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.
Has Easter snuck up on you this year like it has me? It’s quite early this year so it’s well and truly time to be thinking about your plans for the long weekend.
If you’re entertaining at home, why not try this cute decoupaged egg idea?
The bunnies were borrowed from a friend (she bought them from the toy section of a bargain shop and spraypainted them), the egg cups and napkins were bargain finds from Target and the flowers are inexpensive carnations so all-in-all a very budget-friendly setup for your Easter lunch!
Find the tutorial over on Polka Dot Bride.
Way back in November I introduced Woodland, my debut Christmas collection that was commissioned by Poppies Flowers and Mary & Gabrielle Events for a Christmas photo shoot in South Australian Style magazine.
I also promised that I would share with you the full photo shoot ‘soon’. Ahem. (In my defence, I was trying to get the official photographer’s photos but it didn’t eventuate.)
So, here we are five months later, with a much-belated Christmas photo shoot.
As you can see, it’s not overly Christmassy, so I hope you’ll find it useful inspiration during the year.
Didn’t Mary & Gabrielle do an amazing job styling? And Sally‘s use of beautiful, crisp giant peonies combined items from her collection of vintage bottles and crates provides a wonderful contrast. Thanks again, girls. It was great working with you!
You can see the magazine article here.
What’s a Woodland theme without a terrarium?
You will need:
- round glass vase (or similar)
- wooden plugs (or small knobs)
- faux moss (available from some craft stores and floristry supply wholesalers)
- red and white paint
1. Paint the ‘stalk’ and underside of the plugs white.
2. Paint the top of the plug red.
3. Using a fine brush, dab on white paint dots to the top of the ‘mushroom’.
4. Place a layer of moss into the vase.
5. Arrange the mushrooms in the moss.
6. Continue until all mushrooms have been placed in the moss.
I kept it simple with just the mushrooms, but you can add whatever you like (I think a little toy deer would look particularly cute).
I had upped the festive factor of our regular table centrepiece, but it still needed more oomph. I remembered that I’d inherited some great 80s patterned fabric (no, that’s not an oxymoron) from my mum’s fabric box (thanks, Ma!) that would be great as a table runner to suit this year’s Christmas decorating palette. But me + sewing = fail, so I went for the cheat’s option, using iron-on hemming adhesive.
You will need:
- iron-on hemming adhesive (I used Therm O Web Heat’n'Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive)
- pencil or fabric chalk
1. Measure the desired size of your runner (I recommend about a quarter of the width of the table, and about 25% longer so that it hangs over the ends); mark out on the reverse side of the fabric.
2. Cut fabric and iron.
3. Apply adhesive tape to the edges of the reverse side of fabric (I did it in sections rather than trying to deal with a whole two-metre-long piece).
4. Lightly iron over the tape according to packet instructions (mine said one to two seconds on dry heat).
5. Allow fabric to cool, then peel off paper backing.
6. Fold over edge.
7. Iron for about five seconds or until adhesive has fixed the hem. Repeat until the whole length of the runner is hemmed.
8. For the corners, apply an extra piece of tape and repeat the hemming process.
And there you go! Even though I chose a fabric that would tie in with my Christmas theme, it really could be used all year. I think it adds a nice touch to the table and helps to anchor the centrepiece so it doesn’t look like it’s floating. All for the grand total of zero dollars since I had everything already in my sewing (or should that be anti-sewing?) box.
I had actually not planned on doing any Christmas cards in my first year in business because I wanted to focus on developing Akimbo’s general range before adding any special seasonal collections. However that all changed when I was invited by the talented chicks from Poppies Flowers and Mary & Gabrielle Events to provide the paper goods for a Christmas photo shoot they were collaborating on. I set to work designing a collection that would tie in with their vision of a rustic and eclectic Christmas supper with a fresh white and green palette complemented by pops of berry reds.
The result is Woodland, a collection made from raw, natural elements, featuring hand screenprinted and stamped forest-inspired motifs, with a dash of red for a subtle hint of Christmas. It doesn’t get much woodsier than a squirrel in a tree eating acorns, so he’s the star of the Season’s Greetings card. I just love mini flags, they are such a cute way to dress up yummy morsels like these berry tarts and the ‘eat. drink. be merry.’ message speaks of the season. Whether you’re hosting Chrissy Day lunch for a crowd, an intimate dinner party or a holiday cocktail party, spread the word in style with these fill-in invitations. Guests will slip off the cute ticking fabric pocket to reveal all the details of the shindig. Since I’m all about the details, I’ve included these versatile diecut oak leaf tags with red bakers twine. They are great as place cards (as in the pic below), gift tags and tree ornaments, plus since they’re not specifically Christmas you’re sure to find uses for them all year.
So there you have it: Akimbo‘s debut Christmas collection in all its krafty glory. You’ve seen glimpses of the incredible table setting here, but be sure to check back soon when I’ll have the full photo shoot.
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