My Love For Shopping Won Me A £500 Groupon Voucher

This Valentines day I discovered a great competition on the net while googling for Valentines competitions.

The competition was for bloggers and was being run by Groupon in partnership with Bloglovin. The brief… To write a post showcasing what you’d love to receive or give another for Valentines day.

The prizes being offered were almighty generous… 1st prize £500 Groupon Credit, 2nd prize… £250 Groupon Credit, 3rd prize… £100 Groupon Credit.

Given I was actually having a pretty rubbish valentines day with the love of my life snoring on the sofa by 7pm, meant that I had no problems kicking back and creating an elaborate list covering things I knew I was never gonna get! Well, not this year, not next year… Not ever! It wasn’t a bunch of flowers I wanted after all, but a whole day of pampering like a princess! Shopping for shoes and raving in Greece or some other place hot were just a handful on my list.

Well, I opted for a video and text entry and was delighted in discovering that I had bagged the first prize of £500 Groupon credit. Actually… the word “Delighted” Seems a bit of an understatement! This lady was made up with excitement and couldn’t wait to start shopping.

As I’ve got the Groupon iPhone App downloaded, its made it pretty easy to check out the daily deals! I really don’t know how I haven’t spent the lot already given they have had some awesome offers on during February. Well, I’ve spent just over £150 and have a new shiny cupcake maker, two tickets for the Hobbycraft show at excel this April, lash extensions, Banksy tees, a love film subscription, 2 tickets for hairstyling for myself and a friend at a top salon, and a potable dvd player and family film package on the way. Not bad for £150 wouldn’t you agree?

I’m really looking forward to the craft show at Excel. I’ll be heading there on the 6th April (my birthday) the day after I return from a Butlins holiday with the kids.

We received the Cupcake maker yesterday and my daughter is delighted at how “Pink” this is. I’ll be sure to showcase some finished cupcakes in the coming weeks.

So watch this space!

Oh… And if you haven’t yet experienced Groupon I’d suggest you hop to it!

How To Embed A Vine Video On A WordPress.com Blog Right From Your iPhone

Not heard about the social network Vine yet?

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Seriously its something you are gonna love and my guess is its set to be the next big social sharing platform. So… Let me enlighten you.

Twitter the social network we all know and love has launched the new Vine app, a social network that lets you create and share short 6 second looping videos. Yes, 6 seconds! Just like twitter with its 140 character rule, Vine gives you 6 seconds to get the message out there!

I’m loving it, the possibilities are endless. Vine offers brilliant ways to share all life has on offer from a babies first steps, a new theme park ride or even a super quick how too video!

Admittedly that sounds crazy doesn’t it. But its possible and its down to the way Vine allows you to create the clip. A Vine is a video thats made up with a number of images. During the recording of your Vine you can pause, change the scene then restart. you can do this countless times to make your vine. This combined with the continuous looping of your Vine video brings about a really creative result.

So if Vine videos are so great bloggers like me are going to want to add them to their blog posts! I’m already planning to add a number of Vine How Too videos to replace the images planed for a couple of my up coming craft. tutorials! But how do we embed them in a blog post and more importantly can we add them if we blog on a wordpress.com blog!

Well I’ll answer the latter question first! Yes, Vine videos can be added to a wordpress.com blog post and you don’t even need to be on your desk top to do so. I’m able to add my Vine clips directly from my iphone.

Look here’s the proof

(I know the cats obsessed by the string)!

So just how did I get my Vine onto my WordPress.com blog post?

You will notice when you make a Vine on your iPhone that the app only offers you the option to either share your vine of Facebook or Twitter. Vines cannot be saved to your iPhone photo libary or added directly to Youtube.

So… Opt to share your Vine on twitter than close the Vine app and instead of opening your twitter app google your twitter account instead.

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Twitter will then open in the mobile version (don’t worry there is no need to use the desktop version for this)! You may notice that if you have the twitter app installed on your device it offers you the option to open twitter in your app. Just click the X button to take that of the screen.

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Now access your tweets via the ‘Me’ tab and your vine will be your last tweet. Click on the tweet and you will notice your vine is embedded into your tweet so it can be viewed directly from twitter. Now go to the URL address next to your google search tab in safari and copy the entire link.

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Now open your wordpress app and opt to create a blog post. Now simply paste the URL directly into the template where you write your post. You will now notice the URL contains the word “mobile” followed by a “full-stop) after the “http” and before the word “Twitter” simply delete both the word “Mobile” and the “full-stop”.

