Tutu Cute

My daughter is not what you would consider a girly-girl. She is more into soccer & dinosaurs. She sometimes likes girly things, but yet has informed me on many occasions that she’s not that type of girl. Which I have come to interpret as, I like girly things Mommy, but don’t you dare tell me it’s fancy or girly because I will then change my mind and tell you I hate it. Life at 5…going on 35.

One day not long ago my ‘not girly-girl’ came to me and asked for a tutu! Well I almost fell off my chair and then secretly did cartwheels in my girly Mommy head…maybe this tutu could lead us down the path of fancy hairbands and super cute fashionable clothes made to fit a mini figure!  I agreed to make the tutu with my girly hopes quietly hidden behind my smile.

Here’s a brief tutorial on making a no-sew tutu option. I’ll follow up with a sewing option in a future post.

Step One: You will need approximately 6 meters of tulle

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Step Two: Measure from waist to where you would like the tutu to fall. Double that number and cut tulle in lengths. The width can be anywhere from 3 to 5 inches across. Cut a length of ribbon to wrap around waist with enough left over to tie into a bow.

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Step Three: Lay out ribbon. Fold tulle in half and loop around ribbon, tighten and repeat.

Step Four: Continue until you have enough tulle around ribbon to create full skirt. And that’s it!!!

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Happy Birthday Love Hello Kitty

Hi Crafty Friends!

It’s been a bumpy year…but I’m back blogging. Thanks to my nearest and dearest for all your support.

Let’s rewind to my favourite time of year, when the sun was shining and the days were long…starting off with my daughter’s Hello Kitty-themed 5th birthday. What I couldn’t find I made, but because the little lady chose Hello Kitty, I was able to find many items at various stores that fit the theme.

Decor included a snack & sweets table, paper chandeliers and various Happy Birthday signs throughout the backyard.

I put together fruit kebobs & marshmallow kebobs and stuck the skewers into a tissue paper covered styrofoam ball inside of a pink planter. Popcorn is always a crowd pleaser, so I filled individual serving bags. Then we had a ‘decorate your own cupcake’ stand and mini ‘muffin’ rice treats with pink chocolate drizzle.

In order to keep everyone entertained, I set up a decorate your own princess/prince crown, Hello Kitty colouring pages, Hello Kitty pinata smash, Hello Kitty temporary tattoo area and a decorate your own cupcake station.

Two hours of fun in the sun!

 

Collage Hello Kitty Party

Check me out on Facebook – Downtime DIY

Hi Crafty Friends,

I’ve been a bit busy the last few months. Re-thinking, re-working, and basically figuring out where I want to take Downtime DIY. I have quite a few new projects on the go, but in the meantime, if you want to see what I am up to check me out on Facebook under Downtime DIY.

I promise a new post soon…..

Quick & Easy DIY Wall Art

This could be the easiest and most clever wall art idea yet! One of my crafty and creative friends made this for her dining room, and I think it is absolutely brilliant. So naturally, I must share.

Wood shims Art 1

What you’ll need:

Wood Shims – found at any hardware store

Various Paint Colours – she used shades of blue, yellow and white to create the colours she needed

Foam Brushes – Art store or Dollar store will carry these

LePage Wood Glue

Wood Board cut to size

Steps:

1. Paint the shims and let dry overnight

2. Glue the shims to wooden board in a pattern or randomly if you please

Annnnnd done!

GORGEOUS!!!

Wood shims Art 2

Snack Time – Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a rainy day….

I felt like cheering things up around here with some fresh baked cookies.

Rainy Day Choc Cookie Collage

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter Soft

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup White Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

2.5 Cups Flour

3/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/3 Tsp Salt

Chocolate Chips

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients separately. Add two mixtures together. Once mixed thoroughly, form ball or log and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or more hours. Take out and roll into a log, cut with a wet knife and lay cookie rounds on parchment lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet with cookie rounds into an oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.

Voila! Easy Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Downtime = Nailtime

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Had a few moments to myself, my 2 year old decided it was a good day for a nap. In order to get a bit of creativity into the day I whipped out my new nail polish. It has been extremely slow to warm up outside, so I figured I needed a bit of Spring on my nails.

Nail art is once again HUGE, so here we go on a very easy nail art tutorial. I chose two shades, Jaded and Barracuda from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line. I love this line because it is long wearing and the colours are always current.

