Dec 022015
 

We received another fab box of stuff from Yellow Moon to review – this time it was a festive box of goodies!

In our box was: Festive foam glasses, Reindeer gift bag kits, Star mosaic wand kits and a Christmas paper pack.

Penguin sewing decoration kits, some fun festive toys and Santa felt stickers.

 

We took our box of goodies to a friends house. The kids loved everything and wanted to do it all in one afternoon. Lucky for us the weather was rubbish so we managed to get through quite a lot! The kids ages are 6, 5, 4 and 3.

They LOVED the festive foam glasses and did a fab job making them with minimal help needed from the grown-ups.

The Reindeer gift bags went down well and look awesome!

The star mosaic wands kept them busy for a little longer and once made there was a lot of turning people into frogs! The fun toys have also been thoroughly tested by all and we made a few Christmas cards, which I’ll post picture of once they’ve been posted out to family, using the festive paper and cool Santa felt stickers. The kids loved sticking the little faces on the bodies they had drawn!

We’ve still got the penguins to make ready for when the tree goes up next week.

All items were sent to us by Yellow Moon for review purposes. Opinions are my own (well, and the 6, 5,4 and 3 year olds this time!).

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***

 

We got our latest box of review items from Yellow Moon last week and I couldn’t wait to get started. We were sent a pack of ceramic baubles, ceramic tree decorations, glitter porcelain pens (pack B) and brilliant porcelain pens (pack B) to try out.

We saved them for the weekend when we had friends visiting. It always helps to have a few more small people thrown in to help with these reviews!  Our testers were aged 1, 2, 3, 4, 35 and 36(!). First we made a start on the tree ornaments.

Everyone chose the shape they wanted to colour. Choices were: father Christmas, angel, snowman, tree, penguin and Rudolf. The pens were prepared as their instructions and the small people were lest loose.

H LOVES this sort of thing and being nearly 4 and a half is getting quite good. She didn’t make much mess and got to grips with needing the pump the pens a little when they looked like they were running out. She did a FANTASTIC job on her tree. The 3, 2 and 1 year olds were a bit messier, but they had fun and used ALL the colours! ;)

The baubles were a little trickier for the little ones to hold and avoid getting paint on the table. You definitely need some sort of messy mat!

The glittery pens were definitely a big hit and I’ll be adding the other coloured pack to our craft wish list.

I’d also recommend aprons for the under 3′s!

The grown-ups had fun too!

Here they are all waiting to go in the oven to be fixed.

We had great fun using these and the finished ornaments will make great christmas keepsakes or grandparent gifts! I was thinking of giving mine to my mum! You WILL need to protect tables and smaller peoples clothes. The paint does wash off of hands with warm soapy water and a bit of a scrub.

These items were sent to me at no cost for review purposes by Yellow Moon. All opinions are my own.

 

This years Christmas cards will be half Hattie-school-designed-and-printed and half made by the girls using paint-chip-sample-colour-thingies (see below!)

So, here’s what we did. Take the paint-sample-thingies and cut out triangles, stars and tree trunks.

Give your small people a glue stick each and let them loose!

We had great fun making these and some of the results are super. There was talk between the girls of fancying them up with the glitter glue!

 

Hello my lovelies, are you starting to feel festive yet? I certainly am with all the Christmas fair prep I’ve been doing lately.  To help spread a little festive cheer here is a simple sewing tutorial – a merry little Christmas hoop. Perfect for beginners!

You will need:

An embroidery hoop (I used a 4 inch hoop), navy polka dot fabric, white felt, green felt (I used glittery felt), a scrap of brown felt, matching thread, star buttons, seed beads or sequins, ribbon for hanging, a circle of card and a basic sewing kit.

Before you make a start on your festive hoop, draw around the inside of your hoop onto a piece of thick card (i used a cat food box!) and cut out the circle. This will be used to finish off your hoop and hide all your stitching on the back at the end!

On with the hoop! Cut your pieces: one wiggly snow piece, 4 tree trunks and 4 tree triangles. Use your hoop as a size guide for cutting your shapes. If you are using a bigger hoop, cut bigger shapes!  My trees ranged from 3cm to 4cm tall.

Pin your felt snow in place and separate the two pieces of your hoop. Place your fabric over the top of the inner part of your hoop. Line up the outer hoop so that the screw is at the top and press down over the inner hoop. Gently pull the fabric around all of the edges to make sure it is tight across the hoop before tightening the screw to hold it all in place.

