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#fridayfaffingcompetition December winner

December 23, 2015

 

IMG_5047Clockwise from top left,  #fridayfaffingcompetition images by: @daisy_shoes @angelasteynandco @flojoro123 @christinalowrydesigns

You may be familiar with a little competition I host on Instagram each Friday called #fridayfaffingcompetition. It’s basically an excuse to be creative and have a little faff with flowers, leaves or whatever takes your fancy. Although let’s be honest, we don’t really need an excuse do we!

Each week I share some favourites that have caught my eye on my Instagram feed, and this month one overall winner will receive a $50 voucher from Australian company Origrami. They are a fantastic company that print your Instagram pictures direct from your phone, I’ve used them a lot and love their products.

The images above are four photos shared to the hashtag that caught my eye but the overall winner for December is @olgaprinku with this striking image.

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I love the composition, the use of repeating shapes and colours. Congratulations Olga, drop me an email at hello@foragedandcollected.com and I’ll organise for you to receive your prize.

Thanks to everyone who joins in each week, I really love seeing so much creativity shared in the hashtag.

x Katherine

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The ten minute wreath for time poor Christmas lovers – Tutorial

December 21, 2015

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Every year I am desperate to make a whole host of Christmas decorations and festive touches for the house and for gifts. Wreaths are always number one on my list but they’re often the thing I don’t end up doing as I run out of time. With Christmas only a few days away I decided I’d try and freestyle a quick and easy wreath. I’m so happy with the results I thought I’d share them with you. And if you’re anything like me you still have time to get this festive touch on your front door before the big day.

I had a vague idea in my head of what I wanted the wreath to look like and popped into a floral wholesaler on my way to work to buy the wreath base. The trick to this wreath is all in the base as the multiple rings give you a structure to insert your foliage without you needing to wire or tie each piece. I wanted to feature very simple foliage and used a silvery green eucalyptus that smells divine.

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This foliage is great as it has a bit of bend and flexibility in the branches. Start by selecting the largest branches and insert the bottom tip of the branch into the wire base and wrap your branch up around the circle. Poke some of the branch through the wire mid way up and again at the top to loosely secure it. Build up your wreath by using the largest branches first, overlapping them with the ones you’ve already placed. You want to make sure they are spread evenly along the frame with no major gaps.

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Once all the big branches are on the frame add a few smaller branches in the areas that look less covered. These can be poked through the wreath and wound up around and through the bottom branches to secure them. I like mine to be fairly rustic and a little wild.

Once you’ve finished adding the branches you can add some decorative elements. I’ve added some gum nuts, small pinecones and a gold spray painted plastic leaf. I tucked the bottom of the leaf into the wreath and didn’t need to secure it with any wire, but for the pine cones I’ve tied them on with fishing line so that you can’t see it. If your wreath isn’t feeling very secure you could tie a few sections with fishing line, just make sure you tuck some leaves over the wire or fishing line so that you can’t see it.

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My finished wreath ended up using two pieces of fishing line to secure the pinecones and another piece at the top to hang the wreath. The whole exercise took me 10 minutes and the wreath is now hanging on our front door.

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Now sit back and enjoy your handiwork!

x Katherine

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#7 Vignettes

December 6, 2015

Have you seen #7 Vignettes on Instagram? It’s a very fun, slightly addictive, monthly styling competition hosted by http://theinteriorsaddict.com. The aim is to style 7 different images based on 7 different themes over 7 days. What that actually means is that you tear apart your house looking for the perfect prop, leaving mess and chaos around you, and ignoring your children and family for a week. Or maybe that’s just me!

In fact the very reason I joined instagram over two years ago was to take part in the August 2013 round. I had read about this thing called #7vignettes while trawling through blogs and, as a stay at home mum with a 3 month old baby looking for a bit of creativity to break up my day, I thought I’d give it a go.

It’s funny looking back on it now that the chance decision of making my instagram profile public to take part in #7vignettes would be so life changing. I’ve made an incredible network of friends as a result of joining in, the community is really supportive and creative. Each month I’m inspired to do better, think about the theme in a different way or just take a risk. My style has developed a lot over that time. And while I’m not a vignette master by any stretch of the imagination, I find the process relaxing and really enjoyable. I find that I can usually overcome any creative block by setting a 5 minute time limit to throw an image together.

I thought I’d share with you a little step-by-step tutorial of how I put together one vignette for the theme ‘gift wrap’ from the December round.

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I start by collecting a few props I think might work. For this image I have decided to use a marble back drop and as the theme is gift wrap I have scissors, paper and a few embellishments.

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I’ve decided that I need a bit of texture against my backdrop so I lay out my gold leaves at the top of the square. I’ve done all my vignettes in a square format and I try and think about the overall composition as I start arranging. I’ve got an idea in my head of how I want it to look, with the items starting at the top of the square and creeping down.

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I wrap the brown origrami boxes that were in the first image in some plain white paper and tie two with brown string. I want the wrapping to be really simple so that the detail that I’m planning will contrast. (as a side note, if you ever need to wrap a fake present for an image those origrami boxes are the bomb!)

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I’ve used stars in many of my other images for this series and I want to feature them here to tie the series together. This star is folded out of old sheet music and then I’ve painted one half gold and given it a sprinkle of glitter.

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And now I add the gold dipped feathers. These are the focus of the image for me, they are soft and pretty against the plain wrapping and add another textural element. I’ve also added a few more stars.

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Next I add even more stars. I’m really looking for a layered effect in this image and the whole series. I feel that this is still missing something…

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And so I add another gold leaf under the third present, and I add in a few of my star cookie cutters to add some metallic contrast. I also add in a pair of the scissors but I’m not entirely happy with them there. I subscribe to the idea that you should remove one item from an image when you think it’s done. So let’s remove the scissors and see…

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And there you have it, the final image! I’m happy with this, it’s pretty much what I had in mind when I started and it took me about 15 mins from collecting the materials to snapping the final image. I should also fess up that the mess is still sitting on my table. Shhh don’t tell my husband.