Thursday, December 29, 2011

Useable Handprint Plates

OK! Lets try this again... It's loading! Yay!! Slowly and not very well, out of the 5 photos I canceled- (Why are they loading blank?) Here is 3 that will load!

Useable Handprint Plates

This was harder than expected... seeing as Phoenix is one and doesn't stop from sun-up to sun-down. But I thought it would make a great practical gift for the grandparents, plus the grandkids don't stay this little for long. So I persisted and got four beautiful little handprints and added a few flourishes to balance the look of the plate. On the back is a little quote from Milla, a love note from Phoenix and their age.

These plates are 'Corelle' Brand, great because they are durable and match the ones the grandparents already have
I used a Porcelain Pen (from Spotlight). Traced the kids hands, free hand drew flourishes and names

Baked them in the Oven... As per instructions on the Porcelain Pen

They can even go in the dishwasher! Sweet! You can't get anymore practical than that!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Internet doesn't want to play

I'm sorry, the Internet just doesn't want to play. I'm not sure whats wrong or how to fix it. I think it's in need of a time out or a glitter "calm down time" snow globe (have you seen that on Pinterest?) That is one area I put my hands in the air and yell "help me dear husband!!!!" 

I have been trying for hours to load photos and it is just refusing or loading a blank square. How is a Blank square helpful??!! Oh well. I will try again tomorrow.

Until then, Come play my riddle game.

There once was a man named Nutter
Who really liked Peanut butter,
His wife was unimpressed
while the dog was depressed.
That funny old man named Nutter 

Here's the rules of my riddle game:
1. Get a friend to pick a word, or pick an item at random, mine was peanut butter. 
2. The first two lines rhyme,
3. The second two lines rhyme
4. The last line is virtually the same as the first. 
5. Yours can be ............. "Chair" 

Feel free post it to comments below OR email me your riddle to I'll post the best one!

Helpful hints: Don't think too deep, type the first thing that comes to mind. 
                       There is no right answer or wrong answer. So don't stress. Make it up!

P.S my husband hates this game but I make him play ;-) 'There was an old man named chair,
who really had too much hair...' and then I say 'finish the riddle babe' ha!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monogram Table deco

Now that all the Christmas presents are all given, I can post about some of the little things I made lately to give as gifts. This particular project I have hinted to in a few other posts. The Alphabet stencil was done just for this project (and I may have lied about the M for Milla hahaha!!!)

Monogram Table Deco from Pallet Wood 

Saw one full length pallet wood into 4 equal lengths and one smaller
(There is probably an easier way to do this but this really was trial and error)
Drill holes level to each other on the inside side of 2 pieces of wood. Connect the drilled holes with a piece of dowl and a bit of wood glue. 2 dowls between each connection (8 in total- I know awesome math skills right!?) 
Repeat till all 5 pieces of wood are connected  

Now I'm sure there's definitely, undeniably, excessively, a better way to do this, BUT anyways. If you know- let me know! I drilled holes to about 2 cm deep everywhere on the top of the two tall towers. Then chiseled out the wood to make 2cm deep squares on either side. 

Sand all the sides and edges smooth (as pallet wood tends to be pretty rough.)
Paint the whole thing Vivid White, once dry sand it back as much as desired
Alphabet stencilled on a M & H for my in-laws initials. 

Filled in the carved out tops with candles

Ta-Daa a Personalised Monogram Table Decoration**

I love it, and its something a little more personal and sweat and tears and tantrums and heart felt


**Just so you know I have severely warned them that this "Candle" is purely for decoration value only- Do not Light!! Or if they do, be in front of it at all times. It has not been flame proofed in any way. 

Please note: If you do make candles from internet designs or copy this design.... To make this a functional candle do your research on how to make it more flame proof OK!!! 
I thought possibly It would be worth cutting the wicks really low or coating them in a flame retarder/blocker

Use Wisdom!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

What a great day

From this antique crazy family to yours.