Steps

1. Brush on two coats of Jaded, let it dry

2. Pour small amount of Barracuda into a water bottle cap or drop a small amount onto a piece of cling wrap

3. Cut off the fuzzy end of a Q-tip and dip into Barracuda

4. Use Q-tip to create a straight line of dots, I placed the dots on a diagonal

Let dry then you are done!

Tips Q-tips, lollipop sticks, chop sticks, tooth picks are all good tools for creating designs

Keep old water bottle caps, beer caps, jam lids etc. to use as paint vessels (those would then make a pretty display…but that craft is for another day)

Experiment with what you have and look for striking colour combos

Check out my Pinterest, I have pulled together a few images from the Pinterest universe for inspiration

Have fun! Be creative!

 

 

 

Snack Time – Something Sweet

My craft pursuits that require good weather have been put on hold until the end of the week. I needed a bit of DIY to keep my spirits up, so what better way to put a smile on your face then to make something sweet?

I hunted around the kitchen and found a bag of Wilton Candy Melts (great to keep these on hand and they come in a million different colours. I went with the Colour Burst variety), candy mold and Golden Oreos, which are so delicious. I know some of you are purists, but honestly give the Golden Oreos a try.

So off we go on a candy/chocolate coated adventure…I was able to make about 24 while the little guy was napping.

  1. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and nuke at 50% power for 3o second intervals, stirring in between
  2. Pour into candy molds
  3. Place Oreos (or similar sized cookies) into molds
  4. Use a spatula or small spoon to cover the top of the cookie with melted candy/chocolate
  5. Place mold into the fridge for a few minutes to harden
  6. Remove from fridge, turn over mold and gently tap out the covered cookie….AND DONE!

If you don’t have a candy mold, you could just dip the cookies and place on parchment paper to cool.

Happy snacking crafty friends!

Covered Oreos Collage

Snack Time – Chickpeas

The day can get pretty hectic, especially when running around and picking up after two little people. I tend to get pretty snacky throughout the day. When I’m busy I get lazy (who doesn’t?) I look to the 3 C’s to get me through Chips, Crackers and Chocolate, highly addictive, yet a poor nutritional choice to say the least. So, my girlfriend gave me a great chickpea snack recipe, which I tried and LOVE!!!! So here you go my DIY friends:

Ingredients – everything is to taste, and plus who likes to measure ingredients anyhow?

  • Can of chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon Juice (fresh or otherwise)
  • Curry Powder or Cumin or any spice of your choice
  • Salt
  • Bragg’s Nutrional Yeast Seasoning
  1. Set your oven to 350F
  2. Rinse chickpeas
  3. Dry chickpeas with paper towel (kitchen paper as those of you UK’ers like to call it, I watch British Television, and if it’s on TV it has to be true!)
  4. Mix remaining ingredients
  5. Spread mixture on chickpeas
  6. Put chickpea concoction in the oven for 40-45 mins, and as Ron Popeil says, “set it & forget it!”
  7. DONE!

Happy snacking!

Chickpeas Collage

Easy DIY Sweet & Salty Dessert Table

In my house, we generally make a big deal about the kids’ birthdays, balloons, games, arts & crafts etc. etc. My spring/summer party post is in the works, but in the meantime enjoy the more ‘grown-up’ party I hosted for the hubbie’s birthday below.

Straw Holder Collage

I gathered up all my white and silver serving dishes, but realized I needed to DIY a few accessories to pull everything together. I purchased a set of grey zig-zag patterned drinking straws, really because they match the curtains in the dinning room (that’s a whole other DIY project which we can discuss another day) . So, first up, a straw holder. I took a small glass vase and cut a rectangle out of burlap. I then cut a length of sparkly silver trim to create a “belt” for the vase. I used my trusty mini glue gun to glue the seam on the burlap to the jar, then a few small dots of hot glue on the trim.

When I arranged everything on the table, the straw holder wasn’t really standing out, so I flipped a silver candle holder upside down and placed the jar on top. You could also a pillar candle stand or mini cake/cupcake stand to add height to your display. 

I also wrapped a small Mason jar to keep them theme moving across the table. I used the Mason jar to hold utensils for the dessert shooters. The photo shows the Mason jar and the vase as straw holders.

