Playing dress-ups

Sunday. Sunday is not part of ‘the weekend’ for me. Sunday normally sees me waking up stupidly early to get to work or rolling out of bed in the late afternoon for a long night of making money.

This Sunday saw me with nowhere to be and nothing to do, so I thought what could be better than getting the camera out and playing dress-ups with some beautiful gowns from Arcaro Couture?

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This is a custom Arcaro Couture gown made from Petrol coloured silk. 

 

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This dress is backless with a train and jaw dropping, two-toned sleeves.

 

I have known Angelina for almost 9 years now, and I cannot rave enough about her exquisite designs, flawless craftsmanship and vivacious personality. Everything from the initial design process to pattern making and hand crafting of each gown is done with love and excitement.

 

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Angelina designed this dress with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in mind. Can you tell?

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This dress is gorgeously draped and fits the body beautifully.

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The high side split adds drama when waltzing around.

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The movement is so soft and beautiful with this light and whispy fabric.

 

Watching Angelina work is something to behold in itself. There is something magical about watching her eyes light up as you jabber on about a gown that you would like and dig furiously through Pinterest to find pictorial examples of the verbal diarrhoea coming out of your mouth. She quickly grabs a notebook and begins sketching whilst chattering about the many design features that are running through her head. From that moment, you know you’re going to have something special at the end of the process.

Hopefully I will have an event to have a gown made, but until then I will keep dreaming.

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St John Ambulance Mass Casualty Simulated Exercise

Sometimes life has a way of making us apparate in the middle of some interesting situations. Whilst out and about with my camera one cold, dark and miserable evening, I happened upon St John Ambulance loitering in a very well lit park. The organisation was conducting a mass casualty event in the local area. This event was organised to show new fledglings just how things are done when S.H.T.F.

The exercise included the involvement of local police and the State Emergency Service personnel. Rumour on the street was that Rescue Helicopter was supposed to crash the party, but was actually diverted to an actual call-out requiring urgent emergency medical attention.

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Checking bags and equipment before the start of the event.

 

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Setting up posts.

 

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Inter-agency teamwork.

 

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See all the new recruits standing behind the tape at the sidelines…?

 

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Treating the wounded.

 

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Working in the dark.

 

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The patient’s wearing that race harness for a reason…they’re about to go for a drive!

 

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Blues and reds.

 

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In safe hands.

 

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Inside an ambulance.

I had a fantastic evening watching these amazing people do what they do. The professionalism and communication displayed was refreshing to see.

I think I will start carrying my camera around with me more often! On that note, watch this space. Japan awaits this itchy vagabond…

Amigurumi Peach Faced Love Bird!

For the last four months, this Peach Faced Love Bird pattern has existed as scrawlings on a sad looking, crumpled piece of paper. Today, I decided to get my butt into gear and turn that paper into a electronic pattern!

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Peach faced love birds!

Preening birdies :)

Preening birdies 🙂

I had two more love birds that got re-homed during the last few months of crocheting. One guy brought one as a gift for his niece and another was given to someone who really wanted a crochet bird. These babies went like hotcakes!

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Crochet peach face love bird

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Back of peach faced love bird

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Hello!

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Who’s a pretty bird? 😀

Get the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/peach-faced-love-bird-amigurumi-crochet

Happy hooking!

Super Sculpey Bantam Guar (from Elder Scrolls Online)

What to do on one day off in the middle of working four night shifts? Instead of breaking routine and sleeping when the moon has come out to say hello, I decided 02:30 was the perfect time to create a Bantam Guar from the Elder Scrolls Online.

Bantam Guar from the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) - second attempt using Super Sculpey

Bantam Guar from the Elder Scrolls Online – second attempt using Super Sculpey

I created the Guar shape with scrunched aluminium foil. I then rolled out some Super Sculpey and added a layer of clay over the foil armature. I then added the spikes and textured the skin before he went into the oven.

Super Sculpey Bantam Guar - I baked him a little too long in the oven... whopps!

First attempt at Super Sculpey Bantam Guar – I baked him a little too long in the oven… whoops!

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My mum has a saying when the oven overcooks anything: “crunchy is good!”

Screencap of the Guar from in game (ESO)

Screencap of the Guar from in game (ESO)

Instead of braving the miserable weather outside to get some acrylic paint, I decided to reuse the watercolours that I had used to paint the origami koi fish some months ago.

