Free printable retro menu

I made these cute retro drinks menus for our 30th party a couple of weeks ago. In true Mad Men style we had to include a couple of cocktails. Now I want to make mojito punch for every party.

You can download and customise your own retro drinks menu over on Polka Dot Bride.




Happy Monday! We had our first weekend of actually feeling like we were living in a proper house for the first time in, oh, four months. It wasn’t packing central, or renovation central, or party central. We’ve had a couple of people over for dinner and finally set up the couch and TV.

That said, I did spend a bit of time up in the attic sorting out my stock. As I mentioned last week, I’m no longer doing any more readymade stationery products for my business Akimbo so I am clearing out all of my existing inventory.


I packed up a bunch more of these Lucky Dip packs (thanks to everyone who’s ordered one so far!). The piles are shrinking a little every day so I’ll soon be able to start painting the space and making it into an extension of my shiny new office!

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You can pick up a Card Survival Pack or one of the other themed Lucky Dip packs here.

Thanks for your support, everyone!

birthday message wall

The Man and I threw a huge joint 30th slash housewarming on the weekend. In keeping with the era of our new home it was in a mid-century theme so we had some seriously cool Mad Men inspired fashions.

In all the prep/hosting frenzy I didn’t take a single photo (bad blogger) but my brother-in-law took a bunch so hopefully I’ll be able to share some soon because it was a pretty rad party.

We were originally hoping to have the lounge painted in time for the party but with the kitchen makeover, office makeover and our Hawaii trip we realised it was not going to happen. Instead, The Man suggested we embrace our in-progress-ness (totally a word) and use the de-wallpapered but unpainted walls as a message board for the party. We commissioned our very artistic sister-in-law-to-be to draw a giant ’30’ design and we got some lovely/funny messages by the end of the night.

The idea is we’ll paint over it and our well wishes will become part of the house. Elsewhere on the wall someone drew some balls (seriouslyareyoutwelveyearsold) so we’ll have to get onto the painting sooner rather than later. I don’t think ‘Public toilet chic’ is going to take off.

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!

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

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.

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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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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