The Revamped IKEA Play Kitchen – An affordable way to create your dream kitchen…just miniature size.

Whether it be at another friends house, Sunday School or at IKEA itself, every time Ezra sees a little kitchen she is mesmerized and hooked. There’s no prying her away without a fight. For her second birthday this year, she was gifted the IKEA Duktig Play Kitchen from her grandma and papa. My husband and I had seen ways to DIY this teeny little kitchen all over Pinterest and are always looking for what our next project will be around the house, so naturally we got to work! We left it in the packaging for a few days until we could decide which style we wanted to go with and how we would go about it. We collected a few extra items to complete the project and got started Friday night and by Saturday evening, she had her own little dream kitchen that she woke up to Sunday morning!

The whole process wasn’t as tricky or time consuming as I thought it would be, there are TONS of different ways to personalize your own little kitchen; wall paper, accessories, handles, paint colour, etc. Below is a photo of the before and after of the kitchen and a step by step (with links) of how you can achieve the same look, or even tweak a few steps to customize it to your child’s likes!

Tools

  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nails x 8
  • Large Level (2ft approx. for easier tracing but can also use ruler)
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape
  • Sharpie (fine tip)
  • Scissors / Exacto knife

Additional Materials

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Step by Step

1.Spray Painting

PREP : Make sure you FILL all the holes on all the kitchen pieces and hardware with painters tape before spraying. (We found this out the hard way with a past project and have never made the mistake again!)

We hung the little kitchen hooks on a tight string to spray paint them. Most of the gold only needed one coat, whereas the cabinets and backing needed 2 coats.

2.Measuring + Tracing Kitchen Tile

I started planning out the tiles by spacing the lines on the side with a ruler and little mark and then later drew the longer lines across. The size I used for the tiles was 2×4 inches and I did 7 rows. Luckily we have a larger level and I was able to just use that to level and trace each line for the backsplash. I did however add an extra row of tiles and extended the line about an inch or two to ensure that it covered the entire space, just in case you need to adjust the position of the backing.

3.Apply Self-Adhesive Laminate to Countertop

I would suggest having someone help with this step, the adhesive itself is somewhat readjustable incase you do place it in the wrong spot, but better safe than sorry! I measured out the countertop before applying, but made sure there was a substantial amount to curve over the sides. We then removed all of the backing, I placed the adhesive down on the far right corners and started to press down. As we went, I would also press out any air bubbles with my debit card. After all the adhesive was down and the bubbles were out, I then flipped the counter top over and cut two diagonal lines to fold in the left over pieces that were covering the hole for the sink and stove top. Lastly, the edges of the countertop itself, we did the same thing with cutting in diagonally to the corners of the adhesive that was hanging over and criss crossed the edges to get that curved look and folded the rest underneath the counter top. (This part required some extra finesse, but looked so nice when it was done!)

4.Follow IKEA directions to assemble all your hard work!

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Some things we added to make it extra special for Ezra:

  • Command Hook on the side for an apron she received from a coworker for her birthday. It was handmade and Ezra was on cloud nine the moment she laid eyes on it, “MOMMY’s-work?! Ezra-me?!” 
  • Felt Food Sandwich Set – Melissa and Doug, you can find this pretty much anywhere online or at a lot of local kids stores. A BONUS for this, is that it also comes with bacon and eggs, perfect for the stove top!

  • Vintage Tea Set we scooped up from a local thrift shop and ‘Tea Time’ bell from my grandpa’s bell collection!

  • Wooden Brew + Serve Coffee Set – Melissa and Doug– Ezra received this as a gift from her aunty and makes us coffee every morning while we make the real stuff!
  • Sushi Slicing Play Set – Melissa and Doug – Her eyes lit up when we opened this up. We always go out for sushi together and now she had her very own! The pieces also stick together and can cut it apart – so fun! What can I say, we love our M+D toys!
  • IKEA Pots + Pans / Baking Set / Cooking Utensils / Play Food

I always love creating, wether it be for myself, a loved one or something like a play kitchen! If you are planning on giving your play kitchen a little extra love, I would love to see what you do or did! Leave me a comment and a photo below or if you’ve got any extra questions about the process! 

