Life In Pictures

Life in Pictures is our mini photo gallery of all the things we have been up to in the week. This week we have been enjoying the sunshine before it disappears for ever. Playing in the beautiful lavender, splashing around at Pells Pool in Lewes and hanging out with Hello Kitty at Drusillas zoo.

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Craft Trends #3: tassel DIYs

How amazing are tassels? And pom poms too for that matter. There is nothing on this planet that can’t be improved with a little tassel trim. Hence we are bringing you our third installment of our craft trend watch. Feast your eyes on these amazing tassel DIYs. We want that duvet cover SO much.
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1. Tassel Blanket by Tell Love & Chocolate

2. Anthropologie Inspired Duvet by Whimsy Darling

3. Beaded Tassel Jewellery by I Spy DIY

4. Toddler Tassel Skirt by us!

5. Tassel Necklace on the Hobbycraft Blog

6. Wine Charms by Sugar and Charm

If you know of any great tassel DIYs please share them with us so we can put tassels on as many things as possible.

Tia & Laura x

p.s. check out our previous trend posts on copper and paper.

Chocolate and Vanilla Macaroons

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We recently got back from our first little family holiday to Paris and one of the highlights was selecting and enjoying some macaroons with our Little Button. She was adamant she wanted the brown one.

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I wanted to continue the holiday feeling by trying to recreate those Parisian treats. This book had the perfect recipe for these chocolate and vanilla ones.

To make 15 macaroons:

For the shells:

  • Egg whites from 2 large eggs
  • 60g ground almond
  • 110g icing sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 175g dark chocolate
  • 300ml whipping cream

1. Begin by making the ganache. Break the chocolate into chunks and melt over a pan of simmering water. Pour the cream in and mix together. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. macaroon1

2. To make the shells, heat your oven to 150 degrees. Grind the almonds and icing sugar together and strain the mixture over a baking sheet. Cook for 7 minutes and leave to cool.

3. Beat the egg whites into peaks with a hand mixer. When the mixture stiffens, add the icing sugar and continue to beat. Add the cocoa powder to mix until combined. Fold in the almond sugar mixture.

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4. On greaseproof paper, draw 4.5cm circles then fill a piping bag with the mix and pipe into the circles. Leave for an hour in a dry place until the tops have formed crusts.

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5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and leave to cool.

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6. To assemble, spread the ganache onto one of the macaroons and sandwich another one on top.

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So mine didn’t quite turn out as delicate and uniform as the ones in the patisseries of Paris but they certainly were de-lic-ious (according to my Little Button!)

~ Laura xx ~

 

Life in Pictures: Larmer Tree Festival

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Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Larmer Tree Festival in Dorset. I’ve been to quite a few festivals, but none with children. I have never dared. And it was definitely a different experience. I did have moments where I envied the child-free, boozing, snoozing people, but actually I enjoyed this one more than any festival I’ve been to before. Larmer Tree is so chilled out, so friendly and so varied. You can just sit in one spot and entertainment will come and find you.

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We did struggle a bit when we tried to watch an act and the kids decided they were bored. I thought I could bribe them with food but they got bored of rice cakes waaay too quickly. Amelie goes into repeat mode when she gets bored. “Fairies now daddy, fairies now daddy” times 400. It’s very effective. But at Larmer Tree the kids bits are so lovely and nicely put together that we enjoyed them too. We did get to see a band we love though, Coco & the Butterfields (the kids fell asleep!) and that was a really magical experience.

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I discovered some important things. Firstly, dungarees, baby carriers and portaloos (even super posh portaloos) are NOT a good combination. That’s actually impossible. Secondly, paper plates are a huge WIN at festivals. Thirdly, folding down and squashing a tent is the best thing on the planet when you’re 3. And lastly, the kids are in charge. Always, forever.

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Thank you Larmer Tree for having us. We will be back next year.

Tia x

DIY Embroidered Espadrilles

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I recently bought a pair of espadrilles for my Little Button and although I liked them when I saw them in the shop I thought they were a tad plain when I got them home. Therefore, out came the embroidery threads to jazz them up.

For this project you will need:

  • Pair of espadrilles
  • Embroidery threads
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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  1. Begin by choosing your design and colour scheme. I sketched out a few ideas on paper first, then picked my favourite pattern, and drew that directly onto the shoes using a pencil.
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2. Then simply get stitching! I used a combination of cross stitch, running stitch and back stitch.

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3. Every time you finish with one colour, make sure you tie a knot on the inside. Keep the inside as neat and tidy as you can so your Little Button doesn’t get his or her toes tangled on stray bits of thread.embroidered espadrilles diy

This is one of the first craft projects in ages I’ve done while sat on the sofa watching TV. It was bliss!

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~Laura xx ~

Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon

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Morning folks! Our latest project for Hobbycraft is live on their blog. It’s this rather cute paper mache hot air balloon.  Kids love getting their hands messy with paper mache and paint and this easy peasy project will allow them to do just that! Fly over to Hobbycraft now to see just how to make it.

Laura & Tia x

Life in Pictures

Life in Pictures is our weekly mini-gallery of what our Little Buttons have been up to this week. This week we got sent a lovely little package with a “cream tea in a box” (how awesome does that sound?!) in aid of the children’s charity Action Medical Research so after our usual ballet lesson we had a well deserved treat of scones and jam. Each sale of these cream tea boxes directly supports this fantastic charity and helps to change the lives of children across the UK. We also managed to squeeze in a lot of muddy puddles jumping and a trip to the Sea Life Centre.

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Action for Medical Research is a fantastic charity, saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. To support this wonderful charity, click here