i am so very late…

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Ever fell like time is just running away from you,

You hope to achieve so much, but, in actual fact you’re getting very little done.

Who am I kidding I am sure everyone feels like that from time to time…

Sometimes, you just need to get the pocket watch (or mobile in this day and age) break it open, and smear some jam inside, just to stop that time from ticking…

Take a tea break (and I mean a long, well deserved tea break, use the huge tea cup this time)

 

 

Make your own stamps

Why not give making your own stamps a go!

They can be a little tricky and you do need a bit of patience, but with practice (and I still need some practice) you can make anything you like…

You may also need, (along with patience) some:

cheap plain erasers (get different sizes, the bigger the easier)

some carving tools

some sharp and small hobby knives

Make sure to write/draw any words and pictures backwards, that is especially important if you want them to turn out the right way when stamped :-D.

Here are a few that I have made!

Stamps

I love my little bird and bumblebee,

what do you think?

Old book pages

I have a few old teapots and tea sets as well as tableware and material, those precious bits and pieces that didn’t quite have a place to go, and that are too big to have on shelves and in cupboards, I needed to find them a home. So I bought this huge and cheap chest to store it all in. The two things that were important to me when looking for a chest, was that it was big (check) and cheap (check), I don’t care too much as to how it looked, but I did’t mind the union jack for the time being.

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Well the union jack didn’t last all that long before I was dreaming up ideas on how to cover it up. Firstly painting it white always helps, but with the very prominent brown boarder it was to much contrast. It was also a bit to big to do a fancy drawing or painting on, and that would probably take me forever, and I couldn’t settle on anything in particular. So a thought a simple way of changing it would be to cover it up, and so I did, with a well loved (not by me but someone else) book, on Australian gardening.

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Perfect. I love recycling and I love the look of reused books and book pages on various objects and craft ideas, it doesn’t matter what they are about as long as the paper is strong enough to be handled and glued. Stick around and see what else you can do with old book pages.

Through the looking glass

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I picked up this stunning old mirror at a garage sale, as you can see it was a lovely golden colour with the mirror completely intact. However I had little to no use for a golden mirror in my house, so it was time to find a new purpose for it.

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 First I painted it a pale mint, almost light aqua colour (love this colour). I had to do a few coats to really cover up that gold.

That was the easy part, next task was to cut out the shape in wood.

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The difficulty with the shape was if it was slightly off it wouldn’t fit! I got there in the end painted it with blackboard paint and

ta- dah…

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What do you think?

A little about me…

Hi, my name is Alissa. I am an aspiring designer, in the fields of event planning/styling as well as interior design.

this is me

My Interior design style is relaxed and simple, I love using neutral colours as a basis and natural elements such as wood and stone. I would have to say I have a very eclectic style, as I like design elements from both old and new, I love finding a new life for old furniture and objects. Most of all, I love when a home feels warm and inviting, with splashes of colour mixed in for good measure. I believe these are what make a home personal, more you.

I love, love, love organising and planning, decorating and cooking and most of all hosting parties and events. I like the freedom that comes with styling an event, it can be as casual and simple as you like or as crazy and colourful as you dream. These are the days that hold fast in your memories and I believe in making every celebration no matter how big or small, a day not to forget.

As you may gather from my little blog, I love all things ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the story and imagery have inspired me to pursue my day dreams.

So join me for a while, why not brew a pot of tea, as it’s always tea time here!

Alissa