XO – Cass

Goodbye Roaring Twenties – Hello Thriving Thirties! – A 30th Birthday Celebration

What better way to celebrate entering your thirties, than an ode to all the good times you had in your twenties! Prepare to be emerged into a speakeasy, back alley gambling, cabaret evening! When I was thinking of what I was going to do for Mackenzie’s 30th, I knew it had to be BIG…right? I started researching, pinterest-ing and sketching the vision of this event in my my notebook. Which companies that would fit this theme perfectly and make it all come together seamlessly.

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Make sure you scroll all the way down to see each of these amazing companies, decor ideas for your own twenties themed event, the most delicious desserts and a link to a fun DIY of a fairly easy ‘mugshot’ photo-booth. Below is a full collection of the shoot, styled by me and a true labor of love. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did putting it together and seeing it come to life!

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Mirror + Stand : The Jubilee Collection

String Lights – Pretty Things Rentals

1988 Balloons : Party City

Letter Board : Letter Peddler

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The Decor for this was on point solely because of two unreal boss ladies – Valerie from Pretty Things Rentals and Kayla from The Jubilee Collection, both of which I have worked with before and each time they wow me with their ability to completely capture a vision and run with it alongside you as the creator. Make sure you check out their pages below for more ideas and all the options they have to deck out and glitz up your next special event!

Sequin Runner, Trumpet Vases, Candle Sticks, Goblets – Pretty Things Rentals

Wine Barrels, Sidebar, Chandeliers, Bench, Rugs, Sign Holders – The Jubilee Collection

4 DIY’s For A Speakeasy Themed Party **Coming Soon**

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The pastries and sweets that were provide for this shoot were unbelievably tasty, perfectly captured the essence of the event and were way beyond anything I could have ever imagined creating! A HUGE shout out to these amazing (and LOCAL) vendors who were apart of this big day and helped me capture the vision and feel of the 1920’s.

Letter Donuts – Cartems Donuts

Gold + Silver Candy Floss – Soul Sugar

Gold + Silver Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Gatsby Sugar Cookies – LilleYums Custom Desserts

Bulk Sweets + Cookies – SaveOnFoods

Platters, Draping, Sequin Runners, Flute Vases, Gold Chargers – Pretty Things Rentals

Here are a few more outtakes from later that evening. Some things not pictured was the outdoor poker match we had set up for some ‘backyard gambling’ and some delicious meat and cheese platters from Grimm’s Meats. Enjoy!

 

Check out some more themed parties I’ve done:

Rainbow Baby Shower

SG Harvest Feast

Donut Grow Up – Cake Smash

40’s Lemonade Shoot

 

My Little Rainbow – Celebrating a little girl who was Wished For, Hoped For and Prayed For.

This past year was one of the hardest, trying and most broken years I have ever seen someone go through. Last year my sister-in-law went through something no one should ever have to go through, especially more than once. In 2016 Shannon+Derek went through three losses before they were awstruck with the news they’d be expecting their little rainbow on January 28th 2018.

My Little Rainbow Highlights

  • A Floral Matching Mommy + Me Set
  • Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Local and Handmade goodies from all over the Fraser Valley
  • Macrame + Floral backdrop
  • Unique Gift Ideas for a Rainbow Baby + Mama
  • Delicious Macarons from Kizzy’s Macarons
  • Sunshine + Cloud Cookies
  • Epic Rainbow Baby Basket (Link Below to come)
  • Happy Little Miss Evelynne

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On May 29, 2017, that little stick showed 2 pink lines; two lines of joy, two lines of hope, but also two lines of fear. Anxiousness of the ‘what if’ and the unknown, only time would tell which path this pregnancy would take. Prayers of strength, trust and health surrounded them as those first months went by. On January 28th 2018 little Miss Evelynne Ruth Winanne Fenton was born, will bright blue eyes and a big loud cry!