Praying you find yourself with loved ones, enjoying each others company. Presents and food galore. 
Remember to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and thank God for the blessings we live in because of Him.

Here is what we do on Christmas... 

Merry Christmas to you! xx

(Tomorrow I'll roll to the computer to post the cute presents we made)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fun facts

Some Interesting Internet Finds:

On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day – although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself)

From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size.

If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.(find it here)

Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up even when the mercury drops below zero.(find it here)

Leonardo da Vinci was dyslexic, and he often wrote backwards.

No piece of normal-size paper can be folded in half more than 7 times

Did you know the opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven
(Find it here)

15 percent of Americans secretly bite their toes.
(Find it here)

A recent study at Harvard has shown that eating chocolate can actually help you live longer!
(Find it here)

Ha! Like we need another reason to love Chocolate
And to all my 15% American friends... EW!!!! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pirates Park

The sunshine is out and so are we, having a little play in the local Pirates Playground. Every little person that Milla meets she announces that they are her friend. Isn't that a nice! She was also too busy to photograph. Phoenix just wandered around checking everything out and laughing at Milla running around. He is Mr Adventurer and I'm sure he thinks he is much more capable than what his is presently.  

Climbing is one of Phoenixes best skills

 Got up there himself (eek! scary!)

Watching Milla come out of the slide

Chickpeas for my precious boy

Monday, December 19, 2011

A little more quiet, just for a little bit

*Insert sweet relaxing elevator music*

For the next couple of weeks over Christmas my Bloggy will be a little more quiet. I couldn't bring my paint brush with me unfortunately, too many homemade gifts (that took up a suitcase and a half!!)
However as I find little things along the way I'll keep you updated. My mother-in-law is the best at garage sales so I'll be out with her on the weekends to hopefully find some treasures to do up. Yay! Fun! 

I will still be twittering as usual and as I can blogging our holiday adventure. My family is a huge part of my life and Newly Antique wouldn't exist without them. So here's to fun, sun and family times!!

We went to the markets on Sunday, the only thing we bought was a potato spiral. The guy used his drill (yeah a Ryobi Drill!?! What an Ideas man) to cut whole potatoes into spirals on a skewer, then deep fried like chips usually are. It was novel and it was yummy! As usual there was the tie-dyed pants, multicoloured corduroy baby overalls, fresh fruit and veggies and oil paintings. We didn't get anything, but Milla was pretty tempted by the little kids windmill fans.  

I hope you get to spend lots of time with your loved ones over this christmas break and take time to remember the One who's birth we are celebrating.

6 sleeps to go!!!! Merry Christmas week!

A Photo of a Photo.... I may have been secretly hoping to get that funny Christmas photo where one kid is crying and the other sweetly smiling, but they loved it (which is even better) 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Hours later

12hours, 10 kangaroos, 6 rabbits, a few unknowns and 1 wombat.. All road kill (sorry! Ha! should have called "spoiler") Wait! 1 live rabbit!!. 4 packets of chips, 3 stops, 1 ice cream stop. Strawberry and cherry fields. A big guitar, a big apple, a big dinosaur. 1 iPad movie (in my holder of coarse!-yay! It works) 2 tired but happy babies. 2 tired and on the edge of happy parents.

What does this huge list equal? A family road trip!

Yeah you know what I'm talking about. It's that beautiful balance between so much excitement and so much tiredness that represents a full day, a traveling day. We made it. We are here. And it was surprisingly easy.

My iPad holder on it's maiden voyage. Perfect! We even plugged it into the car stereo to make the sound louder. This was the one and only movie that got put on, and by the time this went on we were already at our destination- just out looking for dinner. I am so proud of my kids who entertained themselves so well over the 12+ hours. 

