Monday, 27 January 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Linking up with Practicing Simplicity

After some very sad news in my family last week it's better late than never for these photos.

I asked Mimsy if I could take a photo of her playing with her train set, she initially said that I could, but as soon as she saw me stand on a chair to take the photo from above she insisted on standing on a chair too and quickly forgot about the train set behind her.

I can't be the only mother who has children that consider tummy time to be the perfect moment to rest their eyes? This photo made me realise how much Ju Ju Man's hair is thinning out!

Wishing you and your family a safe week filled with love.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

One crafty morning I decided to create a three tiered cake stand

On the weekend we celebrated my sister's hens party with a high tea hosted by the mother of the bride and the bridal party.

In order to set out lunch and afternoon tea perfectly, I decided to make some cake stands using second hand tea sets and plates.

With the help of my co bridesmaid, the very talented and crafty Susie, we set about tracking down some vintage china from op shops around Melbourne. 

We came up with a nice little selection including this trio, a bargain I found on gumtree.

I purchased the metal cake stand hardware from My E Room on Etsy. Here is the link for the listing of the set that I bought. It included 5 sets of metal stands, washes and a screw. I also purchased a 6mm diamond core drill bit, made especially for drilling porcelain, china and ceramic from the same store. 

To make the stands you will need:

  • Three pieces of china - plates, tea cups, matching or mismatched
  • The cake stand hardware
  • A drill 
  • A drill bit designed for drilling porcelain, china or ceramic the same size as your cake stand hardware
  • A tape measure
  • A marker
  • A screw driver

The process of constructing the cake stand is pretty simple. 
  1. Measure and mark the centre of your chosen china
  2. Follow your drill instructions to drill a hole through the china on the marker (or in my case ask Susie to do this step due to Susie owning a drill and me running out of time to complete the project!)
  3. Screw the cake stand hardware together through each of your cups and plates, with the smallest piece of crockery on the top and the largest on the bottom.
  4. Tighten with a screw driver


Fill with dainty sweets for a vintage inspired high tea.

Ok confession time, I forgot to take photos of the stands in use at the hens party, but these photos give a little bit of an idea.

The cake stands will get a second run as decorations at the wedding in April. Then I think I'll give them a second life as jewellery stands!

Sunday, 19 January 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014

Linking up with Practicing Simplicity

Wild hair, talking to her strawberries and eyelashes a mile long - all fairly typical for Miss Mimsy Boo

Super Ju Ju Man looking quite dapper in his first suit.

I have to admit this week was a little bit of a rush to get the photos taken and up on the blog, so much so that when my battery went flat after taking photos of Mimsy, and I couldn't find my charger before the light disappeared, I had to resort to the iphone for a photo of Ju Ju. Safe to say my editing skills leave a lot to be desired, but I couldn't skip taking a photo of him in his gorgeous suit.

Off to look for that charger now!

Sunday, 12 January 2014


The 52 Project - one photo a week, every week, in 2014

I'm sure every time I wrap Ju Ju Man before bed, he must think to himself 'challenge accepted' before he smiles sweetly and then proceeds to wriggle out. So much personality for someone who has only been in the world for 9 weeks.

Mimsy Boo adores pretty dresses, arm chairs and stories about Winnie the Pooh. I adore her.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


One crafty morning, while reading one of my favourite blogs Elk & Bloom, I came across the idea of The 52 Project. It's a project by Practicing Simplicity, a beautiful journey of photography throughout the year.

So, on this crafty morning, I decided to join. Time to dust off my old Canon EOS 450D, switch it to manual and take a photo a week of my lovely children.

As you can see, I'm a beginner when it comes to the manual settings, but hopefully over the course of the year this is a crafty skill I can develop. Not to mention at the end of the year I'll be able to look back with fondness and remember some of the special times we have had in 2014.

A portrait of Miss Mimsy Boo - singing the ABCs is serious business

A portrait of Super Ju Ju Man - 2 months old today