WIN THIS AWESOME ADVENT CALENDAR KIT FROM BLANK GOODS!

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Now, you know I’m partial to a bit of paper craft, especially if it includes a happy colour combo and clean lined patterns. Ohh yes….. This would be why I have a mad love affair with Blank Goods, a fab online store run by Melbourne-based Graphic Designer Danie Pout, stocking all sorts of trend-led paper, baking and craft goodies.

One of Danie’s latest creations is this Advent Calendar Kit and I am absolutely in LOVE! Basically a bunch of assorted products from her shop, all ready to be transformed into a super fun and colourful Christmas decoration. The end design is really up for interpretation – hang it it from a stick like the above image, paint patterns on them, hang them in a cluster, tape them to a board, hang them across a windowsill – go for gold! I love that there are different shaped packages too for varied surprises inside.

We’re lucky enough to have one of these kits to give away to one of my lovely readers. All you need to do to enter is:

The winner will be picked at random and announced midday (AEST) 1st of December 2014.

(Sorry to my overseas readers – this one is only available for Aussie delivery)

Good luck!

Fiona x

WIN - Advent calendar by Blank Goods competition

 

 

15 DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT IDEAS

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Yup, Christmas is coming! I really love how as soon as mid-November hits, Christmas decorating and planning completely takes over my life. If only all occasions received such a big lead up. Imagine if it were normal to decorate your home for weeks before Valentine’s Day and and Birthdays – what a happy world that would be. I think we should start a trend there!

I hope you loved this round up of DIY ornament ideas. Click the links below to check out the original posts from some very clever bloggers.

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The options for tree ornaments really are endless. And with the bright and fun trends around lately, you could put a giant pink flamingo on your tree and be a creative genius in my books. You can do no wrong! So why not stay away from the store-bought baubles this year and give your tree your own creative spin.

Are there any in particular that caught your attention? Or have you already made some tree ornaments for this Chrissy? I’d love to hear!

Fiona x

DIY OMBRE DYED CREPE PAPER GARLAND

DIY PINK OMBRE DYED TISSUE GARLAND BY CRAFT HUNTERDIY PINK OMBRE DYED TISSUE GARLAND BY CRAFT HUNTER

It’s no secret I love a good paper garland. They’re the new bunting I say. Such an inexpensive party addition and the variety of ideas out there are ridiculous – no excuse to leave your next party garland-less!

When I spotted these gorgeous white crepe paper garlands from the lovely guys at Light&co I snapped them up immediately. I thought they’d look great draped across the ceiling for Christmas but it didn’t take me long before I wanted to try something crazy with them though and before long I was dunking them in food colouring to see what would happen, as you do.

I was a little worried the fringing would fall apart and it would be an epic flop but it held together perfectly and turns out food colouring works a charm! and at $4 for 6 metres it’s a super affordable party addition.

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • White crepe fringe garland from Light&co
  • Rose pink food colouring
  • Container large enough for the fringe to fit

diy ombre garland

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

I mixed approx 8 drops of pink food colouring with about 1cm of water to get this light pink colour. It really lightens up when dry so if you want a darker colour finish I would try as much as 12-15 drops. When in doubt, cut off the end of the garland and dunk it in the dye to give it a test run. You can dry it off quickly with a hairdryer to see the final colour if needed.

The paper absorbs the water like a thirsty camel so you want to dunk it as quickly as you possibly can otherwise the colour will soak up past the middle and your ombre look will be gone. No exaggeration, a fraction of a second if you can.  (give it a longer soak if you want a full colour rather than ombre though)

diy ombre garland

Let it sit for 5 mins or so to prevent major drips then dip the other side and leave it to dry for a good 24 hours.

Gently separate your layers. If you want your fringing to stay quite straight I really recommend leaving it to be nice and dry before separating them. I found that when I separated some layers early they went a bit crunchy/wobbly looking.

All done. How easy was that! and highly addictive… what else can I dunk in food colouring??…

Fiona x

ps. Want to see some more awesome garlands? Check out my top 20 garland ideas post here too.

10 CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP IDEAS

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Ahh it’s in the air, can you feel it?? Christmas is coming and I cannot WAIT.  One of my fave Christmas traditions is getting into a gift wrapping frenzy on my dining table like an excited kid, complete with way too much twine, washi tape and crazy ribbons.  I love giving gifts that are wrapped with love, and they look so beautiful sitting under your tree until the big day.

Feeling very inspired for this years wrap session after spotting all of these lovely ideas. Especially loving the paired back look of brown paper packaging with subtle whites and greens…. but then who can resist happy pom poms and confetti really!

