Our DIY vegetable garden

Our DIY vegetable garden

I guess most gardens are probably classified as DIY, aren’t they?!

Well, I decided to build a small 1.2m sq in May of last year, to plant vegetables and fruits in time for the current summer.

Getting my handy-girl on. Manny and Bob would be proud

After a few false starts (buying treated wood at first, then correcting the choice with hard wood pails) I built the structure all by myself (proud! ps, corded electric drills work WAY better than cordless ones whose battery never charges properly) and using the giant fat Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander, I prepared the soil and got the bed ready.

Next birthday present please somebody

Annnnnnd 7 months later HOLY WOW! We have been rewarded with humungous zucchinis and the juiciest, best tasting tomatos ever.

A small selection of our tomatoes, at last count we had about one billion

People keep asking me what I’m doing to yield such good results, and the answer is “nothing”! So far, we’ve been lucky to avoid any caterpillars or birds or snails trying to eat anything, and all I do is give it a good water every few days if it hasn’t rained. Lucky or what?!

Thank you garden!Yummm #nofilterFirst crop!

I planned spaghetti for dinner tonight, and forgot to check if we had any zucchinis before I went to the shops, so I got one just in case. I came home, and picked these two beauties right off the vine. Makes the shop bought zucchini look pathetic really!

Store bought at the bottom, home grown at the top. I think we can officially say the vege garden is a success.

This is my crop of tomatos from today:
And tomatoes aplenty

I also made a quick bruschetta for an entree from the mini romas, on top of some store bought garlic bread, and oh. my. It was super delicious.

Best bruschetta ever

I’m definitely going to make a bigger garden for next summer!

{Party Planning} Decorations sneak peek

{Party Planning} Decorations sneak peek

I’ve been steadily getting some handmade decorations done for Raf’s birthday party, but now I’m on school holidays for two weeks it’s go time! My holidays will be devoted to planning the party, making the decorations, deciding what food to make and how to decorate it… in other words, my idea of bliss =) Mikaela party planning decoratingSusan (JA’s mom) said last night she read somewhere that kids parties are the new weddings. The amount of time spent planning, decorating and deciding every little detail is on par, or even more than, some weddings. And I think that’s probably correct, for some people (like me). Mikaela party planning decoratingI love it! Bring it on!Mikaela party planning decorating

{Party Planning} Rafa’s 1st Birthday

{Party Planning} Rafa’s 1st Birthday

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I LOVE planning parties. I’ve re-capped birthdays past before, as well as documenting how much I love designing invitations, and how much I love baking and decorating for halloween! I also like to make birthdays a bit special for the doggies ;) I’m pretty much impossible to throw a party for, because I just take over and organise everything. I love it!

So you can imagine, having a kid is going to be fairly convenient for my party planning obsession in the future…

Right now I’m in the midst of planning Raf’s 1st Birthday Party, with an “Under the Sea” theme. I’ve almost finished designing the invitations, and am using pinterest to create a mood board, you can see a few of the fabulous ideas I’m collecting here, and more on my Pinterest Board.

Mikaela party planning birthday party

I’m pretty excited about it!! Stay tuned for more planning and DIY decorating =)

My Vegetable Garden – Part 1

My Vegetable Garden – Part 1

Today I *finally* got the structure started for our Vege Garden! I feel a big sense of achievement here, because the area has been sitting there getting more jungley by the day, for about 2 years now… And today I managed to weed it, move a wood sleeper to create the fourth wall base, put 3 star pickets on the correct place, and placed the wooden garden edging stuff around to create the walls.

I now need some more metal stakes to secure the walls in place, some hessian for the sides, and then, over the next few months, I will be building the perfect garden bed for planting things such as tomatos, zucchinis and beans =)

I’ll be following the sage advice of Stephanie Alexander:

So good to make a start!

Do you have a vege garden at home??

Crafternoon Tea Party – Scrappy Framed Photos

Crafternoon Tea Party – Scrappy Framed Photos

Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Last weekend I hosted my second Crafternoon Tea Party of the year (read about January’s here).

I baked some Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing (yum), and of course had on hand the many varieties of teas I’ve been collecting. Susan brought Costco cookies (so yum!) and Clo brought White Tim Tams and choc-mint slices. We were on bikkie overload!
Mikaela Red velvet Cupcake

Once again, it was so fun! There’s something so fantastic about bringing creativity into people’s lives – people who think they are “uncreative” – and seeing what they come up with, once given the tools.
Mikaela Craft Supplies

We created a “Scrappy Framed Photo”. The instruction of this craft was minimal compared to the resin bangles, as all I had to do was show some examples of some scrapbooking I had done previously, and show everyone what was available to them and how it might be used. Then for the most part I wasn’t even there (off trying to print photos and feed the baby!), and what everyone came up with really delighted me!
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party

To thank my lovely gests for coming I made these little party favours, by cutting the cupcake shapes on my Cameo and popping some lollies and malteasers inside (though I was lazy and used sticky tape on the outside instead of glueing them!). So cute =)
Mikaela Crafternoon Tea Party

I already have ideas for next months Crafternoon Tea Party!