• DIY,  Make

    Pretty in Pink Tutu Dress

    A few weeks ago, I had the sudden realisation that my daughter is going to grow out of wanting to dress up as fairy or a princess soon. So with her birthday looming on the horizon I thought it was time to have a go at making her a tutu dress. I looked at lots of tutorials on the internet and decided to use a crochet tutu top as the basis of my design. The next step was to source my materials. Living in Australia, I wasn’t able to find the tutu top in store anywhere and had to purchase one online. The recommended rolls of 6 inch tulle were…

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    Ikea Trofast: from 3 to 2 Compartments

    The last few weeks I have been busily rearranging the kid’s playroom… again. This is my fourth try at getting it just right. We are pretty big fans of Ikea in our house and the playroom was bursting at the seams with it’s storage solutions. The Trofast and Kallax shelving have been fantastic for storing all the kid’s toys, books and LEGO, but I got to the point where I just needed something more, especially when it came to LEGO. So it was time unfortunately for the Trofast units to go. I was feeling a bit sad about this because there was nothing wrong with them and they are relatively…

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    Lego Disneyland Mad Tea Party

    While my family and I have been stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, we have been watching lots of homemade Disney videos. Feeling inspired, I decided to have a go at recreating one of my favourite rides at Disneyland, the Mad Tea Party, in Lego. It took me a bit longer than I expected to recreate the ride (especially finding the right pieces), but I am pretty happy with the results and the most important thing, my kids love it! Yes, the purple plates do spin, but not by themselves, they need a little push. I attempted to capture the feel of the ride by including the vines and…

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    Magazine Christmas Tree

    Last week my daughter Zoë and I were grocery shopping when she noticed a huge pile of magazines offered by the supermarket. For some reason (maybe because they were the Christmas edition), they reminded me of the old magazine Christmas trees we made in primary school. So feeling a little nostalgic, Zoë (5) and I decided to make one. My son Max (7) also got excited by the idea and joined in the fun. Here’s how we did it: Step one | Choose your magazine. The thicker the magazine, the fuller your tree will be. The magazine we used had 160 pages. Step two | Open the magazine to the…

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    Lego Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

    One of my most favourite memories of Christmas as a child, was counting down the days to Christmas on the old fashioned cardboard advent calendars. The ones with the beautiful Christmas scene and the little perforated doors hiding a cute little Christmas picture. We would hang them in the window so the sunlight shone through. These advent calendars have been replaced almost entirely with the chocolate ones these days or the fairly expensive ones with toys or stationary inside. I wanted to share the fun of counting down the days to Christmas with my children without them ‘getting’ something each day. So I started scanning Pinterest and the internet for…

  • Doll house makeover
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    Doll House Makeover

    Over the last few months I have been busy renovating a doll house for my daughter’s 5th birthday. The whole project actually started last year, when inspired by the doll house renovations on Pinterest I decided I would like to give one ago. So last November I started looking for doll houses on Gumtree and I got one for just $30. It was going to be a Christmas present, but I ran out of time to do the renovations so it ended up being her birthday present instead. The doll house wasn’t painted in anyway except for the roof, so I didn’t need to sand anything back. It was however…