Monday, 29 July 2013

Review: Walls of the Wild wall stickers

We have been trying to get our spare room sorted out and converted into a playroom for the wee one. I had hoped to have the room emptied and painted by now, but so far it's not really happening, due to work and other things. I had also hoped to have these lovely wall stickers the good folks at www.wallsofthewild.co.uk sent us, up on the walls by now. Alas, we are still plodding along with the playroom. 

So I decided to get the stickers up in our makeshift playroom, the back end of the living room. What do you think? 





We had the choice of farm animals, or jungle animals, and since the wee one loves sheep just now, we went with farm. Don't they look fab? There are lots of themes to choose from, like dinosaurs, jungle, farm, under water, and fantasy.  

I suppose wall stickers are self explanatory, but they came with no instructions on how to apply/remove them. This can all be found on the website, but it would have been nice to have it on paper to make reference to. I had to go on to the website to find out how to apply them and what to do.

All stickers are removable and reusable. They are made usurping very high quality ink, and heavy duty vinyl, which makes them a little more expensive than the usual, but ultimately very durable. They can be cleaned by blotting with a damp cloths. They can be peeled off and stuck back on in a different position if you wish. The stickers can be placed on any smooth surface, just not a heat source like a radiator etc. 

They came wrapped up in a tube, meaning the stickers were curled up at the edges, which made it a wee bit hard to get the bigger sticker off with only two hands. Note to self: wait til hubby gets home to help next time! The smaller stickers are much easier. 

The stickers can be purchased individually, prices ranging from £4 to £60 or you can buy a full wall set from between £97 to £430. The sets are beautiful, if a little expensive. Man, if I won the Lotto, we would have an amazing looking playroom! 

So, in terms of the stickers themselves, they are pretty cute, easy to apply and the wee one will love them. My only item for improvement would be to hopefully get some written instructions with them next time. 

All being well, our lovely little sheep will be heading upstairs with his little chick pals to the playroom soon, and maybe they'll get some more friends to join them soon. 






*I was sent these stickers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given above. I have included the website out of courtesy and have received no further payments for this* 


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

One and a half.

So, we have now an 18 month old. A cheeky, cute, mischievous, cuddly, chatty, loving 18 month old. When did this happen? She was only a baby a few minutes ago. 



She's taken a big stretch. She's got tall enough to see out the window without going up on tip toes. 


This also means she's growing out of her clothes. Again. We're running out of clothes that fit well. Thank goodness for seasonal sales! I had a lovely rummage around in the Next sale and got a few key pieces; jeans, a denim dress and a romper. BHS also have a sale on just now and I got some t-shirts and leggings. 

This growth spurt also means clearing out the clothes that don't fit. Last time we filled 6 vacuum bags with clothes. We're running out of room!! So, what to do with the clothes? The sensible part of me is saying sell them or give them away. But I have some hoarding tendencies and I'm rubbish at actually getting rid of stuff. There's another part of me that is thinking "what if we have another one?" I don't want to sell/give away the clothes and then have to start from scratch of we have another. 

Now that she's one and a half, I'm trying to get her into a playgroup, to get her to socialise with other kids. We're on the waiting list for the playgroup at the local church, so we just have to wait and see. But we have play dates with friends kids too, so she's not on her own all the time. 

We're almost having conversations with her now. Words are coming thick and fast, and sentences are just around the corner. She loves describing what she's doing, shouting "running" or "marching" while she's doing it. Although, ask her who she loves and she replies "daddy". We need to work on that one... 

She's also got the Candy Crush bug: 


And a slight obsession with Minions:


I wonder what the next 18 months holds for us? If its anything like the last 18, it's gonna be a blast!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Gallery: I Made This

This weeks Gallery theme is right up my street! The theme is I Made This am as you can see from my blog name, I love to knit. 

However, I've not had much time to knit now that the wee one is bigger and into everything. If I bring out the needles, she instantly takes an interest in what I'm doing and runs off with my ball of yarn!

I am slowly but surely getting a few projects done. I am currently getting my sisters wedding favours done, albeit at a rate of about one a week. They are small, stuffed hearts, which will have ribbon attached so they can be hung up. Pretty cute, I think. 


I also recently made a small heart shaped flower girl bag for a friend who gets married soon. There was no pattern to suit what we wanted, so I had to adapt one. Now, I am no mathematician and I have very little imagination so this was super hard for me! But, after a lot of scribbling and lots of ripping out and starting again, this was the final result:


Not bad if I do say so myself!

And then my poor neglected project, which has been on the needles for AGES is a super easy blanket for friends who are expecting. Although, at the rate I'm going, I suspect that they'll be getting it as a present for their next child!


Why not check out the rest of the entries to The Gallery over at www.thestickyfingersblog.com or #Thegallery over on Twitter. 



Friday, 5 July 2013

Holiday Club

The school holidays have arrived here in Scotland, and although I don't have a child in school, it has meant that lots of summer activities for children have started. 

We got a flyer through the door last week for the Baptist Church's holiday club. There's one for p1-p7s, and there was one for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It looked lots of fun, so hubby and I decided to register the wee one for it. Not only would it give us something planned to do with her every day, but it would also get her interacting with other children, which I feel she doesn't get enough of due to our horrible shift patterns.  I remember going to holiday clubs like these when I was younger, and I really enjoyed them.  

We went to register the wee one there, but arrived about an hour before time on the flyer. It was a good thing we were early, as there were only two spaces left in the session! Popular place indeed. 

The theme for the week was Animal Watchers. Both hubby and I went on Monday morning. As I wasn't working til the night shift and hubby was back shift. It was really excellent. We sang songs, some I knew some I didn't, there was a story, then some crafting. So well organised. The theme on Monday was about how God made the world, the land, sea, animals and humans in seven days. 


Hubby took the wee one on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday since I was sleeping from being night shift. I was a bit gutted to be missing it, but hubby really loved getting to spend the time on his own with the wee one, and he seemed to enjoy it, even though he's not remotely religious.  I was assured that the stories were Gods Rainbow, Daniel in the lions den, and Jonah and the Whale. 

Then today (Friday) I got to to go for the last day. Today's story was the lost sheep. The wee one lives that story; she has a bible stories book that she was given for her Dedication which is the lost sheep story. We sang Old Macdonald, had a puppet show, and made a cotton wool sheep with pegs for legs! It was such good fun. 

I'd love to take her again, hopefully next summer, when she's older and understands a bit more of what's going on.

 Hubby was very excited about his crafting efforts that he rooms pictures of them all! Checkout his (and the wee ones) handiwork. 

Thursday, 4 July 2013

I Made Something!

I've been knitting my sisters wedding favours, some gorgeous little knitted stuffed hearts. She doesn't get married fit another year, but I figured I'd get a little head start, since I don't get much time to knit now the wee one is running around. 

A friend spotted a little photo i had posted of them on twitter, and asked of I'd be able to make one for her flower girl, only could I make it a but bigger and into a bag to put crayons and things in for her to carry.  

Now, my maths skills are practically non-existant, and I certainly am not a knitting designer by any stretch of the imagination. So after a LOT of calculating, working out, knitting up and ripping apart, I came out with a pretty decent sized heart shape. Some sewing, lining and stuffing later, I had a pretty nice bag. My sewing skills most definitely need to improve, it's what lets me down the most. 

I've added pretty ribbon handles and some studs to keep it shut. I think it looks pretty good! What do you think? 


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