Guest Book

Have something you’d like to say?

Sometimes a comment might not apply to a particular post, or perhaps you just want to ask a quick question or simply say ‘hi’.

I created this Guest Book for just that reason.

It sure would be lonesome here all on my own so please feel free to leave a virtual note knowing it is truly appreciated.

Along with being published here, all Guest Book entries are sent directly to my inbox so I do read (and try to respond) to them all.

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  1. Trina says:

    Hi Kristine
    So exciting to be one of the first to leave a comment in your Guest Book. I love the idea of having a little page like this to write notes.
    Your website is amazing.

  2. PaulaS says:

    The new site looks fnatastic – congratulations. Can’t wait for some new projects!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Paula :-)

  3. Jamie Rowe says:

    Love the new look. I am a big fan of blobs with a fresh, clean look. Great job.

    • Jamie Rowe says:

      Also blogs ha ha.

      • The Painted Hive says:

        He, he. Wasn’t sure if that was a typo or a cryptic joke I wasn’t clever enough to get :-)

  4. Priscilla says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I too stumbled upon your website, don’t recall from where, however, I love it. Love your projects, before and afters, your style, eye for detail and all on a budget! I’m going to start with the labels as am trying to swap plastics for glass storage and then will give the Ikea drawers a go. Am truly inspired. Thank you heaps.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Yay for inspiration!

  5. Amanda warren says:

    Hi Kristine love your blog, have been looking forward to this day for a looking time!!! Can’t wait for some tutorials, Amanda

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Can’t wait to write some tutorials :-)

  6. Gretchen says:

    Hi Kristine
    Your new site is terrific. Can’t wait to see some new posts.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Gretchen. Can’t wait to start posting some new posts!

  7. paula says:

    welcome back kristine,
    glad to see you are up and running and looking forward to some great projects/inspiration.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much Paula.

  8. Hi Kristine! I’ve just stumbled on your blog through a search for painting on plastic and up came your upcycled brake fluid tin/side table project. I’m very impressed. I’m also impressed and happy to see you’re from Australia. I love all of your projects and am your newest follower. Its so refreshing to see such a talented project renovator here in Australia and blogging about it. Can’t wait to get stuck into your blog and see what other amazing projects you’ve done.

    Anne @ Domesblissity (Brisbane)

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Anne
      Thanks so much for leaving a message in my little Guest Book.
      I always love hearing from fellow Aussies.
      I visited your blog and was sad to read you’ve decided to take a break though I completely understand.
      Good luck over the coming months :-)

  9. P.B says:

    Not sure what it was that brought me here, but I absolutely love your blog!
    I can’t wait to try out some of your decorating ideas – first one I need to try is those magic decals as I just put all my flours and what not into mason jars. Our new house has a big visible pantry so I want to jazz it up as much as I can with nifty baskets, jars and boxes.

    I started my own blog in August, but it’s nowhere near as lovely as yours is…yet! But it’s funny as yours is hive themed, and mine is bee themed! The design here is just gowjus, I love the clean but organic look, and the guest book is a neat idea. Everything here is very inspiring.

    Thank you! Can’t wait to read more!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks P.B :-) Your site is so cute. Love the bee header.

  10. mary says:

    just wonderful ideas, your house beatiful. a question for you. i have slate floors in my kitchen/dining room. pecan color cabinets and i cant think of a paint color to use. the slate is in dark shades, some muted yellow green blue charcoal. maybe you have a few suggestions

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Mary
      Just to confirm…are you looking for a paint colour for the cabinets or the walls?

  11. mary says:

    on my walls, cabinets are a pecan stain. i cant afford a design person to come in and maybe you cn help. i live in a old farm house, trying to update somewhat, on a budget

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Well, I’m a neutral girl at heart so would probably opt for something subtle in the white, cream or grey family. If you’re after more colour, I do love mint green, ice blue or straw yellow in kitchens too. I would suggest avoiding anything too warm or dark as you already have warmth from your cabinet wood and dark floors.
      Hope this helps :-)

  12. Elizabeth says:

    love your hive, your aesthetics..just lovely. Keep it coming, it’s great!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. I have so many new things to share and can’t wait to actually post them :-)

  13. I found your blog through a friend on FB and am grateful to have done. I live in the U.S., currently in FL. I’m retired and my blog was started because my granddaughters wanted to know how I think so the topics may not interest you. I’ve been an at home mom, a businesswoman and a teacher. When we first retired, we were involved in disaster relief as first responders.In addition, we spent three years going back and forth from NC to MS after Katrina helping a small “piney woods town” to rebuild its homes. We met wonderful people in both those endeavors.
    I especially like the fact that you prefer repurposing used items rather than “buying new.” I look forward to keeping up with your blog. Blessings.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks for the message MaryLena. I just visited you too :-)