Sew the snow in place using a running stitch.

 

Arrange your tree trunks on the snow and stitch in place using whip stitch.

 

Sew the trees in place starting with the back ones. I used running stitch again for these.

Next its time to fancy up your trees! You can use whatever you like to make your trees bright and christmassy – sequins, felt scraps, metallic thread?

I used a star button and seed beads to Christmas up just one of my little trees. Once you are happy with the decorations it time to finish off your hoop.

Finishing off: First you will need to trim off some of the excess fabric. You will need to leave enough to tuck in to the back, about 2cm. Apply a thin layer of fabric glue around the edge of your hoop and allow to dry for 10 minutes (I used hi-tack fabric glue). After 10 minutes to glue should be tacky and you can neatly fold the fabric over the edge, towards the center of the hoop. You may need to apply a little more glue to hold the felt in place.

Next take your circle of card and place it on the wrong side (reverse) of a little square of fabric. apply a little glue to the card and allow to go tacky. Fold in the fabric and try to make sure it is stuck down all the way around. Allow the hoop and the card circle to dry completely before squishing the card circle into the back of the hoop to hide all of your stitching!

Add a piece of ribbon, hang up and admire!

This tutorial is for personal use only. You can make as many as you like for yourself or as gifts. If using my photographs, please gain permission before hand and link back to this original post. All designs and photographs are (c) Claire Payne.

Oct 022012
 

Now its officially October its time to start releasing more new Christmas gifts! Here are the first – new and very cute Christmas bibs! :)

SNOWMEN

PENGUINS

GINGERBREAD MEN

These are LIMITED EDITION so snap yours up today while you still can! There are also a few available on Dorothy and Theodore too :)

 

To make Father Christmas faces you will need:

A paper plate, glue, googly eyes, red pom poms, red card, cotton wool and a red pen.

Draw a smile, stick on eyes, nose and cotton wool beard.

Cut a triangle from the red card and stick on some cotton wool.

Stick on the hat and there you have it. A Father Christmas face and one very happy toddler!

After father Christmas faces we moved on the sequined snowflakes to hang in the windows!

 

Dec 012011
 

I’ve been doing a little etsy shopping lately, it *IS* almost Christmas after all! I’m going to showcase a few of the items I have bought and their designers. To start with we have the lovely Laura Clempson of Cupcakes for Clara! I first discovered Laura’s work when I bought the book Making Stuff for Kids and I’ve been an avid follower of Laura’s blog ever since! She is a very talented designer-maker and I LOVE her cute creations!

So who is Clara?! Clara is a grumpy, bossy red-head with a twin sister called Macy. She likes pink, dressing-up and cupcakes! I think she’s adorable! AND one of my bestest friends always calls me Clara, and yes I can be grumpy AND very bossy! ;)

So what did I buy from the Cupcakes for Clara shop???

Here’s my little parcel all wrapped up ever so sweetly in Clara’s signature orange!

Isn’t everything just FANTASTIC!??? I bought a couple of Clara Christmas dress up dolls and some christmas gift labels. The extra outfit card was a little extra gift and up until Christmas if you spend over £10 in Laura’s shop your get the set of 3 Clara note cards free! How wonderful is that???

Not only can you buy all of these lovely items but Laura also sells a selection of make-your-own kits with everything you need to make your own Robin Fattie, cupcake keyring and christmas pudding flattie (as well as a few others!).

Photographs used with permission from Laura Clempson. Why not visit her Blog and shop and say hello!

 

 

These are easy, fun and don’t make very much mess!

You will need: White paper plates, googley eyes, pom poms, scrap of orange felt, PVA glue and a brush.

Cut out triangles for the snowman noses (an adult should do this).

Glue eyes, nose and pom poms onto the paper plate.

TA-DAAAA. Snowman face!

Repeat as necessary! We made 6 (Hats made 5 and I made 1!) of these and they will be hung up proudly in the hall next week and given to grandparents too! The only problem we had making the snowmen was when we ran out of pom poms and couldn’t make any more. We had toddler tears :(

Nov 212011
 

Hello there! I’ve been meaning to post more tutorials on here and thought with the festive season approaching it was time to share my felt holly brooch. This is a hand sewn version and it’s simple and very easy for beginners! Continue reading »

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