Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Communication in the Office - a true gift

Work dynamics are interesting to watch.
This probably explains the reason why "The Office"
 has enjoyed so much success all over the world.

I am so incredibly lucky to work with the best people.
Our office is casual, and happy, 
a place where you can speak your mind without fear of offending others
 or stepping on toes.

We laugh constantly and
I must say if you have a thing for political correctness....
it is probably best that you are not a regular visitor.

Maybe it is because there are are only 5 of us.

Maybe it is because we support each other,
and come to work with a positive attitude and are prepared to laugh at ourselves.

 I guess to some degree we are like minded-we are all about visual art.

In any case, 
when we began the term, I decided chocolate was in order!

So, I found a 1970's book,
sprouting outdated ideas about what an office involved
and how we 'communicated'.

I mod-podged the images onto the canister of chocolate
and placed it on our staff- kitchen table.

Like a good family,
I think work mates can come together around food.

What does your work place look like?

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cinderella and Prince Charming Luggage Tags

My love of retro papers, microfiche and eco-cycling have been a marriage made in heaven
at least I think so :)

His and Hers luggage tags for the Bride and Groom to be.

Can you think of a Cinderella and Prince Charming, planning a long haul flight?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Teacher Gift: Heart Bookmark

If you are looking for a simple, super quick Valentine's gift idea
for a teacher, friend or lover...
this is it.

 It works with any type of paper all you need is a square shape.
Old atlas pages work well,
 but these are just
origami style prints.

 To learn how to fold a heart go here.

Then a square of cardboard holds the bookmark well
and gives you room for a message.
My children wrote a personal message to their teacher on the back too.

There it is in a nut shell.
All up it takes about 10 mins.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Retro Gift Tags - by ElleandLou on madeit

Retro Gift Tags - by ElleandLou on madeit

What a productive day it has been, I have opened my new Made It store.
For those of you outside of Australia, Made It is like our answer to Etsy.
It is great for us Aussies as it gives us an opportunity to get our handmade products 'out there' in a Down Under context.


From little things big things grow....
Today I am celebrating the little steps :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Alice in Wonderland - Bunting Decor

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.
 Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't.
 And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. 
You see? 

Classic lines...
Classic characters... 
 Alice, The Cheshire Cat
 and a  kooky Queen.

In my primary school play, I scored the role as The Mad Hatter.
In retrospect, maybe I was typecast?!

It's the images of this particular version that really take me back.

Walt Disney's colours are bold.

They make great subject matter for bedroom decor,
or party decorations.

Or a personal gift for a sweet little girl.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Children's Gift Tags: Retro and laminate up-cycling

The new school year is only a few weeks old here in Australia.
Already, the weekends are filling up with class parties for my children's friends.

Presents to buy.
Presents to  wrap.
Presents to decorate.
Presents that need gift tags!

Lets face it- kids aren't really interested in cards.
They are usually just tossed to one side.
But a gift tag on the other hand....

A child will turn over a tag over, searching for THEIR name on it.

They love bright colours.

And these retro images will still captivate this new generation.

This new generation will also reap other benefits,
 because these gift tags are up-cycledeco-friendly!

They began their life as laminate sample discards-destined for landfill.

That is until I got my scissors and hole punch to them.

With paper on the back to write a short message on and a ribbon, they begin to take shape.

Naturally, the sweet images are also up-cycled from an old kids book.

I am officially gift tag ready!