  14. shawn says:

    Stopped in to see your map cabinet and ended up spending about an hour and a half looking at everything. Great stuff.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much. With the world in such a seeming hurry it’s nice to know someone stopped by for more than a fleeting minute :-)

  15. Nikki says:

    After reading some of the things you wrote about yourself I feel like we are kindred spirits (ie. your love for: ticking stripes, family, spreading the above the belt ‘g rated’ kind of love, eternal optimism, self made interior designer, designaholic on a budget, etc…) At once I feel intimidated and inspired to write my own blog, but alas… I have two more huge tests to study for, four kids to taxi, a church to impress with my less than typical pastor’s wife role fulfillment, and at least seven furniture restoration projects to keep moving on. Arghh, if only I could focus on one of those areas I could be an expert at something!

    You do a good job of explaining things in a logical, step-by-step fashion. I really liked your kitchen canister labels. There was a great store in Den Haag, Netherlands called Dille and Camille, that sold labels that I used for my canisters years ago. If I could figure out a way to send you a picture, I would. I get tons of compliments on them, but I think your type set labels are adorable.


    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Nikki
      He, he, perhaps we are kindred spirits (though I must admit you do sound much busier than me)!
      If you have a digital photo of your canisters you can email it to me ( I’d love to see them!
      Lucky you’re a woman with all the multi-tasking you are faced with :-)

  16. Amy says:

    Can I just let you know that I’m down in Tassie and finding your crisp, reinvented looks so inspiring. I too am in the stage of cleaning patches of Weet-bix off the dining room wall, but trying to do up some delightful girls’ bedrooms at the same time. (You don’t do home visits do you?!?!?)

    Thanks for the great looks inspiring great re-using and creativity; right down my alley.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much Amy. It’s lovely to hear from a fellow Aussie.
      I’ll try to keep the inspiration coming (between scrubbing weetbix off the walls – and everywhere else!).

  17. Yamina says:

    Avec votre blog si passionnant, je fais un bond de milliers de kilomètres.

    En effet j’habite en France à coté de Lyon ( presqu’au centre de la France). Je suis Maman de Morgane et Mamy de Valentin et Maéva. Grâce à internet j’ai découvert votre blog si intéressant.
    Il est passionnant, vous faites votre décoration et surtout vous expliquez vos bricolages et cela c’est génial.
    Alors je me suis inscrite à votre newsletter pour continuer à venir voir ce que vous faites. J’aime les USA et à travers vous je vois comment est la “vie” de tous les jours des américains. Un jour j’irai à New York et j’apprendrai votre langue lol.
    Bonne fin de journée, en France il est 20 h 40.

    Translation from French to English:

    Your blog so exciting, I jumped thousands of kilometers.

    In fact I live in France next to Lyon (almost in the center of France). I’m Mom and Grandma Valentin Morgane and Maeve. Thanks to the internet I discovered your blog. So interesting.
    It is exciting, you make your decoration and most importantly you explain your crafts and it is great.
    So I signed up for your newsletter to continue to come and see what you’re doing. I love the USA and through you I see how the “life” of everyday Americans. One day I will go to New York and I will learn your language, lol.
    Good day, in France it is 20 h 40.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much for your message all the way from France Yamina!
      Many people assume I’m from the USA though I’m actually in Australia.
      I would love to visit France one day :-)

  18. lesley dean says:

    Hi love your twig wreath and adore your baby bird mobile and the rest of your blog will be dropping by

    • The Painted Hive says:

      You must be a fellow lover of fallen sticks :-)
      Thanks so much for visiting and choosing to leave a comment. I’d love to have you drop by any time.

  19. June White says:

    Really interested in finding the waterslide transfer paper for a Christmas project. Any ideas on where to find it..

  20. Karishna says:

    Awesome Blog! Love the DIY’s

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Karishna :-)

  21. Sonya says:

    Thanks for the info, didn’t know ikea had those jars. I’ll have to drive up and get me some, can’t wait to try this! Merry Christmas!!

  22. Judy B says:

    Visited via pinterest . Love your labels

  23. Lisa says:

    I just happened to stop by through pinterest. I love your Ikea drawers. Very clever and so appealing. I signed up to follow you. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Lisa. So glad you stopped by :-)

  24. Bonnie says:

    Your site is lovely with many great idea’s

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much Bonnie.

