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Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Padded Bed Head

I love my bed. It was on sale when I purchased it for half price and it was love at first sight. :) It had to be ordered and took approximately 4 weeks to arrive. I rang and chased it up continuously, thinking it was too good to be true and would never arrive. But it did. I love that it is really high off the ground and well made.  But, after many months of use and perseverance, it is painfully clear that the bed head is not very comfortable at all.  The metal bars are hard and cold and lumpy on our heads when we sit up in bed to read each night. Bummer.

So today I decided it was time to make a bed head to fit in with the one we had, but one that was padded and would cover those lumpy cold bars. I wanted it to be a sort of insert so I measured the inside of the main bars and venture off to Bunnings. They had sheets of 6mm MDF the exact length I wanted, but the width was a bit big. But the nice guy there cut it to size for me. 

Then on the way home I called into Spotlight and got some padding and fabric to cover it. The fabric was on sale at only $8 a metre. 

So when I got home I used a small plate to round off the edges so it would fit in the existing bed head. 

Then I laid my padding over the top and attached it with my staple gun. Then trimmed the excess off the sides. 

Then I covered it with my fabric and attached it with my staple gun also. 

I had a 30 x 90cm strip of MDF left over which I cut in half and used as legs for the bed head. I just measured how high it needed to be, then glued and screwed the legs on. I needed them to be flat so they would slip into the existing bed head.

And that was it. It fit in perfectly and is soft and comfortable without taking away too much from the original design of the bed. 

Total cost of this project was just under $50. 

:) Julie

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Year Old Frozen Birthday Party!

It feel like my blog has been "Frozen" in time. Well, I have been anyway. ;)   I've been preparing another birthday party. This time a Frozen birthday party for my 7 year old daughter.

Here is how it went in summary -

LENGTH OF PARTY - 2 hours (11am to 1pm)
NUMBER OF GUESTS - 12 girls (including my daughter) and one boy (my little Kristoff).
VENUE - Inside our house as possible rain was predicted.


I found a blank invitation template and filled in the party details. I printed the invitee's name on the top of each invite in pink fancy writing. Then I cut them out and backed them on pink cardboard.


The guests entered our lounge room through a curtain of blue and white streamers.

I hired a helium tank and purchased balloons in a pearl blue, pink and purple. I also ordered clear balloons with white snowflakes off ebay. I also bought a bouquet of foil Frozen themed balloons which we inflated on the day.

I also purchased a Frozen scene setter for the wall and hung the large pictures of the sisters on either side of our buffet which held all the sweets and drinks.

The birthday scene setter banner I hung on top of a curtain of blue and white streamers covering our sliding French doors.  I used a template I found online to create Holly's name banner and age pennant.


I purchased Holly's Elsa dress and some cute sparkly matching shoes. I painted her finger nails blue and added a coat of icy glitter on top. I gave her an Elsa side plait and sprayed her hair with glitter hairspray.  And for my son I sewed him a Kristoff coat and we recycled and pants and boots from his Hiccup costume. :)

  • Snowflake making. I prefolded the white paper templates and had each child cut their designs on arrival.  Then we stuck them on the front door as decorations.
  • Cupcake Decorating. I baked vanilla cupcakes in blue cases and made pink and blue icing for the guests to apply. I also had mini marshmallows in pink and white, pink sprinkles, pastel edible pearls and mimi mnm's in blue and pink.
  • Warm hugs game.  We made this one up. Someone stands in the middle of a circle of seated children and closes their eyes. A parent silently points to a child who stands up behind the person in the middle and in their best Olaf voice says “Hi, I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs.” The other child has to guess who it is.  If they do, the Olaf impersonator gives them a warm hug and becomes the person to stand in the middle and a new Olaf is chosen. This game went exceptionally well. 
  • Elsa and Anna Crown Making. I precut blue and pink crowns from cardboard using a template I found online. I purchased sticky jewels at a discount store and the girls got to decorate their crowns and stick them together to the size of their heads. This was also a hit.
  • Pass the parcel. I used blue tissue paper for the layers. I enclosed a candy bracelet in each layer, which was wrapped in a ribbon tied plastic bag with a Frozen sticker on the front.  The main prize for the birthday girl was an Anna jewellery set.

  • Chopstick marshmallow game.  I had the girls split into 3 groups of 4. Then each group had 20 seconds to put as many mini marshmallows into a noodle box using chopsticks. The girls struggled picking the marshmallows up and ended up using their hands. 
  • Pin the carrot nose on Olaf. I purchased this game at Big W party store and it was lots of fun, despite all the cheating. ;)
  • Pinata.  I purchased a Frozen themed pinata at the Big W Party shop and filled it with assorted lollies. It was a pull sting one that was opened on the third attempt. :) It also looked pretty hanging up on the door during the party. :)
  • Musical Statues with Frozen music.  While I was cutting up and handing out the cake at the end of the party, the girls amused themselves playing musical statues to Frozen music.


Snowcapped marshmallows. These I made by dipping the tops in melted white chocolate and then blue sprinkles. 

White meringue snowballs. I used store bought meringues.

Oreo Pops. I separated oreo biscuits and then attached a stick to the centre with melted white chocolate and put them back together. Then I dipped them all in white chocolate, then sprinkled on blue sugary sprinkles.

Pink Musks and white marshmallows. These were store bought.

Rice Bubble Squares. I made these from rice bubbles, melted marshmallows and butter, drizzled with melted white chocolate that I food coloured blue.

White chocolate bread stick wands. These were delicious. I used small packet breadsticks, then dipped the ends in white chocolate and sprinkled them with pink sprinkles. The salt and chocolate were a really good mix.

We also had:

Blue Frozen Jelly with snow capped whipped cream on top.

Sausage Rolls and Frankfurts.

And to drink:

Blue Gatorade in a glass drink dispenser.


I made the cake using vanilla cake mix. I used buttercream icing in the middle of each layer. Then covered the outsides with buttercream icing which I food coloured in blue and pink. The Anna and Elsa paper toppers I found online and printed out. They site on the cake using a straw. I purchased a snow flake cookie cutter to do the fondant snowflakes and I had letters to make Holly's name. I purchased the perfect pink glitter number 7 candle. The snowballs were made from white icing and edged the cake layers perfectly.

And another year of kids party planning is over! 

:) J
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