DIY / last minute wrapping

December 24, 2014

DIY wrapping paper

If your like me and leaving your christmas wrapping to the last minute, although I’m sure your much more organised than me, here are some quick and simple ideas for you to try.

For me I really love the simplicity of just some twine and a leaf to finish it off. But then it is nice to add a bit of your own personal touch every now and then.

DIY wrapping paper

For this one I simply used watercolour paint to create a splash effect on the paper.

DIY wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

With this one I again used watercolour paint to create the dot pattern, and then added a little bit of silver glitter paint.

DIY wrapping paper

Here I used some christmas style leaves along with a stamp pad to put the impression onto the paper. Which creates a really lovely festive pattern.

DIY wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

And then with this one I just used a marker to scribble some Christmassy words. Funnily enough the marker was supposed to be black but was running out and came out rather purple, which I kind of love.

So there you have it, you can have your pressies looking fantastic in no time at all. Hope you have a wonderful christmas!


DIY / watercolour ornaments

December 18, 2014


This week I feel like I’ve been madly rushing around getting decorations up, and gifts organised – which I still will be next week I’m sure! As it just dawned on me that Christmas is only a week away, crazy huh!? So here’s a nice simple ornament for you to make that you can either hang on your tree, or give as a gift. These would make a rather lovely mobile to.




+ watercolour paper
+ paint
+ cutting mat & stanley knife or scissors
+ scalpel
+ glue
+ needle & thread
+ sticky tape


Firstly cut out your template (find below) and trace onto your watercolour paper and cut out. You can shrink or expand the template depending on what sizes you would like. Then take your scalpel, using the blunt side, to make crease lines for the folds. Fold these and then flatten again.

Now your ready to paint. Once dry re fold the creases and glue the tabs. When you start gluing them together you’ll notice that you’ll have two halves. So before sticking these two halves together take your needle and thread through the top of one half, make a loop to the size you want by threading back through the top and tape the thread to secure. Then glue the rest of your tabs and put together. And there you have it!

+ Note: when gluing your tabs together make sure you hold in place for a few seconds otherwise they won’t stick.



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Photos + Styling by Alexandra of Folk & Fest

GIVEAWAY / win a $255 to this is paper

October 13, 2014

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This month I’m teaming up with the lovely Tara Victoria to celebrate her birthday to give away a $255 voucher to This Is Paper, one of my absolute favourite shops. They sell a range of gorgeous home goods and accessories, including some of the most beautiful backpacks you will ever come across – I have to get my hands on one of these one day! In fact I’d buy the whole shop if I could! Tell me, what would you spend your gift card on?


This giveaway was made possible by

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Tara Victoria | Thou Swell | Honesty B | Fashiony Fab | Mamages | Cocorrina

Pen & Peplum | Safaris and Sunsets | A Lively Blend | Of Trees and Hues | Clear the Way

Folk and Fest | Yeobo Blog | Hedgerow General | Holly Marie Designs | Coco & Mingo

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+ the giveaway will run till the 13/10 11.59 mountain time (sorry was a bit slow at getting this post up, still plenty of time to enter)
+ open to international readers

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LATELY / september

October 4, 2014


Wow these last couple of months have just flown by for me ridiculously fast, so much so that I hadn’t realized that I hadn’t really made a post since August. Since starting uni in July it feels like everything’s just up in the air and have been struggling to get into a good schedule and balance both uni and the blog. So only really now do I feel like I’m starting to get settled and on top of things … sort of.
So here’s a bit of my September, how was yours?



THINKING that I need to be more organized

ENJOYING the sun and looking forward to warmer weather

OBSESSED with smoothies at the moment and juicing, I’m constantly finding myself grabbing one on the way to uni in the mornings

TRYING to exercise more and get fitter

WISHING I had more hours and days in the week

WORKING on never ending uni assignments and designs. I don’t think my room has ever been so full of stuff, I’ve practically got a mountain of balsa wood and other materials starting to form and random props/objects lying around – No wonder I can never find anything

WONDERING how everyone else manages to keep a healthy work/life balance

FEELING a little overwhelmed with the amount on my plate at the moment but looking froward to future opportunities

WANTING to go on more adventures and discover new places




All images via my instagram


FOCUS ON / pressed juices

September 29, 2014


I recently came across the brand Pressed Juices and am now officially hooked. With a huge variety of flavours to choose from these juices are both incredibly refreshing and nourishing. Sometimes it can be hard to get enough fruit and vegetables into our system daily, especially in the colder weather its easier to go for the comfort foods, so juicing is a great way to do so. Whether you juice at home or buy they’re still both equally beneficial. I’ve found these juices have really made me feel so much better in general, both physically and mentally, and are perfect for when you know you have a busy day ahead!


What’s especially great about these juices is they’re freshly cold pressed daily and bottled straight away with no additives or preservatives so are incredibly fresh and full of nutrients. I’m still yet to try the whole range but a couple of my favourites, pictured, are the Greens 1 for a veggie boost, Berry Glow 3 is great when your craving something a bit sweeter, and smooth balance.



If you haven’t tried pressed juices yet you can view their juice range here, and if your local be sure to check out their gorgeous stores and taste test their whole range!

Photos + Styling by Alexandra of Folk & Fest

GIVEAWAY / win a pen + touch tablet

August 7, 2014

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I’m so excited to announce that myself and an amazing group of creatives have teamed up to celebrate the birthday of Miranti, the lovely lady behind Pen & Peplum, to give away to one of you lucky folks a Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch tablet! This giveaway wouldn’t be possible without this beautiful group of people, I’m so honored to be apart of such a lovely group and for all the support and encouragement they’ve given me. So be sure to take the time to head on over to their blogs and take a look around, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!

Wanna celebrate with us?

Here are the details:

+ the giveaway will run for two weeks until midnight on the 12th August 2014 (AEST).

+ to enter, simply use the widget below. Once you submit your first entry many (many!) more will pop up. You can choose to enter one or all, but more entries mean more chances of winning!

+ once the giveaway is over, a winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted for further details.

+ And yes, this giveaway is open to international readers.

Good luck!

So tell me, what would you use your Tablet for ?

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Graphic created by Alexandra of Folk & Fest

DIY / leaf stamped paper

July 23, 2014

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The other week I was experimenting with some leaf stamping on paper and loved how it turned out so decided to make it into some wrapping paper, which turned out to be rather fun! I collected a few different leaves to test out and found that some gave a really nice pattern and others not so much, particularly ones that were quite smooth didn’t seem to work really well. My stand out favourite to use was these lovely ferns I found that created a really beautiful pattern on the paper.


/ What you’ll need /

- Ink pad
- Leaves
- Paper
- Tracing paper

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To make simply press down one leaf at a time onto the ink pad or if it doesn’t fit you can lay your leaf on the tracing paper and brush the ink over. Then take your leaf and begin stamping on the paper creating a pattern that you like. And then your ready to use for whatever suits you.

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Now this can get rather messy so I suggest using some tracing paper over the top when pressing the leaves down to avoid getting ink all over your hands, or you could use gloves but be careful not to smudge the ink onto your paper.

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Photos + Styling by Alexandra of Folk & Fest