of the spray can ever so slightly to make the paint ‘splatter’. I covered the gold in silver splatters to give it more dimension.

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Now simply leave to dry and place in your favourite vase. As you can see I mixed mine with some more metallic.

If you are really adventurous you could spray the stems. Would love to see your renditions!

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Enjoy

C x