Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas 2014

Got to say I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the 'in-limbo' period between Christmas and New year. I love that it's not all over and I still have some time to chill out and switch off, but I hate the fact that it will soon be all over, I have normal things to do, and there's just a bit of an anti climax. This feeling is probably magnified this year because it's been a different and not entirely great Christmas.

The run-up to the big day was full of various of us trying to shake off the last of a period of bugs and colds, and a few of us were not really in the mood for normal shopping and xmas prep. First time in a long time that I've had 2 silly long trips to town at a weekend to finish my shopping, and Mum opted for shop bought pudding and mince pies.

Christmas Day itself is normally a drawn out handing out of presents, food, a bit of TV and these days, playing with my nephew. My sister alternates who she visits on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and at what time - with my nephew and her dog Wilson, but they all arrived at ours with the news that my nephew wasn't well. I won't go into details but it put quite a dampener on Christmas and ruined it a bit for my sister who was really looking forward to him being much more aware of the day at 2 years old. He slept a lot, wasn't himself at all and mostly wanted his Daddy.

After putting the world to rights over toast and a hot drink Boxing Day morning Nan left, and that was it really, Xmas over. Not the best Christmas on record, although I did get some rest and time to myself from all the mayhem, and Santa was very kind with his gifts.

I am currently enjoying my new shiny CD player after my old one died, Take That's album, a Mr Selfridge DVD and Book, smellies, some needle felting kits which will keep me really busy, and a super cute writing set and notebook. Feel blessed and love all my gifts so thank you to my friends and family.

I also had a bit of luck before Christmas and won on the Premium Bonds, and won a hamper of Children's Books from a Twitter competition. They arrived super quick before Christmas and had some books in there my nephew will love, and a few I'll probably read as well!!!

Sorry for this post being a bit devoid of bright and colourful festive photo's but we didn't really have anything to take pictures off.

Here's to a happier, healthier, lucky New Year. Hope you all enjoy the rest of the festive break and have a great 2015. Would love to hear about your xmas, so please come and say hello and share your festive posts.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Frozen Lipsmacker Lip Balm Review

A little bit late in coming, but if you're rushing around still searching out stocking fillers, or looking for a little treat for yourself then how about lip balm? Lip Balm is pretty much my all year round must-have but I use it even more in Winter.

I'm a big Disney fan so the opportunity to review anything Disney related was one too good to pass up, and topping up my lip balms is a bonus. Although I own the Frozen DVD, I'm not really sure what it is about the film that's made it such a huge hit above any other Disney film, neither am I the target for a lot of the merchandise which is everywhere, but lip balm? well why not!

I'm not really one for being swayed by packaging but this collection comes in a collectible tin with an image from the film. It's very cute and definitely something I would keep and find a use for. Inside there is:



Coconut Snowball (Olaf photo on tube)
Strawberry Shake (Anna photo)
Cool Vanilla Mint (Elsa Photo)

My firm favourite is the Strawberry Shake as it's not too sweet and my kind of smell. The other two are have quite similar scents, in fact I couldn't really distinguish between them. I'll quite happily use them but I think it should have been either vanilla or mint for one, and the other wasn't really that coconutty. But I will use them all, and the quality is definitely there as my lips (which have been suffering a bit after Winter bugs and cold weather) feel lovely and moisturised. My only other thing would be, it's all about Frozen, and while the product is super cute, it would be great to go into the shops and see collections based around other Disney characters.

Check out Claires Accessories for the Multipack Tin (£10.00) and you may just find the individual lip balms as well for £2.49. I may just have to see if I can get hold of some of the other flavours to try!

*This product was gifted to me for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

2 Craft Projects With Self Adhesive Star Stickers

Christmas is creeping up scarily fast, I've even ended up doing some online shopping to help me be a bit more organised, and I didn't feel like trawling busy shops feeling ill. But I have been Christmas crafting with some of the festive goodies Baker Ross sent me as part of their blogger network.

One of the items I was most looking forward to working with was the bag of self adhesive felt stickers they sent. Although not obviously Christmas I liked the range of colours and sizes in the packet and thought they would work well for a few ideas I had.

In the end I ended up with two different projects using the stickers which I thought I'd share in a blog. Both ideas are fairly easy to make, and cheap too! I wanted to create something different other than just putting the stickers on card, and hopefully I've achieved that.

Felt Stocking

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The first felt stocking I ever made I did last year with a Spot the dog design for my little nephew. I really enjoyed sewing it up, and although the stocking is quite small I think you can still fit a fair few things in, such as make-up, small toys, pens, jewellery etc, and then it's a gift someone can enjoy for years to come. If you're not very good at drawing then Google is great for outline templates to help. I used a sharp embroidery needle to sew the star on to the felt, and quite sturdy felt so it would hold some treats inside.




Handmade Card

This just started off with a pair of festive pipe cleaners from a bag I'd bought a while ago but never used. I struggled to think of something to do with them, and then decided to try sticking them on a card in a bauble shape. The rest of the design just followed from there, with the stickers, and some of a festive ribbon reel from Baker Ross, and a cheeky dab of glitter finishing off the card.

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Both ideas were pretty quick to make, and there's plenty of time for you to have a go with your own designs, so why not see what different uses you can find for a sticker or two.

* I was sent the Baker Ross items free of charge as part of their blogger network, but all opinions are my own.

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