Friday, August 31, 2012

Things I'm loving

A few things I'm loving this week...
...♥ Reading this issue of Mollie Makes- love the free "handmade with love' woven tape...
 
 
 
... ♥ A gift from my awesome friend in Japan- a snoopy mug, a purse full of washi tape and some cute japanese stickers and paper...

♥ My 5 year olds flower arrangement..
...and I haven't got any pics for this but... ♥ having a night in Hamilton last weekend while the kids stayed with their nana and pop- if you're off to Hamilton some time I can recommend Palate for dinner, River Kitchen cafe for brunch, and a walk around the Hamilton Gardens- stunning!

For more 'things I'm loving' check out Meghan's blog here

Megan x

Friday, August 24, 2012

Display boxes and printers trays

Hi all, can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last blog post...there hasn't been a lot of time for crafting or blogging lately but I do miss this space and this part of my life so will hopefully be writing a few more blog posts in the near future! I have managed one little project lately- this little decorated display frame.
I got the idea to decorate it after seeing this gorgeous image on pinterest
book storage, wall art
(via one of my favourite 'pinners' Meg McMillan, owner of the gorgeous store Tea Pea.)

Mine actually wasn't a display frame to begin with..it was the wooden compartment box that this Melissa and Doug magnetic dress up toy came in (didn't take a before pic but it was similar to this one)
I painted it and used some scrapbooking card from Spotlight to decorate the back of each compartment.
 (I just used a glue stick to stick the card to the back but modpodge would be good too).
I haven't decided where to hang it yet...if I had a craft room I would put it in there with a few cute crafty bits and pieces but for now it's sitting on the dining table waiting for a home.  The project got me thinking about something I am seeing a lot of at the moment in home magazines- using vintage printer's trays as art works or to display little treasures. I would love to buy one and decorate in a similar style to my little one and fill with treasures as well- they really appeal to my love of colour, organisation and little things. Actually I would like one in nearly every room as you'll see from the ones I am loving below! I looked on trademe the other night and there were quite a few on there for sale..not so many now but I'm sure they will keep popping up if you are wanting one for your home too.

Here are some decorated ones that have caught my eye on pinterest....
painted printers tray
http://pinterest.com/pin/108579040985615843/
Love the painted backgrounds and the bits and pieces in this one...
blue dresser
http://pinterest.com/pin/48343395971082662/
...and the gorgeous background papers in this beautiful tray
printers tray jewelry storage
http://pinterest.com/pin/98234835591528693/
Add hooks and turn a printers tray into a jewellery holder- love this idea
cotton reels in printers tray
http://pinterest.com/pin/142707881912517868/
I'd love to have my threads organised like this if I had the space!
Printers tray?  Legos?  Whodathunkit?
http://pinterest.com/pin/229824387203781052/
A great way to display kids special treasures and toys
printers tray
http://pinterest.com/pin/106538347404476562/
Love this shell display
printers tray
http://pinterest.com/pin/205124957997379672/
You can even use one as a giant photo frame
printers tray
http://pinterest.com/pin/96475616987743354/
Even undecorated they look stunning as wall art.

Well I better go and get organised for the weekend now..we are having our first child free night in..well nearly 2 years to be honest...how crazy is that?!
Megan x

Thursday, August 2, 2012

i ♥ the olympics

Hi all, the kids are loving watching the Olympics so I thought I'd share a few things I've found to get into the Olympics spirit...

olympic craft ideas
This link http://www.redtedart.com/2012/05/01/olympic-crafts-ideas/ takes you to some great Olympics art and craft ideas- I am loving the salt dough medals which I might use for a days teaching I am doing next week in a 5 year old class. I might use air dry clay instead though and just hope it dries in time to paint at the end of the day...


These DIY Olympic torches look fab and not too tricky as well for little ones

My 5 year old has an Olympics day at school coming up and they have to dress up in the colours of  their country- her class is Madagascar - so I made a quick flag out out of felt to safety pin to her top, and stitched some ribbons to a hairclip- saves having to buy clothes in the right colours if you don't have any! Will face paint the flag on the day as well.


Olympics Party
Here are some ideas for an Olympics party-this would be a neat theme for a birthday party while the Olympics is on!

I made these cupcakes using icing pens for a lunchbox treat- like the idea below as well using m n m's- a bit quicker and neater too compared to my wobbly rings!
Olympics Party
olympics party inspiration
And I love the Olympics colours in this pic from One Charming Party.


I just ordered  this book 'O is for Olympics' from Book Depository as the girls said they really wanted an Olympics book to read- hopefully I get it before the Olympics are finished!
O is for Olympics
I also ordered this sticker/colouring in book
London 2012 Sticker Colouring Book: An Official London 2012 Olympic Games
and this book looks great too.
London 2012 Games Activity Handbook
Activity Village has heaps of free Olympics colouring in sheets for kids
Torch relay colouring page
For NZ readers here are some links to our NZ Olympic Team

And I shared this clip on my mousehouse facebook page last week- it's the official film of the London Olympics - lots of famous faces to spot...


Go kiwi's!
Megan x

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