Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dressing up

Having two girls means lots of dressing up, Disney princesses and fairy wings. If i would let them, they would both be in some kind of costume all day every day. Between them, they own most of the princess costumes and many tutus and ballet costumes and Mia is always asking Elle if she can wear her dresses. Mia even went to the doctors the other day to get her flu spray in fairy wings and holding a wand. Everyone in the waiting room thought she looked very cute! Mia has suddenly become really into dressing up and imaginative play and they will dress up together and act out little plays and stories in their rooms together. We also have two rocking horses that they love to ride on and pretend that they are either princesses or on a secret island trying to escape from sharks! Sometimes i just sit outside of their rooms and smile whilst listening to them playing together.  I sometimes even join in the plays with them. I am hoping to get the girls a few more outfits for christmas for dressing up. We love to get most of the girls fancy dress costumes and outfits for Christmas for dressing up from Tesco and I shall be heading to their online shop to see their Frozen range. Elle really wants an Elsa dress and Mia would love an Anna dress.

Having two girly girls is so much fun. I was such a tomboy when i was little and hardly ever dressed up. My sister loved to dress up and use to wear her prettiest dresses to nursery every day whilst i wore jeans and jumpers and normally a dirty face to go alongside it as i loved climbing trees so much. I love watching them together, in their own little world and both really being in sync with each other. I love seeing this bond growing stronger and stronger and i just love seeing little tutu's twirling around and just hope that they never ever outgrow that tutu twirling, tiara wearing stage!

(Written for Tesco)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Our fairy house

A few weeks ago, we went to a magic fairy event in the woods near us. One of the activities was to make a fairy house. Elle and her daddy made a little teepee out of sticks and wool string and it was so sweet. We had to leave it there and it is a private woods so i suggested to the girls that we make another in our own favourite woods.

This morning seemed a lovely time to venture out to make one. There was a nice fog in the air and we headed out with our basket full of string and little toadstools i picked up from the craft store. The girls hunted around for the perfect tree. They found a tree but right by it they spotted a baby slug. They hurried off and make a nest of leaves for the slug and put the slug in the nest. They named her Olivia.

We each had delegated jobs. Mia was in charge of collecting sticks together, Elle collected leaves to make the fairy garden and i sat myself down with some small sticks and wool and quickly made up a chair to put outside the house. I made a ladder for the first one we made but i felt like making a chair this time. It wasn't the best of chairs and it was wobbly but it was just perfect for the house and i am glad i made one up for it. So here is our house. We have left it there for other little boys and girls to see and we are going to visit after school tomorrow. We are hoping to take our friends there tomorrow also so the girls can show their friends their house. I think if i was walking through the woods and came across a little fairy house and garden, it would make my day so i hope someone comes across ours and it makes them smile!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Siblings {november}

One of Elle's favourite things is Space. By the time she was 4 she could name all the planets, tell you the order and characteristics of each planet. She would sit in bed every night and look at her many space books that we got her. I didn't want to push this on Mia at all as i wanted her to be interested in what SHE wanted and not what i wanted her to like her sister. Last week, Mia went into her sisters room and bought me one of Elle's space books and asked to look through it with me. I was very happy too and i told Elle that Mia had asked me about space and that was it! Elle wanted to teach her all she knew and showing her all the planets and pictures in her book. I was secretly pleased as now i will have another space geek for a daughter and i have swapped her night Elmo books for a space book, just like i had to do with her sister when she was 3 years and 7 months.

"Siblings" is a monthly link up where myself and 9 other bloggers all share a photo of their children and then we each send you off to look at another blog. You can then go around in a circle, viewing all of the wonderful photographs and then why not link up yourself if you have two  children or more! This month, i am sending you over to Kelle at Dinky and Dandy Her blog is packed full of children's fashion and photographs of her own little cuties! 

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Wonderful bathrooms


Five years ago, we lived in a house where we were so spoilt with the bathroom. It was huge and had lots of storage space on the walls for all of my toiletries. In our house now, the bathroom is tiny and is squeezed in between two bedrooms. The best part of it though is that we have a huge shower bath, perfect for that evening bubble bath soak but it does take up most of the bathroom!

Because the bathroom is so tiny, we wanted to try and make it feel light and spacious. It was important to us to use tiles to open up the room and give the illusion of a bigger space. We picked out white brick style tiles with a smooth and glossy finish to bounce light and to keep the walls looking fresh and bright. The tiles wrap around half of the bathroom up to the ceiling and i really feel that they make a huge difference in the room.

To combat the difficulty of storage, we purchased a two draw basket unit. I always feel that furniture can really give personality to a room.  I love creating feature spaces and using furniture to help and in our bathroom, the bright white storage unit gives us that clean base so i could add my own touches around the bathroom, such as a beautiful bird cage wall paper on one wall and some framed pictures and mirrors. I am lucky to have quite a deep windowsill where i have propped up some polaroids and some jars with flowers in. I am pleased with how our bathroom is at the moment but i do dream of a bigger room where i can add chairs and a bigger wooden unit to give me more of a rustic feel. I would love a roll top bath and i am always pinning away on pinterest my ideas for that day when we win the lottery and have lots of money and can afford all my little house dreams! One place that i have found lots of inspiration from is C.P.Hart. Their bathrooms are very dreamy and they have the most beautiful roll top bath! Until that day though, i am happy in my little bathroom.

                                                                     (images by c.p.hart)

(this post is in collaboration with c.p.hart)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The story of the missing feast

For her birthday, Elle got given this wonderful princess wooden theatre by my sister and her husband. Today, she asked if she could put on a little show for me and her sister. She sat up in her room for about half an hour, planning out her show and then set up the theatre down stairs. I told her i was going to record it so her daddy could see also. 

I love this wooden theatre from Paper Chase! I have a few paper books that you cut out the scenery and people to make a theatre but this is the first time i have ever seen a wooden one and it is the most perfect gift for Elle. It has kept her busy for hours today. Tomorrow, we are visiting my grandma and Elle has asked if she can take her theatre to put a show on for her. I hope you like the video! It was filmed in one take but i just edited out the bits where she spent a long time rearranging the people. I am looking forward to seeing what stories she comes up with next!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Toadstool teacup gardens

I love using teacups as the base for crafts. I have previously made a fairy treehouse in a teacup and last year i used teacups to display all the acorns we collected in the woods. I popped into hobby craft today and spotted these little toadstool decorations. I bought them home and decided to do some crafting with the girls.

I went into the garden with a basket and gathered up some grass and weeds and set out three teacups on the table. The girls added things to their teacups and picked out three toadstools each and added them to their gardens. I didn't help at all and just let them have free reign. They did see what i was doing and said they wanted something similar and i love how they all turned out. It would have worked better with moss, i think, but we didn't have any and i love the rustic nature of these. Mia's is the left teacup, mine is the middle and Elle's is the right. They are now sitting proudly on our fireplace in the living room and i love the feel they bring.

I would love to see if anyone else makes these. I would love to try one more teacup using moss and will pick some up from the craft shop during the week.