On my mantle – November

I’ve gone all minimalist for November. This month my daughter turns 3 and we’re having a Frozen-themed birthday party to go with her Frozen-themed presents. It’s probably no surprise that some of the colours have crept into our living room and on my mantle.

on my mantle

We have ice blue candles standing proud in my great-grandfather’s brass candlesticks.

I’ve recycled our Halloween munchkins but spray painted them white to give a fresh new look.

The bus blind has been moved to a different room and been replaced by my lovely Orla Kiely stem print vase, a favourite house-shaped tea light holder and Hoover building architectural model.

A little of the outdoors has crept in thanks to some framed leaves. I adore this little frame, although the once vibrant red leaves are fading to a dull rusty colour.

I’ve added some fairy lights into a glass vase along with some pine cones the children have collected. It’s feeling so dark and gloomy by the time we return home from the school run the twinkly lights help to uplift the mood. I also added a sweet blue and white paper garland, from a pattern in beautiful wreaths and garlands by Catherine Woram.

beautiful wreaths and garlands

Don’t be fooled by the cover of beautiful wreaths and garlands. To me the cover suggests it’s full of projects for the warmer months but there is something for all seasons. I’m not much of a flower arranger but  but the 35 projects include leaves & flowers, fabric and ribbon, papercraft, mixed media and holidays. There’s a pretty ivy wreath for the festive season, a cloud and raindrop mobile for a baby’s room, a textured rope shell wreath (which would be a great use for the shells collected on our last trip to the seaside) as well as a fragrant flower and herb wreath.

This is a lovely book if you would like to try some new techniques or just fancy a little inspiration. Most of the projects require no specialist equipment and can be made in a few hours too.

beautiful wreaths and garlands by catherine woram

Beautiful wreaths and garlands by Catherine Woram is published by CICO at £14.99 and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.

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The wonderful world of AmiGami

My children love to craft as much as I do and we were recently sent a really fun new toy from the world of AmiGami! Each pack includes one animal and everything you need to create your own AmiGami figure. We tried out the Giraffe and it included the Plastic AmiGami Giraffe, 30 AmiGami paper parts, 55 re-useable stickers, 1 curling tool and 6 Pins and Caps.

AmiGami

First of all we punched the perforated paper parts from the sheet.

Then we pinned them to the Giraffe and held them in place with the plastic pins and caps.

Finally we curled the lengths of paper with the curling tool.

AmiGami

The toy is aimed at ages 6 and over so my children are a little below the target age. However my 4 year old grabbed the concept instantly and had fun decorating the giraffe. He needed help with the pins and caps but loved the idea. I like the fact that you can use your imagination to customise the animals however you wish, it’s great for imaginative play.

AmiGamiThe possibilities are endless and you can dress up your giraffe in lots of ways.

AmiGamiYou can see my 4 year old enjoyed himself!

If you like the sound of AmiGami then don’t forget to subscribe to my blog as I will be hosting a competition to win 1 of 10 in early December!

 

 

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Felt busy bag gingerbread house

I’m sure you’ve noticed my obsession with gingerbread house but it really comes to life at this time of year. In the last week we’ve made a gingerbread tree, gingerbread biscuits, the gingerbread man story stones and today I wanted to share our felt busy bag gingerbread house.

felt busy bag gingerbread house

The gingerbread house appears in the well-known fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister threatened by a witch living in the deep dark forest in a house constructed of gingerbread and sweets. The two children survive by outwitting her. Aspects of the story are a little dark but we are happy to take the fun aspects of the story and build lovely gingerbread houses.

Felt busy bag gingerbread house

I thought it would be fun to make a little busy bag activity for my 2 year old. Busy bags are self-contained educational toys and perfect for story telling car journeys. Our felt busy bag gingerbread house consists of a gingerbread house, parts of the house and felt sweets which can be placed on the gingerbread house.

felt gingerbread house

I adapted a felt Wild Olive pattern to make an adorable gingerbread house play scene. There’s a door, chimney, window, roof and tree to finish off the house, and a selection of candy canes, gum drops, peppermint, lolly pop and pink biscuits to decorate.

felt gingerbread house - the gingerbread house

We love our felt gingerbread house although it was slightly hijacked by my 4 year old and his pesky Cars toys (as usual!).

felt gingerbread house - the gingerbread house

Don’t forget to check out my gingerbread board on Pinterest for lots more crafty ideas
Follow Jenny Makes’s board Gingerbread inspiration + love on Pinterest.

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