Thursday, 31 October 2013

Super Simple Butterfly Clips





Hey guys,

You all know how much I love my big shot! Well ever since Madeleine became obsessed with butterflies I knew I had to make her some hair clips. So easy and every single one comes out perfect with the Big Shot!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

More Water Less Soda - Without a Fight!

Hi guys,

This post was originally shared at the Inspiration Cafe.

 My kids fight me every step of the way when it comes to drinking water and the little ones are the worst. They point blank refuse to drink water from the tap unless it's mixed with cordial, but if it comes from a bottle, they will have anything!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Six Scarves To Make As The Weather Cools Down




I like scarves! Since I started blogging its become blindingly clear that I really like scarves and I've made a few over the last year and a bit, now that the weather is cooling down on the other side of the world I thought I'd put together a collection of scarves you can make to keep that weird frozen white stuff from chilling your neck. Click the photo's to be taken to the tutorial.

Monday, 28 October 2013

It Puts The Rose In Every Cheek!

Hey Guys,

I'm at The Inspiration Cafe talking all about our favourite sandwich spread! Just Click on the jar of Vegemite to see what the fuss is all about.






Friday, 25 October 2013

Freaking Awesome Fridays #10 plus Features

Happy Friday,

I've been a bit quiet but only because I have been busy crafting up a storm, hopefully I will have some stuff ready next week. Now I am ready to Party!!!!

Here are the Delights, just click the pic to be taken to the post.

Too much cuteness the baby and the hat, from Stone Cottage Adventures!


I LOVE Monsters Inc, such a fun idea from Our Pinteresting Family!



Seriously hilarious post on kitty litter from In Him We Live And Move and Have Our Being                                                                                       


I don't celebrate Halloween but this is awesome from Silo Hill Farm



The Disasters - None we were all freaking awesome this week!





 And the most viewed link

This beautiful Dish Garden from Ivy and Elephants













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Thanks for reading 

Mel xo






Tuesday, 22 October 2013

DIY Mood / Colour Change Rings

Are you ready to do the hippy hippy shake and get all groovy??

Well these mood rings will get you in the mood!


These are so much fun to make and seriously so simple! I found some colour change nail polish for a couple of bucks at the reject shop (think dollar store my northern hemisphere friends) and thought it would make for some groovy bling.


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Paint the ring blanks with the nail polish, I did two coats.


Pour the Dimensional Magic in and I set it in polystyrene to rest flat while it dried.


And you're done, how crazy simple is that, I wanted to show you how they looked after the colour change so I heated up a rice pack. You can see a dramatic change in the pinky purple one but the blue/green is very subtle change. Obviously Elizabeth was more impressed with the Pink/Purple change.



DIY Delight or Disaster? Oh it's a Delight, so simple to make and they really did work, I was worried the dimensional magic might affect the outcome but it was perfect. I used to love mood rings as a kid, then I saw the movie My Girl (you know Macaulay Culkin) and now they make me cry a little but these are pretty groovy man!

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo

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Colour Me Bronze!

Morning All,

Really quick pop in today, since at the moment I am flat chat doing some exciting things around the mansion, but I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all who voted Mellywood's Mansion for Voice Boks 2013 crafty/DIY blog. I came third!

To say I'm thrilled is a bit of an understatement. Thanks to all of you who are always so supportive of me, it truly is a delight!!

 Thanks for reading,

 Mel xo

Friday, 18 October 2013

Freaking Awesome Fridays #9

Happy Friday!


Well I have been on a bit of a high since finishing my craft room this week which you can check out here. I finally got to see all the wonderful posts linked up, but I was pushing it time wise.

So the Delights (just click on the picture to go to the blog)

I love anything that makes life easy, these beans from It's All Connected are pre prepared so serving is a breeze over the up coming holiday period, I love that


I love the movie Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs Pam's Party and Practical tips has this awesome awesome awesome food idea to match in with the movie.


