Mickey Mouse and Dora the Explorer Photo Booth

My delightful twin niece and nephew turned 3 last week. My sister is in birthday season preparing parties for all 5 of her children over the next few months. The party for the twins was themed to Mickey Mouse and Dora the Explorer and my sister did a fabulous job dressing up the party and making cakes. She also saw an idea onĀ Pinterest to do a photo booth/face in a hole cutout. I took up the challenge to create a free standing booth featuring Mickey Mouse and Dora. My husband sourced a spare thin sheet of MDF board which I attached to a base. I simply drew the images in pencil, filled in with paint and used a black permanent marker to outline the images. It took time to layer up the paint but it was an easy process and I was pretty happy with the outcome. What a great photobooth for the kids… and the big kids too.

Face-in-Hole Photo Booth featuring Mickey Mouse and Dora the ExplorerFace-in-Hole Photo Booth featuring Mickey Mouse and Dora the Explorer

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The End of a Spectacular September

Today is the last day of September and the last day of birthday celebrations for my wonderful friend Wendy. She celebrated her 30th birthday in a big way by doing something special on each of the 30 days of September. Activities ranged from dinner and coffee dates to movies, theatre shows, rugby games, poker nights and so forth. All of her friends were invited and it was up to you what you joined in on. It has been a fun month and for the final day she relaxed all day at home in her pyjamas. Typically those at liberty to do the same were school teachers on school holidays like Wendy, or a stay at home Mum like myself (which are probably the categories that are also happy to stay in their pj’s all day). A few weeks ago Wendy stumbled upon a recipe for a yummy treat and teased that I should be the one to make it. This day of blobbing out seemed like the perfect fit. The yummy treat was a Caramel Banana Cake Roll and was definitely a hit. The bonus is that it was easy to make but you just need to allow enough time for the cake to cool before progressing with the recipe. For the caramel sauce I used some leftover Salted Caramel Sauce that I had made, which went well with it despite the salt. The only thing to remember is that this has a minus health rating for the body, but a positive rating for the taste buds! I turn 30 myself next March, but I doubt that I will be celebrating it as spectacularly like my dear friend Wendy!

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Vintage Bunting

That birthday party I mentioned is coming up and the Vintage Owl I made previously was still on the fence. I decided that I would try make something to match and opted to sew bunting. I used the same fabric and felt to spell the birthday girls name, Kezia. I feel like the owl isn’t so random now with a matching gift for her room. If she already has so many things, then this will definitely be one of the more unique gifts that she receives. The lighting is really bad in these photos as I took them at night. I guess now that I have made it I should still give it – even if I am not entirely happy with the outcome!

Vintage Bunting

Vintage Bunting

A vintage owl on the fence

I like to try new things. I know I could go and buy the finished product or even materials to make it, but I would rather just see what I can do from what I already have if possible. I am going to my friends daughters first birthday party soon. She told me her daughter was already spoilt and there was no need to get her a birthday present. I could never turn up empty handed and thought I could try make something. I knew I had some floral fabric that the Mum of the girl would like, and searched Google to see what I could make. Somehow I arrived at the idea of a small vintage owl pillow, inspired fom etsy. I made my own pattern and figured out how to put it together.

I am still on the fence about whether to give it to her or not, as I am not sure if I like it. It is kind of odd. Would a one year old girl cuddle it, lie on it or play with it? Maybe I could still give it but buy something else to go with it.

Vintage Owl

Vintage Owl

I love puns

My humour is a little cheesy and so I love a good pun. When I lived in London for a little while I worked with a small team of people who also loved puns. They even had a punning game they would play in our open office environment. You took the opportunity to pun in response to someone else’s everyday sentence and then every time you made a pun you would follow it up with a loud and deep “ayyyyy” to signify you had punned. The game would go something like this. Person 1: Would you like a cup of tea? Person 2: Yes, milk and sugar would be nif-TEA (nifty)… ayyyyy! (Therefore making TEA the word to pun). Person 3: Sorry I left the sugar jar emp-TEA (empty)… ayyyyy! Person 4: Well next time show some responsibiliTEA (responsibility) and refill it, ayyyyy!

Today I was popping out to visit a friend I hadn’t seen since last year, who happened to have had their 30th birthday yesterday. We don’t usually do birthday gifts for each other but about an hour before leaving I decided it would be nice to do a little something. But what?…in a hurry! I whipped up a very cheesy card with a tea bag man and the pun punchline “Happy Thir-tea-ith Birthday“. Then I thought I would make them a mini birthday cake as I don’t think they had one. I searched Google knowing that single microwave cake recipes in a mug or jar existed, and I happened to have a box of jars ready for use. Jars, tin cans, gift boxes… just some of things I hoard for things like this. It didn’t take long to make and I topped it with some cream and sprinkles, as that was what I had handy. I think I need to buy a small pack of candles so that next time I could put one in the centre. I covered it in glad wrap and boxed it, as I didn’t have time to put a label over the branded lid of the jar. I love that in just a short time I had a cute little gift to show it’s the thought that counts, which is more effort than buying a box of chocolates.

(Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of the cake itself without the ribbon.)

Homemade Card, Chocolate Cake in a Jar

Homemade Card, Chocolate Cake in a Jar