Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Happy Halloween! Or not, of course, if you don't 'celebrate' it...

How do you mark the occasion in your house? We don't trick or treat, instead having a fun family time at home enjoying snacks, a boo-ffet dinner, pumpkin carving & watching spooky family-friendly Halloween movies.

I only bought 2 pumpkins for carving this year because it's usually me who ends up having to carve them and I didn't feel like doing 4 or 5 again... One of our chosen designs this year is Jack Skellington, I've made a little video of our preparation and carving process, & photo of the end result below.


A Creative Christmas from Minted

Square Up by Up Up Creative

Finding the perfect present for Christmas can be nigh on impossible for some people, but what I have discovered over the years is that you cannot go wrong with a personalised gift - it shows care, it shows thought, it shows that you have put effort into creating something that your friend or loved one will really love and appreciate.

I have recently been introduced to the wonder that is Minted.com, and I am in love. Stationery, photo art, home decor, keepsakes, photo cards - if you are a lover of great design and pretty things, then this site is for you. You can take your photographs, your memories, and turn them into art to adorn your walls and preserve them for a lifetime.

Just Fill in the Blanks! by Dana Beckwith

Minted is a design marketplace, sourcing creative content from independent artists, producing and selling the best content in the form of art, home decor, and stationery directly to consumers, with designers earning commission on each sale. Minted's community of independent artists and designers are located in 48 states and 43 countries - they are illustrators and textile designers, painters and packaging designers, marketers and stay-at-home parents. Some have design degrees, and others are participating in Minted competitions to learn design for the first time.

I have been perusing their beautiful array of stylish and unique holiday greetings cards, personalising various designs to see which is my favourite. I would say that the most difficult thing about the personalisation process on Minted is choosing which design you like the best - you can even try the "find it fast" option which adds your photo to all of the designs on screen, allowing you to see them all at a glance with your own image in place.


I've got a list a mile long now added to my Christmas wish list, and so many ideas for the perfect gifts for family members. Take a look at Minted.com for yourself and be inspired, give your Christmas that personal touch.

This is a collaborative post.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

E's Swimming Success #LoudnProud

On Monday, E completed her stage one award at swimming and as of next week has a brand new orange swimming hat, and will move on up to a new class with a new instructor, and on a different day too. So it's all change!

The teacher she has had since she started lessons in September 2013 is sad to see her move on, but delighted to have brought her so far and watched her progress through pre-school and stage one. E only started stage one at the end of July, so she has made amazing progress in just three short months, and has grown so much in confidence & ability especially considering she is only 4 years old. We are so proud of all of her hard work, and I'm looking forward to encouraging her through stage two and beyond. Well done, E!


Linking up with 3 Children & It for this week's #LoudnProud

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Light. #theGallery

We have just returned from a wonderful long weekend in Cornwall, and while we were there we visited the utterly breathtaking National Trust site, Kynance Cove. We all clambered down the rocky path to the beach and revelled in its natural unspoilt beauty. Even the children were in awe. It was a grey day, but the light over the water was really something to behold.


Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery
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