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December 2016

Cozy Crafting with Wynsors World of Shoes

Wynsors World of Shoes

At this time of year, the girls love nothing more than getting cozy, grabbing some snacks, a mug of hot chocolate and lots of crafting things.
They love to make Christmas cards for friends and family using lots of glue and glitter. Wynsors got in touch and asked if we’d like some Christmas crafting bits and bobs, so of course we said yes!
I’ve used Wynsors before to buy the school shoes for the girls. I like the quality and the prices are excellent.

When the box arrived, the girls were delighted to find hot chocolate reindeer, golden chocolate coins & crafty goodies. They’d picked new slippers and were very happy with them. Ella had picked giraffe slippers and Kaycee chose animal print slipper boots.

Wynsors world of shoes

The girls shared the chocolate coins out as soon as they pulled them from the box. Ella pulled on her super cute slippers and paraded around the room!

Sparkly Christmas cards were made for families and friends while enjoying hot chocolate with squirty cream!

cozy crafting with Wynsors

cozy crafting with Wynsors

 

cozy crafting with Wynsors

 

A few days after the slippers arrived, Ella had a letter from school saying they could wear slippers in school for the day. In return, they had to take in a bottle for the school Christmas fair bottle raffle.
She was really excited to be able to take her giraffe slippers 🙂

Thanks for the box of goodies, Wynsors; the girls enjoyed their crafting afternoon and love their cozy slippers.

 

 

Owl pine cone #24XmasCrafts Advent

Owl Pine Cone

Ella loved making her owl pine cone. We used the hot glue gun so I had to watch her closely but you could use PVA and let all the pieces dry before sticking them onto the pine cones.

You will need:

  • Different coloured felt pieces
  • Pine cones
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • Ribbon (optional, not pictured)

owl pine cone

Draw your owl eyes, eyebrows, beak and wings (and belly if you’re using one) on your felt and cut them all out.

owl pine cone

Glue the eyes, beak and eyebrows together then glue the wing pieces together.

owl pine cone

Glue the face onto another piece of felt then cut around it. I did this to give us a bigger surface area for the glue

owl pine cone

Glue the face and wings onto the pine cone (and belly if you’re using one) then add some ribbon if you want your owl ornament to hang on the tree.

owl pine cone

 

owl pine cone

 

owl pine cone

 

Day 7 tomorrow and we’ll be making a Christmas tree in a book by folding the pages.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Home Security at Christmas Time

Home Security

home security

Home Security is paramount, especially at this time of the year. We can have hundreds of pounds worth of Christmas presents stored at home. It would be devastating to have them all stolen.

When we moved to this house, Ant put in an alarm system. We’ve each got our own code to alarm it and disarm it. The kids have a code each and if they use their code, it makes a call to Ant’s phone to let him know the alarm has been armed or disarmed. I love this feature because it means if we’re out, we know when Aiden’s home safely.

Ant and I like to watch shows like Criminal Minds on the TV and when they have storylines where people enter the house while the owner is sleeping, it can really creep me out.
I feel so much better when I get into bed and switch the alarm on. Although, it has scared the life out of me a couple of times when one of the kids have gone downstairs in the middle of the night. They forgot about the alarm and it went off as soon as movement was detected!

Ant had lightening reactions both times it happened. He was up and out of bed before I’d even registered what had happened. I was thankful for the keyfob at the side of my bed so I could disarm it before it woke the whole street!

Security cameras

As well as the alarm system, he also put a camera out the front. He has a couple of monitors on his PC so he can see when anyone comes to the door when he’s in his office.
It sends images every few minutes to his computer. It is a bit old now though and it would be great to get a new one. We’ve been looking at Panasonic security cameras. They do a smart home kit which can have up to 4 indoor and outdoor cameras registered to the hub. They live stream to your smartphone. Ant likes being able to control the security of the house on his phone, wherever he is 🙂

As well as keeping your home security up to date, here are a few other tips for keeping the burglars away this Christmas:

  • Don’t put the wrapped presents under the tree, especially if they can be seen from outside. Keep them hidden until Christmas Eve.
  • This is common sense but it’s worth mentioning….make sure all windows and doors are locked and are fitted with key operated locks.
  • If you’re going away and leaving your house empty, try to make it look like someone is home by setting lights and the TV to come on in the evenings.
  • Don’t forget to switch on alarms when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Don’t tell people on social media that you’re going away for Christmas. You don’t want people to know your house will be empty.
  • Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property and move the mail from the door every day. Thieves look for signs like a build up of mail to help them find an empty house.

