Monday, October 29, 2012

Easy Halloween Lolly Bags

I'm not sure how most people give out Halloween lollies or candy, this is my first year treating the kids that come round. Halloween isn't very big here, we don't personally celebrate it, and to be honest the only thing I know about it is; It seems to have a lot to do about pumpkins, dead things, and girls with skimpy outfits on... Seriously! Put some clothes on! Okay, putting the mummy voice aside now, Ha!

What fun will it be to have lolly bags to give the cute little munchkins who come-a knockin'! 

Happy Pumpkin Halloween Lolly Bags

Potato stamps are the best!!

Used the same food dye from the last post about dying Natural Twine 
and Brown paper lunch bags

 It's a happy little Pumpkin stamp

Getting Stamp happy...
Because it was food colouring it dried very very quickly.

My spoils!!! Arrr... wait that's a Pirate.

Teamed up with the newly Orange twine. 

I think this will be a fun surprise lolly bag for the kids Super heros and ghosts to open when they get home. 

Also makes it easier for my kids to hand out the lollies....
 and not eat them all before everyone comes round!!

Project: Dying Natural Twine

Halloween is coming so everything is turning pumpkin orange. Last year I totally forgot to get sweets for the little snookems who made the effort to dress up! So this year I remembered!!

I had a little idea of small lolly bags that my kids could give out. To tie the bags closed I wanted orange twine. I don't think I've ever seen orange twine around, but then again I don't believe I've ever looked for it either. Orange is not exactly my favourite colour. So I figured to just use what I have laying about in my craft supplies.

Dying Natural Twine

Glass bowl, 
Food colouring, 
A little water 
twine and 
Glad wrap

Put it all together in the glass bowl, any colour you choose. 
I am doing Orange; 2 yellow:1 red 

I didn't want to turn my hands completely orange so I laid a square of glad wrap (cling wrap/ saran wrap) over the top of the twine and mixed it round like that.

Bundled the twine into the Glad wrap and squished it a bit more to make sure it was all covered

 Put it outside to dry


Orange Ties for Halloween lolly bags.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Take a Load off...Part 2! 5 Time Saving Laundry Tips

The one downfall to having all your washing done, is that you also have to do all your folding, ironing pfft yeah right! and putting away too! Ha! Shock horror! Telling you something you didn't already realise!!

I love doing the laundry. It's one of those weird things- like my love of mowing the lawn. Weird I know, but yet it's helpful considering I have to do it continually for the rest of my life. I think it's that beautiful fresh clothes smell that's in the air when the clothes are drying that I love so much.

During one of my recent major conquer-the-laundry-pile expeditions I discovered a couple of things that have helped to shorted the process again! -- And who wouldn't want that!!

Firstly, Part 1 is HERE. Maybe get those tips and then add these ones to that list ok?

1. This is the most important!

Set yourself a timer and have stuff done before it goes off...

Works best if it's the timer that's looking after a chocolate cake cooking in the oven!

I told myself... 
"If you get all the laundry off the line and put away by the time that goes off you can have some"

I replied to myself "Whatcha gonna do if I don't? hmm?"
"Well, cake anyways, but still. GO get the washing!!"

...Yes. I not only talk to myself. I talk sassy to myself!
I'm okay with that
Ok, cakes cooking lets get to number 2!!

2. This is to help you save some time... 
See this, yes it's neat. But I challenge you to... 
Find the empty hangers that I need to put my clean shirts on! 
Ready-- Go! 

Put your empty hangers to one side every time you take a shirt!! 
Hello! So much quicker to grab that stack to put the clean ones onto 

3. Have more hangers than shirts/hangable items...

Nothing worse than not having enough hangers when everything is clean. Yeah that one brief moment before the washing pile overflows yet again. Just because you have spare hangers- doesn't mean you have to go shopping for more! Hehe!! but...

4. Quit folding undies!!

This is how I usually fold undies. Gosh that's so neat and lovely!! But, that's 3 folds. Wow! What a waste for something that goes, well, where the sun don't shine.

Ta-Dah! Buzz!
Hehe, so they are obviously not mine, my little boy has a
 buzz obsession that goes all the way to his undies.
This is how I put Phoenix and Milla's undies away- No folding at all! I saved myself a lot of time by just putting them away flat! 

The adult version is to just fold it in half. That's 2 less folds than usual. 
The habitual, OCD side of me wants to fold it perfectly but it honestly is a waste of time and I have a lot of other things I need to do- undies folded perfectly? not one of them. 

While we are on the subject- If you IRON YOUR UNDIES... STOP IT!! Ha! 

5. Store your socks next to your shoes.

Well this just makes sense. A goes with B so may as well store it AB. 

All done? CAKE TIME!!!!!!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shortening a Suitcase Strap Clip

I had to google to find out what this strap is called!! A Suitcase strap, a highchair harness, pram seat belt clippy-thingy-me-bob... See that black thing on the picture below... THAT! Is now called a clip. OK? Great! Glad we have that sorted.  

