Who doesn’t love a decent pun? Or a well-timed pop culture reference? Or the odd insult every now and then (all in good faith, of course)? Greeting cards, more often than not, are so impersonal, each of them similar to the next feigning well wishes […]
It’s December! It’s Summer! It’s the festive season! Our Christmas tree is up! Our cat has discovered a love of tearing baubles off the tree and waking us up at 5am by chasing them down the hallway!
Seriously though, I am so freaking excited that it is officially December and now I can let out all of my Christmas love and adoration. This is definitely my favourite time of year; the weather is warmer, the afternoon sky glows yellow with the promise of a summer storm, the promise of Christmas movies, the glow of Christmas lights that illuminate otherwise dark suburban streets, the excitement of buying your loved ones presents and the abundance of food, laughter, alcohol and joy that the festive season brings.
To acknowledge Christmas this year, as well as celebrating the pregnancy and the launch of The (Oblivious) New Mama, I thought that I would do a 25 Days of Christmas countdown. Each day leading up to December 25th there will be a Christmas-themed post. There will be recipes and cocktail ideas, do-it-yourself Christmas craft, gift ideas, movies, books and some more personal posts that will also revolve around Christmas.
Every now and then, as well as a Christmas post I will be punctuating my content with some regular blog posts as well. I have book reviews I need to publish and a baby shower to write about and a pregnancy that changes with each and every day as we edge ever closer to our due date. So, without giving too much away I am so happy to kickstart summer and the festive season of 2018 with The (Oblivious) New Mama’s 25 Days of Christmas!
Big love to you all x
Lists are my favourite. I have mentioned that several times. Lists give me direction. Lists allow me to plan. Lists let me know when I have achieved things. I have several notebooks that I use specifically for list-making. Planning a baby shower, it turns out, […]
Craft holds a special place in my heart. When I was a toddler, Mum and I spent dozens of afternoons cutting out pictures from magazines and calendars and newspapers and making collages. We made fairy wands, and stuck gems on everything that we could get our hands on. When The Cliterature Club (the all-woman book club that I started last year) was in full swing, I handmade things for the girls each and every week. I freaking love craft. Of late, with everything going on in life and in my stomach, my creativity has been trumped by external factors and exhaustion. BUT NO MORE. With The (Oblivious) New Mama going from strength to strength (thank you, everyone), my motivation, desire, love and passion for handmade crafts has returned with gusto!
I am putting my energy towards our baby shower and the festive season, and this is the first of many DIY/homemade projects and activities that you will all be privy to in the coming weeks.
When it comes to the baby shower, even though we are having a little boy, the last thing that I want is for everything to be blue. I am much more of a neutral palette with pops of colour kind of mama and that is exactly what I am aiming for when it comes to the decorations and overall theme of the day. As well as this, ours is a little bit different as we will also be celebrating Pete’s birthday on the same day, so it will need to speak to both of those events.
There is something so special about designing and creating things yourself – I think so anyway – especially when it is for something so important and exciting and personal as the welcoming of your first child. I get such fulfilment when I see little projects come together, and even more joy when it is seen and appreciated by others. Something that I really want to get into as a part of this business is helping organise, plan and create things for baby showers. Personalised treats, personalised buntings, PERSONALISED EVERYTHING. So in the coming weeks, stay tuned as I walk you through each and every bit of decoration and planning that I embark on ahead of our BUB-beque. First up, the cutest ever mini bunting baby shower cake topper!
Ignoring the one-eyed cat, measure out horizontal points 2.5cm apart and mark twice, with the bottom point at 3cm height
Draw a horizontal line across the entire length of the page at 3cm, and vertical lines connecting your 2 points
Lining your ruler up against the horizontal line, mark the centre of each box with a dot (this will be at 1.4cm or 14mm). Then, from the corners of each box, connect the centre dot with a diagonal line.
Note: feel free to choose whatever shape you want for your mini bunting. I personally love these little flags, however triangles, squares or rectangles would also be cute as hell!
Cut out the entire row’s outline however do not cut out each single mini bunting piece just yet!
Use the row you have cut out as a stencil to make however many rows you need. This will depend on what you would like your cake topper to say!
Once you have enough individual buntings for the amount of letters you need, cut each individual one out.
Using letter stickers (I bought mine from Kmart) or, alternatively you can hand-write your letters if you wanted to, place one letter per bunting square until the word/phrase is complete.
Set each piece on a flat surface with a 1cm gap in between each. Remember to lie them face down with the word back to front, otherwise it won’t read the right way when you turn it over! Cut a length of twine (mine was just under 15cm) and make sure to leave enough excess to tie knots at each end.
Holding the string firmly over each piece, sticky tape the twine to the back of the bunting close to the top. Hint: pre-tear your sticky tape strips to make this step a whole lot easier.
My cake topper says BABY MAMA (cute) so my mini bunting will consist of two rows of four letters, which ends up looking like this:
Tie each end of the bunting to a kebab stick.
Trim the excess twine and secure the knots with a small amount of craft glue to ensure they stay in place!
Our cake is being made by the incredible team at Unwritten Cafe. We are having a vanilla sponge cake with semi-naked white icing (so you can see some of the cake through the icing) that will be decorated with Australian native flowers. It’s going to be very rustic and oh-so-pretty, so this mini bunting cake topper will fit in nicely with that whole look!