Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ChRiStMaS In JuLy?

Here's an idea I had for making little plum pudding tree decorations..with a Baci chocolate!

Can you buy these in your part of the world? 

Because they look so much like the shape of a Christmas pudding, I think my idea works really well.  Here's what else you will need..

A circle of calico about 20cm diameter, a length of fine silver cord (for hanging the deco), 2 round, red beads (8mm works well), small length of twine, some tape, and two pieces of holly leaves cut from scraps of cardstock.  Take about 25cm of your silver cord, double it and tie about 7cm along.  This knot will sit at the top of the deco, tape the ends of the cord to the bottom of the choccy and trim.

Your Baci will look like this. Now, you want to sit it in the middle of the calico circle, pull the edges up, and tie in place with the twine.  The tricky bit is.. you can secure the two red beads to the front, by threading them on the twine! Not too difficult though.

What do you think? To finish, just place your holly leaves, tucked under the red "berries" with a little hot glue. And, carefully trim the tops of the calico being careful not to cut your silver cord.  These decos are quite three-dimensional, so they look even better in real life ;)  It's not a calico alien with glowing red eyes..tee hee hee.  Hope you have fun with this idea. If you were really keen you might reuse the materials.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

cath kidston wish list..

Looks like my parents are saving their pennies for a trip to the UK, some time in 2013.  This can only mean one thing.. he he he, they will have to bring me back a pressie.  Have been looking at the Cath Kidston website for some ideas..  I actually found there are different/more items in the catalogue they sent me recently.  Yep, I'm in Australia and they sent me a catalogue [grins].

Or "magazine" as they call it.  There is no CK store in Australia you see. There are stores in Thailand and Japan for instance, but for us Aussies..we have internet shopping only, plus just some CK items in a couple of stores.  Here is my wish list...

My favourite Cath Kidston design, is "Victoria Rose", so this keyring would be on the list.  As would..

this sweet purse.  Unfortunately the website does not list the dimensions. I assume it's a little larger than a coin purse?  A cute tshirt maybe?

Or, there's even something for us crafty types.  Some very sweet ribbon..
Or even, some buttons presented in *such* a cute way..

What's your favourite Cath Kidston pattern? What's on your wish list?

Monday, June 25, 2012

love it or hate it..

I have to say I love it!!  Leopard print and hot pink that is.  And also..zebra print and pink. Check out this wonderful garland (ruffled! no less)...from FashionLuvBug.

Or, what about a baby's car seat cover? This one from Maya Boutique Accessories:

When I stumbled upon printed crepe papers in leopard and zebra patterns, I just had to grab some.  These ones are both from "Porta Craft".  I found them in the "two dollar store".

I think they would be a great idea for jars of jams and preserves.  How about this?

All I did was cut two different size circles from crepe papers, and you get that nice ruffled effect ;)
Little bit tricky to get them in the right spot on the lid - just use a thin, very stretchy rubber band first.  I used some plain cotton string, and tied it in a bow. Here's a view from the top.

Guaranteed to make you smile.  And wouldn't LOTS of these look great on a market stall, all lined up?!
Not too over-done, and a bit of a change from the old circle of fabric or paper! Now you don't *have* to use crepe paper.  You could just run with this idea and use animal print and a bright colour, in some other paper.  Here's the leopard one..

Not bad hey? The font I used for the label is "Segoe Script".  This one is a very spotty leopard; there are heaps of leopard print styles out there.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Babushka Cupcakes

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Hi there. I had the idea of making Babushka cupcakes! Now.. you could make small and large cupcakes, chop them off here and there, stick them back together with! Too messy. And the cupcake would not hold together well enough.'s what you can do..

The trick is: cupcake cases in a small and also, a large size.  Plus..craft pegs.  The little tiny ones that you can get from your craft shop or "two dollar" shop.  Next, cut out a small piece from both cases, about an inch or so of the wavy/corrugated bit. Doesn't have to be exact.

Discard the small pieces that you cut off.  Then place the two cases together like this. The smaller case will overlap the larger one.  Peg the cases together, being sure the walls of the smaller case overlap the large one, and that you really pinch them in at the sides - this forms a "babushka" mould.  Craft pegs are the one thing I came up with that will go OK in the oven :)  You only need to peg them at the sides - mixture did not leak out the bottom for me.

You also want to make sure the pegs are as high up has you can put them, while still holding the smaller of  the two cases.  Here they are ready to go in the oven.  They won't fit in a cupcake pan obviously - but that's OK.  Make up your favourite cup cake mixture, and fill the cases.

When they come out of the oven, let them cool.  Then carefully remove pegs and cases.  It also helps to have some tips for baking nice, flat cupcakes.  I have a habit of baking cupcakes that rise a lot..and crack :( I had to saw a bit off before icing.  There are some good tips here at Wilton, about baking flat cupcakes.  Although..rounded ones might give that nice curvy babushka shape?  It's just the cracking that is not a good look!

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Round, flat, chocolate melts make a perfect face. I piped on some brown rows of icing for hair, and made little roses out of fondant.

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To keep it simple, I piped on a love heart shape for the mouth, and some scallops across the dress area, in the same pink. And there you go! Yes my royal icing is a little lumpy and bumpy..but hopefully you get the idea :)  Have fun.
NOTE: I cannot guarantee this project is "food safe". But.. I believe it is.  If you were concerned about the craft pegs touching the mixture, you could pop them in some boiling water beforehand, then let them dry.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Etsy ♥

Long time no post.  Oh well, back to it.  Looove these *original* artworks from Cocodeparis from Etsy.  Isn't this gorgeous!?  I may have to purchase one... And what a great way to upcycle old french magazines from the it, love it.  You'll find this particular artwork, here.

In the words of the artist herself..
"Mixed media of my original artwork in real acrylic hand painting and ink print.

For this artwork I used goldpaint, for to give it a gorgeous effect. It's on an authentic antique paper from around 1920s of the famous Parisien magazine “La Petit Illustration” , a weekly French literary journal that published plays, novels and short stories.

Every creation is unique, you will receive the similiar image but not identical since it involves hand painting on a different page of the antique paper including the beauty signs through time (spots, corner bends, uneven prints, etc). Every artwork is handsigned and dated. Ready to ship".