Tes Tiny Twinkles

The little things that make me twinkle

Handbag insert for DSLR

Last week i got given an old canon dslr. Its a good back up and I’ve been teaching my 13yo how to use it. She has a good eye for composition and likes to take photos on her mobile.
I have a large camera bag that holds all my gear. But if i just wanted to take the camera and a spare lens i used to wrap it in a scarf and hope that no one pulled it out and dropped my camera. I wanted something that would protect my camera as well as a second lens etc. There are some gorgeous camera handbags out there but they are way out of my price range. I was wanting something i could put into my handbag or nappy bag with all my other junk.
Last week i googled “dslr bag insert”. There were a lot of results. Some expensive, some ugly. There were a few tutorials so i took inspiration from them and made my own.
Here is the finished product


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Quick & easy white board

Went to the shops today to look for a cheap whiteboard for our kitchen shopping list.
Our local $2 shop didnt have any and i didnt want to pay $20 for a fancy office one with magnets.
As i looked around i mentally went over what we had at home. There was a cheap light ikea frame with nothing in it. So i gave up looking and decided to make some instead. I picked up white board markers for $2.50 and went home.
Ive seen a few handmade ones done up beautifully with gorgeous papers and lettering. Mine is nowhere near as gorgeous but it took two minutes and is doing the trick. Im going to redo the background at some point so it is gorgeous but for now this will serve the purpose. Its just an a3 sheet with the days and the words shopping list on it. As they use stuff the kids can write it on the list.
Hopefully you get inspired to make your own but much better!
x T


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Adventurous? Why not try making this Tricycle Nappy Cake

I love Nappy Cakes. I think they are a great shower or baby gift. If you want to give a gift that is different and will be used by the parents then it’s the way to go.

Here is a more adventurous cake that you could make. Change the colours for a boy, girl or surprise baby. Im going to make it one day and I will update this post with the photos

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Im moving to St Clair and I found out that they have a great neighbourhood centre. I cant wait till we get to the new place! Here is their blog post for March!

St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team

Another year is upon us and March will see the SCYNT team at full throttle. We have been busy planning a number of events for our community.

To kick off March, International Womans Day will be held at St Marys Corner, Cnr Great Western Highway and Mamre Rd, St Marys (parking entry vis Swanston Road) on the 8th March 2012, commencing at 9:00am. Woman can create a sculputre and share their life stories.

In partnership with Penrith City Council, pet lovers will be given a chance to have their four legged friends microchipped for FREE at Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Autumnleaf Parade St Clair on the 15th March 2012, between 10:00am and 2:00pm. You will be able to speak to a vet, animal trainer and council companion animal officers.

For older members of our community, why not come along and celebrate Seniors Week with us. This event has been running in our…

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How to make Nappy Cakes

One of the things I love to make are nappy cakes. I started making them for mates who had new babies and then got asked to do them for others. I learned from youtube videos and I’d recommend them as gifts. Who doesn’t want a gift packed full of baby necessities? Everyone who receives them have loved them. If you cant get one from me why not make one your self.

Here is one of the videos that I learnt from

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Waiting for settlement and ready to move!

What can I say. I have been slack this past month when it comes to blogging. I have had so much on my plate. Between trying to get my house to settlement, going back to work and packing up for the big move there has been little time to blog.

I am still waiting for my house to settle. I was hoping for the 4th of April but that dream has since passed. I asked for early access but the vendors haven’t accommodated that either. So I think we will be waiting for the 21st which is when the 42days is up. So cant wait to move.

I went back to work last month as well. I hadnt planned to go back til July but with the new house and some massive changes at work I figured I better go back so I can stay in the loop.I went back full time straight away. Its been hard not getting to stay home with Stephanie but the pay is good.

I have put most of my craft stuff in storage for a little while. Stephanie has started crawling and I would hate for her to get into any of my little nic nacs. They are safer stored elsewhere for the time being. I will get stuff out when I need it and put it back soon after. I’ll have a memory craft embroidery machine for sale soon. Keep an eye out for it cause you could snap up a bargain.

If you know of a good carpet cleaner in the Blacktown area leave a comment with their details Im looking for one to do our house!


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Where does the time go? Buyin a house and heading back to work!

Wow! The last few weeks have been hectic trying to buy a house. Getting finance, organising inspections, arranging an exchange of contract and going back to work.

Today was my first day back on the job. I wont reveal what I actually do as my job expects its employees to refrain from publicly admitting they work there. LOL . In the cyber world any way. (Something negative you say about your day may adversely affect the image of the organisation. ) Anyway after nearly 10months on maternity leave I am back working. Gotta make those mortgage payments.

When I bought the first house It was brand new, not yet out of Land Titles and we moved in under contract before the property actually had a title to exchange. There was no cooling off etc to worry about because we werent in any rush due to the bureaucratic processes being so slow.

This time it seems like we are on a time constraint. The contracts have taken forever to be exchanged, the Bank valuer hasnt filed his report straight away and everything seems to be taking forever. Maybe its because Im so keen to move in that it seems like its taking forever. Hopefully the next few weeks will go by quickly and I will be into my new home.


In the meantime Im sorting through 5yrs of accumulated junk. Anyone want to do it for me?

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Moving house! Hopefully soon…

My husband and I are in the process of buying a house. We decided that as my mum was moving in with us the current house wasnt gonna be big enough and we had to find somewhere larger. We hadnt been looking for long when we found something that ticked the boxes. Plenty of rooms for everyone, space for our two boxers and a granny flat for my mum.

Hopefully we will be moving in 6 weeks. In the meantime I will be looking for great ways to decorate on the cheap, furnish the kids bedroom and make the new place our home as well as great ways for organising the packing process.

Wish me luck I think it will be a hectic few weeks coming up.

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Create an eCommerce Website with WordPress in under 5 minutes

I have just started looking into web design etc. Building my own and making some for friends has been an eye opening process. Check out this great video – How to create an ecommerce site in 5mins

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Easy Applique Romper

I like taking things that are boring and everyday and making them a little different. If i was into bling id probably be a mad bedazzler. I got cheap plain coloured rompers with the intention of putting embroidery on them for my daughter. Unfortunately i woke up to the fact that it wasn’t going to happen after my daughter grew too big for them and they still hadn’t been done.
I found a cute owl fabric in my stash and decided to appliqué some onto the rompers.

It was easy to do and this is what you need

Fabric motif
Heat n bond
Needle n thread

I cut the heat n bond and ironed it onto my patterned fabric. Follow the instructions on the heat n bond packet!

Cut out the motif you want to use.remove backing paper then iron the motif onto your romper.

Depending on the heat n bond you can sew around the edge or leave it.


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