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Easter Craft: Fingerprint Chicks Revisited

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Today the blog has hit a time warp.  This is a post from last Easter, but it is such a fun craft, we will be doing it again.

The lead up to Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  I think it has a lot ot do with the weather and the fact that the mornings are crisp but the days are warm with clear, blue skies (well, maybe not here at the moment).  It may also have to do with the fact that I am absolutely addicted to Hot Cross Buns.  I am NEVER the one who complains about the fact the grocery stores have packets of buns for sale on Boxing Day.  However, I always feel if you blink you will miss enjoying the lead up.  With the craziness of the Christmas/New Year season you seem to just get back into the ryhthm of life and Easter is at your doorstep.  So it was Friday just gone that it dawned on me that I had only 2 weeks until the Easter Weekend.  I had not even thought about Easter at all.  So I seized the day and created a craft project for Master O and I.

Last Christmas I fell in love with the Fingerprint reindeer  Bianca at A Little Delightful  completed with her son.  Taking inspiration from this and these cute little chicks you find everywhere at Easter time,

I created a fingerprint chick project.

With little time or effort, I designed and printed some placecards for our Easter table.  Then with some yellow paint, Master O fingerprinted the cards. 

When they were dry, I added the chick’s features with black and orange felts.  To make sure they were going to be sturdy and last if we wanted to use them next year, I laminated them.

I think they are super cute.  Tomorrow we plan to make some matching cards and present tags.

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

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I thought I would share with you a little party we held with our family after my youngest’s baptism a month ago.

It wasn’t a huge or lavish affair.  I wanted things to be low-key and simple (well as simple as I can allow things to be) given the event was coming off the back of ripper party season and the weather was sweltering.  As it was a mid-morning affair, I choose decorations and food that could be prepared the day before, allowing me to enjoy the party instead of being crazy busy.  I must apologise as  I didn’t photograph everything, but hopefully there are enough to give you an idea of what it was like.

I have wanted to have a baby elephant themed party for one of my boys for such a long time.   When I came across a whole heap of blue elephant party items on clearance, it was locked in.   After all, this was probably my last opportunity to throw a ‘cutesy’ themed party for my growing boys.

So, the theme – elephants. The colour palette – blue and chocolate with the addition of polkadots for some fun.

The food table had a milk and cookies kind of vibe.  I had a variety of plain and flavoured milks in pitchers for guest to pour into their own miniature milk bottles.

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

All of the sweets I made the day before.  Mini Oreo topped cupcakes, vanilla and white chocolate cake pops and brownies.

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

Instead of a cake, I decided on a two-tiered Oreo stacked ‘cake’.  I got the idea from a Martha Stewart show and just had to recreate it. I topped this with a little wooden elephant I painted blue to suit the theme.

Blue Elephant Baptism

Other sweets on the table included blue and white M&Ms and butter cookies.  We also served up cut fruit as a healthier sweet option.

For those who preferred savoury to the sweet, we had a variety of sandwiches and rice paper rolls.

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

To decorate, the food table had a blue and white polkadot material backdrop.  You can read how I do these here.  Pinned to the backdrop were some blue and chocolate paper garlands I made on my sewing machine.  I love how these look and they are really simple to make.  You can see my blog post on how to make these here.

The coordinating partyware was used to decorate the patio where I had the tea and coffee station set up.  I neglected to photograph this but you can grab a glimpse of it to the side of this pic.

Master C, the baptism babe, with Nanny and cousin, Miss L.

Master C, the baptism babe, with Nanny and cousin, Miss L.

The baptismal boy was dressed to fit the theme in his blue and white polkadot elephant shirt.  I got the talented Linda from Loui with Love to embroider this especially for the day. Amazingly, after a couple of Oreos, this shirt still remained clean.

Blue Elephant Baptismal Party

Despite being dreadfully hot, it was a lovely morning.  I was delighted that my planning, and restraint, resulted in a relatively fuss-free event.   It seems I may be learning a thing or two as I get older.

Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, 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, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in CraftsSew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings,  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 HomelifeCarolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner,  A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World,  Cornerstone Confessions,   Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime,   The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY DreamerPrimp, JAQS Studio

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, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado,t SimpleFireflies 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 GoFamily 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 KeeperThe Frugal Girls, The 36th AvenueThrifty 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 LuckyRaising OrangesThe 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 MomYoung 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,

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 HomeCherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

My First Go at a Nappy Cake

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Recently, for a friend’s baby shower, I thought I would make a nappy cake.  I wasn’t too sure how the whole thing would go so I didn’t opt for a huge, multi-layered affair.  I thought one layer would look great with the classic Pooh Bear and rattle I had bought, sitting on the top.

After reading a few methods on how to go about a nappy cake, I found the instructions on this site quite easy to follow.

I grabbed a cake pan the size I wanted the layer to be.  I then placed the nappies one by one into the pan, fanning them out around the outside.  The instructions said there would be a hole in the middle which could be stuffed with more nappies or presents, but I found I could use more nappies and fan them in a way that there was no gap.

Nappy Cake

Before removing the round of nappies from the pan, I first secured them with an elastic band.  I suggest if you give this a go yourself, you go out and get yourself some extra-large bands as I snapped a fair few and had to resort to string to secure the ‘cake’.

I did worry about being able to take the layer of nappies out of the pan but it came out easily with a little tap.

I prettied up the layer by covering the string with a satin bow.  On top, I sat the Pooh toy and rattle.

Nappy Cake

When it came to wrapping the present, I placed it on a round of cardboard to sturdy the base, and to make it easier to carry.  If you are making a multi-layered nappy cake, I would definitely go for something sturdier like a cake board for your base.  A bit of clear cellophane and some ribbon later, the present was complete.

Nappy Cake

Not too bad for my first attempt at a nappy cake.  Very cute.

Carnival Party Decorations

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Yesterday, I shared with you the carnival party I threw for my two little boys.  You can read about it here.  Today, I thought I would share some of the decorations I used to create the carnival atmosphere and point you in the direction of some great online resources for your carnival/circus themed events.

I first got the idea for a carnival party from the Klapper Cirkus range of kid’s toys at Ikea.  We had the circus tent set up in the front yard.

 

And I had a selection of ringmaster and jester hats and  clown hand puppets for the kids to play with. You can view these online here.

 

I also had a selection of different sized Ikea Nyttja  frames which I filled with free, carnival-inspired printables from Pink Zebra Lounge.  There were some great food ones.  I loved the hot dogs one for our food buffet and the lemonade one for our drinks table.

 

Ikea also inspired me with their candy striped Christmas wrapping paper.  I used it most importantly as an easy clean tablecloth for the kid’s table.  To add a bit of height and interest to the dessert table’s focal point, the ferris wheel cupcake holder, I covered a box in this wrapping paper for the wheel to sit on.  You can see I also did this for the water urn in the picture above.

I used cardboard bunting to decorate the front fence and above the food table.  I printed the boy’s names on some of the bunting in a carnival style font.  You can download a gazillion different carnival font for free to make your signs and invitations.  One of the better sites is Font Space.

If you are in Australia, you can pick up this bunting in most variety shops these days, along with a whole host of matching decorations and tableware for your carnival parties.

I created my own backdrop for the dessert table with some fabric I bought on sale at my local haberdashery.  I just bought a length of light, narrow timber from my local hardware, luckily it was the same length as my table.  I used a staple gun to attach the material along the length and fishing line to hang it from my window that sat behind the table.  You could create your own backdrop in a similar manner, or try covering a painting canvas or foam sheets which you can then prop up on the table.  I was happy to buy material as I have a use for it after the event, but for a less expensive option, buy some wrapping paper to do this.

I purchased invitations, gift boxes and the like before I came across a fantastic site for free printables.  Catch My Party has a whole range of circus party printables including banners, water bottle and chocolate bar wrappers.  I printed this great sign and my food labels for the table.

