miniature art

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This is a fun project for those of us who are time poor, but want to add a little creativity into our days – make a miniature art gallery! It’s quicker and easier than your average art diy, plus there’s the satisfaction of finishing a project in all of thirty minutes. I sometimes get overwhelmed with the thought of ‘Why start something arty if I don’t have time to finish it?’ but I’ve enjoyed just mucking around with these little works of art.

Materials:

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Method: Trace the outline of your matchbox onto thick brown paper, then cut it out with scissors. Use the stanley knife to cut a smaller rectangle inside your brown paper rectangle. This will form your frame.

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Trace the outline of your matchbox onto the white paper/card, and cut it out. Glue the brown paper frame onto your white rectangle. Then, use your stanley knife again to cut an even smaller rectangle in the centre of the paper. This is now your frame and mounting.

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Trace one last outline of the matchbox, again on the white paper. Cut it out. This will be your ‘art’ to frame. You can trace the inside of your ‘mounting’ card faintly on to this last sheet, to give you an idea of the borders of your art. Then pull out the textas and have a play. Perhaps a repetitive pattern? Or give a tiny quote a shot?

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Once you’ve finalised your ‘art’, trim it to size, dab some glue on the back of your frame and stick it down.

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If we had kids, I’d blue tack a whole collection of these little frames on the inside of their wardrobe door, or on the underside of the table. I love the idea of hiding miniature art galleries around the house for little people to stumble upon!

five travel photography tips

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After sharing three travel tips a few weeks ago, today I’m sharing five travel photography tips. By travel photography, I really mean holiday snaps. And by sharing, I really mean stealing things I’ve learnt from my husband and pretending I came up with them all by myself!

So here goes:

1. Take your camera with you everywhere

The best camera is the one you have on you and the only way to get good photos is to take photos. So always carry your camera with you! Many camera bags are rather bulky and often a little ugly. One day we’re both going to splurge on Ona Bags (for him, for her) but for now I’m much more likely to take my camera along if I can fit it into my handbag, usually wrapped in a small scarf and definitely away from any water bottles.

Even if it feels a little cumbersome at first, you never know when you’ll want to snap something surprising or unexpected. I only had my phone on me for the photo below, and I was kicking myself for not taking my real camera on that trip

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2. Take bad photos to get good photos

This is a hard one, but switch your camera over to manual and take a lot of crappy photos. I made Will relax for hours on this gorgeous Zanzibari beach (cruel, I know) while I played around with my settings for ages. Progress will be slow, but if you don’t take the time to learn, you’ll never get the really beautiful shots. I’m still struggling with this one – I need to print out this manual mode cheat sheet to stop pestering Will with iso questions every two minutes. But I’ve seen the difference and it’s so worth it.

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3. Try a new angle

The photo below is one of our favourites from our Italy trip. Rather than focus on the house and details below, Will shifted his angle and perspective. All that blue sky with the pops of green make it more of a work of art than just a happy snap. I’m getting it printed big to hang in our home.

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I also LOVE this photo Will took in Rome.

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4. Get out at golden hour

I mentioned this in my tip about travel routines, but the best time to take outdoor photos is the hour or two before sunset. So rather than heading indoors to a museum or to shop, plan your day to be outside in the late afternoon and maximise the perfect light.

5. Let someone else take the photo

We have a lot of photos from the past couple of years travelling together, but only a handful that we are both in. These rare gems are often my favourite holiday snaps. Be bold, ask the closest tourist and make it a priority to get photos that include you, that ancient monument or beach scene, and your travel buddies. Chances are it will be these photos that end up in frames and on your desk.

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dancing in jaffa

I’d love to see this film. After many years abroad, renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown Jaffa, Israel. He believes in the power of dance and puts that belief to the test when he introduces ballroom dancing classes into local schools. In his classes, Jewish and Palestinian children dance together in preparation for a citywide competition. “What I’m asking them to do is dance with the enemy,” states Dulaine in the trailer. It looks like a beautiful and inspiring story!

the week that’s been

What are you grateful for from this past week?

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I’m grateful for chicken soup and hot showers and early nights after feeling a little funky this week. Also, Modern Family. I think my best ‘life tip’ is to always have a comedy series on the go!

Here’s this week’s round up:

I’d hang this lovely print in our kitchen.

You’re not as busy as you say you are. (Ouch!)

When to buy airline tickets.

The lost art of the unsent angry letter.

I used these guys last week – what a great idea for a florist!

George Bush paints John Howard?!

Why 30 is not the new 20.

The sweetest family blog.

I want to add this dress to my five piece french wardrobe.

Watching SYTYCD reruns is the best.

Will got me into this soundtrack.

And the perfect gold nail polish.

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My girl Emily had her first art exhibition last Friday night – I so wish I could have been in Sydney to celebrate with her! She is ridiculously talented and no one draws or paints a lovely lady better than she does.

If you’re after something a little unique to hang on your walls, she’s selling limited edition prints here. Here are three of my favourites:

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Milan (Already sold out!!)

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Darling

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Congratulations Em – may it be the first of many amazing exhibitions!

(P.S. – Follow her on Instagram and Tumblr too)