Shortening a Clip! 
See now that doesn't work... 

Shortening the strap of a suitcase strap clip
Gah! You know what I mean!! 

So this bad boy was about 40cm long... which was about 36cm too long for the Boy Box.
Cut it with kitchen scissors to the length you want. It's about now that you will realise that it will keep unraveling and unraveling and unraveling and annoy the jeepers out of you.

Ya see... That hole is where the screw needs to go, so I cannot afford to go past there... Stop unravelling!!!! 

Grab a flame, I used a Kitchen lighter.

 OK lets do the warnings!!

Be safe, don't be stupid OK? No really- Do NOT be stupid*

Hold the flame close to the edge and run the flame along the edge to melt the straps frayed bits. I also did around the hole I cut for the screw to go in.

This doesn't take very long! Move the flame up to the edge with caution!* 

This also works for your pram or highchair or a lot of other 
things that have these straps that may be fraying

Watching and paying attention*  
Well ventilated area. No children around.*
Don't breathe in the fumes*

*I will not take responsibility for your stupidness :-) So Behave!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All Boys need a Box

Little boys love all things to do with trucks, cars and buttons. Well, they also love latches, clips and opening and closing things roughly. With my gorgeous nephew's second birthday coming up what better thing to get him than a BOY BOX! Ok so there is no such thing...

What two year old wouldn't want a bruiser carry box with awesome latches and clips and opens to put your cars in!!

Introducing the... 
Boy Box!

 Screws forming a G Monogram 
Instead of a Gift Tag- Think about how you could possibly involve the persons initials into the gift.
So many latches and clips and a good sturdy handle.

 Swing it open... shove something in, hide some crackers from mummy, 
Lightning McQueen and daddy's phone. Ha! You know they will! 

 The other side. More bolts and latches to play with. And a few pencil doodling marks still on whoops Could leave those on for that authentic manly tool box look.

 Phoenix testing it out... you know. 
Cause he couldn't keep his hands off it :-)

Little Boys Box! Yeah! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gift Tags: Name Tags and Herbs

Ever wondered what herbs, twine and Weet-Bix combine to make? 
My herbs are growing like crazy at the moment and my cooking just can't keep up with the supply. It seemed like too much of a waste to throw such nice herbs away just because I needed to prune them back a tad. So I bundled some up with some twine and set about delivering them to the neighbours.

OK! Back to the Weet-Bix... No not the actual Weet-Bix, just the box! 

Gift Tags/ Name Tags

Cut some rectangles as neat as you want, tie them onto the twine. I used the opening flap because I still have some Weeties to eat for breakfast tomorrow and needed the box to store them in.

Pencil on the names of the herbs, because it suits the rustic vibes that herbs just naturally draw to. 

Breath fresheners... Parsley

Curry Coriander 

And very versatile Rosemary.

Recycling cardboard for gift tags/name tags works for herbs or even on presents. Done right, it adds a little texture and a rustic homemade authenticity to a gift. 

Christmas crazy season is coming and with it comes all the expenses of gifts and brain strain of deciding what to get everyone. I'll be doing a gift tag series to give you some super fun, cute and unique ideas for decorating and naming your presents this year!! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pops of Red

I am loving hints of RED Decor throughout my house, especially in my kitchen. So I've been window shopping... well, um, screen shopping? Dreaming of all things cute and Red. Red and Navy (My feature wall colour) looks so good together. 

Here are some super cute Red knicky-knacks...

Red and Polkadots? Hello! What a great Milk jug
 "Would you like some milk for your tea?" Said in my best British accent. I don't think I would ever use one as a proper milk jug, everyone I know drinks coffee, but it would look great on top of my cupboards or as a juice jug or even a planter for some strawberries on the window sill!!!

Phoenix broke my last tea pot, heck! Why not invest in a red one! 

One thing is true. I am slightly obsessed with clocks. At one point I had 2 on the walls only feet away from each other. But as soon as I found a new home for one of them... you can guess where I always looked first to see the time. Yup! The empty spot. Some habits are hard to beak.

But this vintage Newgate clock is just yummy! and the Pop of Red would look so good!! It would look good on most walls tho.

This antique phone is adorable! I have dreams of owning a vintage phone that has been rewired with modern techknolegy... Okay. Yup I just spelt that like that!! Ha! and left it there for either your frustration or amusement :-)   

My Little Big Boy

Seems my two year old has decided to be a big boy. He's got a big bed now and wears big boy undies during the day and has to do big boy things like play with the neighbour kids on the weekends... I would like to tell him- Slow down baby!! You're still my baby!!!

Do you think that about your kiddies? Some weeks I just think I blinked and then missed a growth spurt or something!! Just stop it already!! ha!

Classic Phoenix, someones phone and his Woody Doll. 

Compulsory need to stand way too close to the camera... and then put his pointy little finger on my lens. Oh this guy!