How To Make Your Own Canopy In 10 Minutes

 

Ever since I posted a picture of Miss’s room a few people asked where the canopy over her bed was from and since I made it myself I promised an easy tutorial on how you can too, and it honestly takes 10 minutes.

You will need a sheer curtain, Pom Pom trim (4m / optional), a length of dowel and rope to hang

 

I used this sheer curtain from The Warehouse. I find the size works well and you would not want to use one any smaller as you will be halving the width of it. My Pom Pom trim is from NZ Craft Products online and you don’t have to add a trim but I’m a fancy tart so I like the little extra detail. I chose hemp rope for hanging which I found at Bunnings (in the plumbing section). You will need a length of 20-25mm dowel depending on the pocket of your canopy. I bought a whole length and cut it to size, mine is 68cm long.

 

You will also need a sewing machine and white cotton.

Sew along the arrows to create your pocket

To start remove tags from curtain! Then fold your curtain in half width wise. Your curtain tape will still be at the top and your hem is already done for you at the bottom. Straight stitch along the top and bottom of the curtain tape (see arrows) to create your pocket to hang your canopy.

Snip a hole at the fold

You need to snip a hole at the fold to allow your dowel to thread through. Don’t worry about the untidiness, no one will see it. Snip between the two line of straight stitch, careful not to snip your stitching.

You could skip the next step of adding the trim and finish off your canopy here if you like, just skip to the end steps.


Add your chosen trim, mine is Pom poms, along the open edges of the canopy. Make sure you don’t stitch your pocket closed!



Thread your canopy onto the dowel through the pocket. Evenly space out the gathering and attach your rope or ribbon to hang.

Done!

I have added a custom made feather mobile from OOAK Designs NZ and some seed lights from Kmart to Miss’s.

Easter : Beyond the Chocolate Gift Ideas

Our Easter is full of traditions. Mainly family focused traditions but it is one of those holidays I love to celebrate.

Our girls go to a Catholic school and I do enjoy the fact that they are taught Easter is about more than just chocolate but that’s not to say our Easter doesn’t feature a lot of this also. We celebrate with a big lunch every year at my in laws which includes an egg hunt to rival many others. It is an absolute chocolate overload, and I bloody love it. I’m actually a wee bit disappointed to miss it this year in favour of cocktails on a boat, just a wee bit.

While the Easter egg hunt tradition is drawn from my husbands side, growing up in my house we celebrated Easter minus the chocolate. It was an extra cost that wasn’t afforded in our house but with 7 siblings it wasn’t missed. I think we just enjoyed the days of school and the ability to band together to cause terror at home, and hot cross buns with butter for breakfast.  I do remember being pretty pleased if we scored a pack of caramel cuties to share and a fluffy yellow chick.

I like the idea of combining our experiences for our girls and including a wee gift or keepsake that isn’t chocolate based every now and again. One year we got our own special egg cups each. Our beliefs do not have to be your beliefs but with Easter just round the corner I thought it would be nice to show you all a few Easter cuties that aren’t chocolate.

Dress Ups and Fun:

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Bunny Helmet Covers, Umbrella, Dress Up Sets, Gift Card and Bag from Cotton On. Grey Bunny Mask from Mini Made NZ

 

Bunny Helmet Covers, Umbrella, Dress Up Sets, Gift Card and Bag from Cotton On

Mini Made NZ Grey Bunny Mask available HERE

Toys and Collectibles:

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Clockwise from Top Left: Claire LeBlonde Bunny Dolls, Velour Bunny Hoods by Gallop Handcrafted, Easter edition Dolls by Fiveplus5, Limited edition Itsybel Bunny Dolls, Bunny Peg Dolls handmade by KP Designs.

Claire LeBlonde Designs Heirloom Bunny Dolls available from her Website

Gallop Handcrafted Velour Bunny hoods available from her Facebook Page

Fiveplus5 Easter Edition Dolls available HERE

Itsybel Dolls by Catherine of Burrow and Be are a gorgeous wee creative side project for Catherine and available through contacting on Facebook or Instagram.

