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A washi project on the horizon

Oooh if that title isn’t quite the clue… I have a washi project planned. It’s just a little one, and I was hoping to share it today but kids and their schedules and demands have put paid to that. Maybe I’ll get to it later and can share it tomorrow.

So, with washi tape wrapping around my mind I’ve just had a little lookee over on Pinterest and found a few things to inspire. I do wonder what people did before washi tape? And I do wonder what will be the next washi tape… But I digress.

Brace yourselves for yet another washi tape diy round up (search anywhere for washi craft and I promise you won’t make it to the bottom…):

0613_Washi tape DIY craftShall we start with the frames? Key here (all my opinion of course) is to keep things a little classy by sticking with a small colour palette and some awesome images. Less than awesome and you’ll end up with a crafty little mess that just screams DIY. (The best kind of DIY merely whispers.)

Neon and washi tape. Love this now, will hate it later – like all good trends it will go bad real fast. For now though – think white vessels with neon and gold tape, and I think you might have to go fake on those neon blooms, unless someone knows something I’m missing?

Hmmm washi tape crosses. Simple, pleasant, easy. Best with solid colour tape – you’re making a pattern here, you don’t need to start with one.

More neon, and while I don’t like this personally, I did want to add it in, just because of the contradiction between the traditional and the downright not. Some things just have to clash to look good.

Party supplies. No self-respecting washi tape crafts round up is complete without some party element. Make your friends think you’re amazing by taking 10 seconds to wrap some tape around disposable cutlery. You could even get away with this at a small dinner party so you can forget the washing up.

All pictures over on my Crafts Pinterest board.

I’ve previously used washi tape here and to make these. Guess what I’m planning to use some of my tape supply for next?! Tomorrow…


I scream, you scream…

… we all scream for icecream!

There was lots of that going on in our front yard on Saturday. Actually it was more squealing than screaming. Screaming is scary. Squealing is over excited… and we’re still sleeping it off.

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This little girl turned one last week. Here she is in all her first birthday sweetness – altogether now, say “Awwww!”:


Hot, hot, summer weather, a desire to show off my new front yard, and the horror of kids dripping icecream all over my freshly mopped floors brought the whole party outdoors for a picnic style celebration. Awesome!

Except for the wind that played havoc with my table arrangements and slaved-over lovingly-created garlands. Speaking of which, take a look at my party inspiration on Pinterest.


We started with kiwi “chips and dip” and sandwiches, then quickly moved on to the main event of icecream. Complete with waffle cones, sauces, sprinkles and gummy bears!



Did we enjoy it? Yes we did!




Mum brought some oliebollen from the Pukekohe Farmer’s Market (literally “oil balls” in Dutch, but oh so much better than that sounds!) which went down pretty quickly.


I had a great time picking out some photo highlights of our little girls first year to string up between the trees. It is lovely to have some memories of such a busy year now lying all about the house to make me stop and smile!


Sticky fingers (and more) were washed off in the paddling pool…


And finally it was time for cake and then home. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl!


Pin of the Day: Lego party

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As well as planning for Christmas parties at this time of year I also have my birthday party hat on because Master W timed his entrance into this world to coincide with all things festive. So far we have thrown parties for him at the “half-birthday” mark, but I do like to mark the actual day in a small way too.

This year it’s just a supper at home. There’ll be cake but it won’t require a whole child-free afternoon like the last one. It’ll be a plain round cake with a fancy Lego number on it, because we’re all into Lego here and I happen to know he will be getting some more to keep us occupied!

Dining in an art gallery

As Miss Browne spotted in some party photos last week we now have our very own art gallery on the dining area wall.

White picture frames have been on my birthday wishlist since last year, and with my last birthday now gone a couple of months I had enough frames to get our little gallery “open for business”.

Wrapping all those frames kept my boys busy for hours the night before while I was banned from the bedroom, and this is what greeted me on birthday morning!

The gallery wall by Young House Love was one of my first pins, and thanks to my Mum (last birthday) and my lovely husband (this birthday) I collected up over 20 frames to get my own version done.

Here they are stacked under the coffee table where they lived for a few weeks…:

…while I put my geek brain on and got all measurement-y about their placement on the wall:

I asked Andre to help with hanging the first few pictures, just because two sets of hands (and eyes) are easier than one when you’re trying to place pictures level on a wall. I figured I’d do ok on my own once we got underway. But on the second night of picture hanging (so much easier once the kids are in bed) I had a willing helper again, because sometimes it’s nice to be doing satisfying jobs like this one rather than the usual fixing old house quirks that we do more often!

