Sunday 3 May 2015

My Inspiration Monday - Superhero Bedroom Ideas for Girls

We moved out of our house recently for EQC repairs and our house is not only undergoing repairs but a makeover at the same time.  Lily will be moving into a bigger room and would like a superhero bedroom (superhero's are pretty big in our house and have been for a while, she dresses up switching from Superman to Spiderman to Batman and the odd Ninja Turtle at times.  Sometimes the odd pair of Fairy Wings and a Party Dress make an appearance too but it's rare!)

So anyway I've had a look around for a few ideas and it's really hard to find Superhero Bedroom ideas for girls!  Don't they know girls love Superheros too?

However I've found a few ideas to get me started, and so far I'm loving a City Skyline Headboard, Word Bunting to spell out important messages for Superheroes, Animal Hook Shelf with Superhero Mask detail (a clever KMart hack) and a print/wall decal - Bat Kids is pretty cute!

  1. Bat Storage Bag from My Little LoveBird
  2. Word Banner from Van Mariel or  Cotton On Kids
  3. Bat Shelf from Decor Handled
  4. Bat Kids Print from Little Pop Studios
  5. Animal Hook Shelf (KMart Hack idea) from Our Urban Box
  6. Skyline Decal found on Pinterest
  7. Super Hero Flag from  The Lovely Wall
  8. House Decal idea (might make this a city skyline) from 100 Percent Heart
  9. Na Na Batman Print from Little Laneway

Monday 30 March 2015

My Inspiration Monday - Buttoflies

In this week's My Inspiration Monday, we meet Kathryn from Buttoflies who is also addicted to Red Polka Dots as much as I am - just check out her Cath Kidston sneakers if you don't believe me!

How did your business come about?  

Buttoflies came about as a result of me needing to have an activity to focus on to take my mind off health issues.  It worked wonders!


Where did the name come from? 

As with most great ideas, the name came to me while lying in bed!  Obviously I make buttons, and my daughter loves butterflies, so just combined the two.


What do you love about what you do?  

I love sourcing fabrics that I think may be popular and when it comes time to make them up for the first time, the excitement of the finished product is still with me.  I love seeing people wearing my goodies.  And I love seeing the excitement on kids faces when they see some clips made out of their favourite theme or colour.


Where do you find time to craft?

 I craft in the evenings instead of watching TV, or while my 2 kids are at school.


What’s next for you? 

To continue making buttons, buttons and more buttons!

You can check more of Kathryn's creations out here 

Wednesday 11 February 2015

A little Fairy Love

With Valentines Day just around the corner, it's only fitting I share a little fairy love inspiration for your Fairy Garden or Terrarium.  And we all know the smaller something is, the cuter it gets, these little gems prove just that.

Start with .....

and then.....

With love xx

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Tutes Cute Tuesday - 8 Summer inspired crafts

Summer holidays are nearing an end for most kids (school heads back next week for most) and you're probably running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained for these last few days.  Here's some great Summer inspired craft ideas to keep them busy a little bit longer..........

Paper Ice Creams

Ice Cream Pinatas


DIY Sidewalk Chalk

Ice Cream Balloons

Pom Pom Ice Cream Garland

Freezy Dough

Felt Popsicle
Happy Crafting xx

Wednesday 24 December 2014

How to say Goodbye on Christmas Eve to your Elf on the Shelf

So it was with sadness that we said goodbye to Elfie on Christmas Eve.  I didn't want to make too bigger deal about it, but then he deserved a pretty good send off and I wanted to end his adventures with a little something.  So we gave him cuddles and made sure he was waiting in the right place for Santa to pick him up (under the Xmas tree of course!)

And then I made a little book of his adventures and wrapped it and popped it under the tree with a card from Elfie.  I also made a Christmas Tree decoration with a photo of Elfie and Lily - this is another tradition we have that every year we make a Christmas Tree decoration with a photo of Lily and something 'Christmassy' happening.  Another Snapfish product, we chose the Snowflake Ornament this year (for obvious 'Frozen' reasons) you can see the other options here.

I made both the book and decoration through the Snapfish website and with it being a bit last minute (good ideas only come at the last minute right?) I did not in any way expect the book to turn up before Xmas.  I ordered it Saturday 20th Dec and it arrived on Tuesday 23rd December which is pretty amazing service in my book (see what I did there....)

 Here are some of the pages of the book -

Now we can read about his adventures at bedtime and talk about what he might do next Christmas, although I feel he may turn up on special occasions, will keep you posted!

Saturday 20 December 2014

16 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Inspiration

Our Elf on the Shelf (if you haven't heard of Elf on the Shelf head here) has arrived and made himself at home. I thought I would share a little about Elfie and his adventures so far. It's been pretty fun creating a new Christmas tradition and watching (and planning) the adventures and mischief this little guy gets up to.  It also inspired friends and family to have their own Elf on the Shelf, and when I share his adventures on Facebook everyone was looking forward to the next instalment of what this little guy had been up to.

Look who just dropped in, (didn't get the memo about the fire being removed so ended up in the chimney outside)

Elfie was on breakfast duty this particular morning, he knew exactly what Lily liked for breakfast, must be a mind reader....

Seems Elfie hadn't finished his xmas shopping yet - naughty Elfie! Lily found him perusing the Kmart catalogue this one morning, lucky they are open until midnight!

Elfie coloured in some pictures for Lily one night, of course it was Sven his favourite Reindeer....

Elfie watched some of Lily's fave movies one night, and made some himself some popcorn - what a clever elf!

Elfie went on a picnic date with Mrs Potato Head one night.....

Elfie and his princesses having a tea party. Princess Lily particularly enjoyed the elf donuts....

 Elfie tried to recruit Bambi as one of the reindeer, we found him putting her through her paces one morning.....
Elfie took the school bus to the North Pole one night, hope he watched out for the flashing lights....

Elfie loves a good story, so do the Dino's apparently....

Making a Kiwi friend or two....

Silly Elfie getting tangled up in Dad's trophies and medals.....

Elfie, all aboard the Shoe Shoe Train....

Elfie trying to make us scrambled eggs, well trying to, those toy eggs can be tricky.....

Elfie was working a shift at the Supermarket one morning, Lily the Supervisor had been checking up on him to see if he's doing a good job.....

Elfie hung up my washing one night, wish he could do my housework every night *sigh*
If you are looking for more inspiration you can find more here on the official Elf on the Shelf website and my Cheats Guide to Elf on the Shelf.

Sunday 7 December 2014

A Cheat's Guide to Elf on the Shelf

So this little guy turned up this morning, (a little on the tardy side but better late than never, I didn't mention this to Miss 3 though. He told me he was a visiting a little while ago from Not Socks Gifts the North Pole but was waiting for the right time to visit). Tried to pop down the chimney of the old gas fire that Mr R pulled out last week. Didn't get the memo that the fire had moved outside temporarily (although it seems to be permanent fixture on the deck at the moment!).

 He came with a letter addressed to Miss 3 explaining basically how it works -
  • Who he is (a magical Elf)
  • Why he's here  (to spy on Santa's behalf)
  • Can he please have a name (we decided on Elfie) 
  • The rules (basically don't touch him, otherwise his magic will go away and he won't be able to report to Santa how naughty or nice you've been)

 And then he made himself some Kiwi friends and has fitted right in.

Now that's the easy bit done, usually there's a month of activities to think about but luckily enough the Elf on the Shelf journey has been carried out many times before.

Here's a Cheat's Guide to make the Elf on the Shelf fun (and easier!)

1. Check out lots and lots of inspiration here on Pinterest like this one from My Life and Kids

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

2. Come up with a bit of a plan! There are some lovely people who have compiled activities for each day in calendar month form on Pinterest, you can find them here 

I absolutely love this one from Mama Cheaps, Inspiration for both Slackers and Overachievers I'm totally following the Slackers one (and maybe thinking about the Overachievers one)

elf on the shelf calendar slacker edition wm

elf on the shelf calendar overachiever edition wm

3. Think about your kid's interests and what they are into/have been excited about throughout the year.

Here's a few ideas based on Lily's interests that I've come up with so far........

I have a few ideas that involve her toys (I think watching the Toy Story movies 1, 2 & 3! lately have inspired some of these)

Dinosaur Piggyback

Elf on the shelf- haha!!
Snippets from Suburbia

Hanging out with the Frozen Movie Cast

elf on the shelf + frozen, do you want to build a snowman, #elfontheshelf, #frozen,

Mat Time (Lily loves being the Teacher)

A convoy of vehicles to the North Pole - maybe a sleigh like this one

elf on the shelf…Santa's sleigh
The Organised Housewife

Elf Donuts - I blogged about these super cute treats last year

Elf made the kids Elf donuts! Cheerios topped with icing and sprinkles.

Movie Night

Day #6- Elf on the Shelf Idea!

Making Pancakes

elf on the shelf ideas

Reading a toy catalogue

Playing a little Poker

elf on the shelf-1-13

The Voice audition

Picklehead Soup
Stay tuned for more Elfie adventures over on the Facebook page!