My First Christmas Ginger(Vanilla)bread House

My First Christmas Ginger(Vanilla)bread House

Mikaela gingerbread house snowman

Last week I went to a new friend’s house (Rachel – Orange Whisk) with some other lovely handmade friends (Stacey – Cheeky Textiles & Jenny – Posie Patchwork) for a Gingerbread house decorating party! I’ve never done a gingerbread house before, because I really dislike Gingerbread. Luckily for me though, Rachel was kind enough to make me a house template made from Vanilla Cookie dough instead =D
Mikaela gingerbread house tinsel

I had SO much fun!
Mikaela gingerbread house roof

It was surprisingly a lot easier than I thought it would be to do the decorating (never mind it took me 4 hours, because I had little Rafa with me and ended up having to sway with him in a sling while trying to pipe the straight lines on the roof).
Mikaela gingerbread house snow

I love all the little spinkles you can get these days to decorate with! We had little sugar snow flakes, and tiny peppermint candy canes!
Mikaela gingerbread house wreath

I’m pretty pleased with my creation, you can see my tiny wreath above (another reason it took me 4 hours perhaps? Maybe a bit too much of a perfectionist. Though it’s definitely not perfect, will have to do much better next year!).

It’s a small house, to get a sense of scale here’s a photo next to a mug (hence the difficulty of the wreath):
Mikaela gingerbread house scale

And of course, what DIY project by Mikaela would be complete without something messing up! One of my walls fell in when I put the roof on. I didn’t line things up properly and even though the “cement” for the wall had set, the roof knocked it in. Rookie mistake.
Mikaela gingerbread house dud-wall

And OF COURSE, after taking all these photos, I left the room for 30 seconds and Girds took a nice big bite out of the whole thing. Lucky it was on the dodgy side =P
Mikaela gingerbread house bad dog

Do you make Gingerbread Houses for Christmas? Did you make one this year? I’d love to see some other creations!
Mikaela gingerbread house

{DIY} Baby Shower Jungle Cake

{DIY} Baby Shower Jungle Cake

For Katie’s baby shower back in September I decorated a cake to match her Jungle Animals theme, it was lots of fun and I LOVE how it turned out!

I’ve come to realise I’m definitely more of a decorator than a baker, so I bought a chocolate mud cake from The Cheesecake Shop and decorated that. I bought the icing sugar animals along with the ladybugs and butterflies, and made the vines and leaves myself from fondant icing mix and regular food colouring. Next time I’ll try making everything myself from the fondant mix =)

{How to} post coming soon!

Mikaela baby shower cake jungle animals

Coffee Illustrations #4

Coffee Illustrations #4

Mikaela makes Coffee
When I’m tired I just do patterns

Mikaela makes Coffee
I used up all the milk for this so have to have my tea black! Whoops.

Mikaela makes Coffee
Sunny Day

Mikaela makes Coffee
Husband left on a jet plane this morning

Mikaela makes Coffee
Just tea today.. No Husband to make coffee for!

Mikaela makes Coffee
Welcome home husband! Sorry my skills haven’t improved =P

Mikaela makes Coffee
Flaming Heart

Mikaela makes Coffee
Blossom?

Mikaela makes Coffee

Mikaela makes Coffee
hello!

Coffee Illustrations #3

Coffee Illustrations #3

I’ve got a few to catch up on here!

Love Heart:

Erm… me doing Pilates? I admit to failure on this one:

This one is also bad. It was supposed to be a star, not sure what went wrong…

Finally, a winner! Cloudy Day:

Too tired to do anything properly:

Epic Fail at writing “love”:

Success! Love:

Butterfly:

I guess this silly little coffee illustration thing I do is kind of like temporary street art. Time consuming and difficult, and short-lasting, but fun. So however street art people justify that form of art, I’ll just CMD+C CMD+V please.

My life in Instagram #2

My life in Instagram #2

4 weeks and 1 day left of work. I have so many projects I want to do once I’m off! Hope my ever-growing belly can handle them…

Urban Combi Pram

Our Pram! The Urban Combi Walker Prestige (wanky name or what?)

Burgers

Making Burgers with JA's dad

Yum

Yum!

Making a cake!

Making a cake!

Naughty dog Girds got to sample it before we did

Naughty dog Girds got to sample it before we did

Making my baby shower invitations =D

Making my baby shower invitations =D

Sewing a ribbon edge onto a little minky blanket

Sewing a ribbon edge onto a little minky blanket

Mutant Capsicum!

Mutant Capsicum!

Bella - 10pm crazy face

Bella - 10pm crazy face

Baby Shower invites post coming soon! Hopefully before I finish work in 4 weeks. And one day.

Coffee Illustrations 2

Coffee Illustrations 2

Have to post 2 because they are both terrible! haha

Sunflower / Lion. Excuse: half asleep

Picasso Cat. Excuse: The milk ran out and I had to open a new carton which is hard to pour evenly.