This was a baby and MAMA that needed to be celebrated to the greatest extent! The strength that these parents possess has no end and I was so excited to have an afternoon to just love on them and celebrate the ultimate joy that Evelynne is. Thank you to all those who made this happen and come together so beautifully. Please take a look below at the beautiful photos that Megan from Megan Faber Photography took for this special Rainbow Baby Shoot.

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Decor

Floral Garland + other greenery – Maple Ridge Florist

Macrame –  Saige + Skye

Baby Script Balloon – Joonie + Joe

‘My Little Rainbow’ Cake Topper + Cloud Garland – Little Sprout Creations

Calligraphy for chalkboard + Window pane – Penscripton6th

Woven Succulent Holders – Twelve Little Things

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Treats + Sweets

Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Pastel Marble Cake – Panda Cakes

Sunshine + Cloud Cookies – Shea’s Sweet Shoppe

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Homemade by yours truly!

Alfajores – Jessica Alfajores

Rainbow Baby Cake Topper – Little Sprout Creations

Gold Triangular Party Plates, Cups + Classic Wooden Cutlery – Joonie + Joe

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Savoury Snacks

Meat + Cheese Platters – Grimm’s Fine Foods

Fruit, Veggie, and Sandwich Platters, Crackers and Beverages – Save On Foods

Sunshine Plates, Cloud Napkins + Wooden Cutlery – Joonie + Joe

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Styling

Stumbling Grace Blog

Photography

Megan Faber Photography

RAINBOW BABY BASKET CLICK HERE

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6 Foot Gingerbread House (cardboard; not cookie)

One thing that I really do miss about my life before I had Ez, was working as a preschool teacher. Being able to create different play spaces for the children each month and theme related to what they would be learning about. Now that Ez is a little bit older and I am able to play with her more and more, running around the house, peek-a-boo and imaginary play!

How excited was I when the huge rollout for Starbucks’ Holiday merch came in and there was 2 GIANT boxes and endless others. I couldn’t help but take them home, already having the dream of one day making Ez a giant box fort. Then the holiday season rolled around, it completely embraced me and here we are!

Ezra’s Gingerbread House

Materials

  • 2 Extra large boxes / 2 medium / 2 small
  • Exacto Knife
  • Duct Tape
  • Clear Tape
  • Red / White Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush

STEP 1 : B O X E S

The first thing you want to do is find two large boxes, about the size of a mini fridge or an ottoman, for your base. You can use smaller boxes and attach them together, but in my opinion, if a toddler is running through it, you need some sort of stability! THINK B I G. I taped them together at the top to get ready for the next step! TIP : I got my boxes from Starbucks, you could also go to furniture stores, that way you know the boxes are clean and dry! 

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Step 2 : T R A C E  I T  O U T

The second step is to trace out how you want your house to look. Pinterest, google, search out different ideas for what you want to create. I chose to do two windows, different shapes, a chimney and a door. TIP: When I was sketching out the shapes for the roof and window, I did it from the opposite side that would show on the outside, so it didn’t matter how many times I re-drew. TIP #2 : Find an item in your house to trace some of the more finer pieces. i.e. large whicker basket for the roof window. 

Step 3 : M A K E  T H E  C U T

After you have all of your pieces ready and sketched, it’s time to cut them out. I found that it was really hard to cut across and so simple to cut top to bottom because of the grooves in the board itself. But at the end of the day, the only one judging will be your child, and there will only be screams of joy! Remember to make the chimney and the mailbox. TIP : I cut all of the pieces out and cut the window slots afterwards, it was too awkward to try and cut little squares out of a large piece of board!  

CHIMNEY : When you are making the chimney, it’s tricky to get the right angle so I suggest cutting it out how you think but make it EXTRA LONG so then when you need to adjust and trim, you have space to.