I know it can all be a bit stressful and not at all nice to think about but don’t let it stop you having a happy Christmas 🙂

 

This is a collaborative post

Scrabble Ornaments Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Scrabble Ornaments

This is an easy to make Scrabble ornament to put on the Christmas tree. It has the added bonus of being personalised. We made ours for a little guy who’s having his first Christmas this year 🙂

scrabble ornament

You will need:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Patterned card
  • Glue
  • A bell with a hanger ring
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

scrabble ornament

Method

  • Lay your Scrabble tiles in a row on one of the pieces of patterned card, spelling out your chosen name.
  • Draw round your tile name using a ruler, leaving a border of around 1cm and cut it out.
  • Use this piece of card to draw around on the second patterned piece of card and again, leave a border and cut out 2 pieces of the second patterned card

scrabble ornament

  • Glue these 2 pieces of card together.

scrabble ornament

  • Glue the Scrabble tiles on then stick some ribbon at the top, on the back of the card, for a hanger.
  • With the second piece of card, glue it to the back of the decoration to hide the ribbon.
  • Using a needle, make a hole at the bottom of the decoration and thread the hanger ring of the bell, through the hole. Squeeze it together so the bell doesn’t drop off.
  • Make sure all the glue is dry before you hang your Scrabble ornament on your tree 🙂

scrabble ornament

Tomorrow is day 6 of our 24 Xmas Crafts for advent and we’ll be showing you how to make owls using pine cones 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Lolly Stick Christmas Trees Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Lolly Stick Christmas Tree

These lolly stick Christmas trees are really easy to and quick to make. They’re great for time is short and you don’t want too much mess making!

You will need:

lolly stick Christmas tree

  • Lolly sticks
  • Pipe cleaners or ribbon to make the hanging loop
  • Decorations like stick on gems, sequins, glitter, pom poms
  • Glue (Kaycee used a glue gun but for younger children, sticky dots work well)

Method

  • Glue three sticks into a triangle shape
  • When the glue has dried, use the gems, glitter etc to decorate the trees. You can also use the pipe cleaners
  • Using the pipe cleaners or ribbon, make a loop at the top of the triangle for hanging it

lolly stick Christmas tree

Tomorrow’s tutorial is personalised Scrabble tree ornaments.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Paper Ball Ornament Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Paper Ball Ornament

I love this paper ball Christmas tree ornament. I think I’ll make the circles a little smaller next time I make one, though. It’s a bit big for my liking.

If you like projects that are a bit repetitive, you’ll like this one because you first have to cut out 20 circles of paper or card then score every circle before gluing together. It can take a while, which is why I drafted Kaycee in to help!

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

You will need:

  • Different coloured/patterned paper of card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • A piece of ribbon to make the hanger

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

Method

  • Cut 21 circles out of the card. I used a small roll of tape to draw around. It was about 5cm but as I said, I’d use something smaller next time.

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Using one of the circles, cut it into an equilateral triangle
  • Use the triangle template to draw around on the underside of each circle
  • Using the scissors or a table knife, score along each line of the triangle on every circle and fold on the score lines
  • Using the glue (we used glue dots) fit 5 circles together
  • Repeat with another 5 circles but secure the ribbon through the middle of the circle before completing so you hang the finished decoration. (You might want to be a little more careful when cutting your circles so they fit together better than mine did! Don’t worry if it turns out like mine though, when it has all been fitted together, you don’t notice the imperfections!)

