And then I made EVEN MORE poms…

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I’m on holidays this week and so have taken the opportunity to pick up my fav FISKARS scissors and do some A+ pom pom carving. I really just can’t stop! I have been experimenting with some different shapes too, and managed to achieve a cutie square pom pom, and this really radical tear drop one too.  I thought it only right to share some snaps of them with you!  Enjoy!

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poms, preps and finding prettiness

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In case anyone missed the memo…I am still obsessed with pom poms…and my latest project apomogy has got me particularly hooked.  Last weekend I did an apomogy workshop with 30 prep kids, and had the opportunity to see some REALLY CUTE THINGS, and hear some really adorable apomogies…like “I’m sorry I sat on your hand”. Gah, it really was just so cute. But aside from gathering the apologies of cutie youngsters, adult apologies are still rolling in via my apomogy website and as such my collection of poms is just rapidly expanding.

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Cutie prep in the process of practicing her handwriting before committing to her final apomogy…

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Tools of the trade…

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Just helping a gal out with some rogue threads!

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As a little break from pom pomming, I also decided to try my hand at customising some jeans.  As you might have seen in one of my earlier posts, I flexed my embroidery skills on a denim jacket a couple of weeks ago, and so these threads seemed like an obvious progression from that experiment.  Also on the agenda this week was a couple of little acrylic paintings….

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After a weekend of cute projects and fun experiments, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to head back into the 9-5 desk-slog each week. As suchs, I try to make an effort at the beginning of each week to find something pretty around Nundah, and take a little snap of what I find to remind myself that lovely things are all around us.

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xx

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The week that was…

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This week was one of those weeks when a whole bunch of things I’ve been working on over the last couple of months came to a head and before I knew it…BOOM…everything was happening at once.  My TINSEL bags landed in Lady Petrova boutique in Melbourne (just in time for the festive season) and excitingly Issue #69 of Frankie Magazine is out in the world with my new editorial in it.  Also on the agenda this week was styling the new lookbook for Perfect Stranger, one of the labels I design for at my work…and this was just a real treat of a day!  I also managed to squeeze in some pom pom making, some visual diarising and took a moment to appreciate the flowers in Nundah…an area which can sometimes be a liiiiiittle bit wanting when it comes to aesthetics.

This weekend continues to be a little bizzay as I have an Apomogy workshop tomorrow morning with 30 little kids, which I am REALLY excited about, doubley so as this may give me an opportunity to take out MY TOTALLY DALMATIAN outfit again (which I am proudly ‘modelling’ in one of the below photos).  But other than that, as this week has been pretty pumpin’ I’m going to try and take the weekend to squeeze in a liiittle bit of relaxation, cheese eating, and obviously relish some extended hugs with my puppy girls.

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My bags of fun in Lady Petrova!  It’s so great to see them out in the world!

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My latest editorial for Frankie MAgazine is Babysitters Club themed, so it’s pretty zazzy!

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…there is always time for a scribble!

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This is Sabrina from IMG models doing her thing for Perfect Stranger. Doesn’t she look A+!

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Nundah flowers!

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MY TOTALLY DALMATIAN OUTFIT. YEW!

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 2.34.16 PMMy regal daughter Daphne, awaiting all the hugs she is going to receive this weekend.

Anywho, that’s all from me this week.  Hope you all have pleasant weekends too! xx

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Make old stuff GREAT again!

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I have been wanting to try this fun idea for a while now, and after an op shopping adventure this morning, I thought it only right to take the afternoon to give it a whirl! It’s a really fun project, and an ideal way to breathe fresh life into things you may have gotten a little tired of.  SO to do this yourself, you will need the following:

  • An old denim jacket (though you could honestly do this to anything…GAH imagine this scenario on jeans!)
  • Acrylic paint.  I have used neon orange/white/pink and aqua
  • Wool to match, or slightly lighter than, these above ^ colours
  • Some cotton buds and a skinny paint brush
  • 3-4 episodes of your fav tv show to watch while you’re completing this tutorial.
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Once you’ve gathered these bits and bobs, you are ready to start making your item FAB!  To begin…

Prepare your paint colours.  I find adding white to my paint gives them a nice pastel glow – particularly the neon colourways.

