Tuesday, 21 August 2012

DIY School Theme Birthday Invitations

I always like to make my own Birthday invitations. I'm lucky to have Photoshop and I am slowing getting better at using it to make printable cards and labels.
This year Molly's birthday theme was all about starting school.

Here's what I came up with for her birthday invitation. I used a notepad paper background from here that I found through Pinterest.

 Here was the first version. 

It just wasn't right so then I purchased the pencil clip art here from Erin Bradley designs for $5 dollars. I thought this looked much more colourful.

I print them simply as 6x4 photos at at Officeworks for just 10c each so it works our fairly cost effective.

Here are some previous invitations I've made

Friday, 17 August 2012

More Cubby House Progress

There has been some more progress in the Cubby House today. Molly's was a very lucky girl and got a set of table and chairs for her cubby house from her Grandparents for her birthday.

They fit perfectly.

I put some word art above the door. These letters were from Typo and cheap at 3 for $10.

Lastly I added some more curtains to the front windows. I made these ones Cafe style curtains as having full length would take up too much room on the sides of the windows.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Molly's School Theme Birthday Party

On the weekend we celebrated Molly's 3rd Birthday with our family and friends.

The theme for Molly's Birthday Party changed a few times in the months before her birthday. Nothing really stood out for me. But the closer her birthday got, the more obsessed I noticed she was getting about the thought of starting school.You see the school Molly will be attending in for her primary years has a 3yr old program that I enrolled her in earlier in the year. She had to wait til she was actually 3 before she could start.

So the school party theme was born - apples, blackboards, red and green!

I was so happy with how the table turned out and even happier that I stayed in one piece all morning. I was having nightmares of Jasmin trying to pull the table cloth off and everything smashing to the floor. Luckily I managed to distract her away from the table all morning!

The polka dot lanterns are from Typo. They are actually a string of lights but I just used some coloured twine to string them up. I didn't need lights and the power point is on the other side of the room anyway.

The white blackboard was from Wheel & Barrow

The banner is a free back-to-school printable from Dimple Prints you can find here. The whole alphabet and much more including cupcake toppers, thank you cards and name tags are available for free.


I made the choc chip cookies and put them in the beautiful glass jars I have from Target. The apple sign is a Dimple Print cupcake topper printed onto label paper and cut out with a round punch.

I got the idea for the apple cupcakes was from here and the 'worms' in apples from my beloved Pinterest. All the cupcakes needed was red icing, a pretzel stick and mint leaf! The stands were a past purchase from Target. 

The spotty plates and spotty cups were from Sweet Little Birdy.

I just used jaffas for the cake. It was a really yummy cake. The actual decoration didn't work out as well as I'd hoped but I still think it looks cute.

We had vege cups that I also saw on pinterest. I used carrot, celery and capsicum with a spoonful of dip in the bottom.

Popcorn is always a favourite at our parties. I used boxes that I found in the party section of Coles and cupcake toppers from Dimple Prints you can find here. I printed them onto label paper and cut them out with a scalloped punch.

The fresh fruit cups also proved very popular and look so yummy!

We also put on party pies and sauage rolls for the adults and big kids.

Drinks were in tubs of ice on a table outside. I made the water bottles look pretty by using another free back-to-school printable. This one was from Bloom Designs. There is lots more in the set and you can find them here.

I put the goodie bags on the hall table near near the front door so they would not be forgotten on the way out. 

The little milk cartons are super cute and are a a printable from Paper Crave here. They are a little fiddly to put together but well worth it! These were given to the older kids that came to the party and had a few lollies inside.

The party bags were for the younger kids. I used white paper bags I found in the party section of Coles. The thank you card was another free printable from here

The party bags contained school type things. A pencil, novelty eraser, notepad, crayons, stickers and a mini box of smarties. I got all the goodies really cheap from Kmart, Coles and Red Dot.

Here are my two beautiful girls playing at the play dough table we set up for the party.

They had such a lovely time but they really are growing up too fast!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Our DIY Picture Hanging Kit

I want to share with you my picture hanging kit. This is my and my husband's go to kit when we need to hang a picture in our house. I put this kit together in the months just before we got married when I was working insane hours of the night trying to finish my house to sell and hubby's house to rent. Hubby was working away in the country for weeks on end so I had to get handy real quick. 

Lucky for me my Mum and Dad had always taught me that girls can do anything. I wasn't afraid to pick up a drill. I knew the basics about wall plugs and all sorts. But I needed to have everything all in one place so I found an old divided craft box I had lying around and kept all the pieces in there. It amazing how many different bits n pieces you can accumulate over the years.

Due to some furniture rearranging and installation of some new doors in the last couple of weeks we have had a few pictures to hang and rehang so our DIY picture hanging kit got dragged out again. This time we desperately needed to resort and refill the box. The box itself was looking a bit tatty so we also bought a brand new box. I picked one up for just a few dollars at a discount store.

In our kit we keep different sized wall plugs, screws, hooks, nails, 3M command hooks, a couple of drill bits and a few other odd bits that hubby wants to keep handy. This box stays in the house with a couple of screwdrivers and a hammer so it's easily accessible by me :)
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