Saturday, 29 June 2013

Kokeshi Party

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Pepper-Mae had her first birthday recently so we had a Kokeshi party.  The invitations were from Phantasy Art Studios, some free ones they had available which are no longer on the net.

As well as brownie and cupcakes, I made lolly sushi ...

A Kokeshi doll cake* ...

And my husband and I dressed up in clothes I got in Japan 20 many years ago ...

I decorated the wall above the sweet buffet with some cardboard painted brown and cut up to look like a cherry tree branch (like on the invitation). Annoyingly, I didn't get any pictures of the whole buffet decorated and laden with sweet treats but here's a photo with my real Kokeshi in the foreground ...

Linking up to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

* I got the fondant for the cake from the lovely team at the Cottage Pantry Gallery.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Recycled lunchbox

My girls needed lunchboxes and I didn't want to add more plastic to our house so this is what I came up with - an up-cycled ice-cream container.  These are easy to make and better for the environment than buying a new lunchbox. 

To make one (or a few) of your own, you will need:
  • ice-cream container* (or other suitable sized container)
  • scrap of fabric (mine measured about 6 1/2 inches square)
  • mod podge 
* If your container's label is printed onto the plastic and your fabric is light coloured you may need to give it a coat of white paint first, so that the label doesn't show through the fabric.

Linking up to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Strut Your Stuff at Six Sister's Stuff
You Inspired at Girl, Inspired

Friday, 21 June 2013

Doll's cot quilt

Pepper-Mae recently had her first birthday so for her gift I made a quilt, pillow and sheets for a doll's cot I found secondhand about a year ago.  Being the elder sister Ruby is playing with it more than Pepper-Mae but at least it's being used.

I made the design up myself, which might sound impressive until you see it - it's very basic. This is my first finished quilt and it's made mostly from re-purposed vintage bed linen.

Linking up here:
Thank Goodness it's finished Friday at Blossom Heart Quilts

Thursday, 20 June 2013


We've been here almost two months and today we woke up to white. 

I'm frantically using power before it goes out.
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