Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pamper and Slumber Party

 This little girl just turned eight (sob sob) I keep telling her she isn't allowed to get any older, but each birthday just seems to come around quicker than quick. This year we went to the local kids Pamper Parlour (which is just down the road from our house) I figured it was inevitable that she would want a party there eventually.   
 I made all the girls spa slippers to wear after their pedicures. 
They did the girls hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures.
Together we looked on Pinterest and she decided she wanted an ombre cake with the ruffles. It took ages to make but it was well worth it.  
Then her three besties came to our house for a slumber party. 
I made each of them a nightie and sleeping mask
We emptied out her desk and setup a little candy bar in Bella's bedroom. 
I reused the top tier of the cake for the candy bar. 
I think it's pretty safe to say that they all had a wonderful time!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Perfect Vintage Winter Dress

About four years ago I found a stack of gorgeous vintage patterns in size 8 at my local op shop, and though my daughter was only four at the time I snapped them up. 
I have waited four years to make it, and it was so worth the wait. Bella is smitten with this dress, she wore it two days straight and has asked me to make her a pink one too.
I have used a very heavy knit fabric that was on clearance for $2 a meter and the white lace was also an op shop find. 
The pattern is for short sleeves, to make long, I measured her arm and made the sleeve that length, then made the arm cuff smaller to fit her wrist. It's the most perfect winter dress. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I had never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint until I went into a local vintage shop and spotted some pieces the owner Robin had painted. Well - I spent the next month planning what colours I wanted and put my order in for my birthday.  
 I think the name Chalk Paint doesn't really do this stuff justice, so I fondly refer to it as Magic Paint. Here's why: No prep work - that's right no sanding! Just paint! I find two coats usually does the trick and it dries really quick (like 20 mins quick). Wax. And you're done. It's also non toxic and doesn't smell, really, there is no bad paint smell at all. 
I repainted this chair in one afternoon. I was completely stumped as to what I was going to do with the awful vinyl padded seat, but I loved the shape of the chair. With magic paint you paint anything, so I painted over the vinyl. I actually think it covers the vinyl better than the wood. It's crazy stuff.   
  The colours are not really my normal colour palette, I'm more into pastels, but I have been having a lot of success with mixing my own colours. Watch this space to see random pieces of furniture I have picked from the op shop and off the side of the road getting a makeover, my latest project is a roll top desk for Bella's room. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dr Bronner's Castile Soap

This post comes about two weeks late as I have had a cold that will just not go away. The first few days I was bed ridden, but i'm still sniffy and coughy. 

Anyhoo, I wanted to show you some new (to me) products I have bought in my attempt to be more mindful of the chemicals in my home. Some of you are probably very familiar with Dr Bronner's and after alot of reading I decided to give it a try.

Dr Bronner's castile liquid soap is so versatile, on the bottle they state 18 uses, although I do not plan on brushing my teeth with soap anytime soon. The big bottle of Peppermint is for my kitchen and I am using five drops to wash the dishes, at first I wasn't really sold on it as I missed my bubbles and they seem to help dry the dishes. I have found that if I wash and then dry immediately I am happy. I also plan to wash my floors with it and anything else that needs doing. 

The little bottles are for in the bathroom, rose for the girls, peppermint for the boys. We use five drops lathered up in our hands as our body wash. It works really well and smells divine. Before I had even tried it I dropped the bottle and smashed the lid, so now it will not shut. I reckon I'm about to lose most of it when someone knocks it over. 

The little bars of soap are to make my own washing powder which I am yet to try, they are sitting on my window sill and every now and then I have to have a smell of the almond soap - it is gorgeous!

 Do you use Dr Bronner's? I would love to hear what products you use and how you use them. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Makes

 This week I have decided to tackle my project life album. I am going to fill up some empty photo spots...and...write on the cards with a pen [not a pencil]. Me and my pencil are best friends, I love how you can just rub mistakes out, brilliance. But the time has come to let go of trying to be perfect and just get things done around here. My gorgeous hubby always says to me "it's better to be terribly finished, than fantastically unfinished." I think he's right.
Last weeks challenge was to crochet some granny squares and I am happy to say I made another ten. I could have done more but I am waiting to get some new wool [I couldn't wait for a sale] in the post with some aquas and light blues which I desperately need.

If you've got something you'd like to finish, or even just start add your link here, I'd love to see what you are up to. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Cookie Connection

In my return to full time blogging (as in actually blogging) I have been trawling through blogs and found some lovely new faces. One of which was Sunshine x 3 who got me on to the cookie connection over here. Now if you know me well, you'd know there is no way I would ever be able to commit to baking once a week religiously (unfortunately that's just not how I roll). But what I am going to commit to is sharing my baking every time I do bake and I'm going to aim for Fridays. But if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I figure the kids will love coming home from school on a Friday to find warm cookies for afternoon tea and then together we can do the deliveries. 
I am off now to bake and crochet. 
I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Makes

It's amazing how quickly we come back around to Monday when you've set yourself a challenge! I am pleased to say that I completed my personal challenge of making a gift for a baby shower. 
 I decided to go with this cute scottie dog as the theme. 
I appliqu├ęd it onto a lovely blue towel, a onsie and made a card to match. 
And I also made a cute little rattle that has the polka dot fabric on the other side.

