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Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Dec 21, 2015 .
You know those moments in life where things escalate quickly. Before you know it, you are someplace that you had no intention of going (and you have no idea how you got there).
 
That pretty much sums up this R2D2 cake for my son’s birthday party. I started off with the idea of making a pretty special cake that would stand vertically and make a striking centrepiece. Then my husband got involved, and suddenly we were discussing  how to make our R2D2 cake play the famous Princess...

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Oct 30, 2015 .
We were at the market on the weekend when we discovered some beautiful bowls made from repurposed wine barrels. With a gentle curve to the wood, the barrels already have graceful lines and it’s like they have been secretly designed for this purpose.
I have seen so many ‘playroom’ pictures online that look like a magazine spread, let’s face it, they probably are. The rooms look amazing but you kind of get the feeling that the minute a child is allowed to actually ‘play’ in the space (rather than pose nicely for a photo) then the room would look altogether different.

Posted by in Look book, Home decor on Aug 27, 2015 .

So you are pregnant and the ‘nesting bug’ is kicking in. You have spent soo much time scouring the internet and magazines for nursery design inspiration. You want your nursery to be perfect and beautiful with all the latest ‘on trend’ items. You see those magazine spreads of nursery design reveals and drool over everything. It is your dream to have that nursery for your baby, nothing but the best right?

The reality of creating a nursery is quite different.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Aug 25, 2015 .

THIS would be the number one item in our home that I get the most comments from guests about (and there is lots of cool stuff in our home if I do say so myself):

When I redecorated the playroom I wanted something different and creative to top it all off. I made this super-easy lampshade using only a basic paper lampshade, glue and paper ‘patty pans’.

When I say easy, I mean easy.

Posted by in Look book on Jun 14, 2015 .

It's amazing just how versatile a color pink can be. From subtle shades and pastels to bold bubblegum hues, as soon as you have a baby girl you will quickly learn that too much pink is never enough.

But rather confining girls to a world formed by mixing white and red, it's easy to add other tones to create a stylish look that uses tasteful highlights and pops of color for points of interest.

Posted by in Look book on Jun 14, 2015 .

It's often a lot easier to come up with an idea for a nursery because you have a bit of scheduled time available (ignoring the fact that the schedule is often completely wrong!). Working towards a due date gives you a concrete time to work things out and make sure everything goes together perfectly.

Posted by in Look book on Jun 13, 2015 .

It's a very personal decision to decide what details you learn about your new son or daughter before they are born, but there is one situation where most agree it is almost always better to know - designing the new nursery's decor!

Posted by in Look book on Jun 12, 2015 .

Blue. Surely that's all you need for the decor of your boy's room? Let's be honest, for those of us who found out the sex of the little one before they were born, as soon as you realized it was a boy you discovered two things

Posted by in Look book on Jun 12, 2015 .

Your bathroom should be a sterile place, with the walls kept as white as possible, right? WRONG. Brightening up a bathroom can bring a host of benefits to the look and feel of your house, especially if you have young ones.

For most people, the idea of putting together a color scheme for their bathroom can seem daunting.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials on Jun 08, 2015 .

I have had so many questions and requests about this so finally I am going to let you all know how I made this dresser:

I made these quite a while ago, before baby 2 was born and absolutely love them. They are so bright and colorful I use them in heaps of my display shots for the artwork in my WallFry store and customers have been asking me where I got the dresser.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials on Feb 15, 2015 .
Our friends had a baby boy recently and we wanted to give them a personalized gift that was a little bit different. After searching high and low for a set of alphabet blocks to make his name, we decided it might be better if to do it ourselves - and I think it came up looking great.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Feb 05, 2015 .

I have seen these fabric covered letters around and I loved the look of them so thought I would have a go at making one for my baby daughter.

It seemed pretty straightforward, but I scoured the Internet anyway for a tutorial or some tips. I found this tutorial to be very detailed and helpful.

Posted by in Cakes / Parties on Feb 04, 2015 .
This dip was one of the easiest things to make for my little one's underwater birthday party, but it looked great and certainly had the adults talking. And eating, of course.
 
You can watch the video below of how I made it, but I thought I would add a few tips as well.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials on Dec 18, 2014 .

I have always wanted to create a cookie Christmas Tree and this year I finally found the time!

I purchased one of the star cookie cutter  packs online (you can get these everywhere now), found a rolled cookie recipe and got baking! You may prefer to do these with gingerbread, but I am not a fan so went with a vanilla cookie base.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Oct 16, 2014 .
Make your Halloween treats more spooky with edible monster eyes - so easy to make!
 
 
Edible monster eyes are the must-have item for making any sweet favor 'monsterlicious'. Making your own is sooo easy and works out sooo much cheaper than buying them. Once you make them you won't be able to believe you ever considered paying for them and (if you are like me) you will have heaps to spare!

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Oct 07, 2014 .
Halloween is supposed to be creepy, even scary right?  Well if you have little kids like I do, you might want to keep the level of 'horror' down a bit. Still a little 'ewww' goes a long way.
 

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Oct 01, 2014 .
 
