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Things to make Tuesday: Party decor

21 Jun

I went to a birthday party last week where the very clever mom had made one of these balloon banners…Anyone needing full DIY instructions to do this, can find them here at Design Mom

I’m sure everyone remembers making paper chains at school, but for some reason I can never remember mine being THIS colourful! How gorgeous is this

(Image source: Etsy)

Now I do think that this project would be a heap of more more fun if we lived where it snowed, (but then again I’m even more glad we have temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius today in winter so that will be the last I wish for snow). Either way – I do like this coloured ‘glass’ / ice tutorial from Hurrayic

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Make it Tuesday: It’s Father’s Day on Sunday!

14 Jun

Here are some ideas that I love for the special man in our family…

I love this for an idea – they’ve used a blank note pad and have drawn on the sides – you won’t notice it on any one page, but makes for a great gift for Dad’s desk! (From Martha Stewart)

Our monkey’s not quite at the stage of drawing and writing “I Love You” notes for her dad, so I’m going to have to save the above idea for a few years time! What I am going to attempt this year is the following from Tip Junkie


And for the more adventurous photographers amongst us…

Love this idea from Katherine Marie Photography


(we recently showed similiar projects but for the kids – this would be great for the Dad!)

(From Freckle Photo)

Things to Do Tuesday: Remembering Birthdays!

7 Jun

My word for 2011 is meant to be organization!!! We’re basically half way through the year and I’m reflecting on how more organized I’ve become.  hmmmm. I think there has been some improvement, but nothing too life changing yet! Clearly I’m a work in progress. Anyway… I’ve realized that to help me on my quest to be more organized a ‘To do’ list is essential (I know, not rocket science, but I’ve already put my disclaimer out that I’m a slow work in progress.

So… here it is…. my to do list that I”ll print a truckload of and they’re so pretty I think I might actually want to add to this every hour of my day… Let’s hope I get to cross stuff off just as much!

This gorgeous & free printable is available off the lovely All Sorts blog.

Next on my list is a birthday calendar – this might seem a bit excessive, but not really when you count the number of birthday’s I’ve missed this year (and the number of birthdays that are being added at a monthly rate these days).

I recently brought this stunning calendar from Whimsy (right here in Durban) and it’s got pride of place in my kitchen and so far I’ve got two birthdays right this week!

Here’s another one I quite like that I saw on Babble

Staying on Birthdays – I came across this birthday tradition that I really like and wouldn’t mind starting in our house. They use an advent calendar and each day members leave little notes for the birthday person leading up to their special days. The teddy also moves closer and closer to their big day. Pretty sweet huh. (You can see the full story on OhDeeDoh)

And lastly – when you’re totally organized, have remembered the birthday, even got the present and card all sorted days ahead of time thanks to your to do list, how’s this for an amazing way to wrap a gift. (Idea from another favourite blog of mine – Mini-Eco)

Colour sprinkles

5 Jun


How cool are these coloured sprinkles for some cake decorating… The good news is that they’ve been made and you can find the tutorial over at Kitchen Daily. It does look quite time consuming, but I’m sure there are some super mom’s out there who would give it a try with fantastic results. (Would love to hear from you if you are one of those moms!)


Things to make Tuesday

31 May

How cool are these gorgeous paper clips from Altered to Perfection…. now – does anyone know where I can find some of these jumbo paper clips cause these would be perfect to help me get some of my filing done!

And how pretty are these… Not sure what’s prettier – the flowers or the pencils around the jar! (Idea seen on Skip to my Lou)

(Image Source: Flickr)

Coloured Pencil necklaces

24 May

Oh I just almost did a backward somersault while sitting on the coach when these pics came in via email from Mini-Eco… How adorable are these pencil necklaces… Follow this link to Mini-Eco for the easy instructions on how she made these.

Things to make Tuesday: Slime and Puzzle Blocks

17 May

I should have posted this before Mother’s day as I reckon these handmade puzzle blocks will make  great presents. There is a tutorial over at 101 Woonideeen, but as far as I can tell it’s in Dutch. So… I’ll try and translate using some Afrikaans! Here goes!

You need:

  • 9 blocks
  • 4 sheets 100g white card stock
  • scanner / printer
  • felt tip pens (I’m taking a guess with this translation)
  • craft knife
  • glue / double sided tape (another guess)


  1. Scan pictures your kids have drawn
  2. Measure the length and width of your puzzle
  3. Print the scanned picture to those measurements
  4. Add some colour to the pictures
  5. hmm, not sure if you cut the printed cardstock out first into 9 blocks and then stick them down individually, or stick the sheet to all 9 blocks and then use the craft knife to cut – i’ll let you figure that out 🙂 I think they stick and then cut.
  6. Repeat for the other sides
  7. They’ve only done four pictures and left the other sides blank (FYI)

Last Tuesday I mentioned tactile play with the coloured rice – I reckon that making this slime would take tactile to a whole new level 🙂

(Image and Tutorial at The Ideas Room)

And how about this uber cute idea to make – I’m sure I remember having something like this growing up. Giddy Giddy shows us how to make one, quite easily, for yourself…. I mean your kids.