Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Some good books!

All the questions on Yahoo answers at the moment are asking for present ideas for people my age suggesting that the age is awkward to buy for at Christmas and birthdays. I decided to list some good books  I have that people might like to buy them....

Dewey the library Cat- A must have for the animal lover in your life. This heart-warming tale tells the story of a homeless cat that becomes the heart of a local libary. Combine with Deweys nine lives for a larger gift and the receiving person can also read the tales of Church Cat and Marshmallow. This cat is like no other. The book is intended for adults but I recommend to teens as well.
Good if you liked Marley and Me.


Flood Child- This is a children's book but rather appealing to anyone with a sense of adventure. It is all about the future and what would happen if London was flooded etc.. Its really good! A great read!
Good If you like adventure novels.


At the sign of the sugared plum- This book is cool because you learn about the plague without realising it. A teenage girl is in London during the plague. She is working for her sister in their sweet shop. She falls in love but then has to flee for escape. Will she get out of London... Team this with The petals and the ashes (the sequel) for a bigger gift.
Good If you like female heroines :)


My sisters keeper- This book is very sad but worth a read just keep tissues on hand. A girl fights for her own body in court as her parents keep using her to give marrow and various other transplants to her ill sister.
Good if you like sad stories


The Georgia Nicholson books- These books are 'fabbity fab' and totally better than the angus thongs and perfect snogging movie as no movies ever do justice to books although the movie is good so why not team the books and movie together as a mega gift. Follow Georgia as she is determined to get her hands on a sex god and no mean older girls can stop her.
Good If you liked the princess diaries and Mates dates and mad mistakes.


Alice in wonderland and Through the looking glass- My favourite book ever, no matter how many times you read it, you still discover something new. These books are not only kids stories they are much more and great for all ages. The poetry and illustrations are beautiful and the storyline is enchanting.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Advent calendars

I like to have a nice unusual advent calendar each year, I have a rather traditional wooden Christmas tree calendar where each box includes a decoration to hang. When I was younger my mum would fill a fabric calender but it was hard to find small things to put inside. I don't really like chocolate calendars that much, for the last few years I have had a play-mobile calendar but this year I discovered Usborne's lovely colour me in calender. http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?id=5424










my other card calendar

another card calendar

Christmas crafts- Homemade gift tags!

I was recently inspired to make home made gift tags from old Christmas cards.



Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Meeting Lloyd Daniels with my friend Las

Me and my buddy Las ( Charlie) recently attended a 'gig' at the Long-field suite in Prestwich. The event was a 6 track set and meet and greet with Lloyd daniels who was previously on the 'hit' TV talent show The X factor. I am not a huge fan of the show as it revolves around the judges and sob storys instead of the acts but the concert was very good.

Some of the fans were rather well rude, constantly pushing and shoving but I didn't really mind as I survived the Bieber fans a while back. Well we left with 2 pictures, 3 autographs and a cat bell so I was satisfied however if we had known a little push and shove would have got us kisses we would have been more enthusiastic.

me and las and lloyd

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas Craft- Santa Bag

This is the Santa bag I made with my sister, I cannot provide instructions as I used a kit.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Craft- Gingerbread man felt brooch

My Latest project was making this cute Gingerbread man felt brooch. I cannot share any patterns because I designed it completely by myself! I you want to sew your very own Christmas brooch then get some felt, buttons and a brooch back!

Sew cute!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Chocolate Shortbread!

This is the recipe for my amazing chocolate shortbread it is so yummy like heaven in your mouth! I made a batch with my sister yesterday and it was truly scrumptious!



Ingredients

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 50g Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 350g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g chopped semisweet chocolate

       Method

1.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
2.
In a large bowl, stir together the icing sugar, cocoa, flour and salt until well blended. Cut in the butter until lumps are no larger than peas. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until a stiff dough forms. It may take a minute to come together.
3.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to .5cm thickness and cut into desired shapes using biscuit cutters. If the dough is too sticky, chill for a little bit. Place biscuits 5cm apart onto an ungreased baking tray.
4.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the surface appears dry. Allow biscuits to cool for a couple minutes on the baking tray before removing to wire racks to cool completely. When biscuits are completely cool- then decorate!

Enjoy your chocolatey goodness

Operation Christmas Child Christmas boxes!

Today I dropped of a Christmas box to be sent to the under privileged. The charity is Samaritans Purse http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/ Basically you put gifts, hygiene products, sweets and educational supply's in a wrapped shoebox.





I also included a Christmas card for the child!

Winter Style project- Clashing= good

The new style at the moment is clashing bright colours and contrasting patterns. Here is one way you can make a bold fashion statement by clashing!

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Best Christmas Places and Grottos

Here is my list of Christmas places to go...

1. Chill Factor e - The Chill factor is really great there are lots of activities Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, sledging, an ice slide and snow play. I liked Tubing best as you spin around. There is also a restaurant and a climbing wall and now for Xmas a Santa's Grotto! Oh and meet Scooby doo and Peppa pig.

Christmassy rating- 8 very christmassy   / Grotto rating- 7 nice snowy atmosphere
Chill Factor

2. Spinning-fields Ice rink- Ice skate around a rink next to an Xmas tree. I broke my leg ice skating and therefore am now terrified

Christmassy rating- 6- Fairly Christmassy

Gullivers

3. Gulliver's World at Xmas- In my opinion better than Lapland UK. UK's best grotto. Rides, Snow machine, Pantomime, Husky dogs, Magical train ride through Christmas displays and lights, Carolling, Decorate a cookie with Mrs. Claus, Gigantic Multi level grotto with electric animals and elves. Meet Gully Mouse, Christmas shop, Roast dinners, elf school, letter writing.

