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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



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 😉



New Year is here! January 4, 2011

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wondefully enjoyable holiday season. I’ve spent the last month preparing for Christmas with family. What a lovely couple of weeks we’ve had!

So I thought I would share with you a few photos of what we’ve been up to as far as craft goes. I haven’t photographed everything that I’ve made in the last couple of weeks – I just ran out of time. It didn’t help that the rain was pelting down most of the week leading up to Christmas, so not good for photographs – and Í know I’m terrible with photos usually anyway, so I didn’t want to make it worse!

First up is a gift made for a friend who gave birth to a beautiful little girl about 4 months ago. She and her husband moved from Brisbane to Newcastle a few weeks before she was due, so we didn’t get to meet little miss until last month. With all the blocks I have been busily covering and sanding, I thought a pink ‘BABY’ set would look nice. I’ve also been on a fabric flower making adventure (more further down), so I made a soft headband for her and attached this pretty pink felt flower.

So sweet! I love this flower. I think the gorgeous pink felt helps a lot! If you would like to make one yourself, THIS is where I learnt how.

Next is my answer to all the christmas cards needed for the kids school friends. This year my son decided he wasn’t giving cards, so it was just me and my daughter – we had so much fun! First I cut out 26 white bookmarks using my PTI die. Then I set her up with 2 Christmas stamp sets and she created 2 designs that we then copied on the rest.

She wrote a message on the back for each child in her class and we stuck on a mini candy cane. She was super excited to deliver them on the last day of school!

And the final part of today’s post – homemade hairclips and a hairclip holder! I made 5 of these – one for my daughter for Christmas, one for a friend for her birthday and 3 for nieces for Christmas. I must tell you, I had SO MUCH FUN making these!

**The hair clip holder is obviously not my original idea. I saw a very similar one on the net and saved the photo to my computer, but I have not been able to find it again to give credit. The directions below, however I did make up myself.**

To make the cup cake hair clip holder, I drew a cup cake the size I wanted, and used it to cut out my felt. You will need a front and back for the top and bottom pieces. You will also need to cut a small amount of pellan (wadding) to go between the felt layers. I cut 2 lengths of the blue spotty ribbon, a length of purple to go across the cupcake and a second length for the hanger. I hand stitched around the edge of the bottom, making sure to secure the purple ribbon at the edges and the blue spotty ribbon across the bottom as I went. Next I decorated the top with buttons, then stitched it together, and on to the base in one go (don’t forget to secure the looped purple ribbon as your hanger in as you go – I did a couple of times 🙂 then had to stitch it on after with a button – which looked quite cute too!). Lastly I cut out 2 pink felt flowers and attached them to the bottom with buttons to weigh down the ribbons.

I started off with this style flower, which my sister-in-law showed me how to make. Really easy. You just need 3 or 4 cirlce-ish pieces of satinny fabric, cut in differing sizes. Then you seal the edges with a flame (I used a candle). Hold the fabric edge close to the flame – but not touching it. As the heat hits the edge of the fabric it will curl (quickly). Rotate the cirlce until you’re back to where you start. Layer the circles on top of each other to look like a flower and then sew a few pearl beads in the centre – through all the layers – to hold it all together. Easy as! You can use as many layers as you like. My sister in law showed me just the other day a GORGEOUS white flower she made with about 16 layers. It looked incredibly real and so soft. Experiment with fabrics too. I used some satin, and then a few different linings. I’m told you can use chiffon and other fabrics like taffeta.

I think this one is soooo cute! To make it I cut a length of pink ribbon, ran a long gathering stitch right along one edge then gathered it up and secured it by sewing that gorgeous little brown button in the middle. Another easy-peasy flower.

For this flower I cut 4 different layers roughly the same size, 2 different blues, and 2 different nettings. I layered them on top of each other and secured them together by hand stitching a small cross in the centre. Then I ran a gathering stitch in a circle around the cross and pulled tight until it looked the way I wanted it to. Then finally I added a button to hold the gathering in place and finish off the flower.

A few flowers in this shot…

Top left: I have looped some spotty, blue ribbon and scrunched the middle to make a cute bow, secured with a button.

Bottom left: How cute is this one?? I started with a cirlce of pink felt. Using a needle and thread I stitched up through the centre then looped around the outside (don’t go through the felt) and straight up through the centre again. Pull tight so that the felt scrunches up. Do this so that the circle is divided into 3 ‘petals’. Secure with a button (I used 2 buttons, just thought it looked cuter). I added a green felt circle to the back to finish it off. **Again, this is not my original idea, I used a photo I found on the internet to figure out how to make it**

Top right: see above to the first flower

Bottom right: Is the same as the pink felt flower from the baby head band.

So, that is all for today! I’ve been enjoying the holidays with all the kiddies home, which is an improvement on last year. I think as the baby and breastfeeding hormones finally leave my body I am becoming more sane, calmer – back to the person I thought I once was ;), and a little more fun for the kids to be around. As joyous as motherhood is, it has it’s trials, and I am so grateful to have a loving family and husband.