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SCALLOPED EDGING : I made this separately after I had completed the base of the house, I had some extra pieces. It was really on a whim, just remember, bigger is better, more playful and play-like!

Step 4 : R E I N F O R C E

You’ve cut all the edges and pieces, now to reinforce any extra pieces that may need to stay folded or bent a certain way. I used TONS of duct tape here and clear tape for the outside. TIP : I used other pieces of cardboard to make those long straight lines to make sure they would be equal

Step 5 : P U T  I T  T O G E T H E R

When I was putting it all together, I actually had to reinforce a couple pieces with an extra piece of cardboard on the inside of the roof. I used only duct tape on the inside for extra support and clear on the outside. TIP : Save the roof until last, you will want to paint it first and separately. Already being attached to the house is too awkward!

Step 6 : P A I N T

Paint the roof first, you can do lines, scallops or even bricks if you like! This is also the time that I painted the chimney and entire scalloped trim so that it would be dry by the time I was done the house. Paint the edges of the home, doorway, window frame and any other additions on the house. When I painted the chimney, I painted all the edges and then let it dry and sized after. Don’t forget about your little mailbox!

Step 7 : E N J O Y

Fill your gingerbread house with teddy’s, plush blankets and everything cozy! One thing that really brought this Gingerbread House home (even though I don’t think I’ve ever added one on a cookie house) was this amazing fire play set from Nixilauroo. (The marshmallow has a MAGNET in it to attach to the stick!! – MIND-BLOWN) Head on over to their site and check out the HUGE variety of play sets they have, colours and even prints! And if you’re still perusing through after the fire sets, search for their brand new teddy bear hoodie. You won’t be able to resist! I know I couldn’t!

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Take care and enjoy playing in your gingerbread houses! Please tag me on insta @stumblinggrace and let me see YOUR creations you’ve made for your littles. I would love to see your creativity and have some inspiration from you!

 

XO Cassandra

LEGO of your DIY fears!

Here are 3 DIY’s that will make sure, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME, at your Lego party!

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A few weeks back, I had the privilege of working along side Chalie from Gold’n’Grasses for a very special birthday party for her son. Being an avid lego collector and enthusiast, he wanted to have nothing more than a party that was completely ENGULFED in the LEGO world!

Now, having a small flash back to when I was a child, my brother, sister and I loved and adored all things Lego, we would want nothing more, for any occasion, than to sit and build, create and imagine for hours on end. When I was first approached for this project,  my 6-year-old-Cassandra-heart was jumping for joy and waiting in anticipation for the day this party would come! Just listening to Chalie talk about all she had planned made my heart pitter patter, dreaming alongside her and envisioning what she was about to achieve! And boy, oh boy did his mama deliver!

Continue reading on for FREE printable’s, created by yours truly, and more DIY projects to make your very own LEGO party for your little (or grown up) super fan. I absolutely LOVED being apart of this event with Chalie and being able to help bring her vision to life. I am always looking to collaborate for my next event, whether it be creating or partnering with creators, so don’t be shy! Let’s Chat.

DIY #1 – Lego Building Activity Cards (FREE Printable)

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Get some creativity going and start the spark of imagination with these fun and customizable Lego Activity Cards. These cards were super simple to make and to create a set that was completely unique to Tristan! (ex: Create a number 5 out of Lego, Create a letter ‘T’ out of Lego, etc.) You can move on to creating favourite things of the birthday girl or boy or even just another item that falls into the theme of the party, ex: Police Station. Enjoy!

Below is a link to your very own set of Lego Activity Cards to use at your next party or even just around the house!! I would love to hear what you come up with for your own set that is unique and customized for your little ones! 

[Click here for LEGO Activity Cards]

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DIY #2 City Line Photo Booth Backdrop

This DIY was a 3-part task, now I chose to paint the pieces after I had measured and cut them. I also decided to use spray paint so that made it a lot easier as well! Here is a rough break down of how I made these beautiful, simple but dramatic party decor come to life!

