Author: Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the newlywed duo behind this home and craft blog, as well as the couples travel blog Wanderers of the World. When not away travelling with her husband and Rough Collie, she's always making something or busying about the house. So really, it's no surprise that House of Mahalo was born!

Tropical Themed Office: How To Bring The Outside IN!

Scott and I are big fans of nature and exotic destinations (we are travel bloggers after all!)  So when I took our blog full-time, we were determined for our office to be tropical themed – to keep us inspired but also happy surrounded by greenery and bright colours. If you’re also after a tropical themed […]

Craft Yourself Happy: 9 Benefits Of Cross Stitching

This is the first blog in a series we’ve created called ‘Craft Yourself Happy’. In it, we shine a spotlight on all the crafts we love and how they can help make you happier! If you type “What are the benefits of cross stitching?” into Google, you’ll come across HEAPS of articles, podcasts and videos […]

Fun Tissue Paper Bleeding Art Project [Video]

The inspiration for this tissue paper bleeding art project comes from a few different places. First, we bought these postcards during our trip to Hawaii, which we framed and hung up in our bathroom: They’re fantastic words to live by and say: Advice from a VOLCANO Stay active Keep your inner fire burning It’s ok […]

11 Tasty Cake Cross Stitch Patterns That’ll Make You Drool!

I’ve said it once and I’ll probably say it again a few more times: cross stitch is one of my all-time favourite crafts.  It’s easy, fun and when you combine it with your favourite things (like cake!) then it just gets even better. I’ve worked on A LOT of cake cross stitch patterns over the […]

7 Easy Cross Stitch Stash Organisation Ideas

Up until recently, all of my cross stitch supplies were “organised” in one large storage box.  Cross stitch floss was in a tangled messy ball. Cross stitch patterns were folded up in one large pile. And everything was hidden beneath multiple cross stitch books. This suited me fine while I was working on various cross […]

Quick & Easy DIY Key Holder (Using A Picture Frame!)

Walking in through your front door after a long day at work is one of life’s greatest pleasures. “Ahh, home sweet home”, you say.  Why not celebrate this feeling with a quick and easy DIY key holder as a unique way to welcome you home? Using a simple picture frame and some coat hooks, here’s […]

Pretty DIY Map Art: 6 Easy Projects You’ll Love Making

Now that most of us are turning to Google Maps and SatNavs to get around, you’re probably like us and have a bunch of old road atlases stored away somewhere.  Or maybe you’re a hoarder of vintage maps and are looking for new ways to display them or repurpose them? These easy DIY map art […]

Quick DIY Map Coasters [Cute Travel-Inspired Gift Idea!]

Even though our Rough Collie has a cheeky tendency to steal our coasters(!), we’ve made lots of them as they’re a really quick DIY project – and make great gifts! A set of four map coasters will only take you an hour or two to make (plus drying time) and it’s as easy as cut, […]

Quick & Easy DIY Heart Map Art

There are so many map art projects you could make but these DIY heart map art pictures are probably our favourite. They’re easy to make, taking less than ten minutes in total, and look so cute once popped inside a beautiful frame. Maybe you know a couple who is celebrating a destination proposal or wedding, […]

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