Bantam Guar - This is the result of a second attempt with Super Sculpey. Much nicer looking than his older brother!

Bantam Guar – This is the result of a second attempt with Super Sculpey. Much nicer looking than his older brother!

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Super Sculpey Bantam Guar

Bantam Guar

Bantam Guar

Hello!

Hello!

After the paint was dry, I added a layer of matte spray sealant to keep the watercolour paint from running.

Super Sculpey Bantam Guar from the Elder Scrolls Online

First attempt at Super Sculpey Bantam Guar from the Elder Scrolls Online – his mum should have quit partying during this little Guar’s incubation. He looks like he has FASD! His beefy traps come from lifting heavy. What a swole little beast.

I have enjoyed making these little companions over the last couple of days. Upon reflection, I would advise taking your time when working with clay and making sure you include as much detail from your inspiration as possible. If something looks wrong, take a deep breath, assess what can be adjusted and amend as required. It is far easier to change a model before you bake it instead of after it’s baked and set!

 Happy crafting 🙂

Easter Gift Wrapping

Easter is around the corner!

Riddle me this: How can chocolate be so overpriced when it is shaped like a bunny or an egg and a block of the same mass can cost half the price? Because capitalism is stupid and opportunistically over inflates the price of delicious, foil wrapped diabetes. 

Normally I am lazy and buy up big after Easter has passed because chocolate is reduced to a price that I am happy to pay. Unfortunately, this means that those close to me have to wait for their chocolate.

If you’re on a budget, here is an idea to keep the masses happy. Make small gift bags filled with Easter goodies!

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Chocolate and a robotic chicken

Below is a copy of the wrapping that I created for these little presents. It is made to print one full A4 sized page when scaled to 100%.

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Easter wrapping! Right click and Save a copy to your computer if you would like a copy 🙂

I can’t wait until Easter so I can eat ALL THE CHOCOLATE!

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Chicken and bunny Easter bag

With the wrapping, you can create any kind of gift bag that you like 🙂 I took my inspiration from here: http://www.paperkawaii.com/2014/04/12/origami-gift-bag-tutorial/

I would love to see what everyone is making this Easter. Feel free to post links to your creative endeavors in the comments.

Mini Fruit tarts with custard and white chocolate filling

Feeling a little bit decadent? Why not make some fruit tarts filled with custard and white chocolate?!

I make these for special occasions, and everybody seems to enjoy them.

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Fruit tarts with white chocolate & custard filling

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Mini Fruit Tarts with Custard and White Chocolate Filling [Makes 30]

Sweet Short Dough Pastry: Ingredients

  • 325g sifted plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 200g butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 250g white chocolate

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Using electric beater, mix egg, butter, vanilla and sugar until just combined.
  • Add flour to wet mix until just combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out dough and place in mini tart molds.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Turn out on wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Melt white chocolate in bowl. Using a spoon, line the tart shells with a thin layer of white chocolate. Place aside at room temperature to allow chocolate to set.
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Sweet short dough pastry tarts

Vanilla Custard: Ingredients

  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 TBSP cornflour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar

Method

  • Add milk, cream and vanilla to pan. Heat on stove top until hot but not boiling. This should take around 5 minutes.
  • Whisk egg yolks, cornflour and sugar together in a heatproof bowl.
  • Pour hot milk/cream mixture over egg mixture whilst whisking constantly.
  • Place contents back onto stove top and stir continuously for 15 – 20 minutes until custard thickens to desired consistency.
  • Spoon custard into pre-prepared, white chocolate lined tarts. Fill 3/4 full.
  • Garnish with seasonal fruit. Place in refrigerator to set and cool.

tartEnjoy!

High Tea Birthday Decor

We celebrated my mum’s birthday in 2015 in style. She had opted for a high tea themed party, so we worked hard to make some magic happen.

The party was hosted at her house in the backyard. We sourced many eclectic items and stuck to a silver and white theme.

High Tea Birthday Table Decor

High Tea Birthday Table Decor

Selection of food

Selection of food

Centrepiece

Centrepiece

Tea and coffee station

Tea and coffee station

Table decor

Table decor

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More food. Would you believe there were still two cakes, a tray of sweets and two boxes of pizza left to serve?!

Floral centrepiece

Floral centrepiece

Table decor

Table decor

By the end of afternoon tea, everyone needed to roll to their vehicles after eating so much food! I would say that the event counted as a success 🙂

Looking forward to sharing more event decor with you in future!