Christmas and crafting are synonymous with one another. You could say that the two go together like a needle and thread. But when it comes to crafting around the holidays, where has all of the romance gone? Here is how you can use your creative gene and crafting skills to add a little bit of romance to your home around the holidays, adding spice to more than just your chai latte this holiday season.
Moving house with children is something that many parents dread, although we are just getting frustrated at the moment because our dream house is not available. Our little tyrants ensure that we are quaking in our boots at the very thought of disrupting their daily routines, and moving to a new house is sure to do just that. The reason for the upset is in large part due to the change. Our babies are creatures of habit so the idea of leaving their rooms, their home, their friends behind and living in a new house is sure to wobble them to their very core. Moving house is stressful enough for us (fairly well adjusted and mature) adults so we can only imagine the strain it can put on the fragile little minds of our halflings.
When you have a family, there is always going to be some kind of special day that needs planning for. It could be the birth of a child in the family, a Christening, a Confirmation, a birthday, a wedding and even a retirement party for a parent that needs to be celebrated. While many families plan parties at major venues, others either don’t have the financial ability to do so, or they prefer more informal gatherings at home where everyone can just come as they are, relax and enjoy. In order to make that day more intimate, why not add a personal touch?
I love stationery. In fact, I feel I may have an unhealthy obsession with it. I have pens just because I liked the look of the pen. Admittedly it isn’t an expensive obsession, which is a bonus! National stationery week (my favourite kind of week) is a great week to celebrate my love for pens and all things stationery. Pen Heaven have some fabulous products that are just perfect for a special gift for someone (or to top up your stationery collection).
I have been sent a fabulous Cricut Explore Air machine and I can honestly say I do not know what I would have done without it. I have been busy making gift tags, cards and even T-shirts for the children. It’s so easy to use and set up, you could spend hours making different items for yourself or for other people.
Buttonbag have teamed up with me to give away some fantastic prizes, worth over £50: four tickets to the Baby Show which is taking place this month and two wonderful craft sets from Buttonbag. Such an amazing prize, you can see some incredible brands at the Baby Show and these Buttonbag sets will make for great Christmas presents for loved ones.
I was asked to get creative for International Friendship Day (July 30 2016) and of course the first thing I thought of was yarn! My favourite type of creative material. When I was younger I used to love making friendship bracelets and I just know this is something little Isla will love doing too. I thought I would make little Isla a friendship bracelet to show her what is involved. I selected some lovely colours from Deramores and found some friendship bracelet guides on YouTube.
Over Easter, Cath Kidston stores across the UK invited customers to participate in Gnome painting workshops. To celebrate Easter and to also celebrate the new Gnome Cath Kidston print, which is really cute and perfect for green fingered folk! We were sent a craft pack with our very own Gnomes to paint and sparkle, also some beautiful aprons – including the Gnome print apron.
What’s better than a bunch of flowers, breakfast in bed or a box of chocolates? Hand-made goodies of course! Cath Kidston sent me a very special parcel full of my favourite things: craft goodies. Along with a set of instructions to make a lovely rosette for Mothers Day to celebrate Mothers #CkcelebrateHer. You can follow the instructions on the Cath Kidston blog if you want to make your own one.
You know the kind of presents I mean, perfectly boxed and ribboned with great big bows that sit on top? A traditional present. If you draw a present as a doodle – those kind. I love the look of traditional presents. This is my little guide to making your very own.