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26 November 2014

My Studio Girl {Giveaway}

Summer school holidays are almost upon us. The kids are looking forward to the long days of playing and having fun. But for those days when it’s just too hot to be outside, or even just for some quiet time, My Studio Girl have some wonderful kits, which are designed for girls who enjoy being a little bit creative.

My Studio Girl  is a sweet and wholesome line of craft products for girls 6+ to tweens, designed to be fashion forward whilst remaining age appropriate. The products include sewing kits, modeling kits, stickers and paper crafts, all inspiring creativity and self-expression.

 

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My little lady had a lot of fun creating her own little Rescue Pets Dalmatian softie. These sets comes with excellent step by step instructions, plus all of the materials needed to make a cute little soft toy – even the plastic, kid-friendly, needle.

 

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If you have a crafty little lady in your life, a My Studio Girl pack would certainly be a lovely gift for them this Christmas.

Visit the My Studio Girl website to see the whole range of products, plus view great videos and tutorials on some sewing basics like running stitch or cross stitch.

My Studio Girl is available from Lincraft, Big W, David Jones, Kidstuff, Myer, Spotlight, Toys“R”Us, Toyworld, toys2go.com.au and all good toy retailers.

 

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With thanks to My Studio Girl, two lucky Samelia’s Mum readers have the chance to win a lovely prize pack which includes:

1x Onesies Piggy

1x Rescue Pets Dalmatian

1 x Felt Hang-About Ginger Bread Man

 

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me:

 

What does your little lady most love to craft or create?

 

The winner will be announced on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page, so be sure to follow along to see if you are the lucky winner.

 

Terms and Conditions: This is a game of skill. Giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY. Giveaway will close on Sunday, 30 November 2014 at 17:00 AEST. The prize will be sent by the promoter/s. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.

25 November 2014

Make a Shopkins Pouch

Up until a few weeks ago, I’d not heard of Shopkins… but chances are, if you have a little girl in your life, you’ll have been introduced to these cute little characters.

We bought a packet of Shopkins the other day and honestly, don’t they look like the perfect little toys to get underfoot?

 

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They needed a home, desperately, so my little lady and I looked through Pinterest until we found the perfect little pouch pattern to house her Shopkin family.

Luckily, we didn’t have to search for too long. We found the Pretty Little Pouch pattern from A Spoonful of Sugar suited our needs perfectly.

 

Shopkins Drawstring Pouch

 

Have Shopkins joined your family too?

Or perhaps they’re on your daughter’s Christmas wish list?

 

Shopkins Pouch

18 November 2014

Snapware {GIVEAWAY}

Don’t you hate it when you put leftover food in a container in the fridge and one of the kids comes along and shuffles around for something, up turns the container and your leftover pumpkin soup spills everywhere?

I am a huge fan of PYREX and have a large range of their containers in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The ones with the the blue plastic lids are fantastic, though admittedly, our lids go through a lot of wear and tear and aren’t as tight fitting as they used to be.

Snapware have come with a fantastic solution. Total Solution Glass Storage has partnered with PYREX to offer Snapware’s signature 4 latch plastic lids with PYREX glass bases.

 

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This means PYREX’s oven safe, stain-resistant, tempered glass is combined with Snapware’s airtight and leak-proof, 4 latch plastic lid for convenient storage solutions. The same sized lids in the range stack together and all other sizes are nestable for space efficiency. This range is BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe.

 

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I have been road-testing a number of these new Snapware Total Solutions containers and have found a new favourite way of storing food – especially leftovers. The glass dish itself is quality PYREX product and the 4 latch lids make these food storage containers completely airtight and leak-proof.

The lids are made of polypropylene (PP) and the seals are made of silicone. These plastics are 100% BPA free. Containers are food-safe and FDA approved.

Best of all, they’re both microwave and dishwasher safe. The new Snapware range is also suited not only for food storage in the refrigerator, but also for storing food in the freezer.

With thanks to World Kitchen, a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader has the opportunity to win this set of the new Snapware range (pictured).

 

Snapware Giveaway

 

For your chance to win, just tell me:

 

What is your favourite “left-over” meal?

 

One of my favourite left-over dishes spaghetti carbonara. When I make it for the family, I try to make a little extra to save for my lunch the next day… that is, if someone else in the house doesn’t find it and have a midnight snack!

