Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Silhouette Portraits

I was so inspired by a wall art project on mousehouse the other day that I couldn't wait to do something similar but personalised. After a week of mulling it over, a bird on fabric became... my kids on paper! I did it a bit different to other tutorials I have seen so here's my steps in case you want to do one too (and there's lots of other project ideas at Our Creative Spaces).

First you need some profile photos... I found bathtime was easiest for this! Because I was doing two, I wanted them similar sizes, so I just opened both pics in a Word document and played with the sizes until they were similar and fitted on an A4 page (if you are a Photoshop ninja you could of course go straight to drawing an outline but I did it old school).

I like working with stencils, so you can try again when you stuff up use them again - I keep food boxes to use for this as they are nice light cardboard, just paste your printed photos (from your A4 Word document) on to the cardboard and when the paste is dry carefully cut out the heads (I changed some details with ballpoint pen first, like giving them necks!)

Then decide which way you want them facing, I wanted the finished pictures to look to the right, so I used the stencils pointing to the left (the photo-pasted side is facing down). Trace around on black paper (I got some nice matte black paper from an art shop for 35c) in ballpoint, add a soft point below each neck, then cut out carefully with small sharp scissors.

Once you have cut out the shapes, turn them over and you can play around with colour, yay! I was going to use scrapbooking paper but found this pack of mixed A4 paper on sale (wrapping paper or wallpaper would be good too). I had planned to use bright colours but Miss 4 insisted on the gold.

Then you just need to attach the black piece of paper - paste might make wrinkles so doublesided tape or a glue-snail is easiest.

Because I did two pictures on an A4 to start with, each one now fits nicely on to an A4 backing, and A4 frames can be cheaper to buy than other sizes (sometimes they are called certificate or display frames). 

Other wall art posts we have done...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

BabyBites: When life gives you lemons..make cupcakes

I’m in love with Dear Colleen’s quirky ‘lemons’ prints for adults, so when I saw this post on one of my favourite blogs, Oh my! Handmade Goodness, I got very excited. These dinky little raspberry lemonade cupcake toppers were shared by Lisa from A House Full of Moxie and say “ when life gives you lemons…make lemonade cupcakes” – and to me it completely sums up life with two rambunctious little girls. When the day is going badly…let’s stop, get silly, and bake!

Perfect for the school holidays and the rain!

This wonderful little free downloadable set comes with cupcake recipe, printable cupcake toppers, wrapping paper, and cupcake stands. I’m in love!!

To read this and my other columns on Baby Bites online magazine, visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Grateful for Mum... and Strawberry Shortcake

It seems like most days lately I have been thanking my Mum for keeping me sane, for helping or surprising me - but I was still blown away by her unearthing my original Strawberry Shortcake dolls!

Recently I got nostalgic about these childhood favourites, and tracked down some bargain replacements (see previous post here). Mum said she didn't know what had happened to my dolls, which is hardly surprising as it was a VERY long time ago. But somehow she found them!

They needed a bit of a wash which was a great holiday project for me and Miss 4 one day while Mr Toddler was having his nap. Soon we will get all the dolls together for dress-ups and a berry nice tea party!

p.s. My mum is so awesome that she made some of these clothes herself, and they are gorgeous. Thanks mum  :)

Linking up with Maxabella Loves 'I'm grateful for'

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Where to find... More Handmade Rings

Rings are definitely my favourite kind of jewellery, I love that I can see them all the time (I never remember to wear earrings!) I don't have to worry about them catching on things, and they instantly make me feel more dressed up. Because they are small they are also great for buying online, and handmade ones can be reasonably priced for something special. I am always on the lookout for more, these are some I have seen recently...

Custom Braille Ring, studio AMF
Macrame and Silver Stacking Rings, Lunatic Art
Baby Elephant Ring (with diamonds), Michelle Chang Jewellery
Woodgrain Ring, That Vintage
Cookie Dough Ring, Beat Black
Rick Rack Ring, Christina Lowry Designs

(Previous post on personalised rings here, I never take mine off!)
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