Thursday, April 14, 2011


Here are a few of my favourite Easter craft projects from Martha Stewart this year...

My clever mum has done something very similar to this at her house...

Beautiful...and time consuming...

But this one is very straightforward...

And the brown kraft satchels we stock in the shop just happen to be perfect for it - see my attempt below...

And this garland I will attempt on the weekend, so stay tuned...

Monday, April 11, 2011


Well, it has been a long time coming, but Wills and Kate are finally tying the knot in what is sure to be an elaborate ceremony on April 29. A good friend of mine is hosting a Royal Wedding Party, which I think is a fabulous idea.

For those of you hosting (or thinking about hosting) your own Royal Wedding Party here are some of my tips and suggestions...

For those of you not already aware, Kate's mum owns her own very successful party supply business in the UK - see So what could be a better talking point for your party than ordering your party supplies from the bride's mum!

Party Pieces also happens to stock my favourite party setting for a Royal Wedding Party - the British Street Party set, some of which is pictured below. How cute are the napkins! The same range is available at quite a few different online stores, and if you have left your run too late to get it shipped from the UK, Lark Handmade stock it here in Australia.

Google "britannia" and you will find lots of Union Jack themed party gear, like these retro party poppers.

Meri Meri make these very cute cupcake liner and topper packs - available via lots of online stores.

I am generally pretty anti-tacky party supplies, but I spotted this lifesize cutout - which is clearly a must have at any royal wedding party, although I'm certain shipping would cost more than the cutout itself!
As for food, think anything with Her Majesties royal endorsement...

For something more substantial try Scotch Eggs, cornish pasties, homemade pies, sausages, sausages...or sausages1 If you go with meat cooked in the least appetising way imaginable you are probably on the right track!
For sweets, there are actually lots of traditional English sweets that I love. In particular, trifle is easy to mke and (almost) always a crowd pleaser. Or a simple sponge cake is lovely for a daytime affair.
If you have some Wedgewood pieces stored away, now is the time to set them free. See also these gorgeous Wedgewood inspired cookiees and cakes.

Serve up refreshing pimms and lemonade/ginger beer with slices of lemon cucumber strwberries etc and Bollinger champagne (if you have a royal sized budget).
Round the meal off with the Twinings tea of your choice.
Finally, if your husband is planning to stick around for the event, you will probably need a supply of these...

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I thought I'd share two of my favourite Australian paper shops today, both with excellent online shopfronts.

The first is based in Victoria. I just love browsing their range and they create some really beautiful and affordable wedding invitations. This one is my very favourite.

I wish they had been around for my wedding....

The other one I love is Amazing Paper in Enmore here in Sydney. They are great on service and also have a wonderful range. I bought some of these gorgeous envelopes the other day. I have no idea what to do with them, but they were just too pretty to not buy!

They also do wedding and event stationary.

Gee, do I have an obsession with brown kraft paper?

Sunday, April 3, 2011


I have stumbled accross the most amazing sweet shop on Etsy...Andie's Specialty Sweets Andie creates the most incredible sugar decorations I think i have ever seen.

Unfortunately, for my Australian readers, I don't think Andie ships her delights to our shores, so we will have to admire her work from afar!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Wooden and aluminium lolly scoops - $6.50 each.

Red noses - 4 for $6.50

Cupcake presentation boxes - $1.75 each

Ribbed natural baking moulds - 12 for $4

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Such a pretty party...such a lovely day!
PS Grandma's name is Peg...hence the ample use of Pegs. Ha ha.