Friday, 30 April 2010

highs and lows...

Highs this week have been: a trip to London to help friend spend (her) money on gorgeous new stock for her home wares line, playing air guitar and drums at 7am with 6 year old daughter to The Kings of Leon ('Your socks are on fire' - alternative wording suitable for a 6 and 3 year old) blasting from the radio, enjoying a wonderful Cake Break in aid of MS at Mrs Candy's beautiful home, making this caravan of love picture for a special friend, scoffing a totally yummy Chinese takeaway provided by Mr, having fun making lots of goodies and organising little one's birdie party and winning these gorgeous cards from 
the talented Button Patch. Aren't I lucky?!


Lows: little one desperately needing a wee midway to school this morning and refusing to go on the grass! Then eldest falling over dramatically, scraping both knees and hands and trickling blood down her legs in the rush to get to school for little one to use the facilities!!! Those facilities were well utilised this morning!!
All in all not a bad week though, only set to get better as 2 little girls will be deposited at Nana & Gaga's for the weekend straight from school.........
hope you all have a lovely weekend.



Sunday, 18 April 2010

Party Panic

It's that time of year again when thoughts drift to parties......birthday parties...........in particular, my youngest's forthcoming 4th birthday party. 

Well, I normally leave things with only a few weeks to plan, craft and create, but I (sorry of course I mean 'WE') have finally decided upon a bright birdie theme, with rainbows, flowers and generally anything else that I can add into the mix! If it's a dry day we will take the party outside, lovely......
So, I've been checking out some truly awe-inspiring party blogs (in particular Party Perfect) and spending very important research hours drooling over the incredible themes and decorations. Now I'm all geared up for our birdie theme and as you can see, I've made a start with the invitations printed, my cupcake toppers made (just awaiting their white lolly sticks to arrive), party bags labelled and a couple of larger birdies made for a 'Georgie' name banner. I've placed my order for a special birthday cake with the talented Nevie-Pie Cakes, now I just need to make some nice bright tissue paper pompoms, a ribbon garland, birdie hair clips, pinwheels and............... oh blimey I'd better get on with it all! Talking of hair clips though .........
 

 
.....having started to make the birdie hair clips for Georgie's goodie bags, I also decided to make some hair flowers too, just because the sun was shining and I've got a huge bag of blank alligator clips just waiting to be adorned with something. Here's Maddie modelling them for me.

In the world of garlands, a custom order for an 'Uno' inspired Birthday Banner is on it's way over the pond to it's rightful owner, hope they like it, it was fun to make. This week I will be working on a few custom orders, one with a train, one with a US and English flag and one Beatles inspired 'all you need is love' banner, exciting, I can't wait to see the finished results! So I shall be off now to continue party planning and stitching. Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

how did that happen?

I can't quite believe the date today, we are nearing the end of the holidays and I'm trying to think what I've been doing all this time, certainly not blogging I'm afraid. I've had a bit of a blog break it seems, although not intentional. We have been to the seaside though, consumed some yummy ice creams, been to the movies, been to a show, played in the garden, played in other peoples gardens and popped out to the coffee shop (where the girls ate far too many marshmallows and wafer biscuits - this was very evident from the small pile of  'upchuck' that was deposited at the top of the stairs in the supermarket next door to said coffee shop by my youngest soon after - oops, very very sorry).


Of course I have managed to do a spot of swapping and creating too ......
The 'I love my Kitchen' swap on swap-bot brought me some pretty pink goodies, 
I especially love the jelly moulds! Thank you Zoe :o)

I took ages deciding on what to send to my partner, Jessica, a kawaii-loving, organic living lady with a 'hints of pink' kitchen. I must admit, after reading her likes and dislikes I immediately went into kawaii research mode to swot up on san-x and sanrio......I feel a future obsession forming......and this is what I finally sent...
Some fab kawaii-style cutters from Etsy seller the Little Teeth Shop, some cute tubs from *rice*, a Sarah Smith Tea Towel, pink silicone pastry brush, Suzy Spoon, melamine cup, some Minky cloths made from recycled yarn and of course an extra treat, some organic chocolate...yummy. I found it very hard letting go of this package, I really wanted to keep it all. Wish I'd bought two sets of those cute cutters!

Here's some of my recent felt creations.......a 'W' for Willow, I was told to make it in any colour/s I thought best, so I made it in this soft lemon with green shades, with a fabric covered birdie button.

Here is a Heart AND Star name banner made for Poppy in pinks and reds, I loved combining the hearts and stars together in one banner....
Then I made a padded letter garland for Millie, in pretty pinks and purples with cute buttons and ribbons.....

Still leaving time to make this colourful cupcake Happy Birthday Banner......
 for 2 little sisters with matching name banners too.
 I'm working on a few more name banner orders at the moment, including one 'Uno' style banner!
Phew, now I remember what I've been doing. Hope you've been having fun too.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

my very own treasury .....

I did it! I must admit it is only my 2nd time actually trying to bag me one of these, so there is hope for everyone, even with two bored and squabbling little girls shoving beautiful artworks in front of the monitor and demanding I make suitable remarks, whilst one eye remaining on the seconds counting down for the next treasury to expire, oh and still in my pyjama wearing, un-hair brushed style. Well, I'm at my folks' house in Kent and I KNOW no-one I know will be knocking on the door, I promise I was about to get dressed when I clicked on the Treasury and saw there were ONLY 339 left and the temptation to give it a go was far too great to ignore  ..............anyway, here it is..........

You are allowed to feature one of your own items too, so why not.........
If you fancy taking a closer look at my first ever Treasury over on Etsy, you can find it by clicking here. AND......if you like it, why not leave a little comment too, ta :o)