  25. Joyce Smittkamp says:

    I saw your rolled valance on The Letter Cottage. I really like that look. I have recently turned my dinning area into a nook and this Christmas as we ate lunch we were gratful for the sunshine but it almost blinded us as we ate. I have a cutesy sheer valance which does nothing for blocking sunshine. Your idea would go perfectly with my decore. Thanks for the idea!!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Joyce
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I’m so glad that sharing my idea has helped inspire a solution for you!
      We are lucky not to need too much privacy where we live though we do get bright sun and penetrating heat which means most of our windows require some sort of block-out treatment. The problem is that so many of them are kinda unattractive or very costly so I’m always trying to conjure up pretty yet practical solutions.

  26. Gaelene Clarke says:

    Happened to find your awesome site via pinterest – your deco ideas are so gorgeous and living in the Middle East in Dubai which is so blingy so refreshing to see such wholesome ideas.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much Gaelene :-)

  27. Gina t says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I love your style and your blog. Amazing inspiration

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks so much Gina :-)

  28. Mary says:

    Hi from the central coast of California. I have enjoyed an evening of viewing your wonderful website while waiting for the Australia Open Women’s Final (after midnight my time!) Your website is so user friendly and lets me flit from project to project so smoothly as well as check out external links without a glitch.
    The hive is beautiful and has inspired me with a number of budget friendly ideas to update items already in my house. This has been a real treat for me to spend time reading and learning from your lovely articles and benefiting from your generosity in sharing downloads.
    Thank you so much!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hi Mary
      My husband and I have just put our daughter to bed and are watching the final as I type!
      Thanks so much for your lovely, thoughtful comment.
      Designing this blog was a little labour of love and I agonised over creating the most user-friendly interface possible so it’s rewarding to read that you’ve found the site easy to use – thanks for letting me know :-)
      Also, thank you for the sweet compliment about my projects. I am passionate about sharing my ideas in the hope of inspiring and empowering others. Your message has given me some extra motivation to keep blogging away!

  29. Rachel says:

    I’m an expat from the US now living in Sydney and am so happy to have found your site. I read a few other DIY/decor blogs but since they’re based in the states it’s always the same great prices at the same great stories that we don’t have over here and, when we do have them, they’re double the price. I can’t wait to read and see more of where you get stuff and what is a reasonable expectation of prices here in Aus so I can quit throwing mental tantrums in Bunnings when that stool that was supposed to cost $15 is going to cost me $35! Tell me you understand!

    Love the preppy and natural style, too.

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hey Rachel
      I’m glad my blog has given you some hope :-)
      I do understand though I’m sure it’s easier for me having grown up here in Oz. That said, I’m still soooo envious of all the great, affordable and accessible products I keep hearing about in the US blogs I read.
      Every time I write a post I feel I need to justify the materials I’ve used and the amount they cost so my US readers don’t think I’m totally clueless. We just don’t have the same great products at the same great prices :-( Even our second-hand furniture is overpriced by comparison!
      Anyhoo, it’s nice to vent though the reality is we’re stuck with it sadly (which is why I probably spend half my life doing fruitless Google searches – and throwing mental tantrums in Bunnings).

      • Lisa Pownall says:

        I am so totally with both of you on this!
        Although the recent dollar hike has meant that if we do accidentally find something we love in the US and it can be shipped cheaply then we can do a bit more competitive shopping. Though most of the time I find that after adding on the postage its no cheaper than getting it here :-(
        One day, maybe things will become fairer, till then we’ll have to console ourselves with being stuck on a beautiful remote island (the best place in the world to live, except for the prices of everything)!

  30. Rani says:

    Hi Kristine
    I stumbled onto your blog somehow and now I’m Addicted! I live in Melbourne and it’s lovely to see a fellow blogger from Victoria!! Woohoo!!! I love your style!!!! Hopefully we’ll meet someday!

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Hey Rani
      It is pretty rare to come across fellow Victorian bloggers so thanks so much for introducing yourself :-)
      I just had a little look at your cute Etsy store – you have some lovely pieces. I especially adore the star clay garland and your stencilled burlap artwork.

  31. Cheri Mello says:

    I LOVE your glass canister jars with printable labels that are on Pintrest! They ARE so cool! Thanks for sharing pattern and tutorial. I couldn’t post on Pintrest because they kept saying it needed confirmation. IM NOT a techie dont know what I didnt do, BUT my hubby is the IT guy…

    • The Painted Hive says:

      Thanks Cheri :-)
      I have no idea why you couldn’t post on Pinterest either though they do seem to have a lot of glitches.

