I think that they have such a great deal of character and they remind me of the 2 little “dickie birds” poem. There was no two ways about this one, I either had to have them or make them.
Much like the original inspiration, I changed their facial features slightly by rotating the direction in which they were looking. I ramped the yellow up to provide an extra pop of summer colour. If you like them, you can see how easily I made them here.
The inspiration for these ever cute birds comes from the Elle Decoration Spring Edition 2012. I titled them "make me birds".
This post is via houzz and I can imagine that you can do this in just about any colour you want - just so long as its dark enough to show of the chalk I suppose. Enjoy :)
p.s. The rustoleoum chalk board spray paint I used to make my chalk cheeseboard platter set me back about R98 - this seems more cost effective.
I am so proud of this fun DIY project. What started out as a frame doodle turned into a cute fridge magnet. A bit old-school, but it works. The frames are so colourful and fun, what’s best is that they are so easy to make. You dont have to limit yourself to the fridge magnet version only. See how I made them here.
I am really impressed by these dainty craft roses. I first came accross this concept in a craft-wise magazine. I gave it a go and liked how delicate these little roses came out.
They also turned out to be very useful in craft projects such as making cards, gift tags, embellishing trinkets invitations. Whats better is that they are extremely cheap to make.
All you need is two 2 tiny pieces of punched paper (or cut out by hand) and a bit of paper glue. Thats is all it takes – see how I made them here.
Note: You can change the size and medium to make them bigger. The thimble will give you an idea of the size I used.
There is something delightful about cheese platters – For me, a well prepared cheese-board is the perfect accompaniment to good friendships and a bit of a fancy social. They are quick and easy to whip out for mingling guests or perfect for after dinner lounging with friends (and a good glass of wine to go with). The best thing about them is the variety they offer – so there is always something for everyone...
With a bit of variety, you can save yourself the trouble of having to point out each piece of cheese with this handy chalkboard cheese platter. . . Such a clever idea, I just had to make it (see how I made it here) - it also takes the humble cheese board up a notch
On my cheese-board I put my favourites:
- Creamy camembert cheese from Fairview
- Rosemary crackers from Woolworths are the yummiest and lightest crackers
- Green fig preserve from woollies (delish with the camembert)
- And some smoked dutch cheese for Rob (His fav)
p.s. To me, cheese is NOT a dessert – uhm, unless it comes in the form of cheese-cake or cream-cheese/mascarpone frosting <naughty grin>
p.s.p.s. I am thinking of a great cheese-board idea for a birthday gift – will keep you posted.
Happy entertaining :)
After the change in weather and snow in most of South Africa, I was unfortunately down with the flu. Looking at the crumpled pile of white tissues strewn in my vicinity and the wads of un-used tissue in my handbag, I decided to make something that will be of tremendous use to me. A dainty tissue holder. It’s petite size together with the pretty beading makes it a practical and pretty keep for any handbag or even pocket.
You don’t have to use it for your tissues only, you can also use it to keep business cards safe from make-up. See how I made it here.
This was such a fun project. I came accross the idea of a heart corner book mark while doing a google search on felt bookmarks. But from there, my imagination went of at a tangent. I wondered if I could keep the corner bit of the heart, but adapt it to other styles. And the answer was YES! So my first attempt is this little bunny I made for a friend who loves to read and loves bunnies. In the pipeline are some owls, a robbin and whatever else takes my imagination really.
I really like the heart corner bookmark - suppose I cant really give a single person credit as I have seen on a number of different occasions. Its easy to make and quaint. This is my take and I made personalised ones for my mum and mum-in-law.
Last Thursday, my mum and I went along for the Idea’s reader event, “Celebrating creativity High-Tea”. It was my pleasure to meet Terena, the editor, and her lovely team Dala and Carin (the creativity team who were so down to earth given their great talent) and a very friendly Roxanne. Perhaps, I did come across as over-ingratiating (my bad), but with sincere admiration, I was all smiles – I loved what they did and I let them know (even if I was a tad bit envious :) – all due respect).
The high tea itself was held at Sophias in Lynnwood (Pretoria) and was quaint and charming - a full house for sure, the treats laid out was an absolute delight – yummy – I can still taste that gorgeous red velvet cake.Meeting wonderful ladies did not stop at the Ideas editorial team – I went on to meet other wonderful and creative women – Two women who really made an impression on me was a lovely lady called Gina and another lovely lady called Lindie. Gina has a gift wrapping company in Alberton and Lindie bakes charming cakes (her home industry is in Centurion). Above is her rendition of baby cakes (Ideas Creativity Finalist)– the characters are inspired by the children’s book My Bed is my Bed by Mij Kelley. The baby cakes are a little bigger than cupcakes and the process for making them is more or less the same as for cake pops, but instead of dipping them in chocolate, you cover them in fondant icing.
- To visit Gina’s webpage, click here
- To see how Lindie makes these cute baby cakes, click here
-To visit Lindies webpage “Virelkevro” click here. (Vir elke vrou, literally translated for every women, is a notice board platform that Lindie created for South African women to come together and pretty much find whatever they need in one spot). All the best Lindie and Gina!!!
On a final note, there is so much creativity out there. It really got me thinking, aside from home and crafting industries, there is no huge platform to showcase and share what South African women have to offer. Hmmm, pondering on that thought...
These little fellows were so easy to make and such great fun too.
I made these two fellows last night, and I just love their big oogly owl eyes, lol :). Easy to make and definately a hit at kiddies parties, or just to entertain my husband :). Check out the tutorial here.
The above is a little project that I embarked on together with my sister Rachel. This is our version of a fine bone china tea-cup made with fondant icing. The occasion was simply a craft project for the most unique cupcake. This, is literally a "cup" cake. The decorative roses are made from the Turkish delight - this was a bit tricky as Turkish delight is very sticky without icing sugar. For assembly, I placed my cupcake inside the fondant cup (And yes, there really is a cupcake in there :) , whipped on a swirl of creamy icing, sprinkling of fairy dust.
Ta-dah! What do you think?
A creativity website with a collection of random ramblings about all of the beautiful things in life that inspire me -This is my happy place where I journal about the things I love and enjoy.
More here ...
About this site
See New Posts In your INBOX
Hi there, I am Charlene and welcome to my space. Always purposed to stay zealous about life, I'm married to the love of my life and am a proud mummy to our 2 beautiful babies and 2 fur children. An obsessive creative, strong in faith, I take my title of mom pretty seriously (maybe too seriously) and I love pretty things, furry friends, travelling the world, creating happy memories, chocolate and almost anything that sparkles. My space is proudly South African and proudly me. I hope you enjoy your visit - and while you are here, please feel free to drop me a note, say hi, share your thought or even set up a coffee date. I love meeting new people.