 

Pumpkin Petunia also has a range of cute free circus printables.  I am thinking that this thank you card will get used by me.

 

There is a massive range of carnival/circus printables available for purchase online on sites like Etsy.  Most are affordable and adorable, giving your party a real cohesive feel.  Some of my favourites you can find here and here.

I had such fun putting together this party.  If you take the time to do a little internet surfing, you will fall in love with the idea of a carnival/circus party just like I did.  The inspiration out there is endless and I wish I could have jammed more ideas into this little party.

 

 

Carnival Party

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I haven’t been posting as often as party season has well and truly descended on the Crooked Household, and I have been running around like a headless chook.

This weekend just gone was one much-anticipated event, the combined 1st and 4th birthday for my little boys.

I had long wanted to throw a carnival party and had been slowly gathering together supplies as I came across them.  You can read about some of my finds here.

We had the party at home with family which was advantageous given the weather.  A huge storm descended in the middle of the party and we were all trapped inside our small house.  Nevertheless, the show went on.

Food and drink was always going to be the backbone of a party for our family.  I set up food and drink ‘stations,’ for want of a better word, so that people could help themselves.

I tried to keep to the theme in my food choices.  On the main table I served mini hotdogs, pizza, nachos, popcorn and vegie dippers.

I also had a drink station set up for water, juice and soft drinks.

As with any kid’s party, the dessert table was the most important.  The ferris wheel cupcake holder was the centrepiece of the whole table, as was the rainbow cake.

I also served macarons, caramel tarts, slices, gum balls, coloured popcorn, custard-filled cones, chocolate pretzels and fruit kebab.

When the storm subsided, a few of the braver kids headed out for games like ten pin bowling, water balloon toss, egg and spoon races and hoops.  Unfortunately, I didn’t capture this on camera as there was no way I was going to run around on the wet grass.

As favours for the kids, I bundled up a tub of play dough and some chocolates in cute candy-striped chinese food containers.  The older children also took home a lollipop each.

Despite the rain and having to be couped up inside, the party went well.  The boys had  the best time…and still are, playing with the amazing presents they received.

It was really easy to get the look and feel of a carnival party with a few little trims and utilising all the amazing resources there are out there on the internet. Tomorrow, I will show some of the smaller touches and point you in the direction of some great online resources.

Enjoy your week.

Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, 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, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in CraftsSew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings,  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 HomelifeCarolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner,  A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World,  Cornerstone Confessions,   Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime,   The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY DreamerPrimp, JAQS Studio

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, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado,t SimpleFireflies 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 GoFamily 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 KeeperThe Frugal Girls, The 36th AvenueThrifty 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 LuckyRaising OrangesThe 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 MomYoung 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,

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 HomeCherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer

Not So Scary Spider Cupcakes

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We are gearing up for Halloween in the Crooked House.  It is not a huge affair here in Australia, but we are lucky to have a nearby Halloween Street Party and most shops stock a reasonable selection of Halloween goodies.

The other night I decorated the entrances to the boy’s bedrooms with skeletons, pumpkins and bats while they were sleeping.  I was woken the following morning by my 3-year-old gasping, “Oh, I love that, Mummy!”  I was aiming for not too scary, so I think I got the right mix of gore and whimsy.

Yesterday, my son convinced me to make some Halloween inspired cupcakes.  He asked for eyeball toppers but I thought I would try something less scary.

After icing the cupcakes we took some Smarties (or you could use chocolate beanies, buttons or MMs) and placed them on the top.  Using a packet of store-bought icing tubes, I iced each Smartie a set of spider legs.

They were a huge hit with my son.   “They are so cute,” he exclaimed.

If you have more patience than I did yesterday,  you could first ice a spider’s web on the top then add Smartie spiders.