KP Designs Bunny Peg Dolls are all hand painted and available on their Website

 

 

Clothes and Accessories:

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Left: Owl & Monkey Tees. Top Right: Mox. Tees and Onesies. Bottom Right: Willow Boutique Pj’s

 

Owl & Monkey  Tees and Onesies, available for preorder HERE

MOX. Easter Edition Onesies and Tees. Onesies available HERE and Tees HERE.

Willow Boutique PJ’s Available HERE.

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Clockwise From Top Left: Cute Girly Things Easter Gift Sets, Silver Pendant from KJ Designs, Ess & Elle Hair ties trio, Arch N Ollie Bunny ears from Jaxon Rose and KatyB Jewellery Bunny Necklace.

 

Cute Girl Things Easter gift sets available HERE.

KJ Designs silver pendant available via their Website.

Ess & Elle hair tie trio available on their Website.

Arch n Ollie Lace Bunny Ears available from Jaxon Rose Store.

KatyB Jewellery Bunny necklace available HERE.

For The Hunt:

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Top: Hunt Bags from Just Sew. Bottom: Personalised Easter bags from Willow Boutique and Bunny markers from Love From Seventeen

Just Sew hunt bags available HERE

Willow Boutique personalised Easter bags available HERE

Love From Seventeen bunny markers available HERE

For The Table:

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Bunny Straw Decorations from Love From Seventeen. Plate and Cup from Pop Roc Parties

Love From Seventeen Bunny straw decorations available HERE

Pop Roc Parties Easter Tableware available HERE

 

There is so many more things I could include but this is just a snippet from a few of our favourite stores and handmaidens.

Mel x

Into The Woods

 

Trilly is madly in love with her tea set she received for Christmas and if I ever can’t find her she will normally be hiding in a duvet kingdom sharing tea with her ‘friends’. I am in love with this kids imagination. She draws her technology curious older sister into her world of fairy tales all the time and to watch their childhood play unfold is magic in itself.

Trilly wanted a tea party in the woods so this week that’s what we did.

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Red Cape and Wolf Hood from Gallop – Handcrafted Hobby Horses.

Heirloom Dolls from Claire LeBlond Design available from her Website.

Miss wears Dress from H&M NZ and Cotton On Kids Booties.

Trilly wears a skirt I made over a year ago and Boots from Bobux.

Tea Set from Santa.

 

Brow Game Strong – Feather Touch Brow Design By Katrina Williams

Last Tuesday I visited Kat from Katrina Williams Feather Touch Brow Design at her clinic to have my brows micro-bladed which is essentially tattooed. A blade of sorts is used and pigment is added into the skin. It is called semi-permanent and my understanding is it will grow and fade out over time requiring another touch up session eventually.

Many people have asked about the process since I mentioned I had had the procedure done so I’ve got pictures and a run down coming right up!

When I first arrived Kat sat me down and talked me through the process, from how she decides the brown shape and colour right down to how the actual blading works. Any questions I had she answered. She explained how she photographs your brows lying down with your eyes shut to show the symmetry because your face changes and moves with your eyes open and normal facial movement. She also told me not everyone is a good match for micro-blading and there is a few criteria that means it may not be the best option for you because of this you are required to fill in a medical form before your session. I liked that Kat was more focused on whether it was a fit for my skin than whether she went through with the session and she told me she has had to turn people away because it would not have been professional to proceed.

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The Process: Before, Design drafted, During, Straight after.
The brow design is very scientific, you can’t just show her a pinterest pic and expect to get it. Your natural face and brow shape needs to be carefully looked at and there are mini callipers involved, multiple measurements and numerous photos taken to ensure perfection. If there is one thing you can count on it is that Kat will never give anything more than her perfect best. If Kat is unhappy with anything she will not commit to it and will not let you either. Trust her with your colour choice, despite what colour you currently fill your brows in with Kat is working with your natural face and the brows looking natural is her biggest concern.

