Sunday, September 11, 2011

3 months ago...

3months ago I gave birth to this precious little boy.
It wasn't a long labour but perhaps a little longer than the last two labours I had.
Right now he is snuggled next to me as I have some time of my own. He loves to smile at me and talks ALOT. It's mainly cooing sounds but it's too cute. He's also started to giggle when he's tickled. Sometimes I wish he wasn't my last but other times I just can't wait for him to grow up.

I have always loved the look of canvas prints and when I recieved my very own canvas from Bags of Love in the UK, I was really surprised how lovely it turned out. The picture of Elijah was printed on a very thick and durable canvas wrapped around a wooden frame. I chose this print as it was a lovely black and white photo I took recently but obviously I needed more light and photography skills.  I really like how his features are so clear on the print and not grainy. We haven't put it up on a wall yet but I will do it this week.

Check out the Bags of Love site and you will find lots of inspiration for personal gifts and memories that you can print of your loved ones. I do like those personalised purses too (see linky to the right) but they have a whole range of items you can choose from. With christmas on it's way I'm sure you'll be able to tick this off the list and have pressies ready by then.

Ok, I've decided to draw the Giveaway winner since I have planned to go to the post office on Wednesday.
True Random decided that comment #3 by Dansie has won the tutu! So please e-mail me with your address and I will pack up the tutu for you. Congrats on starting your own blog too.

Nighty night all. Must.Sleep.....

Monday, September 5, 2011

Princess Party and a Tutu skirt Giveaway

Tiara cake

We had a few days of celebrating for a special little (not little anymore) firstborn who turned 5.
Quite honestly I am not a party planner. I think of things to add to lists and hope they don't get forgotten come party day. First we had cupcakes at Preschool. Fairy sprinkles for girls and choclette sprinkles for the boys. These were already in my pantry but if they weren't we'd have boring cupcakes cos I'd forgotten to buy any type of sprinkles at all. I ruined the first batch of icing with melted butter and luckily hubby was already out so he picked up a box of icing mix for me which was just enough for 24 cupcakes.

Trifle Cups

Then we had dinner at mums and my sister made lots of little desserts and cupcakes. The chocolate custard filled cupcakes were a hit. Lastly on Sunday she shared the Fathers Day celebrations with the whole family and we had a Tiara cake made up for her. I made the trifle cups and felt so very happy that they too turned out. The icing I sprinkled on top melted by the time we served it though.

My Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book arrived just in time for me to make the tutu skirts.
I was really worried about not having enough tulle and gees, if you calculate it, 5yds of tulle can get pretty pricey. I'll spare you the details but after getting a bit confused over the directions I managed to get my head around it and cut out enough pieces to make two skirts.

I love how it's constructed so it's reversible and non-scratchy. I used a double layer of mushroom, white, pink and pink with lovehearts tulle. It came out really lovely and the ribbon is my favourite colour, dusty pink. The Mettler thread was the perfect match as you need to do topstitching.

My daughter loved the skirt and kept it on all night. My niece, ahh, not so much. She had it on for all of 2mins and then took it off so she could run around. I was a bit deflated after making all the effort during the day to make hers. Oh well, kids will be kids. So guess what, I'll be giving it away to one lucky reader.
The skirt measures 16" long and 22" wide which wraps around and ties at the back.

Just leave a comment about your party planning tips and I'll draw out a winner by Friday or when I have enough comments, lol. I'll be resting as I've picked up a throat infection and I'm all partied out.