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DIY peg Star/Snowflake

Posted On December 10, 2014| Leave a reply

Each Christmas they run a little competition at Amelies school to make something with a Christmasy theme.

This year they have been asked to make a snowflake.  We found lots of ideas which we have pinned to our snowflake board.

Finally we decided to make this.  I think it’s really effective and easy to make – even for little people.


You will need.

8 Wooden Pegs

Wood Glue – PVA should do it although for speed I did have to resort to the glue gun.

White Paint


A small amount of thread.


  • Take the wooden pegs apart.
  • Glue the wooden pegs back to back.


  • Arrange the pegs into a star shape and glue them into place.


  • Paint the star white.  I reckon any white paint would do or for a smoother finish you could use spray paint.


  • Once the paint is dry spread a thin coat of glue over the surface of the star/snowflake.



  • Cover it in glitter.  Lots of it in our case so make sure you catch it so that you can re-use it.
  • Once it is dry and you have shaken off any excess glue, with a needle carefully thread a small amount of cotton through one of the gaps and tie off.

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  • Voila you have a beautiful star/snowflake to hang on your tree.


Amelie had a ball making this and was really proud of herself and the end result.  I think that this simple easy idea makes a beautiful Christmas decoration.


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Posted On December 4, 2014| Leave a reply

Christmas!!!!  I feel like I have been in Christmas mode for weeks now – however there is a large element of denial too.  With 15 for Christmas lunch and only the turkey and chipolatas on order I am not feeling very organised.  I’m feeling safe in the knowledge that I do have some vague plan of action forming and I am sure it will all come together in the end (unless that is just more denial!)

On a positive front when it comes to present buying I am way ahead of myself on previous years. Usually I am a nightmare.  I leave everything until the last possible minute and then end up rushing about like a crazy person.  With all my shopping now complete for the girls and my nephews at the moment there is still an element of control.

With everyone asking me what I would like for Christmas I get a bit overwhelmed.  So when Next sent me the details of their New Competition #NextmasWishList I decided to start thinking about what I would like for Christmas

Other than a good nights sleep, something which unfortunately Nextmas cannot offer.  I would really like to curl up and hibernate for the remainder of the winter in a nice comfy chair with a big mug of tea or mulled wine and my knitting.  In this dreamy state of mind I headed straight for the All-in-One’s and cosy slipper socks.


 Christmas Pudding Socks

Jacob Chair

Cream Faux Fur Throw

Snuggle Novelty All-in-One

Ski Dog Mugs

Once I brought myself out of my dream and back into reality I stated to think of all those impromptu Christmas gatherings and New Years celebrations that are impending and how nice it would be to have some new clothes to wear.

Nextmas-2Black 2-in-1 Jumpsuit

Bright Jewel Necklace

Faux Fur Sweater

Zip Top Clutch Bag

Candy Across-The-Body Bag

Sometimes when you are a mum it is so easy to think about everyone else and what they need or want for Christmas that you forget about what you would like.  I would love to hear what is on everyone else’s Christmas wish list.

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Advent Calendar – All ready for the fairies to fill.

Posted On November 30, 2014| Leave a reply

Today we hung the girls Advent Calendar all ready for the start of December.  A few weeks ago I started thinking of ideas for our Advent Calendar.  I wanted to create something that we could use again in years to come.

I finally settled on the idea of little bags that we can hang and fill with little treats.  I brought 24 miniature drawstring bags.  Then using my heat press and some transfer paper I printed numbers 1 – 24 on them.


I then painted some bog standard wooden pegs red.  I just happened to have a can of Red Annie Sloan paint out that we are using for another project however any red paint would have done the trick.


Originally I had the idea of using fairy lights and making a pom pom garland but then I discovered the beauty of origami fairy lights.  They look so effective.  I first came across the idea of the origami fairy lights via origami est.  She runs some great looking pop up cafe courses where you can make your own.  However I couldn’t make that date so I decided to try and make my own using an Origami Book I have.  There are loads of amazing tutorials online which will show you how to make the basic water bomb shape.  I think the ones made by Origami Est are amazing as they are triangular rather than square….(way too advanced for me)


So using some fancy Indian wrapping paper I found in Hobby Craft I made a string of origami fairy lights with some battery operated LED lights.

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I am really pleased with the end result.  Now to fill it before the morning.   You can check out my ideas for Advent fillers here.

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