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Cocktail Friday – Barker’s of Geraldine Ginger Smash

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


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Barkers of Geraldine Ginger Smash Cocktail Friday Barkers of Geraldine Ginger Smash

Much loved New Zealand fruit syrup Barker’s Of Geraldine have recently made their debut into Australia and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail? Made on the family farm on New Zealand’s South Island the syrups are 100% squeezed syrups (no concentrate) with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The syrups are available to purchase from Coles Supermarkets.

Ginger is always a favourite in my cocktail recipes and when it comes to this cocktail it could work for Summer or winter weddings- the ginger tang is always refreshing and warming! Using vodka, fresh ginger, ginger beer and of course the pure ginger syrup this Ginger Smash is a fantastic cocktail Friday~


  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30ml Barker’s Lemon, Honey & Ginger Fruit Syrup
  • 3 slices fresh ginger or 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale or ginger beer


  1. Smash or muddle the ginger with the vodka and syrup.
  2. Pour into an ice filled hi-ball glass.
  3. Top with the ginger ale or ginger beer.

Image by Barker’s Of Geraldine

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Paper DIY Rosette Buttonhole

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Alicia Parsons (Akimbo)

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Last week we had a sweet paper craft for the ladies, now here’s one for your #1 gent. A DIY rosette buttonhole made out of paper!

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1. Cut a sheet of patterned scrapbooking paper into quarters. Take one of the 15cm square sheets and rule 1cm increments along the back of the paper. Accordion-fold along the lines, using a scoring tool if you have one. Repeat with a second sheet.

2. Fold in half to form a bow shape.

3. Join the two pieces together using double-sided tape.

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4. Now join each half to itself, again using double-sided tape.

5. Punch two 4cm circles out of one of the remaining sheets of paper using a circle punch. Using a tiny amount of glue, attach one circle to the centre of each side of the rosette (try using a toothpick to apply the glue to the top of the folds). Set aside to dry.

6. Glue a brooch back to the centre of the circle on the back of the rosette. Allow to dry completely.

A fun vintage-inspired alternative to the traditional floral buttonhole.

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I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Alicia contributes regular DIY projects to Polka Dot Made. You can view her posts here.

Tutorial: Akimbo / Photographer: Alicia Parsons

Tuesday Type – English 111 Presto

by | Made, Tuesday Type


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TUESDAY TYPE Tuesday Type English 111 Presto

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English111 Presto is a gorgeous font with just the right amount of curls and flourishes. I’ve chosen to show you the Presto style of this type because I love the feminine curves of the capital letters.

English 111 Webfont Desktop font « MyFonts 1 550x77 Tuesday Type English 111 PrestoEnglish111 Presto is available from My Fonts.

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