Guest blog series: valentines pillbox

by kath_red on 12/02/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

Today I want welcome Cate Holst as a guest blogger on whipup, Cate blogs at GoMakeMe and has an etsy store.

Are you one of those crafters/small business Mum’s whose lounge room is compartmentalised into sewing room, photographic studio, packaging and despatch office? The dining table overflows with design pads, paint, paper and kid’s homework? I’m a crafting tragic and my poor, suffering family are sympathetic to my passions. Ordered chaos? That’s the way I like to think of it

I love to peruse home and lifestyle magazines and read features on organisation (think Martha Stewart), clean lines of contemporary lounge rooms (think Vogue Living) and mouth watering food (think Australian Gourmet Traveller) and think ‘yeah right’ . These pictures are styled to the millimetre and the placement of elements are deliberated and debated between designer, stylist and photographer. I know, I used to be one of those people but I’m a realist. Don’t get me wrong, I want to have the perfect lifestyle and sometimes life gets in the way. But we can all dream….right?

In a previous life I ran a successful graphic design agency in Sydney. Working simultaneously on 20 or more design projects with up to 12 staff was the order of the day. Creative multi-tasking is ingrained, I guess my brain is wired that way. And now that the business has sold some ten years ago, I’m exceedingly happy to work from home at a slower, happier (and messier) pace so I can enjoy my family and designing is for pleasure, not to meet a brief or budget

At this point in time, I run a little Etsy shop Go Make Me selling diy projects and printable cards and my blog A Work in Progress takes most of my time and is thoroughly enjoyable. The plan for the future is to commercially print my designs and sell wholesale and perhaps look for a much needed little studio!

I’m thrilled to be working with Whip Up and envy Kathreen’s love for crafting. To celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day, here’s a sweet pillow box ‘For My Sweetheart’ to download and print. Package little organic Chocolate Hearts from Lindsay & Edmunds Handmade Organic Chocolates or Berry Macarons with a glass of Champagne and a side of Michael Buble. OK, Buble might be too smulchy but you get the picture.

Tools and materials
~ Pillow box template (Download the PDF template here)
~ Heavy digital paper or card stock (over 250gsm)
~ Strong craft glue or double sided tape
~ Scissors or utility knife and metal ruler
~ Bone folder
~ Large protractor

How to
1. Download and print the template. Cut-out outline with scissors or knife.
2. Sore along dotted lines with bone folder and ruler. Use protractor or a small bowl for the curves on the template. Fold all scores.
3. Use double-sided tape or glue on tab. Leave to dry and adhere.
4. Punch hole in one end and add ribbon (optional). Tuck in ends.

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1 kath_red February 15, 2011 at 2:45 am

thanks Cate – these turned out so well – but I must know where you get the macarons from? or do you make them?


2 kath_red February 15, 2011 at 3:02 am
3 Eleanor Thomas February 15, 2011 at 4:27 am

I’ve made these lime and basil macarons a bazillion times (from the book, not this site), given them as gifts and yes, eaten a few. Ottolenghi’s recipe seems pretty straightforward, and the trick seems to be to knock the life out of the tray after you’ve piped the mixture on, and leaving the tray to sit for at least 15 minutes before baking. Thanks for the tips!


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