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This would probably only take a weekend to make, but it took me about 2 months. So long actually that I can’t find the first lot of pics I took when I had a brain fart to modge podge (or mod podge, depends where you live 😛 ) the entire thing.

I saw someone making a kitchen play set from an old side table – Very cool idea if you actually HAVE an unused side table. (some might call it minimalist, I call it frugal) I hunted the local second-hand shop; they had one for R500. That’s what a brand new, plastic, maybe not quite Fisher Price, kitchen set will cost me from Toys R Us. So I googled home made kitchen sets to get a feel for what they should look like. This one is by far my favourite.

Right, on with how I made one my toddler!

Christmas came early at the lab and the IT department showed up with some new PC’s to replace our abacuses (abaci? more than one abacus). The boxes they came in are super sturdy, so I claimed them. I used a narrow short box that was almost the exact length on of one the PC boxes; turned PC box on its side so the flaps can act like an oven door… kinda. I cut off the bottom flap and used it as a shelf inside the box. Handy Hubby had to help with this bit to reinforce the shelf so it will last more than a week. My plan for the second PC box was to turn it to a washing up area, again placing the box on its side so that the flaps become cupboard doors.

Then I had a brain fart about modge podge. I had a lot of leftover unprinted newspaper, so I thought the best way to cover the logos printed on the boxes is to cover them in said paper.. and podge them! I failed horribly at this and the box ended up with a lot of wrinkles and now I own the biggest pot of podge in town.

Spray paint is easiest

Lili chose the shade of yellow. Granted she chose it about 2 months ago, if she had to choose a colour now it would undoubtedly be pink. As per the instructions on the can, use in a well-ventilated area (like outside). We had a mishap the first time we spray painted the fridge. Also learned that with a little elbow grease and some good old sunlight soap you can remove anything from the kitchen floor, wall and door – including post office red spray paint.

Safer to do it outside

I’ve had that shirt since I was 14. And I’ve been using it as a painter’s jacket since I was 15.

Cut a hole for the bowl/basin

Handy Hubby cut the hole for me. I got a metal bowl from Crazy Store for cheap-cheap. Also got some dish cloths, sponge and a plastic basket from Pep, some wooden spoons and a play pot set.

Modge Podge the doors

I podged wrapping paper on the doors. It didn’t quite fit, tried my best to make a seamless fix.

Is there a term for this picking/tearing at paper?

I set the play kitchen up and did something else for a bit. Enough time for Lili so start picking at a few rough paper edges and tearing lots more off. *sigh*. She picks at EVERYTHING. Page corners of cardboard books, decorative stickers on toys, peeling paint, noses (yes plural – mine isn’t safe either). Nothing is safe.

The many uses for empty toilet paper rolls

I realised that the kitchen needed some lift. I cut a few toilet paper rolls in half (I have half a gazillion of them) and glued 6 each to the underside of the boxes with a glue gun. I also fixed the torn paper from the cupboard doors, this time I couldn’t match the pattern as well as I had run out of paper. Last step was to paint a black circle with poster paints so it will look like a stove plate.

Easy, cheap kitchen

Lili loves playing with it. I got her some play food that is halved and joined with velcro so she can cut it with a play knife. So come cooking time she helps out in the kitchen at her own station. Although before the play food she got creative with the cat food.

Parties I link to


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I am going to try and start a new meme for Tracy’s Topics – I made it Monday! I have so many little thingies that I’ve made, so I reckon if I have a schedule to stick to for posting them, maybe I’ll actually get around to posting them. Right?  Right.

I even made a button for it!

Since I live in the southern hemisphere, we get to have Spring now. So I wanted to make something for Spring Day, (1 September). Waaaaay back I linked up to a themed link party for empty toilet paper rolls. That’s where I saw this cute project from Let’s go Fly a kite.

Some girls grow up dreaming about the Dress, and the Cake and the clothes-all-match-even-the-undies-twins. But I had a list of items/traditions/values that I wanted to one day have in my home.  One of these was a wreath on my front door. It might sound a simple item – but I wanted one so that I could decorate it for holidays and seasons and special occasions. I found a nice sturdy one a few years ago, but only decorated it a few times. I’m trying to get more in the habit now of making an effort. And having fun with it too!

