Wednesday, 26 March 2014

DIY - Gold Vase

On the weekend it was my best friend's 31st birthday and when I asked her what she'd like for her birthday all she requested was a vase.

So I took it to the next level and decided to Pinterest this present up.

All it took was 2 glass vases, gold spray paint, masking tape and newspaper.
The result was fantastic.

Fairly easy tools:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Vases of your choice
  • Gold spray paint (or colour of your choice)
  • Also gloves are handy so you don't get spray paint all over your hands

First Step: Tape off your design with masking tape. Make sure you double tape it and there are no lumps or bumps as the paint will leak and drip through (learnt all that on this one below - thankfully I could easily fix it with a wet chux before the paint dried too much)

Next step: Spray - 2 coats is best for the better coverage. Also don't hold the spray can too close to the vase as it will create drips.

Next step:

Wait about 5 - 10 mins before slowly and carefully peeling off the masking tape. If there is any paint on the clear part of vase then just use a wet chux to wipe clean.

Bigger vase:

With a bigger vase it best to over tape. I made sure I had plenty of tape around the rim of the vase and around the base.

I stuffed the vase with a plastic bag and rags so that no spray paint could get inside plus it gave me something to hold onto while spraying.

Spray 2 coats of paint and again wait about 10 mins before carefully peeling off the masking tape.

Allow to dry and air out.

End product.

It really gives a new edge to what would have been an otherwise plain vase.

My friend was happy with her unique gift.

Photos are all mine (taken on IPhone and edited with PicMonkey)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Cake Bake and Sweet Show

On Friday I was lucky enough to be able to attend The Cake Bake & Sweet Show at Homebush Bay in Sydney - thanks to the lovely 84th and 3rd who I won 2 tickets off her amazing blog (head over and check it out).

It was an awesome day. I loved every second of it. So much talent, knowledge, creativity and sugar all in one location.

The baking names were there: Adriano Zumbo, Duff Goldman, Eric Lanlard, Rowie Cakes and many more.

There were cake decorating lessons, cake displays, cake baking, dessert baking and a lot of liquid nitrogen around.

The stalls had everything you could imagine there for sale. I walked home with some mini cake decorating tools and a checkerboard cake tin set up.

The main stage had some big names - the highlight of the day for me was seeing Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. Oh my was he a laugh. Such a funny man, he didn't even really make his dessert or finish it, he was mainly just having fun with the liquid nitrogen and pouring that all over the place. I learnt that KitchenAid mixers can really handle anything.

I got there about 10:20 in the morning and walked out at 5pm, filled with ideas, inspiration and happiness.

Amazing day, so looking forward to it next time it's on.


All photos and videos were taken by me on the day.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

My choice

The other day I had an epiphany of sorts. 
Recently I've been going through quite a bit of heartache and chaos (see here) and I've been really struggling. Anyway I was at work the other day and this little voice inside said “life cannot take your smile”.
It's true - it can’t – life can take so much off me – family, children, jobs, friends, health and all that and I can’t stop it, I can’t control life but there is one thing I can control - my smile.
I choose whether or not to smile – nothing else and no one can control that. 
Yes life sucks, yes life is hell and yes I will rant, rave, scream, cry, breakdown, say it isn't fair but I've decided that no matter what life throws at me I will not let it steal my smile. 
I'll get through it all with a smile on my face.