Ho, Ho, Oh?

It’s nearly December, so, so nearly. Time to start thinking in evergreen….

This year’s Christmas will require some creative thinking in a building site, it will not be the usual  decorative grotto of festive goodness, but we’ll do our best. Who knows, perhaps the workmen will arrive in elf outfits?

But the time has arrived to crack open the glitter, unearth the festive music, re-instate the Christmas Library and get in the spirit…

Christmas reminder Number one:   don’t forget to get your video from Santa at




If you haven’t sent one before, swing by and see what Santa can do for your little ones.




Blue sky Saturday

It’s a beautiful  day out there..

One of mine has packed her  suitcase and  is fashioning a boat out of cushions to travel to a mystery holiday: complete with seat belt made out of tea towel and fleece life jacket…….

The other is building a Pteranodon with Lego………

At some stage soon we’ll get out there, but until then they are  happy.

Meanwhile we’ll just mull over the possibilities that stretch out before us…..

So what are your plans for today?  If you’re stuck, why not visit 27 things  for some ideas?

Here comes the Sun!!!!!!!!!!

OOOHHHHHHH, sunshine is forecast all weekend, but ssshhhh, don’t tell or everyone will want some. Who knows if it will actually arrive and who knows when we’ll have our next weekend of full sun? But, for now, I can savour the prospect of  a weekend  bundled up in the beautiful golden glow of  Autumn sunshine.

There will be a fire,  for sure. We will be cooking on it.  There are jobs to be done in the garden and a den to start planning. We’ve been waiting for the foliage to die back before starting to build a “chimpanzee  house/ explorers secret den”  at the back of the garden. When the summer comes again, it should disappear  behind a mass of leaves, a hidden den to play in. Now who could resist that?

Maybe we’ll do some painting outdoors? Or make some mud bricks?

So, I have few plans to Entertain Junior this weekend. I have a feeling that the sunshine will do the lion’s share of it for me. My only preparation make sure I’ve dug out the warm clothes and  excavated gloves and hats. Lovely.

Hello weekend!!!

Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids (Gibbs Smith Jr. Activity)firecakes7

This weekend we will be trying something from “Cooking on a Stick” and  the “Campfire Cake” cooked in an orange over at:



What will you get up to this weekend?

It’s a birthday weekend in our house, meaning there are lots of things to cram in before bedtime on Sunday. This weekend we will definitely be:

Cake baking (a snake infested cake, no less)

Present wrapping (and unwrapping) and a list made for thankyou cards.

Hanging up the birthday bunting (after searching for it)

Attempting to keep the surprise of what you’ve bought your brother a surprise (a Herculean task for a 4-year-old)


Renewing Library books


Watching a movie with popcorn (as requested at the beginning of half-term!)

Blowing out candles and singing “Happy Birthday

Catching up with some friends

Seeing Grandma and Grandpa

Finishing off homework

Lighting a fire ( so we can cook on a stick and trial the Campfire cake)


Lots of Skyping and telephone calls

Thankyou card designing


We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Why not dust off some recipe books and let the children pick something they like the look of? Or rustle up some Toffee Apples, Parkin Cake or a Guy ready for Bonfire Night.


Well lookie here!

When I opened up a copy of Sew magazine,  I was rather suprised to see this! There were the dolls I did up for my son’s classroom earlier this year. I sent in an email a few months back and didn’t expect anything to come of it, so this made me smile…

and because you can’t really see them very well and I really don’t need much or an excuse to share them here are some close ups!

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How to destroy a wax crayon

Today marks the start. Today the man came and took away his fans and de-humidifiers…. today I could look out of the window and see the wind without standing in the wind. So today because it was wet and windy outside (and no longer inside!) we thought we’d finally have a go at melted crayon art.

We seem to amass wax crayons, there are more each time I look; so every so often we have a crayon cull. Last time we made  multi-coloured cupcake crayons which was fun. But today we fancied something a bit more, well “GRRRR”.

Melted Crayon Art

You will need:

Wax crayons

A canvas

Grease-proof paper

An old towel

Iron and ironing board

Sharp knife

First, de-pod your crayon from its jacket. I use a sharp knife to shave a sliver of paper down the crayon’s  length and then pass them to a child to “shell”. Shelling crayons is good fun in itself.

Next sort your crayons into colours, snap into a few pieces and place in a bag. Now beat it with a rolling-pin until “tenderised” (as flat as you can get them) the thinner you can get it, the easier this is to crumble into the pot. Tenderising crayons is cathartic…once crumbled up, they should look a bit like this:

Now  it’s just a matter of positioning your crayon as you wish

Ironing to melt the crayon (don’t forget the towel on the ironing board and the grease-proof paper on top of the picture) Leave the paper on the picture until the wax has re-set. Slicing, smashing, crumbling, ironing; from total destruction and an opportunity to let some frustration go comes something totally unique and rather beautiful.  There’s a life lesson in there somewhere…..