DIY Paper Cone Wreath – Map Pages

paper cone map wreathI completed a paper cone wreath from vintage music paper last year and was so happy with the end result i’ve been keen to make another one. This one was created from the pages of an old atlas i picked up at a secondhand store. I love the end result with the different shades and colours of the old map pages. This project isn’t difficult or expensive to complete. If you’re interested in trying to DIY a cone paper wreath the original tutorial is here. paper cone wreath from mapsdiy paper cone wreath

diy paper cone wreath

paper cone wreath

7 Vignettes for April 2014

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The April round of #7vignettes, created by The Interiors Addict is being judged by Once Was Lost who are lovers of beautifully handmade products. They source products from all over the globe focussing on well designed, high quality and ethically produced pieces. The list for this month’s 7 Vignettes has been one of my favourites. Simple, but thought provoking words that have inspired many beautiful vignettes on Instagram. Search under the hashtag #7vignettes to admire these lovingly created images. You can find me on Instagram under RedAgape.

The list -
* Natural
* Simple Things
* Adventure
* Handmade
* Wise Words
* Found
* Thankful

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seven vignettes april 2014

Forty9L Artworks in the house!

Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta HaycockRedAgape Guesthouse is now the new home of some delightfully quirky artworks by Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks. These beautiful creations are for guests to admire and purchase when staying in the house. They are a perfect match for the house, so much so I’m trying to resist the temptation to buy one or two myself.Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock
There are four of Jacinta’s artworks featuring in the house at the moment. The first is ‘Morning Dew’ which has slotted into the parlour seamlessly. The deep dark walls really accentuate the colours in this gorgeous painting.Artist Jacinta Haycock
The other three paintings are hanging in an eclectic cluster on the stairway. Here is ‘Red Dog’, ‘Deer oh Deer’ and ‘Freedom’. Forty9L Artworks - Red Dog by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - by Jacinta Haycock forty9Lartworks1 Forty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock
If you are interested in purchasing any of these gorgeous paintings please contact me at amanda@redagape.com.au or visit Jacinta’s facebook page – Forty9L Artworks directly.Jacinta Haycock artistForty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock

DIY Party Ideas

party table decor purple orangeOver the weekend a girlfriend was hosting the 50th Birthday celebration for a mutual friend. She did such a beautiful job on the party decorations and i was happy to be asked to contribute a couple of DIY party projects. The first DIY project was the place cards or name cards. As the birthday girl is a lover of nature and recycling, i tried to keep the theme natural. I found loads of inspiration on Pinterest and finally decided on a mix of coloured card, ribbon and hessian.

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The next project was ’50 Things we love about Robyn’. This idea would translate to any age and basically involved friends and family sending us little phrases or words telling us what they love about Robyn. It didn’t take long to get to 50 items and these were then printed onto card and decorated. They were hung up on the night using string and pegs for guests to admire and read. At the end of the night they were all put into a memory box that i’d covered and decorated…..along with polaroids taken on the night.

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And what a gorgeous job my friend did with the table settings. The orange, purple and green theme looked great!

DIY party decor purple orange table setting for a party

Forty9L Artworks by Jacinta Haycock

Forty9L ArtworksI met the beautiful Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks this week for coffee and feel like i’ve made a friend. Jacinta approached me late last year to see if i’d like to display some of her paintings in the guesthouse. I had already tossed around the idea of hanging local artist’s paintings in the guesthouse, but with Mum’s illness and passing last year the project just didn’t happen. With the new year in full swing it’s definitely time to add some fresh new art into the house.

I really love Jacinta’s paintings. They feel real, authentic not forced. Just looking at them makes me feel happy. And although I’ve admired her work on her Facebook page, seeing them in real life is the only way to do them justice. Her paintings are full of heart and are delightfully quirky making them the perfect fit for RedAgape. Jacinta has generously allowed me hang a range of her paintings for sale (acrylics and oils on canvas or board) in the house. These artworks are currently behind bubble wrap so you’ll have to stay tuned for shots of them in the house.

