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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DIY ombre napkins

Ready or not, it’s time for the Christmas posts to begin! I did this fun shoot the other day, the first tutorial of which is now up on Polka Dot Bride.

Find out how to make your own ombre dyed napkins here.

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peg escort cards

Gosh, I have missed blogging! I’ve had computer issues (as in, I didn’t have a computer because it died) and then we went on holiday. I am still catching up on work which means I’ve had little time for blog projects, but I have some good stuff on the horizon. I’ve just signed up for another of Holly Becker’s classes so hopefully that will help motivate me back into the blogging swing of things.

In the meantime, here is my latest tutorial for Polka Dot Bride. You could adapt it for everyday life by gluing magnets to the back and instead of table numbers, stamping filing notes (e.g. ‘To pay’ or ‘To file’) or days of the week (to plan your meals).

You can find the full tutorial here.


Hello friends! How are you? The Man and I had a fantastic break in beautiful New Zealand. I’ll share some photos soon, but in the meantime, here is my latest Polka Dot Bride tutorial.

It’s a fabric menu made using iron-on transfers. Something to keep in mind for Christmas perhaps?

You can find all the instructions here.

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