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Play Kitchen

10 Aug

Since I saw this post, I wanted to make a play kitchen for my little girl.  I decided it will be the perfect gift for her 3rd birthday.  After I bought the television cabinet, I planned for days/weeks.  And here is the before and the after photos.

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And here is how we did it…

We decided to take out the divider (between the TV and the shelves).  For the back, we used old knotty pine ceilings (we took it out when renovate our house).  Hubby made the hole for the sink. Then I primed the whole cabinet.


Then 2/3 coats of soft blue paint.  The inside of the oven was painted black.  Hubby did the tiling and grouting.


For the shelves, I re-use an old cd rack that we don’t use anymore.  I took of all the CD dividers and made space for the microwave.


The stove is a wooden placemat and the burners is wooden coasters (I bought those at a craft store).  The stove knobs I got for free from a Appliance Repair shop.  After a lot of cleaning, it was like new.  The oven door is a piece of wood that hubby had cut to size.  He cut out the hole and insert a piece of Perspex.

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The sink is a stainless steel dog bowl.  The faucet is from our old bathroom.

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And then the fun part…  the decorating.  I just loved that.  The two baskets is for the food and baking stuff.

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A place for the shopping bag and apron.

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And a blackboard for the shopping lists of menu.

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And my girl???  Well, she was just loving it.  You can tell from her big smile.

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Now that it is finished, I’ve already started to think about next year’s birthday project.

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coffee gift set for someone special

15 Jan

Each year it takes me about 2 month to think about the gifts to buy/make for Christmas. I just can’t walk into a shop and just buy something.  I think about the person and what they love.  For my colleagues I love to make something.  Although all of them get the same gift, I create the gift with that particular person in mind.  What colours does she loves, etc.

For this past Christmas, I gave them each a coffee gift set.  We all just love drinking coffee at work.  and this is how I did it.  (just keep in my mind that this was my first mosaic project ever.  it’s not perfect, but I’m hooked now.

Firstly I made a coaster for each person.  I bought a small wooden tray and painted it black.  Maybe you can paint it after the mosaic.

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Apply project/craft glue on the inside

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And do your mosaic thing.  Since it was my first project and didn’t want it too difficult, I used strips of mosaic blocks.

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And voila…. the pasting part is finished.

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After the glue dried, it time to do the grouting.  Just mix water with normal tile grout to a thick mixture and apply it onto the tiles.

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Scrape the surplus off with a credit card.

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After the grout dried, wipe the tiles clean.  You can now paint the tray black, if you didn’t do it at the first step

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cover the tiles and spray the tray with a spray varnish

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Now the coaster is finished. you can buy any beautiful mug.  I’ve decided to buy white mugs and paint their names on it with ceramic paint. 

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And now to complete the gift set.  I melted chocolate and dipped spoons in it and let it dry.  This makes a great hot chocolate when mixing with hot milk.

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Then I google for nice cappuccino and coffee mixture recipes and pour it into little canisters.

And this is how their gifts look like. 

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A nice gift for a coffee lover.

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Gift for a baby

10 Oct

After this post, I was so inspired to make a gift for the stork party I was attending.  I loved the baby bouquet and the tie vest.  But instead of doing appliqué on the vest, I decided to use a product I bought about a year ago and never used it.  and I just LOVE this product:  Picture Perfect from Dala.  It was the first time using Picture Perfect and the results wasn’t 100% perfect, but now I know how to use it.  and it is really easy.

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Let me show you how:

Make a copy of a picture you want to use.  I made a tie on a Word document and print it.  Then copy it.  It must be a copy.  If you want to use words, print it in mirror view.

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Cut it out and apply a layer of Picture Perfect on the print side of the coy.

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Place wet side on the fabric and roll with a firm roller over picture to ensure there is no bubbles.

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Leave it overnight to dry. Place a wet sponge or a few wet paper cloths on top of the picture for about 20 – 30 minutes.

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Gently rub your fingertips over the picture.  Paper will come off in small pieces.  After removing the first layer, wet the picture again with wet sponge and rub fingertips again.

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Let the paper dry.  Paint a layer of Picture Perfect on the paper again.  Let it dry.

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Iron on the reverse side and Voila, You are finished.