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Now save blog post as a draft and then open a preview of your post… You should then see something that looks like this…

Your tweet as it appears on twitter with the embedded Vine fully attached.

Another way to add it to WordPress.com is to access your Vine video via its URL on a desktop computer. Right click and save video to your computer. Then simply upload to youtube and then add your Vine as a youtube video embed to your blog post as you normally would. This Is a good option for those who would rather not have the additional attached tweet on display.

So I hope this helps you embed your Vines onto your WordPress.com blog posts.

Vine is not yet available on Andriod devices but is already available free of charge on the iTunes App Store to download now.

Have fun.

A Postcard From Santa

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My Daughter Alice-Sara Is one creative little lady. At age 9 she loves to engage herself in arts and crafts, So, is always on the lookout for any creative competitions.

When we discovered the latest competition from TravelSupermarket.com Alice just couldn’t contain her excitement as she sat down to jog down a couple of ideas for her creation.

Once she had decided what she wanted to do she raided the craft cupboard for her desired materials and got to work.

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However, This was no easy task! Her masterpiece needed to be created over the space of a couple of days due to all the different materials she chose to use. These both requiring a mixture of acrylic paints and gloopy glue as well as added addition of Decopatch meant there was many drying periods to the timetable.

This was a collage of various materials that together formed a great picture of Santa enjoying his well earned Holidays in sunny Hawaii.

When asked about her design she gave some unsuspecting information such as Santas enjoying his holiday with his new girlfriend who just happens to be a mermaid lol.

I’m really proud of her creation as I always am. My creative daughter never fails to make a statement, has a wonderful imagination and is a dab hand with a paint brush.

I’ve uploaded a video of Alice working on her creation. The video explains her idea and she talks us through some of the stages of her creation.

She used many different materials to create a 3D effect made up of numerous textures. some being tissue paper, Self adhesive foam, embellishments, cotton pads, card and glitter. She also layered tissue paper with both Decopatch glossy glue and Metallic Turquoise acrylic paint that she mixed with ultra fine blue glitter.This was appiled using a sponging technique to give added texture to her dark blue tissue paper sea.

I love how she made Santa almost completely from Self adhesive foam. She very cleverly created his famous white beard with a cotton pad, gave him wiggly eyes and added flower embellishments to create a traditional Hawaiian necklace.

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Her imagination was on top form as she also created a funky surf board with glittered patterned card to replace his traditional sleigh. Hand drawn Dolphins were cut from foam to create his Reindeer replacements. She then added some brightly coloured string to help the dolphins pull santa along the coastline.

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Other great ideas included the addition of real yellow sand to great her Hawaiian Beachfront and cotton pad clouds that she slightly pulled apart and glued upon her Metallic blue painted sky that again she added a few dashes of glitter too.

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Her Mermaid who is Santa’s special friend (seriously the video explains) was again hand drew onto card, cut out and stuck to some Self adhesive foam rocks… Of course she glittered her tale to give it that girly touch.

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So there you have it… Our entry into the Postcard from Santa competition hosted by TravelSupermarket.com

As the rules state I must nominate 5 others to take part even though they only have a day to create… Sorry (busy week)

I nominate Mummybird
Tiredmummyoftwo
Mummyvswork
This mummy loves
Kneesupmotherbrown

Check out TravelSupermarket for some fabulous holiday days if you fancy a break like Santas.

A Tantrum With A Groovy Twist

Ok as a mother of three, a son with Asperger’s syndrome, daughter of 9 going on 19 and a toddler putting me though my paces as he experiences the terrible twos, I sure am used to a tantrum or two.

Yet, though its extremely rare that one would see a funny side to this… After all why would you? I have discovered a way to convert it into something epic.

While I was messing around with an App I’d just downloaded from the iTunes App Store on my iPhone, the toddler decided to have a mini blow out for no specific reason (as 2 year olds tend to do). The funny thing was the app I was messing with was that of ‘Just Dance 3‘ the auto dance app that claims that just about anybody can dance.

Well, I was just about to scrap the mini clip I’d filmed due to the toddlers sudden outburst when I decided to take a peek at it before binning it! I’m actually rather glad I did! Why? Because this is what I saw…

See, anybody can dance… Even during a tantrum!

Design Flair With Harumika

The Harumika Bridal Collection Set by Bandai came in our second trutoyologist box. Alice-Sara couldn’t wait to get this out of its box in-order to start designing her very own Bridal Collection.

