Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas Crochet

I know it's still technically November and I'm the last person to be raving on about Christmas as I've grown to hate it more and more each year, it's only redeeming qualities seem to be the time we get to spend at home together as a family and excited children.  That said I've been making a couple of Christmas items mainly for my home but also for listing on my Etsy shop at some point so I thought I'd give them a little outing on here

A string of pretty faux Christmas lights, there are 12 bulbs in all and they took an absolute age but I love them and am seriously considering leaving them up all year round.
and a snowflake garland made with some suitably festive sparkly yarn
Merry bastard Christmas! x

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Cakey, Cakey! - Tangled Birthday Cake

I've been unintentionally neglecting the blog the past few weeks, apologies, I've been a spread a little thinly trying to devote some serious gym time to work on my running plus I've been busy making stock to list on my Etsy shop and family life just generally got in the way with sickness and a birthday, speaking of which (the birthday NOT the sickness!)...

Missy turned three last week and with great age comes great fickleness and we've lurched from princess cakes, to CBeebies cakes via EVERYTHING in between until finally the weekend before the big day we settled on a Tangled birthday cake, not the easiest of subject matters to realise but then a soon to be three year old doesn't give a fig about technicalities.

Anyway after 6 hours hard graft here's what I came up with for her
She, being her discerning self, wasn't too impressed as "you can't see Rapunzel's dress!"  Everyone's a critic, eh?!
For the uninitiated this is what it's based on
She soon overcame her disappointment though when it came time to blow out the candles and thankfully we all lived happily ever after. 

Linking up with Lakota's #TaDahTuesday over at Faith, Hope And Charity Shopping (ps there's a giveaway over there too!)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker


UPDATE:  Many thanks for all your many entries but the giveaway is now closed and the winner of the DVD randomly selected.  The winner was...


and she has been notified directly of her win, many congratulations!

Missy is a dancing queen at the moment, every dressing up item she favours these days seems to be a voluminous and sparkly affair that she refers to as a "strictly coming dancing" outfit so when I was asked to review the Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker DVD I knew it would be right up her street.

The DVD features excerpts from the Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, which is pared down with simple explanations of the story that my then 2 year old could follow no problem.  I can't imagine her sitting through an entire performance but this was just enough to hold her attention and ignite a spark of interest in the dancing.

This is an American DVD that has been remastered for the UK, which pleased me greatly as there are hardly any American accents to be heard, something I'm finding it increasingly difficult to avoid with our regular TV and DVD viewing.

An animated fairy (Prima Princessa) guides you through the performance and through some simple ballet steps, which Missy loved.  Each step is repeated a couple of times which saved my rewind trigger finger plus I think children find repetition an aid to learning.  Missy found the way that some of the steps are reiterated by animals in nature hilarious, our particular favourite is the deer doing his Passe!
There are some lovely sequences of the ballet along with the instantly recognisable classical music by Tchaikovsky and Missy danced her little socks off, 
although she drew the line at joining in with the male dancers "I don't do man dancing" she told me.  Thirty minutes into the DVD she was pooped 
but still continued to watch the remaining thirty minutes intently.
We've watched several times in the couple of weeks we've had it and each time Missy insists on dressing up like a ballerina and even requested some ballet shoes for her 3rd birthday last week.  
Not to be outdone Mr Right and I have even been swayed, we'd quite like to go and see The Nutcracker for real.

This festive DVD would make an ideal Christmas present for the little ballerina wannabe in your life and is available from Amazon here or, if you'd prefer, the lovely people at Prima Princessa are putting a copy up for grabs, all you have to do to be in with a shout of winning it is be a UK resident and leave a comment on this post telling me which celebrity you'd like to see win this year's Strictly Come Dancing along with a way of contacting you.

This giveaway closes at 8pm on Tuesday 27 November, winner will be chosen at random and the prize will sent out directly by Prima Princessa.

Disclosure:  I was given a free copy of the DVD for review purposes.

Monday, 5 November 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Well the crap keeps a-comin'  First up these two kitsch pineapple dishes £2 the pair
Another vintage brushed cotton double bed sheet £2
This lovely teal/petrol blue moleskin coat with the most gorgeous mish-mash of buttons in cream and gold £4.95
 Looks much better on even if I do say so myself
 A vintage tablecloth £2
 and a jazzy vintage napkin 50p
Linking up with Liz and her #MagpieMonday over at Me And My Shadow
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