Step 1 : Materials

Find what you are going to use as your base for this project. My hubs went to Costco and grabbed a couple of the pieces of cardboard that sit in-between the giant pallets and brought them home to cut up!  (I used 3 pieces of 3ft x 5ft) You can also use cardboard boxes, diaper boxes, or even head over to Michaels or Staples and pick up black poster board.

Step 2: Trace/Sketch

Sketch out the exact shapes that you would like to cut out – here it is not really a big deal if you mess up or have pencil everywhere. You are going to be painting over it soon, but if you are really unsure, take a sharpie or marker and trace the exact lines so you dont make a mistake while cutting!

Step 3: Cutting

This was the most grueling task for this whole project. I used a cutting board underneath while I used my exacto knife and then later on realized that using scissors would be much easier. Just make sure it’s not the cheap-o version!

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Step 4: Painting

The paint I found the easiest and quickest to use was spray paint, I placed a large piece of plastic on the ground and did 2 coats of black matte spray paint. You could totally do this with a paint brush, I just imagine it taking 5 times longer!

Step 5: Dry & Set up!

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DIY #3 Gift Bag Tags (FREE Printable)

Don’t forget to tag the bag and to say thanks for celebrating the girl/boy of the hour! I designed these awesome tags for Chalie & Tristan to attach to their iconic ‘Money Bag’ goody bags. What an awesome idea, because, well, a bag full of money is a pretty awesome goodie! lol. Follow a long and grab your very own gift tags to use for your next Lego party!

Below is a link to your FREE PRINTABLE for your own gift tags the next time you throw a Lego Party!

[Click here for Lego Favor Bag Tags]

Even MORE Lego DIY’s to keep the party going! 

Lego Twister – Created & Crafted by Chalie at GOLDNgrasses
Diamond Pinata – Created & Crafted by Chalie at GOLDNgrasses

If you haven’t had a chance yet, head on over to Gold’n’Grasses and get the FULL layout and run down here of all the shops involved, other DIY’s you won’t want to miss and photos of her big 5 year old boy!! It was such an enormous joy to not only celebrate Tristan in turning 5, but to work alongside someone who is just as passionate and goal driven to see their dream come to fruition. Chalie my girl, you are a true Gem! And not just because you made an awesome Diamond Pinata! ❤

Happy Birthday Tristan, I hope it was a blast and that EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!!

Xo Cass

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If there was anything that Chalie had or used in this party and are worried about finding out where she found the perfect pieces for this Lego theme, look no further! Below are all the links you will need to find the local and creative community that poured in to this event.

Styled & Curated by : Chalie at GoldnGrasses

Photographer  :  Creative Wife & Joyful Worker

​Photo editing: GOLDNgrasses

Venue :  High Street Community Room
Food :  Memphis Blues BBQ
Custom cake & macarons :   Super Sweet Sheep
​Mini mango cheesecakes & white chocolate ganache pudding: The Wooden Whisk
Night out sprinkle mix : Dainty Sprinkle co.
Sugar cookies : Sweeter with a Cookie
Popsicles : Tubify
Cake toppers : Glitter Paper Scissors
Lego printables : Swirl Creative
​Lego head printables : Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (link coming soon)
​Lego activity cards & cityscape & gift tags : Stumbling Grace
Art school speckle large plate & tissue diamonds: Bash Party Goods
Canapé grid plate paper ware :  Heather & Gem
Paper straws & candles :Joonie and Joe
Cups & napkins :EZ party
​Confetti & small ballons : Oh Happy Day! Party Shop
Customized wooden pendant banner :Sprig West
Lego cutlery & party favors : Oriental trading
High five shirt :Lucky Bum Clothing
​Kids tables and chairs :Turkey Party Makers Ltd.
Lego twister DIY : GOLDNgrasses
Diamond piñata DIY : GOLDNgrasses
Lego cop printable : GOLDNgrasses