Oh joyous day printable sparkler tags

No doubt I’m currently snorkelling with turtles by the time you read this (yes, totally rubbing it in).

Meanwhile, here is a cute free printable to make your 50c packet of sparklers befit your special celebration. It’s over on Polka Dot Bride for you today.

See you when I get back!


Paper rosette buttonhole

Hello, happy Thursday! Here is my latest post for Polka Dot Bride, a lovely paper rosette buttonhole for your man.

For those of us not planning a wedding, you can use the same technique to make adorable party decorations.

Check out the post here.

Atypical Type A DIY paper pinwheel

Hello friends! So the move went well on the weekend, thanks to our families’ help. I’d unpacked all of the essentials by the end of Sunday and since then I’ve been busy painting my office.

I’ll have some progress shots for you soon. In the meantime here is a sweet tutorial I did for Polka Dot Bride.

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geometric clay place card holder by Atypical Type A


I had SUCH a good time working on this shoot so I’m pleased to present the final DIY from the day.

You can find all the instructions for the geometric clay place card holders over on Polka Dot Bride.

They’d work really nicely as little photo holders too, don’t you think?

Creative Direction & Styling: Alanna Lock / Photography: Bentinmarcs / Coordination: Love Beth Events


It is going to be another stinking hot weekend here in Adelaide. Hence, perfect to be spending doing some craft under the airconditioner.

I made these table numbers for Polka Dot Bride. You can use the same technique to make all kinds of art – like ‘love’ or a heart as a Valentine’s Day gift perhaps?

Check out the project details here.

Creative Direction & Styling: Alanna Lock / Photography: Bentinmarcs / Flowers: Austin Bloom / Coordination: Love Beth Events

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peacock costume

I spent New Year’s Eve with Darth Vader, Aphrodite, Lara Croft, Pocahontas and some other pals at a party hosted by Marilyn Monroe and Ron Burgundy.

Yep, our friends put on an awesome costume party to ring in the new year!

peacock costume

I found this great dress at ModCloth and decided that a peacock I shall be!

At the time I hadn’t considered it for blog fodder, so I didn’t take any tutorial photos of the headpiece, sorry.

It was very easy, though. I just took a couple of readymade feather sprays (picked up at Spotlight by my wonderful mother-in-law) and stitched them together using clear nylon thread, then stitched them both to a metal hair comb. I topped it off by sewing on the little blue plume.

It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I did some pretty full-on eye makeup with shaded crazy-bright green, blue, turquoise and purple.

I hope you had as fun a new years as we did!

Thanks to Darth Vader The Man for taking the photos.

White, green & silver Christmas decorations

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope you have a fun and joyful day!

Blue and green Christmas decor

Are you all set for Christmas? This is really my first day off before Christmas, so naturally it’s filled with shopping, cooking, cleaning etc.

But once that’s done I am so looking forward to celebrating with my in-laws this evening and with my family tomorrow. The next two days will be filled with lots of turkey, trifle, sparkling red, music, laughter and fun. What are your plans?

Blue and green Christmas decor

It has been a very. very. hectic year and I am taking a much-needed break over Christmas and New Year. Naturally, it will be partially filled with house projects but definitely plenty of fun and sleep-ins too.

I will also be working on the new blog design which is almost ready to launch, so I need to take a break from posting to give me time to get everything ready. I’ll be back in the new year with my 1000th post (!), the new site launch, all of my holiday projects and hopefully some other exciting news!

Have a wonderful Christmas and new year, friends. xx


Peach, gold & kraft Christmas wrapping

A few weeks ago I worked on a gorgeous photo shoot (more on that in the new year once it’s been published). It featured my new summer stationery collection and a faux gift table.

I had such fun with all the wrapping that it became my actual gift wrapping theme for this Christmas. Fun, right?

Peach, gold & kraft Christmas wrapping

Don’t worry, dear family, your boxes won’t be empty like those at the photo shoot.


Christmas decor

I don’t know whether I’m finally getting all sophisticated-like or whether this heatwave we’re having (43°C as I’m writing this – that’s 109°F) is making me dream of our snow-filled European holiday this time last year.

Whatever the reason, I’ve gone all white for our Christmas ‘tree’ set up this year.  I’ve also given it more presence in the room by putting it on the sideboard instead of previously on the entertainment unit (that location also had the annoying side effect of the fairy lights reflecting off the TV screen).

Christmas decor

Christmas decor

I didn’t buy a lot of new things this year – just those snowflake ornaments and the larger of the ceramic lanterns.

Amazingly, the only crafting I did was to whip up that little feather tree. I was going to do a set of three but I did one and it looked rather average so I didn’t bother with the rest. Craft blogger fail all round really.

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Oh, you can see my previous years’ tree colour schemes here.


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