Sunday, 21 December 2014

Homemade Christmas cards

So here is the penultimate post in my Christmas series - homemade Christmas cards (although we are actually using ours as thank you letters for afterwards :)
You can see my previous posts in the series here:
How to make a Christmas Den in 4 easy steps
Cutest snowmen and reindeer doughnuts

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I love making things with D and Iz (although Iz can be slightly uncooperative at times!!). Think my creative side definitely comes out when I'm doing stuff with them, and is pretty dormant the rest of the time! Last year D made reindeer and Father Christmas cards:

D's cards last year

So this year we wanted to try something different.

D's fairy light fingerprints

D loves painting and is happy to get his hands messy - something I'm very proud of :) I can't remember where I first saw the idea for this card but I thought it was great and so we tried it this year.

First I put dollops of our Neon paints (same ones we used for our blacklight bath painting - love these paints from Rainbow Creations online shop) in D's paint tray and then let him put his index finger in one colour at a time. He then 'finger-printed' the card with a whole mix of colours. 

A trial run just playing with the paints

The fingerprint "lights"

Once they'd dried I added on a string to make them look more like fairy lights - don't they look cute?!

 
The finished cards :)

And if you're wondering - yes these also glowed under our blacklight :)



You could use this for any occasion or holiday - use blue or pink fingerprints for a new baby card, yellow for Easter, green for St Patrick's day, red/white/blue for July 4th. The possibilities are endless. We will definitely be doing it again!


Iz's Christmas tree footprints

Being only 4 months, Iz isn't really into arts and crafts like D so I had to help a fair bit ;)

First I painted her feet with glittery green paint and them put two footprints close together on some orange card. This was quite fiddly to do on my own so no photos I'm afraid! But here is what they looked like afterwards:

Drying on top of the fish tank...

Once they were dry I added a yellow star, tree trunk and coloured stickers as baubles. I experimented with random baubles or a string of baubles - which do you prefer? We decided randomness looked better.

The finished cards :)

Random baubles rather than chains won our vote!

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I'm really happy with how they both turned out and as with all the cards we ever make I always make sure we do an extra one so we can keep one too :)

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Have you made any homemade cards this year? I'd love to hear any other ideas or leave a link in the comments if you've blogged about it too.


 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cutest doughnuts ever?


So next up in my Christmas series is some festive food :)

You can check out the other posts in the series here:
How to make a Christmas Den in 4 easy steps

But back to the food. I saw these ridiculously cute reindeer and snowmen doughnuts on LoveFromTheOven’s blog and having just bought a 3-in-1 donut/cake/cake pop machine knew I had to give them a go.

I pretty much followed exactly what she recommended – you can read her whole post with step-by-step instructions here.
 
If you compare my photos next to hers mine are definitely much more amateur looking but I am still really pleased with how they turned out. They were also the first doughnuts I’ve ever made so I was doubly pleased!

Here are a few pictures of the making process:

Naked doughnuts ready for decorating :)

All the decorations ready to go...

First step in creating Rudolph and friends

Finished reindeer :)

Oops white chocolate is a lot harder to melt than milk chocolate... Had to improvise with sugar glaze instead!

The first 2 snowmen finished

Snowmen cuteness :)

How crazily cute are they?! I took them along to Doof’s nursery Christmas party and am now just waiting for another excuse to make them again...

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Have you made any festive-themed food? I’d love to hear about it :)



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

What Iz loved - November 2014



Here is what Iz loved this month… (well technically it's last month now as I'm a littke bit behind!)



1 - Being a duck
2 - Her massive playmat
3 - Starting babycademy music "classes"
4 - Her Christmas Den
5 - Getting kisses from her brother
6 - Sleeping through the night (think Mummy loved that more!)
7 - Bathtime
 
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

How to make a Christmas Den in 4 easy steps (and for £4)

This is the thrid in my series of Christmas posts, after our Christmas traditions (see here) and our homemade glitter ornaments (see here). Sometimes the most fun is the simplest :)

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1. Get a big cardboard box (thanks LoveKeepCreate for ours)

Just practising to assess for comfiness...

2. Go to Poundland

Embarrassingly we're regulars...

3. Assemble purchases

Sellotape red fairy lights around the top

Have some green fairy lights free-styling on the floor

Decorate with festive stickers
 
Maybe even yourself a little...

4. Add some books and cuddly animals

Just like home...

Throw in a cushion too if you haven't quite mastered sitting yet

Total cost = £4 (£2 for lights, £1 for batteries, £1 for stickers) 

And ready from conception to completion (including shopping trip!) in under 30 minutes...

Enjoy :)

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PS not promising it'll work for you but the above den has rapidly become somewhere that the toddler goes for (self-imposed!) quiet time. He crawls in, turns the lights on and "reads" a book to himself. What more could we ask?! 


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What Iz loved - October 2014

[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...] 

Here is what Iz loved this month…



1 - Being snug-as-a-bug-in-a-super-large-cosy-pink-hat
2 - Attending her first wedding
3 - Celebrating her first Halloween American-style
4 - Learning how to properly laugh
5 - Having fun posing for photos
7 - Being a ladybird
 

You can see what her brother liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)

What Doofy loved - October 2014

[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...]  

Here is what Doofy loved this month…


 
1 - First visit to Legoland
2 - Baking dinosaur cookies
3 - Meeting his shadow
4 - Turning 2!
5 - Eating muffins as big as his head (we were in America...)
6 - Visiting the Crayola museum (if you're ever in Easton, PA it is a MUST visit)
7 - Exploring his first pumpkin patch
8 - Playing on the beach
  
You can see what his sister liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)


What Iz loved - September 2014


[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...]  
 
Here is what Iz loved this month…


1 - Finally getting a coke bottle with her name on!
2 - Going to the Baby Spa
3 - Being a little sister ;)
4 - Participating in research
5 - Getting colourful at Colourscape Clapham
6 - Streeeeeeetching
7 - Being snug in her carrier
8 - Cuddles (Mummy loved that bit too)

You can see what her brother liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)