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Geo Piñata

11 Mar

It’s hard to craft empires with two small people on the scene, but I’ve been head over heels with Confetti System-esque pretties for such a long time, I NEEDED a silver shimmery piñata like these babies (no, birthday parties are not about the kids, as if that required clarification).

It was actually pretty easy, although the final product was a victim of the bad weather too – was going to take photos of it, pristine and draped over a tree branch. In the end it it didn’t get its photoshoot until post whacking, so it looks a little worse for wear. But was mega happy with it. All in all a simple and satisfying little project.

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I grabbed an old box and cut fives sides, utilising the existing fold, then just stuck ’em together with tape. Because I was a bit worried that my construction would be too sturdy, I made some “windows” in a couple of panels and papered them over for easy lolly release.

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Then just ran double sided tape up the sides and stuck on lengths of fringed foil. I found that folding lengths of foil into approx 10cm widths similar to a packet of crepe paper, then cutting, worked a treat.silver geo piñata 3

Popped a plait of twisted tissue paper through the top and voila!

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Gem Birthday

10 Mar


gem birthday 1So I umm-ed and ahh-ed and generally drove my loved ones crazy trying to find The Perfect Venue for the Berries’ birthday. A spot that was pretty, with parking, that we could reserve, etc etc. And then it rained, biblically, and everyone squeezed into the not-so-big-when-it’s-full-of-kids-big-new-house. I guess they gave it a pretty good christening… Needless to say I won’t be throwing a kids party this big ever again! So, dear reader, please humour me by imagining all my little crafty fancies hung from the delightfully gnarled and ancient branches of morton bay fig trees, with the afternoon sun glinting and dappling each shiny thing, and happy children frolicking, instead of this grey old inside day.

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Wrapping High

11 Dec

So Mr B and I have spent another rapturous evening with him working spreadsheets and tonight, me wrapping Christmas presents. Would you believe we are both deeply satisfied? Why does a bit of sticky tape and some shiny wrapping paper bring me such deep joy. No frigging idea. Not even any craftiness this year, just scored a killer little pack in the mail from The Souvenir Society. With free shipping!



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Speedy Christmas Wreath

2 Dec



Question, giant fans: what can you do with a hoola hoop in 15 minutes?

You can turn it into a Christmas wreath!




This is so super easy, hang something, anything in the middle or leave it plain, I just wrapped it in hessian but you could use tinsel, even kitchen foil. Bit of pine trimmed from next door’s overhang and some dried out gum from a gift bouquet. Sorted.

Pinterest Friday – Sensory Bins

17 May

The cracks are starting to show on this two baby show. The Big Berry is stroppy, I am stressed, the Little Berry is prone to random wailing and there’s way too much TV on. So I’m loving these and I’m determined to give a few a go… Wish me luck!

All these and more poppet-worthy picks here.

Pinterest What-day-is-it?

17 Mar


This Pinterest Friday is brought to you by diggers. And excessive amounts of chocolate.





More muddy fun and links here

Berry Trucker Birthday

16 Mar

I haven’t been able to resist throwing a bit of a birthday party for my Big Berry (so grown up suddenly now she’s a big sister).

She’s turning three and in a satisfyingly gender-bending fashion, she’s obsessed with cars and trucks at the mo (although she’d like them all to be pink). Lucky for us there’s a dinky kids traffic school at the end of our street.

Party central.

So the ridiculousness of styling party bags for three year olds was brought to my attention by my friend MM, purveyor of gourmet delights, true foodie and mum to a crazy handsome 8 month old. She sprung me trying to style my ‘rocks’ like so:


So that their layers would be nicely organized. This makes me absurdly happy. But these rocks are nuts. The rest got chucked in like this:


And knock me down with a feather, the world didn’t end. The rocks are going in with little pots of ‘car wash’ (bubble bath), and a little toy car to accept the suds of course.


And voila!