Bookplates are a beautiful way to personalize a gift, ensure a loaned book is eventually returned or in our case, update the ownership of a collection of thrifted books. It’s not uncommon to find the previous owners names written in children’s books, so Emma really loved the idea of sticking some pretty labels with her name over the old inscriptions. I’ve created a set of four retro inspired floral bookplates. The printable PDF is free for personal use, so feel free to print as many as you need. Continue reading →
It’s time to welcome in the new year with a bang! To mark a whole year of the blog’s crafty and colourful look, I thought it would be perfect to celebrate A Month of Colour.
There are 15 prizes to be won with a total value of nearly $1000! (I wish I was allowed to enter) I’ve approached some of my favourite Australian brands and makers who have generously come to the party and contributed some bright and covetable products, please support them by visiting their sites.
Here’s what you can win: Continue reading →
Wow, this year has just flown. It certainly has been quite an eventful one on the blog and for me personally.
I’ve created over 40 original projects and tutorials, written and co-written two e-books, taken a photoshop course, spoken at a bloggers conference, signed on as a Nuffnang Talent blogger, migrated from blogger to self hosted wordpress and watched my toddler change into a proper little girl.
I have so much good stuff planned for 2013, including a BIG giveaway in January (make sure you tune in for that) and the launch of The Lucky Draw Project in February (more about that in the new year).
Till then I’m taking a few weeks off from the blog to recharge my batteries and giving the old passport a little work out. I’m sure I’ll be posting some holiday adventures on Instagram, you can follow the fun over there.
Thank you all so much for reading, liking, following, commenting, making and sharing, especially those of you that have been with me from the start, I hope I’m still relevant. Those of you that have discovered My Poppet this year, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope I’ve ignited a little spark of creativity in you.
This is me signing off for 2012, enjoy the holidays and have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year break.
It’s true that this post is a slight departure from my regular offerings, but as it is topic that I feel quite strongly about, I thought it was important to share my experiences…
This is a happy but sobering story of just 20 short seconds that could have changed my life in the most tragic of ways.
Twenty seconds is such a short amount of time, just a blink of an eye, just one moment. Sometimes if you are lucky it can be the exciting moment when your lotto numbers come up, but for an unfortunate few, it can be really devastating.
In my case, my twenty seconds saved Emma’s life.
Wow, it’s amazing how one brilliant weekend can re-light a spark that was almost forgotten. The tedium of my normal routine was making me a little glum, Emma is going through a challenging age, so you can’t blame a girl for wanting to escape for a few days. Thanks to Hyundai’s #BrilliantRoadTrip, my sister and I threw caution to the wind, left the dirty dishes in the sink (they were still there when I got back) and just had fun! We giggled, played dress ups, picked cherries and spat out the pips, sang loudly and badly, ate uninterrupted by toddlers (I Know!), enjoyed quiet moments and were blown away by nature’s beauty. All in all, it was pretty sweet!
Here was my vintage road trip inspiration, I’ve continued on with my little family’s photo tradition.
I’ve created a little Brilliant Road Trip film that captured our mood, I hope you enjoy it…
I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have fond memories of playing Space Invaders as a kid, so why not add a little geek nostalgia to the tree this Christmas with some colourful Space Invaders ornaments. This set of four ornaments are simple to make with Hama (also known as perler) beads, and can we whipped up in less than an hour. Continue reading →
You’ve probably noticed that Christmas is just around the corner, it has snuck up again on me this year. It’s my birthday month so I don’t really get into the Christmas spirit until I blow out the candles on my birthday cake. When Freedom gifted me a voucher to help me get ready for Christmas, my mind went straight to our outdoor area. We’ve been desperately in need of an outdoor setting to help extend our entertaining space. I love alfresco dining, and creating an outdoor room for all the festivities in December makes this season feel extra special.
I was lucky enough to receive several cones of Zpagetti yarn from the lovely Gwen at Hoooked, I’d been curious about it for a while and was delighted to give it a try. It’s made from fabric off cuts from the garment industry, so it’s a sustainable product that defers textiles from entering landfill.
I am in desperate need of places to store all my crafty bits and pieces, so making some baskets was the logical option.
These baskets work up quite quickly and if you make them in graduating sizes, they can nest into each other. I’ve included basic instructions and a video, but I do assume you have some experience with crochet. Continue reading →