I’d seen these at the 2012 London Toy Show and was keen to discover more about them.

This is not the first set that Bandai has launched, however it was the first Harumika set we had tried.

The packaging is a very girly pink with design images and a 123 step instruction diagram located at the back of the box.

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The box has a clear window at the front allowing you to see all the contents inside. For me this is a great selling featuring as its good to know what your actually getting for your money before leaving the store.

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Sadly, what I did find strange is the fact there are no instructions inside the box. I gave it a good shake in the hope the instruction booklet would fall out from the bottom but it didn’t.

In all honesty the set is dead simple to use and takes no time at all to get to grips with it. For us the 123 mini demonstration at the back of the box was more than enough. However I can’t speak for everybody and some may feel a tad let down at the fact there isn’t more detailed instructions or a design booklet for inspiration.

Not that Alice needed one. Her creative flair was taking over and she was having a great time experimenting with her new Harumika set.

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A great selling point for Harumika is the fact you can make stunning designs with out the need to cut, glue or sew. There really is no mess with this set and for me this made it seem very attractive.

The Harumika Bridal Collection comes complete with 2 design tools which are basically a small stick that you use to push the material into the silicone slot located at the back of each of the two Mannequins. This works well to snugly hold your designs in place.

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At first glance, many will feel £39.99 is a lot of money for what it is they are getting. Admittedly, I felt the same way! But, and this is a big But! I soon changed my mind when watching how much Alice could create with the materials supplied in the kit and how long it kept her occupied for.

Below are images that shows all the contents when removed from the packaging.

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Included are 2 Mannequins (one already dressed) 2 styling tools, lots of material, transfers (gems and stones) and a number of trimmings such a ribbon. Also in this set you will find a fold out dressing room with mirror which creates a lovely backdrop to display your finished designs.

Another great feature to this set is that you can keep on reusing it. As there is no sticking or sewing! Material just goes back into his normal sharpe and form. It is easily removed for reuse once released from the silicone slot on the Mannequins back. This means you can go on designing and no additional materials need purchasing.

In this video below Alice-Sara demonstrates just how easy Harumika really is. (Sorry the video is a little dark, every time I turned the camera light on she resembled the daughter of the devil.)

For those reading this, I take it you have access to a computer? Harumika has its very own website where wannabe fashion designers can come together and share their design inspiration. Regular creative competitions and fashion shows are hosted on the site and its packed with tips and ideas to help you create perfect collections every time.

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Alice-Sara really enjoyed this activity and has requested another set for Christmas. As a parent I feel that its one of those toys you either love or hate. I love that the child isn’t required to follow a step by step guide to copy Pre-designed dresses. Instead This is a set that requires the use of your child’s imagination which is sure to produce more unique and magical creations. For me its a brilliant fit for Alice’s creative flair and the fact its mess free is just a massive added bonus.

Look… Even the cat wanted in on the action…

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Ok… Maybe Not! I think he just wanted someone to give him his dinner!

The Harumika Bridal Collection is available to buy from Toys R Us stores and will bring a smile to the face of any little fashion designer.

Check out more reviews from my mini trutoyologist and many others on the Toys R Us Toybox blog.

Octobers Top Online Creative Comps

I love a creative comp (see my room in a shoe box entry) that’s why I’ve decided to create this post to share with readers the best online skill-based competitions I’ve found so far for this October 2012.

1) Trunki Design Competition With
Thomas Cook:

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From Friday 28th September, wannabe-designers can put their colouring skills to the test using either Thomas Cook’s Trunki design toolkit on its Facebook page which works like Microsoft Paint – or on a paper Trunki template which people can pick up from any one of Thomas Cook’s 800 stores.

Alex Emberey, who works for the family holiday giant, Thomas Cook, said: ““Trunkis have proved themselves to be the travelling accessory for children over the past couple of years, and I don’t think I’m alone in wishing there was an adult version! As a family holiday company, we wanted to give parents and kids something to enjoy doing together between the summer holidays and half term which kept the holiday spirit alive. We hope parents will enlist the help of their little ones for a real masterclass in colouring in.”

The deadline for suitcase submissions is Friday 19th October, after which Trunki’s design gurus will pick a winning design in four different categories: Boys, Girls, Animals/Bugs and Cartoon Characters. Each of the winners will win a Trunki of their choice and secure a place in the final prize draw to win a fabulous summer 2013 family. Thomas Cook’s Facebook community will vote for a fifth finalist, who will also get one of the pull-along cases and be entered into the holiday prize draw.