  32. Trisha says:

    Came across your blog through Pinterest and I am so glad I did. Thanks for all tips.

  33. Lollie says:

    First time on your site! I am so excited for the Free Fern Printables. I was just about to order some off of ebay for our dining room. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Lollie
      Thanks for stopping by :-)
      Glad the fern prints might save you some cashola!

  34. Libba says:

    Kristine, I am so sorry…I am writing now as a warning/pre-emptive apology for obsessively pinning your creations. Even now, I am compulsively clicking through your blog like a cyber-stalker on speed. You’re now added to list of Aussie loves…wallabys, The Man from Snowy River, McCloud’s Daughter’s, calling SUV’s “Utes” and Men at Work are now competing for love with your blog.

    I promise I’m not dangerous, but your talent totally is! I stumbled upon your treasure-trove of a blog through Space for Inspiration…that was all it took. I’m officially going fangirl. Thank you for your fresh, frugal, even green approach to home design. I’m new to Pintrest…an aversion to Facebook prevented me from diving in upon its inception, but additions to the family rendered me helpless. The added upside is that I now look forward to marathon page stalking/pinning sessions for ideas to generally make life more awesome under our roof.

    I love your style. Any woman who has as many maps, globes and literary themed antiques is a kindred spirit. I appreciate the time you take to describe your process in such simple, easy to follow detail. It makes the undertaking of a project seem much less daunting. I can’t wait to try a few of your ideas in my home!

    Libba Jones

    • Hi Libba
      If only you could see the smile curling my lips right now :-)
      Thank you, thank you, for such a thoughtful, lovely and funny message.
      It’s reading comments like this that makes me want to keep blogging as well and often as I can.

  35. Olga says:
    • Hi Olga
      Thanks so much for reaching out to me. A few people have sent me links to this now. I actually don’t think there’s too much I can do about it. Oh well.
      I really appreciate you letting me know :-)

  36. Laura Sutton Aeling says:

    Love ‘escaping’ to your blog … thank you for your fabulous ideas

  37. Sherri Carlson says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I love your website! You are one amazingly talented woman. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas.

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message Sherri :-) Sharing my projects is my absolute fave thing. I just wish I had time to post more often.

  38. Cat Andrews says:


    Found you on Pinterest and love the Twig Wreath! Getting ready to go out and get the twigs with my dog, who I know will be a big help too! Can’t wait to see more ideas and crafts.

  39. Jacquie says:

    Just found you via Pinterest….luving the giant map!!! Now off to check out all your other goodies!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment in my Guest Book Jacquie!
      Hope I can help inspire you…even just a little :-)

  40. Michelle says:

    Wow! I’m so amazed at your creativity…It seems like the past few times I’ve found really neat or interesting stuff it comes from “Australia”!! It must be a sign. I have always told my husband that I really don’t care about traveling overseas EXCEPT I would love to go to Australia and South Africa! You are very inspiring. I have ideas but my mind goes so fast that I can’t slow down long enough to do them!! Thank You!

    • He, he. I think I get that ‘mind fast’ syndrome too Michelle.
      I have a little book I fill with notes whenever an idea enters my head. Then, when I get around to actually trying that idea, I cross it out. Problem is, at the moment I have about four pages filled with ideas though only lines through around three things! Oh well, I’ll get to them one day…maybe!
      Let me know if you ever make it to Oz. I’d love to visit South Africa one day too.

  41. Lisa Pownall says:

    Hi, I’ve just spent about an hour browsing through your lovely, creative, inspired and light-hearted blogs and was surprised to find out you’re not that far away! I usually end up following links from pinterest to UK and US sites, so its wonderful to finally read something posted by a fellow Australian. As an Artist and Interior designer living in the Yarra Valley I feel a kinship with the types of things I’ve found in your site. Thank-you for putting in the time and effort to post it all and make it both inspiring and wonderfully helpful.
    I have a tendency to make a lot of things from other bits and pieces salvaged from the roadside or just kept “just in case”. It’s what our grandparents and parents would’ve called “making do”! We call it ‘upcycling’!
    I am really loving all the wonderful things you’ve posted, but there aren’t enough hours free in a day so I will no doubt have to pop back in from time to time to see if you’ve done anything new. So not only have I pinned some of your projects for future personal use, I’ve also bookmarked your blog so I can come back and surf around your content for other interesting stuff.
    Thanks again
    Lisa :-)

