Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas

When I am given lists of what the various children in my life want for Christmas, I always take note of the lastest must have gadget or newest lego addition on there and then I look for what books they want.

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas


If I don't see a book I always pick one of my children's favourites or one of mine and give that child it along with something from their list. Because, reading and the love of books is so important. In both my children's rooms we have a reading corner with a bookshelf crammed with books and a cosy cushion to share them on. I read every night with my children not just for their benefit but for mine too. It's a great way to share time with the kids, unwind and get lost in a book.
I was so lucky to be sent some great books by Puffin books this week and I know they are going to make my niece and nephew's so happy this Christmas.

I was sent three delightful books, The Tale of Kitty-in-boots which I can hardly bear to part with as I love Beatrix Potter books. Alfie and His best friend, my children have loved Alfie books and I know my nephew will too and The fairytale hairdresser and the Princess and the pea. This is a new one to me but I'm sure it will be perfect for my niece.

The Tale of Kitty-in-boots.
"A serious, well behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of the all - Mr Tod!

This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even the an appearance from Peter Rabbit.
Told with Beatrix Potter's trademark dry humour and wry observations, this brilliant tale is sure to become as popular as her original classics and is illustrated by the best loved Quentin Blake.

Alfie and His very best friend
Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members! A heart warming tale of friendship by the award winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the pea.
Princesses from all across the land are flocking to fairytale village for the chance to marry the prince. But one princess is not all she seems...
Amid the excitements of the annual festival of food, the fairytale hairdresser must use all her skills to root out the wicked witch and ensure true love's course runs without a hitch. Featuring all the fairytale favourites, hilarious hairstyles, outrageous outfits and fantastic fairytale foods!

One piece of advice that always sticks in my mind when buying for Children.

One thing you want,
One thing to need,
One to wear and
One to read.

Happy Christmas reading.

This is a sponsored post for Puffin books working with Britmums.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Snow day'
The brief was:

'You know that magical feeling you get when you wake up, look outside, see the big fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky and it hits you: SNOW DAY! Somehow it always makes us feel like a little kid again. Break out the hot cocoa, parkas, sleds, soup, mittens, or anything else that says "snow day!" to you.'



Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

My design has a Kawaii look to it, I created a snowy scene against a pale blue background then created, frolicking snowmen, hot chocolates, mince pies and flames. I must admit I am really in love with this pattern and would love to get it on fleece for a great snow day blanket.

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Gluten free Chocolate and Banana tray bake recipe

Gluten free Chocolate and Banana tray bake recipe
I do love a tray bake, so easy to make, easy to slice up and a great crowd pleaser. As we reach December and you want to make yours bakes a little more festive, this Gluten free Chocolate and banana tray bake is sure to be a hit.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Gluten free coconut and lime traybake recipe

Gluten free coconut and lime traybake recipe


I do love a tray bake as you may have noticed. I also love coconut and I love to bake with it. One of my favourite flavour combinations in coconut and lime. It can instantly transport me away to somewhere far flung and tropical. If, like me, you have no chance of getting anywhere tropical soon. Enjoy a slice of this and a day dream or two.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Cross stitch advent calendar.

Cross stitch advent calendar.

So here is the complete cross stitch advent calendar. I hope you like it and I hope to see some pics of the stitched up patterns before Christmas. You can find the complete set of patterns on my cross stitch patterns page.




Thursday, 24 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Santa Hat

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Santa Hat
I couldn't help myself had to finish the advent calendar with Santa, or at least Santa's hat. I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you missed some of the patterns, you can find them all on my Free cross stitch patterns page.




Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, angel

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, angel
How sweet is this little angel? I had to include one in my advent calendar and I wanted to keep it till near the end. I do hope you've enjoyed this series and I would love to hear back from anyone who has stitched it.




Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, robin

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, robin
I do love to see a robin out in the garden. Their little flash of red is so cheery on a grey gloomy day. For me they are a traditional festive image and I had to include one in my advent calendar.




Monday, 21 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, HO HO HO

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, HO HO HO
A nice and easy quick pattern for you to stitch up today and add to your advent calendar. I know this series has been popular. I'd love to see some of your stitchy pics. Share them with me via Facebook and Twitter.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas stocking

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas stocking
Do you hang a stocking at Christmas? The boys have stockings but we leave them at the end of their beds. I do love the simplicity of red and white at Christmas, so this is a fun pattern to continue my free advent calendar cross stitch series.




Saturday, 19 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas lights

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas lights
I do love Christmas lights, someone once said to me that they couldn't see what lights had to do with Christmas. But I believe it's the light shining through the dark winter that sees us through. My husband also has the same love of lights and every year he poses the question of 'Do we have enough lights?'. Lets just say although we do, somehow a new set gets added each year!




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