Paper Fairy Houses {Bostik Bloggers}

This month’s Botik blogger theme is creatures and we were so excited to make some fairy houses we got a head start and made a village!

We’ve added the toys from our unicorn play set to make it all complete, but read on to see how simple these hobbit-hole fairy houses are to make. 

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Make A ‘Not Back To School’ Tote With Pencil Holder And Notebooks {BostikBloggers}

The theme for this month’s #BostikBloggers is Back to School, which is obviously a bit problematic for us, so we decided to do a Not Back To School craft instead. For this month’s #BostikBloggers we’ve made a Tote Bag with a playful ‘Not Back To School’ checklist, decorated two notebooks and made a pencil holder to sit on our desk. We’ve also made an on-the-go pencil case for when we’re out and about, but I’ll pop that in a different post.

I’m actually really pleased with how this month’s craft worked out, not least because it’s something we’ll actually be able to use over the next few weeks. Not back to school

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Magic Dip: Revamp Old Glassware & Other Fun Dipping {Review}

I don’t tend to get too excited about kids toys. They may be great, and the kids might love them, but I normally have an internal sigh about the extra clutter, the more stuff, and the additional tidying up! This Magic Dip kit, however, I was still playing around with well after the kids had ventured off to do other things!Magic Dip Design Art CentreRead more: Magic Dip: Revamp Old Glassware & Other Fun Dipping {Review}

Princess Colouring T-Shirt

My kids, like most others I suppose, love to colour. And they grow like weeds. So when I was offered a Princess Colouring T-Shirt, it seemed like a no-brainer, really! What with holidays and hours to kill, this was a great way to spend an hour or so.

final shirt

The T-Shirt from Selfie Clothing Company comes in a cardboard tube which is a nice way to present it as a gift. There are three styles to choose from: princess, policeman and cowboy. We opted for the princess, which comes in size 4-6 (age). Along with the t-shirt (which I’m sure is the wrong name for it, as it has long sleeves, but I digress…) you also receive 6 branded UV ink pens, and waxy ironing paper.Read more: Princess Colouring T-Shirt

How To: Make An Ice Candle Holder Table Decorations

I first saw this in an old cookbook from the ’80’s but I really loved it and always wanted to try it. For a recent dinner party, I decided to actually do it, just a few hours before my guests were set to arrive. It’s not as grand as it could be, but I still think it’s rather pretty!

First, gather your “ingredients”:

  • A container
  • A second, smaller container that fits into the first
  • A stone or something to weigh the small container down
  • Flowers, grass, leaves, fruit or whatever else suits the theme of the event
  • Water
  • A candle
  • Something to catch the water of the melting candle holder

  1. To start, place the small container inside the large, and put the stone or weight inside the small container.
  2. Then, pour water between the two containers.
  3. Add your decorations between the two containers.
  4. Freeze

  1. Just before your guests arrive, or before you sit down for dinner, remove the centre piece from the freezer.
  2. Using warm water inside the small container and outside the large, remove the sculpture from the containers quickly, before too much ice melts.
  3. Place the candle inside
  4. Pop the ice candle holder onto your drip tray – I used a white plate.
  5. And wow your guests with your beautiful creation.

While I only had mine in the freezer for about 5 hours, creating something thicker and freezing it a few days in advance should make it last longer. Even so, my tea light candle burnt out before the candle holder had finished melting, and more than lasted through a leisurely dinner. It was left to melt in the sink after all the dishes were washed and packed away.

If you try it, do email me a picture or send me a link. I’d love to see different varieties!
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Celebrating Childhood – A Creative {Kodak} Competition

At five weeks pregnant, I phoned my friend Laura to share my news and while I was on the phone she told her boyfriend. I heard him say “Wow! Oh no – can you imagine how many photos there’ll be on Facebook now!” And he wasn’t wrong. I have taken 6053 photos in the last 50 weeks – not all of her, mind, but certainly most.

As much as I love having pictures of Ameli (and all our travels and our daily life) as my screen saver, I also do a weekly Week in Pictures where I highlight one picture from each day.  In addition, I often make little home videos. I’m not very good at it, so I don’t tend to share them, but our birth story is a good example. I have printed out my favourite photos for a photo album of my daughter’s first year, and I also have a scrap book with bits and pieces of fabric, confetti, receipts and so on to celebrate all her firsts. Finally, we have collages of pictures all around our house – some of places we’ve been, some of the most beautiful scenes we’ve seen, a fantastic pregnancy montage and so on. I can’t help it. I’m sentimental like that.
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365-244 to 365-250 A Week in Pictures

With our move coming up soon we’ve been so busy. From visits with friends to simple things like putting unwanted items on eBay and Freecycle, time has flown by. (I even had a dream that I put an ad on Freecycle for second hand bath water. The ad read ‘when you’ve had your bath, call me and I’ll come round for mine’! I think I need a break!)

I’ve missed a few days, but here’s what I have.

Day 246 – Deen City Farm

Martin, Ameli and I have been to a number of the London City Farms, and this is close to the top of the list of favourites. It has a greasy spoon kind of cafe, and there weren’t any horses around – in fact it had quite a few empty pens – but it was well laid out and offered something precious in London: green and open space. I love this picture of Ameli. It’s so true to her personality, going out, discovering, exploring, while making sure she’s perfectly safely grounded in someone she trusts. That’s a quality I hope she retains for many years to come.

Day 247 – Aunty Glors

A day out with our friends Chris & Gloria. Gloria has been such an amazing friend over the past five or so years. She did so much for Ameli before she was born, hosted my babyshower and has just been a star friend. Many friends drift away after babies come along and she just never has. I’ve been so blessed by her friendship.

Day 248 – Holiday Pictures and Wandering Wednesday

One of the very first blogs I ever fell in love with is called Garden Mamma. She is such a beautiful blogger, I find visiting her site actually spills peace in to my day. Garden Mamma has until very recently run a weekly post called Wandering Wednesday where her readers send in a photo of their feet and what they are doing or where they are standing. I loved this every week, although I never actually participated, so when we were abroad for eight weeks over the summer, I decided to take photos of my feet in some of the different places.

We returned home and I forgot about it as I became swept up in other things. But on this particularly quiet and rainy day, I was going through all the holiday photos and found all my ‘feet’ photos. I’ve put them together here in a little bit of a tribute to Garden Mamma, a recollection of an amazing holiday with my husband and daughter (and some other family thrown in from time to time) and an odd but special thank you to my fabulous Reetone Flipflops for being my most comfortable shoes ever (they’re in every picture, since I wore them all holiday!)

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Day 250 – Moving Box Art

I always hate moving, especially when it’s not a straight A-B move, but something else in between. No matter how well I label boxes, I aways seem to struggle to locate the important boxes with necessary essentials.  So on another rainy day, Ameli and I found a solution to the problem. We decorated a moving box. I painted a primer red layer over it and she painted hands and feet and various other splotches all around it. I’ll add more on this later, but it was great, messy fun. That will be her box for those valuable momentoes like her first baby grow, her first pair of shoes and also for the masses of other sentimental items, like the photo albums and backup CD’s all around the house.


Thank you for joining us for our week in pictures

Soft Drink Rice Rattles – Baby Craft

My little girl, Ameli, is a serious live wire. We have to go out every day or do something to entertain her. She gets really frustrated and shrieks a lot if we don’t. At eleven months she’s still a little too young for most of the crafts in my box, but on a recent rainy day I decided to see what we could do with her. The results were almost as rewarding as the doing, she absolutely loved making soft drink rice rattles. Yes, you read that right!
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