Friday, 28 February 2014

Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Friday - February

I have taken upon myself a daily photo challenge over at Fat Mum Slim, which for the first month has been pretty awesome.  It makes you look at the world a little differently (not in a crazed I need to take a photo way but more of a lets look around and see what the world is doing today, and if there's a cool photo opportunity well thats's even better.)

If you read this blog post you may also be inspired - it inspired me for 2014.  And you will also read it's inspired a lot of other people too.

It's pretty easy, you read the day's photo challenge and their prompts to give you some tips and hints for the photo.

I thought I would share my top 10 from each month with you to show off a little (and keep me motivated).  Hope you like them.

February Photo A Day 2014 #FMSphotoaday

Feb 1st - You....this is me, working on a fitter me...

Feb 2nd - favourite....two of my favourite little people, friends for life...

Feb 6th - c is for....crane in the clouds....

Feb 9th - details.....

Feb 12th - out + about......with dad....

Feb 14th - heart......xox....

Feb 17th - in my mojito....

Feb 23rd - this where I relax....walking at the beach, you never know what you might see...

Feb 25th - Cut.............I cut up some fruit tonight to make these super cute fruit kebab cupcakes for morning tea tomorrow.....

 Feb 28th - reflection....

Coming up in March.....

MARCH Photo A Day 2014. Join us?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tutes Cute Tuesday - Fruit Kebab Cupcakes

Seeing as this week is the last week of Summer (if the weather is anything to go by, Summer is definitely drawing to a close), I thought it was appropriate to post this Fruit Kebab Cupcake tutorial where I made these super cute Fruit Kebab Cupcakes.

It was my turn to shout morning tea at work and I wanted to -
a. bring something healthy
b. bring something healthy even though I really wanted to take cake and something fun

So  I came up with this idea while out walking (my best ideas come at the most random of times and places), turns out my subconcious must have mentally filed a few of these fun with fruit ideas, but hey I like to think the idea is a little original with my own spin.

Start off with a few essential tools - cookie cutters, toothpicks, sharp knife, cupcake cases, chopping board.
Notes: Check your cookie cutter is a similar size to the base of your cupcake case so the bottom layer (which is watermelon) will fit into the bottom of your cupcake case.
Double up your cupcake cases as the fruit will soak through just one case.

Fruit - Watermelon, Rockmelon, Grapes - you can use any fruit really just adapt it to suit. Don't forget the Marshmellows - very important for not only the littlies but the big kids too.

Cut a slice of watermelon about 3-4 cm thick and then use a cookie cutter to make shapes, pop these in your cupcake cases.

If you are using melon fruit, think about which way you cut before you actually cut the melon - turns out if I had cut the melon lengthways I would have had more panels for shapes.  I had to improvise and cut some panels from half the melon (as I had cut the melon in half already) but if I had cut the melon lengthways to begin with, it would have been so much easier!

Thread your fruit onto the toothpick, layering with a marshmellow and grape topper.  Strawberries also make great toppers.  Marshmellows are also delicious and it is totally acceptable to eat them as you make these Fruit Kebab Cupcakes.

The finished treats, looking too pretty to eat!  

Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday Mashup - 10 cuties we wished we had when we were kids........

1. Felt! like these felt loveletter cuties
2. babybel cheese
3. Cupcakes & Macarons - even better together xx
4. Princess duvet cover - if we had, had one of these we might have actually married a prince?
5. Suitcase Dollshouse - did we even know about upcycling back then?
6. Funbites Cutter - this would have made a humble marmite and cheese the BEST sandwich ever!
7. Little Red Riding Hood - a fun lunch
8. Diner Playhouse - definitely an upgrade from the treehouse!
9. Pony Bicycle - streamers were cool but.........
10. Tablecloth Playhouse - forts were cool, but this would have been the next level

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thrifty Thursday - 7 ways to upcycle the humble book

The humble book is a great read but when it's all read and done, it collects dust.  And in my house that's a regularity.  I came across these super cute ideas to upcycle books and they are all going on my to-do-list!  While I might feel a little guilt when starting to cut through the pages I know it's better to upcycle them, then leave in a pile somewhere to catch dust, unless it's a much loved favourite like Pride & Prejudice or 50 Shades of Grey or whatever your favourite may be.

Dishfunctional Designs: Bookish: Upcycled & Repurposed Books and Pages
Invisible Bookshelf

Dan Faires rRcycles Old Books Into Lamp
Book Lamp

Book Clutch

Book Clutch

Jewellery Box
That looks stunning! At first, I didn't even see those were all books! So gonna make this with very old books :-D
Hollow Book Safe with Heart (A Walk to Remember)
Book Safe