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Archive: Dec 2012

  1. Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year, dear birdies! I really do hope 2013 is a brilliantly good one. Thanks so much for popping in and joining me in the Wee Birdy nest in 2012. Can’t wait to bring you more lovely goodness – and a brand new look – in 2013. xxx

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    How wonderful is this New Year’s creative concept, art direction and photography by Argentinian art studio, Plenty? via Typography Served.

  2. Happy Christmas from Wee Birdy!

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    Wishing all my super-lovely readers every happiness at Christmas. Thank you so much for stopping and making Wee Birdy what it is today. I’ve really loved expanding the Wee Birdy community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and meeting so many of you over the year.

    I’m having a wee festive break with my family but I’ll see you all in the New Year. In the meantime, you’ll find me on Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram, posting all my holiday pics. I’d love to see and hear about all of your Christmas festivities as well.

    Please join me in Instagram and #ShowMeYourTree! It’s easy – here’s how to do it:

    1. Head over to Instagram.
    2. Take a photo of your Christmas Tree.
    3. Upload your tree on Instagram and use the hashtag #showmeyourtree and tag @weebirdy.

    Can’t wait to see your tree! Here’s mine (see top)!

    Merriest of merries, everyone! X

    Photography by Lucas Boyd.

  3. TUTORIAL :: How to make a paper weaving artwork

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    Yes, I know that I said I was signing off until the new year, but I forgot about this tutorial! Paper weaving isn’t difficult and it’s a very affordable way to add customised art to your walls.

    THE RED THREAD -affordable art- Paper Weaving

    I created this tutorial for Crafttuts+, so head on over there for the full paper weaving tutorial including step by step instructions.

    THE RED THREAD -gift wrapping- Paper Weaving

    It’s Christmas eve and I’ve been having fun with paper weaving to create simple but effective last minute gift toppers using metallic origami paper.

    Merry, merry!

     

  4. Enjoy the Christmas break and thank you

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    I’m signing off now until the new year and I want to wish you a lovely, safe and happy couple of weeks. Thank you for being a part of the red thread – thanks for visiting, reading, commenting, emailing, making my tutorials, and for being part of this online community we share.

    Thank you for making the transition with me to this new space (my new domain name and new design on the WordPress platform). I’ve been working hard in the weeks since the move to make the red thread even better and more of what I always want it to be: a place that inspires creativity. I hope your visits here leave you inspired by the designers’, artists’ and crafters’ work I feature, by the lovely interiors I share, and by my other inspirational finds. And importantly that my tutorials inspire you to be creative too!

    I love blogging and I’m full of ideas for the new year – I always welcome your comments and feedback, so if there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of next year please let me know.

    Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season. Here’s to a healthy, happy and inspiring 2013!

    xx Lisa

  5. Meanwhile… on Instagram

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    I’ve realised that a lot of the more personal things that I used to share here on the blog I’m now sharing on Instagram. It hasn’t been an intentional shift, but because I’m such a visual person I’m loving Instagram’s photographic micro-blogging platform. I thought you might like to see some montages of what’s been going on behind the scenes lately.

    Summer arrived here in Sydney and Roxy and I have been enjoying huge juicy mangoes and the frangipani tree at the front door is in full bloom.

    I’ve been making more macrame, lovely big salads, a chunky cotton scarf for Roxy, and I’ve been weaving.

    the red thread - I made

    I’ve received some lovely things: A hanging geranium wrapped in moss and neon cord, some gold nail polish (and I promptly gave myself a dodgy mani), some lovely earrings, and a beautifully wrapped parcel.

    the red thread - received

    But wait, there’s lots more! Click on the link below to see what else we’ve been up to, what we’ve been making, and our prep for Christmas.

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  6. A wee Christmas recipe: My Raspberry Cream Macaroon dessert

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    This, my dearest birdies, is my favourite Christmas dessert. It’s the perfect way to end a too-stuffed-to-eat-another-mouthful-Christmas-dinner, as it’s relatively light (well, depending on how much you eat) and the raspberries offer an edge to the sweetness of the macaroons and cream.

    I don’t really use a “recipe” as such (apart from the coconut macaroon bit) because it’s dead simple – and the amounts used depend on how big your trifle bowl is.

    If you want the cheat’s version, use shop-bought coconut macaroons. You’ll be laughing at how dead-simple it is to put together, not to mention the ‘big effort’, maximum-impact results.

    Now I’m not talking about French macarons of the Laduree variety, I mean rough coconut macaroons that are crispy and toasty on the outside with a deliciously gooey meringue-y centre. I like to make my own, but be careful not to overcook them as you won’t get the gooey/sticky/toasty/crunchy texture that makes this recipe so lovely.

