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I’m no Martha Stewart, but…

I’m no Martha Stewart, but…

I’m no Martha Stewart, but I have to admit, I do love a bit of DIY crafting. It must be the Primary School Teacher in me. There is nothing more exciting than a glue gun, some patterned scissors and some Pinterest inspiration.

Recently, I’ve been decorating my kid’s new bedrooms. There have been so many gorgeous things I’ve bought, many from local businesses, but I have to say that there has been nothing better than making my own decorations and adding them to their walls. There is something about knowing that you have put your love into things for your kids. It may not turn out as wonderful as the photo you saw on Pinterest, but if you choose things that are simple enough, you can’t go wrong. It’s a lot cheaper too, and many businesses have DIY kits that help you to source the parts, but put them together yourself!

Some of my favourites have been…

The felt ball garland. As easy as pie, all you need is some felt balls, thick thread and a needle. I purchased these balls from Felt Foxes in packs of 50 for under $20! This one was made by myself, and Ella helped me choose the colours.

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Another garland, this time in classic black. Perfect for a little boy’s room. Sorry no, Hudson didn’t lend a hand with this one!

 

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This one was made by my dear friend Janine. A name canvas. A beautiful way to welcome people to your room.

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Whilst I didn’t actually make these letters, this OMM Design banner allows you to create your own magic, words of wisdom and inspiration! I reviewed this product last week and you can read it here.

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A simple Tea Towel in an Ikea Frame!

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And probably my favourite would have to be these button hearts. I saw them on Pinterest when Ella is born, and headed to spotlight for supplies to put them together. They took a while (I’m talking months), but when I had time I made them bit by bit, and I think they look beautiful in her new room.

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So whether it’s a large project or a small one, there is nothing nicer and more satisfying than creating something for your own children, and seeing it on their walls. It may not stay there forever, but whilst they love it, I will too.

kate

An early Friday Find: Valentines Day Kids’ style

An early Friday Find: Valentines Day Kids’ style

With Valentines Day coming tomorrow, there is always much hype around the day being ‘commercialised’ and ‘tacky’. I say make the day about family, and do something from the heart. Given the fact that Dan and I are parents now, I couldn’t think of a better way to express our love, by including Ella. I thought I’d share some great Pinterest ideas I have found that are simple, inexpensive and really come from the heart…

‘Thumb body loves you’ – definition of cuteness…

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Handmade heart – who wouldn’t feel loved?

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‘You light up my life’ card – simple and fun to make..

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‘Be mine’ valentines card – hands and hearts combine…

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LOVE…a gorgeous art idea for family…

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‘You’re one in a Million’…a yummy valentine treat

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and finally my favourite…a beautiful card that says it all…

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So whether you plan to go out or stay in, these Valentines day gifts will be sure to make anyone feel loved.

I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

kate*Each image is linked to their original Pinterest source

Reno wish list…

Reno wish list…

Renovating brings with it many challenges and frustrations. However it also brings a sense of excitement and wonder as your house becomes a blank canvas, ready for you to create your own masterpiece. Our ‘old’ house contained many furnishings that we love and cannot wait to re-home in the new spaces we are creating. We also, however, have had the chance to clear out the clutter and get rid of many things that we no longer want. This includes a white leather couch, and white dining table with chairs. We love white, but it does not mix well with toddlers and pets. Let’s just say we have learnt our lesson…

I’ve often said that I wish I could go back in time and get married in the ‘Pinterest’ era. Not to say that I would change anything, but being a Pinterest fan, I would have loved the chance to pin all of the amazing ideas and creations to my own board. The next best thing is being able to create my own ‘Renovation’ Pinterest board. This has been a great way to capture ideas, big or small, and store them in one place. I can also share the board with my husband, so our design can grow and we can literally be on the same page!

Here are some of the key ideas / design features we are hoping to incorporate into our renovation…

The window splashback….beautifully light and brings the outside in..

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A fireplace above a concrete hearth…

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Long, white subway tiles…beautifully classic but still modern

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The Oak Chairs from the amazing Mark Tuckey..these are my absolute favourite…

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Concrete…

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Industrial lighting..

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and an amazing entertaining area, just a step out from our living room…

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Whilst we live amongst the dust and dirt, we will keep our eye on the prize (and budget) and hope that some of these renovation dreams become a reality!

To follow my Renovation board on Pinterest, click here.

kate

*Images are linked to their original source via Pinterest.

Making more room!

Making more room!

Given the fact that we are expecting our second child in five months, the time has come to begin our epic challenge of making more room. We are lucky enough to live in our own home, my first ‘own’ home, in inner Melbourne. To be honest I never thought that I would be a home owner, it’s just so damn hard these days, so I am grateful and thankful to own our own little piece of Earth. Our two bedroom home, when we bought it, was what I thought was a palace. We moved here from a two bedroom apartment with no balcony, and when you are faced with your own patch of grass and an area big enough to actually use your dining table, it really does feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.

The thing is, I love my home. It might not be the biggest house, and we may not have a large backyard, but when you live in inner city, you give these things up to be close to the beach, parks and cafes which are only a two minute walk away. That said, we have had, over the past couple of years, always had the conversation about what we would do when another baby came along. Would we move? sell? buy another house? rent? leave things as they are? Each options has it’s own ups and downs. The fact is, however, that we love where we live, and unless we win the lottery, the chances of upsizing in this area are pretty tough. So we decided to invest our time and money into renovating our two bedroom house, and by adding some more space onto the back, we can get another bedroom and new living space. This new living space includes a new kitchen and laundry. I think I was sold on the renovation idea when we starting looking at ovens and island benches (oh how things have changed).

