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DIY: Lemonade, how it’s meant to be!

It’s Spring baby, make some lemonade and throw a dam party!

Say ‘sayonara’ to lemonade that’s full of fizz and a whole lotta numbers and say ‘what the heck is up’ to old fashioned lemonade!

Get yourself six cups of water, that stuff is easy and free! You’ll also need two cups of lemon juice; don’t be slack, squeeze them babies! You could find yourself a sugar cube but if you like to keep it real, a teaspoon should do the trick. 

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Mix it all together in some fancy-ass jug and whack it in the fridge for a few hours. Serve it icy and make it pretty in rad glasses with lemon slices. Never underestimate garnish!

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It’s thigh-slapping, eye watering amazeball-ness!

Get. It. Into. You.

http://shop.cottonon.com/shop/typo/home/?page=1#party-events

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Sketch to shelf: Buffalo tablet covers.

Hellloooo…. new and so very awesome tablet covers created and designed at Typo HQ! Curious as to how our products make it to you?Check out how the entire creative process went down. 

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1. Our Buffalo journals are a fave with Typo crew so we thought we’d see what it would look like if we turned the same design into a tablet cover. Best way to test this was to whack a tablet in a Buffalo journal, voila design concept on its way!

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2. We grabbed every Buffalo design we had, as well as a few other items in our favourite colours and patterns and we begun to experiment!

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3. We also have a magical jar of swatches in oodles of colours, textures and patterns. Swatches are the best way to mix n match to see what goes well together and what clashes horribly!

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4. Once we’d all agreed on the best combinations, we stuck them all together and begun to get to work. The swatches and designs are then sent to our manufacturer to turn our ideas into a reality!

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5. Once we have our samples we can merchandise them in our mock-shop to see how they’ll look when they go in for real. We mix and we match, we stand them up and we lay them down until they fit in perfectly!

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6. Once we’re 100% happy with everything we give it the green light. Here is a sneak peek at the final covers to be released very soon! 

Question time: Let’s get to know our product-whizz, Kate Hayes (aka girl in the picture).

1. Where do you look for a little inspiration?

I love spending the weekend walking through markets or wandering around cool suburbs of Melbourne. I also do a lot of people watching, trying to subtly stare at really cool people to check out what they wear and do. (I’m not a creep, I promise).

2. What is your favourite colour combination?

Coral and Turquoise! I love coral so much it has even become my nickname… Everything looks better in coral!

3. Do you think your own personal style comes through in these tablet covers?

Well, there is a coral option with amazing gold spot internals. I hope so, I think there are a lot of covers out there are very functional, but not very pretty. I tried to make ours both.

4. Where did the idea for this range come from?

We were in a creative product review talking about how much everyone loves the Buffalo Journals so I looked at one and realised the paper part was the same thickness as a tablet. The rest is history!

5.What’s your favourite part of the product development process?

Probably the colour and print selection process. There were some other amazing colours we didn’t go ahead with because we only had so much space, but if I had my way – they would have all gone ahead. We’ll keep them up our sleeve though. 

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Styling tips: Man cave Dad’s desk!

Man●cave man- cave (Man cªve)

noun.

a room or space (as in a shed) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities like playing ping pong, foosball or billiards.

Dad can’t always be in his man cave, so bring the man cave to him! 

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Dad should be distracted at all times and be as unproductive as possible, so make sure you deck his desk out in loads of time-killing, addictive games from the Game On range.

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This desktop basketball game is made for desk-dawdling, nothing like shooting some hoops with your morning coffee. 

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Always a favourite and surefire way to keep Dad away from the laptop and phone is a bit of desktop foosball.

WARNING:This game could lead to some very man-child behaviour!

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Complete the man cave look with feature items, such as pens in the shape of tools- genius! He’ll feel like he has a little piece of his man cave with him and please ensure you include an awkward family picture too.

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Check out the rest of the Father’s Day range and deck Dad out!

That’s going straight to the desk man cave!