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DIY Map of Australia Heart Print

paper craft map of australia

I’ve seen a few map silhouettes in frames for sale and have often thought that they were overpriced. So when my Aunt was admiring one online for almost $100 i thought i should have a go at making one. This craft activity is super easy and quick to complete. If you’ve got all your materials on hand it only takes about 10minutes to put together. You’ll need -

1. small map of australia about 12x12cm

2. square frame 20x20cm

3. heart template

4. white cardboard

5. scissors, pencil and double sided tape
heart trace map craft

Trace an outline of a heart onto the map of Australia using a template and very carefully cut it out. australia map heart Cut a square 20cmx20cm from the white cardboard and stick the heart in the centre using double sided tape.  australian map craftI used good quality card for the backing with a little gold shimmer in it. I’m not really happy with the colour of the map, so i’m going to see if i can find some vintage atlases to make a more colourful option. Overall, a super quick and easy paper craft activity. :)
map of australia heart print

RedAgape featured on Recycled Interiors

accommodation millthorpeIt was pretty exciting to have RedAgape Guesthouse featured on Recycled Interiors last week. Helen Edwards is passionate about homes with heart and i was honoured to have been invited to share my house on her blog.

Her site is perfect for anyone wanting inspiration and styling ideas using recycled items and materials. I’m so proud that RedAgape is full of character filled pieces that i’ve sourced from various locations, often saving them from landfill.

You’ll find my feature here and all sorts of inspiration throughout her blog.

Thanks Helen!

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RedAgape Guesthouse Open for 2014 – Millthorpe

redagape guesthouse millthorpeRedAgape Guesthouse is open for 2014. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away in historic Millthorpe now is the time to consider booking. The self contained guesthouse consists of 6 bedrooms, sleeping up to 11 people, making it the perfect accommodation for larger groups. It is ideal for girls’ weekends away and is surrounded by wineries, boutiques, gift shops, cafes and fine dining.

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redagape self contained accommodation redagape loft guestroom millthorpeThis gorgeous 1890s bluestone foundation house has been beautifully renovated and extended into a large, welcoming home. Many guests have described it as their ‘home away from home’. The house has been lovingly decorated with vintage treasures and each room is a pleasure to explore. Situated in the heart of the town, this delightfully quirky guesthouse is within walking distance to all that Millthorpe has to offer.

Luxury linen, bath towels and guest treats all supplied.

Click here to go to our booking page :)

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7 Vignettes Paris Style

one - tea for one in paris

One – Tea for one in Paris

I’m a little late with this month’s vignettes, but given i’ve been overseas for 3.5 weeks and i’ve just moved house, i did well to even participate this month. I was lucky enough to complete the January edition of 7 Vignettes in Paris. I spent 2 weeks there over Christmas and New Year with my family. Here are my pics – themes are listed beneath.

New - a brand new edition of The Catcher in the Rye

New – a brand new edition of The Catcher in the Rye

Anniversary

Anniversary – i found this paper cut card at the Christmas Markets in Paris

Favourite Gifts - mostly from Sephora in Paris

Favourite Gifts – mostly from Sephora in Paris

Pair - a lovely set of chairs in a Paris apartment

Pair – a lovely set of chairs in a Paris apartment

Hangover - too much French champagne can leave you with a hangover

Hangover – too much French champagne can leave you with a hangover

Fresh - macaroons

Fresh – macaroons

paris 7 vignettes january 2014Head to the Interiors Addict for more information on 7 Vignettes. The next round starts tomorrow!

7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict for December

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict on Instagram for December was probably my favourite month yet. The themes were creative and there was a definite focus on being festive! Here’s my round up of images -

1.Giving

7 vignettes christmas giving

2. Twinkle
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3. Summer
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4. Cheer
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5. Red and Green
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6. Jolt of Colour
7vignettes jolt of colour

7. Feast
7 vignettes feast christmasMerry Christmas all! I’ll be taking a break from blogging, but am hoping to be back into it in February 2014. Happy New Year!

7 vignettes december roundup