Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bunny Ears



Want to bring some Easter bunny magic to your home? Hop to it and make your little one even more adorable with a pair of pink felt ears.

Tools and Materials
Child-size headband
8-by-16-inch piece of pink felt
6-by-6-inch piece of white felt scissors
pinking or scalloped shears (optional)
hot-glue gun
hot-glue sticks 

To Cover the Headband
1. Measure the width and length of the top of the headband, add 1/2 inch to all sides, and cut a strip of pink felt to cover.
2. Glue the felt strip onto the top of the headband, wrapping the extra material around the headband's edges.
3. Measure the underside of the headband, and cut a strip of pink felt to fit.
4. Glue the strip to the underside, creating a backing that covers the edges of the top felt.

To Make the Ears 
1. Print out the bunny-ears template, and cut out both shapes.
2. Trace the outer-ear shape onto pink felt twice, and cut along scalloped edge (or cut out with pinking or scalloped shears).
3. Trace the inner-ear shape onto white felt twice, and cut out with regular scissors.
4. Glue each pair of ears together with hot glue, and let dry.
5. Crease each ear vertically down the middle, and press. 
6. Fold up the bottom flaps on either side of the notch, and attach to headband with hot glue, pulling notches closed so ears are slightly bent. Hold until glue sets.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bunny Finger Puppets


 

We came across these adorable little bunny finger puppets on the purl bee. Get your little ones to help you create these for Easter!

Materials
Various colours of felt
Cream, pink, and brown embroidery thread
One skein of blue sky cotton in driftwood
The Bunny Finger Puppet Template (download here) printed and cut out.
A water soluble fabric marker 

How to
1. Using the template cut two bunnies from the white felt and two from one of the bright colors.
  
2. Sandwich all four pieces together with the two white pieces on the outside and the two bright pieces inside. Pin them together. Starting at a bottom corner sew through all four layers right along the edge with a small running stitch. Sew in this manner along the first side stopping at the base of the ear.


3. Divide the felt into two ears each consisting of two layers of felt (one white and one bright colour). Sew through only the first ear along it's edges. Leave the other ear unsewn for now.


4. Resume sewing through all four layers of felt once you get back to the head of the bunny as shown above. Then keep sewing in this manner until you get to the bottom edge of the body.
 

5. Open up the bottom of the shape so the bright felt is on the inside of the opening. Sew through only two layers (the white and the bright felt) of the bottom edge of the puppet. Then continue on sewing along the opposite side through just the other two layers. This will form the finger opening.


6. Once you're done sewing the body sew the second ear together along the perimeter with a small running stitch.
 

7. Draw a face on the bunny as shown on the template.


8. Using the pink embroidery thread and a satin stitch embroider the nose. Embroider the eye with a couple of back stitches.
 

9. To make the whiskers: Tie a little knot leaving an inch long tail in the cream embroidery thread. Pull the thread though one of the whisker markings.


10. On the opposite side wrap the thread once around the needle. Pull the needle through this wrap, forming a small French Knot, and then trim the embroidery thread. Repeat this for the two other whiskers and trim them so they are all about the same length.


11. Spray the puppet with water to get rid of the fabric marker markings.

12. Wrap the cotton yarn around two of your fingers several times. Pull this gathered yarn off of your fingers and wrap the yarn around the middle of this gathering tightly and tie a little knot. Cut the loops to form a pom pom. Trim the pom pom so it's fluffy and round.


13. Using the cream colored embroidery thread sew the pom pom tail onto the puppet.


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Joolz Day Pram



The Joolz Day Pram invites and includes your child in your everyday activities, no more frustration when you stop at a fence as your child will see everything you see, a pram that doubles as a highchair, so compact it can fit in almost any car, a great range of accessories and it looks the business.
 
8 fantastic features of the Joolz Day Pram: 
1. High seating position of the seat: ready to push straight up to the table. High seat and cot position relieves the back when lifting your child in or out. 
2. Footrest adjustable in length: consistent support as your child grows – and no more dangling legs.
3. Handlebar adjustable in height: to give both long and short legs the right amount of space when walking behind the push-chair. Especially good news for tall dads.
4. Comfortable and practical cot: also suitable for sleeping in at night, comes complete with a hypoallergenic mattress.
5. Ergonomic seat is reversible and adjustable in three positions. Your child can face you, or the big wide world.
6. Four wheel suspension: great comfort and drivability, both in and out of town. A smooth ride every time.
7. Bumper bar is easy to open with one hand from either side, making it simple to lift your child in and out of the push-chair.
8. Compact: when folded (including the seat) it will fit in almost any car, corner, cupboard or stairway.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chocolate Crackle Egg Baskets



Looking for a fun Easter activity to do with your kids? Try making these simple chocolate crackle baskets. You can put mini Easter eggs inside and give them as an Easter treat! They are easy and of course delicious.
  
