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1 October 2014 Dinosaur Costume

Evoke your inner craft-goddess and create a totally awesome costume for a little kid – or the big kid within – without having to shell out big bucks for a totally predictable, store-bought one, just in time for Halloween!

TIME

2 hours

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 green hoodie | 3 sheets blue/aqua felt (enough to make approximately 22 triangles) | Sewing machine | Green fabric (50cm x 1m). Cotton jersey is good as you won’t need to seam | Stuffing | Scissors | Pins | Green and white card | Green and white foam sheets | Glue or double-sided tape | Hat elastic

WHAT TO DO

Hoodie

  1. Cut felt into 8cm triangles.
  2. Turn hoodie inside out and cut up sleeves.
  3. Place felt triangle in between cut edges facing inwards, and pin into place.
  4. Sew into place on sewing machine.
  5. Cut down centre of hood, and repeat triangle process.

Tail

  1. Fold fabric lengthways in half, mark out and cut a triangle approximately 70cm long and ending at 25cm high.
  2. Cut two strips 4cm x 50cm for ties.
  3. Place felt triangles as with hood – pin and sew, leaving end open.
  4. Stuff with stuffing.
  5. Add straps to each end of the opening, pin and sew down.

Feet

  1. Cut out feet shape and add holes.
  2. Cut out white claws and add to feet.

Mask

Cut out all pieces in mask shape as shown, stick together and add elastic.

AND THEN

Pop it on your child and get scaring!

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1 October 2014 Have a Circus Themed Party!

Step right up! We’ve realised there is an all-encompassing party theme involving animals, clowns, candy stripes and popcorn! You guessed it, it’s the circus, and what could be better than inviting your guests to one spectacular circus themed event?

Get inspired by your own childhood memories – think stripes, lights, and lots of red. The circus is one of the most thrilling places of entertainment, and now you can hold your own. We’ve got you covered for the ultimate circus party, just check out our circus themed styling props below.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest show on earth…

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1. Circus Poster Print, AswegoArts | 2. West Bend Popcorn Pop-Up Boxes, FishPond | 3. Red and White Candy Stripe Cupcake Boxes Party Time Celebrations | 4. DIY Spinning Carousel Centrepiece, Oh Happy Day | 5. Circus Washi Tape, Swanston Street Supplies | 6. Vintage Hoopla Game, Lark | 7. Marvellous Marquee Lights, Lark | 8. Red Stripe Paper Cups, Miss Bunting | 9. Toot Sweet Party Hats, Emiko Blue

1 October 2014 Meet A...Stylist: Stacey Clarke

Stacey Clark is a stylist based in Perth, Australia. She’s also running one of our StyleSesh workshops on October 11.

Tell us a little about yourself 

I’m a pretty lucky girl living in a seaside city in Western Australia, doing what I love. I style everything from food, to editorial pieces, to events.

What does a typical day at work look like for you? 

First and foremost, I start with coffee. No coffee, no work. Clear the inbox, write the briefs, do the research, plan the sourcing.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

I have a lot of favourites but  absolute fave would be the most recent shoot for HOORAY! which you’ll be able to see in the upcoming holiday issue.

What’s your approach to styling? 

Less is more and keep it simple. It doesn’t need to be over the top glam just because you’re ‘styling’. Forget the glitz and perfectly symmetrical images. Be you and be imperfect. In that lies perfection!

What do you have planned for StyleSesh Perth? 

Lot’s of laughs whilst we learn how to make a mini tassel garland and fringed piñata! Not to mention sharing some of my most treasured styling tips for those inconvenient budgets!

What should people expect before meeting you?

The biggest mistake you can make is to try and assume what some will be like from their Instagram feed. I’m an extremely tongue in cheek person and I have quite an inappropriate sense of humour!

For more information on Stacey, visit her website. To purchase a ticket to her Perth StyleSesh workshop, click here.

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30 September 2014 Selina + Tim

Selina and Tim met through Selina’s sister’s friend at a comedy show. A few weeks later they hit it off at the same friend’s farewell drinks. They admit their relationship grew over text messages, because they were able to see their shared sense of humour.

Tim proposed the night that Selina handed in the final assignment of her Master’s Degree. When Selina arrived home she found 10 helium balloons, each tied with a special moment of their relationship – the last being the proposal. Selina said she never expected Tim to set up a romantic proposal, so she loved the surprise.

The couple decided to have a relaxed wedding with a DIY feel. Selina went to Etsy for inspiration, although admits it was a bit daunting to see so many options! Fortunately, Selina had lots of help from her friends and family – even more fortunately, one of those friends is a wedding planner. Selina’s sister made a wooden “Just Married” and Walt Whitman signs, as well as the cupcakes and everybody joined in to cut and sew the bunting. The flower girl dresses proved to be worth their wear, as Selina cleverly used the hems to make matching ring bearer bow ties and a ring cushion. Even the bridesmaids wore part of the hems to tie everything together.

And although the though of going to the florist the day before the wedding to pick fresh blooms may be daunting for some, Selina was able to pull it off seamlessly. In ultra casual style, Selina and her Mum went to a florist near her mum’s to choose everything from the ceremony flowers to the garlands and bouquets.

If you’re a hands-on bride-to-be or just into DIY, definitely check out this genuinely crafty and gorgeous wedding.

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30 September 2014 Love My Shop: Paper Cotton Love

Paper Cotton Love is a modern-day craft shop for lovers of DIY, paper craft and pretty packaging, stocking a carefully curated collection of craft and gift-wrapping supplies.