Master Phoenix

And Miss Milla watching the movie

My handsome hubby who drove most of the way (yes, we took breaks to refresh and swapped driving duties)
Phoenix accepting his golden guitar. 
A stop along the way at Tamworth- Country Music Capitol

Friday, December 16, 2011

Car iPad Holder Complete

Just in time for our little road trip I have competed the iPad holder. (Skip back a post if you want to see the bare bones of this holder.) I think I have solved the issues I had from yesterday and made a few minor adjustments to make it more like what I want... a cute iPad holder. Yes Polka dots do make everything better and cuter!
Foam to make the edges soft

Polka Dots! really? Yes. Cause they are awesome!
Oh and I stuck and eraser to the to of the Z as a little buffer to the ceiling (no scratches!!Yay)

Here she is!!

Po, po, po, po, polka DOT! and an elastic strap at the top

Complete with smudgy toddler finger prints, fully functional iPad holder!

Sexy side view

Big ted will love watching a million episodes of Playschool with Milla

 Millions of Polka Dots coming your way!  9 Sleeps till Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Car iPad Holder and A Beach Trip

We are headed on a little road trip on the weekend, and I have been sussing out DVD players for the car. $180?! oh man! Not going to happen. We would only need it for this trip, that seems like a lot to pay for a once off.

Our iPad has all the movies we need so I have been on a mission to figure out how we can make that work for the car.  Milla gets terrible car sickness so there is no way she can look down at anything while moving, and only one iPad with kids movies on it means that it can't go on the back of one of the seats without one of the kids missing out on watching. 

Here is my solution for the moment... A work in progress.

Car iPad Holder

My wonderful husband helping me out, showing me how to do pop rivets. (Thanks babe!)

Finished product. Pop rivet galvanised "Make a brackets" together in a Z shape

iPad fits into it perfectly

Here it is (Wow! Excuse the flash, it was 10pm when I tried to fit it). I have a sun roof (CRV) which I slid the top of the "Z" between the sunroof and the car roof. I can take it down when it's not in use. 

2 things I need to solve... 
1. Soften the metal edges so if we bump into it, it doesn't scratch or hurt at all. I'm thinking foam and fabric
2. Address the hook at the top. Make it thinner (and cuter)

To be continued as I solve these issues!

Family Beach Trip!!

Are you prepared for lots of photos? yes? Ok good proceed!

We had a little spontaneous family day today, not on purpose, we were supposed to be at a work staff picnic... but turned up to the wrong beach!! Hilarious! It was so quiet at the beach we were confused and at the same time instantly knew we had missed an important location change. Hungry, tired kids meant we needed to stay and eat lunch at the beach we were at.  Oh well, make the most of what we have. 

I have to say this was the best beach trip we have had. The kids are old enough to walk in the sand and not require constant shade (and not cry their little eyes out) Yay!

Sunscreen is a must! 


"Hello Nemo!"

I love this to the moon and back!!! 

Swim between the flags

Ha!! Milla didn't want to get her Board shorts wet!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pallet Wood Jewellery Holder

I am still in love with the pallet wood, I love the potential of it, and I love that it's free so it suits my budget just perfectly, ha! I had a few planks left over from the original project frame that I did and a few too many necklaces that get all tangled when I put them in a box. I hate trying to untangle them, I would much rather just grab them easily throw them on and walk out. Guess this means one thing! It's new project time. So here's what I made: 

Pallet Wood Jewellery Holder

How-To make a Pallet Wood Jewellery Holder.
  1. Saw off as much wood as desired. I didn't want it too long because I wanted to hang it in my wardrobe without taking up too much space.
  2. Sand smooth and Paint Vivid White. Leave over night to dry. Once dry sand back the vivid white to desired distress look.
  3. Measure equal distances and pre-drill holes for drawer knobs (which I also painted Vivid white and then distressed). Fit knobs.
  4. Trace/stencil on Letters, Paint Nimbus grey. Once the paint is dry, lightly distress. 
  5. Attach Picture hanging hooks/triangles to the back (I used 10kg ones)
  6. Hang it up somewhere stunning!

Do you like my butterfly? This is my stamp for the time being, until I make my own.


This is my Chandelier! If you follow my twitter, you would have heard that my husband gave me this for my birthday. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine getting it! It was a beautiful surprise.

I am so in love with it!!!