One of my first friends in the blogosphere and someone who I have loved watching develop and grow her business is the amazing Princess Lasertron. With her button bouquets, her stylish little accessories and her fashion line – she is truly an amazing woman.

So I’m really excited to announce that Princess Lasertron will be holding her first ever online class with Rick Rack and will be creating (and showing us how to!) a Princess Laserton Felt Flower Fascinator Headband.  The project is inspired by classic French and Russian birdcage veils worn during the 1930’s and 40’s and will feature Megan’s signature felt flowers.

The class runs online, so even us Aussies can participate! The class will include a a video demonstration and project instruction sheet and will cover:

(a) how to make felt flowers and leaves;

(b) how to free motion machine sew;

(c) hand embroidery techniques;

(d) how to fringe;

(e) how to create a birdcage veil;

(f) how to embellish with buttons; and

(g) general sewing tips.

A 1-hour live chat with Megan is also included.

The class registration fee is U.S. $35 and international students are welcome.

Registration is open now through June 20, 2011 at the RickRack website.  Students gain access to the class on June 22, 2011. Visit the website for more information.



DIY Bauble Garland - The finished product!

Image by Stephanie at Stelloberry Designs

These garlands are a beautiful and simple way to decorate your wedding venue. They also provide a way for you to incorporate the colours of your wedding into your venue decorations. They don’t take long to make, and the visual impact is well worth the effort. Materials:

  • Good quality patterned paper (scrapbook paper works well)
  • Split pins (also known as brads)
  • String (strong cotton or beading thread)
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors

Step 1 Using your cutting mat and craft knife, cut your patterned paper into 9 strips each measuring 1.5cm x 10cm

DIY Bauble Garland Step 1

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 2 Stack the strips on top of one another and fasten together at each end with a split pin. Then fan strips out in the middle to create a bauble.

Bauble Garland Step 2

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 3 Make around 8-10 baubles. Attach each of the baubles to a long piece of string by tying the string around the head of the split pin in each bauble. The number of baubles and the length of string you use will determine how long your garland will be.

DIY Bauble Garland Step 3

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 4 Hang your garland in the perfect spot to add that whimsical touch to your wedding!

Image by Stephanie at Stelloberry Designs


  • Once your wedding is over, you can re-use these garlands for decorating your home or at your next party.
  • Experiment with different patterned and coloured papers for interesting effects.

Ms Gingham says: This is much easier than I thought it would be. The garland would suit a variety of uses … just change the paper to suit the mood. Thank you goes to Stephanie from Stelloberry Designs for sharing this with us! About Stephanie: “Hi, I’m Stephanie from Stelloberry Designs. I own a Sydney-based stationery boutique that specialises in designing and handcrafting invitations for special events. I love paper, pretty bits and pieces, and innovative design. I hope you’ll come and visit me at my website – I’d love to see you there!”

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Have we got any bridesmaids lurking on Polka Dot Bride? I thought so. This one’s for you.

Today’s post is a step-by-step guide to throwing a gorgeous cocktail-themed hen’s night for your bestie. This is a hen’s party with class though, no male genital shaped straws here.

The invitations

It’s a special occasion so forget the Facebook invitation and go for a proper announcement. I designed this glam foiled invitation with just this kind of celebration in mind.

The veil

Pink & black veil

Every hen needs something special to identify her as the guest of honour. Try this bold birdcage veil for a twist on the traditional.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil materials

You will need:

  • Coloured netting
  • Hair slide comb
  • Scissors
  • Nylon thread
  • Needle
  • Embellishments such as beads and feathers

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 1

1. Bunch up one side of the netting and sew onto the comb.

2. Sew on the feathers.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 2

3 & 4. Sew on the beads or other embellishments of your choice.

The decorations

Dress up the room with these cheap-but-effective garlands.

How to make pink metallic garland: Take a packet of metallic crepe paper (available from newsagents) and cut along the folds into wide strips. Take a strip and cut 3/4 of the way through the side; turn around and do the same on the other side. Repeat for the full length of the strip. Pull one end out to untwist into a zig-zagged garland. Blu-tack onto ceiling.

How to make silver circle garland: Take a sheet of silver metallic cardboard (available from Officeworks and some newsagents) and trace circles onto the back using round household objects such as cups or lids. Cut out circles. Punch a small hole at the top and bottom of each circle. Tie circles together using thread; repeat until you have garlands of desired length. Hang from curtain rod.

The game

What hen’s party is complete without an icebreaker game or two? Think of a dozen classic cocktails and find out their ingredients ahead of time. At the party, hand out answer sheets and pens to guests and have the girls identify each cocktail based on the ingredients that you read out.

Download the free game sheets Akimbo Martini cocktail game.

The favours

Martini rim sugar label

Cocktail rimming sugar is the perfect favour or prize for a cocktail hen’s party.

Make your own by mixing sugar with your choice of colouring and flavouring. Put it in round CD tins topped with this free label.


Ms Gingham says: We are big fans of cocktails here at Polka Dot Bride. Some very nice ideas to celebrate a hen’s night or to get the night started! Just one question … if we name the cocktail correctly do we get to drink it as a reward? Yum!

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.

Visit Alicia’s blog where she writes about all things creative and cute ATypical Type A