Garden Furniture Upcycle…

Our garden furniture was cheap, was a bit boring and the table top had gone moudly, I wanted to take this as a chance to make something unique for us.

We found a cross section of gorgeous wood we thought would be perfect, it was sanded down and then varnished with yacht varnish to make it long lasting.

We spray painted the chairs first with metal primer and then with a gorgeous pink. We also made some floral cushions from fabric found at a charity shop.

The original table top was unscrewed and the gorgeous wooden slab was popped on instead.

The pinknisnt to everyone’s taste but it’s unique and a bit of us.

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Amber’s Disney Birthday…

This year Amber requested a Minnie Mouse party, I thought we’d broaden it to a Disney themed party, so it didn’t make it all too girly for some! We decided on a general dress-up theme also as every 5 year old loves fancy dress!

I found a Disney quote about having your own style and made some simple Disney shaped invites with pretty bows, we were really pleased with how they turned out.

Then we just had to make a few more…

With Pinterest being my best friend when it comes to parties, I found this adorable game; find the heart of te-fiti. We didn’t end up getting a chance to play it at the party because the bouncy castle kept everyone more than entertained! But they’ll be hidden around Eastbourne for Secret Stones soon…

The party favours were Mickey ears for the boys and Minnie ears for the girls, I bought a job lot of ears and stuck cute lace bows on for a unique gift.

Another game for the party; pin the bow on Minnie. I’m unsure who won but I’m pretty sure Amber wasn’t wearing the eyemask for that one in the middle…

Amber’s outfit had to be something unique, she wanted to be Minnie Mouse, so i made something in my own style. A lace heart on the back with lace detail on the skirt and puffball sleeves, finished off with a big twirly circle skirt in pink polka dots and a scalloped hem, then a big pink bow on the front. She loved it so I think a success!

Minnie Mouse needed her own special ears so sparkly sequin black fabric was used along with fabric and lace to match the dress.

I just love the heart back detail…

A little bit of face painting, Minnie can never have too many bows apparently!

A princess castle cake was requested, I’m unsure I’ll ever make one again (I threatened to throw it out the window at around midnight the night before) but it tasted good!

Pink tablecloths and gold polka dot details… plus a cute Mickey and Minnie.

This pinΓ’ta was also bought for the party, but like our other games, we just ran out of time for it! Her face in this photo though…

The birthday girl was well and truly spoilt this year; a new bike, a massive party with all her friends, family gave her so much love and time, as well as more cards and presents than a little 5 year old could imagine! Thank you to everyone that made her day(s) as special as it was, she was on cloud nine all week!

Look at this face, it is the face of a little girl who’s just been handed her first bunch of flowers from a boy, her gorgeous best mate Harry!

Now how on earth am I topping this next year?!

Zimpli Kids SnoBall Play…

We haven’t had any snow in Eastbourne this year, it doesn’t look too hopeful either buuut it’s ok Zimpli Kids has come to the rescue with SnoBall Play. Amber was very excited for snow so we thought we’d head to the beach, as it’s our favourite place and then the children could make as much mess and noise as they wished!

We mixed it up gradually as we heard you didn’t need to use as much water as the box states if you want snowballs that stay together and I was curious to see the different stages while it was mixed.

Amber’s face in this picture says it all, she was thrilled when it started looking exactly like snow. But not cold, which was a major bonus according to Amber.

Jasper has never experienced real snow yet, but loved feeling this stuff. The packet states for over 3 years so we just kept a close eye on him. Plus it also states that the product is non toxic.

So this is where it got really fun, I mean look at that cheeky face!

Jasper literally has no clue what is going on, but I’m loving this series of photos, you can see how it stays formed in the air then explodes when it hits, just like real snow!

We were all covered in it by the end, but it was easily brushed off, no damage at all. Before we left I added more water to some left over, it just dissolved away, so no harm done to the beautiful beach and not as much mess as I feared it could be.

The happiness in Amber’s face here is amazing, we definately need some more! When Jasper understands more, or for playing with Amber’s friends.

Amber reckoned that SnoBall Play was better than real snow as it’s not cold and it feels lovely (the words of a nearly 5 year old)

We were gifted this from Zimpli Kids but all opinions are our own!