The winner will be announced on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page, so be sure to follow along to see if you are the lucky winner.

 

Terms and Conditions: This is a game of skill. Giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY. Giveaway will close on Friday, 28 November 2014 at 17:00 AEST. The prize will be sent by the promoter/s. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.

14 November 2014

Be Inspired : Soft Toys 4 Education

IKEA is a magical place. Filled to the brim with home inspiration, I absolutely love walking through the room displays, imagining how wonderful it would be to live in a space, so perfect in it’s organized compactness.

As you probably know, I bought a lot of my furniture from IKEA when we moved to the new house, I have a Raskog in my sewing room and I stop by to stock up on wide fabrics which made perfect quilt backings. And my children love coming along because they score a hot dog at the end of the shopping experience.

Other than having fabulous furniture, great fabric and cheap hotdogs, IKEA also donate a lot of money to charity. The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, supporting children's education through UNICEF and Save the Children has been running for the last 12 years.
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For every soft toy sold during the campaign (which runs from November 9 to January 3), IKEA donate one Euro ($AU1.59) to UNICEF and Save the Children. Since it started, donations from the annual campaign have totalled $AU107 million, helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education. 

This year, IKEA has added a new element to the campaign, a drawing competition which will give kids around the world the chance to bring their dream toy to life. By drawing their creation and entering to IKEA, their design could become a real life toy!
 
HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?!?!

 
To enter, kids have to submit a drawing of their dream toy and if chosen, it will be transformed into a real soft toy that will be sold for a limited time in IKEA stores around the world.
 
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20 finalists will be chosen in each participating country, which will be sent to the IKEA design team in Sweden, where they will select 10 drawings to transform into soft toys.

To be eligible to enter, you must be an IKEA FAMILY member for your kids to enter. If you’re not already a member you can sign up easily at www.IKEA.com.au/family or in-store. The drawing competition closes 30 November and for more information you can go to. www.ikea.com.au/softtoys

 
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Now, I know that many of us live quite a distance from our nearest IKEA store. Personally, my nearest store is about an hour away, but if I need something from there, it’s only about 5 minutes away from Sydney airport… which is Flyboy's base.

If you live far away from an IKEA store, but your children would still like to enter this competition, I have a proposition for you. Firstly, be sure join as an IKEA family member. It take about 5 minutes and you will receive a newsletter with specials and offers, probably only once a quarter.

Download the competition sheet HERE .

Get your child to create their “dream” soft toy on the proper entry form.
As entries need to be deposited in-store, post your entry to me to ensure it arrives in the last mail on Monday 24th November. FlyBoy will drop off all of our entries in the Tempe (Sydney) store.

Please drop me an email if you’re interested in participating and I’ll send you the postal details.
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Make a Heat Pack {Tutorial}

There’s nothing quite like a heat pack for sore, tired, aching bits. Making a heat (or cold pack) is super quick and super easy.





To make a 5” x 10” heat pack, you will need:

Strip of fabric measuring 5 1/2” x approximately 24”. I had a long piece of fabric left over from a quilt back which is what I used, though sewing some strips of fabric together will certainly work just as well.

(2) 5” x 10” pieces of cotton fabric which will be the actual inner bag to hold the rice.
A cup (or 2) of rice – depending on how full and heavy you’d like the bag.
Pinking shears (optional)
General sewing supplies.


Heat Pack Fabric Requirement


Start folding over the 2 short seams. Fold over 1/4” and then press. Fold over another 1/2” and then press again. Do this for both ends.

Take this to the sewing machine and sew along the seam line.


Heat Pack Seams


Head back to the pressing table and turn over the fabric so that the right side if facing up.

Fold over one end – approximately 1/3 of the length of the fabric piece.

Fold over the other side so that it overlaps that first piece which we just folded over. Grab your quilt ruler and check that with both of these ends folded over, the length is between 9” – 10” (though it can be longer if that’s what you prefer).


Heat Pack Construction


Use a hot iron to crease the folds. Pin both sides in place and sew along both of the raw edges.

Clip your corners carefully and then turn out the bag. Give it a good press and your heat pack cover is now finished. Place this aside while we work on the inner bag.