My second 39th birthday

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It has taken me a couple of years to come to terms with the fact that I have hit my 40′s. I don’t feel 40 – I still feel like I am in my 20′s even though I have to deal with some pretty grown up stuff.

I was so excited about having the actual party that after that the celebrations finished it all kinda hit me. I decided after a biggish 30th and a fairly large wedding that I’d stick with a small intimate dinner party for 27 – I just didn’t like the centre of attention thing. Don’t get me wrong, as my friends and family can tell you, I am certainly no introvert. I like going to a party and selecting who the most fun person/s is/are going to be and then hanging with them all depending what mood I’m in… that possibly sounds very precocious!

So now I have come to terms with it all – I am ready to share with you how I celebrated the night…
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Where Holiday house on Pittwater, Palm Beach
When March 2011
Invitations Papier d’Amour of course
Dress Carla Zampatti
Shoes Balenciaga from Cosmopolitan Shoes
Caterers Bold food

My colourful little garden

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I might not be a gardening expert, but I do know how to make things look pretty!
I really love these pots because they’re super easy, plus I love anything that involves gold spray paint. I’ve put succulents in my pots, because they’re easy to look after and they’re also Mum’s favourite, but you can use any plants you like.

You will need:
A pencil, circle cutter or compass, ruler, masking tape, butcher’s paper, cardboard to make a template, cutting mat, paint brushes, paint tray, different coloured paints, gold spray paint, white primer paint (like gesso), waterproofing sealant, cactus and plants

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Prep your pots by painting a waterproofing sealant on the inside of the pot to make sure water doesn’t seep through when watering your plants.
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Then paint a base coat of white primer (or gesso) so your colours turn out nice and bright. Leave to dry well.
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Now paint all your pots with your base colour. I’ve painted half way down inside the pot so it looks good when the plants are in. You might need a couple of coats. Leave to dry well or use a hair dryer if you’re impatient!

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Step 2. Masking
Triangle pot
Mask off a triangle like shown, then cover the rest with butcher’s paper to protect it.
Tape this down if you need to.
Stripe pot
Mask off just under the lip of the pot, then cover the rest with butcher’s paper to protect it. Tape this down if you need to. 
Scallop pot
For this one you’ll need to create a scallop template first. I’ve made mine by cutting out a circle and placing it side by side, then tracing around it. The number of circles depends on the size of your pot – I’ve used 5 circles. Once it’s traced, cut out the scallop shape.

Step 3. Painting
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Spray gold paint within the masked triangle area. Try to get an even coat with a side to side spraying motion.
Stripe pot
Paint the bottom half of the pot (under the masking tape) with acrylic paint. I’ve painted mine green, but you can use any colour.
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Spray gold paint within the scallop template area. I found it best to spray each scallop separately and let it dry in between. Try to get an even coat with a side to side spraying motion.

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Step 4. The final touch
When the paint is dry, carefully remove the masking from all three pots to reveal your beautiful designs!

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Step 5. Planting
Now you’re ready to plant your succulents and brighten up any spot you like.

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Dreaming of summer

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Last week during school holidays my family and I went up to Bryon Bay to escape winter. I had such a great time surfing and camping that it was hard coming back – not to mention having to go back to school. With my birthday coming up next month I’ve been trying to come up with a theme. I’ve just brought these cute drinking jars and wanted to combine my next craft project with them. These parasols make me think of long hot summer days and are perfect for a party – especially a pool party! I’ve used coloured papers and wraps combined with pretty paper doilies but you can use whatever tickles your fancy.

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You will need:
Coloured paper and card, small paper doilies, wooden skewer, scissors, circle cutter or compass, craft glue

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Step 1.
Using your circle cutter/compass measure 4cm on your coloured paper and 2cm on you coloured (or plain) card, then cut.

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Step 2.
Using your 4cm circle shape, fold into quarters. Fold each quarter down the middle to form 8 segments. Then fold in the middle again giving you a total of 16 segments. Make sure you make your folds nice and crisp.

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Step 3.
Cut small arcs at each segment using the creases that you’ve made as a guide.

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Step 4.
Next, cut along one of the segment lines to the centre. Glue two segments around to the other side to make a shallow cone shape. This will form the base of your parasol.

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Step 5.
Make your doily parasol using the same method (steps 1–4) but don’t worry about folding and cutting the arcs. The paper doilies are also really handy if you want to make cute scalloped parasols too – just trace around the edge and you can mix ‘n’ match.

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Step 6.
Using your 2cm circle shape, fold into quarters and cut along one of your segment lines into the centre. Glue the two ends together to form the inside base of your parasol. You don’t have to do this step but it’s a good idea to make your parasol sturdier. Keep in mind that you want to make this cone shape shallow so don’t wrap it around too tight!

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Step 7.
Glue on your wooden skewer and pop your bead on top. Leave to dry and you’re done!
Mix ‘n’ match your colours and patterns and decorate your drinks however you like.

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Red and yellow and pink and green…

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Ombre-garland-(hero)I love garlands, an ombre and rainbows so putting them together was an obvious choice. I’ve been dying to use my sewing machine too, so making this colourful strip garland was the perfect project! You can make them in any ombre theme you like or just make a whole heap of different ones like I did. So let’s start crafting…

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You will need:
Coloured card, ruler, stanley knife, cutting mat, pencil, sewing machine (or you can hand sew with needle and thread), cotton thread

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Step 1.  Fold your piece of A4 card in half and cut. Find the centre (of the cut half) and draw a fine pencil line down the middle. This will be your sewing guide.

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Step 2. Measure and cut your strips 2cm apart – make as many as you need.

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Step 3. Choose your thread – I’ve used white but you can get as creative as you like. Thread up your sewing machine or your needle if you’re hand sewing.

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Step 4. Start sewing down the middle along the pencil line you’ve already marked out. I started from the darkest colour and ended with the lightest. It doesn’t really matter though, if you change your mind you can just turn it upside down!

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Step 5. Experiment with all different colours and make a rainbow or just stick to the one tone – it’s completely up to you! Then all you have to do is hang them up and ta da!

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A crafty sneak peek…

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What can you make with a glue gun, two pieces of foam core and a few hundred coloured envelopes? A wonderful, colourful paper envelope wall of course!
Check out our sneak peek post below into how this magical wall took shape and came to life.

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The Other Side
The other side of the shop window wouldn’t be complete without a perfect paper feature. Hundreds of paper diamonds strung up in a rainbow of colour. Just a few of our favourite things… keep following Little Miss Craft for tips and tricks on how to make this beautiful garland!
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