Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dishcloth Swapsies Number Two!

Round two of One Crafty Mumma's dishcloth swap has been going strong. 

 
I followed this simple pattern for all of mine and am seriously considering whipping up some more as teacher gifts this year.  Who doesn't love handmade!!!???
You can see some of the lovely creations on her blog (including mine!).  I was super impressed with the ones I received in the previous round and can't wait to see what arrives in this one.
 
 
Since they are all made with 100% cotton you really can use them as dishcloths. They wash up quite well although I do tend to keep them away from manky saucepans of any kind!
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's beginning to look a wee bit like Christmas...

 
I spied some beautiful cards the other day that had doilies sewn into them and felt all inspired to do my own. With Christmas fast approaching and this simple and easy pattern from The Royal Sisters I've ended up with these...

                  


   I've made them in the past as bunting too which I will be doing again this year!
Is anyone else freaking out about Christmas Day being one month from today!!!???
 
I am literally about to go and get the tree out of the garage so I can do a decoration sort before the tree goes up on December 1st.  Really, it was such poor planning on my part to birth a child in early December as I always feel like my head can't cope with birthday parties and Christmas prep all at once!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Garden Party Prep!


We are in full swing at the moment with a certain young lady's fifth birthday fast approaching.  Initially she was quite keen on having a trampoline party at Bounce but their rules and regulations surrounding 'junior jumpers' were quite strict so I had to give her free rein of the birthday cake books instead to try and come up with another idea.  Smitten with the ladybug cake from the Women's Weekly book we have settled on a garden party at home - no boys thank you very much and can she please lock her brothers in their bedrooms for the duration!
 
I, of course, turn straight to Pinterest for party inspiration these days and as luck would have it the wonderful Maxabella loves had just had a beautiful garden party with lots of lovely ideas for me to pinch... I mean copy... I mean borrow!
 
 
 
Tissue paper and pipecleaner party invites.  Hand delivered to all our wee friends given their delicacy!
 


How good are $2 shops these days?!  I scored these gorgeous flowery head wreaths and a collection of these sweet mini milk bottles with bunting for each party guest!

Another gorgeous tutorial I found was over at My Poppet, (who incidentally also had a garden party for her sweet daughter) to make these wonderful paper butterflies!  I confess to being obsessed!




 
And of course I started with rectangular paper which then needed to be made into squares so with the off cuts I was forced to make even more butterflies, the mini version!


 

 
 
They are now quite happily fluttering around about above my head in my craft room on a home made mobile!
 
 
One of the shops were giving away some cardboard angel wings the other day so I have traced around that one on to some more coloured card and attached some elastic so the party guests will be able to decorate their own 'butterfly' wings.
 

I have a beautiful dress for the birthday girl to wear on the day, borrowed from a lovely girlfriend, so of course I needed one for myself!
 

 
Just excuse the dirty mirror and the dorky selfie!