Embroidered Crown

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For Grayson’s birthday I made him a felt crown and he absolutely hated it! He wore it for a matter of minutes whilst opening presents before he realised it was on his head, then whipped it off and said ‘yuck!’. He’s a tough critic!

On the bright side, Harper thought it was super and has requested one for her birthday in March. As I mainly stitched the crown by hand, I managed to get it done in front of the TV over Christmas. I do love a craft I can do in front of the gogglebox.

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Life In Pictures: Grayson’s 2nd Birthday

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At the start of the year we had a little party for Grayson’s 2nd birthday. As the younger child, he’s spent the last couple of years being dragged to every class, playdate and social gathering that Harper’s been invited to, so it’s quite rare for him to be the centre of attention.

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Mini Makers: Paper Plate Animals

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I made some paper plate animals with Amelie at the weekend. Normally, when I have a craft in mind for her, I set her up with all the stuff she needs, show her what to do, then use it as an excuse to go and do something else. This time I thought I’d not do that. I’m a bit of a distracted mum sometimes – I try not to be – but my mind wanders and before I know it I’ve agreed to a trip to the zoo at bedtime dressed as Alex the Lion.

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Tractor Birthday Cake

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Last week it was Grayson’s 2nd birthday, which means New Year’s Day was spent making his cake. After sweetcorn, tractors are his favourite things, so I thought I’d make him a tractor cake. It might not be the neatest or most well-executed cake but the birthday boy certainly enjoyed it!

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Life in Pictures

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Happy first week of January! This week has been a nice back-to-normal kinda week for us. I’ve been hanging out in the park and making crafty messes with my little one. I thought I’d feel really sad to take down the tree and say bye to Christmas, but it’s actually felt nice having our space again and getting back to routine. Our Christmas box is so rammed full that it no longer fits through the loft hatch – I need to stop buying decorations! So there’s a sad little festive mountain sitting on the landing where it will probably stay till March, going on previous experience.

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Make your own Footstool

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So I made a little footstool last week. My first attempt at furniture! I love it too, although I wouldn’t risk standing on it… it has just a teeniest bit of a wonk. This was orginally meant to be a quick upcycle project from a stool I already had. But as I was hacking the upholstery off the original I accidentally hacked it to pieces. The legs snapped, the base snapped. It was a quality product.  So all I ended up using was the foam. You could, however, attempt your own upcycle if you think you could do it without destroyed a perfectly good stool just for a piece of foam!

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Mini Makers: Glitter Thank You Cards

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We’re still at the stage with Harper where we have to remind her to say “please” and “thank you” from time to time. So after receiving a lovely bunch of Christmas gifts, we wanted to make sure we got our thank you cards out without delay. Because Harper loves glitter, and because she had enjoyed making some glittery Christmas tree decorations, we decided to have one more go using the sparkly stuff for this really simple craft project.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Grayson!

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And just like that, our Littlest Little Button, Grayson, turns two. Having his birthday straight after New Year means no sooner have the party poppers gone away, the party hats are back on and any New Year’s resolution to not eat cake goes out the window. Today, we’re celebrating with a little party and a big cake with our nearest and dearest.

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Merry Christmas!

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We just wanted to wish you all a very, very happy Christmas! Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, we hope its a good one. We’re so excited about it all this year, it feels very magical. Just a little bit of snow is all we need now! We’ll be back in the new year with lots more crafty tutorials so please don’t forget us!

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Mini Makers: 3 Quick Christmas Makes

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Yes, we do look ridiculous. It’s the one look we can pull off. But it’s nearly Christmas and we’re all getting super excited. If you’re looking for festive ways to entertain the kiddies then we’ve got three really simple makes that will keep them entertained till the Big Day.

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Festive Pom Pom Packaging

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Last week over on our Instagram, I was gleefully kicking my heels together and saying I’d finished my Christmas shopping. I also vowed that I was not going back into town even if I’d forgotten something vital. Well, guess what… after batteries I’d forgotten probably the most vital past to Christmas presents – the gift tags, trimmings and wrapping paper.

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Mini Makers: Winter Pomander

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Our publishers, GMC Publications have been doing an advent giveaway over on their Twitter account and have been giving away extracts from their books and today it’s our turn! Our book, The Big Book of 100 Little Activities, has a few quick festive projects in it. This winter pomander reminds us of our childhood and we love the festive smell.

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Life in Pictures: Winter Wonderland Fun*

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*Like, fun-ish.

On Saturday we decided to head up to Hyde Park and go to Winter Wonderland with the kids for a Christmas treat (using the word treat quite loosely here). Back in the day, before I had my little rotters, I used to go every year with my good friend Rach. We would drink copious amounts of mulled wine, giggle and stuff our faces with crepes. It was bliss. Now… it’s different. We did have a lovely time, and the kids enjoyed it. But MY GOD was it rammed. Winter Wonderland is now one huge crowd of people shuffling round trying to get to the nearest ride. I mean, it was clearly the busiest day to go and maybe we were slightly idiotic to choose the last Saturday before Christmas. But it was a bit chaotic. It’s also basically just a gigantuous fun fair, and not a lot more. So if you’re planning on going, erm, well maybe think about whether you love crowds a little before. That’s my advice!

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Giant Snowman Fuzzy Felt

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knock knock knock Do you wanna build a snowman?! After “is it dinner time?” this is the most popular question in my household. After seeing this fantastic giant fuzzy felt creation by the talented Crafted by Jen (this lady is my craft crush!) it gave me the idea to create a festive fuzzy felt activity, and scratch Harper’s itch to build a snowman (you have all seen Frozen, right?). This project is simple to make and a good use of odd scraps of felt and trimmings.

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Christmas Hand Puppets

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Nine sleeps people. NINE SLEEPS!!! If you’re anything like us, this knowledge will fill you with a mixture of dread and delight. All rolled up into one happy bauble. So you probably don’t have a lot of time for crafting right now, but we thought we’d slot in one more because these little festive puppets don’t take long and will make little hands very happy. The lovely folks over at Brother Sewing asked us to make something that kids would love at Christmas, so we thought this little Rudolph and Santa would be the perfect thing.

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