Mandarin marmalade

My in-laws have a huge mandarin tree that is going bonkers with fruit at the moment. I took some off their hands and gave preserving a go for the first time.

They come from a family of keen jam-makers so there’s a lot to live up to. The consistency was a bit runnier than I would have liked (I’m storing it in the fridge which helps) but the bittersweet marmalade flavour is bang on.

You can find the recipe and free printable tags over on Polka Dot Bride.

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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.

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DIY clay ring dish

I don’t know whether my body is just in shock after a week in a tropical paradise, but it is feeling like a very chilly autumn here. Perfect weather for a craft weekend, no?

Here are some cute clay ring dishes that you can whip up between cups of tea this weekend. Find the full tutorial over on Polka Dot Bride.

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Speaking of crafting funky gold things, a little birdie told me that Megan Morton’s The School would love to bring the watercolour and gold foiling class by Peaches & Keen to us here in Adelaide. BUT they need minimum numbers to make it happen, so if it’s something you’d be interested in make sure you let them know!

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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

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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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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.

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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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