DIY Girls Birthday Party - Pt four

This is the last post in my series of DIY Birthday party posts celebrating the sixth birthday of my little girl. I really hope you have found inspiration in my posts to create your own floral themed girls birthday party. I hope that I was able to show that children's birthday parties do not have to be stressful, expensive or (my least favorite thing) tacky.

Please feel free to visit my other posts around this celebration:

Part 1 - Party decorations and the cake
Part 2 - Invitation designs and free downloads
Part 3 - Party activities and free downloads

As a part of each birthday celebration I try to make something to give that is completely handmade. It's not all about the plastic and the made in China toys in our house. 

This year I decided she could really use a new winter coat. When she was little my friend Claire made her a winter coat out of recycled blanket which lasted her for years. The blanket material means that the garment is long wearing and so very warm, a must in a Tasmanian winter.

I used a pattern from the 1978 Children's Wardrobe book written by Ann Ladbury and Designs by Sally Tuffin. I found this book in pristine condition, all patterns uncut and a bevy of simple designs that can be transformed for today's fashions. I used the traditional Duffle Coat pattern and cut the pattern from a beautiful cream woolen blanket and the hood lining was a fantastic shirt I picked up in an Op shop and saved for just a project like this. I left the blanket edge as a feature on the pockets and along the bottom of the coat.


The photos I have taken for this post were completed on the Olympus OM-D E-M10. I was very fortunate to be offered the loan of this camera as a part of the Voices of 2014 program. I will be trialling this camera for a two more months so expect to see some more photos coming from this little beauty.

The photos above have very limited 'after editing' applied so you can see the quality I am getting from this compact, yet professional camera. I left the photos 'clean' in this series so that you can get a true idea of what to expect from the camera in its most raw form.

In the next posts I will be exploring the cameras more technical features such as the intriguing Wifi transfer and remote capabilities, and the interesting Art Filters that are conveniently already a part of the camera functions.

I am a fan of the compact nature of this camera, it is very easy to carry around with you in your handbag, yet still has the performance capabilities of any normal DSLR. I could imagine that anyone from a world traveler, a professional photographer or a photo snappy mother would be happy to have this camera easy to hand without the bulk of carrying around a normal sized DSLR camera.

The past week or two I have been spent learning the features of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 so I can't wait to take my new skills further in the next posts I complete. I have been teaching photography this year to high school and college students and I have trialled quite a few different brands of cameras however this is my first experience with the Olympus brand. So far I have not been disappointed and I hope that I can adequately share with you the features of the Olympus camera. If you are in the market for a new camera then please keep an eye on my next few posts.


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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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