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • With the remaining 10 circles, Stick them together in a row, as in the photo below to make the middle part of the decoration

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Now roll up the middle and glue together

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

  • Glue on each end and you’re done 🙂

paper ball Christmas tree ornament

 

Come back tomorrow for day 4 of my #24XmasCrafts advent. We’ll be making lolly stick Christmas trees 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Video Greeting Cards with Choosey

Video greeting cards from Choosey

I’d never heard about video greeting cards and my mind boggled as to how you put a video in a card! It’s really quite simple, though, with help from Choosey.

You can pick from lots of lovely card designs and loads of different occasions. I love this one, from the movie, Home Alone 🙂

Merry Christmas ya filthy animal Choosey video card

With Christmas coming up I’ve been picking Christmas cards. The girls are going to be making the videos for their brothers, sister and other family members. They love making videos of themselves, unlike me!

All you have to do is pick your card, upload your video and tell them what message you’d like writing in the card. You can choose your text size and font. There are also graphics like emojis that you can use.

You don’t have to add a video, you can just create a regular card. If you’re adding a video, you just need to upload it and a QR code will be printed inside the card.

You view the video by scanning the code with your smart phone 🙂

video cards with Choosey

If you’d like to win 10 free greetings cards from Choosey, including postage, enter the giveaway below 🙂

Win 10 free Choosey greeting cards inc postage #23

I also have a discount code to share with you. Enter the code BGCHRISTMAS16 to get 25% off your order.

Button Christmas Tree Card Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Button Christmas Tree Card

Day 2 of our 24 xmas crafts advent. We went for purple, pinks and reds for our button Christmas tree card. It’s a nice easy craft that doesn’t take too long.

We used a glue gun to speed things up but if you don’t mind waiting for the glue to dry, you can PVA or sticky dots.

button Christmas tree card

You will need:

  • A blank card and envelope
  • Assorted buttons
  • Glue
  • Brown card
  • a double sided sticky pad
  • Pencil

Method

  • Draw a light triangle outline using pencil to make the shape of the tree
  • Place all the buttons in the triangle until they’re in a position you like
  • Glue each button onto the card
  • Stick the double-sided sticky pad onto the brown paper then cut around it.
  • Stick it at the bottom of the tree to make the trunk

If you like, you can add a star shape to the top of the tree.

button Christmas tree card

 

On day 3 of my #24XmasCrafts advent, we’ll be making a Christmas tree ornament using paper circles and glue.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Tea light Snowmen Tutorial #24XmasCrafts Advent

Tea Light Snowmen

It’s December 1st, yay!!!! My girls and the super wonderful husband have been beavering away throughout November to help me put together 24 craft tutorials, 1 for each day of advent.

Day 1 is tealight snowmen. Ella loved making them 🙂

They’re cute and very easy to make, using a few bits you’ve probably got lying around the house.

tea light snowman ornament

Battery operated tea lights can be picked up from the pound shop and places like B&M. We got 8 for £1.99.

You will need:

tea light snowmen

  • Battery operated tea light
  • Glue or sticky dots or a hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • A black Sharpie
  • Card or Black felt or craft foam

Method:

  • Draw eyes and a mouth on the tea light. The light bulb will be the snowman’s nose.
  • Draw a top hat on the felt/card/craft foam and cut out. If you’re using white card, colour it black.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon big enough to wrap around the top hat and glue in place.
  • Glue the top hat onto the snowman.
  • Cut another piece of ribbon for the snowman’s scarf. Fold it as in the picture and glue in place
  • For an alternative, you can use a piece of pipe cleaner and 2 pom poms to make ear muffs. We found using a hot glue gun worked best to stick the pipe cleaner and pom poms on.
tea light snowmen
This is Ella’s Frosty the snowman 🙂

You can add a piece of looped ribbon to the back of the tea light so you can hang it on your tree 🙂

 

Tomorrow, on day 2 of my #24XmasCrafts advent, we’ll be making Christmas tree cards using buttons for decoration.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

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