Six Years.

If you’d asked me six years ago whether I thought H. would still be hanging around, I really wouldn’t have known. In fact, I still don’t know and I think that’s the beauty in what we have – we take each step together unknowingly, wholeheartedly and with this in mind; somehow racked up a relationship milage of six years over the weekend… time really does fly!

We kept the celebration minimal with an amazing lunch at Coda here in Melbourne, courtesy of my birthday gift from my colleagues last year… yes, we’re still rocking the budget tricks even for this occasion!

Some quick snaps of our tasty adventure below – cheers to six years!

*Digital washi tape courtesy Pugly Pixels

Project Zakka: Paper Dahlias / Christmas Stars

When I think of Christmas, one of the first things that pop into mind is always a star. Whether it’s because of the story of the Three Wise Men following David’s Star or just for the fact that they are pretty, stars are an emblematic part of Christmas.

I’ve bought some pretty nice ornaments in the past but this year, I wanted to add something that I made to the mix. After looking around for what shape to use, I decided to create paper dahlia flowers because I loved the way they looked when hanging and they way they reminded me of a Christmas star.

I don’t have a lot of space in my little house so I can’t fit a tree – I have a few bare branches that act as my festive corner over Christmas instead. Versatile enough to be an ornament or wrapping feature, the paper dahlias looked great hanging in amongst my ornaments and paper pinwheels!

What you need:

  • 6 x patterned paper squares – I used papers with hints of gold for an added Christmas feel!
  • Baker’s twine / cotton thread of your choice
  • Single-hole punch
  • General craft tools – craft knife, cutting mat, pencil and glue

*Because the dahlia pieces have several folds, I’ve included a downloadable PDF to guide you through the folds. Click here for the PDF.

Instructions:

  1. Fold 6 x dahlia flower components as per the steps outlined in the PDF.
  2. Apply glue to the sides of the dahlia pieces – make sure you only glue about 2/3 of the dahlia side from the base otherwise your dahlia won’t fan out nicely!!
  3.  Stick all the pieces together side by side, making sure that they are all facing the same orientation.
  4. Once you reach the last piece, you will need to apply glue to the side then stick this back to the other side of the first piece to create a circular / fanned effect.
  5. Allow for the dahlia to dry for about a minute then start spreading each point (outer) and petal (inner) – there should be two outer points to between each centre petal.
  6. Using a single hole punch – punch a small hole at the back between the sides of two of the outer points.
  7. Thread through your string – your dahlia flower / Christmas star is ready for hanging!

Christmas Calling.

During the first Christmas in my home, I attempted (and failed) hosting a Christmas party for H.’s family. My roast pork was so flavourless that I think H.’s mum started worrying that I wasn’t the cook H. made me out to be! But two years on and now going into the third Christmas, I can only look back and smile as I write this post – hopefully this year’s Christmas won’t be so bad!

I’ve spent the past weekend testing the pork and planning out what I wanted to do decoratively – see some snapshots below:

I still managed to burn the pork slightly but luckily, it tasted good – serves me right for trying to multitask and cook three other things at the same time! Decorating wise, I didn’t really like anything that I made over the weekend but thankfully, the lovely Donaville Herrick sent to me (and many others) her inspirational holiday guide from discoverpaper.com a few days ago and it made me rethink what I wanted to do. Hopefully I have a few good ideas in the coming weeks!

PS. I’ve updated my Instagram link on the blog using the new Instagram ‘timeline’ layout – visit me at  www.instagram.com/whitefishandthings