Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Quiet Book

The Quiet Book

I'd seen a few of these around on blogs and loved the idea so I thought it would be my april project. I got a lot of inspiration from Homemade by Jill and The Crafting Chicks.
Grace LOVES her book and I'll be starting on Charlottes soon - best thing is the pages will be interchangeable so they can swap them over and no one will get bored!

Page 1 Pick the apples

Dress ups and ice cream shop

The Barn with animal finger puppets and The counting page

Put the petals on the flower in numerical order and the cupcake page

Button the flowers and the castle (still to make the prince, princess and horse finger puppets)

There is still one more page - a mirror and hair to plait but I broke the mirror when binding the book :(

I am so very happy with how it turned out and Grace is over the moon with her book, it only comes out on special occasions ie when she needs to have quiet time!

I hope this gives you some inspiration to start your own quiet book and If you do please send me photos! I'd LOVE to see!!!


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Monday, April 4, 2011

Charlottes 1st Birthday - Butterflies and Owls

My youngest has just turned one!!! Little Charlie Lou had her 1st birthday on the 26th of March just over 1 month since our city was turned upside down..... but here was no way I was letter an Earthquake ruin HER big day :)

Here she is in her birthday outfit

Butterfly Fairy bread

I ♥ details!!
see the invite here

My new silicone teacups

Cookies all made my ME :)

Rice Bubble cake on popsicle sticks

And last but not least the CAKE! My first go with Fondant and a 5 kilo mud cake! I think it came out pretty well (we did have one booked in to be made but had to cancel after the EQ and the lady who was going to be making it told me I did a great job!!!) Take note of the ears... my husband contributed these, they took just as long as the rest of the owl to make!

And the birthday girl with her cake....

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Felt Flower Tutorial

As part of Charlottes 1st birthday party I made these gorgeous felt flowers

So simple just cut out about 40 5cm felt circles and starting with one, fold in half then fold half in half again.. pictures make this much easier to explain! then pin into a polystyrene ball.

The ingredients

Fold your felt circle in half

Then fold half the half in half again

Stick a pin through the middle and into a polystyrene ball

Continue until your ball is covered.....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Candy Wrapper Tutorial

These candy wrappers are very simple to make and everyone LOVES them!!! you can adjust the size for any candy but these measurements are for mentos minis which come in a multipack in the candy isle :)

These are the dimensions I use, make a box this size in your design program then multiply to get 5 across and 4 down per A4 document and add you design placing the text in the middle.

Print and cut to template lines.
Unwrap all your little mento's and rewrap with your super cooler wrappers!
And that is all folks! ENYOY!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bobs and Bits

My Hat I altered and added a cute new trim and headband made tonight from the sew pretty blog Loving this quick tutorials! Headband took 10mins :)

Another Skirt....

I felt a little bad not making Grace a skirt so I whipped this one up last night it only took 10mins as there is no trim ANYONE can make this skirt! use my tutorial and give it ago!
I will do a tutorial for this flower soon :)

Little Girls Aprons from old jeans

Both of these Aprons were made from one pair of my husbands old jeans, simply using another childs apron for a base. The detail fabric is Hoffman Tweet Tweet from Sew Pretty

Reversible Bag Tutorial

I've spent hours looking for the easiest bag tutorial on the net and this one wins hands down!
It can be whipped up in an night and is so dam cute!!! Total cost of this bag was under $5!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Charlottes First Birthday...

Finally the planning has started for Charlottes party!!!
There is no 'set' theme but there will be lots of Butterflies and Owls... here is a sneak peek unfortunately I don't have a photo of the final product with glitter detail.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

No Sew Apron Top

I searched high and low for an easy tutorial on making a Apron top... here is my own version :)
depending on the width of you fabric I have found 1mt-1.5 is sufficient.

I like to use slightly stretchy fabric and something that won't fray (otherwise you can sew up the edges but its wayyyy more fun have a top finished in under 10mins!)

Basically all you need to do is draw this pattern on to your Fabric and cut out! I adjust the curve to suit my under arm and you can cut a fatter strip for the bottom tie and make it shorter then sew together if you prefer not to have a tie at the bottom.

Also if you don't have enough fabric you can you ribbon for the top tie.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Flower Tutorial

Ok this one is sew simple even the kids can do it!!

Every thing in our house seems to be adorned in theses cute flowers :)

I even used one in the trim fabric from the skirt Tutorial to make a matching tee shirt.

First gather your Materials:

A piece of Sew Pretty Fabric
A circle temple... mine is a coffee Jar ;)
Needle and Thread

Step 1

Cut a circle using your circle template.

Step 2
Thread your needle and sew around the edge of the circle

Step 3
Pull the thread tight to gather

Step 4
Use your finger to push the edges out to make a pretty flower shape and stitch the opening closed in the middle of the flower.

Step 5
Add a Button and your all done :) Easy peasy

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