Monday, 23 December 2013

Make :: Gold Splatter Christmas Wrapping Paper D.I.Y



Here's another simple and fun D.I.Y that makes gift paper affordable and stylish. I had the idea for this a few days ago and am excited to share it with you. 
Kraft wrapping paper has been a long term friend of mine. It is both versatile and has a lot of aesthetic appeal to me. 
I had some gold spray paint left over from another D.I.Y project I did recently that you can view here.

Combining the rustic brown paper with splatters of gold came instantly to mind, so I got to work. As you can see from that project, I have become very fond of the colour gold! I love how it can bring life to both simple and ornate things. 

One of the greatest things about this wrapping paper project is that there isn't really a need for sellotape. I substitute the sellotape for twine which I think looks better anyway. There's  something special about adding personal touches to gifts that differs from the stock standard wrapping paper we see in stores. This D.I.Y could be used for a table runner or even hung on the wall. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies //

Kraft Wrapping Paper
Gold Spray Paint Can
Newspaper / Spare Paper
Sellotape ( if needed )

How To Make // 

1) Lay your roll of Kraft paper across a flat surface. Make sure to lay newspaper/paper underneath so that the spray paint doesn't stain the surface underneath. 

2) Spray paint splats across the paper shaking your wrist to give it a textured look. Continue until satisfied with the look.

3) Leave to dry 

4) Once dry, cut off the desired amount for your gift.

Tip: When wrapping, make neat folds and secure the package tightly with an ample amount of twine. I chose to tie the end of the twine into a bow to finish off the presentation of the gift.


Sarah xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

ADVENTURE :: Lenise Ormsby Photography

My friend Lenise took my husband and I out to Hunua Falls for a photo shoot last month. It happened to fall on my birthday, and I'm stoked to finally share this fun day with y'all. Lenise is a Kiwi based in Sydney, and I was delighted to get some photos taken by this wonderful talent. Here are some of my favourite snaps from the day.

Lenise has a warm and friendly personality, which put us at ease to the point where we forgot it was a photoshoot. What I most like about Lenise's style is her eye for detail. She manages to transform a digital photograph to give the appearance of a developed film, leaving the image with high photographic detail and an almost matte-like finish. The hues she generates in her photos create the aesthetic of what many expect to find in a professional magazine like Frankie. I cannot wait to see where this ladies career takes her!

Have a gander:

We are wearing:
She - Neuw striped tee, All Saints Jeans, White converse hi-top chucks, jewellery by Ruby Boutique, Kester Black and vintage.
He - Topman tee, All Saints Jeans, black vans authentics.

Happy Summer everyone!

Sarah xx

Friday, 20 December 2013

Make :: Pinecone & Leaf Christmas Garland

I have been meaning to do this post for a while and figured I should get it out to the world so that some of you wonderful D.I.Y people can make one of these bad boys before Christmas comes!
I had a lot of fun putting this together.Firstly, I ventured into the wild to gather some pinecones with a big enough stalk at the top to wrap some twine around and at the same time grabbed long enough pine leaves to throw into the mix. I really wanted to make a decoration without spending money and am stoked that I achieve this with this D.I.Y. I ended up making a long garland to string across our lounge opening and a smaller one to hang on our mantelpiece. You can easily modify the supplies and steps below to make a mini one for yourself also.

How to make your own lovely Pinecone & Leaf Garland...

Supplies // 

7 Pinecones 

6 Pine Leaves
1 Can of Gold Spray Paint
Newspaper / sheets of paper
2.5 Metres of Twine ( to string all the individual items )
13 x 30 cm Twine for each individual item

How To Make //

Gather all the supplies and take them outside preferably onto a grassy area. Lay your newspaper on the grass, and on top of the paper spray 4 of the pinecones with the gold spray paint, making sure to get good coverage around the entire Pinecone. Next spray each alternate pine leaf gold and leave everything that has been spray painted to dry off.

Next, lay all the items out so that the gold items are interspersed with the non-spray painted pinecones and leaves. Next, cut 30cm of twine to create ties on the top of each pinecone and pine leaf, importantly leaving a gap so that the twine to hang the finished garland can loop through. Once all of the individual items have ties at the top, cut 2.5 metres of twine and slide the twine through each tie, stringing them all together. Once all the times are strung on, tie each end of the garland securely to the wall and you're done! With my version I wanted to leave a good amount of twine on either end to loosely hang on either side of the opening to our lounge and attached a golden pine leaf to the end of one of the ends to add a bit of character.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Sarah xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Please & Thanks // Christmas Wish List :: Under $70

Here's some delightful Christmas goodies all under $70. I've handpicked each of these items from New Zealand stores; how can you not resist?! They are from some of my most favourite local and online stores. I chose one of my favourite colour palettes above - grey, white, black and pastel pink.

1// Hotel Jug from Let Liv
2// American Cage Lamp Cover from Flotsam & Jetsam
3// Grey Gran Cushion Cover from Jamie Kay
4// Enamel Utensil Jar from Nest
5// Enamel Tray from Nest

Support New Zealand business and buy local!

Till next time…

Sarah xx

Monday, 25 November 2013

In The Neighbourhood // The Unknown Collective :: Media Launch 22.11.13

The Unknown Collective is a company built to showcase emerging New Zealand designers, recently opened on 62 Hurstmere Road,Tapakuna,Auckland. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Media Launch and capture a bit of the essence of the night. 

 The heart behind The Unknown Collective belongs to Dominic Ellett, on the far right, who has created the beginnings of an in-store experience where people can get close to some of New Zealand's emerging brands and the stories they tell in a unique and special way.

 L-R // The friendly folk from Fort Knox, FRANK Stationery and The Lucid Collective.

 // Josh, to the right, the brains behind The Lost Boys Collection
  // Chloe, to the left, is one half of the brains from The Lucid Collective.
 Some sweet candles from Shooting Sparrow to light up your night..

 Dominic, speaking with Andre from FRENCHKONG clothing.

I loved the energy of the night and the creative spark in the room. Dominic is onto something unique, and I think everyone could've hung out in the shop for hours more.

Look out soon for another post featuring The Unknown Collective up close and personal, detailing more instore shots and a personalised Q&A with the brains behind it all, Dominic Ellett.

Sarah xx 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Giveaway // LORDE 'Love Club' Ep

Hello lovely people of the world.

I have come across 5 copies of Lorde's EP 'Love Club' that I am stoked to be able to give away. Lorde is the buzz word around town and has proven herself to be an international success. Tales At Sea loves her music,style and her sass and so am privileged to give away 5 copies of this EP to some lucky ones.

You can enter via Instagram and/or Facebook!

1.Follow my instagram account @talesatsea
2.Comment on my post with 3 of your friends names


1. 'Like' my Facebook page Tales At Sea (
2. Share my post with your friends

Competition closes at 5pm Tuesday 12th November NZ Pacific Ti

Have fun!

Sarah xx

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Please & Thanks // My Birthday WishList

1 // Skull Stacking Band from Meadowlark Jewellery
2 // 
LIAM Silk Tank from Ruby Boutique
3 // Mr Leopard in Black from Deadly Ponies
4 //  JUBILEE Lipstick from M.A.C Cosmetics
5 //  Loop Stripe Tee from AS Colour
6 //  Coin Pouch by Paper Plane Store

Well, my birthday has crept up like a scary ghoul on Halloween and is approaching quick and fast! So I've put together a bunch of items I've been recently swooning upon to incorporate into my personal style.I like to feature New Zealand designers and all of these items on the Birthday WishList today are just that. My picks are decadent with lot's of greys,whites and blacks in the mix.. with a spot of colour from M.A.C. Go on, have a gander. 

Sarah xx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

In The Neighbourhood // Deadly Ponies Guerilla Store

Upon hearing news that Deadly Ponies were opening a guerilla store in walking distance from my humble abode, I knew I had to rush in and take some snaps and become aesthetically inspired. I was not disappointed.

The guerilla store is placed inside Flotsam & Jetsam in the upstairs level, perched on the corner of Ponsonby Road,Auckland. Upon entering Flotsam & Jetsam I was greeted by Cameron, the owner of the business who very kindly offered me a flat white as I begun my shoot, the perfect way to start a Saturday,really ( I will have a special post featuring Flotsam & Jetsam soon ). Upon entering this cave of newly loved goods, i climbed the beautiful worn in stairs to find the home to Deadly Ponies lovely nook. 

I instantly loved the simplicity of it the product and the store. Light and airy.The quirkiness of the brand was well executed within the interior design and I enjoyed all the dainty wooden hanging hands that held the products in place for all to see.It's safe to say that I wanted  to purchase all of the bags right then and there. I was greeted by the ever enthusiastic Steve Joyce, one of the owners of Deadly Ponies, who had an obvious love for the business and where it is heading. He exclaimed that the stores location was strategic in gathering alongside the Ponsonby design community and connecting people within its vicinity to the brand and making it their own. After only being in the store 5 minutes, It was obvious that the brand and its owners have a strong connection with their customers. 

I figured I'd take a wee snap of myself wearing one of the bags, this has been my favourite for a long time and is definitely on the Christmas wish list.

Why not add a bit of kick and colour to accompany your daily comings and goings? Get along to the wonderful store, and have a peek at these delicious carry items - you will not be dissapointed.

Also, Deadly Ponies just recently released a new limited edition range of bags that look so unique and inviting! Check them out at