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Cocktail Friday – The Star’s ‘Other Side’

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


Ms Chinoiserie

The Stars Other Side

Happy Cocktail Friday! We have been loving the warmer weather this week – such a great time to catch up with friends for a drink! The Star in Sydney is celebrating summer every day with a happy hour (or hours!) from 5pm – 7pm at all of their bars until January 26 – what better excuse do you need to beat the heat with some sublime refreshment?!

Continuing our Ginuary cocktail treats, why not drop in and try their ‘Other Side’ – the mellow taste of gin mixed back with lime, apricot brandy and cucumber juice sounds irresistible!


45ml Hendricks Gin

15ml Catron Apricot brandy

30ml fresh cucumber juice

30ml lime juice

15ml sugar syrup


Shake all the ingredients together and fine strain into a coupette. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Carnation Chair Garland Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Jane (emerald + ella)


This carnation garland is so sweet strung on the back of chairs. It would be perfect for a garden bridal tea or to signify the bride’s and groom’s chairs at the wedding.

You could also make longer chains and hang them down the wall as a photo backdrop.


What you need: 

  • Carnations
  • Secateurs
  • Embroidery thread (I used good quality cotton thread that I doubled over but highly recommend using embroidery thread instead as it is much sturdier and more secure.)
  • Large embroidery needle


Step 1. Cut the carnations off at the stem so they are quite short.


Step 2. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Thread the needle through a carnation, starting at the stem. Carefully pull it through the petals.


Step 3. Repeat until you have the length you require. I used 6 carnations for this garland.


Step 4. Tie onto the back of your chair. If making these a little in advance, I recommend using the freshest flowers you can get and storing the garlands between sheets of damp paper towel in the fridge until required.


Images and tutorial by emerald + ella

Swirl divider

Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful idea; floral garlands would look lovely too swaying in the breeze from tree branches or attached to an outdoor arch.

About emerald + ella: I’m Jane Howard, the girl behind emerald + ella – an online shop and blog which encompass a world of beautiful, eclectic things. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty bits and pieces.

Tuesday Type – Avaline Script

by | Made, Tuesday Type


Polka Dot Bride


Avaline Script

What happens when you want to design a playful, organic font? You get Avaline Script. With lots of embellishments to choose from, this font would be perfect for an invitation to a hens night where nothing too serious is called for.

Avaline Script 1

Avaline Script is available from My Fonts.

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