Party · Recipes

30th cake topper DIY

I have the task, nay, the pleasure, of making a cake for my sister in law’s 30th birthday.

I’m planning on making a double layer mars bar cake, with caramel buttercream icing….(I’ll make the cake closer to the party)

But to finish it off I wanted to make a unique cake topper. So I made a gold ‘30’, and mini bunting.


For the 30. I used cardboard from an old tissue box and drew the numbers to the size I wanted, then coloured with gold texta, and then covered in glue and gold glitter. Finally used a hot glue gun to stick part of a skewer to the numbers.



For the mini bunting, I used some pink cardboard to cut small triangles, then cut a length of string and attached the string to the posts. Then use hot glue gun to attach the triangles onto the string.


Can’t wait to show you the finished product a top the cake! Stay tuned.

Party · Sewing

Halloween Fun: Yoda toddler costume. Part 2 (hooded robe)

I used a grey muslin wrap for this project. It just happened to be the perfect size…for a toddler.

Start by measuring and drawing the shape of the robe on the material. I didn’t use a pattern, I just eye-balled it.


Then sew around the outside edges, but leave the arm holes, the bottom of the robe, and the neck open.

Fold the robe in half, and cut up the center of the front of the robe. This will transform it from ‘dress’ to ‘robe’.

Use an existing hood as a pattern and measure and cut out the hood shape on the material. Sew the hood together.


Open the hood, and pin to the neck opening of the robe. Then sew.


And…ta daaaaaa!!! A very simple and basic robe.

I didn’t hem any edges because:

a) it’s a costume

b) the robe that Yoda wears is quite derelict and has rips and holes and isn’t perfectly hemmed.

c) too much effort for what I was going for…(I’m sorry to disappoint).


Here’s the finished Yoda robe, as modeled by Teddy:


And with the Yoda ears:


Just need a walking stick and the outfit is complete.


Party · Sewing

Halloween Fun: Yoda toddler costume. Part 1 (Yoda ears and hat)

Turn an old green fleece jacket into Yoda ears.

I started with this green jacket:


And turned it into this:



For the ears: Mark out a triangle with chalk. I made it a curvey triangle to resemble Yoda’s ears.

Cut 4 triangles (make sure they are long, like Yoda ears).


Pin right sides together, and sew around the edge, leaving the end open to turn right side out.

Turn right sides out and fold the bottom (open end) of the triangle towards the center and then sew straight across to keep that in place. Do the same for the other ear.



Now for the beanie / hat part:

I used another beanie to help with sizing. Measure out 2 semi circles, with a ‘V’ cut out of the top.


Cut out, and sew together the ‘V’ on each piece. (Double check sizing at this time, in case you need to add more material).


now you’ve got the basis of the beanie you need to pin the ears on before you sew it together.


This picture shows the beanie inside out, so the ears have been sewn on already, and are on the inside at this point.

The turn beanie right way out, and you should have Yoda ears on your hat. I also added a band of material at the bottom of the beanie to finish it, but you could also just hem the beanie.



Now to get some photos of the toddler wearing the hat….I’m sure that will be much harder than making it!!




I may also add a strap to keep the hat on….

It looks equally good on Teddy:

May the force be with you
Party · Recipes

Under the Sea cookies

Using the same recipe for my ‘paw print cookies’, (except mixed in choc chips and mini M&Ms). Then decorated for an Under the Sea party.


Crab cookie
Fishy, fishy, fishy
Hey turtle…
I want to be, under the Sea, in an Octopuses garden…


Buttercream icing, half coloured blue and half coloured yellow.

Using a mixed bag of lollies, sour straps, mini M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, and mini Oreo cookies.

Ready to partayyy!! Under the Sea style…

Party · Sewing

Mermaid costume (DIY)

Easy (and inexpensive) mermaid costume, and VERY easy crab costume

You will need:

fabric for mermaid tail (I used an old satin dressing gown which was perfect for this project)


felt (for mermaid bra)

flesh coloured tshirt

needle, thread and the usual sewing gear

Start by drawing the shape of your mermaid tail on the cardboard.

Then measure and cut you fabric. I used a rough pattern below. Make the tail as long or as short as you like.

Then cover your cardboard with your fabric and either glue or sew it on. Then join the smallest end of your fabric tail to the cardboard tail (which is already covered in fabric also). Sew in position.


Add straps / ties to the top of the skirt so that it will stay on.

For the mermaid top, I wanted to base it on The Little Mermaid, however I didn’t want to wear just a mermaid bra, because I didn’t want to wear something that revealing to a 5th birthday party, and also it’s freezing at this time of year. So instead I opted for a flesh coloured t-shirt and have sewn the mermaid bra onto it.


Finished product:


Party · Sewing

Toddler Under the Sea costumes (DIY)

Here’s a couple of easy (and very cheap to make) costumes for an ‘Under the Sea’ themed party.


This one is for a toddler, but since all you are really using is a grey hoodie, the exact same costume could be made for an adult.

Shark Jumper
Shark Jumper

All you need is a grey hooded jumper, white or grey felt (for the fin), white felt for the teeth, and small amount of black felt for the eyes.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUse two pieces of felt for the fin, and sew in the mid-line of the back of the jumper.

Cut triangles into a strip of white felt and sew onto the hood for the teeth.

And cut out a small black circle for the eyes and sew them onto the hood as well.



Dory (Fish)

IMG_3158.JPGOnce again, very easy and you may already have all the things you need at home. All you need is a blue, long sleeve top, I couldn’t find one with a hood so I used a beanie as well, and felt pieces (yellow, blue and black).


IMG_3149.JPGUsing yellow and black felt, cut out the shape of the fin and sew together, but leave a small amount that can be sewn onto the top.

IMG_3150.JPGOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASew the eyes on the front, and side-fins on the arms.

IMG_3151.JPGI also added another fin to the beanie, to tie it in with the costume.

and there you have it, you found Dory…


Party · Recipes

Grayscale Cookies

I wanted to make something that resembled Grayscale, so I couldn’t go past a Chocolate Crackle Cookie recipe. Unlike the horrible and contagious disease from Game of Thrones, these cookies are a delight and rather than banish you to Valeria to live out your days with the stone men, these cookies will make you more popular (at least with those that eat them).


Easy enough to make. I only had self-raising flour so I used that instead. I reckon they look pretty close to the real thing….




Recipe can be found at: