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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 

 

Candle Holder Turned Cake Stand

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I found this little cutie amongst the candles in Target the other day. 

 It is meant to hold a large pillar candle, but I much prefer the idea of it holding some sweet treat. 

It was a steal too.  I think there was  30 odd percent off Target’s candle range and I also had a voucher, so it cost me less than $5.

I love it when you nab a cute bargain!

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

Pinwheel Table Runner

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I saw a cute DIY table runner featured on Tip Junkie last week from the blog, Green Wedding Shoes.  I thought this would be adorable as a table runner for my niece’s afternoon tea birthday party.

Picking out a few pieces of pink, yellow and blue paper in various sizes to match the paint chip garland I made the other day, I got a folding.

I followed  Jen’s easy tutorial, although I found that I needed more paper than she suggested to make a full pinwheel.  All in all I made five pinwheels, two of which I used alternating colours in.

After having a little bit of a play with them on my table, I really like them as a decorating idea.

I think these would look cute at a whole host of occasions.  It would look gorgeous in patterned and textured papers for a more adult affair.

Tune back in a few days to see it laid out for my niece’s birthday celebration.

Paint Chip Garland

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Paint Chip Garland

I have had some paint chips lying around in anticipation of a fun craft project. My cute niece turns five next week so I thought her birthday was the perfect event to get crafting for.

For her present, I have already created some fabric yo-yo clothes for the cooler weather here in Australia. You can read about these here and here. For the party, I thought the paint chips could be used to make a garland to hang behind her cake table.

I have made these garlands with scrapbooking paper before and they look great. They are also super quick and easy to make if you use your sewing machine to string them together. Here is how I did it:

Picking out the pink and yellow paint chips, I used my Friskars craft punches to cut out plain and scalloped edged circles.

I roughly worked out a pattern for the paint chip colours and ensured I had enough for the length of garland I needed. For this party I chose to make three smaller garlands in differing patterns.

Using standard cotton threaded in my machine, and selecting a plain stitch, I lined up the paint chips and got sewing. I made sure that there was adequate length of cotton at each end of the garland so I could hang it.

As I am hanging this garland against a wall, there was no need for the garland to be double-sided. I could have sewn two chips back-to-back if I wanted to have two presentation sides.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t fret, you could always do this project using craft glue and ribbon.

Check back with me during the next week to see what other birthday projects I have on the go.