Life in Pictures: Ally Pally

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Last weekend we woke up feeling a bit bored and stuck for ideas of where to go. We always do the same old things. So we did a bit of googling and found a little craft beer festival up in London at Alexandra Palace. So we just jumped in the car and went! It was FUN!

Problem with spontaneous adventures: you don’t pack properly. So we forgot baby wipes and any form of drink. Whoops. I had to spend a fortune on posh festival drinks and the kids looked like little chimney sweeps by the end of the day. I was getting some funny looks from the posh London mamas, but the grubby little things had a blast so it was all good.

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Derek the Dinosaur Piñata

Dinosaur piñata DIY

We’re a tiny bit in love with dinosaurs at the moment, so when Cath Kidston asked us to come up with a dinosaur craft project for their latest Dino vs. Pony campaign we decided this piñata would be perfect! Derek the Dinosaur is a friendly chap who takes a little bit of crafting time to put together but is well worth the effort. We were a little bit sad to unleash the toddlers to destroy him!

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Bake Trend: Cooking with kids

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We’ve been a bit quiet on the baking front recently because Laura tried to give up refined sugar (it lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly #fail) and Tia is having major house renovations which has left her without a kitchen… and bathroom and living room… for a while. We’ve still been pinning things we’d like to make and since we have the kids around a bit due to the holiday we’ve got a few bakes to do with them so we thought we’d share them with you. Here are our top picks of things to whip up in the kitchen with the kiddiwinks:

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Kids Craft: Shrinkie Keyrings

shrink plastic keyrings tutorial

We absolutely LOVE shrink plastic, as you may have seen if you have flicked through our crafts. As it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays, we thought we would show you how to make these cute shrink plastic key rings with your kids. They’re a great quick craft if you’re in need of an activity to fill the time before school starts again.

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Our Book Launch at Hobbycraft

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Our book launch at Hobbycraft on Saturday was THE most fun. We were really excited about it (and also a bit nervous that it would just be the two of us, some balloons and 1oo paper plates to play with). It was so lovely seeing our books on display and for sale, we haven’t seen them in a store before, so we were definitely a bit giddy (and probably uncool) about it.

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Life in Pictures: Hargray House

Hargray House - DIY Play house via little button diaries

We went up to stay with Nanna and Grandpa recently. They’d been working on a secret project for most of this year. Nanna is a fantastic sewer and knitter extraordinaire, and Grandpa can turn a plank of wood into anything… literally anything. So I knew whatever it was going to be would be amazing.

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Summer Crochet Bag

summer crochet bag DIY

We’re really excited to bring you something a little different for us. Our good friend, Ashley, from Little Time Design makes gorgeous things for her kids and home and is a dab hand at knitting and crochet so we wanted to get her to share a crochet make for summer. Over to Ashley…

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Ikea Lampshade Hack

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We love a hack over at Little Button Diaries HQ (does that make us sound fancy? Like we have big offices and staff and stuff? hmm) and this one is super peasy. I’ve had this adorable amazing wrapping paper from dotcomgiftshop for a while and wanted to make a paper lampshade out of it. But to be honest, I’m no origami pro and I kept messing it up and wasting the paper.

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Peggy the Pony Necklace

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Do you like our little Shrink Plastic Pony Necklace? We’ve been working with Cath Kidston on their “Bag to School” (geddit!) campaign. Their focus prints are dinosaur and pony based and as we love both of these things (plus Cath K) we’ve been dying to share with you our latest pony club inspired make.

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Life In Pictures: A Tiger and a Fairy Leopard

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Play date and mum friends to me are like dating….with a toddler or two in tow. It’s a bit like trying to fit a square peg in a circular hole. I’ve been to numerous houses over the years where I’ve got on with the mum and got engrossed talking about Eastenders when the toddlers are pulling each other’s hair out and screaming “mine” or the other way around where the kids are delightfully parallel playing (ignoring each other) and the conversation with the parent is as dry as their cake and amounts to “So…how many teeth does your child have now?”. I’m exaggerating slightly but you know what I mean.

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Capturing Shared Moments with Memory Lane| Ad

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Buttons and Channel Mum asked us to talk about our favourite shared moments with our little ones and try out their lovely new Memory Lane tool. We both take zillions of piccies of our kids – the poor things constantly have a lens in their face whilst we try to capture all our moments. It was so lovely to sit back and think about which moments with them we loved the most. From picnicking with our teddies to snuggling up after a bath – thinking about our moments made us realise how it really is the little things we love the most, and that savouring these happy little snippets of life should be the most important thing in the world.

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DIY Dip Dye Watermelon Skirt

dip dye watermelon skirt tutorial by little button diaries

I quite often see photos of things online and say to myself “I can make that”, but then find that everything is that little bit more complicated than I thought it would be. I saw a photo of an adult watermelon skirt from a shop website and thought Harper would love a mini version because her favourite melon is watermelon, closely followed by ‘bunny dew’ and ‘cantaloopy’ coming in third (we eat a lot of melon in our house!). This project actually did have me in tears as it didn’t go quite to plan, but once it was all finished it looked ok and she loved it, so that’s all that matters right?! I thought I’d share things that I have learnt and show that not every project goes to plan.

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Life in Pictures: Just Keep Swimming

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Or like, waddle inelegantly into the water, squeal at the cold, stumble over pebbles and feel jealous of anyone wearing crocs*. It wasn’t the longest dip I’ve ever had in my life… and I’m not sure any real swimming was done… but we went in the water! In England! For about 4 minutes!

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DIY Rainbow Crayons

diy rainbow crayons

If like us your scratching around for time to fill in the holidays then our latest Channel Mum video could save the day. We’re showing you how to how to make your own rainbow crayons. They are made from old broken bits of crayons and can be made any shape or colours you like. Perfect for rainy days in the school hols.

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Kids Craft – Popsicle Fairies

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I just thought I’d share these little popsicle fairies we made last week because they were fun to make and to be honest, they kept the kids entertained for a good hour and that’s worth sharing in the summer holidays – it meant I could mow the lawn! I hid them in the garden (like, really well) for them to go on a little fairy hunt.

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