Friday, 11 December 2009

Ooh christmas is coming!

I've been working a month of weekends away, but I haven't got another until the end of January, so now I can get very excited about xmas! I've been in a christmas frenzy: decorating, baking, planning presents and making pictures with my little girl!

Here's some reindeer we made (after seeing the very cool ones my niece had done) - you draw around your foot for the head and your hands for the antlers then stick them together, adding eyes and a nose and drawing a mouth. Quite fun and a good way to record hand and foot size if we make them every year!:

A cotton wool snowman which my daughter had fun making until she got glue and fluff stuck to her fingers - then she started moaning that her hands were messy!:

I have just finished making some mince pies, I made my own mincemeat for the first time which I'm very proud of. The pastry went a bit elastic though - I don't suppose anyone knows what I might have done wrong to cause this to happen? I was following the recipe by the hairy bakers from their xmas special last year. I like their cheeky, laid back approach to cooking and I'm looking forward to this year's xmas special which is on this coming wednesday. Here's the pies:

And finally a shot of our lovely christmas tree with our lovely little pixie in front of it! She loves pointing out all the decorations (penguin, snowman, tigger etc.) and tells me off when the lights aren't on! She is also loving a singing, dancing santa which is driving me crazy! It sings the chorus of 'last christmas I gave you my heart' over and over again. I've had to tell her it's broken a couple of times so that I could switch him off for a bit and get her to stop setting him off (noise activated)!

Hope you're all having fun with your own decorations / creations!

Friday, 4 December 2009

I love books...

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. I used to hide under the covers with a torch and a book (especially Chronicles of Narnia) when I was suppossed to be sleeping. I wrote short stories about 'my little ponies' or 'puppy in my pockets'. I still love reading and writing just as much now. I recently got a lot of books back from my mums where they had been stored up her loft, so my two big bookshelves are finally full and they look so pretty...

They are tucked away behind a sofa so my daughter can't get her sticky hands on them too easily (she has a box with her own books in where she can reach!), and I'm now quite protective of the shelves, my hubby was a bit upset that I cleared all his electrical bits and screwdrivers off and said they couldn't go on there anymore!

Some of the books I got from mum's attic were the 'Making Out' series by Katherine Applegate, which I devoured as a teenager. Me and Rosie have been re-reading them and reminiscing. We were impressed how well written they are for teen books, and though some of the story line seem a bit silly now (two girls going out with each other's ex-boyfriends, another girl going out with her best mate's brother etc), we are just as addicted to reading them as we were when we were 15. I think it's great that I still enjoy them so much, they can obviously stand the test of time.

On another note, I was trying to get my daughter to help me make xmas gift tags. I was aiming for finger print snowmen like this pic out of a xmas craft book:

But she refused to put her fingers in the paint saying 'no, no mummy, yucky'. She has a bit of a thing about getting messy! So I gave her some cotton ear buds to dab the paint on with and we ended up with some abstract snowy gift tags instead...
Not quite what I was going for but kind of cool! I have just bought some cotton wool to try and make some snowmen so I'll give that a go in a couple of days and then upload the results!
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