This Christmas the streets around where we live are doing an advent calendar-style window display where, each day, the houses in an allocated street put up a festive window display. Lovely, right? When I got the leaflet through our door I had a little wave of panic of how to fill our bay window without myself and my husband doing the mannequin challenge in santa hats til December 25th.
We thought we’d share with you how to make some easy peasy bow hair clips for you or your little ones seen as it is PARTY season! Having said that, we’re going to precisely zero parties. So… we’ll just have to wear them in the bath or something. Our kids have parties though! All under 5, all more popular than us. Life. These will take you about 10 minutes to make – super quick!
This Christmas feels like it might be the loveliest one yet. Both my girls have a good enough understanding of what it’s about (like, ish) and it feels pretty magical. We’ve not done a lot in the way of decorations yet because our house is still being refurbished (boooo) but we did drive to a farm to get our Christmas tree this weekend. The farm was closed. Massive anti-climax, excited happy children quickly turned into wailing angry children. We f~ked up. But we plied them with snacks and headed to our little local Christmas fair which cheered them right up.
We love Belle & Boo. The drawings make us feel all happy and nostalgic and every single thing that lovely little company produces is totally beautiful! So we are very happy (and a bit jealous!) to say that we have a very special treat for you. One lucky person gets to WIN a fantastic big bundle of goodies from Belle and Boo just in time for Christmas. This is quite possibly the best giveaway we’ve ever had!
Pinch punch first of the month! We’re very excited that it’s December – we’re a little (though not a lot) more organised this year for Christmas and we are dying to get the decorations up. Starting with this pretty little paper Christmas Wreath we created for www.dotcomgiftshop.com. It’s made from their wrapping paper, bells and ribbon and even has fairy lights tucked inside so it’s all lovely and twinkly at night. Yey! Hop over to Dot Com’s blog to see how to make it (P.S it’s peasy!).
As you already know, we’ve got a little thing for pom poms, and as pom pom gloves seem to be in all the shops at the moment, I thought I’d make a version for Harper on the cheap. I picked up a bargain packet of three pairs of gloves from H&M (£2.99).
You will need:
- Cheap pair of gloves
- Wool in three colours
- Matching thread to wool and a needle
1. To make your pom poms – wrap wool around a fork about twenty times.
Last year we thought we’d start a little Christmas tradition of taking the kids ice skating – and it was an utter disaster. The second Harper’s skates touched the ice, she wanted to get off, but we had to complete a lap as you can only go in one direction – and once you’re on, you’re on. She let go of her skating aid, Magnus the Penguin, within seconds, so we were left trying to simply keep her upright and not lose any fingers. So I was understandably apprehensive about trying again this year. Luckily, all she seemed to remember from last year was that she got a gingerbread man in the cafe at the end, so she was up for giving it another whirl.
You may have seen my post last week on my little DIY Elf on the Shelf sewing project. I was very proud of him, I tried my bestest this time :-).
I’ve been looking at fun (non OTT!) Elf on the Shelf ideas and I thought I’d share with you my findings. I’m not a fan of the serious-effort-required ones. There are a few in the list below because I thought they were ace, but there are loads of super quick and easy ones too.
It’s Christttmmmassssssss….. well nearly! As I’m a big lover of pom-poms and Christmas, I decided to have a go at making my own festive knit with a pom-pom twist. As I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to do more, I made two. They’re both pretty quick to make and cheaper than a tin of Quality Street!
I find it very hard to pull myself – and my kids – out into the cold at this time of year. It’s so easy to spend a day snuggled up with a duvet and hot chocolate and a whole heap of Disney. But we forced ourselves out this weekend to Wilderness Wood (near Uckfield) and I’m very happy we did because it turned into one of the loveliest days out. It’s such a beautiful place, full of fresh air, nature and wintry magic.
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah. We’ve been rhyming it with ‘piggie’ and now we feel stoopid) is the new buzz word for Autumn and Winter. It’s come from Denmark and originates from this book. Think warm, fuzzy, happy and cosy! And who wouldn’t want to have all those things (and a big tin of Quality Street) at this time of year. As a nod to Hygge, we’ve put together our six favourite warm and cosy craft projects for you to try this weekend! (top left to bottom right)
Would you like to make your own, unique elf on the shelf? This one comes complete with little belled booties and a hat, a bag to store his goodies and a free template to make him super easy to make. Whoop!
It’s not too early to talk about christmas is it? Never! I was in the shops about a month ago (a MONTH. Now that is too soon!) when I saw the little Elf on the Shelf thing. That thing has got it’s marketing pegged. £30 for a felt/plastic doll and a little book! I do like the idea of a cute little elf that sits happily on your shelf throughout December though, so I thought I would make my own, and share it with you. So you can too. I tried really hard with this one – I wanted him to be special. I hope you like him!
Back in the Spring, we had a trip out to Kew Gardens to see the cherry blossom trees, and vowed to go back to see what it looked like in Autumn. We made the trip recently and we were not disappointed.
The trip wasn’t wildly successful as both kids basically just wanted to have a snack or sit in the single buggy we took with us, so we didn’t get to explore as much as we were hoping to. We did see a little part of the grounds in-between mini meltdowns over ice creams, grapes and… well, you name it really!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but embroidered patches are really big on the High Street at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be an item of clothing that hasn’t had a patch, or two, or three, sewn onto it by clothes shops. I thought I’d have a go at a DIY version for my Buttons. This is not really a tutorial but hey ho!