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Once you have mixed your paints, start painting your chosen design.  I have gone for a range of dots, squiggles, dashes and wings.  I apply both with a cotton bud because it seems to make it easier, but if you find you like using a paintbrush, whip out something skinny with tight bristles.

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Once you’re happy with you’re paint job, let your handy work dry.  After about 10-15 minutes you will be ready to begin my FAV part of this crafty mission…stitching over your design.  I just used a basic stitch to do this, and went for slightly lighter coloured yarn to the colours of the shapes I painted. I decided to leave my neon orange dots sans stitch, but again, it’s totally up to you as to how you approach this!

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Depending on how elaborate your design is, this stitching phase could take you a pretty solid amount of time to complete. As such, I recommend parking yourself in front of the tv with a chilled beverage and perhaps a sausage dog to keep you company. Before you know it, a couple of hours will have passed and BOOM you have a fabby new jacket, customised entirely to your taste…

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YAY!! Hope this comes in handy!

xx

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The time after time.

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This week I have been having some chats with TIME.  “Time…?” I ask, “Why do you run away from me?  What’s the deal? Have I offended you in some way? Do you think I might have cooties? Is that why you always leave?”.  Like a cruel boyfriend, time just ignored me and moved right on, leaving me wondering how I could manage the situation more fruitfully…and ultimately how I can squeeze more out of my days.  I find myself repeating the phrase i wish there were more hours in the day over and over again these last couple of weeks.  As the festive season fast approaches, there is a surge in events and nearly every weekend has been accounted for to make way for some sort of gathering or there.  Coming into Christmas, work gets pretty busy too and when I get home each day I find myself requiring a lot of motivation to head back into my craft room and begin working again. Don’t get me wrong, I do love being busy…but this week in particular I have made a gallant effort to stay up later and seek out some quiet, secret hours of the day where I can have a little potter and a moment to just play.  In so doing, I have found that this week I have been quite productive!  My focus this week (at about 10.30 on any given week night) has been making some collages, fleshing out my visual diary, and converting the anonymous apomogies I’ve been receiving into real life pom poms.

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This week I managed to get my hands on a copy of Little Wren Magazine.  Excitingly, my NIFTY craft project has been published in this cutie magazine – and I was so merry to see that my baby pooch Daisy had made it into print. I showed it to her and she was very chuffed.

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This is what Daisy looks like being chuffed.  Please note Daphne in the background …looking not so chuffed that she didn’t make it into the final edit…

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The apomogies are growing!  I am running out of desk space, so am trying to think of a good way to store them.  A Danoz Direct space bag would come in so handy right about now!

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Late last week I headed to King George square for the Recreate paper fashion show, where I had one of my pieces walking the runway alongside some other, very fabby paper numbers.  This was a really fun project to be apart of, and meant that I FINALLY got to make use of all those leftover napkins from my Engagement party.

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My dress of MANY napkins. I think there were about 700 napkins used in the end…

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On the topic of fun items, I recently made the below jacket and am just SO in love with it.  I want to make a whole bunch of them…I think the next one needs to have some metallic, hot pink, tinsel in it? Or may even some green in it…ooo pink AND green tinsel!!! It would just be magical to have a whole fleet of people in these jackets, just coasting around, swishy bundles of glitter. Gah! Dreams.

