Doing more with memories… with Do Crafts

This Summer Little Mr really did have an incredible time. He experienced so much. We had days out at the park, trips to the farm, went to the beach, met up with friends, went on an airplane and holidayed in Turkey. I took lots of photographs. I probably take at least 10 photographs a day on my trusty iPhone and I love to look through them and remember what fun times we had and how we’ve changed since then. I can’t believe how curly Little Mr’s hair became. I wanted to create a kind of album for all the memories of Summer 2013 for Little Mr so when Do Crafts sent me some of their latest Roald Dahl scrapbooking goodies, I was really excited to make a start and do more with our memories.

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I ordered lots of photographs from an online photograph printing service and then spent a few evenings playing around with the layouts and writing down our memories. I’ve still got a lot more pages to complete but love these ones so far. 

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I’ve definitely got enough photographs to fill the scrapbook but I’m going to need some more embellishments (ribbons, washi tape and note paper) to finish off the book. I’m really hoping I can get this complete by Christmas as then I’d love to start another one for Little Mr’s second Christmas.

The Do Crafts Roald Dahl collection is brilliant. It’s really high quality papercraft and ribbons and the images used are just brilliant. A real gem of a collection that is worth buying to make sure you don’t miss out on the magic of Roald Dahl.

Prices

Prices start from £4 and can be bought online as well as in all worth while craft shops.

Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of Do Crafts goodies to try out and I absolutely love them. All photographs and opinions are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review. 

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Review: Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack Wise Owl

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My bag of choice when I’m out and about with Little Mr is the Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack in Wise Owl design. When we go out I like to make sure I have everything with me that I might need for our time out of the house and the rucksack is the ideal size to ensure I have all the essentials to hand.

The Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack has a beautiful owl print all over the bag with grey patches, contrasting red zips and the famous pink lining inside.

for the love of compartments

The rucksack has 3 compartments each with pockets and mesh areas to keep all your bits and bobs in one place. I love how each section has it’s own purpose.

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The front compartment is insulated so is ideal for keeping drinks and snacks cool (or warm). There is a zipped pocket inside so you can store away anything you don’t want easy access too.

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The second compartment is where we keep all Little Mr’s nappies, nappy bags, cream and antibacterial hand gel. This section opens up flat so you can easily access all the bits you need when changing nappies and I love that you also get a ‘yummy mummy’ padded changing mat with the bag too. Always handy for being out and about and not having anywhere suitable to change the little ones. There’s also a free wet zipped bag for storing wet wipes or nappies and I’ve used that as a grab-and-go nappy bag for quick nappy changes.

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The third compartment is essentially the back of the rucksack with handy pockets such as a pen holder, a phone pocket and a small pocket ideal for keeping all of Mama’s essentials to hand. I am useless with my keys. I always tend to pop them back into the bag and then forget which section I’ve left them in. If you attach your keys to the key fob, they’re always on hand for when you need them. I tend to keep a change of clothes for Little Mr in this section along with a fruit pouch or two and his cutlery. It’s a section I don’t really want little hands in so we keep this section out of bounds for Little Mr.

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pockets galore

I love the handy exterior side bottle pockets, ideal for storing drink bottles in for easy access when you’re out and about. The top of the pockets are elasticated so grips the bottles to keep them safe.

attach and go

The Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack can be attached to a pushchair using the clips above the shoulder straps. This helps to secure the rucksack onto a pushchair and these are really strong and won’t unclip without you pressing the clips to release them. The bag has adjustable straps should you want to wear the rucksack when out, I tend to do this as we pack far too much stuff in our bag and it ends up being too heavy for the pushchair.

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The rucksack is wipe clean only but as the main fabric is coated it’s repels a lot of dirt which is fantastic on days out with my family.

Price

The Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack, Wise Owls is available to buy online at £89.00.

would we recommend?

Most definitely. I’ve been a fan of Pink Lining bags ever since we conceived with Little Mr and I’ve been keeping an eye on the range of prints that have been coming out over the last couple of years and I love them. The Wanderlust rucksack is both stylish and practical and hubby doesn’t mind carrying it as it’s not overly girly. A winner in our eyes and will continue to be used on our days out for years to come.

Disclaimer: We were sent the rucksack for the purpose of this review but all images and views are my own. This forms an honest and reliable review.

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A simple Autumn inspired decorated tote bag

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As part of the Bostik Craft Network in partnership with Tots100, I’ve been sent a box full of crafting goodies to make something fun. I absolutely loved the small plain tote bag which was crying out for some decoration. Having looked at the enclosed fabrics and the fabric glue in the box, I thought I’d make a simple autumn inspired decorated tote bag which will be ideal for little ones to carry when out and about on their Autumn walks in the next few weeks. Little Mr has already claimed the bag I’ve made and no doubt he’ll be filling it with pine cones, conkers and leaves on our walk over the weekend.

