Sunday, 30 September 2012

Advent Calendar Ideas

85 Days
A lovely windy and wet day here so I thought I'd brighten things up a bit, I have been looking for inspiration for this year's Advent Calendar, here are a few I found whilst browsing the web :

A lovely colourful display with a novel way to reuse cardbourd tubes!

Original idea, perfect project for children with basic sewing skills to enjoy creating.

These colourful parcels can be strung together and hung decoratively across a room or attached individually to the Christmas tree.

Colourful and simple

Traditional boxes, lovely for little hands and small people learning to count.

My children like the idea of this one, not sure about all that icing myself..

This one reminds me a little of pass the parcel - very exciting ripping off the layers of paper. I have done something similar at home the last few years using lots of different coloured wrap.

Another lovely idea the children can work on themselves, a good one for boys - a way to re-use match or raisin boxes

A very decorative idea, the envelopes can hold little notes suggesting an activity or treat for that day

A very sweet idea for tiny ones - could use any template.

Very festive, also seves as a wall hanging for the festive period.

Cute little birds that the children can design and make themselves.

I like this idea, it would work well as a magnetic design..

Nice way of displaying a vintage leather suitcase.

simple and effective.

A lovely way to use vintage fabric or re-use old table cloths etc in a pretty design.

For more on these designs and further ideas for Advent Calendars :

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Christmas Cookies

Here we are with 88 days to go, I thought I'd share a few baking ideas as many of us will be planning family celebrations and school fairs etc in the run up to Christmas, I've picked out a selection of cookie/biscuit ideas that I've found whilst browsing through various blogs and web pages...

Spritz Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cookies
Above  recipes can be found:!/winterchristmas

Beautifully Iced Biscuits

Very easy to make

Iced Chocolate Chip Cookies

A lovey way to present a gift of Christmas Cookies

Iced Santa Biscuits

My favourite, little reindeer biscuits!

To see more Christmas crafting and baking ideas take a look at:

Have just found this rather apt picture that I'd forgotten about, better late than never though! :

What could be more fun!

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Coming soon, Advent Calendar ideas - all shapes and sizes, lots of fun for all the family.....

A slightly cooler day today with a billowing breeze, a good afternoon for staying home and making a lovely apple and blackberry crumble for after tea, a perfect autumn pudding.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

93 Days...

A beautiful sunny autumn day, time with cousins, some birthday shopping, digging and sowing on the allotment and a delightful family dinner....and I see a red sky this evening so hopefully a lovely day again tomorrow, yipee!!

Latest crafty project...lots of felty cutting out....

And here is a little idea for feeding the birds during the winter months, a sweet activity for little ones and can be quite festive too :

And if you would like to see the original tutorial please click here 

Thursday, 20 September 2012

96 Days

96 Days to go ....

 ... where does all the time go, the dark mornings are here already, lots and lots to do!

Have been crafting brooches and winter woolies all day long :

Beautiful Bird Brooches !

New Toddler Mitts

Just time to sneak in a lovely little Christmas craft inspiration :

Beautiful, edible Ginger Bread Houses, take a look at The Crafty Crow for more...

Sweet little Christmas Trees - so sweet!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A little craftiness!

A few pics of my newly completed projects, lotss of things on the go at the moment :

Sailor Doll for a friend

Wrist warmers for winter - I love these owl mittens!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Day 99

And the countdown is on, yesterday I posted a very sweet tutorial suitable for the small people in the family that I found on The Crafty Crow - well worth a look, packed with lovely colourful ideas for children and families....plenty of ideas to come!
Hoping to get lots done today on this lovely bright autumnal morning!

100 days to go

Day 1

For day 1 a craft project for the little ones at home

A Christmas tree star.


100 days to go

100 Days to go

That's right people, today is the start of the Christmas countdown at my craft table, this year (yet again) I have decided to be more organised with my crafty preparations - make as many Christmas gifts as possible / try and purchase handmade items from local crafters and producers / spend time with the family preparing together and having lots of fun, working on seasonal projects etc..
There will be lots of photo's to follow in the next few weeks - also news on Lilyshaw Christmas stock.