Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pitter Patter Raindrops

Waking up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof makes me thankful for my warm cozy bed! I opted to not send Matthew to kindy and avoid Luke's musical group and stay in for a nice relaxing morning with the boys.

We made up a play tent with the ironing board (seen I don't use it for anything else :)

And while they played nicely, I started the second recipe in my week of Baking for the National Bellyful Cake Stall day, which will be at Christchurch Girls high 10am at the Christmas Encraftment Market

This is a really simple recipe but I fancied it up slightly by making them in my mini cheesecake tin.

100g butter & 3 tablespoons of golden syrup and 2 tablespoons cocoa (melted in the microwave)
200g of digestives broken up and 50g raisins 

Mix the two together and cover with melted chocolate and refrigerate

While the boys then played with Legos in the Sew Pretty room

I managed to put up some new fabrics

and start some mini bunting inspired by Max at our Seceret Santa swap

Now that I have started typing things up it definitely makes my day feel like I have accomplished far more than I thought! Thank you to the inspiring CHCH bloggers who have got me going on this blog!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pirate by nature

Today we went to a Pirate party, I have to say this is the first party that my boys have been jabbering about for weeks before today!

We had to get dressed up for the occasion, which was super fun. Pookey was already dressed, seen that he literately sleeps in this costume!

For Mr 4 I made a simple eye patch out of some felt and black elastic which I so happen to have in my front room ;)

Now I know the mummy who has been preparing for this party and it has made us both come to a realisation about kid's birthday parties based on the amount of preparation that goes into them.

I am secretly torn between the two, the lazy relaxed part of me enjoys the idea of tipping a tub of tip top onto a plate and adding some yummy sprinkles - such like this

And I 100% support the idea that some years and times in life you just have to give into the simple way ... which can be massively satisfying, speaking from experience that is.

However if you are a creative addict then I see no harm in enjoying getting ready for your child's party, making them part of it and having a creative outlet quite simply! This is not about obsessively ensuring that every detail is top notch, it is about enjoying what you do and creating a magical world for your little one to enjoy. I did catch myself saying on more that one occasion "It is not about them, it's about you!" even if it is not your party!

I had super fun shopping for pirate wrapping paper (nothing that won't be used a zillion times over!) and when I did my last pak n save shop I picked up some chocolate coins to stick onto the present. 
The card was made recycling the invitation

I found these cute stickers at a dollar store, again I got these possibly a month before the party, I have tried to start creating a mental list of things to collect. The hard part is not to mis-place them before the event! 

And if you are starting to think I am super organised you know me not! However this pirate mummy totally is and it was great fun getting updates on party prep and virtually searching for ideas together in the last few weeks!

Well done my friendie! I eagerly await next year!