Christmas Fireplace

Christmas is a magical time for children and this year I am determined to make it extra special.

For all I promised myself to be done with the shopping by December so I can concentrate on the build up, it looks unlikely to happen so I have reset the goal for the 15th of December. (Keeping everything crossed that I can stick to this deadline).

The build up has however started, we have written our Christmas lists and hoped with all our hearts that we would get the blessing of an “Elf/Fairy Door”. Last year and the year before we had an Elf visitor, Olaf and Olly the Elves were lovely additions to the family and the girls especially, were hoping that a door would appear the morning after they had left their letters.

Imagine our joy when we got up to find a door waiting for us on the fire place.


After visiting the Crafting Tea Rooms in September, my bestie and I decided that this year we would set about crafting with the kids for Christmas.

I absolutely love making and creating but simply do not get the time these days. However, making the time to sit down with the kids and make it rather than buying it, has been really fun. Something we will most certainly be doing more over the weeks to come.

What better way to start, than with an amazing array of goodies from Hobbycraft. This year they are running a campaign which has been entitled and tagged #MakeItDontBuyIt. They also have an amazing Christmas range.

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The kids were so excited to see what was in he basket and pulled every item out in a matter of seconds and spent the weekend putting pressure on me to get the crafting in motion.

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I had a shift swap on Sunday so it mean’t I had more time on my hands. So once I had caught up on the night shift sleep and got put straight we got a big sheet out to protect the floor.

In the basket was a Christmas Stocking and it took quite some debate as to who would get the Stocking. Would it be one of the kids? Me? The decision was made, on the basis that he doesn’t have one, that Louie the Dog would get it. Libby nominated me to draw a picture of a dog on the stocking and while Penny sprinkled glitter on to the glue dog, Libby would find his name in amongst the felt letters.

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His ears were filled with Pom Poms and we put him to one side to dry. I have been nominated to sew on some bells to the stocking when it dries. The kids have also decided that they would like to add some sparkly Pom pom’s to the stocking to make it “more fancy”.

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Next we opened up the Advent Calendar boxes. What an amazing idea this is. I have looked at the ready made ones and thought about getting one in years gone buy but to be able to make our own means it is extra special….we decided that Libby would be in charge of the big box on top, Penny the upper set of small boxes, Libby and Penny on the next layer and the bottom layer is all mine…YEY!

Out came the paints and brushes.

Penny stole one of the greens and started to do hers green. With a little help we managed to cover the boxes but for complete coverage we would need at least another layer on when this one was dry.


Libby decided that she wanted to go white and then paint glitter snow flakes on it.


The girls both painted the middle layer red and I went for white on the bottom layer.

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As everything was wet and needed another coat of paint we left them to dry over night…….

The following day the boxes needed another coat of paint so while I did that Penny set about picking what needed to go on the stocking and where. As you can see she added quite a bit and is very pleased with her little self at how it turned out. (Not sure Louie is impressed but I am sure a few treats in it from Santa Paws will change his mind).

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The next few days…..

So we painted some more and the time came to decorate the boxes. The girls decided that we should alternate the doors and have bows on some and Santa sequins on the other so that is what we did. The glue gun came in very handy and I used all the glue sticks included so went and invested in some more.


Desperate to use the Pom Pom’s some more Penny set about sticking them in the gaps, so armed with the glue gun we stuck them in place. Libby decided that she would like some white pom poms to put on the top box so it looked like snowballs.

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Then we have the finished product…..


What a creation, they love it and are very proud of what they have created. I love it and I am sure Santa will too, here’s hoping he fills it full of goodies for them.

The products we used to “MakeItNotBuyIt” are:

The Wooden Present Stack Advent Calendar

Green Felt Christmas Stocking

Christmas Sparkle Pom Pom Bumper Pack

Hot Melt Mini Glue Gun

Hobbycraft School PVA Glue 300ml

Silver Glitter Shaker 80 g

Ready Mix Paint Christmas 150ml 6 Pack

Deco Mache Decoupage Papers

Assorted Adhesive Felt Letters

Single Tartan Mini Bows 20 Pack

Gold Christmas Star Wooden Glitter Toppers 12 Pack

Multi-Coloured Jingle Bells 30 Pack

Red Santa Sequins

Kids Paint Brush Set 3 Pack

A massive thank you goes out to Hobbycraft for getting us involved in the #MakeItDontBuyIt campaign. We had lots of fun and have even been for a sneaky visit to the Team Valley store to purchase some more bits for us to have fun with.

Look forward to creating some more, to find out more about the Hobbycraft Christmas ranges please visit them here.


Girly Day Shopping

I have so many posts in progress but none that I am happy with just yet.

Today it was time for a break and Libby, Penny and Myself went on an expedition to buy something arty and crafty for Libby to do. (Regan was off to his Dad’s for the day/night so a girly day seemed like a perfect idea)

Bit off the beaten track for us we ended up at the Metro Centre.

Now no trip out with the kids is complete without a trip to McDonald’s.

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There are days I wonder what I did to be blessed with such amazing children. They both sat good as gold and ate their happy meals, not that may not seem a big thing, and for Libby, no it is not, but to get Penny to sit still for more than five minutes is a hard task.

Next stop was The Range.


I have only been in a few times myself but have noted on both occasions that Libby and Mum would love the Arts and Crafts section. We spent a good 45 mins looking around what they had to offer.


If you have never been and like a reasonably priced place that sells a bit of everything then this is the place to be. I love a shop like this, one of those one stop shops, especially come Christmas, The Range will be perfect.

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So back to our treasures, Libby found a Princess set, at £1.99, you cant go wrong, she is loving colouring in at the minute and this is perfect. We also came home with two Finding Dory balls.

(Excuse the photo quality of the picture, will add one when we have built it up)



Their pet range is also impressive (camera on phone decided not to work so pics of that) but the zoo got a treat each too.

Next stop ASDA.


This month I was determined to get at least one the them al of their uniform sorted so that I did not have to rush around at the last minute looking for stuff in the right sizes. Its a nightmare that I am sure most of us have experienced at some point, if not most years.

Anyway, last year I bought the majority of stuff from ASDA and it has lasted Libby all year. So I thought I would see what they had to offer this year. I wasn’t disappointed.


Twin Pack of Sweatshirt Cardigans £6.00

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Frozen Sweatshirt Cardigan with Elsa detail £5.00

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Twin Pack Polo Shirt £3.00


Jersey Skirt £4.00


Frozen Jersey Dress with Elsa Detail £7.00


Jersey Pinafore Dress £6.00


Pleated Skirt £4.50


Boys Twin Pack Short Sleeved Shirts £5.00

Last year I purchased Libby’s blouses and polo shirts from ALDI, and for all people may avoid them they washed and washed and washed again. These also lasted her all year, so I bough her the pack of two blouses last week at a price of £1.99 for two.


After leaving the Metro Centre we called in at Team Valley and visited the Hobbycraft store.


Another first for Libby and she was completely taken aback by what they had to offer.

There are some good 3 for 2 deals on at the minute which offer things to keep the kiddiwinkles busy over the holidays. We however cam away with some felt tips (£2), crayons (£1) and some paper (£1), (3 for 2) and a Barbie Sticker book (£3).




They had a range of activities on instore to keep the little ones busy but mine weren’t interested in anything other than spending money.

Last stop was Sainsbury’s, where we stopped and ended up going in to Argos and taking advantage of their 3 for 2 on all toys offer buying Lego and My Little Pony’s. (As well as some nibbles and wine for me 🙂 ).

Just a little one so I ould share my bargains…..again sorry for the picture quality as my camera fell out with me on the way home …..xxxxx