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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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


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.


Modern purple & silver watercolour Christmas table

Only a week to go til Christmas, can you believe it? I enjoyed doing my recent projects for Polka Dot Bride so I thought I’d share the full shoot for some last-minute table decor ideas.

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Happy festive decorating!


This post is sponsored by Target

Target festive celebration

What’s the best part about this time of year? Opening up your home to entertain friends and family, with no further excuse required to crack a bubbly or whip up a cocktail at any time of day.

If you’re off the hook for hosting Chrissy lunch this year, perhaps (like me) you’re thinking about throwing a bit of a party this Christmas / New Year period.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a little shoot to inspire your upcoming festive celebration.












Get the look from Target: wreath, hurricane lantern, square lantern, tree decorations, cushion, ceramic trees, polka dot flutes, polka dot tumblers, drink dispenser, black platters, dress, ring, necklace.

Thanks to The Man for helping with the photography since yours truly is in some of the shots.



I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite way to celebrate the holidays and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Wednesday 18th December and winner will be announced on Thursday 19th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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DIY watercolour place cards

Not long to go til the big day, so it’s time to start thinking about the festive table. Here’s an easy and pretty idea for your place cards.

Find my full tutorial on Polka Dot Bride.


While I’m busily finishing off our Christmas decorating (bit late to the party this year), I thought I’d take a look back at previous years’ Christmas trees.

Christmas tree white branches with pink ornaments


Christmas tree white branches with blue ornaments


Christmas tree 2010


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Last Christmas we were overseas so I didn’t put up a tree. After a year off I am so excited so be putting up the decorations! I’m going back to the white branches but with a different colour scheme. Stay tuned!

Watercolour menu tutorial

Here’s a fun little DIY to finish off the week. Find the details over on Polka Dot Bride.

Happy Thanksgiving to my lovely American readers! My folks are in the US at the moment spending the holiday with my brother and sister-in-law and meeting my new baby nephew – I’m so jealous! Even though we don’t celebrate it here, it’s a lovely reminder to count my blessings.

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