Thursday, September 30, 2010


I am most pleased with myself. Amongst all that has been going on this week, I also managed to finish a big commission, ready for delivery. There is a story, but I will save it for another post next week.

In the meantime, I am off to Melbourne tomorrow for the long weekend - YEAH! This is what I intend to be indulging in this time tomorrow -


Whatever you are up to, I hope your weekend is wonderful.

See you next week,

Stephie x

Friday, September 24, 2010

As promised...

This is the last "Party Post" for a little while and so I thought I'd share some of the other styling details.

First up, I made up some favour boxes and bags. I had been able to source some Sponge Bob, Simpsons and Toy Story lollies and a combination of these went inside the boxes. I manged to get hold of some Simpsons and Toy Story stickers which I stuck to the front of the boxes for a bit of fun. The bags were filled with popcorn and sealed with some personalised stickers that I had made up for the night. The end products looked like this -


In keeping with the nineties theme I organised a cake that featured Bender from Futurama -

He was a huge hit and went down well with all the guests!

I also set up an area that featured photos of the birthday boy growing up and the names of some famous people who shared his birthdate -

and in keeping with the photo theme, I hired a photobooth from The Original Photobooth Company which was so much fun. Both Theo, our attendant for the night, and Katina, our contact person along the way, were fantastic. If you ever want a photobooth for your event, I can't recommend them highly enough - thanks guys! I also ordered some "props" from "Little Retreats" -

Photobooth props!
which everyone had a lot of fun with as well - see?

And that's about it! I'll leave you with a couple of final styling shots and then I am guessing that you will be as partied out as I am for the time being -

Hope your weekend is full of sunshine and happiness,
Stephie x

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Party Post Two!

So I thought that on this lovely Thursday I would show you the last of the tables from the weekend celebrations!

First up are the Toy Story tables. I found a most excellent Toy Story book in my travels which, amongst other things, included these cutout characters which are freestanding.

 I then added some toy soldiers and some flowers to complete the setting.

Where's Woody?!

Last, but not least, I used some greeting cards, a set of erasers and these fantastic Bart suitcases (which were only $3.00 each!) to create the Simpsons' tables. One for Marge -

 and -

One for Homer!

I'll be back tomorrow to share the last of the details, including the cake and that will be the end of "Party Posts" for a little while, I promise!

See you soon,
Stephie x

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Party Post One!

Hello and happy Wednesday!

So today begins the lowdown on last weekend's party. The theme for the night was "Growing up in the Nineties" and so the guests had to dress up as their favourite movie, TV or cartoon character from this era.

I decided to go with five characters and style two tables for each one. They were Sponge Bob Square Pants, The Simpsons, Toy Story,Yoshi (from Nintendo) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I thought I would post about some of the tables here and leave the rest until next time.

First up, Sponge Bob!

I made  the "vases" by taping together postcards I had collected a few years ago (who says those free postcards don't come in handy?!) and placing bottles inside to house the flowers. I cut up a lei and spread the hibiscus around them and done! Pretty simple but really effective.

The second Sponge Bob table was made up of a purchased cutout and some hibiscus shot glasses and looked pretty cute too -

The Yoshi tables were made up of Yoshi images that I printed and attached to skewers. They were then put into bottles with some flowers. I was able to get hold of some Nintendo lolly tins and these were placed on the red boxes to give them some height. Everyone who loves Yoshi knows that he can't go past an apple so these provided the finishing touch -

I used a similar concept for the Ninja turtles as I was able to track down some party masks. I also found some garbage cans and plastic rats and added them to the mix -

I put some pizza flavoured bisciuts into the garbage cans for snacking!

I will be back with some more details later in the week. I hope you'll come back to read about them!

Stephie x

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's been a while...

since my last post. I can only apologise as last week was very hectic with a party to prepare for on the weekend also thrown into the mix! I will be posting later in the week about the party and sharing some pictures with you all then. It was so much fun!

In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to my very talented friend Norma who lives in Canada. Norma makes the most beautiful dolls. Here are a few of examples

So beautiful!

You can check out more of Norma's work here Caracarmina - atelier and at her Etsy shop here cara carmina store. I am also very excited to have a post dedicated to me over at Norma's blog. Be sure to check it out!

See you soon,
Stephie x

Friday, September 10, 2010

This weekend...

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I will be hard at work.
I  hope your weekend is more relaxing!

See you next week,
Stephie x

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I have long been an admirer of those black and white bus roll prints which have graced many an interior magazine page in recent months. I have not, however, been such a fan of the accompanying price tags - just a little bit beyond my budget I'm afraid!

How exciting was it then when I was recently out and about doing some sourcing at one of my favourite haunts to see bus roll prints for sale. Ok, ok so they are not the genuine article but for $35.00 they are just fine by me. See?

I love it! I hung it in the computer room at home and I can see it when I am working in the kitchen. A lot of the places listed are of significance to me and when I look at it, it makes me smile. For such a small investment, what more could you ask?!

Happy Wednesday,
Stephie x

Monday, September 6, 2010

Father's Day!

Hello and happy Monday!

Today I thought I'd share with you a "behind the scenes" look at my Father's Day gift to my dad. My recent trip to Berry proved to be very fruitful as not only did I buy mum's birthday present (see my previous post) but I also picked up this beautiful old box while I was down there.

It is handmade and a little battered which is just how I like my old pieces to be! I printed up the tag and the "outside" look was complete.

Now anyone who knows my dad knows that he loves his minties and shortbread biscuits. He also has a particular fondness for strawberry and rhubarb tarts from a certain bakery in Balmain. Luckily, I was able to get to said bakery on Saturday afternoon (thankyou for keeping me company lovely husband!) and pick up a couple of these for him. I wrapped these individually, along with some shortbread and minties, made some bunting and this is what the box looked like on the inside

Pretty sweet - literally!

And if that wasn't enough of a sugar fix for one night, I also made this cake to take to dinner

I don't think that there is such a thing as too much sugar is there?!

See you soon,
Stephie x

Friday, September 3, 2010

This weekend...

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 is Father's Day! To all you lovely Dad's out there (including mine!) - have a most wonderful day.

See you next week,
Stephie x

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wattle Day!

Hello and happy 1st of September to you!

Today is Wattle Day in Australia and even more exciting this year is that it is 100 years since the first Wattle Day was celebrated in 1910 with wattle being declared Australia's National Floral Emblem.

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I bet you didn't think this blog could be so educational!

Happy Wednesday,
Stephie x