A thousand apologies to you, my friend. I have been missing in action, but I am back! I took a small break in 2014 and then I had to take another extended break after that! It was mostly down to personal health reasons. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and later with fibromyalgia. These conditions were incredibly painful at the beginning and made life quite uncomfortable until my diagnosis and medication were under control. I can happily say that I am feeling almost normal again.
In fact, I’m feeling so good that I have bought a vintage Dutch bike and I’m now a regular commuter around the city and to work. My bike is an old Sparta and she is 32 years old. She migrated from Holland to Melbourne with her original owner in the 80s. Her name is Olive and I’m in love. She is a joy to ride and I’m excited about getting about town in true Madame Bonbon style.
I am back to blogging this week. You can read about my life in Melbourne, Olive by bicycle and my crafty party decor projects.
Here are a few images of what I’ve been up to lately.
1. Whiskey Sours on a Friday night
2. New pretties for cycling from the super fab store in the UK cyclechic.co.uk – my London skyline helmet by Bern, ear warmers by Sawako Furuno and gloves from Veeka.
3. We made over 20 DIY bunny cups for Mademoiselle’s class gifts for Easter.
4. I pimped my nails with a red and white half moon polish this week.
I’m so happy to be back. Let’s chat soon.
Monsieur Bonbon sent me the sweetest bunch of flowers with a gorgeous soy candle recently. It was delivered by this unique little store, The Little Market Bunch in Melbourne.
Each day the team at TLMB source fresh flowers from the local flower markets in Melbourne. They create these beautiful ‘bouquets of the day’, which you order online. The bouquets cost $28 delivered to inner city Melbourne (at the moment) and you can add a hand-poured soy candle for $49 – delivered. It’s the perfect gift for a friend’s birthday, anniversaries, get well wishes etc. A word of warning though, once the daily stock runs out, that’s it – no more flowers.
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Mademoiselle Belle and I created these DIY Easter egg gifts to give to her classmates at school. It was such an easy project and Belle had a lot of fun putting them all together.
We purchased these pretty paper ice cream cups and shredded paper straw from our local dollar store. Unfortunately our local supermarket ran out of small Easter eggs, so we ended up buying these speckled M&M eggs – which I think are quite cute. We cut out strips of kraft paper to make the handles and adhered them with glue. Once they were dry, we packed each cup with the shredded paper and filled them with eggs.
Tip: We had two class friends with nut allergies, so we substituted the chocolate eggs with jelly beans.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter holiday with your family and friends.
If you’re looking for some unique candy options for your celebrations, then you should visit The Red Balloon Candy Artisans in Prahran. Some of their creations include; vegan friendly jelly cubes, moustache and red lip lollipops, candy rock skulls and these fantastic Printa Pops. I popped into their store last week and picked up a few of their delicious candies.
Image above: The Mexican Skull Printa Pop. Please excuse the blurry iphone photo (she cringes).
Image above: How delicious is this Red Lips Lollipop! I’m using these as party props for a bachelorette party I am attending soon.
Image above: I may have gone a little crazy in their store.
If you’re after traditional rock candy, the Candy Artisans also offer customised designs. You can either pop into the store for a chat or if you’re not in Melbourne, jump online and visit their Artisan Etsy store.
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Aaah it’s Friday! I thought I’d toast the weekend with this delicious pomegranate juice. Of course I had to add a drink stirrer and pretty straw. To make the DIY balloon stirrer, you will need a wooden skewer and a colourful tiny water balloon. Inflate the balloon and attach it to the stirrer. Add the stirrer and a pretty paper straw to your drink – et voila!
Cheers to you, my friend. I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Hiya! I hope you’re well. I thought I would share these sweet little DIY cocktail recipe cards that I whipped up for a bachelorette party this weekend. I used this gorgeous cocktail card template designed by First Snow and created about 20 different cocktail recipe cards. I’m simply going to stick the cards to the wall as we’re making the cocktails (see below). When we finish with the cocktail cards, I’m going to box them up and give them to the bride-to-be as a little memento of her bachelorette celebration. We’ll also throw in a few little coasters, matches, drink stirrers etc., from the spas, bars and restaurants we visit. She’ll walk away with a box of fun memories…I hope
Thanks to The Wedding Chicks for generously sharing the cocktail card design too. Check out their blog for more inspiring DIY projects.
