Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lemony Fresh

Here is the dessert table I created today for my BFF. She had a very intimate gathering at her home to celebrate her birthday and the arrival of her new puppy Humphrey.
I only had one day to organise this, so there are a few other things I would have liked to include, however all in all I'm happy with the look ... it's fresh, simple and summery.

simple + fresh
Also, I've got a gorgeous giveaway to post soon too. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blown away

If you are regular visitor to my humble little blog you probably know that we celebrated my son's 4th birthday last weekend with a navy blue and kelly green pinwheel themed party.

William's Dessert and Candy buffet

In my last post I thanked a group of fabulous blogs that kindly featured William's birthday dessert table. I was blown away with the response.

A few nights back I received an email from Amy Atlas and my breath was quite literally taken away. Read her post about my dessert table here. Her encouraging words have made my year!

I think it's wonderful that someone so highly regarded in the event planning industry takes time out to give her followers feedback and encouragement.

Deborah McLean

Thank you Amy, you are still my no. 1!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wow, thanks a bunch!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the following blogs for featuring my son's 4th birthday dessert table images. I loved crafting and styling this dessert table and I'm glad alot of bloggers out there enjoyed viewing it too.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

William's 4th Birthday

What a wonderful afternoon/evening we had. Lots of greats friends, food and fun. Kids swimming, running and jumping ..... and not an argument in sight! 27 kids - that's saying something.

Here are some photos of his dessert/candy buffet.

William's Dessert and Candy buffet
Party theme and progress
candy jars
caramel popcorn
treat bags


Banner, invitations and thank you tags made by Imprintables.

I followed this tutorial for the pinwheels at SMP.

Cake, cupcakes and cookies by The Cupcake Company. Yes that's me!

The coloured MM's I had shipped from the States. Thanks Glory!

All other signage handmade by me.

Treat boxes from Imprintables. Tiered stand for treat boxes is a plant stand that I bought and painted.

Popcorn cone holders tutorial here. I made the base from polystyrene and wrapped in gift wrap.

Crates found at Bunnings.

Please feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section and I'll reply.

Thanks and hope you enjoyed William's 4th Birthday.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Keep them close

When the road gets rough I hold them closer than ever.

Picture 15

I know I haven't posted an update about my Dad, but I'm finding it really hard to talk about it. One tumour was removed last week but has left him with speech difficulties. This coupled with mobility problems has taken it's toll on him.

Seeing your Dad in such a helpless state is heartbreaking but something that many of us have to face.

Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts.

My mind is also constantly on the people of Haiti, go here to find out how you can help. It's just devastating and hard to actually understand the enormity of what these people are facing.

Image of me with my children by JinkyArt

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Double delight!

I woke this morning to find two lovely surprises. First, that I had won a fab Pottery Barn book from Meredith at Count It All Joy and secondly that Holly at Decor8 has posted an image of mine on her blog (the same image I use as my blog header).
bathroom beauty
What makes it even more special is that they are two of my fave blogs.
Two happy things, yay for me!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vintage inspired parties in a box

If you are looking for a beautifully decorated but easy (yes, easy) party to throw for your childs next birthday then look no further than Banter and Frolic.

Banter & Frolic 2

Banter & Frolic 1

Each themed kit contains all the ingredients to make that signature statement including invitations, themed decorations, matching stationery items, children’s party props, table d├ęcor, and a full party plan manual detailing the party set-up, run of the day, games and food suggestions for ten little people.

All party kits can be purchased from the girls at Details! Details! You will find all sorts of other nice goodies on their site too. Do yourself a favour and pop over. You won't be disappointed.

I had the pleasure I meeting Vanessa and Siobhan last year when they where designing their stand for Mathilda's markets here in Brisbane. Here are some very poor photos, but their display was just gorgeous. I made the cake and cupcakes.

Mathilda's Market

Mathilda's Market

Mathilda's Market

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Another party, another theme!

With all that's going on in our little world at the moment, I'm thankful I have my son's 4th birthday to distract me from reality for just a little while.
I absolutely love pinwheels and the colour combo of navy and kelly green for a boy. It's so preppy and masculine at the same time.
I made a big dent in constructing the pinwheels last night with the help of my daughter.
I can't wait to share with you all the little details of William's birthday celebration.

Party theme and progress
Image me - Sharnel Dollar

Friday, January 1, 2010

New year trials and tribulations

I haven't posted about my Dad and is health for awhile. He has been doing remarkably well, powering through his daily physio sessions. Whilst he is still in hospital he has been able to go home on weekends for the past month and enjoy his own home and surroundings.
On Tuesday he was lying on his stomach doing an exercise and as he rested on one of the two tumours he has remaining on his head he started to feel unwell.
One of the tumours bleed and he is now back in Brisbane awaiting major surgery on Tuesday of next week.
His speech has been affected and I can see he is tired and just needs a rest. I don't want him to rest, as this may mean giving up. But god damn it he needs a rest. His mind and his weary body needs a rest.
We held hands yesterday and he spoke of death and always being here for me. He said I can always speak to him, no matter what happens. He will be listening, but he just won't be able to speak back.
It's also his birthday today. He turned 57. What do you give a man that is fighting for his life? Seems pretty pathetic to me, gifts for someone who is fighting for their life. I just want to give him good health. That's all. Is it too much to ask? Just give him a break. Please.


Image from here