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Pink Paislee’s Christmas range is right up my alley – vintagey + full of yummy not-so-traditional colours!  Our tree [see pics here] is very non-tradition, so this is perfect for me!!

When I saw this pp from, I knew I had to make my new favourite thing… paper baubles –

Thanks for stopping by, & I hope you’re inspired to have a go @ this easy-peasey project! ;]


I do love me some vintage, but it has to be on a budget!! 


My Hubby had a rare day off today & he took me antiquing.  We didn’t find the furniture we were after, but I had 2 wins!!


I’ve been looking for some (affordable) old music for months now, & finally found a whole box full @ only $2 ea!!  On to the next antique store, and I find a stack of old books salvaged from our State Government archives. One of these beautiful books is over 100 years old! (that’s quite old for us Aussies!)  I’m feeling like a very lucky shopper today!  ;]



Finally, it’s here!  My month as Guest Designer for Upsy Daisy Design!


Nicole & Terry sent me a package of PPs & Alpha Rub-Ons from their ‘Man About Town’ & ‘Bebe’ ranges.

You can find the entire range here + here.

The PPs are all double sided & have a lovely heavy weight.  And what can I say about their Alpha Rub-Ons? I love them – so classic & crisp – they even have a lovely shadowed effect.


Here’s what I created with the ‘Bebe’ PPs:





+ my ‘Man About Town’ projects:





I’ve also created a ‘How To’ Podcast for the “style” shadow box – you’ll find it on my Podcast Page.

I had so much fun, and really appreciated this opportunity – thanks Nicole & Teri [&Sares!;)]



I’m finally feeling somewhat organised for our Christmas!


I’ve wrapped a million pressies (well, about 15!!), & got them away in the post, we’ve put up our tree, & we’ve listened to a Christmas CD!



I was inspired by a ball of shop twine this year.  I’ve wrapped everything in tissue lined brown paper, like they used to do in full service stores.  I still remember going to this one old fashioned store with my Mum when I was quite young, & being fascinated watching the sales person wrap Mum’s purchase in  a huge piece of brown paper, so deftly, with sharp creases & corners… I remember the huge roll of paper on this great big metal stand, I remember the huge metal sticky tape dispenser (you know, those grey ones with a teddy bear face on the side??), I remember the tape always looked yellowish…  I remember loving how the finished parcel was firm but squishy & made a great sound…  Loved it all!  So this year, all our gifts have been wrapped with huge pieces of brown paper, & have long ‘tails’ overlapping, then I added the shop twine & a ‘100% Certified’ seal for good measure, finished off with a pencilled greeting on a shipping tag.  Then, just to add to the fun, I’ve put some inside my fave gusseted brown paper bags, hand stamped with the receiver’s initial in chalky blue ink…  I LOVE to wrap!!! ;]














Here’s our Christmas tree!  It doesn’t photograph all that well… but I love it!!  We moved to a smaller house & it doesn’t really have a space that lends itself to a lovely big green tree, so we went with this” espelliered” look!! It’s a great space saver, cos it’s quite flat!!  I love that I can still have a tall tree, but not lose my whole lounge room!  I found these gorgeous rusty balls, stars & hearts @ my local quilting shop, the straight willow branches came from my favourite florist (Venus), & we used a couple of Sizzix dies & Carl punches to create a bunch of ornaments from rich cream & pale blue Bazzil Bling.  The whole tree has a light, ethereal quality that I love…


I hope you’re all enjoying your Christmas preparations, without too much stress creeping in! (It’s supposed to be fun!!)



I’ve been playing with a few of the Upsy Daisy Designs ranges, such lovely quality papers, and I think the Basic Alphas rub-ons are my new favourite Rub-ons!


This is my favourite project – a small photo frame converted to a 3D shadow box. 

I used the lovely UDD ‘Pretty Petals’ range & matching Rub-on sheet to create this tiny (5″x5″) piece of home decor.  I love sage greens, so it’s perfect for my home.


I’m in the process of creating an instructional podcast for this project, so check back soon for that!


It’s done! – check out my new instructional podcast for this project here.  I hope you enjoy it & are inspired to create something similar yourself {let me know if you do!}


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