Tuesday, 2 April 2013

easter dinner

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I thought I'd share, as I always do, what our table looked like for our Easter dinner. There were only six of us, and after a late decision to host the dinner coupled with two very busy weeks leading up to Saturday, I decided to not go overboard.

I decided to use the eggs I decorated the other week coupled with two simple vases with white and yellow tulips as centerpieces. White candles on pillar glass holders were put on the end to add some dynamic. They were never lit because we had dinner way before it got dark. But that didn't matter, just the mere precesence of them on the table added to the presentation.

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The cotton table cloth is white with black tiny dots, and I chose to use the striped napkins that I still have from my sister's wedding last summer. I love being able to use and reuse supplies time and time again.

I got a few more preblown eggs and used them as seating "cards" by writing the initial of each person with a pen, which just happened to match the eggs in the centerpiece. Smart way to make it easy on myself and go with an already established theme.

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I had four glass mini cake stands from a previous event and used them to nest the eggs in. The hay was found in old Christmas baskets that we have recieved in the past couple of years. Again, reusing all kinds of things for different purposes is the way to go if you want to be able to set a nice table on a budget. Of course, this does mean a bit of hoarding I admit. But if you are organized in your hoarding (which is an entirely different post all together) it can be without living in a castle.

It didn't matter all too much to me that I didn't have a glass stand for each person. I simply used two egg cups for the middle seats. This is something that I want to stress. Everything doesn't have to be exactly the same on a table! What matters, at least in my opinion, is that there is symmetry. So in this case, the four outer seats had the glass stands, and the two middle seats had the egg cups. Worked well enough for me. Work with what you have, I say.

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So, apart from the eggs and the flowers, everything on the table was already in my house. Pretty chuffed with that.

So food, you say? Did we have any? Yes indeed. It looked like this:
Starter was two Smörrebröd with pickled hering (eaten at every single holiday in Sweden) and smoked salmon and roe. Courtesy of the husband.
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Main was lemon and oregano rooster and caramelized crushed potatoes with spinach.The herb yoghurt that was also served with this dish is not shown. Also courtesy of the husband.
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Dessert was Key Lime Pie, courtesy of moi.
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And that was it. How was your Easter? Did you have a gathering of some sort?

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

paper crafts | giftbag



A friend of ours turned 40 the other day and we were invited to help him celebrate. I made this giftbag to hold the gift.

The bag was made with papers from Echo Park's Note To Self digi kit, which you can find at JessicaSprague.com, and printed onto two sheets of 12x12 cardstock, cut to size, and assembled.



What you see on the front of the bag is a pocket that holds a card that can be pulled up and out with the greeting. The pocket and card were also made from the same kit, designed in CS6, printed and cut, and then attached to the bag.



I looked and looked for a suitable template to use for the bag. Unfortunately, due to the size of the gift, I had to create my own. I made two identical pieces; each containing the front/back, one side panel, and half of the bottom. Each piece fit on one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. The pocket and card was cut from a third sheet of cardstock.
Otherwise, here is a great tutorial by Nexttonicx on how to cut and fold a giftbag from one sheet of paper.

Once I had the size of each panel figured out, it was easy to clip in my papers and then print and cut. The assembly took about 15 minutes or so with cutting, folding and putting on double sided tape. The finished result is a truly custom gift from start to finish that was very easy to make.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Diaper cake yumminess

I made a diaper cake for my sister and BIL and brought it to the hospital when we went to see little Wilmer. Gosh it was heavy to log around, lol!

It was surprisingly easy to make, just a little time consuming rolling all those diapers. I really like how it turned out. Now I kind of just want more kidlets to come along so I can do more of them! Hee!





For those of you who don't know, a diaper cake is made of rolled up diapers and is covered by baby blankets. I used fleece ones that were so soft and had cute little animals printed on them. I also wrapped each tier in a ribbon; for prettiness and for holding the blankets in place.

The great thing about the diaper cake is that it's 100% usable. The diapers are obvious, lol, and the blankets can be used for both naptimes and playtime for the baby. There is also a small treat for the parents in the middle once all the diapers are gone!