Tuesday Tour: The room and the rest

The room.

The rest.



DIY: Circus Big Top Pinata

Over the weekend Hugh and I decided to have a go at making a pinata for his birthday party. Why make one and not buy one? Why not? Generally, I find making things like this so much more gratifying than just going out and buying it, and "doing it yourself" is a way of thinking that I like to impart to my boys whenever I can. Besides, you end up with exactly what you want instead of having to compromise to what's available... so, in the spirit of all things "circus" we couldn't think of anything better than a big top to model our creation on. Here's a step by step tutorial of how it came together...
1. With an old corrugated cardboard box broken down flat we made a cylinder and fastened the join with masking tape. 2. using the cylinder as a guide we traced a circle on a second piece for the bottom and taped it al together with masking tape. 3. Cut triangles from the leftover cardboard and tape them together to for a cone and tape to the top of the cylinder (there are 8 triangles in the shot below but we took one off to leave an opening so we can later fill the pinata with goodies). The number of triangles you'll need will depend on the diameter of your cylinder. We didn't use any measurements but made it up as we went and it all worked fine...
4. For the decoration we didn't have any crepe paper so we used red and white laser printer paper - either will work well. Cut strips of paper about 7cm (3") wide (we cut an A4 sheet lengthways into thirds) and then snip a fringed edge almost all the way through leaving a little bit at the top for gluing. 5. Glue the fringed strips onto the structure overlapping as you go. We started out using sticky tape for this but glue (just PVA craft glue) worked much better we learned a little way into it. 6. Using a contrasting colour (we used yellow) cut a bunting/banner type strip to wrap around the top of your walls. 7. Cut a small circle from the same colour to sit on top of your cone shape to cover up the untidy bit at the top where all your fringing joins up. 8. We made a flag from some old silver gift wrap we had in the craft box - cut into a triangle shape and wrapped around a skewer fastened with sticky tape and stuck through the tip of the cone. 9. In the name of environmentalism we poked all our scrap leftover bits of paper inside the pinata to cascade out when it gets broken party day. Voila!

Circus

I can't believe it's October already! And the 10th month brings with it not only a lovely christmas buzz, but also party plans for Hugh's birthday. This year he's requested a circus theme (thanks to our Lennon Bros experience last month), and now everywhere I look there's a circus theme... From Yo Gabba Gabba to Summer 2012 Fashion launches...

This little splash of circus fun in the bedroom is just for starters...

Eeni meeni mini moh have just launched their new range including these little lovelies. I wish I could style all the kids at the party in these threads! How cute would the pictures be?! OTT I know, but this is how my mind works... I daydream about the boys staying clean in their cute clothes and red high tops.







And then there was this bedroom! How could a kid sleep here? I'd be too excited to sleep in a room like this! But it'd be a great location for a circus party sleepover... Obsessed much? If you've seen anything circus that made you gasp I'd love the link! x


I've just finished designing Hugh's party invitations - I'll be posting a free download (with blank spots to fill in your own circus extravaganza details) in the next few days so keep an eye out if you're feeling inspired...

Holy bird wings batman!

"My, what lovely bird wings you have..." isn't something I often hear - but that's probably because I don't have a set of these pretty puppies! I found them over at The Beetle Shack and my favourite thing about them is....
You can make them yourself!

Hmmm, they certainly look doable! Almost easy! Uh-oh, I feel a project coming on... 
Click over here for the tutorial and let me know how you go if you give it a whirl...

Messy but fun activity for the kiddos

This is what I got up to today with the boys. We made what I prefer to call Chalk Paint. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it's a super-easy little recipe with stuff you've probably already got in your pantry. The boys got involved from the get-go and helped mix up the paint, adding the food colouring and mixing it all together. Being slightly OCD about the whole thing I put each colour paint into a corresponding coloured bowl (small things like this make me happy - I think it's a sense of order amidst the chaos thing), and we got to painting. Each boy was armed with a paintbrush and things escalated from demure little painting strokes to flicking huge sprays of paint around the yard on the pavers fairly quickly! It kept them busy and happy for almost an hour before the paint and clean paver space ran out and we had to find clean clothes...

Definitely one that's worth a go if you've got a sunny day and some patience for a mess up your sleeve. Best part is, being all natural ingredients it all washes away with the rain or a hose! Sigh, Pinterest does it again! I've just started a new board called TeachMe with a few of these kinds of activities on it if you're interested in having a look...
**Something I should mention is that I made a much bigger batch than the recipe calls for. As soon as I looked at the recipe I knew it wouldn't keep them busy for long so I upped my quantities to 1 cup Cornflour, 2 cups Water and colouring. I recommend you go lighter on the water if you change the proportions. The more watery the mix the less visible it is when it's wet. Though once it dries - wow! Good luck! x

Alice Mirrors are now in stock!

Phew! It's taken a little longer than we'd hoped, but the gorgeous Noosh Alice mirrors are now officially "in stock". 

Alice is 100% original in its typographic design, and at only $119 it's a much more affordable option than some other kids mirror designs available. Made from lightweight, shatterproof acrylic, they are totally child safe and will make a stunning addition to your kids space. 
Order now at our online store for delivery in just a few days!

RIP Steve

Today is a sad day for the world. Steve Jobs was a true visionary and today he has passed. As a creative he has had a huge impact on my work and life through the technology he so famously created, as is the case for millions of others around the globe. Thank you Steve for dedicating your life to making the creative process such an exciting journey to take each day and I hope with every inch of my being that the team you have entrusted your empire to can measure up to the enormous boots you've left for them to fill. 

Room for two... and a present or three.

Twins. Apart from double the cute, they're quite obviously double the workload too, and most of us shudder at the mere thought of a multiple birth. There are though, an increasing number of multiples out there as time goes on, and while it might not be your reality, you have to admit the idea of styling a cute little room for two holds a certain attraction... Well, it does for me. Here's some super cuties I found.























Almost enough to make you crave a pair? Well, maybe not., but if you happen to know someone who is expecting a dose of double joy, here's few gorgeous gift ideas that are a little bit out of the box...

I love this! It's on Etsy (of course) and she also does mother daughter ones, triplet ones.... Get it here.

Cute copy and paste pair of onesies. Get them here.

More onesies but possibly even cuter. Get them here

For the Dr Seuss fans... I'd like a pair of these for the boys. Get them here.

Pink+Orange=Love

In what seems like a lifetime ago now, I was the art director of Dolly magazine, and every Aussie girl knows the colour palette of Dolly has been based around pink in some shape or form since time began. My favourite combination was always pink and orange. It was actually a bit of a challenge at times to see many other colour combinations as worthy! Even though, like I said, that was a lifetime ago, I still find myself attracted to these stunning hues when they're teamed together and this room is a great example of why they won my heart all that time ago...

Tuesday Tour: The room and the rest

Welcome to todays tour! My favourite bits to look out for... Built-in beds in the kids room, that gorgeous Winnie the Pooh painting, and all those unique vintage furniture pieces and toys dotted throughout the home... Lovely.

The room.




The rest...





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