I made these at work… during lunch… and tea break. (We weren’t THAT busy ok)

I used bright spring colours - and mixed some if I didn't have the perfect shade

Did I mention I have a mountain of empty tp rolls? Well, I do. But I still only made 3 flowers for my own wreath. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing, just make a focal point. And I made some extra for our gate at work as well.

Ready for Spring

The materials I used were recycled too! The tp roll is obvious, but the elastic I used to attach to the gate; collected from packages we receive. The centre isn’t tissue coloured paper like in the tutorial, it’s used hand towels. Now before you go thinking how disgusting that is, they were my own after I thoroughly washed my hands. And I wore gloves while painting and assembling it. And it’s just water that was on them – so it’s not ‘eew’ after all.

…And for my door…

Love Spring

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I made this one for my collegue. You like?

I made these a few weeks months ago. But I’ve been a bit slack with updates. Very hard to find a few mintues for posting from the pc, not just my htc.

I know the original link where I got the idea from is more kids art, but I wanted to make these myself. I can’t remember ever making them at school either. I had some nice scrapbook, wrapping and crepe paper, ribbon and a glue gun. I also have a huge stash of toilet paper rolls.

This isn’t an official tutorial, but I’ll share my pics of what I did and how they came out.

What I didn’t take pics of: I glue-ginned  the decorated tubes together keeping their bases level. Then traced the base shape onto scrap cardboard from a box. Cut out the new base and glue to the bottom of the tubes – again I used my glue gun.

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I didn’t know WHAT to get Henk this year for Father’s Day. I’m trying to be a bit more frugal since we’re building a house soon and will be working on a skinny tight budget. I had an old picture frame and the internet. Somehow I’ll be able to make him something, right?

I got the idea from Opi’s Ramblings. Every Wednesday {just about} is Wordle Wednesday, then she posts a wordle of her week’s blog posts.   What’s so great about wordle.net is that you can even put in raw text, and it will generate a wordle for you. You choose the font, orientation of the words, the colour scheme (there are preset ones or you can customise it), etc. Here’s one with my posts for this week in my site’s colours:

Similar to a tag cloud (see my sidebar) the more a word appears in the text, the bigger it will be in the final wordle.

So I made one for Henk in Afrikaans using adjectives and nouns that I asociate with him. A few key ones were repeated so that they showed up bigger and I generated about 20 of them to get it just right. Quick printscreen and photoshop sizing and I had it printed to fit into the photo frame.

Easy Peasy and cheap too. {Everything that my hubby isn’t 😉 }

Parties I link to


Someday Crafts Categorically Crafting linky party. The theme is Father’s Day!

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Roll-tris Aren’t my colleagues just awesome! Last Friday I mentioned to my clerk if she could please keep me some toilet rolls. And today they’ve all brought some from home too; I thought I’d get maybe 1 or 2,  not 10! Plus I have 2 at home already – so I’m all set.

 You see, every week Someday Crafts hosts a themed Categorically Crafting linky party. This week’s is cans; so any craft using cans of any kind link up.

Now next week’s theme {starting tomorrow} is toilet paper rolls. I already posted my recycled toilet paper rolls napkin rings over Christmas, but I wanted to make a new project especially for this link-up party. But I couldn’t find the ribbon I wanted, and buying the only colour the shop had and making something I probably won’t use does not make sense. The whole idea is to recycle and re-use right!?

So I’ll be recycling my old post for the link-up, BUT, and here’s the clincher, I’ll be following the tutorials from the other sites linking up and make stuff from their ideas using my box-o-toilet-rolls! – You follow? Great! So tomorrow is the big linkup for toilet rolls crafts. Get your rolls ready!

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I found the pics I wanted to use last year – I think before Amelia was even born – when I decided on her room theme: Yellow and Giraffes. I had the pics printed and laminated about a month ago. Last week I cut them into the right shapes. Last night I put them up. Hurrah!!

Here are 2 very bad quality snaps of the giraffes. And the walls still look empty. * sigh*

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But I have MUCHO ideas for her room in the new house – soon as it’s built.

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