Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's a Boy! Sam's Baby Shower

Last weekend I travelled to Brisbane to help shower my neice Sam with happiness! Her and husband Mark are expecting a son in January. Sam's lovely mum Julie was host and her good friend Lauren organised some fun baby shower games.
I made a cute cupcake {or patty cake} display with some icing ribbon roses, hand modelled chocolate fondant teddy bears and some 'baby' blocks. This could also make a great christening display don't you think?..with the babies name on the blocks. 
I also used this {no bake} blueberry cheesecake recipe  but instead of making a full sized cheescake I made them in small individual serves...I'm not the greatest cheesecake maker but these really were easy so give them a try ;)
We used one of my ruffle tablecloths and I whipped up a bunting in boy colours...
Lauren did a great job organising some fun games and everyone painted a message on a babysuit {onsie} or's 'Nanny-to-be' getting her craft on!
'Party at my crib...BYO bottle!' took out first prize, so funny! and on the back she wrote 'no nappy, no entry!' Loved it ;)
There was baby shower gifts galore.....
and they were all really thoughtful and useful things!
The beautiful Mum-to-be!
You are looking so radiant and happy Sam, I know you will enjoy every minute of being a Mummy...we are so excited for you and cannot wait meet this newest member of the family xx
Have a sweet weekend everyone!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Crochet ~ for beginners!

Each year when the cooler weather rolls around I get an urge to knit something...and each year I am left with another useless unfinished project, sound familiar?! For the last few winters I have turned my hand to crochet, and I love it.  I started off with this basic five petal flower tutorial I found on YouTube. These are great to use as embellishments on your sewing projects or for little girls hairclips maybe? I'm sure you could find something to use them for!

If you don't know the four basic stitches used in crochet you will find this tutorial most helpful..

The US and UK use different names for the same stitches, I was not aware of this until some of my projects were not working out as they should have. So take note when starting a new pattern which terms they are wrtitten in :)
If you search the internet you will find many crochet patterns, most of them free, for almost anything you can think of! 

I am 'hooked' on making these flowers, I usually make a couple everyday in the car while I'm waiting for the kids to come out of school...not sure what I will do with them all yet!! any suggestions?

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