Crafty Christmas Swap

I’ve been talking about the Paper and String decoration swap over on my crafty Facebook page for a while now. I returned from a week’s holiday to find a parcel containing my swaps waiting for me! (Which totally helped to shake my post-holiday-goodbye-sun-hello-autumn blues!)

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But as there’s very little overlap between my Facebook likers (pretty small) and my blog readership (even smaller!) I’ll give you a quick reminder of the decorations I made for the swap before showing you what I received:

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I’m pleased with all 3 of them but I think the pudding is probably my favourite! 🙂 there are much more professional photos of them on the Paper and String Facebook page here. You can also see all of the other decorations submitted for swapping here.
So, as you can imagine – I was excited to meet my new Christmas tree buddies…

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And here’s what was hiding in my parcel…

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And…

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And…

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My daughter has a bit of a tie obsession at the moment (she’s 4 and wants a monocle and a top hat!) so she’ll love the last one by LoveHappyApple! 🙂 I think they’re all gorgeous! 🙂

I’m feeling super festive now… Is it too early to put up the tree?! 🙂

DI(Y)-Wagon-Alley

Possibly the worst pun known to man, but it’s the best I can come up with on a Friday evening after a long week! 🙂
This is a little share of our DIY wagon pimping – nothing to do with Harry Potter, I’m afraid! 🙂
So we bought a wagon off Amazon – similar to this one although this is a different seller.  It arrived like this:

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And I managed to put it together fairly quickly and easily:

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A few of the reviews I read suggested treating the wood as it was a bit rough and wouldn’t be very water resistant so I decided to use a chalk board paint (suitable for outdoor use) so the wagon could double up as entertainment or a creative outlet if we needed it!

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We used it as a chalk board at the tent but not so much when we were in the arena – there was other things worthy of their attention then! 🙂
I also made a mattress and pillows so they could snuggle down for a nap if need be… we’d planned to be revelling into the early evening but, if you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that it didn’t exactly pan out like that! Maybe next year if there’s less whinging!
But here’s some photos of me making the snuggle accessories:

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If anyone wants more info about how I did it then I’m happy to elaborate! 😉

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You can kinda see the edges of the mattress folding up the sides of the wagon here… H isn’t actually asleep – just resting!

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Honestly, I did pull it too – I just couldn’t take a good picture of myself! 😉

Having a wagon was really handy, particularly for lugging our camping equipment (and World’s Heaviest Tent) in and out of the site. The kid’s loved it and loads of families had various versions (many were pimped too!) which was great to see. I’m not sure how long the canopy will last – it already has some minor damage. I’ll probably be making a new canopy (ideally transparent – E didn’t like being closed in!) for next year. And the bolt holding the handle on kept coming loose. But for a £40 wagon and a bit of a bling up I think it stood up to the challenge – and looked pretty stylish too!
I’d love to know what you think – or show me your own pimped wagons! 🙂

Overcoming Glastonbury envy!

I’ve totally got ‘Glastonbury envy’ tonight! I’m watching the TV coverage and wishing we were there! 😦
Well… I’m kinda there in spirit – my mate Russ has been there for weeks painting bins and he painted my family this amazing bin:

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It’s got an amalgamation of all our names on it! To be fair, if I was there I’d be spending my waking hours on a bin hunt so I guess it’s a kind of blessing we’re not there this year.
My husband and I are pretty keen festival goers – I started going to festivals in 2002 and have made it to Glastonbury 4 times as well as lots of others. Even managed a day festival in 2010 at almost 8 months pregnant (I didn’t want to miss Stevie Wonder!)
This year we’re taking the kids to Latitude Festival this year for their first ever camping festival experience! With only a month to go, I’ve started to make a bit of a wish list of the stuff I need to buy to prepare (including my festival wardrobe!).
We’ve bought the kids this amazing wagon (from Amazon), which I’m in the process of pimping up:

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I’ve painted the wood with blackboard paint so the kids can draw on it while we’re waiting for bands. I’m also making a little mattress so they can have a snooze if need be. We can use it if they need to shelter from the elements (rain or shine!). We took it for a test drive at the 3 Foot People Festival in Chelmsford this week and it was fab! Looking forward to putting it through it’s paces for real!
I’ve also had to upgrade my wellies – so I’ve ordered these beauties from Simply Be:

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I’m hoping the wide fit and the gather on the calf will mean I can get away with a 6! But for £12 I thought it was worth the risk! 🙂
I’m also planning just to take a few of my beautiful dresses (including my Lady Vintage faves!) so in order to make a statement I want to get myself a full, frilly underskirt to wear underneath! (Suggestions welcome!)
And I’ll be rocking my inverted victory roll under a bandana (I’ve been practicing!):

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I can’t wait! 🙂

Still wish I was at Glastonbury though… anyone else?!