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It is really easy to use the Picture Perfect and a quick way to make something special for someone special.  I can already think of a few things to make:  Cushion for a grandma, etc.  Will use it for this Christmas to make some gifts.

And then I made something else as well.  And what do you think of my first Baby Bouquet?

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Kid’s gifts to count the days

9 Oct

So, me and my dearest husband went on a vacation.  Just me and him, without the children.  It wasn’t easy for us to go without them, but the thought of my parents looking after them, made it easier.  But I want them to enjoy their time and know that we still love them and thinking of them everyday. 

I decided to make them gifts for each to tell how many days left before we came home, what we were doing that day and a small message.  And I must say, it was a hit.  My mom said the kids woke up early each morning to open their gifts, reading (or listening) their message.

Here is what I made:

Firstly, the message paper:

On one side of the paper I wrote a message for each one of them.  their own personal message.  then in the middle, I made a big circle (Pink circle for my girl and the blue one for my boy) and wrote the qty of days left in it.  and of course, a picture.  on the other side I paste a map of where we were and a short description of what we will be doing that day (we went on a coach tour and knew what we will be seeing, etc). 

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If you fold the paper in half, it had a message on both sides.

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Ok, and here is the fun part.  I bought a few small toys.  If there was more than one toy in a box, I took them out of the box to give them on separate days.  and I bought a few sweets for their gifts.

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Then I took some brown paper bags:

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And put a toy and a sweet in each bag. 

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Then I place the folded paper over the opening of the bag and stapler it all together.

The front side:

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The back side with the map on it.

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And there it was:  a gift for each day.  quickly (okey, I must admit, the typing part took some time) and cheap.  But most important, they LOVED it.  And you can use it for anything, maybe counting the days to Christmas, an important date or a birthday.

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handmade baby shower gift

15 Aug

I’ve been invited to a baby shower next week.  And since I’m in the "Homemade or handmade" stage of my life, I want ideas for a gift.  Let’s see what is available on the web.  (just click on the picture to visit the applicable website for some nice tutorials)

I just love the Baby Bouquets Idea. 


  Diaper cakes:


And how cute is this?


and wow….  Bib clips

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Anything with a tag, cause babies LOVE tags

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I want one of these:

Hope it inspire you as much as for me.  I’ve learned that sometimes it’s all in the presentation.

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"Seeds in a Wallet" Gift

17 Jul

this is a really quick, but special gift for a friend.  Or it can be used as a wedding favor.

For the Wallet you need a sheet of scrapbooking paper (12" x 12"). Fold it in a Origami Wallet.  This is really easy. Click here for a step by step tutorial.

The inside of your "wallet" will be looking like this now:

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Now for the seed envelope:

   Change the name on the template.  Print it.  Cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.  Use glue or double sided tape on the two sides.  and there you’ve got a envelope.  now you can put the seeds in the envelope.

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Get a nice poem or just write THANK YOU on a note.  Cut it out – must be the same size as the envelope. 

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Put the envelope and the note inside your wallet.

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you can decorate your wallet on the outside

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or if the paper is beautiful enough just leave it like that. 

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and voila, you’ve made a special gift.

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Hope it inspired you!

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Children Art on Canvas

24 Jun

I just love CANVAS.  I love to give my children the wooden canvas to draw on.

They are really cheap and a nice way to display their art (or your own art). 

This was a gift for my mother for her birthday from my 2 kids.  I always let them make the gifts themselves. 

my big boy (age 6), did these two.  (okey, this is one of the two he painted)

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He just draw on it with a black marker.  We decided it was for Granny’s lounge, so me and him painted it mainly red and orange (to go with the decor).

And of course, it was the little one’s turn.  She is still too small to paint a picture.  So, I gave her the canvas (outside on the grass) and some paint and a paintbrush.  and this is what she did……

Firstly she painted:

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then it’s was time for the hands:

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I took a lot of photos while she was painting.  I’ve chosen the 2 cutest photos.  Printed them. 

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paste them on her "painting" with double sided tape.  And for decoration, I glued scrapbooking corners on the photos. 

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and this was the end result:

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It cost us about R50 to make these 3.  but granny’s face (and tears) was priceless.

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Send me photos of your children’s art on canvasses and I will post it for more inspiration for other mommies

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