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07/19/2011 What does the Serengeti Highway decision mean for Lake Natron?

Concerns raised over road construction plans and effects on Lake Natron and its flamingos.

07/19/2011 Syrian ibises fledge; Morocco's ibis wardens need your support

Northern Bald Ibis is being tracked from Syria through the Arabian peninsula whilst in Morocco wardens are needed to protect the breeding sites

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TUTORIAL: DIY Nautical Party Decor - How To Make Salt Dough Starfish!

Posted: 19 Jul 2011 01:29 AM PDT

"Necessity is the mother of all invention" - Never were truer words spoken, especially when it comes to party styling!! :)

I really wanted to get some cool, sparkling white starfish party props for my Nautical Party shoots that I posted here and here. I tried my local thirfty stores and online to no avail (shipping charges were HUGE!)

So there I was, pondering where to get my darn star fish...when I remembered a (failed) childhood attempt at making salt dough figurines

I got my kids involved too 'cause I figured, if it all fails miserably, at least we've had fun together! BUT, I also secretly thought: "If all fails terribly, I can always say the kids made them!!"  - The shame, I know! :)


* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup salt
* cold water

In my kitchen I bake cupcakes and starfish. What about you? :)

How to:

1. In a large bowl, mix table salt and flour together. Gradually add the cold water and mix to get a solid dough - Similar to bread dough?

2. Once the dough is made, start getting creative! 

I made some (deformed) seashells, but the big star fish looked pretty cool! WARNING: It can get messy, so use a plastic sheets on your surface whilst your mold the shapes.

There's no recipe or secret here, just mold the dough to resemble a star - I made a big ball, then pulled the starfish tentacles (5 of them) out of the middle of the dough ball until it looked like a starfish. Then, using a tooth pick made little holes on the surfaces.

For the nobly starfish, I just placed little bits of dough on top and made it look a little fatter.

3. Air Drying: Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process.  After the shapes dry, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to gently smooth any rough edges.

4. Baking Alternative: I'm not patient so I chose this method.

Instead of allowing the dough shapes to air dry, you can bake them in the oven at 200 deg F until hard. Baking times vary depending on oven and dough thickness. Make sure the dough is completely baked! You can cover the dough with foil if it starts to darken before completely baked through.

5. Paint your pieces using white emulsion.

I have to say they turned out pretty cool! What do you think? :)

Cool Customers: Hello Kitty Inspired Birthday Party!

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 06:19 AM PDT

Today's fabulous party was styled by Nadège for her daughter Mae's 7th Birthday! As you may have guessed, Nadège is from France and she used out Pink and Aqua Tea Party printables to create a fabulous, Hello Kitty Inspired Birthday party!!

Although our party printables do NOT have any Hello Kitty Icons on them, they tie in very nicely with the girly tea party decorations, and Nadège managed to pull it off beautifully - There's no doubt that it emulates everything the cute kitty stands for!

Merci Beaucoup Nadège and Mae, for sharing your beautiful party with us!! :)

For the complete printable Pink & Aqua Tea Party collection, please visit Bird's Party online shop here.

Party Credits:

* Styling and Desserts: Nadège - Prunille Fait Son Show
* Pink and Aqua Tea Party Printables: Bird's Party

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