As soon as I told Little C that we were building a new house and that she was going to get a brand new bedroom, I could see the wheels turning in her little head on how she’d decorate it.
There was no question at ALL that her wall colour was to be purple. She was certain of that. Each time we visited Lowe’s, she picked up a few paint chips in various shades of purple to add to her collection. She settled on the most vibrant, most intense shade of electric plumb that I’ve ever seen and I gave it my mommy blessing. It was crazy, but she loved it so much – why not say yes? She picked all of the fun & whimsical artwork too (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see her pick from Fizz and Bean and for a chance to win your OWN canvas art!).Continue reading
With the impending completion of Our DIY House arriving soon (I hope!), I’ve been trying to get as many decor things done in advance as I possibly can.
Little C’s room is one of the easier ones. She knows exactly what she wants, and I purchased coordinating fabrics for her new room before we ran out of funds (house building is expensive, FYI). Continue reading
Guess what?! We are THISCLOSE to having Our DIY House entirely painted! We only have a hallway and one more room to go.
The entire process has taken us about a week. I’d love to say that I completely DIY’d this project, but it’s been more like “WTKWMFAHDIT” (Watching the Kids While My Friends and Husband Do It Themselves). Continue reading
I had a really fun morning. It was my pleasure to be on CTV Morning Live here in Edmonton with one of my favourite girls in the whole world – my 4 year old Little C!
We were able to do a bit of live crafting, and we talked about Mama Blogs – an event I’ll be speaking at next week (if you’re local to Edmonton and are thinking about starting a blog, you should come!).
Little C helped me make a simple version of a scalloped bunting banner on air. This version requires no sewing, so it’s really easy and quick to make (and so much fun to make with your kids).Continue reading
Last week, I had a table at the Little Monster’s Swap Meet in Spruce Grove to sell my Golly Gee Baby goodies. The LMSM is a massive new & used kid’s items sale in our town, and you can find some amazing deals there. My lovely friend Leah was helping man my table, and before she took off to peruse the baby goods available at the show I asked her to keep her eyes peeled for some plush kid’s chairs. Both Baby A and Little C didn’t have one, and I didn’t feel like paying $30 for each. Well, guess what? Leah scored two chairs for $2 each! One was an Elmo chair and the other was Winnie the Pooh, but I didn’t care because I wanted to try to wash them and recover them to match my girlies’ room decor.Continue reading
My mom is incredibly creative and I simply had to share with you this amazing DIY Easter basket she made with Little C this week!
I get my thriftiness from my mom, and she reused an ice cream pail for this basket. Some scrapbook paper squares, mod podge, craft foam and trim made it into an adorable Easter basket for Little C.Continue reading
My Little C (4 years old) is quite the fashionista and decorator already.
Her favourite colour is dark purple, and the second runner up is hot pink.
For her new room in our new house, she requested that it be her favourite colours. I convinced her to throw a bit of turquoise in the scheme, and we agreed upon a purple, hot pink and turquoise bedroom decorated in hearts and flowers. What a girl!
What makes these DIY pillows look so special when they’re really quite easy to sew is the fun fabric! For the faux fur ones, I just used the fur on one side and used a plain broadcloth on the other. The satin ribbon rosette fabric is so lovely – it has so much texture and it looks like I could have fashioned the rosettes by hand (but I didn’t – so easy)!
The best thing about having a mom who’s currently obsessed with sewing pillow covers? Pillow forts!
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My oldest daughter turned three years old on January 1st, and she is madly in love with Disney’s “Tangled” movie. She is obsessed with all things “Rapunzel”, and loves to dress up in princess dresses and dance around the house. When I asked her what type of party she’s like, I listed a Rapunzel Party as an option and her eyes instantly lit up. That was the one!
Between Pinterest and some fantastic crafting blogs I follow, I managed to come up with a completely DIY Rapunzel-themed party for a low cost. It was a lot of work, but my daughter loved it!
Here is how I did it, and how you can too:
The cake was the most difficult part, and it was inspired by this cake, this cake and this cake. I started with rainbow bit cake mix, baked two 10″ round cakes and layered them with a purple buttercream icing. Then, I iced the entire cake in purple buttercream and made marshmallow fondant with this recipe. I personally had a difficult time working with the fondant (it was either too sticky or, when I added more icing sugar, it broke easily). I’m hoping it’s a skill that just takes time! I dyed half of the fondant green and put it over the cake, and then used a small lid to cut circles out of the remaining fondant that I had dyed purple and pink. I arranged the circles to create the flowers (I glued the petals together with buttercream icing) and rolled a small ball out of yellow fondant for the centers. I added a strip of purple fondant to the bottom of the cake and arranged the flowers in a semi-circle on the top of the cake.
For the tower, I purchased cake donuts and a large chocolate muffin. I stacked those together and “glued” them all in place with a lot of buttercream icing. For the top of the tower, I dipped a waffle cone in some white chocolate that I had dyed purple and then I attached the cone to the muffin with buttercream icing.
Finally, I added green vines, yellow hair, and grass detailing to the cake with buttercream icing. Overall I was satisfied with the cake, though the tower fell after a few hours! I’d suggest some sort of dowel system to make it last better!
I kept the party decor relatively simple. I hung tissue paper poms in pink, yellow and purple from the ceiling over the cake table. My daughter and I had a great time making them together using this tutorial. (Bonus: We used them as decor in her room afterward!) We made a simple banner (like the one in the Tangled movie when they are in the market) out of paper and string. The printable template for the banner flags can be found here. My daughter saw the banner and instantly requested that a “Pascal” (the lizard from the movie) be perched on it, so we found a picture of him online and printed it and cut it out!
I had some paper lanterns from a previous party, so used those on the table, and we purchased some Tangled-themed treat bags and plates.
One of the first things my daughter requested when she knew she was going to have a Rapunzel party was a Rapunzel dress and hair! We found a dress to purchase online, but my very talented mother made a gorgeous Rapunzel wig using this tutorial. The yarn she chose was perfect – it was a buttery soft and fat acrylic in the perfect and softest shade of yellow. She glue-gunned flowers in the braid as a finishing touch.
For the main dish, I had the idea to make these fun calzones that look like a Rapunzel braid! They were toddler-friendly and delicious. Rather than using a bread machine, I hand-made the dough the night before, let it rise for a couple of hours, put it in a large bag in the fridge, and then took it out the morning of the party. After it rose again for another couple of hours, I rolled it out, placed the filling in, criss-crossed the dough over the filling and baked them. In addition to the calzones, we had some simple veggie, fruit and cracker trays.
We had a wonderful, simple Rapunzel-themed party and my daughter had a great time with her friends (and we had a good, solid sleep afterward)!