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Atypical Type A is four

I can’t quite believe it but May marks four years since I tapped out my first ever blog post. Whaaat?!

I normally throw a bit of a virtual party to celebrate Atypical Type A’s birthday month but I’m keeping things low-key this year (you can thank an overseas holiday, a full-on renovation and an epic real-life party for that). But I still wanted to mark the occasion and thank you so much for your readership and involvement over the past twelve months.

It has been an interesting year for blogging. I’ve slowed down from five to three posts a week to enable me to keep the quality up while not running myself ragged. It has been great to give myself time to actually live my life and work on projects that can then become blog content.

In fact I’ve decreased my time investment overall by necessity, firstly to accommodate my change in job circumstances, secondly because I had been working waaaay too hard and needed to prioritise my sanity.

That’s not to say I have lost any of my dedication to Atypical Type A. Quite the opposite, in fact. Scaling back on some of the bottomless-pit tasks (such as social media and guest posting) and more-more-more posting schedule has enabled me to focus on projects that I am really excited about.

I don’t have any big announcements this year. There are no surprises, changes or big collaborations to tell you about. I’m simply getting back to what I love doing: sharing creative projects from my own home and life. I hope you’ll stick around for the journey.

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Reader giveaway

As a thank you for being SO COMPLETELY AWESOME, I have a bit of a spontaneous giveaway. I’m giving away five of my Akimbo mixed bag packs of stationery.

Simply leave a comment stating the types of projects you’d like to see more of on Atypical Type A.

Five winners will be chosen at random and I’ll ship the prizes anywhere in the world. Competition closes midnight Wednesday 28th May (Australian CST) and winners will be contacted via email.

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P.S. Congrats to reader @tanbeekay – the winner of the Bookworld cookbook competition.

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20 things I've learned

Yesterday I said goodbye to my twenties. We didn’t do presents or a fancy dinner as Hawaii was our present to ourselves, but we did sneak up to the Adelaide Hills for a lovely afternoon at a winery. And a whole Sunday off from renovating was a rare treat too!

I’m not one to get too fussed about age (except grey hairs – UGH) but it does seem like a good time to reflect and all that jazz.

Here are 20 things I’ve learned in my 20s.

  1. I’m tougher than I thought. I have taken some big risks and faced some situations I never thought I’d get through and have always come out the other side.
  2. But sometimes I can’t handle everything. It’s okay to ask for help.
  3. Done is better than perfect. As my blog tagline says, I’m a recovering perfectionist.
  4. Be kind to others. It’s more important than being right.
  5. Be kind to yourself. Stop being so harsh on yourself and let go of all the ‘shoulds’.
  6. Cut negative/fake people from your life. They will drain your energy and happiness.
  7. Find your people. In your teens you want to blend in. Your 20s should be about finding people or groups who allow you to be 100% you (like you guys!).
  8. Being married is awesome. But you need to remember to keep treating them like the no. 1 person they are.
  9. Floss. You can thank me later.
  10. Run your own race. Stopping caring what everyone else thinks or does is amazingly freeing.
  11. Less is more. Edit your life down to the most important things.
  12. Don’t count calories. It will do your head in. Your body is already telling you what it needs, you just need to listen to it.
  13. Stand up for yourself. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
  14. Your mum was right. You should probably buy some sensible shoes.
  15. No one has it all figured out. We’re all just fumbling along doing the best we can.
  16. Dream big. But remember it’s okay if plans change.
  17. Stop waiting until things are ‘just right’ before starting your life. Your life is already happening.
  18. You will never feel like you have enough time or money. Use both on the things that really matter to you.
  19. Being happy is more important than being successful. Close the laptop and get out there.
  20. Trust your gut. It is usually right.

It’s been a pretty amazing time of my life, now bring on the next decade!

 

Nespresso machine

To round out Birthday Month, how about a peek at a very special pressie?!

The Man (whose birthday is 6 days after mine) and I received a coffee machine from his family for our birthdays. Hooray!

My father-in-law was chatting to me quizzing me about coffee makers a few weeks ago. In hindsight clearly doing a bit of sneaky research however I was completely oblivious and thought he was asking for advice to upgrade their machine. How clueless am I?

Regardless, I still managed to convey that in the (to my knowledge, hypothetical) situation of us getting a coffee machine it would need to be a very compact piece to fit in our kitchen. A great hulking appliance was not going to work in our little nook!

