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.
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!
We love crafting at Christmas! We love anything at Christmas actually. We’ve made and baked loads of things for the festive season in our 3 years blogging at Little Button Diaries, so we thought we’d share with you our favourites.
1. These super cute Chocolate & Cinnamon Pudding Cupcakes. Nyom.
We may be slightly behind the rest of the world but this weekend we are putting our Christmas trees up. Hoorah!
A couple of weeks ago, Cath Kidston asked us to design two tree toppers inspired by their prints. We love all their London prints (like, to an excessive amount) so we decided to make a little guard to watch over all your gifts. Then we made a rosy posy topper, inspired by their Ardingly Rose print, for a blooming beautiful tree.
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!
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.
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.
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!
I was having a craft sort out the other day – I do this lots, with the aim of dramatically reducing all my craft crap. It doesn’t really work. I was chucking out some mount board (Why do I have mount board? I don’t need to mount anything! So to speak…) when I had an idea for a kids craft. A decorate-your-own-reusable-house-with-windows! Type thing. Not the catchiest of titles. But this is a super simple craft and one that kids can remake over and over again. You could also make it into an advent calendar for older children.
We’ve teamed up with Cath Kidston to create some alternative ideas for Pumpkins for you for Halloween, inspired by their lovely prints. Our first one is this London skyline carved pumpkin, with a scene carved into the skin and stars made with a drill. Fun!
OoooOOoooh. With Halloween just around the corner we’ve been searching for spooky things to make and bake with our little pumpkins during half term (like, vaguely spooky. Not your scary clown type of spooky, we’re total wimps). We thought we’d share our favourites with you to try:
KAPOW. This costume is super super easy. You can whip it up in 20 minutes flat and all you need is a bin liner, some felt, elastic and a couple of pipe cleaners. Our little ones were so enthralled with it that they flapped around the garden for a whole hour pretending to save the world. See our video tutorial for how to make it below. If you like it, please give us a little like on You Tube and share the love!
Last week we stumbled upon a super bargain deal holiday to Zante – just outside the summer holidays, just before Amelie started school. Just before we’d be trapped forever by school term times! We haven’t had a holiday abroad in 3 years with all the moving/renovating house stuff. So we booked it, about 2 days before we flew out. I then obviously went into panic meltdown realising that there are a thousand things to do before you go away – last minute holiday planning = a bit stressful actually. We had a few blips… we almost missed the flight and then we were all in separate seats (oops, might be less stingy and pick seats next time). But once that plane landed in Zante I felt like something had been unplugged in my brain. Oh that made it sound like I went a bit crazy didn’t it
So yesterday we received an exciting email from our publishers that our book, Mini Makers, has been nominated for an award! It’s up the Children’s Craft Award. for We’re so proud of this book so for it to be nominated amongst some fantastic kids crafts books is really exciting. If you’d like to see the other books up for awards visit the Homemaker website.