The lucky winning designer and their family will be jetting off – Trunki in tow – to the Parque Cristabel Hotel in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria next summer.

As much as I hate voting competition this one is mainly judged with 4 places in the final going to 4 entries chosen by Trunki and an additional entry going through to the final based on Facebook votes.

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2) Win A Total of 5 Sking Trips To France For Your Family.

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One lucky family will win FIVE ski holidays to Les 3 Vallées in France between December 2012 and April 2013 including all of the following:
Flights from London Gatwick to Grenoble from Monarch Airlines
Transfers from Grenoble to Les 3 Vallées (www.3vt.co.uk) Accommodation in five resorts in the Les 3 Vallées region Season lift passes for the full Les 3 Vallées region Salomon skis, poles and boots for each member of the family Scott ski jacket, ski pants, helmet, goggles & gloves for each member of the family Ski lessons provided by the ESF.

To put your family forward to enter this amazing competition, all you have to do is to tell us why you would be a great choice to win the 3 Vallées Easy Rider competition in a short video.

It could be that you are really sporty, but never thought you would be able to afford skiing. Or that you are a real whiz on social media and will tell thousands of friends about about it.

Whatever the reason all you need to do is post your entry to YouTube and share that video on our Facebook page.

Thankfully this is not a voting competition as they state “Our judging panel of mountain professionals will select the winning family”

This one seems worth an entry.
Site states your video entry must be uploaded to the Facebook page by the 29th October. For full details and terms and conditions just click Here

3) Halloween Themed Pinterest competition By Superlucky (Win Tin of Biscuiteers Biscuits, worth £38.50)!

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Superlucky want you to create a new board called Halloween on Pinterest and pin the competition image on her site. Then pin, re-pin or upload Halloween themed images (a least 9 more in total) to the board.

Email the link to your completed board to Superlucky via the address on her blog before midnight on the 19th October.

Competition is judged on creativity and winner will be contacted via email

Visit the Superlucky blog for full details.

4) Yano Childrens’s Creative Writing Competition 2012

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Unleash your child’s vivid imagination and encourage them to write a fantastical poem or a story of their own, entitled ‘My Most Amazing Adventure Ever‘.

Yano are giving creative kids the opportunity to win themselves some fantastic prizes. Each category winner will win £100 worth Of book vouchers from Blackwell Booksellers plus a bundle of fantastic books from Parragon Books including some signed-by-author. One overall winner will also receive a £500 voucher to spend on a family break, courtesy of LateRooms.com – the experts on travel.

They have three entry age groups; 4 to 5 year-olds, 6 to 7 year-olds and 8 to 9 year-olds.

Download an entry form from the site. Stories must then be typed onto A4 paper and sent in the post along with the entry form.

Yano ask that the story is no longer than 1500 words.

The competition is judged by a panel of judges.

I can find a closing date, though winners are announced on the 4th of December 2012.

To view the competition and its terms and conditions click Here

5) Win A Trip To The Home Of Kinder Surprise In Turin Italy (10 Runner Up Prizes Of A Kinder Party For 10 Friends)

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Kinder Surprise want children to imagine what the Home of Kinder Surprise is like. Parents can submit their child’s Answer directly on their website via an online form. All entries will be judged by an independent panel and the child with the most imaginative, funny or exciting answer (and their family) will be off to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Home of Kinder Surprise (Turin, Italy).

Prize includes business class flights, private car transfers, 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel, dinner in a top local restaurant and even a bit of spending money.

There’s even the opportunity for you and your child to see one of our designers create a Kinder Surprise toy. From initial sketches to finished design, they’ll witness how every little detail is thought through until it’s just right. Plus you and your child will get the opportunity to see our amazing archive of toys made through the years.

This seems a really simply to enter comp that is also a really fairly judged competition.

It’s defiantly worth a try, especially given there are 10 runner up prizes of A kinder surprise party for up to 10 children.

Competition is open till the 31st December 2012

Click here for more details

6) Zillys Cuties Out & About Instagram Competition:

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All you have to do for this one is share a snap of your cuties out and about this October and one will be chosen to win a £100 zulily voucher, plus a Starlight SP car seat – for ages 9 months to 12 years from Storchenmuehle, worth £140. You can see the Storchenmuehle car seat on zulily today.