    Ingredients

    • Freshly whipped cream (I use two cartons of whipping cream, but you may need more or less, depending on how big your bowl is).
    • Raspberries (I use a mixture of fresh and frozen. I use one whole box of frozen raspberries, together with four punnets of fresh raspberries. It’s really nice to decorate the top of the dessert with a layer of fresh raspberries.)
    • Crushed coconut macaroons – either shop-bought or make them yourself, recipe below. Just pop them in a plastic bag and whack them with a rolling pin/mallet/other handy whackable object. Don’t smash them to smithereens – you don’t want a crumb-like texture. More of a mixture of crumbs and little chunks.

    Method

    1. Place a layer of crushed coconut macaroons (around an inch high) in the bottom of your glass trifle dish.
    2. Usually a spatula, place a layer of freshly whipped cream (around an inch high) on top of the macaroons.
    3. Now place a layer of raspberries on top of the cream.
    4. Repeat the layers until you get to the top of the trifle bowl.
    5. Finish with a layer of whipped cream and decorate with fresh raspberries. Either throw your raspberries on free-form or go for a retro design of concentric circles.
    6. Keep chilled until you’re ready to serve, then dust it with icing sugar (don’t do what I did last year in a fit of Christmas-induced madness and toss a heap of castor sugar on top. I misread the label. Not nice. Gritty. Oh dear.)
    7. Wow your guests – they’ll love it!

    Dead-Easy Raspberry Cream Macaroon dessert via we-are-scout.com

    Coconut Macaroon Recipe (the non-cheat’s version)

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups of shredded coconut
    • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

    Method
    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius. Line three baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Spread the shredded coconut over two of the trays and cook in the oven, tossing occasionally for three to four minutes until lightly toasted. For the love of god keep an eye on it and don’t let it burn! Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate. Your kitchen will now smell divine!
    2. Whisk the egg whites and salt together with electric beaters in a scrupulously clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Make sure you don’t have a speck of grease on your bowl or mixers or your meringue won’t work.
    3. Once you have soft peaks, add sugar a spoonful at a time. Go slow and steady here! Look at the mixture carefully and make sure all the sugar has dissolved before adding the next spoonful of sugar.
    Once all the sugar has been added, whisk for a further two minutes or until your mixture is thick and glossy.
    4. Add the vanilla essence and whisk to combine.
    5. Add the toasted coconut and use a large metal spoon to carefully fold it in until just combined. (Use a bit of TLC here. If you overdo this bit or stir too vigorously, your macaroons will be flat.)
    6. Spoon tablespoonful of mixture onto lined trays. Leave around 2cm between each macaroon. Bake in the oven, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 12-15 minutes or until your macaroons are light golden and firm.
    7. Leave them to cool for five minutes on the trays before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
    8. Store in an airtight container for up to two days before you need them.

    Photography by Lucas Boyd.

    Do you think you’ll have a go at making my dessert this year? What’s your all-time favourite Christmas dessert?

    You might also like Likkle Girl’s Rummy Balls.

  7. MAKE IT :: Wrapped wire speech bubble

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    You may have already seen photos of my apartment on the blog (here’s my bedroom) – it has all white walls and quite a minimal style, but there’s one thing that I’m stuck with and can’t afford to change – the ugly aging beige intercom handset. I’ve given a lot of thought to how I can hide or disguise it, to no avail. So I came up with a solution: instead of trying to hide it, I decided to create this neon wrapped wire speech bubble to place right next to it. Now the handset doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb anymore, it’s become part of a fun art piece.

    See – ugly isn’t it?! But now it looks a whole lot more fun.

    You may have seen other tutorials for wrapped wire words around, but this is much easier and less tedious than any I’ve seen… wrapping the wire before you bend it makes it a breeze. My tutorial includes a printable template for the hello speech bubble, and you can find it on Crafttuts+.

    If you have any vintage portraits I think one of these neon wrapped wire speech bubbles would look really cool on it.

    the red thread wrapped wire hello speech bubble

    the red thread wrapped wire speech bubble

    Click through to Crafttuts+ for the full wire wrapped word tutorial.

  8. Sorry for the silence… I'm back

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    Sorry to have been absent for a couple of days. My blog was hacked by a spammer and I haven’t been able to log in. If you noticed anything weird happening or if you received any messages about my blog not being secure then that would explain it. I’m so sorry, it’s been frustrating and incredibly infuriating. But it’s fixed and all good again now. I’ve had my site and server completely wiped clean and checked so be assured that everything is now safe and fine. And it’s just five sleeps until Christmas. Eek!

