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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If, like us, you’re looking for a quick edible gift idea to give to a hard-to-buy-for family member then these truffles are exactly what you need. They’re easy enough to make with kids and are utterly mouthwateringly delicious. They’d also be a great teacher’s present and would go down well in any staff room!
As you can probably tell by the large amount of red suits, large fluffy white beards, and festive jumpers in this Life in Pictures, we are well and truly ready for Christmas. And by that, I don’t mean “I’ve actually finished the shopping and written cards” sort of ready, more that we’re enjoying the festivities with the little ones. Harper is definitely at the age where Christmas is magical for her. She’s taken to wearing tinsel like a chic scarf and is really trying her hardest to be good at all times.
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 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!).
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.