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Pride and Prejudice First Birthday Cake

Yesterday we drove down to Sydney for the first birthday party of my cousin Beck’s bub. How clever is this cake?


It’s One English Village inspired by this Pride and Prejudice counting book.

The inspiration for the cake.

Beck made all these little chocolate trees. So cute!

Tree cup cake

And look at the gorgeous view. A beautiful Sydney Autumn day. Happy Birthday little E!


Links I’ve Liked of Late – Bumper Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so here we go:

Kid Stuff

These simple sewing card printables from Picklebums look fun. Lil and I did some simple sewing the other day and I think she would enjoy these.

Craft Stuff

I want to make this.

This skirt pattern looks a little fiddly but is very cute.

Is this craft? Kinda sorta… Tricia from Little Eco Footprints shares five other uses for her moisturising body bar recipe. I need to make some of these.

Sally from virtù shows how to crochet a cute bauble trim.

Food Stuff

This recipe from The Spring looks yum. I’ve never heard of broccoli pesto before. I’m not crazy enough to think the kids would eat it but I certainly would like to.

Travel Stuff

I’ve never thought much about going to Korea but this post from Emily at Good Things* makes me want to.

Thinking ahead to a potential Singapore visit next year on our big trip. Gotta know where to eat.

House Stuff

I LOVE this whole house Before and After on Design Sponge. (Via Atypical Type A)

Love Mae geometric wall triangles. I don’t know where I would put these but I’m sure I could find somewhere.

Other Stuff

Barbie’s home birth in photos (via Marvelous Kiddo)

10 Great Documentaries from A Cup of Jo.


I hope you found something you liked too in all that!

Car Cake Inspiration

We’re having a little party for Edward on Saturday. His actual birthday is not until next Wednesday but we’re celebrating a little early. The theme is cars because he loves them. Today I’ve been looking for cake inspiration.

I love this one and the maker, WhimsiKel, wrote a step-by-step tutorial here.

The inspiration for the cake above was this one. Which looks a little simpler. (Image from pinterest.)

Then there’s this one. Chocolate icing and smarties are always winners in my opinion. (Image from pinterest.)

I’m not sure what I’ll end up with yet. Probably a mix of all three of these ideas.

Also, want to know how to keep a party simple? Decide on the date just two weeks before. Then have an assignment to finish. Then get sick. Then go away for three days returning with just two days spare before the party. Easy!

Humpday Holiday: Highlights of Melbourne

I’m home! It’s good to be back but it was so good to be away for a few days too. I thought I’d share some of our favourite finds while it’s still fresh in my mind.

We stayed at Hotel Lindrum. I found it through Wotif and they had a special deal going. It was still a bit of a splurge but after getting the flights with frequent flyer points I thought we deserved it. It was lovely. It’s a smallish hotel with only four floors. We had a room with two single beds. Two very comfortable single beds. It also had a lovely bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, two televisions, stereo, DVD player (and DVD menu), pillow menu, very friendly staff, and good food which we tried via room service. I’d quite happily return!

Craft night Melbourne style. #thingswedothatxanthesees

On our first day we stumbled upon Manchester Press and had coffee and a sweet treat. It’s down a little side alley and we were not sure if it was even open walking down to it but inside it was full. Good coffee, and yummy food. We went back for breakfast this morning and it was just as good as the first time.

My coffee was looking at me. #thingswedothatxanthesees #latergram

On Brunswick St we discovered Slowpoke Espresso and ate breakfast there Tuesday morning. I had a smashed egg turkish bread toastie and it was delicious. We sat in a cosy little courtyard out the back and enjoyed the spring weather.

Brunch @what_xanthe_saw #latergram #thingswedothatxanthesees

Now for the shopping. Our favourite place has to be the Nicholas Building in the city. We visited and bought at:

l’uccello – vintage haberdashery

Kimono House – Japanese fabrics

Maria’s Beads and Trims – um, kind of self explanatory.

We also walked the length of Brunswick St and Gertrude St and part of Smith St. We bought chocolate at Monsieur Truffe and some vintage treasures at Lost and Found Market. We saw lots of lovely furniture here and lamented our luggage restrictions!

Melbourne, let’s do it again sometime, shall we?

PS. Check out the #thingswedothatxanthesees tag on instagram for more pics!

On (some) Wednesdays, for a bit of mid-week escapism, I go on a Humpday Holiday. Guest posters are always welcome! Where would YOU like to escape to?

Melbourne Day 2

I’m in my bathrobe again tonight. Today we walked all over and shopped and shopped and I only bought one thing! The weather was just gorgeous. Sunny and warmer than yesterday.

Tonight we’re getting room service for dinner. We’ve ordered The Breakfast Club from the hotel’s DVD menu because Xanthe has never seen it and that’s just not right. We’re sitting on our beds making jewellery from beads we bought yesterday, bringing craft night to Melbourne. Woo!


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