It coffee o’clock here so I’m off to gobble up some spiders now. Mmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnival Party Preparations

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A big thank you must be sent to Cassadiva for alerting her reader’s to this super cute Ferris wheel cupcake holder on sale at Homeart here in Australia.  Amazon also have similar ones here.

I popped out this afternoon and bought one for my sons’ carnival themed birthday party later in the year.  It is going to look so cute on the dessert table.

I had chosen the carnival/circus theme after picking up these great Paper Eskimo invitations, tags and table runner on clearance at Myer.

Everywhere I look these days I am finding gorgeous decorations to suit the theme.  A lot of the variety stores are stocking the Shmick party range that has a huge selection of lovely carnival inspired items.

I also grabbed some circus toys and hats on a trip to Ikea. These will be perfect as prizes or to put into party bags.

I am certainly going to have fun preparing this party for my boys.   It is a bit hard not to go crazy over all the amazing party products that are around these days.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Children’s Drawing Turned Cushion Cover

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My husband’s Grandmother’s birthday is tomorrow.  She always insists fiercely that she doesn’t want anything as a present.  Obviously we ignore those requests and often give her framed kid’s photos or drawings which she loves dearly to display in her home. 

Being sidelined these last couple of weeks with an injured neck has meant that this birthday has snuck up on me.  My intention was to get some of Master O’s pictures printed onto tea towels but to do that, I would need time which I just didn’t have.

Pulling an idea out of the recesses of my brain, I decided to transfer some of his pictures myself. 

I bought a couple of cream coloured cushions from my local Target and a good laundry pen.

I then got Master O to draw a picture of himself and his Nan and write both of their names.  I love how he is yet to recognise his people don’t have bodies!

Taking the inserts out of the pillow slip, I put the drawings inside.   As I had got Master O to draw in a dark coloured felt-tipped pen, the picture was clearly visible through the fabric.

I then got to tracing his pictures in the laundry pen. 

The laundry pen did a fantastic job – dark, sharp lines.

The finished pillows look great and I know Nan will treasure them. 

 

Cupcakes and Pinwheels Party

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Cupcakes and Pinwheels Party

Last week we had an afternoon tea birthday for my niece who turned 5.  We gave the party a pink, yellow and blue colour palette and a cupcakes and pinwheels theme.  It was a small family affair and an unexpected surprise for the birthday girl.

Today I thought I would share with you some pictures of our little party as a follow-up to the decoration tutorials for the paint chip garland and pinwheel table runner I shared with you previously.

We set up the dining room table with hot pink table wear  and the cutest pink polkadot napkins.    The table was finished off with the pinwheel table runner.

Since making these pinwheels I have so fallen in love with them that I made more to hang on the wall.  I clustered them in an abstract fashion behind the table.  It looked really effective and cute.  I will certainly be remembering this decoration idea for the future.

Taking pride of place on the table was a giant cupcake cake.  It was my first go at one of these and despite running short on time it turned out quite well and it was fun to make.  Master O had fun helping to decorate the top with Smarties.  The cake was decorated to match the pinata that the kids couldn’t wait to demolish.

We also had a few jars of lollies and biscuits set up to tempt the taste buds of the adults while they had their afternoon tea or coffee.  I put up the paint chip garland in the background here as well as a few half pinwheels.

Even though it was a small family affair, giving the party a theme and adding a few cute decorations made it special.  Well worth a little extra effort.

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, Moms By Heart, Sew Can Do, Bringing Beauty, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, Permanent Posies, My Favourite Finds, Jillify It, How to Nest for Less
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, Rook No.17, Cornerstone Confessions, Naptime Delights, Type A Decorating, A Diamond in the Stuff, Rae Gun Ramblings
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, Night Owl Crafting, Passionately Artistic, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, 3 Four and Under, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design
Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order Saved by love Creations Its a Keeper, Thrifty Decorating, 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
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
Saturday: The Organised Housewife, Be Different Act Normal, The Girl Creative , Funky Junk Interiors , A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid , Its Overflowing
Sunday: Ask Anna, 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, Embellishing Life