Monday, 29 November 2010

Party Favours

I have added some Party Favours to which have been designed with weddings in mind and particularly for a children's table.

The idea is that the fortune teller is placed upside down on the table and filled with sweets and then once the sweets are gone the fortune teller can be played with.

The initials could be any initials or even a name which can be left on the table and then coloured in by the guests. These can then be kept as an "artisitic" reminder of the party.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Football Boys

Both of my boys played in football matches for their school yesterday. It was youngest son's first school football match and he took it very seriously and tried very hard. It reminded me of one of my favourite poems, Walking Away by C Day-Lewis, and although they are a long way off eighteen I sometimes feel like this already.

It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day –
A sunny day with leaves just turning,
The touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play
Your first game of football, then, like a satellite
Wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away
Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
You walking away from me towards the school
With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free
Into a wilderness, the gait of one
Who finds no path where the path should be.
That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.
I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still.  Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Kusadama Flowers

I love origami and my boxes all have some sort of paper flower in them. The one I love the most is a Kusadama flower which originates from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are fiddly to make but, I think, worth it.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Christmas in a Box

Christmas in a Box ... red, jingle bells, sweets, snow, balloons? I couldn't fit in the Christmas tree and turkey but what else have I missed out - what would you put in?

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Where in the world ....

Youngest son comes home from school.

Me: Did you have a good day at school?
Him: Yes we're doing about all the different countries that speak Spanish.
Me: How interesting - which countries have you learnt about?
Him: You know the one with box in it.
Me: Box in it .... ummmm ... no I can't think of a country with box in it.

More thinking, then I try to think how a nine year old mind thinks.

Me: Do you mean Cuba?
Him: Yes that's the one.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Blue and White

My mum recently organised for a group of her friends and me to try our hand at mosaic. 
I decided to use all the little bits of blue and white china that we have dug up, and kept, from our garden.  I wonder why it is ALWAYS blue and white? For once I knew exactly what I wanted to do and so the old garden table I bought years ago from Woolworths became transformed!  I love it … although I'm not sure if I will do any more mosaic as this was maybe a one day craft wonder for me!

Knowing how long my table took to make I am in awe of this “dress” and would love to have the skill and patience to make a 'scarecrow' like this for the garden.  One day perhaps ….

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Daisyley Boxes

Daisyley Boxes includes a range of beautiful, handmade boxes that you can send instead of a card for any occasion. The birthday boxes include a Happy Birthday Banner, chocolate and other handmade items.

The boxes are unique and individually handmade to create something that is really special and distinctive as well as a thoughtful gift.

Please take a look at my website