I did get to look at some of her starting patterns incase one of them appealed more to me than another for the beginning inner edge of my brows but I can honestly say I’ve never studied brows enough to realise peoples are different! I entrusted Kat with this decision wholeheartedly.

Kat DOES NOT use anaesthetic cream for the first blade strokes of your brows. You heard me, no numbing cream for the start. It is not horrendously painful but it also not a tickle. I rated it about a 5/10. When I asked Kat why she doesn’t numb the area like some others she told me that the anaesthetic cream can cause the area to swell and this means the blade strokes would not be as fine as they could be. Made sense. The finer the strokes the more hair like they appear because hair is very fine, right. It’s hard to describe how the blading feels, it sort of feels exactly how it sounds, like a blade. A stroke doesn’t take long and I can compare it to how it feels when you have your brows waxed and they pull it off. After the initial strokes Kat will apply the cream and you will not feel the rest of the filling in. It is completely painless.

Side note, my right brow seems to be a cluster of nerve endings that meant I sneezed with every stroke! Kat told me that isn’t uncommon which made me feel a wee bit better about the fact she had to stop in-between every stroke to allow me to sneeze! My right brow was also a touch more sensitive than my left meaning I felt the strokes a bit more before the area was numbed.

Kat is pedantic in her after care. The healing process has to be looked after. She sends you on your way with a tiny pot of aftercare cream and a sheet of instructions. She also handily includes a picture guide of what you can expect during the process which is handy when your brows start to get patchy and flake, and you have to double think what you’ve done to your face! She talks you through the importance of a finishing session and warns you of how your brows will change as they heal.

I am a week post session now and I *think* my brows are settling down again. I love them and definitely don’t regret the process so far.

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3 days post – 5 days post and the peeling flaky stage – 7 days post

Kat works from her clinic – Porcelain Beauty – located in Morrinsville, and can be found on Facebook and Instagram. You can also contact her via call or text 0220693390.

Sessions start at $299 each and you will need at least two.

I will update my final session and healing once done in a month or so.

Mel x

 

 

WIN New Kicks With Bobux

 

 

The Bobux KID+ range is for kids taking the next step in their development. Whether they are running or jumping, climbing or chasing, kids need shoes that allow them to push the boundaries and get active – all while supporting their natural foot development. Enter KID+, the new Bobux range of sneakers, sandals and more for kids up to 8 years old.

A few weeks back the girls and I were privileged to be invited to the launch of Bobux’s  new Kids+ Range. This range caters for children up to size 33 which they say is roughly 8 years however Miss is 10 in July and also fitted the biggest size.

Miss trying on Rascal Misty Silver. Trilly wearing Aktiv Plus Blush/Black Brush.
 
The range is fresh and the designs are kid friendly while being fun and on trend. Miss was easily pleased with the metallic sneakers and Trilly being a bit younger was all over the adorable animal designs. Every pair of Bobux shoes are podiatrist endorsed meaning you can be confident you are doing the best by your kids feet.

The girls put their new kicks through their paces thanks to the fun afternoon of Indoor Rock Climbing, I probably couldn’t think of a better way to test out new shoes.

Bobux has kindly given us TWO pairs of shoes to giveaway to two of you, and the best part is, it’s your choice!

I don’t envy anyone having to choose because after previewing the range I could have taken almost all of them home with us. There really is a pair to please anyone.

To ENTER simply jump onto the Bobux website, decide on your favourites and then fill in the form below.

 

 

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Shoes Shown L-R: Blaze Plus Lo Zebra Grey, Aktiv Plus Blush/Black Brush, Shimmer Black Gloss Boot, Sway Bordeaux Boot, Rascal Misty Silver, Bass Gold.
Competition Terms and Conditions: By entering this competition you are giving permission to be added to the Bobux email newsletter. Prize is in the form of 2x $100 Bobux vouchers to be given to 2 separate winners. Prize will be sent directly to winner by Bobux. Competition is open to NZ residents only. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday 13th March
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