Monthly Archives: July 2012

Button Love – Paper Clips

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A few days ago I showed you the button monogram I made for my youngest. Itching to make some more  cute button pieces, I pulled out the hot glue gun.

I had seen these button paper clips on Pinterest made by Bella Dia

Adorable, right? I had to make some to tab the important sections in my planner.

I had some of these giant paper clips I picked up on clearance at Spotlight a while ago.

So all I needed to do was to sort through my buttons and pick out my favourites.  Deciding I  had grander plans for my really fancy buttons, I decided to layer some of the plainer buttons for the paper clips by gluing them together.

Once they had dried, I glued them to the paper clips. 

So easy. So cute. And now I’m so organised.

Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, Add a Pinch, I should be Mopping the Floor, Polly Want a Crafter?, Cherished Bliss, The Gunny Sack, Skip to my Lou, Craftomaniac, It’s so Very Cheri, Keeping it Simple, Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Between Naps on the Porch, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, My Favourite Finds, Jillify It, How to Nest for Less, Watch Out Martha, Clairjustinexoxo,

Tuesday: Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons , DIY by Design, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Home Stories A to Z, Hope Studios, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Organising Homelife, Raising 4 Princesses, Celebrating Family, Carolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner, Sassy Sites, A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World, Reason to Skip the Housework, Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, Cornerstone Confessions, Naptime Delights, Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime, Tales of a Trophy Wife, Creatively Living, The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY Dreamer, Primp, JAQS Studio, MercyINK

Wednesday: Oopsey Daisy, My Girlish Whims, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Raising Homemakers, The Thrifty Home, Twin Dragonfly Designs, A Creative Princess, Sugar and Dots, Seven Thirty Three, Fabric Bows and More, Someday Crafts, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Passionately Artistic, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design, Bloom Designs, Mom on Timeout, We Like to learn as we Go, The NY Melrose Family, Family Home and Life, Savvy Southern Style, Fine Craft Guild, Embracing Change, HandyMan, Crafty Woman, Polkadots on Parade, No Minimalist Here

Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order, Its a Keeper, The Frugal Girls, The 36th Avenue, Raising Mighty Arrows, Thrifty 101, A Glimpse Inside, Brambleberry Cottage, Bear Rabbit Bear, Michelle’s Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas, Shabby Creek Cottage, Goings on in Texas, Happy Go Lucky, Terpblog, Raising Oranges, Live, Laugh, Rowe, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Made in a Day, 52 Mantels, Loving This Crazy Life, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Confessions of an ADD Housewife

Friday: The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, At the Picket Fence, Whipperberry, French Country Cottage, Thirty Handmade Days, Creation Corner, Finding Fabulous, Stuff and Nonsense, Fingerprints on the Fridge Naptime Crafters, While He Was Napping, My Romantic Home, Bacon Time With the Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons, Remodelaholic, Happy Hour Projects, Simply Designing, Simply Sweet Home, Tidy Mom, Kojo Designs, Young and Crafty, Serenity Now , Life as Mom, At the Picket Fence, Tatertots and Jello, Craft Junkie Too, A Little Knick Knack, Blissful and Domestic, Maiden D’Shade, Petites Passions, Bubbly Nature Creations, Here Comes the Sun, Liz Marie Blog, THe Grant Life, Craftionary, Redoux Interior, Common Ground, Just Us Four, Delicate Construction, AKA Designs, Family Ever After, Lolly Jane

Saturday: Be Different Act Normal, The Girl Creative , Funky Junk Interiors , A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid , Its Overflowing, Natasha in Oz, Shaken Together, Homemaker in Heels, Addicted to Decorating

Sunday: A Rosie Sweet Home, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table Dreaming, DIY Showoff, Nifty Thrift Things, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker on a Dime, DIY Home Sweet Home, Cherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

Project Pizza Oven and Hanging Herb Garden

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Here at the Crooked Household we love a big project.  We have dozens of projects that have been dreamt up.  Some have been altered, quoted, begun, delayed, squashed and the odd one finished.   One project that we have had in a holding pattern for at least 3 years is a woodfired pizza oven.  After watching ‘The Block’ 2012 season religiously the last few months, hubby and I were itching to complete at least one of those big project ideas and we chose the pizza oven.

For those of you living outside of Australia, ‘The Block’ is a TV show competition where couples renovate and decorate derelict houses to be auctioned off.  We love it.  The couples have some great ideas and we especially loved Brad and Lara’s outdoor area, complete with pizza oven and hanging herb garden. To have a look at pictures of their great area, pop over here.

We love their idea of having the pizza oven as a feature in the small yard.  We also love the idea of the hanging herb garden so close to the pizza oven.  You can just imagine reaching across and pulling off some basil leaves to put on your freshly cooked pizza, or breaking off some rosemary to put in with your roasting lamb.  Yummm!

We too have a small yard and can see a pizza oven and hanging herb garden as perfect additions to our patio area. 

So have a look at our space. 

It used to have a strip of grass running down the side and along the back until we decided it was just plain annoying to mow.  By adding more exposed aggregate  slabs we created one big entertainment area. 

It is a lovely space when it is in use.  At the moment it is the middle of winter so we haven’t been out there a lot, hence the dust on the table. 

In the top right hand corner currently sits the wicker lounge suite. 

The pizza oven is destined for this corner.  It will be put on a rendered structure incorporating the feature piers that already sit there.  This means that my suite will relocate to the front porch where  it can sit undercover.  It will get more use in that location and I will feel a lot better about leaving it uncovered there.

The hanging herb garden is destined to sit between the pizza oven and the barbecue where the yuccas currently sit.

They have grown like crazy and are a little wonky, so it’s probably time they go.  I hope to replant them in some capacity.

Like a typical Crooked project, the location for the herb garden was changed to here at the eleventh hour (the builder comes tomorrow).  Previously, it was to go outside an alcove type area off our dining room. 

Can you see the chalk drawings on the fence to show the builder what we wanted?  We spent a good chunk of yesterday afternoon working out the scale of the frame and removing the plants and garden bed that sat below where it was intended.

Having a lightbulb moment this morning, I knew the herb garden had to move.  Even hubby, who has to take out the yuccas tonight after work, will come around to the idea.  Our next door neighbour is a tree lopper, it’s not like he won’t have professional help ;)

I am so excited to be having the herb garden’s frame put up tomorrow.  Hopefully after a visit to the garden centre and the markets on the weekend we will have our herbs hanging ready to go. 

As for the pizza oven, we will have to wait another week or so.  The rain we have had has made the ground behind us soggy.  As the pizza oven is huge and heavy, there is no way we would easily get it down the narrow side of our house.  Instead, we are taking down part of the back fence and driving the oven through the acerage behind us, to its intended spot.  Thank goodness for lovely neighbours. 

If you would like to see how this project turns out for us, I would love for you to sign up to be a follower, either by email or Facebook. 

Have a great week all.

 

Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, Add a Pinch, I should be Mopping the Floor, Polly Want a Crafter?, Cherished Bliss, The Gunny Sack, Skip to my Lou, Craftomaniac, It’s so Very Cheri, Keeping it Simple, Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Between Naps on the Porch, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, My Favourite Finds, Jillify It, How to Nest for Less, Watch Out Martha, Clairjustinexoxo,

Tuesday: Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons , DIY by Design, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Home Stories A to Z, Hope Studios, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Organising Homelife, Raising 4 Princesses, Celebrating Family, Carolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner, Sassy Sites, A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World, Reason to Skip the Housework, Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, Cornerstone Confessions, Naptime Delights, Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime, Tales of a Trophy Wife, Creatively Living, The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY Dreamer, Primp, JAQS Studio, MercyINK

Wednesday: Oopsey Daisy, My Girlish Whims, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Raising Homemakers, The Thrifty Home, Twin Dragonfly Designs, A Creative Princess, Sugar and Dots, Seven Thirty Three, Fabric Bows and More, Someday Crafts, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Passionately Artistic, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design, Bloom Designs, Mom on Timeout, We Like to learn as we Go, The NY Melrose Family, Family Home and Life, Savvy Southern Style, Fine Craft Guild, Embracing Change, HandyMan, Crafty Woman, Polkadots on Parade, No Minimalist Here

Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order, Its a Keeper, The Frugal Girls, The 36th Avenue, Raising Mighty Arrows, Thrifty 101, A Glimpse Inside, Brambleberry Cottage, Bear Rabbit Bear, Michelle’s Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas, Shabby Creek Cottage, Goings on in Texas, Happy Go Lucky, Terpblog, Raising Oranges, Live, Laugh, Rowe, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Made in a Day, 52 Mantels, Loving This Crazy Life, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Confessions of an ADD Housewife

Friday: The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, At the Picket Fence, Whipperberry, French Country Cottage, Thirty Handmade Days, Creation Corner, Finding Fabulous, Stuff and Nonsense, Fingerprints on the Fridge Naptime Crafters, While He Was Napping, My Romantic Home, Bacon Time With the Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons, Remodelaholic, Happy Hour Projects, Simply Designing, Simply Sweet Home, Tidy Mom, Kojo Designs, Young and Crafty, Serenity Now , Life as Mom, At the Picket Fence, Tatertots and Jello, Craft Junkie Too, A Little Knick Knack, Blissful and Domestic, Maiden D’Shade, Petites Passions, Bubbly Nature Creations, Here Comes the Sun, Liz Marie Blog, THe Grant Life, Craftionary, Redoux Interior, Common Ground, Just Us Four, Delicate Construction, AKA Designs, Family Ever After, Lolly Jane

Saturday: Be Different Act Normal, The Girl Creative , Funky Junk Interiors , A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid , Its Overflowing, Natasha in Oz, Shaken Together, Homemaker in Heels, Addicted to Decorating

Sunday: A Rosie Sweet Home, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table Dreaming, DIY Showoff, Nifty Thrift Things, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker on a Dime, DIY Home Sweet Home, Cherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

Button Love – Framed Monogram

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I am a little in love with buttons right now.  Despite going crazy and buying bulk packs to craft with, I didn’t really have any planned projects.  Lovingly pawing over my new acquisitions, I recalled a cute button monogram a friend had hung in her daughter’s nursery.    I thought I would do a ‘C’ for Charlie to frame and put in my youngest’s room.

Choosing to use what I had on hand rather than purchasing a new frame, I pulled a small white frame out of storage and neatened it up with some red spray paint I had left over from my kitchen art project.  I arranged my selection of blue buttons into a perfect size and shape monogram.  I used the matt board from the frame as a guide to help do this.

Using a hot glue gun I stuck the buttons to the card. 

Popping the card inside the frame, the finished piece looked like this,

Not fancy but I like it anyway.  It has inspired me to tackle something a little more challenging.  I have been madly pinning button monogram projects for inspiration. 

Drop by and have a look if you want to see some awesome stuff. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

 

 

White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

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White chocolate and cranberries are a match made in heaven.  This muffin recipe combines the two and is yummo.  I make a big batch of these once a month and freeze them for daycare lunches.   They defrost really well.  I haven’t a clue where I got the recipe from, although I have altered it a bit over time….. please let me know if you find it. I would love to let the creator know how much we love them!

Ingredients

  • 250 ml milk
  • 80 ml oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 130 gms white chocolate chips
  • 170 gms dried cranberries
  • 120 gms caster sugar
  • 280 gms SR flour
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Grease or line a 12 hole muffin tray (This makes 12 big muffins.  I usually make 12 medium muffins and 6 large muffin tops from this mix)
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. In a jug, combine the oil with milk
  5. Add it to the egg mixture and stir
  6. Stir in the flour and mix until incorporated
  7. Add in the cranberries and white chocolate. Do not overmix.
  8. Divide between muffin holes and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

Sorry for the lighting – I made these at night

 I am waiting for the kids to go to bed to have one of these with a hot coffee.  Maybe I can convince them they are ready for bed now……

Homemade Baby Food and Storage

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After being so diligent making virtually all the baby food for baby number one, I have been super slack for baby number two.  Feeling guilty, I went to the grocer this morning and picked up some wonderful fruit and veg so I could cook and freeze portions to use over the next few weeks.

I like to cook and puree each of the fruit and veg separately and freeze them in tablespoon lots in my mumi&bubi freezing trays.  

I much prefer to use these as this way I can mix and match the fruit and veg so as Master C gets variety.  They also defrost a lot quicker than putting the food in those little pots.

To make meal time even easier for me, once the cubes are frozen,  I pop them out and put them into labelled ziplock bags. I keep these in Master C’s own basket in the freezer. 

So what did I cook today?

  • Pumpkin
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potato
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Apple and Cinnamon
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Avocado

So this should help with feeding my hungry little man for a while.  I am glad I took the time to do this today, even if  I was not so happy about dropping a half-filled freezer tray of pureed spinach.

 Bugger!

Project Inspiration

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I don’t really know how I ended up at the shops, spending money.  It was certainly not my intention.  My plans for yesterday were far removed and much more productive than they ended up being.  Anyway,  I had a ball and  made some great finds. Take a look.

I have gushed before about my love for typography.  You can see it creeping into the Crooked household in some of my DIY art pieces which you can read about here and here.  Yesterday I noticed a whole heap of quote plaques had arrived in homewares store, Earthborn.  I fell in love with just about every one of them but I just had to take home this one.

One of the favourite children’s books in our household is, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’.  For anyone who knows the book, you would recall Big Nutbrown Hare says this to Little Nutbrown Hare at the end of the book.  We love that line and often say it to each other. 

I also picked up this great print from the clearance section in Target. 

I initially bought it for its frame as it  is a  huge shadow box.  There was no way I would ever be able to buy the frame alone  for the price they were selling  the whole print.  I had thought I could use it to put together a collection of the boy’s keepsakes to hang in the play room, but the print is growing on me.  My little brain is morphing another project I wanted to do into this print and frame.  Until I get the time to give it a go, and to show you guys, I thought I would hang it.  I replaced this old triptych in the hall with the print. 

It is all quite fitting as this hall leads to the bathroom and laundry which both have a seaside theme.

Finally, another bargain purchase was this wall sconce at 75% off. 

I plan to give this a little makeover and hang this outside when we finish our patio area.

I really didn’t need to add more projects to my massive list but I really couldn’t walk past these bargain inspirations.  Now to pencil in some crafting time!

 

A Weekend of Fun and A Great Salad Recipe

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Despite everyone in the Crooked household getting over some bug or another, we had a great weekend. 

We found out we are in for a bunch of trouble soon as Master C, 8 months, began to pull himself up on furniture.

 

We took advantage of some wonderful winter weather and got out for a walk/ride and breakfast at South Bank.  Such a lovely place.  We are so lucky to have facilities like this in our great city.

 

I popped out to see comedian, Judith Lucy’s new show last night and returned home with a sore face from laughing so much.  I know I am going to get some weird looks this week as I randomly start laughing as I recall her very funny, and rude, quips. 

 We also caught up with family for a Christmas in July celebration.  Certainly the best time was had in the jumping castle but the food was a close second. 

I thought I would share with you an easy salad that we took along to the party.  Yummo!

Roasted Garlic Chickpea Salad with Feta and Herbs

Ingredients

2 cans chickpeas – rinsed and drained

2-3 garlic cloves (depending on how garlicky you like it) – minced

2 tbs olive oil

1 red chilli (more/less/none depending on your taste) – chopped

Salt and Pepper

3/4 cup – 1 cup feta – crumbled

3/4 cup chopped herbs – any combo you like. Parsely and mint work really well

Lemon wedges

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius

2. Mix together chickpeas, garlic, chilli, salt, pepper and oil. Place on a roasting tray and bake for approximately 15 minutes. You want the chickpeas to be hot and beginning to crisp on top.

3. Let Chickpeas cool slightly before tossing in feta and herbs. Squeeze lemon on top to taste.

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are set for a great week.

Children’s Easy Seaside Holiday Reminder

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Children’s Easy Seaside Holiday Reminder

If your kiddos are anything like Master O, come holiday time at the beach, shell collection is the name of the game.  He is such a little cutie about it all too.  He loves to show you his favourites and is happy to listen to you explain why another is your favourite.  Each shell collection session only ends when we can’t fit anymore in our hands.

Today we finally got around to using some of the shells we collected last time we stayed at the beach.  It was a lovely activity with Master O all excited looking over his shell booty and reminiscing what we got up to that trip.

For this simple shell picture I used a small shadow box. 

My son picked out his favourite shells, chose where he wanted them put and I used the hot glue gun to adhere them to the backing board. 

Once we were both happy with the result, we returned the board to the frame and  voilá – his little reminder of our seaside holiday.


Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, Add a Pinch, I should be Mopping the Floor, Polly Want a Crafter?, Cherished Bliss, The Gunny Sack, Skip to my Lou, Craftomaniac, It’s so Very Cheri, Keeping it Simple, Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Between Naps on the Porch, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, My Favourite Finds, Jillify It, How to Nest for Less, Watch Out Martha, Clairjustinexoxo,

Tuesday: Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons , DIY by Design, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Home Stories A to Z, Hope Studios, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Organising Homelife, Raising 4 Princesses, Celebrating Family, Carolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner, Sassy Sites, A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World, Reason to Skip the Housework, Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, Cornerstone Confessions, Naptime Delights, Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime, Tales of a Trophy Wife, Creatively Living, The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY Dreamer, Primp, JAQS Studio, MercyINK

Wednesday: Oopsey Daisy, My Girlish Whims, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Raising Homemakers, The Thrifty Home, Twin Dragonfly Designs, A Creative Princess, Sugar and Dots, Seven Thirty Three, Fabric Bows and More, Someday Crafts, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Passionately Artistic, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design, Bloom Designs, Mom on Timeout, We Like to learn as we Go, The NY Melrose Family, Family Home and Life, Savvy Southern Style, Fine Craft Guild, Embracing Change, HandyMan, Crafty Woman, Polkadots on Parade, No Minimalist Here

Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order, Its a Keeper, The Frugal Girls, The 36th Avenue, Raising Mighty Arrows, Thrifty 101, A Glimpse Inside, Brambleberry Cottage, Bear Rabbit Bear, Michelle’s Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas, Shabby Creek Cottage, Goings on in Texas, Happy Go Lucky, Terpblog, Raising Oranges, Live, Laugh, Rowe, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Made in a Day, 52 Mantels, Loving This Crazy Life, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Confessions of an ADD Housewife

Friday: The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, At the Picket Fence, Whipperberry, French Country Cottage, Thirty Handmade Days, Creation Corner, Finding Fabulous, Stuff and Nonsense, Fingerprints on the Fridge Naptime Crafters, While He Was Napping, My Romantic Home, Bacon Time With the Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons, Remodelaholic, Happy Hour Projects, Simply Designing, Simply Sweet Home, Tidy Mom, Kojo Designs, Young and Crafty, Serenity Now , Life as Mom, At the Picket Fence, Tatertots and Jello, Craft Junkie Too, A Little Knick Knack, Blissful and Domestic, Maiden D’Shade, Petites Passions, Bubbly Nature Creations, Here Comes the Sun, Liz Marie Blog, THe Grant Life, Craftionary, Redoux Interior, Common Ground, Just Us Four, Delicate Construction, AKA Designs, Family Ever After, Lolly Jane

Saturday: Be Different Act Normal, The Girl Creative , Funky Junk Interiors , A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid , Its Overflowing, Natasha in Oz, Shaken Together, Homemaker in Heels, Addicted to Decorating

Sunday: A Rosie Sweet Home, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table Dreaming, DIY Showoff, Nifty Thrift Things, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker on a Dime, DIY Home Sweet Home, Cherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

Tips to Help Littlies Decorate Their Cooking Creations

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It is my husband’s birthday tomorrow.  Master O has spent the last week excited at the prospect of being responsible for making his father’s cake. 

He wanted it to be just like the events in his favourite book to read at Kindermusik class, Spot Bakes a Cake.

 

In the book, Spot and his Mum shop for ingredients, bake and then decorate a cake for Spot’s Dad’s birthday. 

Not wanting to spend yet another day restraining his enthusiasm, I decided to make the cake today.

The mixing and baking bit was fun, but what Master O really wanted to do was to decorate the cake.  I promised him that it would be entirely his responsibility.  That was a HUGE step for me.  I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to such things.  However, taking a back seat to an over-enthusiastic, symmetry ignoring, messy and heavy-handed 3-year-old boy was character building.  Admittedly, I did help Master O’s creative process by making the decorations easier to apply and handle. 

Like most kids, he loves sprinkles.  Most of the time they come in sachet and they are a nightmare to apply neatly.  I recommend throwing these into a cheap shaker that you can pick up just about anywhere these days.  Or for an even cheaper alternative, keep your shaker bottles that your herbs come in for this purpose.   Just make sure that the holes at the top are big enough to dispense your chosen sprinkle.

If you time things right, when Spotlight or cake decorating shops have a sale, pop in and pick up some sprinkles then.  Not only have they have great selections you would never find in your local supermarket, they come in shaker bottles.  Once done, keep them and refill.

A great help today was this nifty chocolate decoration dispenser my MIL picked up from Aldi.  It came packed with jimmies, choc shards and chocolate buttons.  It has a bigger opening so it is great for those bigger toppings.  I will certainly be holding on to this when we use up the contents.

When it comes to sprinkles, whatever your method of application, I recommend limiting the amount you give the kids to what you are happy to have applied to your cake.  Those things are slippery suckers and a light  dusting can quickly turn into a downpour. 

For big decorations like lollies/candy, lay them out on a plate or in bowls so little hands can easily grasp them. 

So Master O went to town with his decorations.  I am glad I put the cake on a massive platter as the sprinkles did jump around! 

I am sure Dad will love his cake.

 
Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, Add a Pinch, I should be Mopping the Floor, Polly Want a Crafter?, Cherished Bliss, The Gunny Sack, Skip to my Lou, Craftomaniac, It’s so Very Cheri, Keeping it Simple, Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Between Naps on the Porch, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, My Favourite Finds, Jillify It, How to Nest for Less, Watch Out Martha, Clairjustinexoxo,

Tuesday: Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons , DIY by Design, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Home Stories A to Z, Hope Studios, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Organising Homelife, Raising 4 Princesses, Celebrating Family, Carolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner, Sassy Sites, A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World, Reason to Skip the Housework, Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, Cornerstone Confessions, Naptime Delights, Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime, Tales of a Trophy Wife, Creatively Living, The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY Dreamer, Primp, JAQS Studio, MercyINK

Wednesday: Oopsey Daisy, My Girlish Whims, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Raising Homemakers, The Thrifty Home, Twin Dragonfly Designs, A Creative Princess, Sugar and Dots, Seven Thirty Three, Fabric Bows and More, Someday Crafts, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Passionately Artistic, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design, Bloom Designs, Mom on Timeout, We Like to learn as we Go, The NY Melrose Family, Family Home and Life, Savvy Southern Style, Fine Craft Guild, Embracing Change, HandyMan, Crafty Woman, Polkadots on Parade, No Minimalist Here

Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order, Its a Keeper, The Frugal Girls, The 36th Avenue, Raising Mighty Arrows, Thrifty 101, A Glimpse Inside, Brambleberry Cottage, Bear Rabbit Bear, Michelle’s Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas, Shabby Creek Cottage, Goings on in Texas, Happy Go Lucky, Terpblog, Raising Oranges, Live, Laugh, Rowe, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Made in a Day, 52 Mantels, Loving This Crazy Life, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Confessions of an ADD Housewife

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Sunday: A Rosie Sweet Home, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table Dreaming, DIY Showoff, Nifty Thrift Things, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker on a Dime, DIY Home Sweet Home, Cherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

Garage Organisation and Creating More Storage – Using Roof Space

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Welcome to part 3 on our garage organisation. To see some of the other ideas we have implemented to contain our ‘stuff’, have a look here and here.

Today, I thought I would show you the best storage solution we have ever implemented – the conversion of some of our roof space into a storage area.

In Australia it is very uncommon to find roof space converted into an attic or storage space. I think the main reason for this is the climate. It is just too hot up there to store most things. It is becoming more popular as people realise that the wasted space could so easily be earning its keep!

We have always stored in the roof space above our garage our seasonal decorations, especially our substantial collection of Christmas lights and decorations. However poor hubby would have to squeeze through the manhole in the ceiling, tiptoe along the beams in the roof to grab the boxes perched precariously around the space.

We had long considered converting the space, but I baulked at paying a specialist well over $2000 to store some boxes in more comfortable surrounds. Hubby, never letting go of the idea, researched long and hard the options and talked with our builder. Finding a ladder from an import company at a fraction of the price you could get them elsewhere, he lined up the builder and the project began.

The ceiling pre-installation

Following the instructions that came with the ladder, the boys cut a hole in the roof and attached the slide down ladder (which incorporated the ceiling door)  in no time at all.  We chose an area in the ceiling sitting to the side of where we park the car so that the roof space can be accessible at all times.

No turning back now….

The builder then laid flooring across half of our roof space above our garage.  We chose only to do half as you can see we have barely filled the space we have created.  We can always add more flooring if the need arises.

We got our electrician to install a power point and light so we can see all that is hidden up there. 

Now store all our decorations, christmas lights  and camping gear in the space.  It has also become a good hiding spot for birthday and christmas presents that I buy ahead of time. 

We bought new black, heavy-duty plastic storers to hold a good deal of our items.  They are less brittle than the regular boxes that can deteriorate under the high temperatures in the roof during the Australian summer. 

   The whole project took about half a day to do.  By sourcing the ladder ourselves, employing our own builder and hubby lending a hand here and there, the whole project ended up costing about a third  of what a conversion company would have charged us. It was well worth the little bit of running around to organise things ourselves.  Now what project do we divert the savings into? Hmmm……

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