Mini Desserts CollageDessert shooters are a great way to introduce a variety of items to the table without having too many leftovers. It is far easier to justify one tiny dessert…Or two…or three…and plus who is really watching and counting how many you just stuffed in your face?

The first is an apple crumble shooter. Take any apple/fruit crumble recipe, mix all ingredients and bake the crumble separate from the apples/fruit. (If you don’t have a recipe, PM me on Downtime DIY on Facebook and I’ll be happy to share). Let the baked items cool, then layer in a shooter…so easy!

The other shooter is a chocolate brownie covered with vanilla pudding and raspberries. If you don’t have time to bake brownies, just pick some up and get to layering! On this side of the table I placed individual popcorn boxes and mini tarts stacked on two cupcake stands.

I arranged fresh fruit, dried fruit and a veggie platter to the left of the table. Easy, easy, easy. The Salty items were placed around the back of the display, chips, more popcorn, pita and dips etc. 

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Topped it all off with a cute little polka-dot cake…and voila! The quick and easy DIY Salty & Sweet Dessert Table. The DIY’ing, baking and arranging took a total of two hours. Not bad for a night of fun!

Hope you had a crafty month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Ninjas…DIY LEGO Ninjago Party

Are you familiar with the Four Golden Weapons, the ninjas: Jay, Cole, Zane, Kai and his sister Nya? I’m talking about the world of Lego Ninjago.

My friend Nicole just hosted a LEGO Ninjago party for her son’s sixth birthday; everything was so DIY amazingly creative that I HAD TO SHARE! So this week, I bring you the DIY LEGO Ninjago party…

Supplies you will need:

  • Construction paper in Red, White, Black
  • Balloons in Red, White, Black
  • Chinese take-out containers in Red, White, Black
  • Assorted candies in Red, White, Black
  • Printer labels and paper
  • Black Sharpie or similar permanent marker
  • White Bristol or foam board, string, tape, glue, scissors etc.
  • Black electrical tape
  • Florist Oasis, rectangle shape
  • Foam swords
  • Strips of white fabric (to use as ninja head bands)

Let’s start off with the decor

Ninjago Decor

The sign was created by printing out Happy Birthday in an ‘asian-inspired’ font. Then a quick Google images search yields Ninjago wallpapers which you can download and print. The ninjas’ eyes were printed out and taped to the balloons (personally, I think this is genius and will for sure be using this idea for other party themes). Chinese take-out containers can be found at most party supply stores and the printed labels were a great touch in keeping with the theme.

How about activities to keep the little ninjas busy?

Ninjago Activities

DIY Ninjago colouring books were printed, if you want to go a step further you could have the kids personalize a cover. Personalized ninja headbands and swords were created for the kids as well. If you don’t have the time, or aren’t as adept at wielding a Sharpie, you could just cut out little red circles from felt and hot glue it to the front of the fabric strips. A pin the beard on Sensei Wu game was also created and hung up for the kids. Pin the ‘whatever’ on ‘whomever’ games are easy to theme and DIY for any party, so it is always a great addition to the activities.

And last but not least, is every kid’s favourite table at a party…the food!

Ninjago Food Collage

The cake and cake pops were purchased from a local bakery, but if you’re super DIY-ish the designs pictured above are easy to duplicate. The stands for the cake pops were created by wrapping florist Oasis with construction paper. So easy and brilliant! Fresh fruit plates were arranged and chosen to keep with the Red, White, Black theme. A few small containers of assorted candies in the colour theme help to round out the table.

Here is a great shot bringing all the elements together

Ninjago Party Table

The lanterns were hung on red and black ribbon on both ends of the room to tie everything together. As well, two foam boards were cut and electrical tape used to create a screen. The characters were downloaded and printed from the internet.

Other ideas you could DIY

  • Big cut-outs for kids to take their pictures with the ninjas or Sensei Wu
  • Ask the kids to dress in all Red, Black or White
  • Incorporate a ninja-themed pinata to ‘train’ the little ninjas in their sword wielding abilities
  • Set-up an obstacle course including a mini-trampoline for the kids to practice their ninja moves
  • Play Master Wu says (kind of like Simon says)
  • Give the kids plain foam swords or sword cut-outs from cardboard and set up a ‘decoration’ area

And there you have it…quick, easy not to mention what can be a budget friendly DIY Ninjago party!

As an aside, the back story to Ninjago is actually really cool, so take a moment to look it up: http://www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago