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Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.

 

 
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It’s really strange how all my children’s birthdays are gathered together during the same time of year. My little boy’s comes first on the 23rd July, then my baby is expected soon after that and my oldest is on the 5th August. My husband and I always joke about this ‘fertile’ period.

For the rest of my life I will be planning 3 birthdays at the same time! And hopefully when they are older, they will be used to the idea of sharing their birthday celebrations together…hahaha I’m just dreaming…

Here are some tips on how to plan a kids birthday party:

1. Book your venue at least a month in advance, popular places get snapped up very quickly! And you will most likely have to pay a deposit. 

2. Give out invitations early, at least 2-3 weeks before the date to allow for timely responses from invitees and for you to confirm numbers for venues

3. Order a cake at least a week before, depending on your cake maker. If you are adventurous and want to make the cake yourself plan this out a week in advance, so you can purchase ingredients and decorations. Bake the day/night before the party (buying a cake will definitely help you save time)

4. Buy decorations and lolly bags. Stock up on cheap lollies from supermarket sales or go to a store that sells these in bulk.

5. Plan your child’s birthday clothes and footwear, depending on the weather and activity. And possibly a change of clothes (there is no guarantee against spills and food smears! No point stressing, it will happen!) 

6. Have your child’s favourite toy or blanket ready for those tearful moments. Having a birthday can be HARD WORK for a little one!

7. Cater for the adults too, parents will often accompany their child to the birthday party if they are still under the age of 6. 

8. And of course presents! I like to buy little things and wrap them up individually because kids love the thought of having a lot of gifts to open :)

Here are some of my favourite venues and places to shop for birthday things around Perth:

Cakes

Michels patisserie - http://onlineorders.michels.com.au

Cutting Edge Cakes - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cutting-Edge-Cakes/109764185786545

Pops! by Eve (for cake pops! Easy to eat, no mess to clean) - http://www.facebook.com/PopsByEve

Cake Factory, Malaga - http://www.cakefactory.com.au/

My Delicious Cakes (Cake making supplies), Bibra Lake http://www.mydeliciouscakes.com.au/

Venues

Tumblers Gym, Riverton

Flying Teapot, Fremantle (for children 7 to 12 years) http://www.pickledfairy.com.au/flying-teapots.htm

The beach house, Osbourne Park http://www.thebeachhouse.org.au/

Lollies

World of Treats http://www.worldoftreats.com/contact/

Cash & Carry Canning Vale - http://www.cashandcarrywa.com.au/

Decorations/Invitations

Lombards http://www.lombard.com.au

Osbourne Party World http://www.osbornepartyworld.com.au/shop_online.asp

Spotlight - https://www.spotlight.com.au/departments/spartys/

Most importantly, have fun with your child. Take lots of photos and videos because moments like these do not come very often in life. There isn’t anything else more satisfying than seeing your little one happy and enjoying themselves.

Do you have any other party planning tips to share?

Cake turned into cupcakes…turned into muffins? They are all a part of the same baked-goods family anyway! A few weeks ago I was invited to a work friend’s BBQ and it was my culinary task to bring along a ‘sweet’. And you know how I love to make sweets! So I thought of making a Berry Coconut Macaroon cake with what ingredients I had in the kitchen.

I thought about little people who will also be eating the cake, so I used the same recipe but split them up into cupcakes/muffins instead. You should have seen their messy but happy faces!

It came out really delicious! A sweet crunchy meringue-like top with warm, gooey berries in the middle surrounded by a coconut sponge. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Here is the recipe if you wish to win your friends over!

Berry and Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 Hour

Serves: 10

200g unsalted butter, diced and softened at room temperature

175g  caster sugar

3 free-range eggs (I used 4 because they were smallish eggs) beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

2 tbsp ground almonds

4 tbsp milk

100g mixed berries, fresh or frozen

Macaroon topping

3 free-range egg whites

100g caster sugar

90g desiccated coconut 

2 tbsp ground almonds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius. Prepare a 12-hole cupcake pan with paper muffin cases
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the electric mixer and mix on medium speed for 7-8 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Reduce the speed and gradually add the beaten egg to the mixture, beating well in between. 
  3. Place mix into large bowl, using a metal spoon fold in vanilla. Then fold in the flour, baking powder, salt and ground almonds alternatively with the milk. Fold in the desiccated coconut. Spoon the batter into the individual muffin cases (about 3/4 full).
  4. To make the topping, whisk the egg whites with electric mixer until they form firm peaks. Then reduce the speed and slowly add the sugar, beating until all the sugar has been added. The meringue should be firm and shiny. Fold in the ground almonds.
  5. Top the batter with some mixed frozen berries, pressing down lightly. Carefully spread the meringue topping over the berries.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cover the cupcakes with foil a few minutes after putting them into the oven to ensure the tops don’t brown too quickly. 
  7. Cool the cupcakes on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

What dish would you bring along to a BBQ if you had to cook for friends?

Happy Cooking and more importantly EATING!

E x

Cath Kidston is currently have up to 50% off on their online store. One of their signature pieces is their oil cloth bags. These are available with 30% off for a limited time only. I have always wanted to own a Cath Kidston bag for the stunning fabric and the Vintage design, but I think a new nappy bag has to come first! The designs are about 'Mixing the whimsical, the classic and the nostalgic' . There are some bags in pretty pastel shades that bring the ‘Spring’ mood a little earlier ;)  Here are some of my picks from the sale, there are loads more to check out on the website. 

Chelsea Roses Mini Saddle Bag

Mini Dot Mini Saddle Bag

Park Rose Handbag

British Birds Pleated Bag

Bird Box Bag

Do you own more than one everyday/Main bag?

E x

Cath Kidston

Another reblog from Hubby. Yes it has been 2 years, but nothing much has changed between me and my buddies Cat and John from DIAC. We had a great catch up session last Sunday with the cheeky lil kids running a muck in the background. Food was fresh, healthy and full of flavour! I’m so thankful for being able to keep my friendship with these two amazing people…because when someone touches my life it is so hard to let go of them! :)

E x

usenowayasway:

“Catch up with friends” Part 1

It’s been awhile since E-von has caught up with her work friends. So what better way to meet-up at one’s place for a BBQ. It was an awesome afternoon. We brought ourselves and the little monsters over, and had a great catch-up sesh.

It’s been a while since I have completed a sewing project. It’s been a bit of a battle sitting down in front of the sewing machine too long with my reach getting further and further from me because of my ‘Buddha’ belly. I can’t keep away from my ‘sewing-sister’ too long though, otherwise I get the sewer’s ‘Itch’.

So…right now I am going through a headband phase. I don’t usually wear headbands, but I love the thought of having a few different patterned ones for when baby arrives.

One particular reason, my hair has grown at legendary speeds due to the pregnancy growth hormone. Plus I had a big chunk of hair snipped off last November in Malaysia and I have noticed it has grown 5 inches longer in the past 8 months. It’s become thick and unruly, but definitely healthy and shinier.

I came across this tutorial by sayyestohoboken.com, it is such an inspiring little blog run by stylishly crafty blogger, Liz Stanley. Thanks Liz!

Here is how my headband turned out. I am going to make a matching one for my friend, who is having a birthday soon. This is a perfect present idea for a girlfriend.

FABRIC OFFER: Duckcloth is offering FREE SHIPPING for the month of June. Use promo code FREEJUNE at the checkout.

Click here to read the tutorial and check out my step-by-step photos:

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Some sad news came from Lime Crime Head Quarters today. They have stated that they will no longer be producing their loose eye shadows, or also known as ‘Magic Dust’. The loose powder collection will cease and they will continue to make pressed eye shadows. I’m more partial to the fact that these were loose powders rather than pressed eye shadows because the application is much easier (in my opinion) and more versatile. These loose powders have been known to create interesting lipstick and nail polish shades which have enabled Lime Crime fans to break out their creativity!

This is your last chance to pick up your favourite shade in the loose magic dust, just enter the coupon code at the checkout: EXTRAMAGIC  to get 15% off

(The complete Magic Dust Collection is exempted from this offer)

Be quick as they will be sold out within 2 months, I won’t be surprised if they sell out before then! Click here to shop NOW (some colours are already low in stock…)

Here is some photos of the entire collection I bought last year at one of their online sales. My favourite shade is ‘Cupcake Theif’, a light soft pink shade that is great for highlighting cheekbones too!

 

Picture courtesy of Lime Crime Make Up

Do you prefer loose or pressed eye shadows?

E x


                                               

Not long to go now!! Only 4 more days till an online shopper’s dream will come to life once again. I have blogged about Vogue’s Online Shopping Night (VOSN) before over here. Truth be told, ever since that fateful September 2011 night…(and they have also held a Christmas special in November 2011) I have been hanging out for when the next BIG one would be. And now it is back and better than ever!

It is basically a fun night IN where lovers of quality fashion, come to check out beauty and fashion items at one-time only prices and even competition junkies come along to win a prize or two. This is the forum where fashionistas (in their jammies, hidden under their doonas) and online retailers from Australia and around the world come together and celebrate fashion & beauty with unbelievable discounts for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Most retailers offer free shipping, so you don’t need to step into a store.

Check out what all the fuss is about on the Vogue Australia website here

Check out the participating retailers for VOSN here

Here are some of my picks for the night and their special offers:

LIFEwithBIRD (for fashion apparel and accessories)- 20% off all stock, plus make a purchase and go in the running to win a $500 voucher

StyleSofia (for fashion apparel and accessories) - Be one of the first 20 customers to make a purchase and receive a Vogue Party Pack; enter to win a Vogue Travel Pack including a limited edition Diana F+ camera by joining Stylesofia on Facebook; plus, free shipping on all orders.

Dionna Headpiece


Frockaholics (For all your fav brands fashion apparel) - Enter “VOSN20” at checkout and receive 20 per cent off sale stock; be one of the first 30 people to spend $500 or more and receive a $50 voucher; sign up to the mailing list and receive a $15 voucher to spend on spring/summer stock; plus, free express shipping on all orders.

Eclektica (for stunning jewellery pieces) - Enter “VOGUE30” to receive 30 per cent off all stock; plus, free shipping on all orders.

Gorman (for bright fashion apparel and accessories) - 25 per cent off all stock; free shipping on all orders; plus, go in the running to win a pair of limited edition Hans Wegner Cigar chairs upholstered in an exclusive Gorman print valued at $6,500.

Triangle Bracelet

La Prarie (premium skincare) - Purchase any skincare product at www.laprairie.com.au and receive a La Prairie gift pack valued at $198; plus, a $50 gift voucher to spend with your next online purchase. Gift pack contains a Cellular Cleansing Water Eyes Face 60ml, Hydra Lift Firming Mask 15ml, Anti-Aging Day Cream 15ml and a Silver La Prairie cosmetics bag. Total gift valued at $248. Simply enter “VOGUE” at the checkout to redeem your gift.

Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Eye Line Filler


Jack London (something for the Man) - 25 per cent off all stock.

Styvesvant Coat

Will you be in front of your computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone this June 20th? What specials have enticed you?

Happy E-Shopping!

E x

2012 has definitely taken me in a different direction in my life. I never knew that I would be making my very own skin care and having a new passion to fulfil which is improving my overall wellbeing and my family’s. It was such a treat for me to take my Mum along to the one day workshop called ‘DIY Skincare’ at Endeavour College, in Perth. We started off our Mother’s Day celebrations a little early by attending together. It was an extra special day for me because I miss our mother & daughter moments where it would just be us two doing something fun. I guess ever since I became a Mum myself, I forgot I was also a daughter!

OOOooo so excited to be here!