Who says Halloween has to be all about the candy? We had a 'Monster Party' recently for my son's birthday and this was one of the huge hits with the kids.
One of the most exciting things about being pregnant (other than the impending baby) is designing and decorating the perfect nursery for your little one.

Posted by in Cakes / Parties on Oct 11, 2012 .
I little while back I posted about this amazing butterfly cake for girls that I was so impressed by at a recent party I attended. It came from a new edition of the classic Australian Women's weekly cake book  which most of us know and love (and grew up with).
 
Well, I have been impressed again at another children's birthday party (yes this is my social life at the moment) by the cupcakes, made by the very clever Mum:
 
 
Oink Oink!
 
I love these Pink Pig...
When I started Wallfry, one of the biggest selling items in my store was the custom, personalized wall letters.  They are different from a lot of the other wall letters for children, in that you only need one!

Posted by in Cakes / Parties on Jul 03, 2012 .
Ok, so I have to confess that this was not my creation, nor my design, but I was pretty impressed with this gorgeous butterfly cake that a good friend made for her daughter's first birthday.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Feb 13, 2012 .
Each year I make my two boys a cake. You may remember my post regarding the dilema with my 3-year olds 3rd birthday cake which ended up being a pretty satisfactory lion (albeit a licensed TV character, but that is all part of the story). This time it was nearing my youngest son's 2nd birthday so again the preparations begin:

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Feb 02, 2012 .
We had a space in our relatively new house that has been bothering me since we moved in. It is a tall, narrow space and was completely bland and devoid of color:
It catches my eye every time I enter the house and I hated it. I had been searching for the right solution for ages (I even considered a feature wall) but could not find anything either both the right size AND right color.
 
Then I remembered a very old 'Art' frame that we bought from the Ikea 'As Is' section (it...
The only thing is with making your own cakes for your childrens' birthdays is that there is a certain pressure for the cake to be better and better with each year and each party. So the pressure was on to go one better with Harvey's second birthday cake after the success of his first birthday cake.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Cakes / Parties on Dec 01, 2011 .
There are so many different children's birthday themes and ideas for decorations that it can become an expensive exercise for something that usually all gets thrown out the next day (or the same day if you are really efficient). So I took DIY to the next level and had Harvey create some of his own decorations for his second birthday party.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Look book, Home decor on Oct 04, 2011 .

We have a space in our entry hall that was looking pretty barren and..... vacant even though it was a major thoroughfare for bikes and play.

I wanted to make use of this bare wall and had seen so many fabulous photo walls and framed art walls that I thought this would be the perfect space to create a feature wall with a difference. My goal was to make it as eclectic as possible while still maintaining some design integrity. We are really happy with the results:

As it is in a...

Posted by in Look book, Home decor, Nurseries/Playrooms on Jul 30, 2011 .
I am always so grateful when one of my customers sends me a photo of their completed nursery. I have kids, so I know what a busy time preparing for and looking after a new baby is and I am always so impressed when someone does their nursery design well.

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Jul 28, 2011 .
When DIY goes wrong..... sort of.
 
No, it is not a photograph of the sun during a solar eclipse or anything remotely as impressive, merely the results of my latest DIY project:

Posted by in DIY and Tutorials, Home decor on Jun 09, 2011 .
Have you ever wanted to do something with all those photos from a special event, trip or baby's first year? They sit in boxes or photo albums and never get looked at. None of them are really good enough to warrant a frame or spot on the wall of their own, but together they could be awesome!?
 I have recently created a collage frame with the photos from our wedding reception and want to share with you how I did it.
 
I made a large frame with 35 photos, however you could go...

Posted by in Home decor, Nurseries/Playrooms on Jun 01, 2011 .
As the boys are getting older we are very quickly starting to run out of space in their play area / rumpus room. It is a space off to one side of the living area, not huge but it should be plenty big enough for two little guys. So it was time to organise and, better still, decorate! And to do so with a budget in mind.
So it was time for the youngest to turn one (oh they grow so fast!) and of course time for another super dooper birthday cake made by Mum (me). The problem with making a special, novelty birthday cake for each birthday is that there is significant pressure (mostly from family and friends, let's face it a one year old does not create that kind of pressure) for it to be bigger better, more impressive, more creative, more fun and have a better story than the last one.

Posted by in Home decor, Nurseries/Playrooms on Feb 08, 2011 .
Chevron is back and it is a growing trend in nursery design. It is a fabulous way to add modern style and playfullness to your little one's space. 
 
There are endless ways that you can incorporate the timeless zigzag stripe into your nursery design.

Posted by in Cakes / Parties on Jan 31, 2011 .
I usually ask my boys 'what cake would you like for your birthday party?' and, given that the oldest has only just turned 3 the response is often 'birthday cake' or the latest from my youngest just 'cake'(incidentally, when I asked the youngest, nearly 2, what his favorite color was he replied 'grey maybe' hmm, gonna be a great grey cake!).

Posted by in Cakes / Parties on Oct 13, 2010 .
Harvey turned 1 a while ago now, but as more birthdays approach and  I start to think about decorating cakes again, I had to share his First Birthday Cake that I made.
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