If your not yet on Instagram then easily sign up. Upload your image to Instagram Making sure your profile is public, so that they can see your photo.
You then need to follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with three things:
#zulilyUKOctoberCutiesCompetition
@zulilyUK
and either: #zulilynewbie (if you’re new to zulily) or #zulilian (if you’ve already joined zulily).

The competition closes on Wednesday 31st of October. If you win you will you will be contacted via Instagram comments. The winner will be announced on our blog no later than Monday 5th November.

Visit Zulily for full terms and conditions.

7) National Baking Week (Let’s Get Britain Baking)

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Get hold of a trusted wooden spoon and give it a buddy makeover to look exactly like you, only smaller. Be as creative as you like.

Then let your new friend walk in your shoes. Take it on your commute to work, have a catch up with friends over coffee with your new baking buddy or even pack it in your case for your hols.

Now for the most important bit. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself and your miniature equivalent on location and upload it to our facebook page or post it to twitter with the hashtag #mybakingbuddy by Sunday 21st October.

The more creative the better because there’s the chance to win a fantastic Leisure Range Cooker with multiple cooker.

To read more and see the full terms and conditions plus a picture of the prize click Here.

Toys R Us Toyologists Review – Hexbug Hive Habitat

If you didn’t know already than you know now.

Myself and the children are official 2012 Toys R Us Toyologists! How cool is that!

Here’s one of our latest reviews by my very gorgeous Little man.

Ok, so first there was my daughter Alice-Sara with her Monopoly Millionaire Review and now it’s the turn of Little man with his review on the Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat.

My son has Aspergers Syndrome and was a child that grew up not playing with many toys as he had difficulties relating to them. However over time his had fun discovering new and exciting toys and I’d say this is one of them. The Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat requires the child to use both imagination and logic when designing and building their chosen layout within the habitat.This means that the child doesn’t become bored very easily as they can customise the environment whenever they want to.With the endless possibilities presented to them the child can become very creative with the Hives contents. 16 pegs, 16 adjustable flags, 2 Merry-go-rounds and one seesaw.

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The Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat is Hexbugs first transportable environment. It’s very light and easy to carry around. It’s really easy to open and with just the click of two buttons the hive opens out to reveal itself.

Despite the fact it’s plastic the Hive is really well made. It’s a multi level environment, separated by a ramp. Little man got lots of enjoyment out of playing with this toy. His spent hours making different layouts, ones that encourage the extremely rare Mutation up the ramp and onto the top level.

There are a few downfalls that I should mention. The pieces are tiny and due to this the child may have difficulties when building the layout (especially if the child has poor fine motor skills like little man). However, he was able to do this it just took him a little longer than “average”.

Little man pointed out that he felt the suggested age of 3 years was much to young. He states this is because of the small parts and worries a child so young may put these in their mouths. For me I think this depends on the child in question and a parent should be able to reasonably make this judgement when buying the Hexbug Hive Habitat for a child so young. It’s my opinion that a child under 5 may need more parental involvement, especially when it comes to fitting the pecs into the holes located in the habitat. This can be quite tricky the first few times but does seem to get easier as the holes for the pegs expand a little the more you use it.

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This is a really great set that will interest both girls and boys. The Hexbug itself is really fast, though this does make it a little noisy! It’s powered by vibration and it’s the speed of this vibration that makes it move around the habitat.

We loved how easy the Habitat was to set up and put away. It unfolds quickly and is really compact and light for easy transportation.

The set can also be expanded upon making the overall environment larger. However, remember extension packs are sold separately.

A great idea for Christmas (but watch out… you may find that dad is just as interested in it than the kids)!

Check it out over at Toys R Us

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Crafting Using Decopatch

If there is one thing i love its a little Arts and Crafts. I’m always putting my hand to something and trying to release some inner creativity.

One thing i really do enjoy lately is Decopatch

I first discovered this awesome creative hobby via a crafts site and then i scanned the web for UK suppliers. It seems you can obtain whats needed to Decopatch at almost any craft outlet. Ive been stocking up at Hobby Craft and brought some lovely heart twinklet boxes (big and small) and some pretty rose pink Decopatch paper to cover them in.

If your wondering what the hell Decopatch even is, its a playful creative art which involves cutting up (or tearing up) pieces of paper and then using them to vamp up objects by pasting the paper on the object of choice then vanishing it. It’s a really fun creative products that can help turn junk into shabby chic treasure. You can just about cover anything in Decopatch, opting for simple designs to more complex works of art using different designs of paper (as to make a type of patchwork effect.

