Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2016

22/12/2016

Guys, this post is sooooo late, and I apologise for that – it’s just been a particularly hectic run up to Christmas this year. But without further ado, and after several requests, here they are: The House of Hawkes annual free printable Christmas Gift Tags. Just in time for anyone who, like me, is wrapping at the 11th hour. Since I am working on decorating the table with sprigs and twigs this year, I thought it more than fitting to…

DIY Father’s Day snack pack

04/06/2016

I’m surprisingly well prepared for Father’s Day this year. I’m not entirely sure how that came about, since I’ve been feeling particularly frantic lately, but then who am I to question such a formidable show of diligence (LOL!) – let’s just roll with it. Truth be told, I’ve seen a bunch of cute stuff for Father’s Day on Pinterest in the past few days, and since I do so love a bit of customised stationery, I thought why not try a…

DIY rustic gift wrap

19/12/2015

Finally, some gifts have been bought and now the wrapping begins. This year, I am going with an au naturel, rustic look for my Christmas gift wrapping. I love this style, not only because it looks great, but it’s so easy to achieve and works well with my 2015 free printable gift tags. The real secret ingredient here is the greenery. It offers such a fresh and rustic vibe. Using real fir tree cuttings from your Christmas tree or rosemary…

Printable Christmas Gift Tags 2015

24/11/2015

Don’t you love a free printable? I sure do. I remember when I first started reading blogs, many of my favourite design blogs were found as a result of searching for free printables. I’m particularly fond of gift tags, so now that I have a blog, for the past two years I have designed a set of Christmas gift tags to offer as a free download for my own readers. It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition around here and I can’t believe it’s already time for the third edition. And…

Fresh faced new-ish look

07/12/2014

If this is not the first post you’ve ever read at House of Hawkes then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had a wee face-lift. In keeping with the decluttering and minimising trend that’s slowly sweeping across my home, I thought it only fair to make a few housekeeping changes online too.

DIY reward jar

08/05/2014

I don’t know about your household but there is a fair amount of bribery that goes down in ours. In fact, I like to think of it less as bribery and more as an apropriate reward system. The kind that keeps things running smoothly around here (sound convincing?) And whilst I am quite strict when it comes to my kids’ consumption of sweets, I am a firm believer in incentivising good behavior. The bottom line is, I’m not above the occasional use bribery in…

Design by numbers

20/03/2014

I’m relieved to be nearing the end of what has been a very busy week. Thursdays seem to come around so quickly, and this week I am most grateful for it. My last few posts have been decor focused so I thought it was about time to throw a little design into the ring again. This was initiated by a dear friend of mine in South Africa, who recently asked me to make something for her new home….

DIY Printable stickers for baby’s monthly photos

19/01/2014

There are few things in this world that will have me sitting at my screen saying ‘aaaaah’ out loud, but images of babies, particularly newborns, will do it every time. I can stare at them for hours on end. I mean, what’s not to love about those pint-sized little beings? I have a serious appreciation for those precious moments being beautifully captured because, as a mom-of-two, I know that they pass all too quickly and before you know…

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