So this week my challenge is to crochet as many granny squares as I can for a bag I am making for myself. I need to make 34 and so far I have made four. 

I would love you to join me, so if you have something you would like to make this week why not join me. Add your link below. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crochet Flower Garland

I'm feeling very chuffed with myself to have finished my crochet flower garland. I had it at my front entrance but decided I wanted to get to see it more often so I put it in the dining room. It feels good to slowly fill my home with things I have made, it's starting to get homely around here. 
Have a nice weekend ladies. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Loving Crochet Right Now

I'm so in love with crochet right now! 
On Tuesday I visited my friend Sophie and we spent the day crocheting and drinking tea - how lovely is that!
At Sophie's house I made my first granny square, and I have to say that I loved using cotton yarn. I have been avoiding cotton because when I first started to crochet I found the strands would unwind and I didn't like the way it looked. But now it looks fine, perhaps because I am more competent or perhaps because the yarn is better quality? Have you had that problem? 
I am going to make a cushion cover with them for my lounge as i'm trying to brighten things up around here. But I've run out of the colours I like so I need to wait until Deramores have their next sale, I can't bare to pay full price when I know it's often at 20% off.
I'm thinking about making some sort of catalogue for the wool I'm using too. I thought that might be a good idea to keep track of wools in case I run out or really like one, that way I'll know which one it was and where I got it from. Do you catalogue your wool? I would love you to tell me how you do it.
So to keep me busy I am making little flowers to make a garland to hang somewhere in my home. Not sure where just yet. I found the pattern here and they are lovely and simple to make. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Makes

Well there's nothing quite like publicly putting it out there that you are going to do something...that quilt sat and screamed at me all week "you have to finish me - you told the blogisphere you would!"

Firstly, I need to be honest, I did not finish the quilt {sigh}. However, I did get back on track with it. It took me until Friday night to start working on it, when I sewed up three more rows of triangles. That's when I realised I was out of my tangerine fabric and needed to do a trip to spotlight. This is where the progress ground to a halt. I didn't get to spotlight until Sunday and by then I lost my mojo. I only have to do two more rows. I also made up all my binding. So I think this is definitely a "win".

This week I need to make a present for a baby shower. I plan to make something {not sure what} from the left over fabric from the quilt I made above. So a smaller project this week, but sometimes even harder when you need to decide on a what to do. 

I would love you to join me, add your link below so I can see what you are going to make this week!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Makes

Monday Makes is a crafty challenge for me and you, where every Monday we set ourselves a new crafty project to complete within the week. 

 I have a lot of piles of stuff [fabric - wool - paper] with great intentions but no fruition. But no more! This year I plan to knock off as many items on my to do list as possible. 

Sometimes big.

Sometimes small.

Sometimes needing completing.

Sometimes something new.

 To kick it off I am starting with a rather big's a king size quilt that was meant to be wrapped up under the Christmas tree for my eldest son, but instead was folded up in a paper bag in my room unfinished! The quilt top is about 60% done and pictured above, so wish me luck [please] as I hope to have it finished by next week. 

I would love you to join me, add your link below so I can see what you are going to make this week!


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Preparing for a Party

I'm busy preparing for a craft party I am doing tomorrow. The best part is always in the details, I love all the ribbons and bows. 

I made the birthday girl a little present too! Once it's all over I'm looking forward to finishing off a quilt for my eleven year old son. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

DMC Crochet Hearts

I loved these cute hearts and knew I wanted to make some for my plate rack. I found this lovely coloured cotton from one of those cheap random shops for $2.50 and it worked well.
The pattern was a bit confusing and I changed it slightly. So in case you would like to make one, and for my reference here is what I did. Please refer to original instructions for any clarifications.
Small Heart Back

Round 1

Magic loop, 3ch, 14tr into loop, tighten loop, join with ss in top of ch3 

Round 2

3ch, pBO in same st, ch2, skip next st [BO in next st, ch2] 3 times, skip next st, [BO, ch3, BO] in next st, ch2, skip next st, [BO in next st, ch2] 3 times, skip next st, pBO in next st, ch3, ss into same st as pBO

Round 3
Work in BL of every st. 1ch, dc in next and each st, around to half way point, 3dc in 2nd ch of ch3 of heart point, dc in each st to end, join with ss in both loops of ch1.