I also wanted one that uses pods because coffee grinds can get messy (I used to work in an office that had a regular espresso machine and my coffee was cold by the time I had cleaned up). The bonus of pods is that you can have multiple flavours on hand and they’ll always be kept fresh.

Nespresso machine

My clever in-laws chose the Nespresso U D50 with separate milk frother. Look how slim the profile is – it fits perfectly in our tea/coffee station and the milk frother stores easily in the cupboard below.

We had been thinking of getting a coffee machine one day – perhaps as a 30th present request next year – but we were very surprised by the generous gift.

Working at home it really is a lovely treat every morning to have a proper coffee instead of the regular instant.

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Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating Birthday Month with me! I still can’t believe I’ve been blogging for three years. My longest full-time job was three years and I was hating it by the end and I still love blogging so that’s a good sign!

What did you think of this month’s Book Nook Things I Love by Megan Morton? Share your thoughts over on the review if you’ve read it!

June’s theme is going to be bedrooms, so if you have any questions about closet decluttering/organisation, jewellery/accessory storage, bed linens, bedroom decorating or similar please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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I can’t believe it’s May again, which means that it’s Birthday Month here at Atypical Type A. It’s not only the blog’s birthday (3 years this week!) but also my birthday, The Man’s birthday and my business‘s birthday.

So it’s time to celebrate! This month we will be talking all things parties and gifts. If you have any questions or dilemmas on either of these topics, please feel free to email me or to drop a comment below or over on our Facebook page and I’ll be sure to answer what I can.

For a bit of fun, I thought we’d kick things off with what’s on my wishlist this year. Do you spy any things that you have your little eye on?

Atypical Type A birthday wish list

My existing case doesn’t hold quite everything so I want this Apple & Bee cosmetic case.

I’m too lazy to do my nails the old fashioned way so I’m dying to get an electric nail buffer.

Are you as much of a fan of Young House Love as I am?

Canon 50mm lens pleasepleasepleaseplease?

I adore statement necklaces but haven’t bought a new one in so long. This ModCloth necklace would be perfect to freshen up my wardrobe.

My friend Georgina has an awesome new accessories business called Gulp & Gasp. The foxy bag is my fave.

I found out about the Modern Art Desserts book while ordering the Mondrian cake at SFMOMA.

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Atypical Type A - Cake bunting 1

I have a super quick and easy project to take a regular cake and make it suitable for a special occasion (in this case my mother in law’s birthday). You might even have everything you need on hand already.

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting materials

You will need:

  • Coloured paper cut into strips
  • Wooden skewers
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting tutorial 1

1. Fold your paper in an accordion style.

2. Cut about three-quarters up the bottom of the accordion, making the cuts close together.

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3. Unfold the paper.

4. Tape one end of the paper to the blunt end of the skewer. If you are making bunting, repeat on other end of the paper and you’re done. If making starbursts, continue on to the next step.

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5. Roll up the rest of the paper strip and secure with sticky tape.

6. Tease out the paper ‘fronds’ until you get a nice full shape.

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Oh, and the cake itself? Best. Cake. Ever.

I used this recipe for hummingbird cake with cream cheese icing. Many commenters noted that it produced an enormous amount of icing. I chose to ignore their advice of reducing it because I believe there is no such thing as too much cream cheese icing. Turns out they were right, but that was easily fixed by making a quick batch of cupcakes to send off to The Man’s work.

Akimbo birthday sale

Check out examples of my work or drop me a line to enquire or place your order.

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Lego cake and biscuits

Whose birthday did I make these for? Not a son, or a nephew… Nope, they’re for my husband. Who says 27 is too old for Lego?

Lego cake

The cake turned out much smaller and messier than I hoped (it looks like Van Gogh did the icing) but I hope you’ll agree it’s not too bad for my first attempt at doing a novelty cake.

My method, if you want to try it yourself, was to bake a plain sponge cake and trim the edges to make it square. I then used round biscuit cutters to cut the cylinders out of the cake off-cuts. I iced the plain cake, then stuck the circles on and iced them.

Lego biscuits

For the biscuits, I used my favourite only biscuit recipe, rolled out the dough and cut around a cardboard template I’d made. I am hopeless at piping, so a tube of ready-made black piping gel is my new BFF.

I think I’m still high on all the sugar and food colouring.

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