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

Pacifier Clips


Anything with a tag, cause babies LOVE tags

mobile for the cot

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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Dining Room Lighting Ideas

7 Aug

I am looking for ideas for our dining room.  Well, not actually the dining room.  Our dining room is part of the kitchen.  But I need low hanging lights hanging over the table.  And it must be something unique and WOW.  And if I can make it or re-create it, it will be perfect.  Let’s see what is on the web.  (Just click on the photo so access the applicable site)



Wow, there is a lot of ideas on the net and not enough space on the blog for all of it.   I am so inspired now.  One of these days I will show you my dining room lights.

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1 Aug

Sawardee Kha

And this week we’ve been visiting Thailand. 

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Although Thailand is a lot like Indonesia, there was a lot of other things we’ve learned.

As usual, I made a book to read.  Xander just love reading out of his books – Everyday we have to read the whole book.  (okey it’s only 16 pages)

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We’ve learned about their manners, their houses, their transport, clothing, religion and their food.  Then it was time for Agriculture.  That was really interesting.  We did:

  • Fishing
  • Crocodile Farming

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  • Silk Farming. 

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The activity for the week was:  Lotus Flowers:

Paint a paper plate blue (the pond)

Cut a egg holder in 6 "cups" and paint it red/pink or yellow.

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We’ve made a fan from crinkle paper for the leaves and paste it on the pond

Then we paste the flowers on the leaves.  And there you have your own pond with Lotus flowers. 

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Our other activity was:  Kite flying:

This week it was really windy.  each day I thought:  what a nice day for kite flying.  Pity I was working during the day.  Today (Sunday), I thought:  today is the day….  and there were no wind.  But we did try and will do it again next weekend.

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We’ve ended our visit with a meal. 

we were really lazy this weekend.  And as we don’t have an Asian Restaurant in our town, we bought ready made Thai noodles from Woolies.  Quick, easy and really tasty.   

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Mix the noodles and the sauce

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Put in the microwave for 2 minutes

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We’ve try to master chopsticks.  Some of us did, other didn’t. 

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The food was really great.

That is all for this week’s "AROUND THE WORLD IN 45 WEEKS.  Next week we will be visiting India.  We are planning a great weekend with a great meal in traditional clothing.  Next weekend is a long weekend – A lot of time to do a lot of things.

here is some great links:





see you all

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Ideas for Styrofoam Flat Sheets

31 Jul

Today we’ve decided to install our cooker hood.  It was time.  It’s been 7 months now.  And it was so much easier than we thought.  But then I saw the flats sheets of Styrofoam.  Hubby through it out, I took it back into the house and into my little room, the craft room.  And I was wondering what can I do with these flat sheets of Styrofoam.  So, let’s see what I found on the net (just click on the picture to visit the site)

An Advent Calendar:

Memo Boards:


Wall Art:

Lots and Lots of children art:

Christmas Decorations:

A birdhouse:

Halloween decor:


For displaying purposes:

And I was just thinking:  what about square magnets for nice sayings on it – it won’t be heavy and will be a nice gift.

And of course:  give it to your children to play with.

If you have any great ideas for Styrofoam flat sheets, please let me know.

have a great day

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Enchanted garden birthday party

31 Jul

this must be a dream party for every little girl. Big garden, Fairies whispering.  Beautiful flowers.  The success is in the decor!

And as always:  just click on the picture to access the applicable website


Dressing up:



The cake:



Party Favor:

Around the world: Indonesia

26 Jul

Selamat pagi (that is HALLO)

Our first "stop" in our tour around the world is Indonesia. 

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And what a country.  Indonesia consists of five islands in a group of more than 13 000 islands.  Less than 6000 of these islands are inhabited.

We’ve learned so much about this wonderful country.  I made a little book for Xander and each night we read a few pages.  We learned about their manners, religion,  transport, houses, agriculture and animals. 

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We made a volcano, because there is so many active volcano’s in Indonesia.  That was a lot of fun.

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Then we made scatter cushion cover with Batik– In Indonesia they use the Batik method to colour their material.

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On Sunday we made an Indonesian Meal.

Rice and coconut milk is some of the main ingredients in Indonesia.  We decided to make a curry with coconut milk and serve that on rice.  Xander loved preparing for the meal and cooking.  It was our first time cooking with coconut milk and I will use it again.  it gives the curry a special taste. 

We made Uli Petataws (Sweet potato Fritters), Pisang Goreng (Fried Banana Cakes), and a chicken curry with coconut milk.  It was our first time cooking with coconut milk and I will use it again.  it gives the curry a special taste. we didn’t like the Sweet potato fritter that much.  The Fried banana cakes was nice with the curry.


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And eating:

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Some of us didn’t like all the food, but the others did

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And that was our tour to Indonesia.

Here is the great links we used for Indonesia. 





See you next week in Thailand

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Kid’s Batik

25 Jul

We are still in Indonesia.  And the one thing they love, is to make colourful material with Batik.  And while I was reading this, I remembered one of my favorite blogs did a posting about Batik. So I thought this is a very nice and fun activity for the kids.  And it was.  I’m now considering them making the Christmas gifts this year – already thinking of aprons for the grannies, etc. 

I decided to let them make a scatter cushion for their bedrooms.  I’ve pre-washed the material and cut it the right size.  Then we draw a picture on the material.  Xander did his own – drawing a dinosaur and I did a flower for Mia.

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Then we made a thick paste of flour and water – about 3 parts flour and 1 part water.  And pour it into syringe bottles. 

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The bottles were really easy to use.  just follow the lines on the material

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And here is our flour pictures.  Leave it a few hours to dry. 

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Then we paint with material paint…  all colours.  all over the material.  (I helped Mia with the red paint)

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And let it dry.  Scrape the flour mixture off.  and Voila,  a beautiful art piece from your child.

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