    • Hi Lisa
      Not only am I a fellow Aussie though I live just outside the Yarra Valley so we are almost neighbours!
      Thanks soooo much for your lovely message. Sometimes I wonder if my blog posts are truly helping to inspire or encourage anyone, then I get a comment like yours which boosts my motivation and confidence…and makes me smile :-)
      I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me that you’ve enjoyed visiting my little virtual world.
      Oh, and I love that you weighed-in on the Oz v USA products and prices message from above. Sometimes it’s so disheartening, isn’t it? Though, like you said, we are lucky to live in the greatest place on earth so really shouldn’t complain :-)

  42. Debbie Spencer says:

    Beautiful blog with many wonderful ideas. I love how you include where you buy things. I am about to start a furniture revamp business and looking for ideas. You have some good ones! Not sure if I will blog about it yet, maybe. I will come back and visit often! Will probably order your cute jar stickers after I finish a project in my kitchen (painting the cabinets – ugh!) Love them. My only question is this; how on earth do you find all those great ebay prices??? I loathe looking for things on ebay. Everything seems overpriced. Perhaps I am not searching correctly?

    • Hi Debbie
      eBay can be pretty hit and miss. Comparable items seem to sell for markedly different prices.
      Getting the best deals just takes a bit of patience and persistence. Sometimes I wait months to get a good price on something. You need to search the listings frequently, preferably by ‘time ending soonest’ (you can also put a price filter on your search so you only see the cheapest results). Keep an open mind and look for listings with poor photos and/or descriptions (you can always ask questions if a listing lacks detail though it seems to put a lot of buyers off) or those with a short duration (something that is only listed for three days will generate less interest than something that is on for ten days).
      Hope some of these tips help. You can also check my FAQ’s for a little guide on buying from eBay.
      Good luck with your new furniture venture – it sounds very exciting! Let me know if you do start a blog about it :-)

  43. Tania says:

    Hi, great job with your blog. Lots of useful, fun information. I have bookmarked you for future reading.
    I noticed your from Australia. I live in New Zealand, so where neighbors.
    Great stuff, I’ll be back :)

    • Thanks Tania. It’s always lovely to hear from such a close neighbour. I haven’t visited NZ yet though it’s on my list of places to go :-)

  44. Mary Lloyd says:

    Been looking around your site on and off today with delight and love your Pantry Container Labels. I’d love to order one of each of them for projects I’m making for a craft show on April 20 in Michigan, USA. I couldn’t get them added to the cart, so I couldn’t order and pay for them today. I’m hoping to get them ordered no later than April 1 in order that I receive them in time to use them for my projects for the craft show, as they are perfect for what I have in mind. I love them! My booth name is: “Lloyd’s Landing of Sears, MI,” and my motto is “We love to upcycle America in style…” I’m most hopeful for 3 custom labels. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, or if there’s a way I should be signed in or logged in first, because I don’t see a place to do that on your home page. Can anyone help me out here? H E L P !

    • Hi Mary
      Thanks for contacting me about this. Sorry you have had trouble.
      I’ll reply directly to you via email with a solution.

      • Mary Lloyd says:

        Thanks for your help – I got it to work, and made my order! I’m looking forward to receiving the labels, and hope I get them before April 20!!! :)

  45. Susan says:

    Love your site! Stopping by to say Hi, I’m a new follower from
    Nice to meet you!

  46. Cyndi says:

    Just lookin for some new ideas …….Looking Good……Thanks. From Michigan……. ; )

  47. Hello Kristine,
    I am visiting from your feature on Southern Hospitality. I have been perusing some of your posts, and first let me say congratulations on the birth of your son. Your site is full of so many interesting things that I can’t wait to come back when I have more time. Enjoy your blogging break and your time with your newborn!

    • Hi Jane
      Thanks so much for stopping by from Rhoda’s amazing blog :-)
      I do hope to see you back when you have some more time – my ‘door’ is always open!

  48. Carmen says:

    Hi Kristine

    I came across your blog today and have been inspired by many of your projects. I have pinned a couple onto pinterest, and will try some of these when I move to Belgium next month. I will keep checking in to your blog and look forward to the stories about Australia. Though one thing that I won’t miss about Australia, as you’ve mentioned in one of your posts, is how difficult it is to find many supplies.


    • Thanks Carmen.
      Good luck with your big move to Belgium…for whatever reason I actually have quite a few readers based in and around there!

  49. Renee King-Hooks says:

    I just stop to say how much I love your ideas and your site :) You have an amazing mind full of creativity. Thank you for sharing it. God Bless <3