Saturday, 10 November 2012


I made these cute Witch Wand's for two special little girls...

and heres how...

Poppy Day Felt Brooch DIY

I always wear a Poppy with pride...

but alwaysI like something a little bit different, so this year I made large felt Poppies...


I made these chocolate mints for friend to celebrate Memorial / Poppy Day...

I made them using my punches...

Friday, 2 November 2012


I made this cute pumpkin garland for Halloween...
click through to see how...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Here's a free printable Poppy Day subway art
for Remberance Day.

personal use only...
it will fit an 8 x 10 frame
you can download it HERE

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Willy Wonka Party Ideas

Here's some fantastic ideas for a Willy Wonka / Charlie and The Chocolate Factory party...

with lots of links for party printables to make your party scrumdiddleyumtous!!


Wonka Bars, (galaxy chocolate bar) with a golden ticket.
get your Printable Wonka Bar wrapper HERE

& your Golden Ticket Printable HERE


you can get your Wonka Envelope Printable HERE
attach to the front of a purple envelope  

& insert your Printable Golden Ticket from HERE


photo source
The party child could be Willy Wonka
but ask everyone else to come as Oompa Loompa's,  it will look fab

get your "Oompa Loompa's Only" sign HERE for your front door.

Ideas for other characters...
  Charlie Bucket, Mike TeeVee,
Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, Verruca Salt


Play songs from both movies

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Soundtrack
Willy Wonka Soundtrack

 also add other candy related songs: 

Lollipop - The Chordettes
 I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
 Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
The Good Ship Lollipop - Shirley Temple


 a contract for the kids to sign,draped a "curtain" around it  and a quill feather
Once the kids entered the house, they had to sign the contract.
I obtained the exact wording and we typed up a contract and had it blown up to A1 at a local printers

large lollipops (about 3 feet tall) using pool noodles hot glued to dowels.

make large pieces of candy

you can either use colourful paper plates in cellophane
colourful paper lanterns from the pound store in cellophane

Get your "hsawaknow"  (Wonkawash spelt backwards) for the bathroom door HERE


Spray "Wonka Bars" on empty cardboard boxes.
get your "Wonka Bar" template / stencil HERE

Make a giant cardboard Wonka Bar instructions HERE

This Chocolate waterfall scenery is fab,
but you could just use a satin bed sheet gathered at the top and draped onto the floor.

Spray "Sugar Cane" on calico sacks (or white pillow cases) fill with paper
Get your "sugar Cane" template / stencil HERE



Hair Cream Printable Sign HERE



serve on (Mike) TV tray plates


SNOZZBERRIES (mixed berries)

a fizzy-lifting drink fountain - soda stream
fizzy lifting drinks - bubble machine

Get your Fizzy Lifting Drinks  Sign HERE

make your own Wonka's Never Melting Ice cream Sundae's
get your never melting ice cream sundae's sign HERE



Template for Chocolate Wonka "W"  cupcake topper HERE
Template for Chocolate Wonka Hat cupcake topper HERE


Tall top hat cookie cutter
oompa loompa cookies



Katy Perry's


Being as this party is very sweetie based I suggest prizes for games are non candy


  Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
Photo Opportunity

 Give everyone a sour bubble gum to compete.
blow up a pink balloon if the children are too younger for bubble gum

Gobstopper Hunt

 Hide wrapped jawbreakers all over the party area and give each child a sweetie bag to fill.
Announce that Mr. Slugworth has hidden all the Everlasting Gobstoppers
and that it's up to the kids to find them.
Whoever finds the most, wins.

Golden Egg-on-the-Spoon Relay

This is when all those cheap plastic eggs from Easter come in.
glue the two parts of the egg together and spray paint gold.

 Divide the kids into two teams.
Give the first player on each team a spoon and an egg
and have them walk as quickly as possible to another side area,
around the chair and back to the starting line, balancing the eggs on the spoons.
If players drop an egg, they have to start over. The team to finish first, wins!

Golden Egg Game

Inflate golden balloons and pop in some candy
each  child has to sit on their egg to pop it and get the candy.

Dress Grandpa Joe
Parent participation required

.  get together; canes, hats, scarves, coats,
oversize boots/ wellies and nightshirts in a big pile on the floor
Parents race to each pile of clothes and the kids dress them, then race to the front door.