    I created this little reading nook when we put up the Christmas tree. – the  living room needed to be rearranged to accommodate the tree. So now I have this cozy space but no time to read! Hopefully over the Christmas break there’ll be time for cups of tea and magazines.

    I’ll be back later with some good things to share with you.

     

  9. 7 Beautiful DIY Christmas Decorations

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    It’s less than a week ’til Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to get hands-on and make some really special and unique decorations for your place. I’ve gathered together seven gorgeous Christmas projects from Crafttuts+, the awesome new craft tutorials website (which I also happen to edit – quick, pop over there now and check it out!).

    These crafts are all rather special and unique and they’re made by some of the world’s best designer-makers and crafters, including Kitiya Palaskas, Laura Howard (of Lupin Handmade) and Helen Frances (from Frances and Francis). Here are my top seven:

    1. Snowglobe Winter Wonderland in Jam Jar by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Pinatas Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    2. Mini Christmas Piñatas by Kitiya Palaskas (above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Space Invaders Christmas Decorations Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    3. Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments by Cintia of My Poppet (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Felt Christmas Stocking Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    4. Felt Christmas Stocking by Laura Howard of Lupin Handmade (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Wreath and Garland Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    5. Fabric Christmas Wreath and Garland by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Himmeli Decorations Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    6. Geo Himmeli Christmas Ornaments by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Paper Lantern Village Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    7. Bethlehem Paper Lantern Decorations by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    And you can also craft your own unique Christmas wrapping, as well. Click here for 10 Quick and Colourful Gift Wrap Ideas by Kitiya Palaskas.

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via we-are-scout.com

    Click here more amazing projects and tutorials from Crafttuts+.

    Need some lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

    Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

    And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!

  10. Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Amazing presents for kids

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    Stuck for original and charming present ideas for the little ones? I’ve scoured the globe for the most amazing gifts for kids, starting at $10.

    1. The Magic Tree House, AU$179 from Lark.

    2. Tsumiki house, EUR91 from The Space Penguin.

    3. Antique rose ballet bounce skirt by Collette Dinnigan For The Australian Ballet,  AU$39 Target.

    4. Kiko machi wood+magnet town, EUR32 from The Space Penguin.

    5. Little Roar Head by Flatout Frankie, AU$35 from Hello Polly.

    6. Rain Littlephant art print by Camilla Lundsten, AU$36 from Hello Polly.

    7. Nathalie Lete Friends magnet set, £22 from Niddle Noddle.

    Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Kids Presents via we-are-scout.com

    8. Coq en Pate giraffe shoulder bag, AU$33.95 from My Messy Room.

    9. Rock Your Baby ‘Masked Crusader’ blue t-shirt with detachable cape, AU$35 from My Messy Room.

    10. Flensted Elephant Party mobile, AU$30 from Great Dane Furniture.

    11. Maze the ark ducky hook, AU$31 from Funkis.

    12. Nathalie Lete Sailor Tin bucket by Nathalie Lete, £8 from Niddle Noddle.

    13. Kids Company Dodgy Panda knitted hooded scarf, £45 from Liberty.

    14. Plastic Clonette Doll with Rabbit in dark blue, AU$10 from Lark.

    Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via we-are-scout.com

    15. Theatre “ESPAÑOL” (to assemble), EUR22 from Teatritos.

    16. Rock Your Baby ‘Eat My Dust’ board shorts, AU$39.95 from My Messy Room.

    17. OMM Design Tiger Plate, AU$12.95 from My Messy Room.

    18. Bear jacquard knit green jumper by Tootsa MacGinty, £31 from Burp Boutique.

    19. Djeco magician pencil trick book, £13 from Liberty.

    20. Blink Design colours wall art , AU$60 from My Messy Room.

    Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Presents for Kids via we-are-scout.com

    21. The Game of Sculpture, £7.95 from Culture Label.

    22. Kiko ashiato cat print toy beach sandals, EUR17.60 from The Space Penguin.

    23. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map, £36.95 from Harrods.

    24. A Menotti and Y Labat’s How Many Jellybeans?, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

    25. Lion face cushion, AU$29.95 from Lark.

    26. Kiko gatcha gatcha dispenser, EUR39 from The Space Penguin.

    Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via we-are-scout.com

    27. Best Bead Kit In The World, £11.60 from Cox and Cox.

    28. Animal crayons, £5.20 from Cox and Cox.

    29. Vintage caravan, AU$29.95 from Lark.

    30. Milk n Soda Sailboat Bow Tie in Sky, AU$19.95 from My Messy Room.

    31. Harry Potter Hermione’s Time Turner, £51.95 from Harrods.

    32. Chalkboard Cowboy, £29.50 from Daisy Mooo.

    33. Blafre Giraffe Steel Drink Bottle, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

    Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

    Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

    And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!