The kids and I love to bake so following recipes is something they are very used to. Creating recipes is another matter … I am a very literal, follow the recipe to the letter kind of baker, so don’t tend to go leftfield with ideas for cake making. Ava, however, has taken her recipe making to a whole new level … if you didn’t think you needed to know before, you now have the ultimate recipe and very detailed instructions for making Fairy Dust. A necessity (apparently!) for sprinkling on fallen teeth before they are tucked under your pillow.
Gran Glasgow's Dolly Delight
I bought Ava this amazing AK Doll for her Christmas last year (2010) and had it shipped over from Australia. They are hand made in Central Asia and I admit it was far more about me thinking it was a thing of beauty than knowing whether Ava would like her or not. For the last year she has only really been my handmade doll of wonder rather than one that has been played with - dammit, you really do want your children to love what you think is lovely, don’t you? But everything changed this Christmas. Part of the AK Doll thing is that you can make clothes for her, knit outfits and create accessories. She got a number of *new looks* knitted for her, one of which included a pattern for a puff ball skirt. Hey, a little bit 80′s but everything comes back into fashion doesn’t it? So, Gran Glasgow (Gran who lives in Glasgow naturally!) happily accepted the challenge of creating the skirt & made a cape to match as well – both arriving in the post today much to the delight of Ava (and her doll of wonder who has at last escaped the confines of the cupboard to be played with).
The Rudolf the Reindeer Pot and contents
I have been wanting to share some simple Christmas Craft ideas I’ve been doing with the kids over the last couple of years. Ava has the fortune (some may say misfortune) of having a birthday very close to Christmas so her birthdays tend to be of the Christmas Craft variety. Something that she happily embraces.
She is now coming up for her 6th birthday but Birthday/Christmas 2010 involved some new crafty ideas. I do prefer to come up with a do it yourself project if possible so off I trotted to the garden centre to procure my terracotta pots for the first one. Rudolf can be brought out year on year as a home made storer of Christmassy things which I rather liked the idea of.
so, here’s what you need:
1 small terracotta pot
foam – black and brown sheets
mini pompoms – sparkly if possible
sparkly ‘straw’ – not essential but looks very festive
something fun to fill it with – I used gold chocolate coins
and here’s how to make it
1. Cut out two large black antler shapes and two smaller brown inner shapes. Glue together
2. Stick both antlers onto the back of the terracotta pot
3. Glue two googly eyes and a red pom pom onto the face
4. Fill with sparkly ‘straw’ and treats of your choice!
this was one of the going home presents from Ava’s party
My mum laughs when I tell her how much ‘vintage’ fisher price toys sell for these days on ebay. I recently saw the campervan (one of my favourites) on at a buy it now of £49.99! Circa the mid 1970′s when her three children had arrived Fisher Price were the toys of choice in the Robertson household. From a Happy Apple to the Campervan, cot activity centres and telephone to Jonah’s most favourite the Circus Train … see Jonah loving it in the photo above – we had many of them. Thankfully my mum is the kind of mum who puts things away “just in case” they are needed again in the future. In her case, they have become reloved toys a mere 30 years later. Just in time for the items to be defined as vintage.
Ooh, I’ve found a rather cool IPhone app Fisheye Lens that I thought I’d share (I’m sure it’s not new but I’m not very ahead of the curve in the world of the Iphone!). Modelled rather beautifully by my kids it adds a quirky touch to any pictures – especially with people in them.