Oompa Loompa Crazy Dress Race

 create two sets of similar clothes
 large brown long-sleeve shirts,
white shorts with braces
and a green wig.

 split into two equal teams.
the first players  put on the clothes as fast as possible,
run to the other side of the garden, around the chair, and back to their team.
They must take the clothes off and pass them to the next players in line.
The race continues until all the players have done their relay leg.
The team to finish first, wins!


Gumball Machine Corn Hole Game

Make a cone hole game you can find instructions HERE
Paint it to look like a gumball machine
Cut out 3 holes in the gumball machine among the other gumballs that were painted on
Make some simple bean bags that look like gumballs instructions HERE
The aim is to toss and  get the gumballs through the holes

Candy Making Room

Hand out plastic gloves and shower caps 
 make candy kebabs with lots gummy candy
peach rings,  Swedish fish, sour worms, gum drops, fruit slices, marshmallows.
 put the finished creations in plastic pretzel bags

The Augustus Gloop Race

in pairs they had to hold balloons on the stomach
 to the finish line and drop the balloon  in a basket
then run back to the next teammates
 until one team got all their balloons in their basket

Violet Beauregard Balloon Pop

inflate blue balloons
pop in a golden ticket in the balloon as well as fake ones
the child who pops the blueberry wich contans the golden ticket wins 

Gumball Guess

 where everyone (adults included) could guess how many gumballs were in the jar. 
The winner gets the jar of gumballs

Good Egg, Bad Egg

announce the good news that the goose had laid the golden eggs
each child gets to pick a golden egg (cheap plastic Easter eggs sprayed gold) out of a basket
all contained  notes inside 
one only said GOOD and the rest BAD
the child who found the GOOD egg wins

Mike Teevee Shootout

 use one of the tin can alley shooting gallery games just for fun

Fizzy Lifting Drink Ring Toss

used old pop bottles and embroidery hoops
get your fizzy lifting drinks labels HERE
 play this with the bubble machine going.

play guess the jelly belly flavor with the kids



Set up as the Candyman's Store everything in jars on shelves...


purchase a child's size purple top hat for each child 
this was their party favor "bag"...
to put their candy in from the Candyman.

Blue Bubble gum - they all turn to blue berries? - Printable bag topper HERE

everlasting gobstoppers - Printable tag HERE

GOLDEN EGGS - oodles of eggs from hotel chocolate - I want a golden egg NOW! HERE


Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge mallow Delight" bar


Oompa Loompa "will work for chocolate" Badges HERE

crazy drinking straw

Beach balls that look like giant gobstoppers,

Oompa Loompa Glass's

 Little champagne bottle bubbles that I wrapped with paper that said "Fizzy Lifting Bubbles"
Get your "fizzy Lifting Bubbles" labels HERE

I also gave each child a toothbrush to add to their goody bags.



MIKE TV Photo booth,
the TV would have to be a lot bigger but you get the idea!




Sunday, 29 July 2012


I think this Bug Mansion is Fantastic,

photo source

it has room for everyone...

Felted Witches Hats

I know it's not halloween yet, but Just look at these felted hats...

I just adore the witch hats...

Sunday, 24 June 2012


I wanted to make the house look alittle patriotic for The Queens Diamond Jubilee.
and the money tree at the bottom of our garden is looking pretty bare these days, 

so I made this cute bunting, for our front window...

it cost less than a pound to make...

Saturday, 16 June 2012


We went to watch the Olympic Torch Relay in our area last week...

I always say we are doing these things as they may not come our way again...

it was all over in a couple of minutes...
passing on of the Olympic Flame, Stoke-on-Trent...

Angela Smith...

and it was over...

 there was alot of waiting...

Then these lovely young ladies came by...

They are called Granny Turismo...

and were hilarious, on their souped up shopping trollies...

they danced around to music on them, they were Liam's favourite part.
Just look at peoples faces!

Here's a video link for you to check them out.
(I will get Liam to upload his video of them)



Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Heres your free 5 x 7 free printable to give from daughters...
for  personal use only!

a daughter's first love!