Now even though I’m not using my creative side to refurbish old shabby furniture but instead a couple of shop brought heart shaped twinklet boxes, I still had lots of fun and just loved the results.

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Basically all I did was cut up the paper then working on my larger box first I covered the lid with glue adding the paper as I went. I ensured to slightly overlap each piece adding a second layer of glue on the top of each piece.

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I did this till I had covered the entire box and did the same for the smaller box.

I was sure not to cover the inside base and outside base of each box. Instead I had drawn around the lids of each box using pencil onto a piece of black foam. I cut them out and stuck them to the inner base of each box.

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The whole process is actually quite easy, however it’s very messy and I spent the next half hour peeling off the glue from my hands before washing them. It’s important to note that by using Decopatch papers you are left with a great finish and the paper is less likely to rip both during the making process and after. Decopatch papers produce a smooth texture and a paint effect as the paper is deep-dyed and glazed. The glue isn’t just any glue but Decopatch Glossy Glue which gives it that vanished finish.

I was pleased with the end result and admittedly felt like running off and Decopatching my entire house. These twinklet boxes make great storage for my jewellery and they look awesome on my dresser.

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Decopatch is a really funky fun activity. If you don’t have anything to revamp, try some of the Decopatch paper mâché shapes and boxes. You can find all the papers, glues and vanishes in Hobby Craft or other craft shops. Decopatch even have their own site. Also available are paints and gems to add extra touches to a project. I haven’t personally tried this but I’ll be sure to let you know what they are like once I have.

Checkout my mini “How Too” Decopatch video I made for the heart Decopatch twinklet boxes.

How to make a flower, butterfly and Bird wreath

I love making wreaths, I’ve formed quite a collection of wreath images and tutorials I’ve come across on the internet and of course pined them to some of my  Pinterest boards. I swear it’s starting to become a little obsessional (wreaths and Pinterest that is)!

When my daughter asked if I’d help her make one for her bedroom I happily agreed.

Alice-Sara is big on glitter and of course she wanted to incorporate this into her wreath.

I thought it looked a lot like a Christmas wreath but equally as stunning.

When your child designs and makes something it will always remain special within your heart.

I myself have been busy creating a wreath and hope to share this on the blog soon. I’m really into the Shabby Chic look and am busy bringing this look into my home. I’m yet to decorate my bedroom as life gets in the way and to be honest I’m always to busy making sure the children are sorted first (only to end up redecorating their rooms 5x before ever starting my own). My wreath is very shabby and will defiantly tie in with the look.

OK, back to my daughter and her flower, butterfly and bird wreath. We created a little video to give you a very quick run down on how we made it but here’s a quick how too in words first.

We used

1 small half Styrofoam wreath (this means its flat not round at the back making it easier to hang)

2 different coloured ribbons (around 7m white pattern ribbon and 4m plain yellow)

Some dress pins (tiny pin heads)

Lots of pre-cut glitter flower and butterfly embellishments

Clear double-sided tape

2 red bird embellishments with sticky foam backing (brought from hobby craft)

Alice-Sara is pretty funky and she really likes to mix up her colours as you’ll discover…

First we wrapped the white flower ribbon around the wreath tightly leaving a small section uncovered.

We secured the ribbon with some dress pins

We then took the yellow ribbon and cut around a meter off before wrapping this around the remaining section and again secured with dress pins.

DO MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS SO THAT NO STYROFOAM IS LEFT SHOWING.

The yellow section will be the top of your wreath. Take the remaining yellow ribbon and fold as to create a loop for hanging. We secured this to the top where the yellow section is wrapped with around three pins (note the dress pins need to be the type that have tiny pin heads so they look almost invisible, though the back doesn’t really matter as wont be seen when hanging).

Next take the flower embellishments and pin these to the wreath. Use the double-sided tape to layer different coloured flowers on top of one another as to create a two tone effect (do this before pinning and for only some and not all of the flowers).

Cover the wreath as you wish.

Experiment a bit before pinning. You could cover the whole area or maybe just half!

Place your butterflies amongst the flowers as you wish.

To finish add the sparkly birds (these came with a sticky tab attached and it’s this that gives it that 3d effect.

Lastly, all that is left to do is hang and admire.

Check out the video

 
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