Monday, 24 November 2014

A handmade advent calendar

For the last three years, i have used a shop bought stocking garland advent calendar for the girls. I would write an activity on a piece of paper, make it into a scroll and pop it into the top of the stocking for the girls to find. Last year, i really wanted to make my own one for them but i left it too late and just couldn't work out which direction i wanted to go.

I was adamant that i wanted to make one this year and, last week, i took a trip with my friend to the craft shop and picked up a few things. I still wasn't sure of the exact things i wanted but i knew i wanted to use the hessian bags. I then found the most wonderful sheets of floral paper and just had to get them. As soon as i got home, i made up a few envelopes out of the floral paper and it all started to come together. I loved the vintage and rustic feel and i mixed it along with the hessian bags, book page envelopes that i also made, some tiny wicker baskets i had already and walnut shells. The shells are halfed and i tied them with lace so i can hide a little piece of paper inside.

It has taken me a week to finish as i did lots of tweaking and i wanted to make sure it was exactly perfect and how i wanted it. I added a few prints that i thought went well with the colours and a flower crown. I love the finished effect. It isn't what i would call christmassy but it is very me and i am very happy with it. I like to be original and i think this very much is! I am already looking forward to December! Every day, i will add a note with an activity or adventure on. I have a list of fun things we can do and i am looking forward to this whole magical experience throughout December and sharing it on here also.

Sunday, 23 November 2014


The past month has been a very busy one indeed! My husband had mostly been travelling around Europe with work and i have been running everything at home as much as one person can with two children, two cats, a crazy dog and a house that seems to get it's self into a mess as soon as it has been tidied! Gilles turned 30 last week and i cannot wait for him to come home later this week so we can celebrate properly. He works so hard!

Halloween and bonfire night have flown past. We watched the fireworks in the park opposite our house and the girls loved it (and loved getting to stay up late on a school night!). We are so excited for christmas here. I have been busy working on an advent calendar for the girls which i have finally finished. I shall be sharing it this week on the blog. I am excited to start our daily activities in December and making the lead up to christmas all that much more magical. I am also looking forward to having some time with my husband. He comes back for a few days before heading off again for a week or so, so we have a date day planned on thursday which i am very much looking forward too. It will be nice to have some one to one time and not be a housewife or mummy for a few hours!

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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