Cut yarn and hide ends

Small Heart Front

Round 1-3
Same as Small Heart Back - Work Round 1-3 (Do not cut end)

Joining the hearts
Face wrong sides of hearts together, and following instructions for round 4, join the two hearts working in the BL of each st

Round 4
Work in BL of every st, Ch1, *ss in next st, ch1, rep from * to end, join with ss in both loops of ch1

Connecting chain
Ch1, work relative number of ch to achieve desired length, then ss into the bottom of large heart once complete 

Large Heart Back

Round 1
Magic loop, 3ch, 16tr into loop, tighten loop, join with ss in top of ch3

Round 2

Work in BL of every st. 1ch, dc in BL of same st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, rep from * to end, ending with 2dc in last st, join with ss in both loops of ch1

Round 3

3ch, pBO in same st, 2ch, skip next st, [BO in next st, 2ch] 3 times, skip next st, [BO in next st, 2ch, skip next st] twice, [BO, 3ch, BO] in next st, 2ch, skip next st, [BO in next st, 2ch, skip next st] twice, [BO in next st, ch2] 3 times, skip next st, pBO in next st, ch3, ss into same st as pBO, ss into next st

Round 4

Work in BL of every st. 1ch, dc in next and each st, around to half way point, 3dc in second ch of ch3 of heart point, dc in each st to end, join with ss in both loops of ch1

Cut yarn and hide ends

Large Heart Front

Round 1-4

Same as Large Heart Back - Work Round 1-4 (do not cut end)

Joining the hearts
Face wrong sides of hearts together, and following instructions for round 5, join the two hearts working in the BL of each st

Round 5
Work in BL of every st, Ch1, *ss in next st, ch1, rep from * to end, join with ss in both loops of ch1

Making the loop
Ch1, work relative number of ch to achieve desired length then ss back into first ch

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I Have A Plate Rack

I have been wanting a plate rack for as long as I can remember and now I finally have one as a feature above my dining table. When I first suggested the idea to hubby about a year ago he was like "no way" but I think all the Pinterest, books and magazines I have been showing him have desensitised him to the slightly quirky. I have already swapped things around since this photo was taken and I so love being able to constantly change the displays in my home. I have found the sweetest pattern for a crochet heart which is going to hang from one of those hooks when I get around to making it!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Cot Quilt

It's been so long since I've made a quilt. 
My friend had her second baby girl which was the perfect excuse to get back into sewing. I spend a lot of my time crocheting at the moment, but I loved being able to have something completed in a couple of days. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Little Pockets of Happiness

We are in the finishing stages of renovating our kitchen and it's like little pockets of happiness. I am so in love with our wooden bench. My clever darling husband is doing everything himself and we just need to tile and paint now - exciting! The print is a two pack of tea towels I got from KikiK for $9.10 - bargain! Before and after photos coming soon...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Year

Here we are in another New Year and I am feeling optimistic that 2014 is going to be great!
Maxabella Loves has inspired me with "one word" to describe personal goals for the year, and after a lot of pondering I have decided on: Mindful

Mindful of Our Food
I want to be more mindful when it comes to additives, preservatives and colourings. I want to use more wholefoods and learn to cook more things from scratch.

Mindful of Nasty Chemicals
I want to learn about nasty chemicals that are found in cleaning and beauty products, and I want make my house completely free of them.

Mindful of My Children
My youngest will be starting school this year and I have mixed emotions about my little buddy not being around anymore. I want and I need to be more mindful of the fact that my babies are growing up and time with them is precious. I don't want their memories of me to be a grumpy mum that never had time to play with them. So my biggest challenge is to be more mindful of my children.

I could come up with more, but to be frank I will do well to work on these three, do you have a word for 2014?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas Crafting

Yep - it's time to start thinking about your Christmas crafting. 
I do way more crocheting than sewing these days, and I've been wanting to try out crocheting borders for a while, so it seemed fitting to make some crocheted facecloths as gifts. 
What have you started making for Christmas presents?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Carnival Spectacular

I think this is my all time favourite party! 
I loved the old fashioned games, and so did the kids!
I made up a checklist with all the games on it, to make sure each kid did each game at least once before they were allowed to choose a prize. My main agenda was to make sure every kid had their photo taken in the photo booth!

And here's the gorgeous Birthday Boy who turned five! He melts my heart...

Definitely the favourite game was the sack races,
 along with balloon pop, which my gorgeous husband manned. 
Luckily a lot of parents stayed and offered to help. 
 Kids lining up to choose their prizes. 
I purchased some face painting supplies and learnt a few basic techniques before the party. 
Pinata's a family tradition at every party. 
My cake I made with the help of my incredible hubby!

A lot of my inspiration was from Maxabella Loves recent carnival party.
And what makes it all worth it...when you still get thank you's from the Birthday Boy months later!