Posts Tagged ‘tablescape’

Akimbo painted jar centrepiece

One last post to squeeze in before the long weekend. Head over to Polka Dot Bride to see how to make these recycled jar vases, the perfect budget-friendly centrepiece for weddings… or perhaps a last-minute Easter brunch? You never know, you might even have all you need already on hand like I did.

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Poppies

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.

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Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

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.

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

Mushroom terrarium

Mushroom terrarium

What’s a Woodland theme without a terrarium?

Mushroom terrarium tutorial materials

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
  • paintbrushes

Instructions
Mushroom terrarium tutorial

1. Paint the ‘stalk’ and underside of the plugs white.

2. Paint the top of the plug red.

Mushroom terrarium tutorial

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.

Mushroom terrarium tutorial

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).

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12 Days of Christmas crafts

No-sew table runner

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.

No-sew table runner materials

You will need:

  • fabric
  • iron-on hemming adhesive (I used Therm O Web Heat’n’Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive)
  • scissors
  • iron
  • ruler
  • pencil or fabric chalk

Instructions:
No-sew table runner tutorial

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.

No-sew table runner tutorial

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).

No-sew table runner tutorial

5. Allow fabric to cool, then peel off paper backing.

6. Fold over edge.

No-sew table runner tutorial

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.

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