I’m whipping up a classic Negroni cocktail today. The Negroni is a traditional aperitif which hails from Italy. With ingredients such as Campari and gin, you know it will taste on the bitter side. It’s rounded off with some sweet vermouth though, which makes it quite an enjoyable drink.
I recently purchased a set of ice ball moulds to add to my cocktail collection and thought they would be perfect in a Negroni. The ice ball moulds are so easy to use and they really jazz up your drink. You can fill the moulds with fruit, herbs, coconut water or even a cocktail mix itself (like a Negroni) and freeze them to use in drinks.
So check out the Negroni cocktail below and also the little ice ball moulds in my cocktail collection.
What you will need
30ml Sweet vermouth
How to mix this drink
Place your frozen ice ball in a small glass and build the ingredients over the ice. Stir and then garnish with an orange peel.
The photos above are my fruit filled ice ball moulds. Great for short cocktails, but I also like the idea of using the ice balls in straight drinks – like whisky on the rocks or an anejo tequila on the rocks.
Where to buy them? I bought a set of Prepara Ice Balls. If you’re in Melbourne, you can find this brand at your local Matchbox. If you’re overseas, you can order them direct from Prepara.com. There are other brands of ice moulds available of course. These are the only ones I’ve bought and tried.
I’d love to hear about your experiences and recommendations for good mixology equipment. You can email me at enquires[at]madamebonbon[dot]com[dot]au.
Have a lovely day,
I’ve been working on some fun ideas for an upcoming bachelorette party in the US. We’re taking the bride-to-be away for a weekend of secret women’s business. Of course I threw my hand up to produce some fabulous little bachelorette party bags and also to style the table for a little dinner party. It’s comprised of a lot of online shopping, but I’ve also crafted a few items for the bags and table. Here’s a quick look at my projects.
Image above: These are the fun place cards for our dinner party. The table setting is inspired by Kate Spade, hence the black and white cloth and bright sparkly centrepiece that I am creating. I’ll post more photos in the next couple of weeks.
Image above: I’ve created a few tags for our bachelorette recovery kit which includes headache pills, mints, bubble bath and bandaids.
Image above: This is the prototype for my tea boxes. Inside each tea box will be two T2 Melbourne Breakfast teabags and four sugar cubes. I’ve also included a cute recipe card for how to make sweet tea.
Looking for more inspiration and tips? Here’s the <link> to my previous post on this bachelorette party. It features my DIY party bags and also the design for some mason jar glasses that I had printed in the States. I’ve also written ten tips for hosting a hens party or bachelorette party. You can read the article <here>. And then of course, there’s my fabulous Pinterest board with nearly 100 ideas to inspire you.
Have a great day,
If you’re a follower of my Pinterest and Instragram profiles, you know that I love adding fabulous balloons to my parties and events. I’ve been watching the trend with the 90cm black balloons over the past few months. I love them. The black balloons are so striking and can really add a touch of glam to your party.
I had an opportunity to style an event with some black balloons recently. Unfortunately I don’t have any great photographs from that event – just a snapshot really. I took one of the balloons home to have a play and was inspired to try some signage with my chalk paint pen. Here’s how it turned out.
Image above: Add guest names or a catch word to your black balloons with a quality chalk paint pen.
Image above: A quick snapshot from the venue.
I was too busy enjoying my champagne with friends to take any further photographs – sorry.
Image above: My inspiration from Jeroen van der Spek.
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I’m attending a wedding in the States next month and so went on the lookout for a beautiful floral headpiece to add to my collection. I found Melbourne-based Etsy store – K is for Kani and fell in love with their designs. Connie Cao is the designer and she creates headpieces that are unique and one-of-a-kind designs. The attention to detail, quality of the artificial flowers (no, they aren’t real) and colour palettes are very high quality. I purchased two pieces and I can’t wait to wear this one below. I’m saving it for the wedding.
Image above: My new floral headpiece by K is for Kani. I love the packaging and branding.
Image above: A rare moment in front of the camera in my new headpiece.
You can pop over to Connie’s blog, also titled K is for Kani , to find out more about this very talented young woman. (Connie is a law student, when she’s not blogging lifestyle/fashion, making headpieces and enjoying photography.)
P.S. For my overseas friends, K is for Kani also ships globabally. Check out the Etsy store for details.