Hand Painted Birthday Wrapping

Birthday Wrapping Hand Painted

I know I have said it before.. but let me tell you again… I LOVE BIRTHDAYS!

Tomorrow is my big brothers birthday and I love to make things special for him. I have a passion and real talent for gift giving , it is something that I take great pride in!… from the thought out personalised present right down to the detail in the wrapping, ribbon and hand made card (it is something I get from my Mumma). My brother is also a pretty good gift giver and even better at creatively wrapping gifts so the pressure is always on to impress him.

To be perfectly honest this project came about out of pure laziness. It is drizzling with rain out side and I was procrastinating walking up to the shops to purchase some wrapping paper. I also hate how expensive and often boring wrapping paper can be. So I was inspired to grab out my watercolours and art paper and have a muck around with making some personalised, hand painted wrapping paper. I must say I am extremely happy with the results! I don’t know why I have not thought of this earlier.

Birthday Wrapping Hand Painted

Birthday Wrapping Hand Painted

Well what do you think? What a simple and cheap project that looks brilliant right? I am so excited to give this pretty little present to my brother tomorrow for him to open!! Yay to birthdays..

I am going to get busy  working on some christmas designed wrapping paper and share with you all soon!

Hope you are all having a beautiful Wednesday!

Lots of love

xxx Holly

Pretty New Business Cards

Pretty Pink Business Cards
I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to have some business cards made up.. this decision was made after about the fifth time I attempted to write out my very long blog url to give to someone in the one day.
I knew that I didn’t want to spend a great deal of money on business cards… just in case if they didn’t work out or if I decided to change my logo further down the track… I spent $15 total on having 250 of my pretty little cards printed and delivered to my door (an absolute bargain I say!!). I was so happy with the result….. however being the ultimate perfectionist I am and always striving to make any mundane object pretty, I decided to hit my cards with a coat of pink paint to really help them to stand out. I clamped 50 cards at a time together tightly… then applied a thin layer of basic acrylic paint that I had mixed to the perfect shade of dusty pink… simple!! Such a cheap and easy way of making any business card look incredible!
I can not even handle how pretty they have turned out.. I am so happy with them, I just had to share with you all!
Mum has always taught me the importance of first impressions… and with killer cute cards like this, I am pretty sure A Pretty Little Life Blog will be leaving some knock out lasting impressions! YAY!
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P.S I will be back later with a simple recipe to knock the socks of the guests at your next dinner party!

Pretty as a Peach..

2015/03/img_7917-0.jpgHappy Monday beautiful people! I hope that you have a positive week ahead..

Just a quick one from me.. I had lots of comments about my nails last week.. I couldn’t believe that the cheapest nail polish in my collection, that I pretty much had forgotten about was pulling me so much attention!

I got this nail polish from my local $2 shop, the brand is BYS and the colour is Pretty as a Peach.. I have had it on for nearly a week now with little to no chips! YAY! Just shows that the most expensive aren’t always the best!

I think it is the perfect pastel shade to go with just about anything! Happy Days!…

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Five Shades of Perfection!

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Alright.. Two things I have learnt today..

  1. Tuesdays are way more fun when your working with pretty nails.
  2. Hands would probably have to be the most awkward, horrible things I have ever had to photograph!!

As promised I am going to share all elements of my very own pretty little life with you, and well these nails are seriously pretty..  only problem is I have spent two days trying to get a photo that is not awkward, ugly or out of focus!

I was indecisive (as I so often am) with what colour to paint my nails this week. So I dug deep into my polish collection, rebelled and painted them five shades of perfection. I rarely tend to my nails as I should because, well, working with my hands everyday  leaves them chipped and not worth the bother (that and nail salons make me super nervous that I am going to catch something!). This weeks pretty little nails have me all happy, and excited that I just had to share with you all.

I think it was worth the photo challenge, don’t you?

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* These are the nail polished I used to create this look. As you can see I am not fussy on brand and cost.

image1P.S it has been a little too sweet around here lately… check back later this week for a post about another deep love of mine. Yes  of course it’s food!!…but I promise there will be no sugar in sight!

Back To School…

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Oh dear.. Where on earth did that whirl wind of shopping, eating ham, sipping champagne and laying on the beach reading a book disappear to? I feel like I was just wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, now I am getting ready for a happy new month and we all know what that means…

Good bye to the long hot days where there is no rushing, no need for the daily mask of makeup and where salty hair is perfectly acceptable.

Its time.. We have all been trying to ignore those pesky adds on the television and pushing the brochures that have been flooding in the mail to the side.. They all say the same thing…. Those few words that haunt us from our childhood and the ones we are never quite ready for….

“Back To School”

To be completely honest with you, its not all doom and gloom for me. Sure I have never wanted holidays to come to an end, but who doesn’t get excited at that feeling of fresh stationary, pretty crisp contacted books and a brand spanking new blank diary! My love for fresh stationary is probably one of the many contributing factors that led me to become a teacher! What other job can you justify spending excessive amounts of money on useless fruit scented pens at office works?!

Now, no back to school list is complete without the need for a new lunch box. I have far too many weird and wonderful lunch boxes than I care to admit. I am a firm believer that your mundane mid-day lunch always tastes that little bit better when retrieved from a pretty lunch box or container.

So here is a little project I set myself over the weekend to distract me from any back to school preparations I should have been doing and to ensure I will be the envy of all staffroom and playground lunch boxes this year.

So whether its back to school, or just back to another wonderful week at work, this soft lunch box is a super easy sewing project that anyone with a basic sewing machine can try.

Hope you like and happy “Back To School!”

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What you will need:

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  • Some pretty patterned *oilcloth* of your own choosing
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measurer
  • Velcro
  • Sewing machine

*OilCloth is a cotton fabric that has been treated on one side to make it waterproof. It can be easily purchased online and is reasonably cheap.

Pattern:

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Instructions:

  1. Transfer your pattern using a lead pencil onto the wrong side of the oil cloth. For a cute aesthetic I have used a different pattern for the sides and base of my design, but this is completely up to your taste and style. _MG_0423
  2. Once you have cut out the pattern pieces you are ready to start sewing. Remember always to have the right sides of the fabric facing together when sewing. The first step is to sew one side piece and one front/back piece together down the longer edge. Repeat this for remaining side and front panels until all four pieces are connected._MG_0466
  3. At this stage its important to iron open your seams. Please Note: Oilcloth can only be ironed on a low heat setting with a protective cotton fabric layer between. This is so the iron never comes into direct contact with the oilcloth and prevents melting the fabric.
  4. For a neat, professional finish I top stitched my lunch bag on all open seams.IMG_0438
  5. Sew in the base piece. Always remember to keep right sides together. A helpful hint at this stage is to keep the needle down in the fabric and pivot 90 degrees 0.5cm from each corner.                                                                         _MG_0482
  6. Sew up the remaining seam to complete the bag. Turn bag to be facing the right way out.
  7. For a cute finish I used a pair of pinking shears for a zig zag edge on the top of the bag.                                                                                          _MG_0486
  8. Sew a strip of velcro 10cm from the top edge on the front and the other piece at the top of the back of the lunch bag. Roll twice to secure the velcro in place.                                                               _MG_0492
  9. Fill your super cute lunch bag with your favourite pretty little lunch! x