Classic Custard Squares

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These are such a pretty treat! I got this recipe off this great blog. Only to check in the Edmonds cook book (where she got the recipe!) that every New Zealander owns, and I found I had had the custard square recipe sitting on my shelf the whole time! I got a much better version to use, as the blogger who goes by the name of Mrs Cake had detailed descriptions and helpful hints and pictures.

So, even though I know these have been very well blogged by Mrs Cake, I thought I would put up pictures of my custard squares.

They are too pretty to just delete.

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My custard came out rather orange…

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But they taste SO delicious, and I actually really like the custard. It doesn’t taste “eggy”. I think I will use the same custard recipe for a custard tart. The only thing I changed from the recipe is I didn’t put coconut on top. No one in my family wanted it with coconut. We had the lemon icing though. It was delicious.

So if you want to make these (and they are REALLY easy) the recipe is here.

Desk Decorating: D.I.Y Vintage Inspired Magazine Holder

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I have just started doing Correspondence School. One of the nice things about starting full time studying is that you can have a pretty desk. Sometime I will have to go shopping for cute stationary and accessories. Typo has the cutest ever vintage inspired decor accessories!

I made this magazine/workbook holder out of an old biscuit box. It was the size of a cereal box…to give you a general idea of size! You could buy plain cardboard magazine holders and cover them the same as this tutorial, but I started from scratch (or from a biscuit box!).

Blogging1.Cut off any top flaps on the box (like the ones pictured). 2. Cut a curved corner slanting downwards. Do it as deep as you like. 3. Cover with paper. I added a strip of black and white paisley paper too, going down the middle of one side. 4. Hot glue gun lace or embellishments on.

The Things I Used:

1 Biscuit/cereal box

Scissors

Glue sticks

Hot glue gun (optional)

2 Sheets of standard square scrapbooking paper

One extra strip of coordinating paper for embellishment

Lace

Pen

I chopped off the top flaps. I sliced a curving corner in the box. I then coated 1 sheet of cute scrapbooking paper in Purple Glue (I love coloured glue sticks! The same as a normal glue stick except it goes on vivid purple and dries clear.)

One square covered exactly half a box, including enough paper to fold over the top edge and bottom, so that it’s finished nicely.

Smooth away any bubbles.

Coat the other sheet of paper in glue. Coat the box in paper. Proceed to smooth away bubbles again. You may have to add some more glue to the edges and corners where it is lifting up.

Now you have a basic covered biscuit/cereal box.

Proceed to decorate as you please!

I added the black and white paisley strip, and lace hot glue gunned to each side of that. I love lace. And so I added more lace to the narrow, short front. The edge with the corner cut away. It needed it.

You will also probably want to glue some metal or something heavy-ish to the bottom of the box, of your box is light, like mine. It topples over when I put my books in it! Ah so annoying!

Now it sits on my little round table (because poor little me has to make do with a little round table while my younger sister has a lovely little desk that my dad made her, for her art! The unfairness! I should confiscate her desk and call it my own…haha).

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It is a cute round table, though. It looks even cuter with this holding my books!

P.S: do you like my cute as sparkly jar? Here’s my blog post on making these!

Mothers Day D.I.Y – No 7: Making Gorgeous Gift Boxes Quickly

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I think presentation is SO important for a gift. It makes the person receiving the gift feel so special.

If I get a present that I can see has been carefully wrapped, with ribbon and lots of prettiness, I really feel so excited opening it. Even when the present is very simple, the wrapping turns it into something beautiful and very special, somehow.

This box started out looking like this:

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So, as you can see, you can use just about any old box. Big, small, tiny…shoebox, empty teabag boxes, cardboard boxes….

I just got 3 coordinating papers, including some leftover antique music and handwriting papers from my Antique Music Jar Candles. They are so pretty!

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Cut pieces of paper to fit each side, like a collage: (oops sorry about that blurry photo!)

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Use a different paper for each side, overlapping edges so you get a tidy finish.

Do the same for the top, if you have 4 flaps like I have on my box.

If you have a box with a separate lid, like a shoebox, you could do one paper all over or a few, it’s up to you.

As there are just SO many different varieties of boxes out there, you will have to just adjust the design of your box decorating to suit.

Tie with ribbon going all around. Curling ribbon, or satin ribbon, OH, black velvet ribbon would have looked amazing on this box! I wish I had some!

There are just so many ways of decorating boxes. I liked this way because it was very very quick, and works for any box.

Jewels, words, stencils, glitter, rub-ons, fabric, beads…there are so many ways of adding extra embellishment to a box as well.

I can just picture a huge delicious lot of Chocolate Fudge in my box! I will have to make some, I suppose, because now I am craving it.

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And flowers really finish off the look!

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And here I am at the end of my week of mothers day gifts.

It was very fun, and it sure kept me busy thinking of ideas! I did miss one day, as I was away. But I put it on the blog as soon as I got home. It was hard to keep up, doing a craft project every day, even if it was only for a week. I am so glad I did though!

Well, ones things for sure: my mum is going to get a lot of lovely gifts!

Mothers Day D.I.Y Gift – No.1: Antique Music Jar Candles

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Vintage Music Paper Candles

This takes ten minutes and looks amazing! You could make a few or just one, but it would be a great mothers day gift.

I am doing a week of mothers day DIYs, as Mothers Day is coming up (and it’s fun!)

This is the first, and it’s very easy and adorable.

What you need:

old fashioned music/letters (links for great printable ones below)

http://freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/free-digital-scrapbook-paper-vintage_07.html

http://vintageephemera.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/French

Short glass jar

twine/ribbon

tea light candles

glue

scissors

Cut your music paper to the width of your jar. You might need to cut an extra bit if the paper doesn’t wrap all the way round.

Draw 2 hearts on your paper, aligned to be opposite each other when you stick the paper on.

Cut  hearts out, glue paper strip around jar, put tea light candle inside (or 2 or 3 if your jar is a wide one) and tie the ribbon or twine around the top of jar.

Done!

A lovely (and super easy) mothers day gift.

The printable music papers are really great. they print a full page without being blurry or “home printered” looking, and they are often much prettier than any normal music. You can also use old book pages for your candle.

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Old Jars + Paint + Glitter + Ribbon + Lace

I spent an afternoon making these with a friend.

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So much fun.

We used folk art paints, ribbon, and lots of glitter!

I used an old stencil to put the  “love” word on. I’d love to try doing ones that say “pencils” or “pens” or “makeup brushes” “eyeliner” “paintbrushes” etc.

You can try spray painting through lace. It looks amazing! We didn’t do it on these because we didn’t have any spray paint. But we’ve done it other times, and it IS as easy as it sounds. Just put masking tape on each side of the lace, unless you want messy, blurry lines.

Another thing to try is to wrap tape (masking tape is best) up around the jar, in a spiral. Paint over the whole jar, leave it to dry (or use a hairdryer) and then peel off the tape. You get a cute stripy jar!

For all over glitter, paint black paint (or any colour, but black works well for making the glitter stand out) all over the jar. Then just sprinkle glitter all over! Just keep layering on the glitter, and you will get an amazing finish on your jar.

You could try making a set of jars for makeup brushes and pencils, nail files, art supplies….

They would be a great gift for lots of different types of people.

Not that I gave mine away! They’re sitting on my dressing table, full of strange things like combs and eyeliners.