Monday, November 30, 2009

Advent Calendar

Yep, its THAT time of year again, Christmas is almost upon us! How quickly it has snuck up this year, but this year I managed to make and complete the Advent Calendar I promised the girls last year lol
These lovely stockings were made from felt and Patty Young fabric, from her Mezzanine range and I used one of Martha Stewart's patterns on her website.. The girls chose Green and pink as the Christmas colours this year and I fell in love with Patty's fabric the minute I saw them. Its as bright in real life as they are in the photo's.

I also painted some craft MDF letters in matching colours and once we put up the Christmas tree I'll pop some glass bowls with baubles on the mantlepiece.
Each stocking contains either an activity or lolly for each child. So 12 activities and 12 lolly filled stockings in total.

Here are some activity ideas

- Paint everybody's toenails in Christmas colours.
- Make Christmas cards.
- Make Christmas ornaments.
- Set up the Christmas tree.
- Make gift tags.
- Bake Christmas cookies and decorate them.
- Purchase a present to give to charity.
- Have a picnic for dinner.
- Go out to look at Christmas lights after dark.
- Write a letter to Santa.
- Make gifts for teachers.
- Hold a family disco with Christmas songs
- Go out somewhere special for dinner.
- Have a "decorate your own ice cream" buffet after dinner.
- Watch a Christmas movie before bed.
- baking and decorate Christmas cupcakes together
- having a tea party
- having a fondue night! chocolate and cheese dipped goodies.
- make a gingerbread house

Next time I'll pop up some photo's of the BIG Christmas stockins (have to sew them first) and the matching cloth Christmas baubles, they are so CUTE!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Baby box and gifts for Harriet

I've just completed another baby box for baby Harriet for my friend Nic and her partner. I've used Tanya Whelan fabric from her Darla range to cover the box and a few of the handmade items such as flag bunting and re-useable wipes were also made from this fabric. The knitted rabbit in the centre of the box was inspired by Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits

Some more goodies for Harriet that I popped in a paper bag decorated with a felt birdy + tag.

Remember those felt creatures I made for Annike's birthday a few weeks back, well I used some of the softies to make this cot mobile. I have enough left to make one more for the next baby girl that is born ;-)
Anyway, I better scoot, I have just completed the Advent Calendar (felt and fabric stockings) but must still figure out what will go inside each stocking. I'll pop them up on the mantle piece today and take some pics to show you all shortly.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baby box and gifts for Hamish

This is a baby box I've just completed for a friends baby son. Fabric from Alexander Henry called 2D zoo blue pool. I LOVE this fabric!

Only showing the items I've made for the box, but there was a lot of lovely items made by other friends in our mother's group not shown here. From the top left hand corner is baby bunting, taggy blanket with applique letter "H", 3 x cotton T-shirts appliqued and cuffed, 3 x terry cloth wipes and bib.
Will show you the girl box I am working on once complete and then doing some more boy items.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy birthday Annike

This weekend we had Annike's 5th birthday BBQ picnic party, lucky for us it was a clear and sunny 30 degree day. My inspiration was Amy Atlas, I love her tablescapes, this lady is so talented. Originally the table would have butted up against my lovely old and rustic timber shed but since it was going to be so hot it was moved against this ugly wall and I had no time to come up with a way to hide the wall in the background :-(
Food included homemade toffee apples, mini cheesecakes, mini cupcakes, coconut ice, popcorn, mint slice and various other nibblies. The letters that spell out Annike's name is MDF painted and covered in Tanya Whelan fabric from her Darla range.

For the party I made 5 lots of flag bunting which was suspended across the garden and around the outside of the house. Once again fabric by Tanya Whelan from her Darla range. I popped an old branch in a pot with sand and hung fabric (Darla fabric) and felt plushies as decoration along with the party loot boxes for guests to take home. Its a neat way to display party favours and serves as a cute decoration.

Close up of one of the plushies, I roughly put them together with the seams on the outside in keeping with the rustic casual look. Now that the party is finished I am going to convert the plushies into a baby cot mobile as a gift, but that will be elaborated on in my next blog post. ;-)

I also made homemade lemonade which I popped in these cute vintage bottles with homemade lables (fabric Tanya Whelan, even the tablecloth is from her Darla range!).
1 x cup of sugar
1 x cup of water
1 x cup of lemon juice
5 x cups of icy cold water
Pop 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a pot and stir occasionally on low heat till sugar has completely dissolved. Add cup of lemon juice and about 5 cups of ice cold water to make up your lemonade. Yum
And here is the cake!!! I am happy with how the cake turned out I must say, as there were a few issues in the end. Main cake is double layer Maidera cake with cherry butter cream icing, while the cupcakes were plain butter vanilla sponge topped with cherry icing. (very yummy)
Cake was meant to be topped with a blue fairy (my very 1st human figure!!), but since I forgot to pop a toothpick in her while making her (doh!) she slid off in the final stages the night before the party (double doh!!). All the cake and cupcake toppers were made over a 4 week period and stored away till decorating time. We had toadstools, worms, roses, flowers and butterflies. Cake stand was made from 3 x MDF cakeboards in various sizes and foam cake dummies all covered in Tanya Whelan Darla fabric.

As I said it was meant to be a fairy, but I forgot to make the wings FIRST, which were meant to be attached to the body while the body was still wet and BEFORE the hair goes on lol So this fairy has no wings. I also struggled with the arms and legs when I made my trail fairies, after about 6 attempts I finally was happy enough with the two faires I chose, one for the cake and one for backup. For the hair I used a clay extruder with a hole disc and just pushed out a few lots of "hair" which I attached with some water after the head had dried. I have learnt while making humans you have to do it all in bits and make sure each part you've created is very dry and hard before you go on to the next part. I made the body and legs 1st, let that dry before attaching the arms and head, then created the dress and lastly the hair.

Excuse the icing on this fairies feet, this is the culprit that slid off the cake! I liked her better as she was more naturally posed and blue to contrast with the pink of the cake, alas it wasn't meant to be. If I get time I might put a fairy tutorial together shortly, so watch this space.