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Despicable Me Minion Party Invitations September 11, 2013

Hello! It has been much, much too long since I have blogged. But I have been enjoying life and haven’t found time to stop and blog I’m afraid!

I wanted to share some invitations I have made for my son’s upcoming birthday party. When I asked him what theme he wanted he quickly replied “Minions!”. So Minions it is! I set about finding a Silhouette Cameo cutting file, but had a bit of trouble. So I found a file that I used as a starting point and made my own.


This is the finished product – aren’t they adorable!! 



Once the file was created it was quite simple to put them all together.

If you would like the file to use with a Silhouette Cameo please contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me at I would post it here, but it doesn’t seem to be a file that I can load 😦 so sorry.

Well, that is all for today. I’ll post some pics of the party foods, decorations, etc if I get adventurous enough to make them cute too!

Happy Crafting!



Ruffled Bazaar Markets November 23, 2012

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share with you details of the upcoming Ruffled Bazaar Markets – which I will be at as a a boutique!! (Happy dance)

I will have all my tiles, glass blocks and wood blocks/signs on display and for sale. I will also b running a card making activity! You can choose from 4 different cards (2 are $5, 2 are $3)

Little penguin – $5/kit

Rudolph – $3/kit

Snow Swirled Christmas Tree – $3/kit

Pretty Poinsettia Look-a-like – $5/kit

So, if you are looking for a great place to shop for your Christmas gifts, come along to the Mount Gravatt Show grounds on Saturday 1 December from 3-8pm. There will be over 70 boutiques, activities and fun for the whole family, AND Santa will be stopping by!

Super excited to see you there!

Happy Crafting



Cake Stall Fundraiser June 28, 2012

Filed under: family stuff,food,Items for Sale — aliessa @ 3:47 am
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So, one of the reasons I have had less time for crafting and blogging is that I volunteered to take on the role of Secretary for our school P&C. It has been a wonderful learning experience, and kept me quite busy for the last 3 months. I’m hoping that the next 6 months won’t be quite as full on, as I think I’m getting a handle on it now 🙂

Anyway, earlier in the year with our local and state elections our school had the opportunity to hold a fundraising BBQ and Cake stall. I took a few piccies on the day of our little cake stall…

Our tables were set up in a U shape. This is my lovely sister who was one of the many volunteers on the day to help run the stall.

The other side

The school has an environmental club and one of the things they grow is lovely fresh herbs. We were able to have some of these delicious herbs for sale at the stall.

These are the mini banana breads I made. I had fun stamping the little cards and packaging the cakes. On the back of the monkey card are the ingredients for the bread.

I also decided to try my hand at cake pops! What an adventure! So simple to make and I think they looked pretty good – they sold out pretty quick! 🙂

All in all the day was a great success. We were all but sold out by about 2pm. Thanks to all the wonderful parents who contributed the delicious baked goodies to be sold, and all the helpers on the day.

Have you run a cake stall? Do you have one coming up in the future? I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Happy Crafting




Family Home Evening Blocks February 23, 2012

Recently I helped to run a Relief Society Activity (read women’s activity if you are not LDS) at church. I was able to design a set of Family Home Evening Blocks.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Family Home Evening is, it is a program instigated by our church where we set aside one night a week (the same night usually each week) to spend time together as a family. We have a lesson, an activity, sing some songs, and always it must end with a treat (why else would our kiddies sit still long enough to get through the lesson??). Ususally each family member is assigned to take responsibility for something, hence the assignment blocks

This is what I came up with

Six assignment blocks reading Op Prayer, Scripture, Music, Lesson, Cl Prayer and Treat. These sit on a base block, and each block has a heart stick which will have the name of the family member responsible for that assignment on it.

The night required quite a bit of preparation as we were catering for 30 women! Thankfully I didn’t have to prepare everything on my own. Our Relief Society President and another couple of friends were awesome in helping out. And my loving husband took control of the saw while I held the pine (good thing I trust him – I still have all my fingers). I think we all had fun, and despite some wet paper making the vinyl a little hard to apply, everyone went home happy!

We took a couple of photos of the finished products

A different colour

And this is a larger set (8 blocks, instead of the standard 6), because not everyone has the same amount of kids 🙂

I was asked if this is an item I am selling…the answer is YES! I’m taking a plunge and hoping to start my own little hobby business of vinyl signs and crafts. So if you are interested in anything you see on my blog, please ask if there is no mention of price. Family Home Evening Block sets will be priced at $19 for a standard 6 block set. Add $1 per extra block if you are after a larger set. Sets can easily be customised for your family with assignments that are more applicable to you. For orders contact me via email

Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting





Our Valentines Day February 21, 2012

Filed under: 3D projects,family stuff,Gift Ideas,Valentines Day — aliessa @ 10:31 am

Valentines Day is not something that I have really embraced in the past. This year, however, I came across this ladies blog and saw how she celebrates with her family. SO MUCH LOVE. And it wasn’t about buying lots of things, it was about showing her family how much she loved them. I thought this was a wonderful idea, so, this year our family celebrated Valentines Day!

