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panini.

turns out, it’s not just a sandwich.

what seems like an eternity ago, back in May, our friend Matthieu and T organised a mini world cup soccer/football comp here in Sydney.

we had something like 150 players, donning replica vintage jerseys from world cups passed. we talked about souvenir photographs and framing them to look like “paninis”. “sandwiches?”, you say? that’s what i said. if you’re an avid soccer/football fan (which sorry to say, i am not), you would know that paninis are the collectable sticker cards of all the teams and their players – with their portrait, name, stats and so on.

i was all over it.

with printing being the issue, instant photography was clearly the answer. this was a good enough reason, along with our upcoming travels, for me to buy the fujifilm instax mini 8. the minis were the perfect business card size to convert into our very own Vintage World Cup paninis.

i got onto illustrator and created a frame, somewhat inspired by the cards we had received school class photos presented in. because we had the list of players, we typed up name by name so every player really did have their own panini. we printed them on a medium weight card, spent a few nights trimming excess, cutting windows and scoring folds for easy-on-the-spot prep.

PaninisFinished

on the day, i was a walking, talking panini machine. many of the guys looked at me blankly when i asked to take their portrait. SO uninterested. it wasn’t until they saw what was being made with their portrait, that they showed kid-like excitement and appreciation. before long, they were lining up.

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sablés (de Noël) à la cannelle.

(christmas) spiced cookies.

yes, this is a late post for (christmas) cookies, but there are many reasons for this.
a) they are easily edible all year-round, as proven by our own consumption non-stop since we made our first batch back in september.
b) T & i prepped a big batch of dough (recipe found on Instructables) to bake for christmas giftage, but we didn’t get to see everyone to deliver until now (note: dough was cookie cut, frozen and then fresh baked on the day… don’t worry, we did not deliver month old cookies!)

while they are baking, the smell that wafts through our apartment is AMAZING… but unfortunately, there are always breakages or mistakes…. but they are dealt with in the most appropriate manner. mmm. delicious.

as for the rest which are worthy of gifting – due to the fragile, unintentionally jurassic park themed shapes (including a palm tree, a brontosaurus and a plane), the cookies couldn’t just go in any old box, jar or tin.

so i made boxes from sheets of kraft board to perfect size. i found a pretty simple construction, which i liked because it is a single piece of board – less fuss, less wastage – and it collapses completely flat. for fold lines i used an embossing tool which was sold to me when the art store didn’t have a bone folder. it works fine, but in fact just as well as the back of a butter knife or the head of a crochet hook.

cookies

on the leftover offcuts, i used strips of washi tape to make tags. fun.

cookie final

i recently bought a pair of pinking shears at the sales too. you can see that they also made their mark. ha.

empreinte.

an imprint, impression, mark, stamp.

(french translation of stamp (the rubber kind) is tampon. hmm. yes. i know.)

so anyway – with all the card-ing and gift-wrapping going on lately with the holiday season, i keep coming back to stamps. i have a couple of alphabet sets, but that’s about it. there are loads of stamps or stamp sets out there, but they’re all ug – or they have a super cute motif with text that says something dumb, or uses bad font to say it.

solution. make it yo’self.

in one of my many other ‘i-want-to-try-that’ moments, i stopped in the local art store to buy some bits to try lino printing (as a step forward from my leather carving). the shop assistant could smell the amateur-ness on me and suggested that as a beginner i take a rubber printing block. quite thick, its a completely smooth surface and mega easy to carve. needless to say, after i brought it home i forgot all about the printing and it sat on my desk uncarved for a year. so i found it again and used my carving tools to try cut some stamps. (of course, you can also use a hobby knife and cut into an eraser… it’ll do the same)

stamps

and they turned out pretty sweet!

stamp test note

le jour de l’amour.

the day of love.

it should be any day, every day really… but still, it’s a good excuse to do something super cheesy if not purely for fun.

in our house you can’t go wrong with some good quality chocolate, whatever the occasion… but without being able to get to any decent local chocolatiers in good time, i had to take matters into my own hands.

using illustrator, i created some basic geo patterns and repeated them in a bunch of fun colours. i used those to make wrappers which i stamped with appropriate v.day word-age. with some of my staple brown karton paper, i made a sew-up satchel (this time, with a perforated tear-tab for easy opening). next, i broke up a couple of blocks of his favourite chocolate into smaller bars, which i re-packaged in foil and then added the personalised wrappers. i threw them all into the half sewn-up satchel along with a bunch of heart-shape confetti which i cut from a piece of red paper folded like, 10 times. i sewed up the other end and that was that.

jour de l'amour