Ingredients
3 cups Rice Bubbles
200g Mars Bars
3 tablespoons thin cream
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
12-24 small easter eggs

Method
1. Place 20 cup cake paper cases or 12 muffin paper cases into a tray. 
2. Chop up the Mars Bars and place in a large microwave-proof bowl with the cream and cocoa powder. 
3. Zap in the microwave for 1 minute on medium power, remove from microwave and stir well. 
4. Repeat until mars bars have melted and the mixture is a creamy smooth consistency—took me 3.5 minutes on medium power. 
5. Stir the rice puffs into the lovely gooey chocolate mixture until well combined.
6. Spoon into paper cases and then use a teaspoon to make a small hole in the centre of each basket. 
7. Place one or two easter eggs in each basket. 
8. Store covered in the fridge until needed.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

ASOS Maternity Lace Dress



We love the colour of this stunning dress by ASOS Maternity. Featuring a high neckline with lace top, sleeveless styling, an empire waistline, and double layered skir, this dress can be worn day or night.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The baby Shower Shop


The baby Shower Shop has a great variety of games to play at a baby shower. From guessing games to more hands on, your guests will be entertained for hours! Here are our favourites…


Baby Shower Romper Design-It Kit – Not only will these rompers make terrific gifts for the baby afterwards, but this kit can be used as an activity during the baby shower and optionally as a game where mum-to-be can choose her favourite design and designate a winner.


Baby Shower Charades – A fun card game to entertain your baby shower guests to see just how baby savvy they are! Each pack contains 52 cards per game deck.


Diaper Game – The Baby Shower Diaper Game consists of 3 games. Poopey Surprise: place stickers inside diapers, have your guests choose a diaper and open up their individual diapers, the one with the "Poopey Prize" is the winner! Messy Guesses: place stickers with numbers on the diapers, melt and mash up a portion of a chocolate bar and place into the diaper, pass around diapers and have guests write down each diaper number and their best guess of what chocolate bar brand is found inside. The guest with the most correct guesses is the winner! Memory Madness: Place baby picture stickers on the diapers, quickly pass around diapers and have guests try to remember what they see, pass around a piece of paper and have guests list from memory the 12 different pictures, the guest with the most correct answers is the winner!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Safari Animal Hooks



We came across this great tutorial on The Crafts Dept. These nursery hooks turn animal tails into a convenient organisational tool. Not only are they practical but they look oh so cute as well!

Tools and Materials
1"-by-6" poplar board
Coarse sandpaper
Primer or gesso
Paintbrush
Acrylic paints
Tiger, elephant, lion, and zebra templates
Ruler
Craft knife
Adhesive stencil film
Foam pouncers
Patterning tape
Stippling brush
4 single wall-mount hooks
Screws
Screwdriver
Hanging hardware  

How-To
1. Cut a 20-inch length from poplar board.
2. Sand board with coarse sandpaper until smooth. Prime and paint board desired color; let dry.
3. Print templates for tiger, elephant, lion, and zebra. With a ruler and craft knife, cut out templates on dashed lines. Tape templates together in order, using solid horizontal lines to align properly.
4. Cut 20 inches from a roll of adhesive stencil film, then cut film in half lengthwise to make two 5 1/2"-wide strips. Tape row of templates to one strip; save the other strip for another project.
5. Cut out shaded animal shapes through all layers with a craft knife. Remove paper templates. Remove adhesive backing from stencil film and adhere to sanded, painted board.
6. Use a foam pouncer to paint animals desired base colors; let dry.
7. To add stripes to the zebra and tiger, place patterning tape over each stencil at angles and paint desired stripe color. To add texture to the elephant and lion, apply a lighter or darker color paint over base coat using a stippling brush.
8. Let all paint dry and remove stencil and tape.
9. Paint a wall-mounted single hook to match each animal. Screw each hook into place over animal shape to make a "tail."
10. Add hanging hardware to the back of the board.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Little Circus



Your little one will love making their own little circus hanging paper decoration with the box set from dot com gift shop. The pack includes everything you need to create this colorful and beautifully illustrated big top circus decoration. Set Includes: precut double sided illustrations, double sided stickey tape, beautiful illustated stickers, 1 x cotton cord, 1 x instructions and care Information.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Choc Pancake Sundaes



Kids will go 'flat out' making these fantastic quick and choc pancake sundaes!
 
Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (see tip)
Olive oil cooking spray
8 small scoops reduced-fat vanilla ice-cream
1/3 cup chocolate topping
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
 
Method
1. Process flour, sugar, milk, eggs and cocoa until smooth. Transfer to a jug. Cover. Set aside for 20 minutes. 
2. Spray an 18cm (base) non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan. Swirl to cover base. Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden. Turn. Cook for 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat to make 8 pancakes.
3. Serve pancakes with ice-cream, topping and marshmallows.
 
Notes
To freeze: Layer cooled pancakes between baking paper. Place in a snap-lock bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. 
To thaw: Thaw at room temperature overnight. 
Tip: You could use Milo or drinking chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

5 Party Bag Alternatives To Lollies


Not so keen on sugary lolly bags at kids parties? Well Pip Lincolne from Kidspot has given the low down on sugar-free ideas for party favours…


Homemade bonbons
Thee handmade bonbons are simple and cute. You could make them yourself using vintage music paper, wax paper or tissue paper. Ribbon or dollar store pompoms threaded onto yarn is an easy way to tie the ends. Fill the bonbons with tiny toys from the $2 shop and these are sure to be a hit.


Collage kits from Lovely Design
What parent wouldn't be into anything which encourages creativity. You could theme these collage packs to the theme of your party (animals, pirates, fairies, colour coded etc) and you could use a vintage storybook page to seal the kit closed. Visit Lovely Design for more ideas.


Confetti balloons
These confetti balloons are cheery and bright and you can make them yourself! Use confetti or even glitter or mini pompoms from the $2 shop.

 

Crayons packs from
These are super-cute because they are colourful and practical. You could use folded cardboard and stickers to spruce up your crayon packs and match the theme of your party. Use your imagination and make them your own.

 

Personalised flower pots from Prudent Baby 
How adorable are these personalise flower pots? These party favours won't be more rubbish or junk but a great idea to teach kids how to grow things. Plant flowers, herbs, cacti or vegetables for your green-thumbed guests.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

41 Orchard's NEW Range of Personalised Nursery Wall Art



We are excited about 41 Orchard's stylish new collection of personalised fabric wall stickers. This range of wall stickers is designed specifically to go perfectly above a cot or small bed with your little one's name is on display for all to see. Pick your own custom colour's to match your nursery décor with a large selection of modern designs to choose from for both girl's and boy's.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jasmine Nursing PJ Set



We love Belabumbum's gorgeous new Jasmine Nursing PJ Set from Queen Bee. Featuring timeless floral jasmine print in classic cream and black this breastfeeding camisole has a flat elastic waistband with drawstring for a comfortable fit. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Raincoats & Umbrellas


Hit the puddles, brave the rain and keep your little ones dry with Hatley's adorable raincoats and umbrellas from Baby's Got Style


Friday, March 2, 2012

Soap For Sensitive Skin


The Australian Baby Blog has given the run down of soap for sensitive skin. 


Made from premium, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil, it’s a pure 100% Castile soap that everyone in the family can use. 

Two: Billie Goat Soap (Plain) $8.95
Made from fresh goat’s milk and mixed with a selection of skin loving oils, including olive, sweet almond, castor, grapeseed and palm oil.

Three: GAIA Sleeptime Bath $11.50
This gentle cleanser is pH balanced and is free from artificial fragrances, soap and sulphates. 

Four: Absolutely Gorgeous Organic Goat’s Milk Soap 100g $8.95
95% Certified Organic and Paraben & Sulphate Free, this milk soap is unscented for for baby’s delicate skin and those with chemical sensitivities, eczema and allergies. 

Five: Little Innoscents Organic Soap $5.69
A 100% natural cleansing bar, made from the goodness of Goat Milk and Manuka Honey in an Australian Certified Organic soap base. This bar has a scent from the Lavender and Rosewood Essential Oils. 

Six: WOTNOT Baby Wash 250ml $14.95
Enriched with certified organic flaxseed oil, certified gmo-free vitamin e and certified organic chamomile oil to soothe and help heal any irritation. It’s also free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics and glycols; artificial fragrances and preservatives.

Remember to always read the full ingredients on any product you use for/with/on your child – and patch test if necessary.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

3 Ingredient Biscuits Recipe



Kidspot have show us how to make biscuits with just 3 ingredients! And you arem most likely to have these in your pantry right now. Slide a spoon of Nutella between two and that makes 4 ingredients! 

Ingredients 
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg
 
Method
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. 
2. Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine well. 
3. Roll tablespoon sized balls and place on the tray. Push down each one with a fork. 
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes and then further cool on a wire rack.

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