Christmassy rating- 10-extremely Christmassy  /grotto rating- 10 Magical! *best for family's

Gulliver's World

4. East Lancashire railway -Santa Express- Pretty lights on the Platform. Board the Santa Express and Listen to carol singing. Santa comes along the train giving a gift to each child. Good gifts. Mulled wine and mince pies included!

Christmassy rating- 7- Christmassy / no grotto as such

Santa Express

5. Museum of Science and Industry's 4D Cinema and Grotto- We found this really good. Me and my two teenage friends went together last year and found it really exiting. In the 4D cinema you got to meet one of Santa's reindeer and go on sleigh ride with him! It really felt like you were flying as presents flew everywhere and the chairs lurched forward. When the Reindeer sneezed you got water on you! I liked it when the spider came because it was like there was a spider there! It was a bit short but really good! I would go to the cinema but go to a grotto else where.

Christmassy Rating-8- Very Christmassy / Grotto rating- 7-Friendly Santa and craft workshop
MOSI

6.  Word of Mouth Kids Christmas craft workshop- Come and make some Christmas crafts with Artist and Designer Nicolette. The Craft workshop is from 12-2 on the 17th December. Please come! I will be there. The finished products look great!

Christmassy Rating-8- Very Christmassy! - Cool Artistic stuff for kids and teens for £5 per child!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Best Christmas Movies

1. Bernard and the Genie- Bernard is lonely after breaking up with his girlfriend and losing his job but then he frees a Genie from a lamp. This is one of the best Christmas movies ever! Family Comedy.


2. Flint St Nativity
A comedy about children in a Nativity. Follow these adults dressed as children as there are many mishaps in there school play. Shockingly hilarious! Family Comedy.


3. The Greatest store in the world
A homeless family move into a department store, and after solving a crime they find a home for Christmas. A touching film. Family Drama.


4. Elf
Buddy finds out he is not really an elf, Santa adopted him from a children's home. He goes on a quest to New York to find his dad and finds love too before saving Santa from the park rangers. Family Comedy.
Elf movie poster

5. Christmas Do-over- Kevin has to do over Christmas until he gets it right. He has to get his son a good gift, agree to go camping, help grandpa win the annual Xmas contest, Let his wife move on and actually be nice to her new boyfriend. Family Comedy with a hint of Romantic Comedy.


6. The Night they saved Christmas- A group of children stop the oil drills in the north pole to help Father Christmas save Christmas. Family Adventure


7. Nan's Christmas carol- More of a TV special than a film but to good to miss. Catherine Tate character, Nan gets shown the error of her ways.David Tennant and Ben Miller star as ghosts. Hilarious! Comedy



Enjoy your Xmas Movies, why not have a film night!

8 Christmas things to do!

A man wearing a top hat rides the traditional carousel set up in Hyde Park on the first day of the 'Winter Wonderland' experience on November 22, 2008 in London, England. The annual 'Winter Wonderland' festive attraction in Hyde Park features an ice rink, German market, fairground rides and a ferris wheel.

Lets get into the Christmas-sy mood! Its nearly December so here is my first list of Christmas things to do!

Fill a shoe box with Samaritans purse
It has become a yearly tradition for me and my mum to fill a shoe box (or two) for Samaritans purse. The charity send the shoe box of gifts to children in 3rd world countries. You are advised to pack a tooth brush, tooth paste, a bar of soap and a small toy along with sweets and maybe stationary. http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/
@ Gulliver's world



Do some crafts


Try to make some gifts and decorations this year! You could make Christmas crackers, Sew some bunting or make a snow globe. If you want to make a gift why not put ingredients for ginger bread men or brownies in a box with instructions, make a frame and draw a picture to go inside or decorate a jar turning it into a tea light holder!

Sing up some joy


Why not go carolling, watch a carolling service or just listen to some carols on-line singing along. Everybody loves carolling and you could combine carolling with fundraising by getting a collection bucket.

Watch a light switch on
Why not go to a local light switch on. I am going to one in Manchester tonight. Where is your local light switch on.

Have a merry day out
Have a day some where. Your local Christmas market or a local theme park that is having a 'Christmas land' Gulliver's world in Warrington has a huge grotto with moving animals 'best in UK', Christmas cookie making with Mrs. Claus, train rides, the usual rides, Elf School, Fake snow and a pantomime. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London is also back with Zippos circus, Rides, an ice rink and more. Or you could go to a local reindeer farm!

Go on a walk!
Go on a winter wildlife walk spotting robins and Christmas trees.


Cook some spirit
The Greatest Journey
Samaritans purse children
Make a gingerbread house, a Yule log or Santa cookies.

Spread the love
We like to wrap up things such as socks, gloves and home-made Xmas cake and give it to the homeless around Manchester. The joy you create is amazing.

Have a happy November/December

Clothes things I would not be without!

These are my favourite items and things I love that I can wear! Do you wear similar items?

Bandanna's and other headbands

Floaty clothes

Patterned trilby hats

Funky badges on plainer bags

Faux glasses and accesories

Cute t-shirts