Here’s the blank wall that we have lived with since we finished the kitchen and dining area over a year ago, then this gallery project gave us the motivation to give it its missing final coat of paint a couple of weeks ago.

We started by marking the approximate centre of the wall, which according to my plan, ran down the left side of this first frame we put up.

We continued with Andre placing the frames in their approximate position, me tweaking them by alternating between coming close to nudge it sideways or standing back in the kitchen to say “up a bit, left… no right a touch… yep stop!”

And another row:

We hang most frames with 3M Command picture hanging strips (there was the odd frame that didn’t work with the strips because the frame was too narrow for them to stick to, so we just hung these straight on a nail.) Some of the frames had stands or hangers that got in the way of our Command Strip hanging system so we took them off.

Here’s a side on shot to show how you can just see the Command strips on some of the frames (they are not at all noticeable until you get close up and peer around the sides of the frames):

I chose to use 3M Command strips because hanging so many frames by putting as many holes in the wall makes me a bit nervous. What if I want to change my mind next week? Also, it helps to keep the frames straight – they don’t get knocked off centre because they’re firmly fixed at two or more points, which also means they’re safer with active children around.

Now, after a couple of (short) nights effort and another hour or so myself one day, we have ourselves a picture gallery wall to gaze at while we eat dinner. It has already livened up dinner conversations with the couple of lots of visitors we’ve had over since! And of course Master W likes to tell me what all the pictures are of (even if I know better… he’s two after all, so Mama’s opinion – or facts – don’t matter anymore) and Miss E likes to grin at the most colourful pictures.

As for what we have in the frames, it was a little bit of a rushed “fill them frames up” job so we didn’t have random smiling families and sandcastles on beaches for our party guests to wonder at.

Starting on the left we have a shot of an Amsterdam canal, complete with mandatory bike leaning against the bridge railing (love that place…), alongside which is a sweet picture of a newborn Miss E with Mummy, then a party filler of the Up hot air balloon. Next row down, our beloved camper “Tally” that was home for a few months back in 2008, with our just as beloved Piaggio “Li’l Berty” scooter that transported us on many adventures in England and right across Europe on the back. Then an awesome rainbow typography print by Marc Johns, and a cute not-quite-baby photo of Andre. Bottom row on this side starts with a couple of postcards from a Japanese family we stayed with in 2009, then a retro motorbike ad (some of my birthday frames came with the smiling families and sandcastles already removed!) and a bird in a birdbath print.

The middle section has a gorgeous view of coastal Sweden (a marina where we parked for the night once in our past life), then a retro Better Homes magazine cover (it’s awesome – rows of illustrated mid-century houses), and the best graffiti I have ever come across, somewhere in Spain. Jump down a row and we have another bubbles party filler, and the obligatory wedding shot. Bottom row, a bit hard to make out but this is Master W at his first half birthday and then his one and half birthday, alongside Miss E’s favourite balloons picture.

On the right hand side is another travel photo (an orange tree in Italy) and one of our very few family photos. Under this we have more bubbles and balloons, and finally another mid-century illustration complete with a house plan (I have a thing for house plans and have designed many dream versions!). There is a small gap at the bottom right which I need to grab a last (maybe…? I might be tempted to fill the whole wall one day!) frame for.

All balloon and bubble shots are definitely temporary, but I plan for this whole gallery to be an ever-changing array of all the things and people we love, and I will definitely throw a few themed pictures in at future parties too.

Another look? Why not…

And a small close up so you can see some of the different frame styles (there are no more than two frames in the same style):

It makes me smile (even if it does make the room look smaller)!

Bugs, balloons and busy days

A lack of posts this week is due to a lack of time and energy…

Holidays from kindy has meant I have both the little ones hanging around my ankles all day and extra effort is required to keep the whining to a minimum! We have a couple of Very Hungry Caterpillars about the house as a result.

Some of us also came down with a bug that has been doing the rounds of family and friends. I got it bad and lost a night and a day of my life.

In addition, big things are going on here this weekend. Big 2 and a half year old things. We celebrate Master W’s birthday halfway through his year, because his birthday is on an awkward day and parties don’t work for us then. Here’s the invite (let me know if you’re coming!):

More on our balloons and bubbles party next week – it’s going to be grand!