I started with mailboxes…

I made one for each of the kiddies to put at their bedroom door in the week leading up to Valentines day, to receive love mail from each other (really I figured it would just be from me and Rob, but I was hoping). Each day I put in a little note letting them know mum and dad love them. And they loved checking it each day – and they seemed to cherish the notes 🙂

For Family Home Evening, the night before, we had a lesson on love – God’s love and our love for each other. Then for the activity we made these heart banners. Can you see the jar of red and white lollies sitting on the shelf? That was another little decoration we put up (they are mostly all eaten now!)

For the moment we’ve left these up, because I think they’re pretty.

 On Tuesday night (Valentine’s Day) I decorated the table…

(See the beautiful roses? Rob surprised me with them when he came home from work)

I made special placemats, which were just covered up by the plates.

And dinner was Tacos – easy and everyone loves it, so no complaints!

And the final part of valentine’s day – I made each of the kids a mini album to tell them how much I love them. The idea for this came from the blog I mentioned earlier. I totally copied all her inside parts, but made it applicable to my children. The tutorial for the mini album came from Sandy. This is sooo simple and easy to put together and all from a single A4 sheet of paper! Check out Sandy’s – so creative!

Front cover “Thumb” body loves you, with my thumb print (“borrowed” that idea too).

Anyway, this is the inside of one of the albums

page 1

page 2

page 3

page 4

and page 5.

On the back I wrote Love from mum and dad Feb 2012. Next project is to make a memory box for each of them, so that, as the years go by, they can keep all these sentimental things I’m giving them and one day look back and enjoy reading through them.

And I’ll leave you with a shot of my beautiful roses. I’m glad I have a photo, because in our sweltering summer heat and humidity they lasted less than a week 😦

I hope you enjoyed your valentine’s day too.

Happy Crafting!





Are you sick of seeing vinyl signs yet?? January 15, 2012

I know, there’s been a lot lately – but they make great presents! So here are a couple more I made for family for Christmas…



This families are forever sign was made for my Nana.


 Another version of families are forever. The family surname is behind in a lighter vinyl.


And finally, this one was made for my parents. Growing up my mum would tell us she wanted to name our home “Gunnadoo”, because we were always gunna do something. I thought I’d make her this sentimental sign. It’s hanging in the hallway above the photos of each of the children in my family (with husbands where applicable – hopefully we’ll add some wives in the next couple of years!) that we gave to mum and dad this year for Christmas.

 Anyway, that is all for today. Only 1 more week before the kiddies head back to school. Our 3rd child starts prep this year – I hope it all goes smoothly and the only tears are mine!

Thanks for stopping in

Happy Crafting



Thanks Camp Quality June 14, 2011

Filed under: family stuff,Kids activities — aliessa @ 3:14 am

Happy Tuesday to you! Yesterday was a public holiday here and it was so nice to just do nothing for a change! We’ve had so many weekends we’ve had to be somewhere or do something that this weekend was designated as “ours”. And it was great.

 We spent Saturday morning at a mini golf place down the coast thanks to Camp Quality. It looked like rain as we were leaving the house, but it held off and the kids (and mum and dad) had a great time.

 Daddy won the course – there really is no other way it could have ended. Then the kids had a turn on the bungy trampoline! A little apprehensive, they didn’t do any flips, just enoyed bouncing REALLY high. Mum and dad would have loved to have a go – but there was a 50kg weight restriction, bummer :(.

And the generous owner, Darren, provided lunch of Pizza, Sushi, drinks and snacks for all the families who attended.

 I thought, while I’m on the Camp Quality story, I’d post some photos from another family activity we were able attend last month…Footy Fever family fun day! On the Thursday night we all met at Suncorp Stadium for a tour and the opportunity to meet the Bulldogs players

Now, in our household we’re all Broncos supporters, but it was still fun for the kids to line up and get signatures and even a photo or 2!

And then on Friday night we went on a bus into the double header. We only stayed for the Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles game – I didn’t want to keep the kids up too late. Unfortunately the Eagles won, but we still enjoyed watching the game together. I think Harrison’s favourite part of the night though was the bus ride! Hehehehe 🙂

Check out those binoculars!

So, a big thank you to Camp Quality, the Bulldogs and Darren from Mini Golf!

Thanks for listening to my warbling, I’ll be back with a crafty post soon 😉



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