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Its Giveaway time : Win a Cricut Cuttlebug

Its Giveaway time : Win a Cricut Cuttlebug

| February 4, 2014 | 133 Comments

**This giveaway is now closed **

I promised another competition on the blog for February, and here it is, an absolute corker!

The very lovely people at Cricut UK have offered one of my blog readers the chance to win a craft tool – the Cricut Cuttlebug.  You may remember I have been playing around with my Cricut-Mini and making cards, as well my advent calender this year. I love it, and will be making something for valentines day too, to show you- that blog post is coming up soon. Continue Reading


Window Art : Our 3M Super Sticky Post-it Note installation.

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Post-it Notes set me a challenge to create a piece of window Art using the 3M Super Sticky Post-it Notes.  Now I was a little dubious, as I have tried to stick things on my windows before, and it’s always been a disaster.  However I need not have worried, as the 3M Post-it Super Sticky Notes have an enhanced adhesive, which holds stronger and longer to a multitude of surfaces, including glass!

So we set to it.  The first consideration was where we were going to create the art.  I decided that my front window would be perfect, as it really is very boring to look out of, even in summer, so could do with brightening up a little.

Post-it Note Window Art

Miss A had already decided she wanted grass and flowers so we started to use the Post-it notes to create our design.  We soon realised how quick and simple it was to use them, and as the light shone through the paper, it really did look pretty, and gave a gorgeous stained glass effect.

Post-it note window art

It quickly became a complete garden scene, with flowers, grass, butterflies, and a huge sunshine in the sky.  The grass really did give the window art a three-dimensional look.

post-it note art

So we made it even more so by adding the sunflowers, and the teapot and cups, so that Miss A could have a mini teddy bears picnic on the window ledge.


We love it, a little bit of sunshine to our living room!

Visit the Post-it Note Facebook page, as there is even more amazing inspirational art work on there too.  After a search on google I couldn’t believe some of the amazing creations people have made.  It must be addictive!

So what do you think, why not bust out your Post-it notes.  There really are so many different uses for these extraordinarily strong 3M super sticky Post-it notes.  Go get your craft on!

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Disclaimer : I was given a collection of 3M Post-it Notes, in order to make the art work.

This Post, has been brought to you in association with 3M Post-it Notes.

Harumika : A Fashion Party Harumika

Harumika : A Fashion Party Harumika

| September 16, 2013 | 5 Comments

Over the Summer Miss N turned 11, and we had a party to celebrate with some of her friends. It was a Harumika Party – by Bandai.

I was sent enough materials and mannequins so that we could have a fantastic fashion party, and we were even given a miniature version of the mannequin that was a keyring, so the girls could have one of their school bags.

It was a sleepover, with a little bit of a One Direction twist, so there was plenty of time to use the Harumika, in fact, I had to persuade them to put it away in the end, so I could dish up the party pizza.

Harumika Review (Party)

It’s so simple to do, but very effective, as it is so visual.  Each of the girls were given two mannequins, a selection of fabrics, some transfers and a stylus – which they later took home in their party bags, with the key ring.

In order to create the outfits, all the girls needed was a little imagination.  You don’t need to be able to sew, and its not a messy craft that needs glue either!

You can see from the above image (figure 2) that there is slot at the back of each of the mannequins which enables you push the material securely into the mannequin in order to create your fashion outfit. Layering more fabric and belts with ease.  If you are not happy with the outfit, you can simply start again, everything is completely reusable.  There is also a set of transfers so that you can add jewellery, and more details to the design.

It was absolutely brilliant to see the girls at work concentrating on their designs. Also a little friendly rivalry between them, as I declared a prize would be awarded to the best creation!

Harimuka Party

I took these really funny shots of the girls, so proud of their work, in their One Direction masks.  Who knew the One Direction boys loved a little Harumika  in their spare time ;)

one direction

I couldn’t believe the diversity of the designs they created, and they really did enjoy it.  It’s so unusual to find something that so many children love to do all together at this age, that’s creative, and they all have the ability to do.


I must admit, even Miss A (4) and I had a play when the girls were watching a film later.



I think looking at the various sets of Harumika available, it is great value for money.  Here is a good example of Harumika starter set available on the Bandai for £11 which would give your child hours of creative fun. I must admit, lusting over the Bridal Collection too.

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We were sent a fantastic package of Harumika goodies for the party. This post, and review however is 100% honest, and I did not receive any financial reward for writing the post.

Finding Time To Relax

Finding Time To Relax

| January 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Cross StitchThis time last year, I was in full swing, and crafting lots. I bought a sewing machine, which I was loving using.  I was teaching myself how to crochet and making brooches from vintage buttons.  I had the craft bug well and truly. Then life happened, as it does, and the time each day just goes.  Even my photography has taken a back seat, and I must admit, I was very envious of all of my fellow 365′s including my Dad who managed to complete the entire year.

I’m trying to make a concerted effort though, and starting from last week, I have been trying to find time away from the cleaning, the ironing and working in the evening to have just a little time to do the things I really love to do, even if it is just for 10 minutes.  Before I was married I used to do tapestry and occasionally cross stitch, I definitely found that relaxing. In fact when each of my daughters was born, they each received a framed cross stitch with their birth details on, from my Aunt, which we really treasure!

There is on-line company, that sells everything that you could imagine cross stitch and tapestry like, called All Cross Stitch, guaranteed to help you get you in the crafty mood!  I particularly love the samplers,  as I think these make lovely projects, and have a vintage feel which I love.  They offer free delivery of all UK orders and spend £35 and you receive £5 off your order! They have everything covered, right from if your are just starting out, up to much more adventurous projects for the more seasoned stitcher.

So, if you like me are looking to have some me time, switch off social media, and leave the cleaning for the morning. lets get our craft on. ;)

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