You can frame this printable as subway art...

use it as a card...

even as a gift tag

your beige free printable HERE

your grey free printable HERE

find your son's superhero version HERE




Here's your free 5 x 7 printable for Father's Day to give from sons...
for your personal use only!

a son's first superhero!

You can frame this printable as subway art...

use it as a card...

even as a gift tag

Free beige printable from HERE

Free grey printable from HERE

find your daughter's first love version HERE



Friday, 18 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Swag Decoration

Here's a cheap and easy sway for your Diamond Jubilee / 4th of July celebrations...

red,white and blue easy sew swags.

For a 2metre long swag
you will need:

a red flat sheet
a white flat sheet
a navy flat sheet

  • cut each sheet into approx 30cm strips
  •  (you will get 3 from a single sheet and 6 from a double sheet)
  • sew together along the length on of each colour
  • and hem all around the outside edges
To hang just tie with ribbon in desired places to get desired drape.

*For a longer swag join each coloured strips together along the 30cm edge,
   then sew along the whole of the length of each colour for a neater finish.

For the star garland cut your felt star shapes and continuously sew them together, continue sewing on nothing to get the chain between the stars.

Enjoy The Diamond Jubilee!!!



Thursday, 17 May 2012

Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop & Diamond Jubilee

We are SO lucky to live 15 minutes away from the fantastic Emma Bridgewater Factory,
right here in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ooh, I love the signature spots, look even on the aga!

That's where I have been today the have a factory shop and a seconds shop...
(even though I can't afford alot these days)
what appeals to me  about Emma Bridgewater Pottery is firstly it's locally made,
(Buy British!)
secondly they are very practical items and can be used for everyday,
as they are sturdy well made items.
We also love a visit the Emma bridgewater paint a pot Studio on a wet afternoon. 
(and the cake in the cafe afterwards!!)
I love the new Diamond Jubilee range...

but I LOVE the Truly Great range as they can be used for other occasions
(like the upcoming 2012 Olympics)

here's my Truly Great wish list is (if anyone wants to grant a wish or two)...

the teapot
the cookie (sausage) tin
the metal tray
the cake stand

This very talented lady (and her staff of course) who just ooze class,

and she has a great sense of humour!
Daniel Craig Tea Towel
Take An Old Bag Shopping

I just bought myself a Truly Great tea towel,
but to use as a decoration for the Diamond Jubilee.



Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee favourites from Lakeland

Here's another of my fabourites places... Lakeland

and here are my favourites Diamond Jubilee items from their site...

Make the most of the extra days holiday, and have some fun!!!



Monday, 14 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Favourites from Not on The High Street

One of my fave places is Not On The High Street.

Here are my favourite Diamond Jubilee Ideas from their site....

There are lots more fabulous items on their site.



Saturday, 12 May 2012

Free Printable - Dust If You Must Poem

I have been clearing out my computer files and thought you guys may like some of the printables...

This is my favourite peom,
it's so important to remember we are only here for such a short time,
and to make the most of it!


as you can't read the text, this is how it goes...

Dust If You Must
Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
Remember, a house only becomes a home when you can write
"I love you" on the furniture.....

 You can download and print your free copy HERE
for your personal use only.

Have Fun!!!



Thursday, 10 May 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Badges

I have been making some more bits to help celebrate
The Diamond Jubilee...

I've made some Union Jack Badges, Crown Badges
and some Keep Calm We have The Queen Badges as Keep Calm is currently popular.

There are more ideas to come...



Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Free Printable... Be With The Friends Your With!

I know this sounds like I am being crumpy,
but I had some friends over for afternoon tea (oo eer that's posh Misses) last week,
and I was so fed up of their mobile phones going off.

SO this week I am going to put up this sign!!!

I just attached an old mobile to the glass with Blu Tak (quite alot in fact)

 but you can just use a white board pen to write on what you want...

and one for the kitchen!

You can down load your own 8 x 10 printable HERE

but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send me some pics of what you use it for!

Have Fun



Just wanted to say sorry for the photo quality the lighting is terrible at the moment as it's been raining for days. It is the UK summer you know! X

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Free Printable London Subway Art

Hi have been working on some new prints for our home,
and thought you might like one too...

free printable 8 X 10 London subway art,

for personal use only.

Have fun!!!