This weekend my stationery biz Akimbo will be once again at Bowerbird Bazaar. It will be a HUGE one, so write that Christmas shopping list and find some comfy shoes.

22nd-24th November
Friday 4-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm

Stirling Angas Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds

For more details, head to the Bowerbird Bazaar website.

It’s always so lovely meeting blog readers in real life so if you’re there, make sure you introduce yourself!


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Hot chocolate jar homemade gift with free printable label

My latest project is up on Polka Dot Bride.

It was designed as a sweet wedding favour, but without the wedding-specific label it would make a great idea for homemade Christmas gifts.

Check out the full post!

P.S. Don’t forget about the free blog event I’m speaking at tonight at Woodcroft Library! Meet some likeminded people and ask some local lifestyle bloggers about why they blog and the future of the industry. Hope to see you there!

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Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

I’ve mentioned my big weekend at Bowerbird Bazaar a couple of times this week so I think it’s high time I showed you some photos!

Last time my stall setup was pretty basic as I was just trialling the market to see if it would work for my business. Thankfully it did so this time around I put a fair bit more effort into my display. It still has a way to go but I am quite happy with it.

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

I launched some new products including these screenprinted white on kraft cards which were a hit so I’m very happy with that! (Coming to the online shop soon.)

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

Thank you SO much to my friends and family for their support, especially my Dad for helping set up and The Man for being there helping all weekend.

And a HUGE shout out to all you lovely readers who came along and said hello! It’s so nice to put faces to the blog stats 😉

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Akimbo Clever Hello Club

How are we today, friends? I’m still recovering from my huge weekend at Bowerbird Bazaar – no stamina now since I turned 29 on Saturday 😉

I wanted to tell you about an awesome project I’ve been working on and have just released. Called the Clever Hello Club, it’s a greeting card subscription service where you receive two of my Akimbo cards each month.

Some will be seasonal and others will be for life’s occasions, both big and little. I love having a stash of cards ready to go for any occasion because I hate that last-minute dash to the shops before a party, don’t you?

You can choose from either a 6 or 12 month subscription for yourself or as a gift (ahemmothersdayahem). And because I know you’re spread all over the world, I’m not charging any more for international shipping (you can’t say I don’t look after you!).

I’m currently taking orders for the first shipment which will go out in June. Join us in the Clever Hello Club!

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Mod Poppies print

I know two posts a day is very unusual for me, but I wanted to drop back in to let you know that my business Akimbo is having a sale with $10 off all art prints.

I’m working on some new products and updating my packaging so I need to clear some space!

Regency alphabet print

Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner print

Wonderland 'Impossible Things' print

If you’re searching for a gift or something to brighten up your own walls, one of my art print could be just the ticket!


This makes the medium prints only $13 and the large prints only $26 (+10% GST for Australian orders).

Check out the full range here.

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Valentine's breakfast

Since I was not at home for virtually all of January, everything is rolling around so much faster! I mean, Valentine’s Day, really? Where did that come from?

But the 14th is certainly fast approaching so it’s time to get ready. If you’re like us and don’t do fancy dates for V-Day, you’ll love this cosy breakfast in bed, topped off with a free card for your sweetheart.

Get the full story on Polka Dot Bride.

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I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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I’ve been lucky enough to work (and share a few ciders) with the very talented Alanna Lock quite a bit over the last couple of years and her knack for colour and spotting beautiful products makes me swoon every time. Today she’s letting us know about a product I wasn’t aware of: giant washi tape! I know I’m excited at the possibilities, let’s take a look.  – Alicia

Washi 1

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Ahhhh Washi Tape… with its fun designs, rainbow of colour choices and many practical uses, I have to wonder how we ever got by without this cute little stationery must-have!

This seemingly all-purpose material can be seen prettying up the surfaces of everything from notebooks to vases to gift wrap and now… walls!

Japanese wallpaper company, Sincol, has teamed up with Japanese washi tape company, mt, to release a super fun range of oversized masking tapes for interior use. The range includes both solid colours and patterns in rolls that are now available in widths of 50, 100 and 200mm.

Washi 2

Get it now from NoteMaker.

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About the guest poster:

Alanna Lock is a freelance stylist, an artist, a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. A firm believer in the three “C’s”, champagne, confetti and chocolate, Alanna lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills with her hubby, Tim and daughter, Scarlett Lily. Alanna is also the trend-spotting blogger behind Hey Girl, a creative outlet for her enthusiasm and passion for innovative design and inspiring style. With her clever eye for colour and flair for the unexpected, Hey Girl shares her favorite finds, from fashion posts, to styled events, to creative branding, and everything in between.

I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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A girl after my own heart if ever there was one, Krissy from Pretty Paper Things loooves all things stationery. She’s here to get you in the mood for 2013 with this roundup of gorgeous calendars. My pick would have to be #12, but I have a sneaking suspicion The Man would vote for #1.  – Alicia

This is my favourite time of year. Aside from all the Christmas decorations and present hints, I love this time because it means the start of the new year is just around the corner. And you know what that means? New calendar time!

If you get as excited as I do about the shiny newness of January 1st, you’re going to love these.

Calendar 01

1. Red Cruiser

Calendar 02

2. Brown Parcel Press

Calendar 03

3. Dozi

Calendar 04

4. Leah Duncan

Calendar 05

5. Pam Lostracco

Calendar 06

6. Spring Once More

Calendar 07

7. Hungry Fox

Calendar 08

8. Michelle Armas

Calendar 09

9. Satsuma Press

Calendar 10

10. Ask Alice

Calendar 11

11. kikki-k

Calendar 12

12. House that Lars Built

Calendar 13

13. Federica Bonfati

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About the guest poster:

Krissy Bradfield is a serious paper nerd. She blogs at Pretty Paper Things (every day except Sunday) where she shares her obsession with others of her kind.

I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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Since I discovered the work of Penelope and Pip last year, I’ve been blown away time after time with everything that they produce. Artist Rachael Smith creates the most adorable illustrations on everything from cards to cushions (although the art prints are my faves), not to mention she is totally killing it on the DIY blog scene. Rachael was kind enough to design an exclusive new free printable wrapping paper just for Atypical Type A readers! What do you think guys, totally gorge, right?  – Alicia

Christmas gift wrap

One of the best parts of Christmas for us over at Penelope and Pip is the chance to create some cute wrapping paper.

When Alicia asked us to join in the fun over here at Atypical Type A while she was away, we knew just what we wanted to share!

Gift wrap can be so expensive and it’s lovely to have something different to the usual Santas and reindeer.

We’ve made a cute little wrapping paper just for you here at Atypical Type A that is full of birds and trees and some geometric shapes too.

Christmas gift wrap

You can download the paper here.

Pop over to our blog for lots more ideas on how to make your Christmas a Happy and Handmade.

We hope you enjoy wrapping all your goodies for Christmas!

(And we hope you’re having a fab holiday Alicia!).

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About the guest poster:

Rachael is an illustrator from Brisbane and the creator of the whimsical world of Penelope and Pip. She makes art prints and pretty paper goods and blogs daily about her art, craft and design inspirations at Penelope and Pip Handmade.

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