I hope you are having a lovely week and the sun is shining!


PS As a side note, if you just love these hairclips (like I do), but don’t have the time to make them yourself and would like to purchase any, please drop me a line either with a comment or send me an email at



Party Decorations June 13, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Kids activities — aliessa @ 12:20 am

My youngest son recently turned 1! I wanted to make his invitations and have party favours to match, as well as the cake and decorations. I really should have learned by now that if I want to get all that done I really should start earlier than the day before!!

I managed to get the invitations done a week before the party (we had just family so I had already told everybody anyway…hee!) 



How excited was I to finally get my hands on the “Fox & Friends” clear mount set??!!! So cute!! And so super easy to put together and use! I’ve also used “crazy for cupcakes” for the balloons and my cricut for the number 1 (I am yet to master this machine – I’ve had it for a year and a half and only just figured out there is a “shadow” function! Shows how much time I spend using stamps – perhaps I should invest some of that time in my cricut!)

For the party favours I filled up a cellophane bag with goodies, and tied it closed with a ribbon. Then I stamped the little monkey, punched it out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch, inked the edges and mounted it with foamies on a scallop circle and popped him on the front.

For all intents and purposes I planned to have a monkey-shaped cake, but that went out the window when I ran out of time. So instead I made 3 more favour monkeys, attached them to toothpicks and popped them on top of the creamy-white icing. Honestly I think it turned out great! And less work made it even better (and it tasted really yummy!)

My little boy had a fun night with our family. I was so glad to see him enjoying himself and genuinely happy!

I hope this is helpful to any mums trying to organise a birthday celebration with minimal fuss and expense, but still have it look impressive! Happy crafting!


Stamps: fox & friends (clearmount), crazy for cupcakes. Ink: chocolate chip, pacific point. Cardstock: whisper white, pacific point, pumpkin pie, washington apple DSP. other accessories: chocolate chip marker, 1 3/8″ circle punch, scallop circle punch, corner rounder punch, cricut machine


Birthday Chalk board April 27, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas,Kids activities — aliessa @ 8:55 am

This week just gone my nephew had his 4th birthday. Recently their family have moved into their own home and my sister has been doing up her children’s bedrooms. So for my nephew’s birthday I really wanted to make something he would use and would match the room.

So my husband and I got to making this chalk board for him. We had fun, learnt some new things and our little nephew took it straight to his room and scribbled all over it with his new chalk!



Face Painting April 9, 2010

Filed under: Kids activities — aliessa @ 2:09 am

One of our children’s most favourite things to do is have their faces painted. Every holiday (and sometimes in the afternoon when they get home from school) we pull out the face paints at least once – it’s always a fun time!

My daughter always wants to be a princess, so I’ve had a bit of practice with this one…

My third youngest will always ask to be a super hero – so in this case it’s a mix between batman & spiderman

And my oldest always likes to give me a challenge – never will he ask for the same one twice. Today he wanted to be Bowswer from Super Mario Bros. (if you are not familiar with SMB, Bowser is a beefy, scary looking turtle – very glad we had the DS on hand to use as a reference!)

I think it actually looks kinda cute on him…

So now they’re running around with their faces painted, having a ball! This is so easy to do for your kids. You can buy face paints at Spotlight. I think we paid $20 for a starter kit of the 3 primary colours plus black and white, with a paint brush and sponge. We bought it about 2 years ago now and it’s still going.

Here’s a couple of others we’ve attempted. This one is my personal favourite, we call it the dinosaur

The three muskateers as dinosaur, flower fairy & a zombie I believe was the request this time, he has snakes coming out of his eyes, eeyew!

and Frankenstein

We’ve had lady beetles, the reaper, shrek, butterflies, pirates, dogs, spiderman, superman, a laughing basketball, and so much fun! Give it try with your kids some time – happy memories in the making!



Kids Holiday Craft January 5, 2010

Filed under: 3D projects,Kids activities — aliessa @ 3:08 am

Kids get bored. I should know this, but every time the school holdiays come around, I am in need of a reminder and my poor kids suffer for the first little bit until I get my act together and give them something to do!

Today was that day. Once again I have used an idea from Nichole Heady. My oldest son loves jokes. He will read me jokes from his joke book for hours if I let him. So this cute little knock-knock book was an ideal activity.

Now, these are not the most polished, but I thought the kids did a great job…


And look at the concentration on their faces, they enjoyed making them!

Nichole has provided instructions and a ready-made template for the knock-knock jokes, click here to view them.

We used plain printer paper for the jokes (Nichole’s template is excellent, but needs a little trimming for Australian paper); some cardstock I had from previous projects for the cover; a number of SU! stamp sets; and a couple of punches for the embellishments. We joined it all together with a hinged ring (from office works). Super easy, my 3 year old even had a go, although he ditched us for his toy tools pretty quickly!

We also made some very simple book marks.

Now I just have to think of something to do each day for the next 3 weeks! Any ideas?


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