Eat Pray Love

Like many women I loved this book. Have you read it? The film is due for release soon, but I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Julia Roberts. At all. She always seems like she’s…. well, Julia Roberts. So that’s something I’m going to have to get over before/if I see the movie.

I like the trailer (I am trying really hard to get past JR) and I thought this would be a nice uplifting way to end the week. Have a lovely weekend. See you Monday.


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Japanese Washi Tape :: Mini Bunting Tutorial

After I returned from my first trip to Japan with a mountain of gorgeous washi paper tape I started to make mini bunting out of it. The tape is now quite readily available online so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for my mini bunting. It’s fast and fun and with all the colours and patterns available you can make lots of different variations.

You’ll need: Japanese washi tape and embroidery floss, or waxed thread, thin string, or similar.

Start by choosing your colours and cutting lengths of tape. The length will depend on how big you want your bunting flags to be. Mine vary in size, but they’re roughly about 4.5cm (or about one and 3/4 inches). Cut your tape twice that length. There’s no need to measure them though – half the charm is in the variation of size.

Cut a piece of embroidery floss to the length you want your bunting to be and lay it out in front of you.

Take a piece of tape and place it sticky side up under the floss. The floss should be about half way down the tape. Carefully fold the tape over the floss making sure the edges line up. It’s easier than it sounds and if the edges don’t align the paper tape is easy to lift up so you can try again.

If you are making a double width flag place a second piece of tape next to and underneath the first one so that they overlap slightly. Fold the second piece of tape over.

Cut a straight edge along the bottom of the flag then cut a triangle up into the center. Or if you’d like triangular flags cut up from the center bottom to the top corner on both sides of the flags.

Mix up the colours and patterns when making your flags. With this design I like to space the flags unevenly apart and vary their size for more interest. But with triangular flags I think a more even approach is better. But experiment, mix it up and have fun.

When your bunting is the desired length hang it up using a couple of pieces of washi tape. Easy!

If you’re looking to buy some of this gorgeous tape you might try these 548 results from an Etsy search.

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Loving :: PicClick

How cool is this?!… PicClick is a new way to search Etsy. I find it so tedious looking through pages and pages of search results – often hundreds of pages. PicClick shows you all of the search results on one page. You can also use it to search Ebay too. But beware, it is a little overwhelming! My search for “vintage aqua” turned up literally thousands of results… all on one page.

Found via How About Orange.

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Print & Pattern Book

The postie arrived a couple of days ago with my copy of the fabulous Print & Pattern book. It almost made up for not having an internet connection for nearly 3 days. Compiled by Marie Perkins, aka Bowie Style, of one of my fave blogs Print & Pattern, it’s a visual feast featuring both well known and up and coming designers, including a number of Australians.

I bought mine from the Book Depository in the UK, who offer free international shipping, and it arrived in 3 days! It was less than $29… which is almost half what you’d pay for it here in Australia. Gotta love that.

If you’re after books, don’t forget to check out Booko – it searches both Australian and international sellers to give you the best price on a particular title including shipping to Australia.

I’ve been dipping in and out of Print & Pattern for the past few days, and I’ve recently finished The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – which was a great read. Have you bought or read any good books lately?

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the red thread :: Featured

I’ve had a couple of lovely mentions in the press lately, which is always exciting. In the essential style section of today’s Sydney Morning Herald there’s an article about vintage style for children. It features the lovely Jane and Katy of KatyJane, who I blogged about last week, as well as a few paragraphs about my Sweetie Petites and Children’s Portraits.

Also, the current issue of Australian Homespun features my Chalkboard Eggs.

Right next to my egg is a photo of Laikonik’s graphic and bright hand painted eggs. Kasia creates a new range for Easter each year – you can see them all in her online shop.

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