How pretty is this Candy Corn Boo from CSI Project!


Finally this Painted Tee from Honesty's Protegee is not only gorgeous but solved a crafting issue I had for an upcoming project I love it!



The Disasters - None we were all freaking awesome this week!





 And the most viewed link

Domeblissity is about to embark on a decorating adventure and gave us the history of her house from here in Sunny QLD and she like to remind me how much better the weather is up north!








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Looking forward to seeing what you guys link up,

Thanks for reading 

Mel xo







Thursday, 17 October 2013

Silhouette Scarf

If there is one thing I know about kids, it's that they're kind of vain! Seriously show me a kid who doesn't like to see their name, I doubt you can! So I upped the name thing with Elizabeth's head on this scarf.




I seriously love all those silhouette crafts but couldn't think of anything to do then I made Elizabeth the Silhouette Toiletry Bag  and she loved it. All the girls on camp apparently wanted one and she was thrilled and said what else can you make? Challenge accepted but I had no idea. Then when I was making my Easiest Patchwork Blanket I had a piece of minkee left over that was just the right size for a scarf.

Wanna make one?

Supplies:

Minkee or is it Minkey? I don't know! Cut to desired size
Cotton Fabric cut same as minkee
Black Cotton
Sizzix Big Shot  (Optional)
A picture of your kid, side on profile
General sewing supplies



Sew minkee and fabric together, right sides facing and leave a gap to turn right way out. The close gap and topstitch all the way around.


Using the photo trace around the head onto the Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. I used Ultra because you don't have to sew it. I would wash it on gentle cycle or in a pillow case but seriously now fiddly sewing, oh YEAH!!!


Iron it onto the back fabric and cut it out.


Grab your Sizzix Big Shot and cut out your letters using your Lifestyle Crafts Jump Rope 4-Inch by 4-Inch Alphabet Die. You could also embroider the name.

Iron it on your scarf.



Bob's your uncle one silhouette scarf! Bob in fact was my grandfather so that's a really stupid saying!





DIY Delight or Disaster? Umm me likey!! It's such a fun and simple thing to do but a huge impact and she loved it. Her friends want me to make them one. I think you could even buy a scarf if you're not keen on making one and do it with some tween girls as a craft night. Or they could put their head on one side and their BFF on the other. Although knowing girls that could be a dumb move, they tend to argue. On the whole I am calling this one a delight.

I know I am already a million times behind on the silhouette thing but is it truly over, or am I bringing it back like Justin Timberlake brought sexy back?? Either way I like it!

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Funky Tween Bag

Hey all,

Well it's finally happened my little girl is growing up and she wants a "real' bag or purse depending on where you are.


however since I don't want to let my baby girl grow up too quickly I wanted her to have a bag that makes her feel grown up but to be young enough for her to still be my girl and this gorgeous fabric I was given to try from wholeport fits both our requirements. you can find it here.

I used the Convertible Clutch pattern from LBG Studio which I purchased as part of the Sew Fab promotion over at Sew Jereli.

But I also wanted to show you a trick I have for patterns when I am using fabric that can't be pinned.

I print my pattern and stick it together.


Then trace it onto the back of a piece of adhesive vinyl (or you could use contact paper)

Cut it out and stick it onto the vinyl. For this fabric I wanted to make sure I got the images of the girls in full.

It works great the fabric does't slip and I have the perfect pattern in one piece for next time, so no reprinting, just copy your darts and instructions onto it. It doesn't slip and I have never had any issues with sticky residue however I would suggest that you test it if you're concerned.


I used a pretty polka dot for the lining and the handle


DIY Delight or Disaster? Elizabeth loved the print and I plan on making her a few more accessories with the left over fabric. It's perfect for a young girl on the go. Being waterproof it wipes clean and it's grown up enough for her to feel like a lady but young enough for me not to cry that my baby is no longer a baby....Delight!

Don't forget to check out the rest of Wholeports fabric range here

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo

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