1 Mini gift bags made from pages of a book from Craft and Creativity

2 Sure do love paper flowers, these beauties are from Giochi Di Carter

3 How cute are these little pom pom sticks from Rue Rococo?!

4 Paper rosettes are a fab idea for quick and easy wow factor, this one is from Elizabeth Heier

5 I love this peek through paper look by Design Fixation

6 Sweet and simple boxes. Found via Project Wedding

7 Super cute reindeer idea by Splash of Something

8 Clearly my perfect colour combo. Blank Goods sell these gorgeous pink gift boxes

9 Absolutely genius forest gift box idea from The House That Lars Built

10 Remember this little guy? Check out my DIY confetti leaf tutorial here

Surely left you feeling all festive!

Hope you have a great weekend. I have a million DIY projects to finish for some special people, so if I go missing please tell someone to look for me under the giant pile of fabric and paper.

Fiona x

DIY FLAG CAKE TOPPER AND PAPER BOAT BACKDROP FOR SWEET MAG

 

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A little while ago I was lucky enough to be asked by Sweet Magazine to contribute a special DIY party tutorial for their 4th edition which was all about catering for the boys. Not being able to resort to my usual love for girly colours and flowers was a nice challenge for me and I’m really chuffed with the end result.

My fave element is the paper boat garland – I want to cover a whole wall in these little guys! In case you’re wondering, I used the Daydream Paper Collection from Daily Like and also a mixture of some scrap paper I had lying around.  If you’d like to make your own check out the origami tutorial here. I definitely recommend using thin paper if you want to make them any smaller than mine. It looks tricky to start with but I promise once you nail the first one you’ll be doing them with your eyes closed. Once you’ve made them all, pierce through the middle of each boat with a bamboo skewer and string them together with twine. Just tie a little knot where you would like them to sit.

Charlotte from Induldge Me Cupcakes kindly lent me a hand and baked the gorgeous white rose swirl cupcakes and ombre wave cake which pretty much stole the show. You might remember seeing these cupcakes from the Feather Toppers I did a while back too. Ahh it’s a hard life working with all these edible props, but someone has to do it! (my boyfriend also suspiciously became a bigger supporter of my blog that week too….)

The wooden flag cake topper was inspired by a lot of the laser cut cake topper designs which are huge at the moment. I wanted to show people how they can make their own with some basic supplies. Here’s how to make your own…

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Balsa wood sheets from Bunnings
  • Xacto knife or scissors
  • Gold marker
  • Craft glue
  • Thickers old letter stickers from Spotlight

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Cut out your flag shape in the balsa wood and also cut a piece for your flag pole.

DIY nautical boys party for Sweet Mag by Craft Hunter

Attach your letter stickers (How great are these gold stickers by the way!?)

DIY nautical boys party for Sweet Mag by Craft Hunter

Mark the edges of your flag and pole with gold pen

DIY nautical boys party for Sweet Mag by Craft Hunter

Then just glue your flag to the stick and leave to dry before popping onto your cake.

DIY nautical boys party for Sweet Mag by Craft Hunter

If you’d like to check out the full magazine, the ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boys’ edition is available for sale now via www.sweetm.ag/shop/

Fiona x

 

BECI ORPIN’S NEW BOOK – MAKE & DO

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I’m not one to usually post book reviews but as soon as I heard Beci Orpin had a new book out with Hardie Grant I had to get myself a copy and share this greatness with you.

Beci is a Designer/Illustrator based in Melbourne and I always knew I loved her work, her style is about as cute and quirky as it gets, all the clean lines, pastel colour and cute spots had me instantly. Her recently launched homeware brand Arro Home is one of my all time fave stores too, but it wasn’t until checking out this book that I knew the extent of my girl craft crush. You know those people who inspire you so much that it actually hurts your brain and you’re not sure how you’ve lived you life so far without having similar design ideas? Beci is one of those people for me. Her style is really in line with mine and I am in awe of everything she puts her name to.

Make & Do book by Beci Oprin

Make & Do is her 3rd book and although I haven’t read her others (which I will be sure to change asap) I can say that this one is nothing short of inspiring.  25 craft ideas for home and play that are incredibly clever and gorgeously styled with easy to follow tutorials. The book is broken up into different sections for textile, paper, wood and upcycling, and her mix of beautiful photos and cute illustrations throughout the book makes each page as fun as the next.

Make & Do book by Beci Oprin

There’s giant wall sprinkles… need I say more?

Would make such a great Chrissy gift idea for the creative people in your life, or a coffee table book just because. You can pick up a copy over here via her online store

What are some of your fave creative books at the moment? Fill me in!

Fiona x