Posts Tagged ‘craft’


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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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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No-sew wedding banner

Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. If you’ve got a wedding or other celebration on the horizon, I’ve got a cute DIY bunting tutorial for you… no sewing required.

Head over to Polka Dot Bride for the full how-to.

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You may have noticed him featured in our bathroom makeover, but I made this little paint-dipped pot for a feature over on Polka Dot Bride.

Check out the full tutorial!

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It seems winter is trying to make the most of the last couple of weeks of the season and give us day after day of dreadful weather.

Still, all the rainy days mean it’s perfect weather for baking!

I tried my hand at this citrus mud cake with, shall we say, mixed success. Only halfway through the cooking time it was well and truly browned so (after a quick skewer test) I deemed it ready. Unfortunately it was totally undercooked in the middle. It was very tasty though!

Happily, I had more luck with the cake topper. You can find the tutorial today over on Polka Dot Bride.

Thanks to Little Sweet Styling for lending me the beautiful cake stand.

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Looking for a cheap but impressive way to mark your guests’ seats for your next dinner party?

Head over to Polka Dot Bride where I’m sharing how to whip up these rustic-yet-glam gilded place card leaves.

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jewellery box

Well, this turns out not to be much of a ‘before & after’ since the before photo file was corrupted (grr!), but you can see a peek in the corner of this pic.

I took my childhood jewellery box (a sixth birthday gift from my late grandparents) and gave it a few coats of paint and varnish to give it a fresh look. The aqua paint ties into my new throw rug and was already on hand, making it a free project (gotta love that).

Sure, it may still have a ballerina inside, but at least it looks a bit more grown up on the outside.

Have you got any decor items from your childhood that you’ve given new life?

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Chevron cake

I spotted a sale on Craftsy recently and went to see what tickled my fancy. I briefly toyed with the idea of a quilting course, having recently found out I’m going to be an auntie (!!) and had visions of cute modern baby quilts.

Then I remembered that I hate sewing. And I work like 60 hour weeks.

Thankfully I came to my senses and decided on something more suited to me: cakes!

My baking skills have definitely improved over the last few years, but I tend to stick to more basic homestyle icing that I can quickly (read: messily) slap on rather proper cake decorating. Unfortunately most cake decorating books and courses seem to be aimed at weddings or kids’ parties – neither of which I have need to cater for – or they are generally a bit old-fashioned.

I don’t need anything too fancy, but I’d love to be able to make some fun and contemporary party cakes.

So I’ve signed up for the Clean & Simple Cake Designs e-course with Jessica Harris (she of the gorgeous cake in the picture). I honestly have no idea when I am going to find the time to do it, but that’s the great thing about Craftsy classes: you can do them when it suits you in your own time.

Who’s going to join me?

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mail swap sent

I recently signed up for the Pretty Paper Things mail swap recently. I’ve never done anything like it but you know I love stationery and all things handmade so I thought it would be fun!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do to be honest, but ended up using rubber stamps, scrapbooking paper and washi tape for a bit of fun.

mail swap received

I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful package from Jenny in Canada. So gorgeous! She even sent me a banana bread recipe which I’m dying to try out now that the weather has cooled down.

It sure made a nice change from the usual bills and junk mail!

What was the last piece of ‘fun mail’ you sent or received?

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