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If you’ve been asked ‘would you like to buy a bottle of water or tote?’ at a Typo store then you have probably heard of The Cotton On Foundation.  The Foundation is a cause that supports a variety of projects from sustainable living to health, with a big focus on education. 

We travelled to Uganda recently with some of the Today crew to see the impact that The Cotton On Foundation is making on the lives of students and their families.

See what it’s all about…

http://bit.ly/cottononfoundation

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Styling tips: Deck out your desk

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You spend a lot of time at your desk so it only makes sense to make it your own space. We’ve put together a little California Dreams inspired spread, just to get your decorating juices flowing. 

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Pick a vibe, theme or colour scheme. Write a list of your desk essentials, for example pens, diaries and notebooks.

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Jot down some fave items and general things you love, like pineapples, photography and the beach. Just as a starting point. 

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Personalise your space with pictures and letters.

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Play with light, textures and colours. Don’t be afraid to use items in ways they may not be intended for. If you love the pattern on a cushion, use it as an artistic piece to decorate your space.

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How to tell if you’re a crazy cat lady:

  1. You love the fur on your clothes because it reminds you of your cat.
  2. You have loads of photos on your desk of you and your cat. In frames.
  3. Your cat has a full name like Mr Steven Mitchell Brown.
  4. You say purrfect, a lot. Like, a lot.
  5. Your cat has a person’s name like Steve, Kathy or Craig.
  6. Your cat has its own twitter feed which is updated more regularly than yours.
  7. You take your cat for a walk, on a lead.
  8. Your cat has its own side of the bed and bedside table.

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If you have ticked two or more points in the crazy cat lady quiz then you’re going to be in a feline frenzy with the new cats range that has just hit Typo. Check it out in all its kitty glory here.

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DIY: Craft A Tea-rrific Travel Mug

You know the product, but did you know that you can personalize your ‘Tea-rrific (aka Nomad) Travel Mug’?

No?

Well, with an easy twist of the base, the artwork slides out giving you full creative freedom to carry around whatever you like! Whether it’s a photo of your besties, or every bit of creative genius you have, thrown into one design, no two travel mugs need to be the same!

Feeling creative? Download the template here!

We asked a few of our creative team members to get involved and craft up a storm, this Typo favourite, is the perfect mid-winter accompaniment or a rad personalized gift!

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Party Style: Tracey’s Typo inspired party

Hey Guys,

It quite often happens that all I can think about is cake, anyone else have that feeling? Anyway, I was recently handed these photos of Typo’s very own Tracey, who threw her daughter Zanna, a 2nd birthday bash, dripping in Typo goodies, and the best looking cake I have seen in a while (recipe below)!

Get inspired below, and if anyone makes her amazing cake, I am available for taste testing. 

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What was the event?
My daughters 2 year old birthday party

What was the theme?
I guess I would call it… High tea at home, does that work?

Any key styling tips?
- Pick a colour palette but don’t be afraid to mix and match shades 
- On-a-roll tape is perfect for personalizing straws, mini bunting or guest books
- if worse comes to worst, the tassel garland will look good with any event, so tassel ‘til your hearts content!

Fave product?
The tassel garlands (obviously), so effective and so easy to use!

Get inspired below, and if anyone makes her amazing cake, I am available for taste testing. 

Typo’s extended party range will be available in stores from July 2014

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Tracey’s Olive Oil, Pear and Rosemary Cake

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
3/4 cup (120g) wholemeal or spelt flour
3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups (310ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 small pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1cm pieces
2 tsp chopped rosemary leaves
1/4 cup (35g) currants
Cream cheese and shredded coconut to ice
Mascarpone, to serve

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease a 26cm, 3cm-deep loose-bottom tart pan.

Sift together flours into a bowl. Add sugar and baking powder. Beat eggs, olive oil and vanilla, then add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Gently fold through pear, rosemary and currants (with any soaking liquor, if using). Spoon batter into a tart pan, then bake for 55 minutes or until cake is golden and skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Ice with cream cheese cover in coconut. Serve warm or at room temperature with mascarpone. Serves 6-8

Recipe source: Love to Cook by Valli Little 

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