Monday, February 29, 2016

Amigurumi Giraffe

One of the presents my daughter got at her birthday party, was a DIY packet to crochet a amigurumi giraffe.  A little, tiny bit difficult for someone who just turned six, I think, with the math that's necessary to crochet amigurumi, but of course it was a nice gesture. The one who picked this present to give isn't a crocheter, so she doesn't know.  It was a good moment though to learn my daughter the basics of crochet, so we started with making a chain. After an hour my daughter had a chain of about 20 cm and had enough of crochet for months, haha. So, guess who had to make the giraffe? ASAP, SVP?

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This week my Flamingo Piñata was featured by Scrapality!
 

Thank you, Andrea! 


 
Thank you, too, Sara!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Neon Party

My oldest daughter (who isn't that old, just eight) had her first dance party this week. To celebrate his birthday a class mate had invited the whole class for a disco party in the gym of his gymnastic club, with neon as a theme. I just love the idea of inviting the whole class, so no one feels excluded!

At first I wanted to make a dress myself, but the fluorescent fabric I had in mind was nowhere to be found. Fortunately I found something at good old H&M that fitted the idea in my head quite well, so I took the easy way out by buying a skirt and neon paint, to embellish a shirt.


I think I'm quite handy, but when it comes to hair doing, I'm a great failure, so I asked my sil to do my daughters hair. Don't you love the result?!


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My little Love Bug was featured by Oui Crochet this week!!

 
Thanks, Susie!!

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My Fruit Slices were featured by Oombawka Design, by Linda's Crafty Corner and by Diana Rambles!


Thank you, Rhondda, Linda and Diana!

Wanted #9

Ankle Boots by Miu Miu

Monday, February 22, 2016

Bubble Gum Cupcakes

This is the last post involving the sixth birthday of my youngest, after this one I won't bother you anymore with things I made for her big day. Until next birthday, of course, haha!


My most devoted readers know it: baking cakes and related is not my most glorious skill, but after seeing these great looking cupcakes on pinterest I just had to try! The biggest challenge was creating the bubbles, which are made from gelatin, but the cakes themselves weren't too difficult.

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After singing birthday songs, unwrapping gifts, eating cake and drinking lemonade, we went to the zoo. Here are just a few animal pictures (the wolf is my favourite wild animal, so I never fail to visit them).








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This week my Love Bug was featured by Sew Can Do and by Across the Boulevard!!




Thanks, Cheryl!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Flamingo Piñata

Flamingos.... I've almost reached the point I don't want to see them anymore for a long, long time, after all the birthday related stuff that had to be either pink of flamingo, but preferably both. Last year I felt th same about bunnies.

This is the last flamingo for this birthday, but it's a great one! May I proudly present my Flamingo Piñata to you?

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Because my daughters are sort of friends apart from their many fights, when one sister celebrates her birthday party for her school friends, the other sister is invited, too. And because that sister is a real invitee to the party, she brings a little gift.

The birthday girl lost one of her earrings a while ago, so thinking about what to give, didn't take long. And this week I saw such an adorable way to 'wrap' a little packet, so the tiny earring box came in handy even more!


This animal is from Schleich and they have lots of animals to choose from!


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My Flamingo Pink Birthday Bunting was featured by Scrapality and by Fine Craft Guild this week!


Thanks, Andrea and Rose!

Wanted #8

Veronica Dress by Pinup Couture

Monday, February 15, 2016

Fruit Slices

Now that Valentine's Day is over, I can show you some other little projects I made for my youngest daughter's Birthday Party. To start with this crocheted fruit slices that can be shoved over straws.

Clockwise: lemon, grapefruit, watermelon, watermelon, orange, kiwi, pitaya, apple.



I found this idea here.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hearts with Tassels

Our kitchen didn't have any Valentine's Deco yet, so I made another, different, Hearts Garland. I love the tassels on this one.




Found this idea here!


Happy


 

Valentine's


 

Day!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras King's Cake

Since I've been to New Orleans, years ago, I wanted to make a King's Cake. Not that I was in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but I loved that city and all that's in it. Even when you live in the Netherlands, like me, you know about New Orleans and Mardi Gras through movies and books. 
In the Netherlands people are celebrating Carnaval. It's something similar to Mardi Gras and also prior to Lent.

I've told my daughters about Mardi Gras and the King's Cake and hiding a little doll in a cake captured their imagination of course, especially when they heard about the lucky finder who has the right to tell the rest of the family what to do for a whole day!  They've whined about making the cake ever since. And because the whole family is busy on weekdays, sunday was the day!

Unfortunately I didn't have purple food coloring, so the cake only was colored green and gold. But that was okay with my daughters, since for them it was only about the doll and being the boss for a day.


Too bad, it was my husband who found the doll. What had to be a happy day, suddenly turned sad for my oldest daughter, who had been busy all week to make a scheme of all the things she wanted us to do in case she would be boss. Crying all over.
But then again, I think it would be crying all over also when she was boss and we had to tell her that of course she couldn't buy the two hundred dollar robot cat she wants so bad, or of course we couldn't go eating out in the fanciest restaurant in town, only because she was boss. And I think it would be especially crying hysterically all day long in case her sister found the little doll.

Long story short: I think this year was the one and only I made a King's Cake. I found this very simple recipe for the cake here.



Happy


Mardi


Gras!




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My Popcorn/Pretzels/M&M's/Marshmellow Cake from last week was featured

 by My Own Home!! 


 Thank you, Kristina!!  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love Bug

My sweet little daughters thought it would be nice if I would made this love bug for my husband. I think he will loooove it, will even take it to work to show it to his colleagues! Nope.  Don't think so. But the idea is super sweet!
So I made the bug anyway, but will give it to my daughters with Valentine's Day. Then I know for sure it will be appreciated!

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My Flamingo Skirt was featured by Threading My Way!

 
Thanks, Pam! 

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My C2C Heart was featured by Scrapality!


Thanks, Andrea!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Flamingo Pink Birthday Bunting

Due to an broken arm because she fell of the little ladder of her bed, we had to postpone the birthday party for my littlest one. She wanted to go to the zoo with her school friends, which doesn't mean watching animals, as you may think, but climbing in climbing racks and stuff, in which the zoo is also providing. 

The good side was, that I had a little longer to make decorations and such. Like this bunting. 

Wanted #6

Simone Dress by Daisy Dapper

Monday, February 1, 2016

Popcorn/Pretzels/M&M's/Marshmellows Cake

For my daughter's birthday I made an extraordinary 'cake' from a mix of popcorn, M&M's, pretzels and melted marshmellows. I only tried a little piece myself, because it really is a kid's treat, but the combination of sugar and salt is delicious! The kids loved it!



I found the recipe for this cake here!!

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The Nautical Knot Heart I made over a year ago was featured by Eye Love Knots! Nice to see an old project back! 


Thank you, Alexandra!

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