Jan 252015
 

Now, one of the things I love about having kids is being able to sit and colour with the girls but there’s only so many princess pictures you can colour. When I was offered the chance to review some colouring books for grown ups I jumped at the chance!

At the start of Nature Mandalas there pages introducing the concept  of doodling and colouring to encourage relaxation, meditation and encourage creativity. There is discussion on colour theory and patterning techniques – adding more pattern and details to the simple shapes on the colouring pages.

With examples of using different media to produce different affects.

Creative Colouring Flowers has more detailed pictures to colour in if your not feeling up to doodling your own lines straight away.

I enjoyed colouring this flower picture over a couple of lunch times at work and I’m quite keen to borrow the children’s water colours to have a go with.

Both books have perforated pages for you to pull out and colour with inspirational quotes on the back of each one. The pages were a little easier to pull out of the flowers book. several colleagues joined in with a little lunch time colouring and we were all feeling quite relaxed!

Both books are available to buy now!

Creative Coloring Flowers by Valentina Harper. ISBN: 9781574219708 £5.99 Published by Design Originals

Nature Mandalas Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle. ISBN: 9781574219579 £5.99  Published by Design Originals

*** These books were sent to me with complements by GMC distribution for review purposes. ***

 

So, do you wanna build an Elsa? Well, here’s how!

You will need:

A peg, felt pens, a scrap of pale blue felt, a scrap of blue shimmery cape fabric (I used organza), yellow wool, a small (15cm) beige pipe cleaner , PVA glue and blue glitter.

1) Draw Queen Elsa a face and colour the top of her head and around the back and sides in yellow.

2) Glue the felt scrap around Elsa’s body to make her dress.

3) Cut a triangle out of your cape fabric, then cut the pointy top part off. I used pinking sheers to do this to try and minimise fraying.

4) Stick the cape onto the back of Elsa’s dress using a little blob of glue.

5) take you pipe cleaner and place it on top of Elsa’s dress (this will be her arms). Turn over and twist it at the back to secure it in place then pull the arms forward.

6) to make the hair: cut 6 strands of wool the same length and tie in the middle with another small piece of wool. Glue on top of Elsa’s head. You can make a plait once its all dried.

She’s looking good so far!

7) For sparkly shoes put a little glue on the bottom of your peg and sprinkle with blue glitter.

8) Allow it to dry completely then sing ‘Let it goooooo!’ at the top of your voice!

*** Watch out for Anna next week ***

Happy new year!

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Jan 022015
 

To celebrate the start of the new year, I’m offering 15% off in the shop until 18th January.

Just pop on over following THIS LINK and use coupon code: HAPPY2015 at the check out.

Dec 272014
 

A week or so before Christmas we were sent a fabulous box of craft goodies to review.

we were sent Finger lights, colour in cards, snow pal mugs, gingerbread house kits, christmas stamps, festive foam stickers, wooden house boxes and a red jumbo paint pad.

we used the foam stickers and christmas stamps to make christmas cards for the school teachers. We love foam stickers and the stamps were a bit hit with the smallest. Bed time milk gets drank from the cute little animal cups, although sadly they can’t be put in the dishwasher!

 

Smallest required some assistance making her gingerbread house, but biggest managed hers with minimal help.

 

…and once finished you can wear them as a hat or put them under your Christmas tree!!!

We still have a few things to try out over the Christmas hols but so far we’re rather pleased with everything we were sent.

***Please note all products were sent to me by Yellow Moon at no cost for review purposes. All opinions and comments are my own***

Merry Christmas!

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Dec 252014
 

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. xxx

 

I’m quite excited to say that you can now buy a range of my handmade Christmas items in the Hope Community Shop in Sheldon (Birmingham).

Don’t the bears look smart wearing my Christmas bibs?

If you’re local to the area pop in and say hello. The staff are lovely and on Monday mornings they run a baby cafe – with cake! ;)

Why, hello there!

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Dec 092014
 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you are all well. Gosh, it has been a while hasn’t it? I’d love to have a fabulous excuse for not blogging but i think I just lost my mojo over the summer holidays and was kind of distracted with life along the way.

So, a quick whizz through of what we’ve been up to. lots of days out with friends over the summer, a windy week in Wales post hurricane Bertha. She didn’t stop us getting to the beach every day! Mini got discharged from the hearing clinic after 2 clear hearing tests. She was very sad to not have to have her hearing aids any more.

There was back to school for the girls of the house. Mini started school nursery and has made a brilliant start. Both girls have settled in well to their new classes and look rather sweet in their school uniform!

I’ve been busy sewing still so don’t panic. Not a lot of new stuff. mostly just the usuals.

 

The only BIG new thing to report is the advent calendars – I know I’m a little late showing you these but they started as a craft night project with a few of my mummy friends. They wanted a big project made from felt so after a few lists, lots of sketches and hunting down a number/alphabet set for my old sizzix originals machine I got cracking. I’m really pleased with the results and there were 10 taking part – it was more of a sew-a-long as i had a few postal friends taking part too so had to write coherent instructions!!!! Luckily the instructions were good enough and everyone’s turned out beautiful!

well, now its almost Christmas and time to start thinking about the new year. The mum’s would like a new felt project, how would you feel like a bit of a sew-along? Something Eastery perhaps? I know its maybe a bit early(!) but with 2 small people, a small business, a part time job and all the boring chore stuff I need to be a bit more organised! ;)

Nov 292014
 

Here’s my table all set up at the Baby sensory (Coventry) Christmas specials. I had a lovely day and got to meet lots of cute Christmassy babies!

 

This year I am pleased to say that I actually made my monster wreath for the front door!

It was incredibly easy to make. I used this tutorial. I think we’ll definitely be making these at craft club next year!

Jul 152014
 

Where have the weeks been disappearing to? It’s mid July, the last week of the school term and almost Hat’s 5th birthday. These things do sneak up on us! Sooooo, what have we been up to? LOADS of stuff……

We’ve been to the beach.

Taken part in the science department bake-off. This is my Chocolate chiffon cake with salted caramel and chocolate ganache! It did not won :(

There was a sports day!

I had a table at one of the local schools garden party – do you like my fancy gazeebo?!

New sparkly hearing aid moulds for Mini!

I’ve baked….and baked….and baked….

and sewn….(white tiger and wonder woman!)…and had a bit (33 kids!) of a birthday party.

Now I’ve just got 2 more days of work before the summer hols.  I really do need a rest! PHEW!

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