Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Missy's Fourth Birthday

Forgive me for not blogging much of late, I've been preoccupied with Missy's fourth birthday.  Insanely we decided that as we'd done a party at home for Buster's fourth birthday that it would be a sinch to do it all over again for Missy forgetting that we're almost a decade older, our house has less room now that we have a fourth member of the family and we have more friends with children than we did back then.

That said she had a brilliant weekend and that more than makes up for the exhaustion, grey hairs and bruises.

I'll try and sum up the highlights as briefly as I can as I know stories involving other people's kids are quite often yawnsome

Missy loves the film The Wizard of Oz so we decided on that as the theme for the party so I made some suitably Oz invitations involving lots of green and red glitter and sent them out.

One of Missy's favourite activities at present is dressing up. She has a cupboard in her bedroom dedicated to this hobby so I thought it only right and proper that she dress as Dorothy Gale for the occasion and during the clothing sale at my local supermarket I snapped up a blue gingham school summer dress for the princely sum of £2.50 and butchered it to make the dress.  I added some blue ric rac braiding to a white t-shirt she already had and a pretty red tutu that she'd kindly inherited from Mrs D's little one (thanks again Mrs D), so I only really had to purchase some ruby slippers which I got super cheap off the t'interweb.
I initially wanted baskets as party bags but this proved problematic as the only baskets I could find were either too small or too big so I settled for some blue gingham print party boxes
which I personalised with a photoshopped image of Missy as Dorothy
I then set about a spot of baking
Making a Wizard of Oz inspired cake for the party

and a traditional princess cake for the family get together we were having the following day
I constructed a few themed props to decorate the house
Ironically our bell is actually out of order
Squashed witch
Melted witch.

I borrowed a load of pretty bunting balls that my sister had bought to decorate the marquee at her wedding, very Munchkin Land-esque
and made a tin man for a game of pin the heart on the tin man, here's Missy all dressed up taking her turn.
Missy had a great time and even received a couple of themed gifts, this scanimation book of the movie from Nanny
and this cute little bag with a ruby slippers print from the lovely Mrs Z
Happy Fourth Birthday Missy! xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Preserving and Conserving

It's that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, so what better way to spend the long evenings in than preserving.

I've made my annual Bramble Jelly stockpile from the blackberries that we picked last month and some more Green Tomato Chutney, although I added some chilli for a bit of a kick this year.  I also made some Damson Jelly and some Fig Conserve from the three kilos of figs my mum gave me from her tree!

I love the colour combination of figs
Here they are all ready for boiling up
The finished jars
My sister gave me a big bag of apples from her tree (as well as the munchkins, chard and corn cobs) so I made some apple sauce, pork for dinner this Sunday I reckon, followed by some cheese and chutney

Monday, 4 November 2013

Munchkin Soup

My sister is having her kitchen gutted but sadly had no kitchen at all just as all her lovely munchkins were ripening so a visit to her allotment proved rather fruitful for me as she gave me a load of the little blighters
The butternut squashes that we planted in our little veg patch in the garden were ready at the same time so I made a load of soup from the lot of them
Our local walled garden had some corkers, this one wouldn't have been out of place in Cinderella
I love the colour of the finished soup, doesn't come across so well on my phone but then again neither does the taste so you'll have to just take my word for it.
Do you think Missy will be devastated if I chop this baby up now Halloween is over and make another batch?
 Perhaps I'll serve it in this?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Cute As A Button

As I mentioned in my last post Buster had his room revamped this summer, as a consequence we had a battered old Ikea chest of drawers going begging so I decided to give it a little makeover and use it for some much needed clothing storage in Missy's room
It really was looking a little orange so I gave it a coat of cream paint 
and exchanged the rather masculine space rocket handles for some pretty pink Sass and Belle button ones
Cute as a button!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Buster's Bedroom Makeover

For the last year we've been promising Buster that during the summer hols we'd give his bedroom a makeover more befitting of a high school student.  His room was last decorated when he was four (he's eleven now) with a space theme.

This time round we went for a more grown-up video game theme.  Buster chose the colour of the walls, a deep purple and, having spent two days with him decluttering (why do kid's keep hold of so much crap?), I set to work whilst he and his sister were helpfully out of the way for a week with my parents.

In preparation I chiseled about a million glow in the dark stars off his ceiling and repainted it, repainted all the gloss work and stripped, filled and painted the walls.  Then it was on to the fun stuff. 

He had an old blue locker and the desk and chair I revamped for him a couple of years ago that were staying  
I sold his high sleeper on eBay and purchased a black metal bed frame and mattress.
Sadly I couldn't find any suitable themed bed linen that we liked so just bought a couple of sets of plain coloured stuff so we could mix and match and found a Pac Man throw to go over it on the internet
Next have started doing a collection of fab metal locker style furniture that went well with the existing blue locker we had so I purchased a chest of drawers to house some of his clothes and his new TV, games console and Pac Man ghost lamp
We decided to keep Buster's metal effect flooring but he wanted to soften the look and make the room a bit more cosy, so when I spotted this great Space Invaders rug on a shopping trip I knew that it would be the perfect addition to the room
On his bedside table there's a Tetris lamp
You can really move the pieces around and it still lights up
Here's a close-up of the aforementioned Pac Man ghost lamp, it's remote controlled and colour-changing!
I bought an old printers tray at a vintage sale last year and Buster really liked it, so I gifted it to him for his room so he can display his (many) Lego mini figures, switching them about when he gets bored of the current grouping or when they release a new series
I'd seen this idea on Pinterest, a mother had a jar in her laundry room of all the items she'd found in her son's pockets when she'd checked them before putting the items in the washing machine and presented it to him on his wedding day.  Whilst sorting out all the hoarded rubbish before the makeover I put aside all the little trinkets he'd stashed, badges, whistles, mini novelty toys and figurines, bouncy balls and such like and placed them all in this massive storage jar I had knocking about for display on his shelves
I painted the chimney breast with blackboard paint and added a Pac Man mirror decal to the top and wrote him a welcome home message
And finally I went into the loft and located his well used Radio Flyer that my sister had lugged across America for him as a toddler when she'd been backpacking.  I know it's not really part of the theme but I do so love it and it was a shame to have it shut away not being appreciated.
All in all the week's worth of hard labour was worth it as he has a great new pad to hang out in, in fact I might kick him out of there and move in myself.
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