August 12, 2014

So, I bought my first project life album! It’s been so much fun. I’ve always been so intimidated by PL for some reason, I think the big 12×12 layouts scared me, but I’ve been looking at the 6×8 albums for awhile and finally decided to take the plunge. I got the linen (yay!) 6×8 album and I picked up a few extra page protectors too. I decided to take a pretty simple and laid back route and just do it as a monthly collection, instead of per week like a lot of people. By this  I mean all my photo’s etc don’t have to be in chronological order, as long as all my July photo’s are in my July section, then I’m happy.

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It’s so much fun! Most of my photo’s were iPhone photo’s and I literally just edited them in iPhoto. I used cards out of heaps of different kits and lots of assorted embellishments too. I didn’t restrict myself to any colours or themes, all I wanted at the end of the day was for my photo’s to be printed and in my hands. I’ve got a fair few more pages to show you so stay tuned over the next week or so. Kiah. xx.


August 5, 2014

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My best friend’s pregnant (!!!!) and I wanted to start making her and her soon to be bebe some pretty things to put around the nursery. I wanted to use up things I already had and thought these little tissue paper flowers would be the perfect addition to the babes nursery. They’re really easy and relatively quick to make and they’re just going to look so adorable hung up in the nursery, I can’t wait! Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

Tissue paper in an assortment of colours ( at least three colours)
Plus a hot glue gun and yarn if you want to make the flowers into a garland.

What to do:

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Gather your supplies. Leave your tissue paper folded in half, and make a cut about 4-5cm wide. Do this for each colour of tissue paper.

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Put your tissue paper in the coloured layers you want. I did a bit of an ombre effect but it’s up to you.

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Once the coloured strips are in an order you’re happy with, cut the strip into quarters. Then, start separating the papers. Each flower should get 2-3 layers of each colour, so depending on how many colours you have you should end up with about 12 layers of paper.

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Staple all the layers together with two staples in the centre of the papers. Next, trim off the corners. (Keep the left over corners for confetti!)

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Now it’s time to start forming the flower. Start at the top and lift up the first layer of paper and scrunch it up and in. Then continue this layer by layer, until your flower is formed. It really is that easy!

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You can either stop here or you can make enough flowers to make a garland. To make the garland you’ll need at least 12 flowers and about 2-3m of yarn.

Cut your yarn and determine the distance you want between each flower. Using your hot glue gun, dab some glue in the centre of the back of the flower and press the yarn into the glue. Continue this until each flower is glued to the yarn. Hang up and enjoy your pretty flowers!

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Can you guess what gender the baby is? Ha! Kiah. xx.


August 1, 2014

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Last weekend I bought this cute side table at a garage sale and immediately decided to paint it yellow. I ended up doing three coats and then lightly sanded down the edges to make it look a bit more rustic. I then spray painted the handle white. It looks really cute, and I’m so happy with the yellow!

Here’s the before photo:

Look how pretty and happy it is now. Also look at that cute babushka doll. It’s actually measuring cups! Pretty cool, right?

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Happy Friday everyone! Kiah. xx.


July 24, 2014

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Yum!!! Confetti cupcakes are the best! Especially in mini size. This is a really fool proof recipe that doesn’t need much ingredients or time. Ok, let’s get to it, but first, let’s look at a few more pretty pictures.

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For the cupcakes:
125g butter softened
125g sugar
2 eggs
125g SR flour
1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

For the icing:
1C icing sugar
1/3 C butter
little bit of water

What you need to do: 

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, alternating with the flour. Add the vanilla and beat well. Stir in sprinkles. Fill mini cupcake cases with the mix and bake in a moderate oven 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool completely.

Whilst the mini cupcakes are cooling make your icing! Beat the butter, icing sugar and water until pale and it all combines and becomes smooth.

I spread it on with a spoon (so I don’t have to clean a piping bag!) but you can do whatever suits you. Once you have spread the icing, sprinkle over the pretty sprinkles. This makes 18 mini cupcakes.

Happy baking!!! Kiah. xx.