Friends, A nice Easter alternative is pairing a muted backdrop with a few brighter, (maybe even neon) touches. This can still be classy and very fitting with our Autumnal Easter celebrations. It’s all about balance and moderation. Decide up front which elements will be bright and stick to that. Keep brights super bright, yet minimal and keep the backdrop light and classical.
Hi guys. As you know, Easter in Europe is associated with Spring, and the decor is a testament to that. Bright pastels and Spring flowers are the order of the day. But here Easter is the start of Autumn and I like to keep the season present in my Easter table setting. A minimal branch and calm hues make up the perfect Easter table for me.
Guys, in a fit of inspiration (or something) I decided that my office wasn’t bright enough. I had used a color from elsewhere in our house to create a mink colored feature wall. My inner child insisted that it was to nearly bright enough and I went back to the paint store for something pinker and brighter. Well, the color I ended up with can definitely be called pinkest pink. It is blushing bride, by Plascon and I love this bright, girlie hue.
I’m hoping to spend some time getting the space organized and under control this week. I’ll keep you posted of any developments.
Have you ever used bright pink in your home or office?
Friends, Easter is this Friday, are you all stocked up and decorated for this holiday? I always have a healthy warren of ceramic rabbits prancing around my home, but I might have to add a few more elements in the spirit of this weekend. During my inspiration foraging I noticed a trend towards Easter trees. Have you also seen this? Is this new, or did I just not notice it before?
I definitely noticed a few OTT ones, but I don’t see any harm in a minimal branch with a few washi flags or some cure eggs dangling from it. It could be a nice centre piece for your Easter table.
Morning friends. Yesterday I spent most of my day making paper pinwheels- what a treat! I made small rosettes for tomorrow evening’s Artist’s way farewell/ graduation class. (I’m doing the certificates today. ) As well as a few for the table decor for our little farewell party. It was so much fun and surprisingly easy. I got into the swing of things quickly and crafted until my double sided tape ran out. (Now is that the measure of morning well spent, or what? )
I played around with sizes and color and soon found a favorite size and style. Dividing an A4 sheet of paper into four, gives the perfect paper size for small rosettes. Only three pieces are needed. Fold them concertina style and tape them together-voila!
I added a few touches to make them more rosette and less pinwheel. I added a motivational message to keep my students inspired and guided on their continued creative journey and of course some ‘ribbon’. [I bought this amazing houndstooth duct tape from Builder's warehouse. It is a multi purpose miracle. ]
I also made a few larger pinwheels for my new (and now bright pink) home office. Check in tomorrow for a preview.
Morning friends. It’s a chilly Autumn morning in Johannesburg- perfect for catching up and crafting. Last week was a mad week of deadlines and chaos- you might have guessed my absence here on the blog. The upcoming Easter period, with it’s public holidays and promises of family time makes me happy. Starting today, things are slowing right down. How about you? Are you getting some time off?
This week is going to be all about the online shop (Ampersand social stationery) and the #obal workshops and courses. I started today with an 8am meeting at the venue for the upcoming vision board therapy workshop in May. Have you booked your spot for The story of me yet? The venue is a lovely, spacious hall with beautiful light. It’s the perfect spot for being creative.
This week also sees The Artist’s Way coming to a close. This Wednesday will be the final class and graduation. Which means crafting time for me. I like to present each student with a certificate of completion and a little rosette for their inspiration board at home. What can I say, makers are going to make.
This week is also photoshoot time for me. I am a bit nervous and embarrassed as I am having my picture taken for the press releases and the about page of the new site.
The new site is coming along nicely and the official Ampersand Facebook page is now live. Follow it for updates on the progress of the site and shop and behind the scenes peeks.
Site development is going well and it’s almost time to start populating that sucker. I am bursting with excitement and cannot wait to be able to share it with you. Keep an eye on this blog or the Ampersand Facebook page for details of the launch and launch invites.
How is your week looking?
Hope it will be crafty and bright!
Hi guys. Me again. These courses and workshops are always a great day out, where like minded people get to hang out together and do the thing we love- being creative. It’s also a super opportunity for companies and brands to organize a blind date for their product and it’s ideal target market- us creatives. :) Don’t we all just love discovering a gorgeous new tape, deckled cutter, fabulous notebook or beautiful ribbon design?
If you, or anyone you know, are interested in hooking these soulmates up and becoming an #obal course and workshop sponsor and collaborator, drop me an email so we can chat.
I’d love to see how we can partner up and make beautiful creativity together.
Morning friends. I am very excited to open the next #obal course for bookings today. Next up is a vision board therapy workshop, that promises to be loads of fun. The workshop will involve a fun day of making collages, and mining for our true creative desires and motivation. It’s a great opportunity to mingle and meet some likeminded people. Not to mention getting a step closer to living your dream life.
Title: The story of me
Description: A vision board therapy workshop, using collage and free writing techniques to mine for true desire, passion and inspiration. Come spend a day finding your true North, using fun techniques, in a relaxed, creative environment.
Date: Saturday, 31 May 2014
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: NG Kerk, Linden. 44, 5th street. Linden.
The fee includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch, all stationery for the day and of course a goodie bag filled with a few creative tools. Not to mention the wonderful friends you’ll make.
Book your seat by emailing me your full name and contact details and I will reply with the invoice and booking details.
Any questions? Feel free to mail me or leave a comment below.
I can’t wait to spend this fun day with you.
Friends, it is Friday and I swear I can hear the collective sigh of relief. This week was a bit of a roller coaster for me. How about you? I am dreaming of disappearing to a cold, windy beach and huddling in a cottage until the storm blows over. Sometimes we just need to regroup and recoup. That’s what this weekend is going to be all about.
Cottage interior: http://wabisabi-style.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/simple-living-come-rain-or-shine.html