Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Geranium tunic #2

The little geranium tunic I made for a friend was so adorable that I knew I wanted to whip up a couple for miss A - I'm certain I've said it before, but they are just so quick and cute that I couldn't resist. This little one was made from two Kate Spain prints - the bodice from the range Daydream, and the skirt from Honey Honey. I made the 12-18 month size so she has some room to grow, and since it's a tunic we should be able to get away with it for a bit longer too.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Felt christmas tree

Ok, so since our kitties arrived I've been trying alternative christmas tree set-ups - wall stickers, mini tree on the table, anything they couldn't climb/destroy (except last year when I was very pregnant and those nesting hormones said I just had to have a tree) but somehow I had never come across this GENIUS idea - felt tree!

The tree part is just a tall triangle of dark green felt - the kind that is sold on a roll. Mine is 90cm tall (just because that was the width of the felt) and 80cm almond the bottom. Then I just cut out some simple decorations from coloured felt - I traced around a glass for the circle baubles, and around cookie cutters for the other shapes. I'll stick this up on the wall, but you can see A was quite interested in it on the floor (I laid it out on the floor to take a photo and she came scooting over as quickly as her little hands and knees could move her).

It is just so clever - since felt sticks to felt kids could decorate and redecorate as many times as they like, and you could make the decorations as simple or fancy as you liked - and they would be fun for kids to decorate. Next I think I'll cut out some christmas light shapes and sew them to ribbon to make a mini string of lights. It's the kind of thing my sisters and I would have loved faffing around with year after year (after year), and I hope A gets lots of fun out of it too =)



Monday, December 01, 2014

Advent 2014

It's no secret around here that I love advent, and that I love books. So of course I think the idea of a book advent countdown (where you wrap up 24 kids books - maybe with a christmas theme - and read one each night up until christmas) is totally genius. 24 books is a bit overwhelming to start off, both for me to find and also for A's attention span, so this year we decided to do one book for each week of advent. Here's our little pile - along with A's gorgeous new sock monkey reindeer buddy (handmade locally by Miss Creative Designs)

It was hard to narrow it down to 4 - there are so many gorgeous Christmassy board books available! We let A choose which book to unwrap, and then read it together =). This week's book is 'Father Christmas Needs a Wee'! (yes we love a bit of toilet humour ;-))

The first week of advent also means a trip to the Scandinavian Australian Association's annual Christmas bazaar to pick out an advent calendar and a few other bits and pieces =) I do love these gorgeous sparkly advent calendars - this year's features teddy bears.

And so it starts to feel a bit like Christmas - if only the weather would cool down a bit so I could make my puddings! Xo