So after many months of talk, drawings and research, the time has finally come to pack up our belongings and move in with my (beautiful) in laws for 4?5?6? months, whilst our house is literally turned upside down. The challenge is to have it all complete by the time we meet Korber baby no. 2 (early June). Can we do it? We’ll wait and see! Over the last couple of days this has meant packing up our belongings into an endless supply of boxes (thanks to our lovely new neighbours who moved in next door and needed to offload their own moving boxes!). I knew we had a lot of stuff, but wasn’t quite prepared for the sheer amount of ‘crap’ that we have accumulated over the last four years. I’m up to 21 boxes and still counting. I haven’t even tackled the bedrooms yet!

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It all dawned upon me that this was really real on Saturday, when Dan and our good friend ripped up our beautiful deck. No going back now!

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This was before…

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and now!

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We are trying to get everything ready before I go back to work next week. I’m finishing up at the end of term 1, so then I’ll have time to rest, I mean Project Manage! Stay tuned to follow our crazy ride. I know that it will all be worth it!

Have you ever renovated your home? Wish us luck!

kate

Friday Finds: Last Minute Gifts made by the Kids!

Friday Finds: Last Minute Gifts made by the Kids!

If you are anything like me, things have just gotten away from you this Christmas! I normally send cards out, bake treats and generally have things to give to others! This year, a combination of work, having a toddler and being pregnant has meant that I’ve had no time to do any of these things (sorry friends and family). Lucky though, Pinterest saves the day with loads of little last minute gifts that can be made by the kids! I love the idea of giving Christmas ornaments to family and friends, as they bring them out each year and remember how little and precious our kids once were!

Here are a few of my favourites…

Salt dough hand print ornaments! Capture those tiny hands. Click on the link for the recipe!

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Decorations made from pipe cleaners, beads and other odds and sodds..

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Button Christmas Trees – cute as a button 🙂

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Hand print Snowmen –  in Australia we can only dream!

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Scrabble ornaments just for Grandparents!

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and my all time favourite…polystyrene sequined balls. This is something I made with my students each year. They take forever, but if you have kids old enough, you will appreciate this and relish the peace! (just make sure you have enough pins!)

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With only 4 sleeps to go, hopefully some of these ideas will save the day for you!

For my Christmas inspiration, follow my Christmas Wonderland Pinterest Board here.

kate

*Each image is linked to it’s original Pinterest source.

Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 7.55.34 AMToday we are thrilled to see Ella’s First Birthday featured on the super stylish Bondville Blog. The brainchild of Stephanie Bond, Bondville features a whole host of fabulous Australian products, designs and art for kids. Stephanie supports Australian and Hand made products and features a whole host of ideas that would inspire any family. The aim is to help Mums and Dads, whether it be with styling a new nursery, creating a magical birthday party on a budget, or featuring new fashions for kids.

Key categories on the site include:
Party Ideas (featuring real Australian kids parties)
Room Ideas (featuring real Australian kids rooms)
Stylish Kids (featuring Australian-designed kids fashion)
Gift Ideas (featuring Australian-designed products for Mum, kids and Home)
Printables (featuring Australian-designed print-your-own stationery)

It is with great pride therefore, that Stephanie featured Ella’s First Birthday Party. I was so excited to be able to share my tips and advice for creating a beautiful celebration without breaking the bank. When I originally posted about her birthday back in March, I wanted to share my ideas with parents so that they too could afford to create the perfect party for their kids. There are so many options out there…whether it be on etsy, a diy idea on pinterest, or a youtube clip. By using the power of technology, you can transform simple paper into a stylish creation!

Some of the ideas from the blog post include:

Creating your own personalised invitations with the help of graphic designers on Etsy. The one we used was J for Jordy.  The other stroke of pure genius is using a Cake Rescue Kit from Cake 2 the Rescue. Never again will I need to worry about the perfect cake…

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Simple, beautiful and personalised decorations from Vens Paperie on Etsy. All you do is send off your child’s name and age, and they send you a PDF to print and laminate! We also made the tissue Pom Poms by watching a youtube clip. All it takes is a little patience!

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And finally, the sweets were clearly the piece de resistance, so simple recipes like this one from Kidspot helped to make the sweet treats yummy! These mars bar teddy cars were a real hit!

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I hope that Stephanie’s Readers enjoy the post and can benefit from the ideas and advice! It’s a great site with loads of suggestions for Mums and Dads! You can follow Bondville via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Thanks Steph!!

kate

Friday Finds: ‘Be a Fun Mum’

Friday Finds: ‘Be a Fun Mum’

This week’s Friday Find is a quick one, yet oh so cool! This week, Be A Fun Mum shared a super simple trick for decorating cakes and adding a touch of flare to any birthday! Using a simple cookie cutter, add sprinkles and simply flip over to reveal a perfect number!  The possibilities are endless, with various shapes, sizes and sprinkle colours. Think of the cool designs that you could create to impress your little ones! Don’t believe it would work? Check out this picture below…

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I’m super thrilled that Be a Fun Mum shared this simple idea to help this little Mummy as her daughter grows up. I’m sure that there are many Mums and Dads out there who knew about this trick many years ago….

Follow Be a Fun Mum for other cool ideas on Facebook, her website, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

kate

 

*Image from Be a Fun Mum