Owner, Tracey, launched the online shop in 2012, starting out with just a handful of gift tags and embellishments, all made by hand. Now Paper Cotton Love manufactures its own range of paper goods and stocks beautiful cotton twine, paper bags, washi tape and wooden stamps, sourced from Australia and around the globe.

Tracey has been crafting for as long as she can remember and firmly believes that handmade does not have to be time-consuming, messy, or for those with special skills. Paper Cotton Love products are designed with this in mind, which means you’ll find blank gift tags, stickers and embellishments that can be combined quickly and effortlessly to make beautiful and unique cards, gift wrap, place cards, cake toppers, favour bags, and more.

If it’s inspiration you need, you’ll find plenty of that on the Paper Cotton Love blog. There are suggestions for how to use their products, DIY ideas and links to tutorials. Plus, there are little tips throughout the product descriptions that help make shopping for supplies a breeze.

New products are being added to the Paper Cotton Love shop all the time, and plenty of new designs are in the pipeline. ‘We are very excited to announce that we are about to start stocking a gorgeous chunky t-shirt yarn called RibbonXL that is perfect for crocheting, knitting bags, and homewares. Keep a look-out for Paper Cotton Love gift wrapping and party kits too, they are coming soon!’ said Tracey.

To get your hands on some Paper Cotton Love goodness, head the their website.

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30 September 2014 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

We’re having a short week here in the HOORAY! studio. Not only did we get to have a public holiday in the ACT yesterday (jealous?), but this Friday we’re also heading down to Melbourne for the Cake Bake & Sweets Show!

Haven’t heard of it? Well, it’s Australia’s biggest show for foodies, home bakers and cake decorators – a three-day live event devoted to the world of baking and the art of cake decorating. It’s packed with celebrity demos (including our fave, Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro), classes and interactive workshops, plus there’s heaps to taste and take home!

It’s on from 3-5 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, so come down, eat lots of sweet treats and be sure to visit us at our HOORAY! stand.

But while you wait for the weekend, check out some of our fave Pinterest finds this week.

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26 September 2014 HOORAY! It's Friday!

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26 September 2014 Lisa + Jake

Lisa and Jake met at a local tavern on a university night out 10 years ago, and have been inseparable ever since. They had travelled to Mexico together on a previous trip and immediately fell in love with the vibrant and exciting country. They always knew they would return to Mexico to celebrate their wedding, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

Lisa had complete creative control over the styling of the wedding. Inspired by Mexico, its vivacious colours and culture, Lisa picked up the decorations from Etsy and the local markets a couple of days before, including a collection of real and fake pineapples, colourful blooms arranged in used cans, sugar-skull-printed napkins, cacti in glass jars, handmade arrows, plywood and paper signs, plywood guest tags and metres of tassel garlands.

Lisa and Jake broke with tradition and started setting up and decorating their venue together on the morning of their wedding. They had a beautiful spiritual ceremony, where they shared promises of love and made plans for their journey together. The moment they had their first kiss, the mariachi band appeared to play a celebratory tune. The couple and their guests then enjoyed sunset cocktails on the terrace before a sit-down dinner reception, followed by tequila and dancing.

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25 September 2014 Clementine Posy's Fave Spring Florals

Spring is undeniably the best season for fresh blooms! But with so many floral varieties available, how do we choose which ones to incorporate into our event styling?

We called in flower expert and owner of floral styling business Clementine Posy, Ash, to help us decide by sharing her fave Spring floral varieties with us. With an array of these blooms in your bouquets or table arrangements, you really can’t go wrong.

Peonies: The undisputed Queen of the flower world, late Spring heralds the start of peony season, a month or two of the most chunky, fluffy, sometimes as big as your head bloom. Everyone’s favourite and the wedding flower every bride wants to get their hands on!

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25 September 2014 Dark Chilli Choc Cake Pops

Chocolate and chilli is possibly one of the best flavour combinations known to man. Serve these super easy Dark Chilli Choc Cake Pops to all the big kids at the party and they’re sure to be a hit!

For more decadent chocolate recipes, pick up a copy of HOORAY! Issue 6 from our online shop now.

TIME

45 mins + chilling time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 12+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 store-bought chocolate cake (we used Chocolate Madeira cake, 315g) | 3 cups dark chilli chocolate (or dark chocolate, melted, sprinkled with 1 tsp ground chilli, or to taste) | Lollipop sticks

WHAT TO DO

  1. Gently remove the icing from the top of the cake and reserve for later. If you use another type of cake, you can substitute any ganache, homemade or store-bought
  2. Crumble the cake into a medium-sized mixing bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs
  3. Slowly add small amounts of icing or ganache to the cake crumbs until it has the consistency of play doh
  4. Place in fridge for 15 mins to chill
  5. Meanwhile, line a tray with baking paper
  6. Remove from fridge and roll into teaspoon-sized balls and set aside on prepared tray
  7. Melt a small amount of the dark chocolate in the microwave, on half power, in short bursts
  8. Dip the tips of the lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate before sticking half way into the balls. This will keep the sticks in place inside the balls
  9. Put the pops into a styrofoam block and into the freezer for 15 mins to firm
  10. Meanwhile, melt the remaining chocolate in a bowl or cup deep enough for dipping the entire pop into the melted chocolate
  11. Dip each pop into chocolate, tapping excess off gently
  12. Gently place back into tray and chill until firm

AND THEN

Devour.

Makes 12 pops.

TIP

For extra zing, after dipping the pops in melted chocolate, sprinkle chilli flakes on top prior to the final setting, or alternatively, roll the pops in cocoa powder and chilli instead of dipping them in melted chocolate.

 

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