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This week I also took the time to notice that the house next door to me has the most excellent shadow game in the morning.  The heavenly photographer Nat McComas once alerted me to the fact that tree shadows are SO beautiful, and ever since I have really not been able to stop noticing them…and wholeheartedly agree that they are so beautiful.  This house in particular has caught my eye ever since this alert. So had to share…

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This is me taking the time to lounge in a giant inflatable swan at my friend’s Hens night.  I really feel like there aren’t enough opportunities to drape oneself over inflatable animals, so I was pretty excited about this whole affair.
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And on the note of a giant inflatable swan, I bid you farewell for this post.  May you all take the time to do something this week that you enjoy, and that makes you smile! Thanks for reading!

xx

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Cutie afternoon

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A couple of weeks ago I had the swell opportunity of filming a video for this here blog alongside some really dreamy people.  I couldn’t help but share some images from the day with you, as Iris just looked so heavenly in all my frocks!  I’ve been pretty busy lately, so I haven’t been able to take nearly as many photos as I would like.  As such, it was lovely to be able to take some moments to snap these shots and share them with you all!

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Apomogy Workshop!

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As I have mentioned on this here blog before, I have started a new project called Apomogy – which essentially involves making a pom pom and then attaching an anonymous apology to it. We all have some things we’d like to get off our chest, so I thought it would be a grand idea to hold a little workshop with my friends, and give them an opportunity to publicly, or privately apologise for something…however big or small.  The project has only been alive in the world now for just over a week, and already we have over 100 apomogies!  Little ‘sorries’ have been coming in from all over the place – I even received one from the UK (which is just crazy town!).  Anywho, the workshop was a dreamy afternoon filled with chats, cake eating, and the constand swatting of my pooch, Daphne, who kept stealing people’s food off their plates.  She definitely owes a couple of people an apomogy.

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If you would like to make an apomogy, and have it included in the pom pom art project, head to www.apomogy.com 

Happy pomming. xx

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Old Favourites | New Favourites

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This is a little photo set is devoted to some of the things I am OBSESSED with at the moment.  Obviously the usual suspects appear (pinatas, pom poms, tinsel etc), but fresh into the mix is my new Miu Miu fragrance, my electric blue Gorman booties and some swoon-worthy printed frocks that I just can’t get enough of.  An old favourite has also entered the scene…The Forbidden Game.  This book was basically my favourite novel EVER in high school!  It’s written by L.J.Smith, who incidentally wrote The Vampire Diaries and a bunch of other A+ classics.  If you’re after a fun read, hunt yourself down a copy pronto. I pulled mine out this week for a re-read and am totally loving it.

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I got this little cupid moisturiser in Japan and I am SO into it.  You take off its little cap and low and behold…a head full of smoothness, ready to be lathered onto your face.  Another A+ item.

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xx

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DIY a Heavenly Hat

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It’s a long weekend, so I thought it only right to post a little diy treat on this here blog.  Today’s recipe is to make an ideal hat.  It’s very inexpensive and thrifty, and the results (I hope we can agree) are pretty splendid.  To make your heavenly hat, you will need the following:

– An old hat (I got mine from an opshop in Sandgate).

– Some fake flowers from the $2 shop

– A bunch of colourful junk, pom poms, paper honeycomb balls, old xmas decorations – ANYTHING really!

– A hot glue gun/glue sticks (shocking, I know)

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Once you have gathered all these treats together, you can start! It really is a simple process of just gluing all your bits and bobs onto the surface of your hat until it is completely covered. I like to begin on the top of the hat and work my way down to the brim…but you can really approach the gluing process however you’d like.

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Once you have started gluing, don’t stop!! Just keep going and going until the entire hat is covered.  I find that this task is best done with a good record playing in the background, or whilst watching a dvd.  On the listening menu for me was Divinity by Electric Light Orchestra…I’m so obsessed with them at the moment. Highly recommended.
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And keep on gluing some more….

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And keep gluing some more, until the whole thing has been covered and you are smiling from ear to ear!

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The next step is to pop it on your head and admire the sheer amazingness that is your heavenly hat.

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What better way the spend your long weekend! Am I right??

Happy hot gluing!

xx

 

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