Here’s what I did to accomplish this simple Autumn inspired decorated tote bag.

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I sketched out a rough leaf template so I could use this as my template to cut out the fabric. I then pinned the template onto the fabric and cut it out. I then cut out two more leaf shapes and arranged them onto the front of the tote bag.

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I used the Bostik fabric glue and used sparingly on the back of the leaves to secure them to the tote. I left these to dry for a couple of nights making sure they were completely dry before continuing.

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Once dry, I used a skein of the bright orange tapestry thread and used two strands to handstitch over the top of the leaves. This was purely for decorative effect as the leaves were well and truly stuck onto the tote.

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I wanted to hand sew a simple few words onto the tote so decided upon ‘hello Autumn’. First, I used a pencil and wrote the phrase in the corner of the bag and then stitched over the top in the tapestry thread.

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I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, it’s simple to do and I think children with an interest in sewing would be able to do something very similar. It’ll be a few years yet until Little Mr will be picking up a needle so in the meantime I’ll just indulge myself and get my sew on.

Disclaimer: This is a post for the Bostik family craft network and I must apologise for the delay in getting this post written up and published. Sorry Tots100. 

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Little Mr’s Play Room

We have been working really hard to get our home safe for Little Mr now that he is into EVERYTHING. He’s so inquisitive, he likes to pick up keys, books, open drawers and pull stuff off shelves, mostly because he is so nosy and likes to know what everything is. We set about turning our dining room into a room where we could put the majority of Little Mr’s toys so that he could easily access them and play with them.

We live locally to an Ikea and we love their storage solutions so we took advantage of visiting when it’s at its most quiet and looked at the options available to us. We ended up buying a couple of Kallax units; one 4 x 4 unit and one 1 x 4, a Hemnes day bed with two mattresses and a Brimnes chest of drawer unit.

Once they had been delivered, we spent the weekend putting the flat packs together and putting the room in order. Since then we’ve been adding to the room with bedding, curtains, cushions and prints for the walls as well as looking at options for storing all our books. We’re yet to sort the shelves out but we know which ones we want and it’s just a case of having some free time to go and pick them up and then securing them to the wall.

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We’re so pleased with how it’s all come together. It’s a really practical space which we can all use, we still have our dining table in the room so we can eat our meals together and the table is great for when we both have work to do or I want to do some crafting.

I’ve also bought some more prints for the wall which are yet to go up as I need some frames but when I saw this print from House Of Jack, I knew we had to have it.

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The best thing is at the end of a busy day, we can throw the toys back into the storage boxes in the unit and the mess is all cleared up. A perfect solution for us all. It works and we know Little Mr can have as much fun as he likes in there and he’s not going to be playing with anything he shouldn’t have.

Next on my list of things to do is tackle the lounge. It needs a lot work including all the walls re-skimming so we best save up a bit for that!

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Review: Tribal style from JD Williams

I’m not much of a dress wearer but when I do don a dress, it’ll either be for one of two reasons; I’m on holiday or I’m at a wedding. I’m not really sure why I don’t wear them, I just don’t generally feel comfortable in them. This Summer we flew out to Turkey for our annual holiday so took several dresses with me for in the evenings when we were relaxing in the bar. I always feel a lot more relaxed abroad, I guess it’s because I won’t know anyone and I can be anybody I want to be out there (as opposed to being Emma, the one who doesn’t wear dresses in the UK.) Mad huh?

JD Williams heard I was going abroad so sent me this rather fabulous tribal theme outfit to wear;

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Animal Print Maxi Dress and Lotus Interweave Sandals

The Animal Print Maxi Dress is rather different to what I would normally wear but once on, it feels lovely. It has detachable straps which can be removed to suit the model and the all over shearing makes it a good fit on top. The length of the dress is really good, it’s not too long nor too short so ideal for wearing with wedges. I would wear this dress teamed with a denim coat and wedges for an evening out catching up with friends. Prices start from £35.

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The Lotus Interweave Sandals are definitely my kind of shoe. I like the height in heels but always struggle to wear them so wedges are perfect for me. The sandals have a cork effect 2 3/4 inch heel and are a lovely tan colour. I really like the straps and the sandals fit really well. I would definitely wear them again and would look great with both a dress and trousers.

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Disclaimer: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review. All words and poorly modeled images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review. 

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