Tes Tiny Twinkles

The little things that make me twinkle

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

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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.
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It was easy to do and this is what you need

Romper
Fabric motif
Heat n bond
Iron
Scissors
Needle n thread
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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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Simple Gifts – Personalised chocolate bars

Today is Valentines. Its my first one as a wife. I failed to find the perfect gift for my husband(long story) but i found a cute one for my daughters.
I always remember them at Valentines. Kids have the most unconditional love and i like to show them appreciation for that.
This year i bought the usual chocolates but i personalised them by wrapping them in foil and making custom wrappers.

I measured the bars and made my own wrappers. I printed them at home
I wrapped my bars with foil so they couldn’t tell what type of chocolate it was. I ❤ cadbury.
I lined up the text so the words showed in the right spot
Secured the wrapper with double sided tape.
Viola! Personalised chocolate bars!

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Fabric covered wipes case

I like to try various craft ideas out and thought it would be cool to have a wipes case that was different from everyone else’s.
I saw a woman selling them on facebook but she was in america and shipping would be more than the case.
So i googled it and found a youtube video showing how to make them. Id link to it but i cant remember who made it.
Here is a photo of one i made for a friend recently.

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I found the youtube video. Here it is

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How to Make a T-shirt Canvas

I love souvenirs, especially t-shirts. But eventually the kids grow out of them, they get wrecked in some way or the kids just dont wear them. Turn them into a cool piece of wall art for your kids bedroom or lounge. This is how I did it and you could do it with any tshirt or printed fabric

What you need

1 t-shirt

1 canvas

Gun stapler

Staples

Scissors

Masking tape

Hanging hardware (I used a pipe cleaner)

1. Take your t shirt and cut around the graphic so the square is slightly larger than your canvas. The fabric will stretch but you need to have enough to wrap around the frame.

2. Staple the fabric onto the frame. Start with the 4 corners and make sure that the fabric is smooth on the front. You dont want to start on one side and end up with it all crooked.

3. Once your fabric is secured to the frame tidy up the back with some masking tape or paper tape. This will neaten up the back and help secure the fabric.

4. Attach your hanging hardware. My frame was very light so I stapled a pipe cleaner to the back and knotted the ends so they dont slip off.

5. This is what the finished product looks like.

6. Here it is hanging on the wall.

Picture instructions for how to make a t-shirt canvas

The process in Pictures

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Souvenir T-shirt Canvas

It had always been my dream to circumnavigate the globe. I was blessed enough to do it with my 2 older daughters Sum & Kanga in 2010. While travelling the easiest souvenirs to get seemed to be tshirts. Kids are always growing and they soon were too small to fit. Instead of throwing away the tshirts I held onto them hoping they would one day come in handy. Maybe to make a pillow or something cool that would remind us of our trip.

While shopping one day I came across some canvases on sale. They were square in shape and I thought hey these would be cool to paint and never got around to actually painting them. While going through my stash I found one of the tshirts and mounted it onto one of the canvases. I quite like it and it now hangs on my daughters wall. What do you think?

The tutorial on how to make it will be published here

Tshirt mounted on canvas

Souvenir Tshirt from Las Vegas

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Web Design – Say Monkey Photography

I run a business called Say Monkey Photography with my cousin Leah. We’ve been running since 2009. She was doing Weddings before then and I was doing a lot of portraits. I approached her about starting a business together and as they say the rest is history.

I strongly believe that in order to succeed every business should have some form of online presence. So I jumped online to see how we could get a website etc. As we are both mums with growing kids we didnt want to spend too much on start up. After looking around I decided to give web design a go myself. The first one was a template job on Yola. It was free I didnt have to know anything and it took about 30 mins to set up. It was free and it looked it. But it gave people somewhere to get out contact details and look at our work.

The second site was one I designed shortly after getting my Macbook. I have to say I seriously love Mac. He’s been good to me as far as reliability and ease of use is concerned. I say that as I write this post on my windows laptop :P. The second site was miles better than the first. I was proud of it and it looked far more polished than the original venture by far. I was a steep learning curve as the iweb application wouldnt transfer the files to my server properly. It was only sending images of the files not the actual files meaning my site wouldnt load properly. Eventually I ended up manually uploading the lot! Yes I know there are applications for that,  now I do anyway. I had invested in a website, hosting and gotten the job done.

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The 3rd website i designed for Say Monkey Photography

Sometimes thing get old and I realised we needed some new content and design to freshen things up. The website was displaying prices from 2 years ago and just didnt seem as good any more. So I spent a week redesigning and creating a new site. I kept the original homepage image as I wanted it to look familiar to those who had already used the site.  I iweb for this one and I have just uploaded the  website I designed. There are a few things I need to add but with the knowledge ive gained through searching the web, reading blogs etc its way easier now.

So here is a screenshot of the homepage. I really like how it came out. I have used the same background file on my photomerchant page.


 

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mOnkEy buG coUtuRe giGantIc 1000 liker win it for a dollar sale! Facebook

Our Entry into the Monkey bug couture sale

We have offered a Towel embroidered with the name of your choice

I have an embroidered towel up for grabs in the mOnkEy buG coUtuRe giGantIc 1000 liker win it for a dollar sale! Im hoping it will bring me some new likers.

I have a Facebook page for Tes Tiny Twinkles. At the time of writing this I have 98 likers. Its been my project page really. I post photos of my latest project. Despite being a photographer the photos I post there are usually mobile phone snaps. I think Im so excited about finishing my projects I just take a quick phone pic and then Im off to give it to the lucky recipient.

I started the page because I make custom made  nappy cakes and wanted to sell them through my Facebook page. Most of my business has come through word of mouth. I cant say I have promoted the page to anyone other than friends. I guess it was a confidence thing. I was afraid other people might tell me they thought I was doing a dumb thing. I dunno but I have decided to get it out there and see if I can make some money come in. Staying at home with the baby has definitely made a difference to our financial position. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because the first year is so important.

I would love it if you came and liked my page at www.facebook.com/testinytwinkles . I will be posting more things up soon. I just have to bite the bullet and put myself out there 🙂

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Hello world!

Welcome to the blog for Te’s Tiny Twinkles.

Im a mum to 3 gorgeous girls aged 12, 11 & 6mths. This is where I’ll be blogging about the things I make, how to make them yourself and links to some of the great sites ive used for inspiration.

Im new to this so bear with me as I get it up and running 🙂

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