Now a little bit about the college, Endeavour College of Natural Health was formerly known as Australian College of Natural Medicine. They provide short one to two day courses to full length high education qualifications on areas such as Naturopathy, Musculoskeletal Therapy, Nutritional Medicine, Massage Therapy and more. Wanting to feed my knowledge in the field of natural and organic skincare, I thought of giving the one day workshop a go. 

  

Making a mess! And ‘beauty’ in a bottle, our natural rose pink clay facial masque

Me presenting the final product, our rose pink clay facial masque

We basically got in there and caused a stir (Get it? Lame joke wasn’t it?)! Well we did stir up some yummy concoctions, it could have been mistaken for a cooking class…and made beautiful potions and lotions to take home with us. The smells in the laboratory were absolutely invigorating, I felt like such a cosmetic professional :) The power point presentation was lead by our trainer Karen Cashmore, but we were hardly in our seats - it was pretty hands on. And our noses were worked quite a bit too…sniffing all those lovely essential oils.

  

Poppy seed for our scrub and the essential oils range

Whipping up some gentle skin lotion

Some useful books to source recipes and information about how to make your own skincare

The cost of the course is $225, but you receive plenty of handouts. There is also a short video. And loads of information on where to buy supplies and packaging. You also get to keep your hand made goodies and go home and create your very own 'spa' experience. It is a full day class from 9-4:30pm, however we left early because it was a small group. Karen is a very friendly and warm teacher. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural skin care.

Have you made your own skin care from ingredients you found at home? Tell me how your experience went!


E x

The rain just started to fall and what do you know??? There comes the tickle in the throat! Why is that when the weather suddenly changes that the body goes into wacko and puts itself into ‘sick’ mode. I am not at the ‘sick’ stage yet, but this tickle is niggling at me whenever I swallow. I want to stop it becoming a fully fledge cold! I have cancelled out the flu, as I took the flu injection months ago.

Who said honey and lemon tea has to be drunk from a tea cup?

So here are some of my defense methods to beating this ‘THING’:

  • Drink warm honey and lemon tea (1 tsp honey and a squeeze of lemon), the honey is a natural healer and lemon helps to kill off any bacteria in the back of the throat
  • Gargle salt and water just before bed, once again to kill the nasties that is causing the throat to ache. And salt acts as an antiseptic to help ease the throat…and you won’t feeling that horrible pain when you wake up
  • Ginger or chamomile tea is also a good remedy for itchy throats, just add a few slices of ginger to some hot water and drink it warm and slowly. For chamomile tea, just steep a tea bag in hot water and drink slowly.
  • Crushing some vitamin C and add to to some warm water in a glass, with a dash of salt and tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Just gargle this concoction it at least 2-3 times a day.

Is anyone else feeling the effects of this sudden change in weather? What are some of your tips for kicking the cold?

Let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves and imagine we are cast away to a warm paradise.

Photography by Chris McLennan and Maya Ubud Resort, taken from www.vacationsandtravelmag.com 

You all take care now!

E x

Only 3 days left! Now is the time to PANIC!!

I have been shortlisted in two categories for Beauty Heaven’s BlogStar Award 2012! I can’t believe it, just over a year of blogging and now ‘Sew is Life’ is being featured in one of the prestigious online beauty websites. It has already been a dream come true…and you should have seen my face when I found I was shortlisted. It was similar to that on the faces of my two munchkins (see photo above).

Please show your love by voting for me in the following 2 categories:

Best Beauty Blog Post - Established Blog (1 shortlisted entry)

Layering dark on dark - vampy look perfect for Winter

Best Women’s Lifestyle Blog Post (2 shortlisted entries)

5 tips to keep you organised and happy at home with the kids

The joint baby shower

All you have to do is sign up as a member here and you will be eligible to vote. Beauty Heaven and BlogStar 2012 sponsor Rimmel will be giving away 100 Rimmel prizes. So you can be a lucky winner too just for voting!

But be quick, as voting closes on Sunday 10th June 2012.

Thanks to my readers and followers for supporting ‘Sew is Life’, I’m Perth girl…so any Western Aussies out there please make some noise! :)

E x